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Mystic Chorale's to present 'Together' on Tuesday

Together: Fall 2021 concert

UPDATED Nov. 17: Mystic Chorale has held its last rehearsal at First Parish Unitarian before its Nov. 30 concert, "Together." 

The event celecelebrates the chorus’s return to singing live on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 at Cary Hall in Lexington.

Directed by Nick Page and featuring Donnell Patterson on piano, a smaller but stalwart chorus brings back some of Mystic’s favorite songs of celebration, including the Miriam Makeba hit, Pata Pata, with returning guest Nthabi Thakadu. 

Exploring the diversity of choral music, Mystic sings Glory to God from Handel's Messiah along with Nick Page’s arrangement of Joey Weisenberg’s Kol HaNeshama, and Nthabi leads the moving Gospel prayer I Need You to Survive. The chorus honors Ysaye Barnwell with her arrangements of Power! Lord! and Steal Away, which provide moments of singular might. The concert closes with Donnell’s soul-stirring arrangement of Every Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving, featuring returning soloist Louise Grasmere.

Read more: Mystic Chorale's to present 'Together' on Tuesday

Historical society: 'Bullet-Riddled Artifacts' Tuesday

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UPDATED Nov. 19: 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. (disabled access is at rear).

Programs are simulcast on Zoom. 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:

'Bullet-Riddled Artifacts: Curated Objects of Memory' by Joel Bohy on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

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Menotomy Grill: Live music Thursday

The Menotomy Grill & Tavern, 8 years old, is back to brewing live music Thursday nights now that Covid-19 has relented.

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The pandemic closed the place in March 2020, and dining returned that June.

 Dennis Brennan performs starting at 9 p.m. Dec. 2 after a Thanksgiving break. Plenty of parking, and never a cover.

Read more: Menotomy Grill: Live music Thursday

AFD thriller 'Angel Street' to open Friday

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"Angel Street" is set to open at AFD Theatre on Dec. 3, and runs through Dec. 18 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Tickets are $25 or become a member and save.

As winter nears, why not cozy up to a night of suspense with this Victorian psychological thriller?

Meet Jack, who is trying to convince his wife, Bella, that she can no longer trust her own mind, she no longer knows what is true, and she is slowly going insane.

Will his underlying sinister plot be revealed before it is too late? Come find out why. "Gaslighting" began on Angel Street.

Read more: AFD thriller 'Angel Street' to open Friday

Play, listen to Kickstand open mic remotely Friday

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, Dec. 3.

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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, Dec, 2, the day before the virtual open mic.

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

Cantilena Chorale to return Dec. 12

UPDATED Nov. 21: As Cantilena Chorale rebounds from the long 2020-21 performing arts hiatus and has schedule a concert for Dec. 12, it faces a steep increase in expenses, including rent for rehearsal space, live-streaming costs and ensuring fair wages for its pianist and incoming music director.  To accomplish all we have planned for the 2021-22 season, member-paid dues and anticipated ticket sales are not sufficient.

Cantilena logoYour tax-deductible donation to Cantilena make performances possible. 

The live-stream concert Sunday, Dec. 12, is "Fire in the Garden: Choral Music about Climate Change." This performance, named for the premiere of its timely commissioned work by Giselle Wyers, revives the postponed 2020 spring program under Interim Music Director Dr. Allegra Martin and pianist Kelvyn Koning.

This on-line performance will be available for viewing from Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, with ticket purchase here >>

Read more: Cantilena Chorale to return Dec. 12

Old Schwamb Mill: Craft show held Nov. 20

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UPDATED Nov. 20:  The Old Schwamb Mill, called the oldest mill site in the United States, presented its 2021 crafts show and sale on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 17 Mill Lane in Arlington.

 The seasonal crafts show featured two floors of beautiful hand-made fabric art, jewelry, picture frames, photography and more, located in an 1864-era woodworking mill building. 

These artisans displayed works:

Read more: Old Schwamb Mill: Craft show held Nov. 20

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

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.

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'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. 

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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.

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