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 'Iolanthe' to be staged by Friends of the Drama next month

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Arlington Friends of the Drama recently announced that the fall 2022 production will be "Iolanthe," a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. It is set to run for nine performances between Sept. 16 and Oct. 2.

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Ticket policies can be obtained via this link. More information on dates and prices will be made available later.

As in the recent past, theatergoers will have to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and wear masks to the performance.

 One of the country's oldest community theaters, Arlington Friends of the Drama produces five plays a year and has won numerous community theater awards.

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Are you having a booth? Let the public know

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UPDATED Aug. 18: YourArlington will have a booth at Town Day. Will you? If so, please let the public know.

To have your booth mentioned here on YourArlington, send the following information to editor [@] yourarlington.com:

  • Name of your group;
  • Its website address; and 
  • Basic information about what you plan to display. 

See the listing below.

The deadline to sign up for Town Day is noon Friday, Aug. 26. Apply here >>

Not held since 2019 due to the continuing pandemic, the Town of Arlington plans to celebrate Town Day on Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Jason Russell House has guided tours weekends through October

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The Jason Russell House, the site of brutal fighting on April 19, 1775, is now open on weekends only. This started May 28 and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 30. 

Visitors can also view a new exhibit at the house, called “Menotomy--Road to Revolution,” to learn the stories of Menotomy residents who mobilized to defend their homes and their village -- which later became the town of Arlington -- 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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Community education fall registration underway

The cover of the fall 2022 Arlington Community Education catalog features the painting 'Fall House' by cover-artist contest winner Boriana Kantcheva.

The Arlington Community Education (ACE) Fall 2022 catalog is available for preview at www.ArlingtonCommunityEd.org and lists hundreds of classes for adults, youth and families.

Registration opened at noon Tuesday, Aug. 9. Catalogs are on the way to Arlington addresses and may also be viewed online. Most classes begin the last week of September.

At left is the cover of the fall catalog featuring the painting 'Fall House' by cover-artist contest winner Boriana Kantcheva.

There are more than 250 adult classes, with a mix of in-person, outdoor and online options.

Read more: Community education fall registration underway

Cantilena Chorale: SSAA seeks treble voice parts Monday

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UPDATED Aug. 19: Cantilena Chorale, a contemporary classical music women’s chorus, begins hearing SSAA singers on Monday, Aug 22, for in-person fall rehearsals and a Sunday, Dec. 11, concert, "Comfort & Joy."

The SSAA seeks all treble voice parts at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, 630 Mass. Ave., for in-person[*] by appointment only Aug. 22 and following the 7:30 pm open rehearsals on Monday, Sept. 12, and 19.

Auditions by Director Elinor Armsby consist of vocalization, pitch-matching and sight-reading exercises. Singers are asked to choose a simple short song to demonstrate vocal quality, technique and musicality. 

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Farmers' market 2 to 6:30 Wednesday

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The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 25th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, continues Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

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From the Aug. 10 market newsletter: "A note of clarification: The Fresh Bucks table you see at the market each week is a special program, sponsored by Arlington Eats, for people who have a 'SNAP' or 'HIP' state-subsidized food card. Only people with a card for those two programs are eligible to receive $15 in Fresh Bucks each week to use at the market.

"The Arlington Eats program also manages a local food pantry in Arlington, located at St. John's Episcopal Church on Pleasant Street. Food at the food pantry is free to anyone who is experiencing food insecurity.

Read more: Farmers' market 2 to 6:30 Wednesday

Arlington Philharmonic to hold open rehearsal Wednesday

PSA logoThe Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra is inviting the public to its annual open rehearsal on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6:45 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington.

The orchestra will welcome new and returning members for an evening of sight-reading a variety of orchestral standards as well as music from popular repertoire. All orchestral instruments are welcome.

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Dallin Museum walking tours continue Thursday

Summer afternoon . . . the two most beautiful words in the English language.”– Henry James

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UPDATED Aug. 19: Enjoy the waning days of summer with a fun and educational tour of Arlington’s historic center at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Experience several artistic and historical jewels; all ages are welcome.

This one-hour walking tour starts at the Dallin Art Museum, 611 Mass. Ave., the yellow building behind Whittemore Park in Arlington Center. Metered parking is available in the lot behind the building, off Mystic Street. 

The museum contains nearly 100 works of artist and former Arlington resident Cyrus Dallin—approximately 50 sculptures, 10 paintings and several coins and medals.

The museum’s mission is to promote new insights into our shared history by exploring the life, work and values of this celebrated sculptor.

Best yet, the museum has a newly redesigned front entryway and Indigenous People’s Gallery.

Read more: Dallin Museum walking tours continue Thursday

Schwamb Mill: 4 music/arts events continue Thursday

Old Schwamb Mill logo"Art & Music at the Mill" continues this month with four exciting events.

 Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
CLOSING RECEPTION OF COLLAGES EXHIBIT  BY ARTIST JANICE HAYES-CHA
Janice Hayves-Cha collage'Arlington Center' by Janice Hayes-Cha.

