Things to do: Events
UPDATED, Sept. 14: LexFarm, near the Arlington Reservoir, at 52 Lowell St., Lexington, next to the Arlington Reservoir, has reported the following:
Postponed for more than 18 months, two exclusive concert events 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, followed Sunday at 6 p.m. by a very special screening of the 1973 film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" hosted by its stars, Ted Neeley and Yvonne Elliman.
Blues singer Toni Lynn Washington and friends are due to perfom at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, on the lawn of the Jason Russell House in Arlington.
Join those involved from Arlington Center for the Arts for a free outdoor performance. A local and national treasure, Washington is acclaimed for her singing of originals, jazz standards, blues and Motown covers that communicate joy and passion to her audiences.
- Toni Lynn Washington, vocals
- Sax Gordon and Mario Perrett, saxophones
- Mike Williams, guitar
- Sven Larson, bass
- Eddie Scheer, drums
Check out the latest updates from the Rainbow Commission:
Celebrating seniors Sept. 21, Oct. 8, Nov. 10
Celebrating LGBTQ+ Seniors is a series of senior programs sponsored by LexPride, with co-sponsorship by Lexington Senior Services, Arlington Council on Aging, and Arlington Rainbow Commission, and supported by a grant from the Dana Home Foundation. The first three events are listed below. Click the flyer below to view full size.
After these first three events, we will continue to offer free monthly events to bring us together, express our creativity, share stories, and enjoy entertainment. All events are taking place at Lexington Community Center, 139 Marrett Road.
Mystic Chorale invites all who love to sing to experience the thrill of reuniting live this fall, beginning Tuesdays, Sept. 14, through Nov. 24, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at First Parish Unitarian, 630 Mass Ave.
Sign up at mysticchorale.org.
During Covid, Mystic’s No. 1 priority is the health and safety of all. Close attention is being paid to the latest guidance from the CDC and other sources regarding the spread of the virus and its variants and recommended safety precautions and are setting safety protocols above and beyond what Massachusetts requires.
All present at rehearsals will be required to show proof of full vaccination and wear masks. Singers will be seated at a safe distance from one another. As the season progresses, Mystic will continue to follow CDC and state guidelines and the latest advice from choral-singing experts regarding masking and other health protocols.
UPDATED, Sept. 16: The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, has reopened for its 24th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, and continues Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
From the market Sept. 15 newsletter: "Just six more weeks for the farmers' market. Last market is Oct. 27.
"Flats Mentor Farm returning to the market today. Lovely exotic greens.
"Last week's for corn and peaches. Squash, brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, kale all in abundance. Plus apples in varieties galore.
"Check out the Elixirs at Gumption. Unique.""
The Menotomy Grill & Tavern, 8 years old, is back to brewing live music Thursday nights now that Covid-19 has relented.
The pandemic closed the place in March 2020, and dining returned that June.
Vance Gilbert of Arlington performs starting at 9 p.m. Sept. 23. Plenty of parking, and never a cover.
Arlington Heights Halloween window painting is set for Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Spooky witches, glowing jack-o-lanterns and scary ghosts will come alive as Arlington residents decorate 35 designated storefront windows in 20 Heights businesses. Paint a window by yourself or grab your friend or parent and paint one window together. All windows must have a family-friendly Halloween theme.
The deadline is Friday, Sept. 25, for online registration only here >>
A $25 registration fee covers paint supplies.
Painters will receive via email event rules and information, a list of window painting tips and their window assignments once they have registered.
Town Tavern and Arlington Jazz present in-person Afro-Cuban Latin jazz experience featuring Los Zorros, free of charge, on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 to 11 p.m., at Town Tavern, 201 Mass. Ave. No cover.
Dan Fox, who leads the group, is also the owner of Arlington's Morningside Music Studio and director of ArlingtonJazz.Org. Los Zorros includes Fox, on trombone; Alexei Tsiganov, piano; Gregory Ryan, bass; Bertram Lehmann, drums; and Hilary Noble, sax and congas.
