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Sustainable Belmont – Green Garden Tour

Green Garden Tour in Belmont

Green Garden Tour in Belmont

This Sunday, Sustainable Belmont is sponsoring a “Green Garden Tour.”  The Belmont Green Garden Tour will showcase organic and sustainable gardens around Belmont.  There are eight private gardens and two public gardens on the tour.  Gardeners on the tour are growing herbs, fruits, vegetables, flowers and shrubs.  Their gardens attract a variety of birds and butterflies.  Features of yards on the tour include:

  • Rain barrels
  • Compost bins
  • Solar panels
  • Chicken coops
  • Beehives

You are encouraged to ask the host gardeners questions while visiting their gardens.  You’re bound to pick up some great ideas.

The Sustainable Belmont Green Garden Tour is scheduled for Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 11 am to 3 pm.   The tour will be held rain or shine.  It is free and open to the public.

Here is a pamphlet to download with addresses, info and a map of the Green Garden Tour in Belmont.

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Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets and Your Family

Make sure your pets and family are safe in an emergency

Make sure your pets and family are safe in an emergency

I picked up a flyer at the Watertown Mall for a lecture on Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets and Your Family.  (Note to self – avoid the Registry of Motor Vehicles anytime around September 1st – the line just to sign in snaked through the mall, filled with students and others who had just moved to town.)

In this season of earthquakes, floods, tropical storms and more this seems like a timely topic. 

The lecture will be presented by Watertown Public Health Nurse, Patricia Moran, and Animal Control Officer, Karen O’Reilly.

The lecture, Emergency Preparedness: Your Family and Your Pet, is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Old Country Buffet at the Watertown Mall at 550 Arsenal Street, Watertown.  It’s an-all ages event – kids are invited to bring their teddy bear for a Teddy Bear Clinic and free blood pressure screenings will be available from 11 to noon.

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Somerville Happiness Survey Meeting

Somerville Happiness SurveyThe city of Somerville garnered national attention when they were the first municipality in the country to survey residents’ happiness.

On Tuesday, the city will discuss the results of the Well-Being Survey, aka the Happiness Survey, at an interactive community meeting at the Somerville High School Library.

Mayor Curtatone and city staff members will share findings from the study.  Audience input will be encouraged and residents will get a chance to share their opinions and stories about how Somerville impacts their happiness.

The Somerville Happiness Survey meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2o11 at 6:30 pm at 81 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA.  Take a right after the Main Office and the Library will be down the hall to the right.

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4th of July Fireworks Near Cambridge – 2011

4th of July in Cambridge MA

4th of July in Cambridge MA

Wondering about fireworks near Cambridge for this 4th of July?  Here’s the scoop on local 4th of July celebrations in and near Cambridge and best places to see the Boston fireworks.

This is last year’s post.  Click on the link to find July 4, 2012 info.

4th of July Fireworks In Cambridge

Cambridge doesn’t hold its own July 4th fireworks display but we have front row seats to the Boston fireworks that follow the Boston Pops concert.  You can make a day of it by the Hatch Shell in Boston or you can stay on this side of the river and soak it all in.  The Boston Pops concert begins at 8:30 pm on July 4th, 2011.  The fireworks display begins at 10:30 pm.  The Cambridge side of the river should be less crowded.  The Mass Ave bridge is a popular vantage point.  The fireworks can be seen from plenty of the taller buildings around town so if you know somebody with an upper level condo, dorm room or office give them a call!

Rumor has it that there will be games for kids etc on July 4th in Cambridge at Donnelly Field on Berkshire Street.  I’ve spent some time searching about online (is G-ogle broken? I’ve never had such a frustrating time pulling together info as I’ve had writing this post.  Perhaps it’s a combination of the big G losing its stuff and city and town budgetary cutbacks, but the local offerings seem somewhat anemic this year.) and can’t find an official announcement of any sort.

Arlington MA 4th of July Celebration

Catch the Boston Pops concert and the fireworks on the big screen at Arlington’s 4th of July celebration at Robbins Farm park.  There will be refreshments and the John Penny Band will supply musical entertainment beginning at 7 pm.  Make an evening of it – the gathering begins at 6 pm and the Boston Pops fireworks begin about 10:30 pm.  Robbins Farm Park is on Eastern Avenue in Arlington MA.

Lexington MA Fireworks

You can get an early start on fireworks in Lexington tonight at the annual Fourth of July Carnival sponsored by the Lexington Lions Club.  The carnival is open Saturday, July 2, 2011 from noon to 11 pm; on Sunday, July 3 from 1 pm to 11 pm, and on Monday, July 4th from 1 pm to 7 pm.  The fireworks are scheduled for tonight, Saturday, July 2, 2011 at approx. 9:30 pm.  The carnival is held at Center Field off Worthen Road.

Waltham MA 4th of July Fireworks

Neither Belmont nor Watertown have fireworks on the 4th of July so you may want to head over to the party in Waltham.  During the day on July 4, 2011 there’s a kid-focused event at Prospect Hill Park on Totten Pond Road.  From 10 am to 2 pm there will be inflatable rides, games, music, food and more.  Then at 5:30 pm the party starts at Leary Field on Bacon Street.  There will be food, music and the fireworks display starting at 9:30 pm on July 4th.

