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Mystic Chorale rehearsals continue tonight

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UPDATED Sept. 28: After 33 years of service, founder and Artistic Director Nick Page will lead a final season of preparation for his final concert with Mystic Chorale, titled “The Heart Dances, the Soul Sings.”

This project will be his last involvement with the Arlington-based musical group before his long-planned relocation to Missouri.

The season is to start with 11 weeks of rehearsals that began at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at First Parish Unitarian Church, 630 Mass. Ave., with the concert slated for December

Organizers say they hope that this season and its concert will pack an emotional punch, balancing explosive energy and tenderness.

Page has been known over the decades for his enthusiastic direction and award-winning musical arrangements. This upcoming Mystic Chorale season, as in the past, will feature pieces old and new.

The season theme comes from a new piece composed by Page called "Halev Roked," with the words “The heart dances, the soul sings.” More songs than ever will feature the chorus as a whole, including Ysaye Barnwell’s arrangement of "I Am Determined (To Walk in Freedom)" and the anthem "The Storm is Passing Over (Courage My Soul)."

Read more: Mystic Chorale rehearsals continue tonight

Farmers' market to take place from 2 to 6:30 Wednesday

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The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 25th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, is scheduled to continue Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.Farmer's market logo

Just four more Market Wednesdays after today, organizers say.

The Sept. 28 newsletter says: "Market organizers welcome a new vendor to the market today, and through the rest of the season:

"Earth Language. Vendor Tanasia Tibbs will bring homemade soaps and candles featuring natural ingredients. She will also demonstrate how to develop terrariums. Stop and say hello.

"Gumption Elixirs will not be at the market today because of jury duty."

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Arlington resident to appear in Britten opera

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Arlington resident Daniel Fridley is scheduled to perform in "The Prodigal Son" by Benjamin Britten at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. in downtown Boston.

The opera, presented by Boston- and UK-based Enigma Chamber Opera and directed by Kirsten Cairns, retells the biblical parable about two brothers — one loyal to the family business and the other tempted into squandering his inheritance — and their forgiving father. First presented in 1968 as a "parable for church performance," it has a libretto by William Plomer.

"The Prodigal Son” features seven male singers portraying the gathered men who bookend the main story and characters in that story. Fridley, a bass, performs as a chorus member, portraying various characters throughout the production.

Read more: Arlington resident to appear in Britten opera

In-person community-education classes underway

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Residents may register now for Arlington Community Education (ACE) classes for adults and youth. A new term starts this week. See all classes and register at

There are more than 250 adult classes to choose from, including 75 new offerings.

Classes are held in person on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the new building at Arlington High School, on Thursday evenings at Gibbs School, and during the day at the new community center, formerly called the senior center, and other locations around town. There are also online and outdoor weekend options, including nature, history and food walking tours. 

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Jason Russell House: Guided tours weekends through October

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The Jason Russell House, the site of brutal fighting on April 19, 1775, is now open on weekends only. This started May 28 and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 30. 

Visitors can also view a new exhibit at the house, called “Menotomy--Road to Revolution,” to learn the stories of Menotomy residents who mobilized to defend their homes and their village -- which later became the town of Arlington -- from retreating British troops.

The house is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.  Masks are required for admission. 

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Mystic River group to celebrate volunteers Oct. 12

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The Arlington-based Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) celebrates its 50th year with a meeting and a party set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in person at Mass General Brigham at Assembly Row, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville.

Parking is available, plus access from the Orange Line on the MBTA.

5:30-6 p.m., brief meeting. Join to hear brief highlights from the past year, elect new board members, get an overview of MyRWA financials and honor community-award recipients. If you are a member (volunteered or donated during the last year), you can vote for 2022-2023 board members, see the board slate here >>

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Schwamb Mill: Indigenous Peoples' Day to be discussed Oct. 15

Old Schwamb Mill logoUPDATED Oct. 3: On Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m., the Old Schwamb Mill is to present "Indigenous Peoples' Day: Our Shared Past: The Life and World of the Saunkskwa of the Massachusett." This talk will feature speakers Doreen Stevens, mill board member and Heather Leavell, director and curator, Cyrus Dallin Museum of Art.

The Massachusett were a Native American tribe from the region in and around present-day greater Boston. The name comes from the Massachusett language term for "At the Great Hill," referring to the Blue Hills overlooking Boston Harbor. Speakers will discuss the history of Massachusett and Arlington’s connection to the indigenous people, particularly sculpture Cyrus Dallin’s work, which was inspired by classical forms, figures in Euro-American history, indigenous peoples and his family and friends.

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Vocal Revolution's fall show in Arlington Oct. 29


Join Vocal Revolution for its fall show, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 630 Mass. Ave.

The evening of world-class vocal music ranges from choral to classic barbershop, plus such recognizable favorites as "Here Comes the Sun" and "Fly Me to the Moon."

The show, with something for everyone, also features fan-favorite quartet Daily Special (2019 Northeastern District Barbershop champion).

Read more: Vocal Revolution's fall show in Arlington Oct. 29

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra to present 50th Christmas concert

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UPDATED Oct. 2: The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by Mark Harvey of Arlington, continues its 50th season on Saturday, Dec. 10, with its annual Christmas concert at the Church of the Covenant in Boston, the venue where Aardvark held its first concert, on Dec. 23, 1973.

This Boston holiday tradition will feature jazz-infused carols, soulful spirituals and Harvey originals, including his Afro-Jazz Benedictus and his high-energy arrangement of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, a staple of the Christmas concerts since 1973.

Tickets are $20, with proceeds to support the Poor People’s United Fund.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled at MIT's mainstage Kresge Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. 

Among the selections will be Harvey’s Faces of Souls and Ellington’s It’s Freedom. A highlight will be the premiere of Harvey’s latest work, American Agonistes, channeling the moods of sorrow and outrage so characteristic of our times.

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Cantilena Chorale: Looking ahead to Dec. 11 concert

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UPDATED Sept. 27: Cantilena Chorale, a contemporary classical-music women’s chorus, heard SSAA singers through Sept. 26 for in-person fall rehearsals in advance of a Sunday, Dec. 11, concert titled "Comfort & Joy."

The SSAA sought all treble voice parts at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, 630 Mass. Ave., for in-person auditions by appointment only Aug. 22 and will do so again following the 7:30 p.m. open rehearsals on Sept. 19 and Sept. 26. All auditionees needed proof of full vaccination to attend in-person audition or rehearsal. 

Auditions by Director Elinor Armsby consist of vocalization, pitch-matching and sight-reading exercises. Potential singers are asked to choose a simple short song to demonstrate vocal quality, technique and musicality. 

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'Beauty from Ashes' exhibit at Cutter closed

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UPDATED Aug. 15: The Cutter Gallery Arlington has mounted a new exhibition, this one with an artist who is new to the gallery.

"Beauty from Ashes," by Isabella Rose, opened Aug. 7, and it has a closing reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 4. Gallery representatives hope the public will come by to suppport the gallery's efforts and to welcome this artist.  

The Cutter Gallery is on the lowest floor of the Jefferson Cutter House, 611 Mass. Ave., a building that also houses the Dallin Art Museum and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Public parking is available behind the building off Mystic Street.

Read more: 'Beauty from Ashes' exhibit at Cutter closed

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.

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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. 

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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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