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Lunch & Learn held: Dementia

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Arlington-based CMK Homecare offers free monthly virtual Lunch & Learns for family caregivers, and at noon Wednesday, Dec. 15, the topic is "Dementia:  Effective Communication Strategies."

The presenter is Nicole McGurin, MS, CDP, programs and services director, Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter. She writes: "Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.

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Regent: 'My Mother's Italian' opens tonight

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The REGENT THEATRE presents..."My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, I'm Home for the Holidays"
Starring: Peter Fogel
One of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history just celebrated its 4,000th performance. Dec. 8 through 19
FOURTEEN PERFORMANCES - INCLUDING WED-SAT-SUN MATINEES 

Read more: Regent: 'My Mother's Italian' opens tonight

AFD thriller 'Angel Street' to resume Friday

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"Angel Street" is set to open at AFD Theatre on Dec. 3, and runs through Dec. 19 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Tickets are $25 or become a member and save.

As winter nears, why not cozy up to a night of suspense with this Victorian psychological thriller?

Meet Jack, who is trying to convince his wife, Bella, that she can no longer trust her own mind, she no longer knows what is true, and she is slowly going insane.

Will his underlying sinister plot be revealed before it is too late? Come find out why. "Gaslighting" began on Angel Street.

Read more: AFD thriller 'Angel Street' to resume Friday

Old Schwamb Mill: 'Into the Woods' to open Saturday

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UPDATED Dec. 6:  The Old Schwamb Mill, called the oldest mill site in the United States, reports that its exhibition committee notes a new exhibit is to open in the mill's Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular mill hours, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run through June.

"Into the Woods: From Trees to Frames" traces the process of creating a frame from its beginning as a piece of lumber to being crafted into a unique, heirloom-quality family treasure that enhances the art, photography, or items that it surrounds.

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Holiday stroll in the Heights Saturday

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UPDATED Dec. 6: The Arlington Heights Community Association, with support from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, presents this year’s Arlington Heights Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Visitors of all ages can enjoy viewing 52 winter-themed painted windows in 21 business storefronts and are invited to support our Arlington businesses by dining and shopping locally. Free family fun activities will take place throughout the afternoon. The Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Mass. Ave., will be serving hot apple cider and a snowman character will be strolling along Mass. Ave. handing out treats. 

This free, family-fun activity includes outdoor games ― such as cornhole and ring toss ― held in front of the bus depot, 1389 Mass. Ave., so it won’t interfere with families walking by, Janet O’Riordan, Arlington Heights Community Association, told the Select Board on Nov. 22.

Read more: Holiday stroll in the Heights Saturday

Kashuck's 'Eclectic Imagination' open at Cutter Gallery

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UPDATED Dec. 5: 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 December/January exhibition by artist Claire Kashuck titled "Eclectic Imagination."

The opening reception was held Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon to 4.

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Cantilena Chorale to return Sunday

UPDATED Nov. 21: As Cantilena Chorale rebounds from the long 2020-21 performing arts hiatus and has schedule a concert for Sunday, Dec. 12, it faces a steep increase in expenses, including rent for rehearsal space, live-streaming costs and ensuring fair wages for its pianist and incoming music director.  To accomplish all we have planned for the 2021-22 season, member-paid dues and anticipated ticket sales are not sufficient.

Cantilena logoYour tax-deductible donation to Cantilena make performances possible. 

The live-stream concert Sunday, Dec. 12, is "Fire in the Garden: Choral Music about Climate Change." This performance, named for the premiere of its timely commissioned work by Giselle Wyers, revives the postponed 2020 spring program under Interim Music Director Dr. Allegra Martin and pianist Kelvyn Koning.

This on-line performance will be available for viewing from Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, with ticket purchase here >>

Read more: Cantilena Chorale to return Sunday

Cambridge Symphony's Holiday Pops at Town Hall Sunday

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is presenting its Holiday Pops performance in person at Arlington Town Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

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The concert includes traditional carols, music from "The Polar Express," a visit from Santa Claus alongside orchestral selections and more.

Tickets $20 for adults; $10 for students / seniors here >>

For more, including Covid rules, click here >>

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Community education winter registration underway

 The cover of the Winter 2022 Arlington Community Education catalog features a series of abstract portraits, Trinity, Will, Trey, and Jasmine: A Self Portrait, by Cover Artist Contest winner Jasmine Milton. The cover of winter catalog features abstract portraits, Trinity, Will, Trey and 'Jasmine: A Self-Portrait,' by contest winner Jasmine Milton.

Winter registration opened for Arlington Community Education (ACE) on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at noon. Catalogs are on their way to Arlington addresses, featuring hundreds of classes for adults, kids and families. It is also viewable online at ArlingtonCommunityEd.org. Classes begin the week of Jan. 18.

FOR ADULTS

ACE is offering a full roster of nearly 200 adult classes this winter, with a mix of in-person, outdoor and online options. Indoor classes will take place in ventilated spaces at Gibbs School in the evenings, as well as at various locations around town during the day. There are many returning favorites, as well as 55 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 & Life; and Writing & Literature. 

FOR YOUTH

ACE Kids classes are held after school at all Arlington Public School campuses and run once a week for 60-90 minutes for 5-10 weeks. Offerings include arts & crafts, cooking, games & fantasy, fitness, languages, life skills, music & theater, and STEM. New classes include “Crafting is Cool,” “Exploring Watercolor,” “Imaginative Illustration,” “Jewelry Making,” “Mini Masterpieces,” “Kids Newsroom," “LEGO® Adventures,” and “LEGO® Junior Engineers.” There are several evening offerings including drumming, ukulele and parkour. For high school students, Driver’s Ed and College Prep classes are available.

