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Join Us for Our Summer Events - Free and Open to All! 
 
Lady Ray Sings
Thursday, August 25, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rain Date September 1
Facebook Event
Lady Ray, a.k.a. Somerville artist Raynel Shepard, was recently featured in the film premiere of “We Are Here Too”, highlighting four Somerville women artists of color. Come enjoy an evening of vocal jazz standards crossing many styles and languages. More information here.


Contact: Raynel at raynel.shepard@comcast.net
 
Pajama Storytime
Sunday, August 28, 6:00-7:30 pm
Facebook Event
Children’s events flyer
Pack a picnic supper, wear your PJs and bring a bedtime friend along to the garden for some nature-themed stories! The storytime theme will change each session.

Contact: Betsy at blarkin@thegrowingcenter.org 

 
Pub Sing

Tuesdays, September 6 and 20, 7:00-9:00 pm
A pub-style sing along. Anyone can lead a song, but no-one is obliged to. Drinking songs and sea chanteys always go over well, but anything with a good, singable chorus will be appreciated!
 
Contact: Jeff Keller at jeff.keller@gmail.com


Somerville as Muse Poetry Reading
Friday, September 9, 4:30 pm
Facebook Event
Poetry will bloom with the fauna and flora at the Somerville Growing Center as Somerville Poet Laureate Lloyd Schwartz, and Co-Presidents of the New England Poetry Club Denise Provost and Doug Holder read from their work. All three poets have lived in Somerville for many years, and their poetry has taken root, grown and flourished in this soil.

Contact: Denise at denise.provost@verizon.net 

 
Author Read Aloud with Story Starters
Saturday, September 11, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Rain date September 18
We are pleased to welcome Amitha Knight, author of Usha and the Big Digger (available in English and Spanish). The goal of this event is to introduce families with young children (ages 3-10) to a variety of diverse stories and storytellers. Families will be able to learn about upcoming Story Starters programs, in addition to the Children in Nature Initiative (CINI), which is designed to increase opportunities for children of all backgrounds to have direct learning experiences in nature. This event is sponsored by Tufts University and the CINI committee.
Register here
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Contact: Sasha at sasha@thegrowingcenter.org 

 
Seed Saving Workshop
Saturday, September 17, 12:00-1:00 pm, Rain Date September 24
Facebook event

Hands on learning related to saving seeds from your garden, with a focus on native plants. Take home some seeds to plant for next year! Instructor TBD.


Kadanz Jazz: Standards with a Caribbean & Latin Flavors
Sunday, Sept 18, 3:00-4:30 pm (Rain Date Sept 25, 5:00-6:30)
Facebook Event
Flyer
Enjoy music in the garden, with local professional musicians sharing American Jazz Standards, with new twists integrating rhythms from Caribbean and Latin traditions. Led by Growing Center volunteer Mark Torgerson on guitar, who will be joined by keyboard, bass and percussion. 

Contact: Lisa at lisa.bruk@gmail.com
 
The People of Tables to Farms: Food Access Perspectives 
Third Wednesday of the Month, 6:00-7:15 pm
September 21: Food Access 
October 19: Growing/Farming
Facebook Event

Flyer
 
In partnership with the Somerville Food Security Coalition and the City Office of Food Access & Healthy Communities, this monthly speaker series will discuss challenges and opportunities in our local food system. Come join the conversation and explore a range of perspectives on local and regional food access. Co-sponsored by the Somerville Food Security Coalition.  

Contact: Alissa Ebel at aebel@somervillema.gov

Gathering of the Fairies
Saturday, September 24, 2:00-5:00 pm, Rain Date September 25 
Facebook Event

A garden celebration for fairies and their friends: build a fairy house, create a fairy wand, listen to a fairy story, and search the garden for signs of fairies. Everyone is invited to come dressed up as their favorite magical being.  Donations are encouraged to support the Growing Center and future Gatherings of Fairies. A limited supply of fairy garden building materials will be available at the event - and in fact, we’re looking for assistance gathering nature materials (feathers, stones, shells, twigs, bark, pods, pinecones and other plant material) for making Fairy Houses! Materials Gathering Flyer here

Contact: Liza at lpkitchell@gmail.com, Betsy at blarkin@thegrowingcenter.org


 
The People of Tables to Farms: Food Access Perspectives 
Third Wednesday of the Month, 6:00-7:15 pm
September 21: Food Access 
October 19: Growing/Farming
Facebook Event
Flyer 
In partnership with the Somerville Food Security Coalition and the City Office of Food Access & Healthy Communities, this monthly speaker series will discuss challenges and opportunities in our local food system. Come join the conversation and explore a range of perspectives on local and regional food access. Co-sponsored by the Somerville Food Security Coalition. 
 
Contact: Alissa Ebel at aebel@somervillema.gov