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Let’s hope the weather tomorrow is better than the forecast because there’s an amazing day planned at the 2nd Annual Fresh Pond Day in Cambridge with events sure to delight kids and grownups alike. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one of Cambridge’s nicest outdoor spaces.
Fresh Pond Day Events Include:
- Native Plant Walks
- Cambridge Fire Department Truck Company Demonstration
- Scavenger Hunt
- Fire Dept Dive Team Demonstration
- Garlic Mustard Weed-Out
- Tours of the Water Treatment Facility
- Dog Licensing (bring proof that your pooch has a rabies vaccination)
- Voter Registration
- Sign Up for Free Home Energy Audits
- Free Bike Checks and Tune-Ups
- Fresh Pond Reservation Story Walk
- and more!!
Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
2nd Annual Fresh Pond Day
Saturday, May 9, 2010 10 a.m. to 2 pm.
250 Fresh Pond Parkway Cambridge MA
Fresh Pond Day Transportation:
Parking is limited at Fresh Pond Reservation.
Alternate parking nearby at the:
Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge
Free shuttle from the Alewife T station
Buses from Harvard Square that stop at Fresh Pond: 72, 74, 75 and 78
Free shuttles for seniors and wheelchair bound persons leave from the:
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave, Cambridge 617-349-6060
North Cambridge Senior Center, 2050 Mass Ave 617-349-6320
For more information or to find out about event cancellation due to severe weather call 617-349-4339. For more information see the city website.
Somerville Open Studios The weather’s supposed to be great tomorrow – perfect for hitting the streets and taking in Open Studios in Somerville.
There’s a lot to see over the two days – over 300 artists in more than 100 locations will invite people into their studios and homes.
Trolleys will be running around the city to transport visitors.
SOS booklets with maps and information about the artists are available around the city. We’ve got a stash at my office – stop by Coldwell Banker at 171 Huron Ave in Cambridge to pick up yours.
Somerville Open Studios – Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, 2010, noon to 6 pm
Want more? Check out the schedule for upcoming open studios in Massachusetts.
From Cambridge’s schools, to Cambridge businesses and local museums there’s a wealth of scientific talent in town. Much of it is on display this week at the 4th annual Cambridge Science Festival.
The festival opened on Saturday and daily events continue through Sunday, May 2, 2010. The lineup is truly amazing with plenty of free events and some that charge admission.
For adults and for kids – you’ll find lots to do every day through Sunday. Many Cambridge schools have science fairs scheduled this week with students’ projects on exhibit. Each weekday there’s a Lunch With a Laureate where you can brownbag it and have lunch and chat with a Nobel Prize winner. All week long you can participate in a Rock the World Treasure Hunt with clues placed around Cambridge based on geology questions. Your first clue is at Lesley’s University Hall at 1815 Mass Ave.
Here are some of my favorites on the schedule this week. All are free except where noted:
- Science Trivia Challenge. Teams compete in a Jeopardy-like test of general science knowledge. Kirsch Auditorium at the MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge. Wednesday, 6 – 9 pm.
- How the Hippies Saved Physics. Lecture at the MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Wednesday, 6 – 7 pm.
- Engineering Origami: Folding, Design and Analysis. Hands on workshop with MIT’s Origami Club. MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave. Thursday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
- Sidewalk Astronomy at Cambridge City Hall. View the stars and planets through telescopes set up outside City Hall. Weather permitting. Thursday, 8 – 10 pm.
- Science of Baseball. This talk will answer questions like How does a knuckleball work? Do steroids help baseball players? and more. Stata Center at MIT, 32 Vassar Street, Room 32-155. Friday, 6 – 7:30 pm.
- Science of Cheese. A Harvard Medical School professor and a local cheese expert will talk about why we love cheese. A reception and tasting follow. 21+ only. Preregistration required. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave. Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.
- Improbable Readings From the Ig Nobel Prizes. At the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. Four sessions on Saturday, 10 am, noon, 2:00 and 3:3o pm.