Read more: Community education winter registration underway

Mirak concert Dec. 15: Homage to Hovhaness

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The Armenian Cultural Foundation and co-sponsor Amaras Arts Alliance are presenting "Senza Misura: An Homage to Alan Hovhaness," the classical composer who grew up in Arlington (1911-2000).

Cellist Christina Gullans joins the Armenian Cultural Foundation to host Senza Misura (“Without Measure”), a chamber music concert dedicated to Alan Hovhaness’ life and narratives. The program of duos and trios, for violin, cello and piano, is inspired by mountains, Bach, Hindu mythology, love and Hovhaness’ own Armenian heritage as well as works by Armenian women composers.

The concert, free of charge and open to the public, and will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, on YouTube >> 

The concert will offer listeners a cross-cultural experience about foreign traditions, people and places, in a musical setting endowed with empathy and understanding.

Read more: Mirak concert Dec. 15: Homage to Hovhaness

Plug in to register for 'Obit' by Dec. 15

Join those involve for their first in-person event this season, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, to view "Obit," a documentary that profiles obituary writers.

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 We will view this documentary in the Community Room. Registration is required, as audience size will be limited to 30. Chairs will be spaced to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Attendees must also wear masks.

 How do reporters race against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1,000 words. Can you imagine trying to sum up the genius and magic of Stephen Sondheim, who died last week, in so few words and with a looming deadline? We'll get an inside look at how they do that. Details about this award-winning documentary are below.

As we near the end of December, my mind turns to 'Auld Lang Syne' by Robert Burns, in which the speaker cherishes old acquaintances and the memories associated with them. When you think of it, obituaries are the prose version of Burns's poem, and unlike a poem are written on deadline.

Read more: Plug in to register for 'Obit' by Dec. 15

ACT stages 'A Christmas Carol' Dec. 16-19

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The Arlington Children's Theater will be performing A Christmas Carol from Dec. 16 through 19. For more, click here >>

This version of John Jakes’s nationally successful stage adaptation specifically tailors the holiday classic, allowing young audiences to enjoy the real magic of theater—watching the actors create the scene and costume changes as the show moves along.

Read more: ACT stages 'A Christmas Carol' Dec. 16-19

Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely Dec. 17

The Jam'n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse, open Fridays every month for 12 years, has been on a Covid-19 break from the Kickstand Cafe since March 2020, but shows continue virtually, this time at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17.

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Log in to SignupGenius to sign up to perform or attend the Jam'n Java Virtual Open Mic >>

 The deadline to sign up is the end of the day, Thursday, Dec, 16, the day before the virtual open mic.

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Brazilian music workshop Dec. 18 at Morningside

Morningside Music logoA workshop on Brazilian music -- covering basic rhythms, styles and history -- is set for Saturday, Dec. 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Morningside Music Studio, 13A Medford St., Arlington.

Leading the workshop is David Rumpler, a pianist, cavaquinhista and Brazilian music expert. The goal of this 11/2-hour workshop is to introduce listeners and performers to the principle Brazilian rhythms, the styles associated with them, as well as providing some background about where, when and how these styles evolved.

Read more: Brazilian music workshop Dec. 18 at Morningside 

Historical society: Preservation project Jan. 30

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UPDATED Dec. 1: The Arlington Historical Society has released its listing of programs for 2021-22. Its regular location for Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. programs is the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St. (disabled access is at rear).

Programs are simulcast on Zoom. To request a link, email the society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With "My Story," the society resumes and expands on the 2019-2020 program theme: The Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt suspension to our public programming in March 2020 and prevented gathering for the entire 2020-2021 season—a first in the history of the society. Next up:

Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m.: OUR SAMPLER PRESERVATION PROJECT

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Farmers' market to return June 8

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UPDATED,  Oct. 27: The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 24th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, closed for the season after Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

From the Oct. 27 market newsletter: "Patti the Knife Lady will be at the market today. Cyndi the Fish Lady will NOT be at the market.

"Many many thanks to all you terrific customers who have patronized the Arlington Farmers' Market this summer. You're the best - you keep us going.

"All the vendors and I are grateful for your business, your loyalty, and your good cheer! Best wishes for a healthy journey into 2022. See you then, on June 8.

"See you on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Same time, same place."

Read more: Farmers' market to return June 8

Listen as 'Sound on Mystic' flows on

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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.

Listen through Echoes, a free mobile app that uses GPS data to cue different sounds at various sites. The Mystic River Watershed Association provides it.

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? 

Read more: Listen as 'Sound on Mystic' flows on

'Fugitive Stories' returning to Kickstand at some point

fugitivestories kickstand 200Until 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.

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Land trust suggests trails in, near Arlington

Cooped up? The Arlington Land Trust suggests some walking trails in and around Arlington.

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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.Take a walk logo

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.

Read more: Land trust suggests trails in, near Arlington

Kid Care Afterschool registration open for new families

Registration opens to current families, new families

Town of Arlington sealRegistration for Kid Care Afterschool Program 2020-21 opened to new families on Wednesday, April 15. It opened for current families April 8.

"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.

Because of Covid-19, only the enrollment fee will be due at the time of registration. We will delay the payment of the first month's tuition for September until June 15. 

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Mill Brook via new video: Town reception to be held later


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. 

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“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. 

Read more: Mill Brook via new video: Town reception to be...

Department of Children and Family Services seeks volunteers

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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.

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How to send news to YourArlington

Do you have news about Arlington? Send it to the publisher. Here's how:

An old-fashioned reporter

-- Your news should be related to Arlington, Mass. (News about neighboring communities is welcome, but can be published as the publisher's time allows.)

-- If your news is an event, you must provide who is sponsoring (and a way to contact them), what the event is, where it is to take place, when it will happen, why it is taking place and any further information helpful to understand your report.

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