Join us as we celebrate the the work of Arlington artist Janice Hayes-Cha.

She briefly describes a bit of the process of creating her work: " My ideas for a new piece of art usually emerge when I am walking, running or rowing. Sometimes I see an incredible view that I want to capture, like the sun hitting a hillside or the reflection of a bridge on the water.

"Other times a friend asks, “have you ever thought about doing such-and-such place?” and I start thinking about it and researching it online. Every piece starts with a photograph, usually one I have taken myself and then sometimes augmented by images I find online. I begin to sketch out the composition in pencil on paper and then I paint these paper sketches to get a sense of how the shapes look in color."

Free, with $5 suggested donation.

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Live Broadway Plaza performances continue Aug. 25 with Swing99

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UPDATED Aug. 19: For summer 2022, "Live Arts Arlington," an effort of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, is bringing live performance to the recently revamped Broadway Plaza on successive Fridays. This is scheduled to continue almost until Labor Day.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, hear Swing99, an acoustic jazz quartet playing standards, hot club jazz, and swing’n originals. Come and party on the plaza with us. 

The music will run until 8 p.m.  Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs. All events are free of charge.

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Mystic Brass to play classics Aug. 27 at Robbins Farm

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The Mystic Brass Ensemble Players, Arlington’s community brass ensemble, steps outside its usual church to Robbins Farm Park for an end-of-summer classical concert at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

This concert features four of the members of Arlington’s large brass and percussion group, the Mystic Brass Ensemble, which is about to begin its sixth season, at the First Baptist Church of Arlington.

The quartet will play compositions written for brass instruments during the last five centuries.

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Mystic Chorale's longtime conductor sets his final season

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UPDATED Aug. 12: After 33 years of service, founder and Artistic Director Nick Page will lead a final season of preparation for his final concert with Mystic Chorale, titled “The Heart Dances, the Soul Sings.”

This project will be his last involvement with the Arlington-based musical group before his long-planned relocation to Missouri.

Rehearsals are to begin next month, with the concert in December

Organizers say they hope that this season and its concert will pack an emotional punch, balancing explosive energy and tenderness.

Page has been known over the decades for his enthusiastic direction and award-winning musical arrangements. This upcoming Mystic Chorale season, as in the past, will feature pieces old and new.

The season theme comes from a new piece composed by Page called "Halev Roked," with the words “The heart dances, the soul sings.” More songs than ever will feature the chorus as a whole, including Ysaye Barnwell’s arrangement of "I Am Determined (To Walk in Freedom)" and the anthem "The Storm is Passing Over (Courage My Soul)."

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Club Geo-Trek, a new program, finds new roads

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Club Geo-Trek, a new program from Arlington recreation for grades three through six, is set for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m.Geo-Trek

Three session weeks are available.

Club Geo-Trek introduces hiking and the fun sport of collecting geocaches. That is a type of global scavenger hunt in which people look for caches or hidden stashes of objects.  Geocachers use a GPS app that offers coordinates, clues and puzzles to solve. 

Read more: Club Geo-Trek, a new program, finds new roads

Astronomy Nights continue Sept. 3 at Robbins Farm

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UPDATED July 24: Jeffrey Alexander, who for years has organized Astronomy Nights at Robbins Farm, has scheduled three events, the second was held Saturday, July 23, and the third is set for Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m., when a first-quarter moon (half-way to full) shines in the Southern sky as night sets in.

On his website, Alexander wrote: "This is a great time to spot craters and see the way light from the Sun casts shadows across their rims. As the sky continues to darken, Saturn becomes visible in the South-East. As the night moves on, Jupiter rises in the East."

He wrote July 22: "When the sky gets on the darker side, join me up at Robbins Farm Park (probably about 8:45) for the next Arlington Astronomy Night.

"There won’t be any moon out then, so we’ll have as dark a sky as we can get for looking for 'deep sky' objects (these are things outside our own solar system). They won’t be as deep as [the James Webb Space Telescope], of course, but hopefully we’ll be able to make out a star cluster in our own galaxy.

Read more: Astronomy Nights continue Sept. 3 at Robbins Farm

'Beauty from Ashes' exhibit at Cutter closes Sept. 4

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UPDATED Aug. 15: The Cutter Gallery Arlington has mounted a new exhibition, this one with an artist who is new to the gallery.

"Beauty from Ashes," by Isabella Rose, opened Aug. 7, and it has a closing reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 4. Gallery representatives hope the public will come by to suppport the gallery's efforts and to welcome this artist.  

The Cutter Gallery is on the lowest floor of the Jefferson Cutter House, 611 Mass. Ave., a building that also houses the Dallin Art Museum and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Public parking is available behind the building off Mystic Street.
 

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Regent: 'Italian Chicks' Sept. 10

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"The Italian Chicks"

Boston Loves...The Italian Chicks!

The show first premiered at the Laugh Factory in New York City to a sold-out room in 2010, even though nobody knew who they were. Now, after 12 years, The Italian Chicks are growing the family. Come...join the family.

Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m.

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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.

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