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LGBTQIA+ events: Rainbow Commission tonight

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 Thursday, May 19, from 6:30-8:30pm, LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission meeting. The May meeting of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission. All meetings are open to the public and we welcome you to attend and learn more about what we’re doing for Arlington!  Register here.

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Arlington Greek Festival to return in June

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Get ready. The Arlington Greek Festival is set to return starting Friday, June 10, at 11 a.m. through Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m., at the St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church, 4 Appleton St.

As always, there is no admission fee, and the venue is handicapped-accessible

Gyros, Souvlaki, Loukoumades . . . oh my!

Read more: Arlington Greek Festival to return in June

Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely Friday

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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, May 20.

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, May 19, the day before the virtual open mic.

Read more: Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely Friday

Schwamb Mill Saturday:  'Arlington’s Cultural Heights Revisited'

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UPDATED May 13: The Old Schwamb Mill is presenting a talk titled “Arlington’s Cultural Heights Revisited” with speakers Sarah Burks, Doreen Stevens and Aimee Taberner, coauthors, Arlington’s Cultural Heights (2014). The illustrated talk, about the remarkable artists’ colony that flourished in western Arlington during the early 1900s, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.Freedom's Way

At that time, the Arlington Heights and Crescent Hill neighborhoods boasted a significant concentration of creative residents, including the Bavarian master wood carver Johannes Kirkmeyer, short story writer and poet Susan Hartley Swett, newspaper journalist Marjorie A. MacBride, poet and editor William S.B. Braithwaite and, most notably, Cyrus Dallin, sculptor of the Paul Revere Equestrian statue in Boston’s North End among many other figures.

Refreshments and an opportunity to view the exhibit “Into the Woods” exhibit will follow the talk.

Read more: Schwamb Mill Saturday:  'Arlington’s Cultural...

Regent Sunday: Animation king; 'My Son the Waiter' closes

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"My Son the Waiter"

Runs for five weeks with six shows a weekMy Son the Waiter

April 21 until May 22

If you have ever longed for something, if you have ever desired it with all your heart, if you have been willing to wait tables for 29 years in order to pursue your dream then, My Son The Waiter will give new meaning to your life with "90 minutes of nonstop laughter!" 

Learn more | Show Times

An Evening with Bill Plympton

The King of Indie Animation

Screening and presentation by the king of indie animation, including his Oscar-nominated shorts, and featuring the award-winning "Demi's Panic."

Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

Learn more | Show Times

Arlington writer provides animated background

In a Q-&-A, Arlington resident Danny Leonard, a 1987 graduate of Arlington High School who is involved with the show and is partnering with the Arlington International Film Festival, explains:

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Town Day to return Sept. 17; sign up for a booth until 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. 

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Historical society Tuesday: 25 years of images show towns changes

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UPDATED May 17: The Arlington Historical Society has released its listing of programs for 2021-22. Its regular location for Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. programs is the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St. (access for the disabled is at rear).

Programs are simulcast on YouTube >> To request a link, email the society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With "My Story," the society resumes and expands on the 2019-2020 program theme: The Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt suspension to our public programming in March 2020 and prevented gathering for the entire 2020-2021 season—a first in the history of the society. Next up, after a scheduling change:

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It's so easy being Green: Hear pop artist Tuesday

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Arlington Community Education is sponsoring “An Evening with Pop Artist Howie Green,” set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Arlington High School.

The cost for this one-night event is $15.

Join the internationally recognized pop artist, designer, author — and Arlington Community Education cover artist — for a colorful overview of his career and journey through several decades of creative pursuits. They include TV, toys, collectible figures, publications, Hollywood, web and multimedia, album covers, urban sketching, public art and, as he puts it, “the kitchen sink!"

Find further information about the event and Green here >>

Read more: It's so easy being Green: Hear pop artist Tuesday

Keep singing with Mystic Chorale Tuesday

Together: Fall 2021 concertNick Page directing. / Lee Daum photo

Mystic Chorale continues to welcome all who love to sing to celebrate our connections to each other in "ARISE!," inspired by songwriter Jean Roe’s words, “To a more perfect union we aspire, and lift our voices from the fire.”

Ten weeks of rehearsals begin Tuesday, April 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at First Parish Unitarian, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. Mystic will perform a concert at Carey Hall in Lexington on June 10.

In his penultimate season before moving to Missouri last November, after 32 years with Mystic Chorale, much-beloved founder and artistic director Nick Page will lead a glorious season that promises to lift the spirits and souls of singers and audience alike. 

Page says: “For my last two seasons with the Mystic I want to pull out all the stops.  I want us to go full glory with full compassionate connections to each other, to our audiences and to the universe. We will create magnificence!”

This spring is sure to be both exhilarating and stirring as the chorus begins to bid him farewell.

Read more: Keep singing with Mystic Chorale Tuesday

Dallin Museum walking tours to start May 27

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Sculpture + Architecture Walking Tours of Arlington Center, 6 to 7 p.m., May 27, June 23, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22.

For art and history enthusiasts of all ages, experience the masterful public works created by the celebrated American sculptor Dallin for his adopted hometown.

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). Before or after the tour, plan to visit one of the many wonderful restaurants in Arlington Center! 

The tour starts in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, 611 Mass. Ave., Arlington Center. Metered parking is available in the lot behind the building.

The May 27 tour is being offered in conjunction with the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s Hidden Treasure’s program. Admission is free. Tickets for subsequent programs are a suggested donation of $10 per person. Register at Dallin.org/events.

Read more: Dallin Museum walking tours to start May 27

Jason Russell House opening for guided tours May 28

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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. 

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'Soul of Camera' closes May 29 at Cutter

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UPDATED May 15: 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 May exhibition, "The Soul of a Camera" by Richard Krigstein, continues Sunday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Read more: 'Soul of Camera' closes May 29 at Cutter

Boston Festival Orchestra, in 2nd season, lists summer lineup

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From left, Allison Parramore, Alyssa Wang and Evan Khan.

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;
• 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, lists...

Farmers' market to return June 8

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UPDATED,  Oct. 27: The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 24th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, closed for the season after Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

From the Oct. 27 market newsletter: "Patti the Knife Lady will be at the market today. Cyndi the Fish Lady will NOT be at the market.

"Many many thanks to all you terrific customers who have patronized the Arlington Farmers' Market this summer. You're the best - you keep us going.

"All the vendors and I are grateful for your business, your loyalty, and your good cheer! Best wishes for a healthy journey into 2022. See you then, on June 8.

"See you on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Same time, same place."

Read more: Farmers' market to return June 8

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.

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. 

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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.

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

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