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'Mindscapes/ Bodyscapes' at Cutter Saturday

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UPDATED June 25: The Cutter Gallery is a hidden gem with limited hours, but you can find it on the lowest floor of the Jefferson Cutter House, which houses the Dallin Art Museum and the Chamber of Commerce.

The gallery's June and July exhibition, "Mindscapes/Bodyscapes" by Emily Dugie and Baolong Song, opened with a reception Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. It continues Wednesdays, from 2 to 5 p.m.,  June 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Saturdays, from 1 to 4 p.m., July 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Read more: 'Mindscapes/ Bodyscapes' at Cutter Saturday

Jason Russell House has guided tours weekends through October

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The Jason Russell House, the site of brutal fighting on April 19, 1775, plans to open for guided tours from May 28 until Oct. 30. 

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

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

Read more: Jason Russell House has guided tours weekends...

Celebrate 4th Robbins Farm Park with Reminisants, big screen

Stephanie Burns holds Libby, who sniffs the new dog sculpture at Robbins Farm. / Kathleen Fink photo
Stephanie Burns holds Libby, who sniffs the new dog sculpture at Robbins Farm in 2018. / Kathleen Fink photo

Last Fourth of July was the first major event at Robbins Farm Park since before the pandemic began, but it was only a band and a picnic.

This year the Friends of the park are thrilled to bring back the full event -- a live band plus the big screen.

The Independence Day celebration starts at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic or buy pies and snacks while listening to the Reminisants, a 49-year-old oldies band.

The Boston fireworks are expected at 10:30 p.m. Monday, July 4. and you can watch them from afar -- or on the big screen.

Read more ...Celebrate 4th Robbins Farm Park with...

Farmers' market 2 to 6:30 Wednesday

Watch ACMi's video of the farmers' market.

The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 25th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, continues Wednesday, June 29, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

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From the June 29 market newsletter: "Blisspoint Meadery is back this week. Check out the many flavors. Flats Mentor is also back. Busa Farm is now raising greens and lettuces hydroponically. Ask Fran and Max to tell you about this new farming method."

For more info, including a list of this year's vendors, please visit the market website >>

Read more: Farmers' market 2 to 6:30 Wednesday

Town Day to return Sept. 17; sign up for a booth by Aug. 1

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Delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic since 2019, the Town of Arlington plans to celebrate Town Day, set for Saturday, Sept, 17,

Come and see some familiar faces and make some new acquaintances. The location remains the same: on Mass. Ave., between Jason Street and Pleasant Street. 

If you are a vendor or an organization, and you want to have a booth, you may sign up for one. 

Read more: Town Day to return Sept. 17; sign up for a booth...

Boston Festival Orchestra, in 2nd season, starts July 17

Boston Festival Orchestra: Parramore, Wang, Kahn
From left, Allison Parramore, Alyssa Wang and Evan Khan.

UPDATED MAY 31: The Boston Festival Orchestra has announced its second season's summer program.

Last June, the orchestra, with direct Arlington connections, opened its initial season as the first ensemble to bring live orchestra back to Boston after a year and a half. Now, season two features:

• Alyssa Wang, principal conductor, leads three performances in Jordan Hall on July 17, 24 and 31 -- all at 3 p.m.;
• The opening Summer Mainstage concert features cellist, Evan Kahn, performing Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2;
• BFO flutist Allison Parramore takes center stage on July 24 with Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Parramore is also featured heavily on July 17 in Debussy’s "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun";
• Highlights include Brahms Symphony No. 2 on July 24 and Dvorak Symphony No. 8 on July 31; and
• Venturing into contemporary music, the BFO performs David LePage’s "Sleep Softly" in its finale concert on July 31, featuring solos from concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee.

Read more: Boston Festival Orchestra, in 2nd season, starts...

Dallin Museum walking tours continue July 21

Panels for Dallin Museum indiginous exhibit.Dallin's 'Menotomy Hunter'
at Town Hall garden.

UPDATED June 24: Join fellow art and history lovers on Thursday, July 21, for a one-hour guided walking tour of Arlington Center’s highlights.

Experience the masterful public works created by the celebrated American sculptor Cyrus Dallin. Learn the stories behind notable memorials and historic buildings, including the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue (1976), Soldiers and Sailors Monument (1887) and the art-deco Arlington Co-operative Bank (1934). All ages are welcome. 

Sponsored by the Dallin Museum, the tour starts at 6 p.m. in front of the museum, 611 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. Metered parking is available in the lot behind the building, off Mystic St. 

Before or after your tour, plan to visit one of the many unique restaurants in Arlington Center.

Suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for museum members and students, children 13 and under free. Register here >> 

Read more: Dallin Museum walking tours continue July 21

Astronomy Nights, last held in 2019, continue July 23

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Jeffrey Alexander, who for years has organized Astronomy Nights at Robbins Farm, has scheduled three events, the second to be held Saturday, July 23.

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed these events until June 11. Before that, the last was held in October 2019.

In an email to subscribers, he wrote in June: "I’m going to be running a few Astronomy nights this summer .... I’ve been holding off sending this message hoping for a clearer forecast." Subsequently, he did, and the event was held.

Read more: Astronomy Nights, last held in 2019, continue...

Alewife Brook sewage campaign: Key meeting held

Caption: Worst Offender: Somerville’s SOM01A Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)Worst Offender: Somerville’s SOM01A combined sewer overflow.

Precinct 13 Town Meeting member Kristin Anderson, who is monitoring the combined sewer overflows into the Alewife Brook, provided this update.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, Cambridge, Somerville and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) are holding their first public meeting via Zoom to discuss Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs).


The legal limit for sewage discharge in the Alewife Brook is 7.29 million gallons. In 2021, 51 million gallons of untreated sewage pollution was dumped in the Alewife Brook. The sewage pollution has been getting worse, not better.

Why is the MWRA hiding sewage pollution?

Save the Alewife needs you to participate in this meeting. Let the MWRA, Cambridge, and Somerville know it is NOT OK to use the Alewife Brook as an open sewer.

Read more: Alewife Brook sewage campaign: Key meeting held

Schwamb Mill: Closing reception for 'Into the Woods' held

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UPDATED June 24: The closing reception for "Into the Woods: From Trees to Frames" is set for Saturday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibit 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.Music at the Mill Visitors to our closing reception will also enjoy music by the band Sure, Why Not?, from 2:30 to 4 pm. This local group offers an eclectic set list from Motown to modern, with a focus on feel good music that everyone can enjoy. Don't miss it! Free with suggested donation of $5.00.

Visitors will learn about various tree species native to New England, the history of frame making at the mill, and see examples of the types of wood and profiles used in making a frame using the same techniques and machinery in place since the 19th century.

Visitors to our closing reception will also enjoy music by the band Sure, Why Not?, from 2:30 to 4. This local group offers an eclectic set list from Motown to modern, with a focus on feel good music that everyone can enjoy.

Free with suggested donation of $5.

The exhibition is located in the Old Schwamb Mill’s Gallery, 17 Mill Lane in Arlington.

Read more: Schwamb Mill: Closing reception for 'Into the...

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.

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. 

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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.

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

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