- Rocket Day at Danahy Park. Build and launch your own rocket. Bring a tennis ball and two two-liter drink bottles. $5 donation suggested. Sunday, May 2, 2010 10 am – 4 pm.
That’s just a sampling of what’s on tap this week at the Cambridge Science Festival. It’s truly astounding – and one more reason to love living in Cambridge! Check out the Cambridge Science Festival website for lots more info and the schedule for event details.
Residents of the Somerville Home, a retirement home on Summer Street in Somerville, have been writing their life stories and memoirs in a class funded by the Somerville Arts Council.
On Wednesday, May 5, 2010 residents will will read from their work in an event that is free and open to the public. The evening will be hosted by workshop leader and Somerville writer, Cam Terwilliger. Free refreshments will be served.
From the time I was little I’ve always been fascinated by older people’s stories so I’m really looking forward to this.
The reading is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 2010 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
The Somerville Home is located at 117 Summer Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Mark your calendars! See you at the Somerville Home!
I grew up in Concord so today is one of my favorite holidays – Patriots Day. And happily, in the age of the Monday holiday, this year Patriot’s Day falls on the “real” day – April 19th.
Today marks the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. There will be reenactments and parades in Lexington and Concord.
In Massachusetts the Monday holiday is also Marathon Day – today is the 114th Boston Marathon.
Last year when I was just starting this blog I went out in search of Obama bumper stickers. Along the way I kept seeing these mysterious stickers and wondered what does 26.2 mean?
I remembered coming across those inexplicable “420 friendly” references in Craigslist postings but since most of these bumper stickers were on cars in the Whole Foods parking lot I figured it meant something else entirely.
Sure enough – 26.2 is a bumper sticker for marathoners. A marathon is 26.2 miles in length. Yikes. Good luck to all the runners and Happy Patriots Day to everyone!
Boston Is Getting Ready For the Marathon I had to drop off some paperwork at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate office in Brookline yesterday.
The office is on Beacon Street – part of the Boston Marathon route – which I was reminded of when I saw all the signs posted.
The marathon is Monday but preparations are well underway.
There are shorter races scheduled for this weekend, lots of carbo loading, and last minute training.
Runners are pouring into the city though not all may make it. I heard on the news this morning that it’s possible that up to 10% of the runners won’t make it to Boston because of the volcanic ash cloud in Northern Europe making air travel difficult.
What fun to have a front row seat to it all!
C.S. Manegold, author of the new book, Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery In the North, will speak tomorrow night, Monday, March 1st, in Newton.
The talk is part of the lecture series Encountering Slavery and Race in New England and is funded by the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic & Religous Harmony.
Ten Hills Farm was a six-hundred acre farm that stretched across parts of Medford and Somerville. The farm was owned by three families – the Winthrops, the Ushers, and the Royalls – all of whom owned slaves are were tied to the slave trade. The Royall House and slave quarters, built in the 1730s, is close to Medford Square.
C.S. Manegold will speak at the Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street, West Newton at 7 p.m. on March 1, 2010. Admission is free. For more information please call Historic Newton at 617-796-1450.
I just bought Ten Hills Farm last night and look forward to an eye opening read. I’ll post about it when I’m done.
In honor of Black History Month, there will be a free gospel music concert at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford this Saturday.
Presented by the Somerville Community Baptist Church, the Community Gospel Choir will perform with a live band and other instrumentalists accompanying. Joe Fitzgerald, Boston Herald columnist, will be master of ceremonies.
The Community Gospel Choir is a volunteer group with members from several area churches. Stacie Clayton, Choral Director at the Somerville Community Baptist Church, is the choir director.
Admission is free. Donations accepted.
“We’ve Come This Far By Faith”, a gospel music concert, will take place Saturday, Feb. 27. 2010 at 5 p.m. at the Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford MA.
The theatre is between the Post Office and the Medford High School condos.