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Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely Oct. 1

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, Oct. 1.

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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, Sept. 30, the day before the virtual open mic.

Read more: Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely Oct. 1

LGBTQIA+ Rainbow events: Celebrate seniors Tuesday


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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 fCelebrate seniorsull 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. 

Sign up here >> 

Read more: LGBTQIA+ Rainbow events: Celebrate seniors Tuesday

Mystic Chorale in live rehearsals Tuesday, with precautions

Together: Fall 2021 concert

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.

Read more: Mystic Chorale in live rehearsals Tuesday, with...

Farmers' market continues Wednesday

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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.""

Read more: Farmers' market continues Wednesday

Old Schwamb Mill: Town jazz performers Thursday

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UPDATED, Sept. 19:  On Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., enjoy the sounds of the jazz group C#minor7, featuring Arlington High School’s Tino D’Agostino on bass, Arlington’s Peter Lehman on the theorbo and Sergio Bellotti on drums.

 Admission is free, with a $5 the suggested donation.

Read more: Old Schwamb Mill: Town jazz performers Thursday

Sign up by Saturday to paint Heights' Halloween windows

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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.

Read more: Sign up by Saturday to paint Heights' Halloween...

Los Zorros at Town Tavern Saturday

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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.

Read more: Los Zorros at Town Tavern Saturday

Plug in with swing outside Sunday

Plug In at the Robbins is entering its 10th season in September. 

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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. 

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 If the weather is sunny, bring your lawn chair or blanket to the Whittemore House lawn directly behind Robbins Library.
If the weather is rainy, we will gather at Town Hall, where there is plenty of room to spread out and be physically distanced. 

Michèle Meagher, coordinator, Plug In.


This news announcement was published Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

Raposa exhibit underway at Cutter Gallery

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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.

Read more: Raposa exhibit underway at Cutter Gallery

Arlington Author Salon Oct. 7: 'Protection'


Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m., online.

Register here >> (You will receive the Zoom link and password automatically, via Eventbrite, before the event.)

Be sure to help support our in-person locale, Kickstand Café, which is open for takeout and outdoor yumminess.

View the recording of the last Salon with Chip Cheek, Jennifer Dupee, and Calvin Hennick.

Spotlight on "Protection" with Prescott, Fay and Lang.

Read more: Arlington Author Salon Oct. 7: 'Protection'

Philharmonic Orchestra open rehearsals return

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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).

Read more: Philharmonic Orchestra open rehearsals return

Free Jason Russell House outdoor tours

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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. 

Read more: Free Jason Russell House outdoor tours

Tech-ed registration for adults open for 2021-22

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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.”

Read more: Tech-ed registration for adults open for 2021-22

Arlington Garden Club reaches out

The Arlington Garden Club'sflowers logo 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.  

Read more: Arlington Garden Club reaches out

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

Take a LEAP: Consider training about access to camps

Model U.N. students with U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in June 2018.Model U.N. students with U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in 2018. Kim Kay Holt started the group. 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.

Read more: Take a LEAP: Consider training about access to...

'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.

Read more: 'Fugitive Stories' returning to Kickstand at...

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. 

Read more: Kid Care Afterschool registration open for new...

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.

Read more: Department of Children and Family Services seeks...

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