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Sunday, March 11th, 2018
12:31 pm
Hardy School tree
This is one of three trees in the Hardy playground which will be cut down this spring to make room for an addition to the school. New trees will be planted elsewhere on the property to make up for the loss of these trees.
a medium-sized tree with snow-covered branches, and a red brick school building in the background
Thursday, December 29th, 2016
6:47 pm
The new French restaurant in the bank building formerly occupied by Flora will be opening for the first time on New Year's Eve. They're serving dinner from 5 to 10 pm, and the bar will be open until 1:30 am, with live music starting at 10pm. You can make a reservation online at http://42itous.livejournal.com/383424.html.

(I'm not affiliated with the restaurant; I just signed up for their email list so I'm reporting the info that they sent out via email.)
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
6:10 pm
Arlington Open Studios is this weekend!
green and purple quilt

October 17th and 18th from noon to 5pm, Arlington Center for the Arts (41 Foster St) will be hosting its annual Open Studio weekend. In addition to over 80 artists in one building, there will be live music by local musicians, and refreshments available from Flora Restaurant. Come see our town's creative talent!

(I'll be showing my quilts, bags, photography, and more in the hall just outside the gallery, overlooking the atrium (it's called the First Floor on the "passport"). If you come to the event, please let me know you saw this announcement -- it'll warm my heart to know that someone is still reading LiveJournal!)
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
2:46 pm
street sign reading, businesses are wonderful during construction
Monday, January 20th, 2014
8:33 pm
donate blood
Hi Menotomians,

The extreme winter weather these last few weeks has forced cancellation of blood drives across the US, leaving the Red Cross more than 8,000 donations short. If you are eligible to donate blood or platelets, PLEASE make an appointment to donate at one of these upcoming drives!

First Parish Church
630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington
8:00 AM 2:00 PM

Cambridge Masonic Lodge
1950 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
2:00 PM 7:00 PM

Covenant Church
9 Westminster Ave, Arlington
2:00 PM 7:00 PM

You can make your appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting their website.
Thank you!
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
10:03 pm
Arlington Open Studio is this weekend!
October 19th and 20th from noon to 5pm, 80 artists and craftspeople will be showing their work in one location, Arlington Center for the Arts, at 41 Foster Street (between Mass Ave and Broadway, near the Walgreens traffic light). There'll be live music and yummy local food.

More info about the event can be found here.

You can see a slideshow preview of all the artists' work here.

I'll be there showing my quilts, bags, and photography.
Saturday, July 27th, 2013
10:39 pm
more chairs
I did make it to the other half of Chairful and have finally uploaded my photos, some of which you can see here behind this cut.Collapse )

You can still see this exhibit for one more day, Sunday. There will be a closing ceremony at 6pm at the Dallin Museum in Arlington Center.
Monday, July 22nd, 2013
11:38 am
Chairful Where You Sit
The second annual Chairful fundraiser is under way, with dozens of wonderful chairs designed by local artists on display this week only. I went to the opening reception last night at one of the two locations.
Click here for pictures of some of my favorites.Collapse )

About half of the chairs are for sale outright, and the other half available via a silent auction. Proceeds go to support arts education and enrichment programs in Arlington. You can see half of the exhibition in Arlington Center and the other half on the bike path at Lake Street.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
3:07 pm
For current and past participants in the Friday Arlington JF&CS new parents' group:
Hi all,

As some of you may know, Elise, the longtime moderator/gem of the Friday morning JF&CS group at the Calvary church is moving to Seattle. Many of us are thankful for her 10+ years of volunteer service and are having a fun informal reunion in her honor this Thursday at Magnolia Park, starting at 4:30 PM.

For more information (including info about the scrapbook in progress - deadline is today or arrive early at the event):

To RSVP to the reunion (recommended!)

Hope you can join us!

PS: please pass this along to other parents who might be interested!
Monday, May 20th, 2013
1:58 pm
ISO primer and paint
I have a chair I want to paint and donate for Chairful Where You Sit this year. Anyone out there have some leftover primer they'd be willing to give me? Or interesting colors of paint? (Pretty much anything other than beige or white is interesting to me.) House paint is preferable, since the chairs spend a week outdoors.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
4:40 pm
Happy bike week!

Are you missing out on bike breakfasts, wishing you’d planned ahead so you could score as many free bagels as possible? (psst - breakfast locations are here)

Well it’s not too late – the best event of Bike Week isn’t technically during Bike Week…it’s the 4th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival and it’s NEXT MONDAY, May 20th.

