At Robbins Farm on a balmy day, you can see the Boston's skyline and the Brackett School clock tower.
Boston Area Gleaners is a group on the edge.
Oakes Plimpton of Arlington, a prime mover behind the group that collects discarded food for the hungry, notes: "We pay our director and gleaning coordinator, respectively, $14 and $16 an hour (both part time jobs), and we'd like to do better!"
The group is having a Strawberry Fete at Habitat in Belmont on Thursday, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., with music, arts and strawberry shortcake (fresh strawberries picked at a local farm).
There will be a silent auction in case you have something cool to auction off.
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), in a partnership with the Robbins Public Library, will begin monthly screenings in June; films are to start 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the library's Community Room with "Steal a Pencil."
When you attend a screening, you could be the winner of a raffled 2013 AIFF Festival Pass. Other dates are July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 12.
Steal a Pencil for Me (93 min) Michele Ohayon, Director | U.S.A. | 2007 | YouTube
Join Wright-Locke Farm on Thursday, June 20, to explore, picnic and enjoy a specially arranged activity. This week it's Click Clack Moo, a musical production by Winchester Community Music School and Kidstock.
Families can pre-order a picnic dinner from Stone Hearth Pizza and it will be delivered right to the Farm at 6 p.m. Place your order online with Stone Hearth by 4:45 p.m. and pay in advance.
Having trouble entering the main entrance at Arlington High School? This fall, plans are to have a new staffer at the hallway desk to buzz you in.
Security concerns led to cameras installed in 2009 and, more recently, greater attention to locking doors and a desk just beyond the front door. Its irregular staffing has led to parent complaints about access, so Superintendent Kathleen Bodie proposed Thursday, June 13, the desk be staffed.
The School Committee agreed in a 7-0 vote.
Arlington didn’t quite come out on top in its February library-card sign-up challenge with Belmont, Lexington and Somerville. As a result, Ryan Livergood, Arlington’s director of libraries, and Selectmen Joseph Curro plan on staying true to their promises of appearing dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The winner of the challenge was Somerville, and Livergood was to appear at the Somerville Public Library dressed as Clifford on March 22, at 10:30 a.m, during that library’s toddler story time, but his appearance was postponed.
Livergood will do his best Clifford at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the Somerville Public Library.
The Arlington public schools, as it does annually, honors teachers and staff, highlighting those with the longest service, those gaining professional status as well as retirees.
This year the longevity honor goes to Nanci Ortwein, a teacher of Spanish, who has taught at Arlington High School for 45 years -- since the protest year of 1968.
Honored for 35 years was Peter Rufo, a physical education teacher at the Stratton School.
Serving 30 years was Barbara Flaherty, a traffic supervisor.
The deadline for teams to register was Friday, May 24. The entry fee is $500 per team (maximum of 12 players on a roster).
It will be a fun-filled day for the entire family, all to benefit the AYCC, a nonprofit organization that helps serve families of Arlington with a broad array of services including individual and family counseling, battered women's support groups, grandparent support groups, access to fuel assistance, and much more.
The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (CSO) invites the public to attend its annual free outdoor concert on the lawn at Sennott Park (Broadway at Norfolk Street, in Cambridge, set for Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. Several of the musicians are Arlington residents.
Rain location: Area IV Youth Center (243 Harvard St., adjacent to park). Bring a blanket or lawn chairs if outdoors.
The third of three local events in memory of Krystle Campbell, an Arlington resident who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, is set for Sunday, June 23.
Jack Dempsey and Allison Goldsberry of the Medford public schools are organizing a Walk for Krystle, which will benefit her scholarship fund. The walk is taking place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hormel Stadium in Medford.