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Join Us for Our 2024 Events - Free and Open to All! 
Participe en nuestros actos de 2024: ¡gratuitos y abiertos a todos! 


NOTE: Many of our programs have Facebook events. Check out our Facebook page to look them up!
NOTA: Muchos de nuestros programas tienen eventos en Facebook. ¡Visite nuestra página de Facebook!

For cancellations, date changes and updates: Visit our Facebook page!
Para cancelaciones, cambios de fecha y actualizaciones: Visite nuestra página de Facebook!

NOTE ABOUT 2024 EVENTS: Events noted with an * asterisk are supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local commission supported by the City of Somerville. And we thank the Massachusetts Cultural Council for general funding support.

Event Fliers for Downloading

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Maple Boil Down

Flier, March 2

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Earth Day Flier

April 20

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Children's Events 2024 Flier

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Spring Garden Day May 4, 2024 Flier

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Festa Junina: Brazilian Harvest Festival

June 15, 2024 Flier

Versão em Português

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30th Anniversary FUN-raising Party Flier

Ver en español

Versão em Português

Opetry Open Mic Series 2024 Flier

Community Read Alouds 2024 Flier

Herb of the Month Talks 2024 Flier

Medicinal Plant Walk Series 2024 Flier

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Celebrating Amy Lowell Poetry Flier

JANUARY-FEBRUARY

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

Visit the Growing Center table at the Winter Farmers Market

(Outreach)

Saturday, January 13, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville

Come by our table at the Somerville Winter Farmers Market. We’ll be hosting a Seed Swap and sharing info about the Seed Sale! Dig through your seeds and see what you might spare to share. Come see what new varieties you might find & meet other growers–or try growing for the first time. We will have a limited supply of free native flower seeds to give away, harvested from the Growing Center and some donated by Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways, to help increase pollinator habitats in Somerville and beyond.

Friends of the Growing Center Annual Meeting (Educational)

Sunday, January 28, 3:00-4:30 pm     

Join us at Upstairs at Bow inside Bow Market, where the Friends will share our accomplishments and challenges from the 2023 calendar year, including visitor and volunteer numbers and statistics & fundraising and financial data; present the budget for the year ahead; and approve the proposed slate of Board Members and Officers. We will also share special opportunities as we are in the midst of our 30th year and related reflection/planning activities in the near future. All are invited! More info and to see the recorded presentation visit our Annual Meeting page.

Winter in the Garden: Winter Sowing Workshop (Winter Series)

Sunday, February 4

12:00-1:00 pm English

1:00-2:00 pm Spanish & Portuguese

This event is offered in English, then in Spanish and Portuguese. Get some cold hardy plants started for spring. Please bring a clear plastic milk jug, but we will have some extras. Soil and seeds available. Dress for the weather, this workshop will be held all outdoors. 

 

Siembra de Invierno

Domingo, 4 de Febrero 13:00-14:00 pm

Empieza a plantar plantas resistentes al frío para la primavera. Por favor, traiga una jarra de leche de plástico transparente, pero tendremos algunos extras. Dispondremos de tierra y semillas. Vístase para el clima, este taller se llevará a cabo al aire libre. 

 

Winter Play and Wellness Workshop: a K-12 Family Event

(Winter Series)

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2-3:30 pm

Come outside and play! Activities will include mindful movement and community-building exercises, freezing nature mandalas and more! Dress to be outdoors in the weather of the day. Bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Email Natalia to register: natalia.bayona@mysticriver.org 

 

Introduction to Plant and Wildlife Monitoring (Educational)

for Conservation with Earthwise Aware

Saturday, February 10, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join Claire and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists and learn how to observe and record the plants, insects, and animals of the Somerville Growing Center. With these observation events and through the EwA photo documentation using the iNaturalist platform, we contribute to biodiversity science while enjoying the outdoors together in this beautiful little garden. Also learn about EwA’s arthropod (insect and spider) and phenology studies at the Growing Center.

Contact: Claire O’Neill at claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org 

 

Winter Tree Identification (Winter Series)

Sunday, February 11, 11:00 am

This event is full. But please email to be put on a waiting list or to be notified of another date this will be offered. Reach out to jennifer.clifford@earthwiseaware.org

 

Winter Foraging (Winter Series)

Sunday, February 25, 12:00-2:00 pm

Sage McTaggart will teach us how to identify some edible and medicinal plants on winter walks. Come prepared with a mug to enjoy some tasty teas during an often overlooked season!  All are welcome! Don't forget to dress for the weather.

Winter Sowing: DIY Milk Jug Greenhouses (Winter Series)

Sunday, February 25, 4:00 pm

Off-site, indoors @ CultureHouse Union Square

64 Union Square, Somerville

Get some cold hardy plants started for spring. Please bring a clear plastic milk jug, but we will have some extras. Soil and seeds available. Limited to 10, so please RSVP here.

MARCH-APRIL

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

Visit Growing Center Table at the Summer Camp & Activities Fair

@ East Somerville Community School (Outreach)

Thursday, March 7, 5:00-7:00 pm

50 Cross Street, Somerville 

Representatives from more than 20 summer programs in Somerville and the region will be on-hand to talk to families. Also enjoy free pizza and fun activities. The 2024 Summer Guide will be available to take home.

25th Annual Maple Boil Down (Educational)

Saturday, March 2, 2024 ~ 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Rain/Weather Date: Saturday, March 9, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

All are invited! Join in the fun. As part of this project, a team of volunteers tapped a swath of maple trees on the Tufts campus beginning in late January, collecting dozens of gallons of sap over a number of weeks. At the Maple Boil Down, coordinated by the Somerville Community Growing Center, we'll boil it all down into real, true 100% hyper-local maple syrup. At this event, youth and adults alike will have a chance to learn about tree anatomy and physiology and experience the process of making fresh maple syrup first-hand. Read more about the Somerville Maple Syrup Project here.  