Fox has traveled to Cuba five times. Other members have toured the world with a variety of acclaimed acts and are faculty members at both Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.
Plug In at the Robbins is entering its 10th season in September.
To celebrate, join us for a free outdoor concert with Swing Cafe on Sunday, Sep. 26, at 2 p.m. If it's sunny, go to the Whittemore-Robbins House lawn. If it's rainy, Arlington Town Hall.
Help us celebrate this milestone, come rain or come shine, by joining us for a free concert with Swing Cafe and with its unique mix of acoustic swing, jazz and rockabilly.
Michèle Meagher, coordinator, Plug In.
This news announcement was published Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.
UPDATED, Aug. 4: The Cutter Gallery is a hidden gem with limited hours, but it deserves notice.
On the lowest floor of the Jefferson Cutter House, which houses the Dallin Art Museum and the Chamber of Commerce, the gallery presents its August/September 2021 exhibition by artist Robert Raposa titled "In Sight."
It opened Sunday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Register now for Arlington Community Education (ACE) this fall. Catalogs have been mailed to Arlington addresses, featuring hundreds of classes for adults, kids, and families. It is also viewable online at ArlingtonCommunityEd.org. Clas
ACE is offering a full roster of nearly 250 adult classes this fall, with a mix of in-person, outdoor, and online options designed to fit a range of comfort levels. Indoor classes will take place in ventilated spaces at both Arlington High School and Gibbs School in the evenings, as well as at various locations around town during the day. There are many returning favorites, as well as 56 new adult classes. Categories include: Career, Technology, & Finance; Fine Arts & Crafts; Fitness & Dance; Food & Drink; Home & Garden; Languages; Music & Theater; Recreation & Travel; Special Interest; Walking Tours; Wellness: and Writing & Literature.
The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra held open rehearsals Wednesday, Aug. 18, and Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 7 to 9:45 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 630 Mass. Ave., outdoors, behind the church.
Those involved will read a variety of well-known classical works by Elgar, Copland, Bizet and Dvorak, as well as popular music.
Attendees of these special open rehearsals were also invited to perform with us at Robbins Farm Park in Arlington, on Saturday Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Aug. 29).
The Jason Russell House will offer free outdoor tours from June 20 through Oct. 10.
The house is a typical Colonial farmhouse built circa 1740 and was the site of brutal fighting on April 19, 1775, in which Jason Russell and 11 other Colonial militia lost their lives.
Tours are offered each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis.
Minuteman Technical Institute (MTI) is accepting applications from adult students for its evening career technical-education programs for the 2021-22 school year, which begins in August. For more information, visit minutemanti.org or call 781-861-7151.
As shown in the video below, MTI’s 10-month evening programs provide students industry-recognized credentials and experience toward licensure in career trades that are in high demand in our region. For the upcoming year, MTI is offering courses in automotive technology, electricity, cosmetology, and metal fabrication and joining.
“We’re seeing a widening gap between the needs of employers for skilled workers and the availability of those skilled workers,” said Dr. Nancy Houle, Executive Director of MTI. “Minuteman Technical Institute provides an opportunity to fill that gap through the training programs we offer.”
The Arlington Garden Club's annual membership drive is under way.
Take a little thyme to grow the roses – and the daisies and the tomatoes: Come join us at the garden club, as members dig in with renewed vigor to preserve the town’s natural resources and to create botanical splendor in our own yards and community spaces.
This is the perfect time to join, at the start of the 2021-2022 club year. Monthly meetings feature educational presentations aimed at improving gardening skills and building awareness of vital initiatives for protecting the local environment. In addition, small, enthusiastic groups work on civic projects to plant, preserve and maintain public green spaces, such as the Town Hall Gardens, an authentic kitchen garden at the historic Jason Russell house, the traffic circle at Ridge Street,and garden planters throughout town.
Now you can hear the Mystic River as you walk along it for two miles in Arlington and Medford.
