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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, Jan. 21.
The deadline to sign up is the end of the day, Thursday, Jan. 20, the day before the virtual open mic.
UPDATED Jan. 11: Learn something new this winter with Arlington Community Education (ACE). A new term of classes for adults and youth begins next week. See all classes and register at ArlingtonCommunityEd.org.
Adults: Nearly 200 adult classes are available, including 55 new classes. Many fitness and dance, language, fine arts-and-crafts, and music-and-theater classes start the week of Jan. 17 and run for eight to 10 sessions.
Shorter multiweek and one-night classes begin each week through late March, in categories, including food-and-drink, home-and-garden, writing-and-literature, career, technology-and-finance, recreation-and-travel, and wellness-and-life.
Classes are held in the evening at ACE’s temporary location, Gibbs School and online via Zoom. There are also daytime and weekend options, both online and around town, as well as outdoor classes/
ACE Kids: For youth, a new semester of ACE Kids begins Jan. 17. Classes are held after school at all elementary and middle schools for six to 10 weeks in such categories as arts-and-crafts, fitness-and-dance, STEM, languages and life skills. There is also a selection of classes for high school students featuring college prep and driver’s ed.
UPDATED Dec. 1: 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).
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:
Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m.: OUR SAMPLER PRESERVATION PROJECT
UPDATED Dec. 18: The Cutter Gallery is a hidden gem with limited hours, but it deserves notice.
On the lowest floor of the Jefferson Cutter House, which houses the Dallin Art Museum and the Chamber of Commerce, the gallery presents its December/January exhibition by artist Claire Kashuck titled "Claire-Eyed View," featuring her eclectic imagination. The artist met the public Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UPDATED Jan. 10: The Old Schwamb Mill, called the oldest mill site in the United States, is closed through January because of the ongoing pandemic.
"Into the Woods: From Trees to Frames" opened in the mill's gallery on Dec. 11. When the mill reopens, the exhibit may be viewed during regular mill hours, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run through June.
It traces the process of creating a frame from its beginning as a piece of lumber to being crafted into a unique, heirloom-quality family treasure that enhances the art, photography, or items that it surrounds.
Mystic Chorale welcomes all who love to sing gospel to join this winter as the chorus reunites live, with full Covid safety precautions, for a program of joyful and spirit-filled music.
Led by award-winning director and composer, Jonathan Singleton, "Mystic Chorale: Gospel Roots" will focus on traditional gospel and "roots" gospel music.
This season’s guest vocalist is Ray Greene, lead singer for Tower of Power and Santana. His powerful and soulful vocals will join with the chorale on gospel classics such as "How I Got Over" and "A Change is Gonna Come."
Eight weeks of rehearsals began Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington.
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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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.
“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.
Registration opens to current families, new families
Kid Care Afterschool Program 2020-21 opened to new families on Wednesday, April 15. It opened for current families April 8.Registration for
"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.
Cooped up? The Arlington Land Trust suggests some walking trails in and around Arlington.
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.
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.
Until 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.
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.
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?
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."
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