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Town seeks 4th poet laureate

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The Town of Arlington seeks its fourth poet laureate.

The term for Steven Ratiner, who has held the post since 2019 and is known for his long-running Red Letter Poems series, has expired.

John Burt, Poet Laureate Committee chair, seeks “a dynamic, self-motivated individual” to serve a three-year term. The laureate acts as the town’s leading poetic voice and ambassador for poetry, encouraging the reading and writing of poetry throughout Arlington.

This position, which receives an annual stipend of $750, aims to enrich the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through conversation, readings, public appearances and workshops. Previous applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications will be due no later than Monday, Oct. 31.

You may apply to the position electronically here >>  

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Great Northeast Jug Band Festival indoors held

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UPDATED Oct. 1: The Arlington Center for the Arts' Great Northeast Jug Band Festival returned for its second year and is was held Saturday, Oct. 1.

It was to be at the Jason Russell House lawn, but, because of inclement weather forecast, the event took place indoors and at 27 Maple St. in the main hall of the Arlington Community Center. 

Touted as New England’s only jug-band festival, it highlighted song traditions from the 1920s and 1930s as well as the modern evolution of this good-time music.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Reception held for Arlington artists in Art Ramble '22

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See the work of Arlington artists David Ardito and Laurie Bogdan in this year’s Art Ramble, presented by the Umbrella Arts Center in collaboration with the Concord Division of Natural Resources.

Art Ramble: Sept. 1 - Nov. 13
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Artists’ reception and walkabout 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

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How Dallin Museum plans celebrated Town Day

Town Day at Dallin Museum, Whittemore Park.

After a three-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Dallin Art Museum’s "Art on the Green" returned to Town Day.

Its jubilant event took place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Whittemore Park, in front of the museum in Arlington Center, at Mass. Ave. and Mystic. The event showcases local artists and music, and offers free museum tours.


The following artists offered painting, prints, textiles, jewelry and more:

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Deadline passes to help ACA plan its future

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The Arlington Center for the Arts is in the midst of a strategic-planning process to build Arlington Center for the Arts' next chapter.

As part of that process, ACA leaders want to hear directly from you about experiences with Arlington Center for the Arts, your needs and interests, and what ACA could do better in the future.

Feedback will be instrumental in shaping the future of programming and priorities.  

All survey responses are confidential and will be aggregated by strategic-planning consultants at Paper Crane Associates. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The ACA requests responses by Wednesday, Aug. 24. 

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Creations by local artists to be displayed in late August

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There was a recent call for wall art to be displayed at the Roasted Granola Cafe on Mass. Ave. in Arlington Heights. All submissions were for art that is is two-dimensional and framed or otherwise suitable for hanging. 

The exhibit is scheduled to run from Aug. 29 through Nov. 14. The deadline for application was Aug. 15. 

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Medford author shares her story of grief and loss

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How do we move on when we lose the people we love the most?

Medford author and therapist Maureen Callahan Smith addresses this question in her new book Grace Street: A Sister’s Memoir of Grief and Gratitude, which is about her sister Kathy’s cancer diagnosis and their extremely difficult, complex, and emotional journey during the treatment process.

Smith read from her book at the Roasted Granola Café in Arlington on June 16. About 25 people attended, and Smith's editor and publisher, Patricia Crotty, introduced the author.

Smith read the foreword from Grace Street, talking about how death is an unavoidable part of life and how, although “we are so afraid of death in our culture,” we are actually meant to experience its impact and that “we have hearts made for [it.]” She read in a confident, serene tone that captured the audience’s attention.

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Pierce Press children's book creates waves with oceanographer's endorsement

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A new children's book from Arlington-based Pierce Press – Ocean's Alive! by Sheryl Davis – has caught the eye of Dr. Sylvia Earle, a renowned oceanographer.

"I'm thrilled,” wrote Charlotte Pierce, the publisher.

Known as “Her Deepness” in the ocean conservation community, Earle writes in book's introduction: “This book can show you, your family and friends ways to learn about and help protect our seas. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something to safeguard the ocean, Earth’s blue heart.”

Davis's first book, The Mystical Magical Abracadabracal Daniel McDougal McDouglas McFly, won two awards in 2019 from Story Monsters' Purple Dragonfly Awards.Ocean's Alive! continues the McFly series.

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See artist's mixed-media bird collages at 3 locales

Laurie Bogdan bird collageArlington artist Laurie Bogdan brings her mixed-media collages to three locales this summer, and she asks the public to visit and see her bird art:

  • Saturday, July 16, from 11 to 5, at ArtBeat in Davis Square – a street fair with more than 65 artists, plus music and food;
  • From Aug. 1 through 30, at the Weston Public Library Gallery; and
  •  Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 to 4, at Town Day, during Art on the Green at Whittemore Park.

Bogdan told YourArlington that her collages are created from vintage maps, books, paper and games in combination with a variety of reused materials and objects.

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Medford author reads from her memoir at Roasted Granola

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Medford author Maureen Callahan Smith plans to read from her memoir, Grace Street, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Mass. Ave., Arlington Heights.

Smith, a licensed social worker in a private practice specializing in trauma, writes about love and loss in telling the stories of sisters on a perilous journey that takes them to the edge of life.

In Grace Street: A Sister’s Memoir of Grief & Gratitude, from Gray Dove Press of Arlington, Smith writes from the heart about accompanying her younger sister, Kathy, through a late-stage cancer diagnosis. From the shocking initial news through the ups and downs of her treatment program, family love and resilience help them face the terrible challenges and find joy in the precious moments of everyday life.

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