"Sound on Mystic" is an outdoor audio installation combining sound art, music, spoken word and ambience into an immersive experience.
After downloading the app, put on a pair of headphones, take a walk within the installation’s extensive boundaries and hear a diverse set of sound works that are all united by the river itself, and its complex legacy as a place of history and nature, community and conflict, labor and recreation.
How do I listen?
UPDATED, May 26: The Capitol Theatre and Creamery in East Arlington reopened Friday, May 28, management confirmed to YourArlington.
Screened were "Cruella," "A Quiet Place 2" and "Nomadland."
Tickets are on sale.
LEAP Arlington is starting a program to improve access to camps -- an effort designed to fulfill several issues in town.
Called ACASC, the Arlington Camp Access Service Corps offers weeklong training for 18 to 20 rising sophomores and juniors about how to aid caregivers in finding and applying to summer camps for their children, including getting financial assistance. The students, under supervision, will assist parents of camp-age children in selecting camps.
LEAP stands for the Leadership Enrichment Adventure Project and is the Arlington consulting and community-organizing group run for years by resident Kim Kay Holt. The group launched an after-school program at Ottoson and the Arlington Regional Model U.N. Clubs.
Until the pandemic shut it down March 15, 2020, Fugitive Productions brought Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local arts community, to share noncompetitive, five- to six-minute, true-life "Fugitive Stories" at Kickstand Cafe.
In 2015, the effort began producing events in West Acton. The response surpassed expectations. It has been the host for 200-plus shows and sold nearly 14,000 tickets to a wide variety of music, comedy, and storytelling events in Acton, Concord, Arlington, Sudbury, Maynard, Framingham, Stow and Lincoln — and then virtually.
That is ending. The effort has been booking for the past couple of weeks — music and comedy at Sanctuary in Maynard and a story-telling series at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard.
Fugitive won’t be booking smaller rooms just yet, including Kickstand Cafe.
Cooped up? The Arlington Land Trust suggests some walking trails in and around Arlington.
Those at the nonprofit hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these difficult times. While social-distancing guidelines remain in place to protect us all from exposure to Covid-19, we also know how important it is to be outdoors and enjoy the bounties of spring in New England.
The land trust offers the following suggestions for safe walking around Arlington and in other nearby communities where conservation lands and parks are open.
Please check the websites of places you wish to visit ahead of time since many are still closed.
Registration opens to current families, new families
Kid Care Afterschool Program 2020-21 opened to new families on Wednesday, April 15. It opened for current families April 8.Registration for
"Current family" is defined as having a child registered for the Kid Care Preschool or Afterschool program during April 2020.
The enrollment fee of $50 per child. It is due at the time of registration and may be paid before that.
New video by Glenn Litton of Arlington.
UPDATED, March 11: A high-quality eight-minute video documentary viewable online, just updated, called“Mill Brook Rediscovered,” is part of an adapted version of a 2019 Old Schwamb Mill exhibit scheduled to be shown in Town Hall from March 2 to April 30. A reception was set for Sunday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the second-floor gallery, but that has been postponed in view of the coranvirus.
“Mill Brook Rediscovered” was produced and directed by Arlington resident Glenn Litton under the auspices of the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust. Litton is a former producer and executive producer for WGBH-TV, associated with Emmy-winning programs, including “The Advocates, “ “The Living Planet” and “Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.” His own production company, DocuThis, based in Arlington.
More than 9,000 children and young adults are in state custody in Massachusetts under the Department of Children and Family Services. These young people have experienced abuse and/or neglect and are living in temporary situations.
The Foster Care Review Unit makes decisions regarding children who have been in foster care for six months or longer, assessing how well their needs are being met and what progress has been made toward establishing them in a permanent living situation. A volunteer from the Community is one member of the three -person panels that make these decisions.
The Meals on Wheels program of Minuteman Senior Services provides a hot lunch to homebound seniors.
Meals are delivered five days a week, 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays. These meals assist the older adult who is not capable of preparing at least one hot nutritious meal a day.
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