The festival is a benefit for Massbike, and it is the only film festival in the USA that will make you want to drop everything and ride off into the sunset (or at least head away for a weekend). This year, our Grand Jury Prize winner is a fascinating story of a 23-year old Boston mother of three who cycled the globe in just 15 months – in 1894!

We are also the only film festival to feature a Cookie Showcase of the area’s best bakeries - which is what happens when event planners have a sweet tooth.

One lucky attendee will win an amazing door prize – a spot on Ciclismo Classico’s Piedmont and the Lake District tour (a $2,800 value!). We’ll also be raffling off an eclectic collection of cool bike jerseys to outfit you for your next ride.


Monday, May 20th, 2013

Regent Theatre, Arlington MA (7 Medford Street)

Social hour 6:00 PM; Films begin 7:00 PM

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door


Check us out on facebook!

(cross-posted with boston_cycling and dslj)
Monday, February 25th, 2013
6:31 pm
Sunday, February 10th, 2013
7:55 pm
PSA For Highway Driving
Snow peeps: roads were pretty passable today, but you will not get much room for merging on the ramps. Slow down, assume you will need to yield to get in, and expect last-moment shifts from merging on-ramps if you are in the right lane.
Monday, November 5th, 2012
10:30 am
Does anyone have a useful link to see what the ballot is going to look like tomorrow? It seems like there ought to be an online source of sample ballots, and you ought to be able to pick one up at the library or the post office, just like tax forms.

Hmm, I see that I can get the relevant information by diligently poking vote411.org in the correct places, but it doesn't offer all the info on one page, and I only see candidates for office, not questions (I know about Death With Dignity and Medical Marijuana, but I think there are more questions than those).
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
7:59 pm
Just saw a neighbor set off fireworks… there's a "revert the (five month gasoline-powered) leaf blower ban" sign in his yard.
11:35 am
Local opera workshop
Posting this on behalf of the director and producer, who are both longtime Arlington residents. You do not have to live in Arlington to participate, however!

Living Room Opera is an opera workshop for people who love to sing but don't have the time or training to take part in complete operas.

We cast a few scenes, help you learn your music, give you staging (along with advice on the best way to portray your character), and then run the scenes - all in a friendly living room, with no competition and no stress.

LRO has been in hibernation since 2001, but we're planning a small revival. We're hoping to mount two scenes over the course of just a few weeks in August/early September.

Do you want to join us? Visit
for more information, and then contact producer Nancy Burstein at impresaria(at)comcast.net

Marion Leeds Carroll
Founder/stage director, Living Room Opera
Saturday, July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm
Yard Sale...RIGHT NOW!!!
15 College Hill Road, Somerville
Saturday the 14th, 1pm-7pm

Many, many items up for sale, VERY cheap.
Most will go for any reasonable offer!

Lots of: electronics, furniture, clothes, books, computer hardware, CDs, movies, video games, toys, and more!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
2:13 pm
ooh, tacky
I live on Highland Ave (it runs from Mass Ave out to Rt 2). Today I find that the avenue has American flags stuck in the grass by the roadway, all the way up. I wondered if maybe there'd be some parade later on that these are marking the route of. . . except that Mass Ave is a more obvious route.

But upon closer inspection, I find that each and every one of these flags has a business card taped to them, from Beth York Real Estate, out of Pembroke, MA but "serving Boston and the surrounding areas."

The card has the name of a local realtor, and her pic. She looks like a nice lady. But I'm going to email her to say that THIS particular method smacks of tacky opportunism. The 4th is NOT a vehicle for advertizing your business. Just mnsho. YMMV.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
9:33 am
Fashion at the Fox, tonight and tomorrow!
"Join us this weekend for our spring event beginning tonight!
Friday, April 27, 5-9pm
Saturday, April 28, 1-6pm

The shop is overflowing with a great selection of women's clothing and accessories, including shoes, handbags, and jewelry, plus lots of unusual house wares from near and far.

Check this out! The Little Fox Shop, a children's resale store benefiting the Fox Library and located upstairs at the Fox, will also be open this Saturday. Hours will be from 10 to 4.


Fashion at the Fox
a pop-up store & community fundraiser
Consignment Quality - Yard Sale Prices - Local Causes

Fox Library, Lower Level
175 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA"
Friday, April 6th, 2012
8:17 am
Progress is being made on the huge block of condominia behind Shattuck's Hardware:
stacks of mulch in the foreground, Tyvek HomeWrap in the background
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