‘Arlington in 1918’: 7-9 p.m. May 24, Robbins Library community room, 700 Mass. Ave., Arlington. Free. Attention fans of the Nina Winn diaries: The Friends of the Robbins Library present “Arlington in 1918: A Centennial Look at a Most Remarkable Year,” with Richard Duffy, historian and author. In an illustrated lecture produced especially for the Friends of Robbins Library, learn about ordinary — and utterly extraordinary — aspects of local life 100 years ago. Duffy has requested that his fee be directed as a donation to the Arlington Libraries Foundation, whose fundraising supports both immediate and long-term services to the community. Refreshments will be available.
NEAT (Neighbors Eating All Together) Community Dinner: 5-6 p.m. May 26, St. John’s Church, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington. For information: 781-648-4819; firstname.lastname@example.org. Staying in Arlington for Memorial Day weekend? The next free monthly NEAT community dinner welcomes all. No reservations are necessary.
Black Sea Salsa at Ryles Jazz Club: 8-11:59 p.m. May 26, Inman Square, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. $12. Led by Arlington resident Dan Teager, Black Sea Salt play original tunes of Latin and Middle Eastern jazz. They are five horns, four rhythm, and three vocalists, creating one big sound. The group is a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Arts Council Music Award. Dance salsa, merengue, swing, line dance, or simply tap your feet to beat.
Memorial Day Ceremony: ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 28, Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave.; film screening at 2 p.m., Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. This year’s keynote speaker is Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael Strobl. Strobl escorted a fallen Marine to his hometown in Wyoming for his internment, which the film “Taking Chance” is based on. Immediately following the official ceremony, there will be wreath laying ceremonies for veteran burial lots at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Doors for ceremony open at 9 a.m. Later, a free screening of “Taking Chance” takes place at 2 p.m. at the Regent Theatre. The screening will include a Q&A with Strobl.
‘Arlington Architects’ lecture: 7:30 p.m. May 29, Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St., Arlington. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. For information: http://arlingtonhistorical.org. Historian and author Richard Duffy will present “Arlington Architects.” This illustrated lecture will offer a review of the most significant works in Arlington by historical architects who called the town their home. The emphasis will be on the late-Victorian era and the early decades of the 20th century, when Arlington’s landscape steadily transformed from farms to commuter suburb.
Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival: 7 p.m. May 30-31, Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For information: http://regenttheatre.com. The festival is a celebration of travel and human-powered adventure on wheels. On May 30, films include: “Lowest to Highest” — five friends in Australia attempt a 1300+ mile journey, which would be hard enough for anyone, but Duncan is blind, Walter can’t breathe, Daniel can’t walk, Conrad can’t bend, and half of Paul’s body doesn’t work; “INARI,” which shares the first bicycle travel adventures of a father and his 4-year-old son under the northern lights in Finland; and “Escape,” the story of a Montreal-based DJ called JaBig who buys a bike on a whim and decides to attempt to beat the record for the longest continuous bike ride in a single country. The May 30 date will have a Cookie Showcase, an all-cookie buffet featuring bakeries of Arlington and beyond. Each attendee will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to Italy with Ciclismo Classico, and there will also be chances to win a bike jersey as part of the Great Jersey Giveaway. A “Best of the Fest” show on May 31 will share audience favorites from the first eight years of the festival. The “Best of the Fest” begins with live music from Slow Boat Home and includes a giant birthday cake to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ciclimso Classico. Doors on both days open at 6 p.m. for a social hour.
Greek Festival: May 31-June 3, Saint Athanasius the Great Church, 4 Appleton St., Arlington. Free. For information: 781-646-0705; http://SaintAthanasius.org; http://Facebook.com/ArlingtonFestival. Festivalgoers can enjoy lunch or dinner of various Greek food and desserts. Visitors can watch performances of Greek folk dances and watch and listen to DJs and live groups performing Greek music. The Agora will feature shops offering jewelry, handicrafts, knick-knacks, discs, tapes, books, icons and other items. Entertainment and activities for children include the Busy Bee Jumpers and Kids Korner. Cash prizes will be raffled off. Daily admission runs 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
‘Recent Frame Conservation Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts’: 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 31, Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington. $5 suggested donation. For information: 781-643-0554; email@example.com. Responsible for the “care and feeding” of the MFA’s frame collection, Andrew Haines will speak on selected recent frame conservation projects. Haines’s talk will take place on the shop floor of the Old Schwamb Mill, an 1864 picture frame factory museum. Associate conservator in the department of furniture and frames, Haines has worked with the frame collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston since he began as a conservation assistant in 1990. As the MFA’s first conservator to concentrate specifically on frames, Haines has treated a wide range of objects, from the frame on Memling’s “Christ Blessing” to the immense “Passage of the Delaware,” by Thomas Sully. In addition to working with gilt surfaces, he is also responsible for the creation of a database of close to 5,000 records linking each frame to its related object. This program is presented as part of the “Hidden Treasures” month, a region-wide celebration of the natural, cultural and historic “treasures” located within the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.
Small Business Showcase and Breakfast: 8-10 a.m. June 1, American Alarm Conference Center, 297 Broadway, Arlington. For information, registration: http://arlcc.org. The Women’s Networking Group of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce will host a showcase of unique local merchants and small businesses. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, view products and learn about services from 20+ exhibitors, and have the opportunity to network with other attendees.