Somerville on the 4th of July

Somerville celebrates the Fourth of July early – its party was held on Thursday, June 30th with fireworks and entertainment at Trum Field.  Even earlier, they held a “4th of July” event on June 25th.  But if you want a chance to see fireworks on the 4th of July in Somerville you may want to head over to Prospect Hill Park where you’ll have a great view of the Boston fireworks along the Charles.

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Co-op Fair in Cambridge on Saturday

Find Out about Local Co-ops at the Fair on Saturday

Find Out about Local Co-ops at the Fair on Saturday

If you’ve stayed in the city this holiday weekend (and judging from my easy drive home tonight many of you haven’t) there’s a Co-op Fair being held tomorrow, Saturday, July 2, 2011 on Essex Street in Cambridge.

Part of a celebration of co-ops around the world, the 2011 Mass Bay Co-op Faire is the first time the International Day for Cooperatives has been celebrated in the Boston area.

Participants include:

  • Boston-Area Solidarity Economy Network
  • Cooperative Fund of New England
  • BRANCHES housing co-ops
  • Equal Exchange
  • Beacon Hill Friends House
  • Boston Building Resources

Stop by the fair to learn about local co-ops of all types – workers, agricultural, housing, etc.  There will also be a screening of the movie At Home in Utopia about New York housing co-ops in the 1930s – 1950s.

The Co-op Fair will be held in the parking lot on Essex Street adjacent to the Harvest Co-op from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, July 2, 1011.

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Trees In Medford – Lecture on Thursday

This Thursday, Dee Morris, author of Medford: A Brief History, will present a lecture at the Medford Public Libary titled What the Trees Saw: Their Perspective on Medford History.

While too many of Medford’s streets have too few trees, Medford is a Tree City (see below) and has been home to some truly magnificent trees.  Several years ago the city published a calendar featuring some of Medford’s grandest trees.  It was fabulous – I bought a dozen copies.

Otis Street, Medford MA in 1911 -When Trees Grew Large, Unhindered by Overhead Wires

Otis Street, Medford MA in 1911 -When Trees Grew Large, Unhindered by Overhead Wires

Morris’s lecture will touch on some of Medford’s early tree enthusiasts including Peter Chardon Brooks, Elizur Wright and Lauren Dame.

The tree lecture will be held at the Medford Public libray on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 7 pm.  The library is located at 111 High Street, Medford MA.

Wondering what’s a Tree City?

The Tree City program is administered by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Asssociation of State Foresters.  More than 3400 US towns and cities are currently designated as Tree Cities.  To qualify, a community must have:

  • A Tree Board or Department
  • A Tree Care Ordinance
  • A Community Forest Program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  • An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

Wondering when is Arbor Day?(I know I was as I typed the last line)  It’s the last Friday in April – that’s the national observance and the day it is celebrated in Massachusetts and many other states.  Arbor Day may be observed on a different day in your state particularly if there’s a better time of year to plant trees.

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Shared Housing – Making Your House Work for the Long Run

Housing Options - Is Shared Living In Your Future?

Housing Options - Is Shared Living In Your Future?

Wednesday lecture: Explore Shared Housing Options   Perhaps it’s the economy or an aging population but many more people are considering shared housing as an option that might work for them.

It’s not a new idea –  grandparents have often moved in with their children and grandchildren, young couples bunked in with the in-laws in order to save money, tenants have dealt with steep rental costs by sharing apartments with strangers who become roommates and perhaps friends.

At the same time that some shared housing options have been almost eliminated – single room occupancy buildings for example – others have joined the mix – with several cohousing developments thriving in Cambridge.

This Wednesday several local organizations are sponsoring a discussion on Shared Housing at the next Making Your Home Work for the Long Run workshop.  Sponsoring organizations include:

  • Staying Put Working Group
  • Somerville Cambridge Elder Services
  • Cambridge Council on Aging
  • Somerville Council on Aging
  • SCM Door to Door Transportation

Panelists will share their experiences and information about various forms of shared housing including home sharing, coops, joint family living quarters and cohousing.  Small group discussions will touch on things to consider and questions to ask when considering some form of shared housing.

The workshop will be held at the VNA Facility, 3rd floor, 259 Lowell Street, Somerville MA on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be available from 5:15 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.   Reserve a spot by calling 617-628-2601 ext. 601 or by emailing Susann at [email protected]

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Opposition House – Cambridge

Opposition House - Now On Hancock Place Cambridge

Opposition House - Now On Hancock Place Cambridge

This Sunday, the Cambridge Historical Society will screen the documentary Opposition House by filmmaker Susan Chasen.

The film tells the story of a mid-Cambridge house that was built in 1807 to block the construction of Harvard Street.

The house was moved and still stands on Hancock Place.  Nicknamed Opposition House, the property was added to the National Historic Register in 1982.

The screening at the Cambridge Historical Society is free and open to the public.  The Cambridge Historical Society is located 159 Brattle Street in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House.  The movie screening is scheduled for 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 12, 2011.

If you can’t make the film screening this Sunday, CCTV will broadcast the movie in June on cable TV in Cambridge.  Opposition House can be seen on:

  • June 15. 2011 at 10:00 am on Channel 10
  • June 16, 2011 at 9:00 am on Channel 10
  • June 18. 2011 at 9:30 am on Channel 10
  • June 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm on Channel 9 and at 9:20 pm on Channel 10
  • June 24. 2011 at 6:00 pm on Channel 9
  • June 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm on Channel 10

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