Voices Raised in Hope: 2 p.m. June 3, Arlington Town Hall 730 Mass. Ave. $12 adults, $8 children, students and seniors. Tickets available in advance or by contacting Olivia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Olivia Carpenter, a junior at Arlington High School, will be hosting a benefit concert to raise money for the Samaritans, a Boston Based nonprofit organization that battles Teen Suicide. The concert will include performances by Olivia Carpenter, the Arlington High School Madrigal Singers, Error 404, The Serini Singers of Burlington led by Victoria Avetisyan, and more, with a special appearance by internationally-acclaimed Armenian tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan. In addition to the music, there will be raffles and food available for purchase. All proceeds will go toward Samaritan outreach programs for teens and families. Donations to the Samaritans can be made by visiting https://tinyurl.com/hoperaiser.
Arlington High School design feedback forum: 7-9 p.m. June 4, Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave. For information: http://ahsbuilding.org. The Building Committee for the Arlington High School Building Project will be submitting the Preferred Schematic Design Option for the new/rebuilt high school in July and is seeking community input. At this forum, residents can learn more about the to-date decisions and processes, view the design options, and give feedback. For those who can’t attend the June 4 meeting, a forum recap and feedback form will be available by June 7 online.
Arlington Democratic Town Committee meeting: 7:15 p.m. June 6, Common Ground function room, 319 Broadway, Arlington. For information: http://arlingtondems.org; https://facebook.com/adtcma; Aimee Coolidge, 781-646-5339. All interested Democrats are invited to the next meeting of the Arlington Democratic Town Committee. Guest speaker will be Lori Lennon, candidate for 23rd Middlesex state representative.
Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative with String Madness: 7:30 p.m. June 9, St. John’s Coffeehouse, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington. Tickets in advance $15 general, $12 students and seniors. For tickets: http://fulanihaynes.bpt.me. For information: email@example.com; 781-648-4819. The show features the Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative with: Fulani Haynes, vocalist; Alvin Terry, percussionist; Earl Lawrence, sax and flute; Max Whiting, acoustic bass; and Michael Shea, keyboardist. Opening will be String Madness, with father-son duo Fred Woodard Jr. and Fred III. Doors at 7:15 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m. The concert is kid friendly and benefits the Arlington Food Pantry and the Housing Corp. of Arlington (affordable housing). Organizers ask you bring good-date nonperishables to donate to the food pantry.
Brackett June Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 10, Brackett Elementary School, 66 Eastern Ave., Arlington. For information: https://facebook.com/BrackettJuneFair. Brackett is holding its annual June Fair. The fair will include a resale shop, a bouncy house, cake walk, obstacle course, three-legged and wheelbarrow races, face painting, tattoo and hair painting, wood crafts and more. Pizza, cotton candy, and Italian ice will be available for purchase.
Quilt with Sisters in Stitches: 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, June 16 and July 21, St. Johns, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington. For information: 781-648-4819. Quilt with Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth. The Sisters would love to have you quilt with them on their new quilts, or just come by to say hello to them. All are welcome.
Jason Russell House tours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays, 7 Jason St., Arlington. For information: 781-648-4300; firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jason Russell House will open for guided tours from mid-April until the last weekend in October. Built c. 1740, the house is a typical Colonial farmhouse furnished with items that reflect the life of the Russell family and other Arlington residents during the 18th and 19th centuries. The house still bears the marks of the brutal fighting that took place there on April 19, 1775, in which Jason Russell and 11 other Colonials lost their lives.
Rep. Garballey office hours: 6-7 p.m. May 24, June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19, Aug. 2, 16 and 30, Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 8, and Dec. 6 and 20, Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave. Rep. Sean Garballey will be available to answer any questions or concerns that constituents may have. He can also be reached on his office line, 617-722-2090, or on his cell phone, 781-859-7781. His email address is Sean.Garballey@MAHouse.Gov.
Sen. Cindy Friedman office hours: 11 a.m.-noon, first Tuesday of every month, Kickstand Cafe, 594 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, will hold monthly office hours in the 4th Middlesex district. Friedman currently serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service. The 4th Middlesex district includes Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn and precincts 1-2 and 4-7 in Lexington. For information: https://cindyfriedman.org.
Irish Dance: 4-5:45 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Arlington. Through May. For information: http://rebeccamcgowan.wordpress.com. Now registering new students — children and adults: email@example.com. This intergenerational community of dancers offers instruction in traditional Irish step dance and in sean-nós (old style) dance, emphasizing the social setting and musical traditions of the art. Live music, culture, technique and tradition.
Poetry Gathering with Arlington Poet Laureate: Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave., Arlington. Free. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop-in hours for meeting with the Arlington Poet Laureate, Cathie Desjardins, at the Beehive table (third floor, Robbins Library) are: second Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (June 12); and fourth Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (May 24 and June 28). All aspiring and experienced poets from Arlington are invited to join in at any regularly scheduled times.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Winslow Towers, 4 Winslow St., Arlington. All are always welcome (preteens, teens and adults, men and women). The first meeting is free. Members can learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise and motivation. For information: Brenda, 781-316-0029; http://tops.org.
Sunday worship service at Calvary: Calvary Church, United Methodist, 300 Mass. Ave., Arlington. The Rev. Cynthia Good will preach. Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. with infant/toddler care provided, and Junior Church midway through service for ages 3-11. Coffee hour following service. Middle school and high school youth groups meet regularly. For information: 781-646-8679; http://calvaryarlington.org.
Old Schwamb Mill tours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington. The mill is the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. The mill also produces and sells museum-quality, hand-turned wooden oval and circular frames, created much as they were in 1864. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. For information: http://oldschwambmill.org.
Resale shop volunteers: The Little Fox, Fox Library, 175 Mass. Ave. This volunteer-run children’s resale shop is looking for volunteers to assist in the inventory, maintenance and display of its items. Children are welcome to join volunteers. A 15 percent discount is also given to volunteers. Proceeds go toward the Fox Library Branch. For information: http://littlefoxshop.com.
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