The Trustees' 48th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering (Outreach)

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Shillman Hall, Northeastern University (115 Forsyth Street)

https://thetrustees.org/program/gardeners-gathering/

Celebrate the start of the gardening season! The 48th Annual Gardeners’ Gathering brings Boston-area gardeners together for a free day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Mel King’s Massachusetts Gardening and Farm Act, the Gathering will focus on celebrating our invaluable legacy gardeners, taking a look back on the incredible community growing work in Boston over the last half a century. Look for the Growing Center's table at this great event!

Yoga Practice with Jenn (Zoom) (Health/Wellness)

Sunday, March 24, 9:30-10:30 am

Join for yoga over Zoom for an hour of saluting the Sun, finding stillness in between movements, and embracing the winter season! Practice with local instructor, Jenn Falk with a requested donation to the Growing Center. 

Contact for link: Jenn at jennpfalk@gmail.com

Visit the Growing Center table at the Winter Farmers Market

(Outreach)

Saturday, March 30, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville

Come by our table at the Somerville Winter Farmers Market, where we’ll be hosting a Seed Swap! Dig through your seeds and see what you might spare to share. Come see what new varieties you might find and meet other growers–or try growing for the first time. We will have a limited supply of free native flower seeds to give away, harvested from the Growing Center.

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

Yoga Practice with Jenn (Zoom) (Health/Wellness)

Sunday, April 14, 9:30-10:30 am

Join for yoga over Zoom for an hour of saluting the Sun, finding stillness in between movements, and embracing the winter season! Practice with local instructor, Jenn Falk with a requested donation to the Growing Center. 

Contact for link: Jenn at jennpfalk@gmail.com

Earth Day Celebration: Pollinators, Planting & Possibilities

(Seasonal)

Saturday, April 20, 2:00-4:00 pm

Join us as we partner with the City of Somerville’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, Somerville Garden Club, Groundwork Somerville and others for an Earth Day celebration.  Get your hands and heart into participatory planting with free seeds/seedlings and nature based art. Make your own pollinator button while learning about biodiversity and the Somerville Pollinator Action Plan. Musical background provided by local duo Green Peppercorn.
Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Connecting and Co-planning Gathering (Volunteer)

Sunday, April 21, 4:30-6:00 pm

at Connexion, 149 Broadway, East Somerville

As part of our Strategic Planning initiative, we invite all past, present and future Growing Center volunteers to gather for a late afternoon of socializing. In addition to meeting each other, we would be grateful for your assistance in strategizing ways that we can best meet the needs of our volunteers and the greater community.  

This is also an opportunity to meet Bethany Burke, who recently joined us as Operations Manager. This position was developed as part of earlier strategic planning, which identified the need to increase capacity to improve the impact of the Center's role in the lives of the city's residents. Light refreshments and chances to win some of the very precious 2024 Somerville Maple Syrup or seed packets from the Center!

RSVP to Bethany: bethany@thegrowingcenter.org.

Plant Walk (Educational)

Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-6:30 pm

Come for an exploratory walk around the Center to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban greenspace? Monthly walks will also be moving around the city and nearby towns, then circling back to the Center in the fall.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

Yoga in the Garden (Health/Wellness)

Sunday, April 28, 9:30-10:30 am

An hour of mindful movement practice to turn off from obligations and connect to the body and mind. Offered by Jenn Pici Falk. 

Contact: Jenn at jennpfalk@gmail.com

Herb of the Month: Violet (Educational)

Sunday, April 28, 4:00-5:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

MAY-JUNE

Spring Garden Day (Seasonal)

Saturday, May 4, 12:00-2:00 pm, Rain Date May 5

Celebrate spring with the annual Morris Dancing and participatory Maypole dance. Take home native seeds harvested at the Center. Bring and/ or take seeds or seedlings from a Seed Exchange Table.  Learn about local pollinators and the related City Action Plan.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

 

Foraging with Sage (Educational)

Sunday, May 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sage McTaggart will teach us how to identify some edible and medicinal plants on walks in the Center and nearby.

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org 

 

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

 

Community Read Aloud (Children)

Wednesday, May 8, 3:00-4:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Introduction to Plant and Wildlife Monitoring for Conservation with Earthwise Aware (Educational)

Saturday, May 11, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join Claire and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists and learn how to observe and record the plants, insects, and animals of the Somerville Growing Center. Register here!

Contact: Claire O’Neill at claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org 

Yoga with Jenn (Health/Wellness) CANCELLED - Moved to 6/2

Sunday, May 12, 9:30-10:30 am

An hour of mindful movement practice to turn off from obligations and connect to the body and mind. Offered by Jenn Pici Falk, who also offers some online sessions here

Contact: Jen at jennpfalk@gmail.com

Community Read Aloud (Children)

Wednesday, May 15, 3:00-4:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Festa Junina Prep @ CultureHouse (Volunteer)

Sunday, May 19, 4:00-6:00 pm

For all ages! This crafting session will take place at the CultureHouse pop-up in Union Square, at 64 Union Square. Help prepare materials for the June 15 Festa Junina at the Growing Center. Just show up and have fun. Portuguese language-friendly activity.

Contact: Yumi at yumiisu65@gmail.com

 

Anthotypes Workshop (Educational)

Saturday, May 25, 1:00-3:00 pm, Rain Date June 1

Join local artist, photographer and gardener Mary Kocol for an anthotype demo showing how to extract color from plants to make images. Anthotype (flower print) is an eco-friendly photo-based process that uses colorful flowers and plant emulsion to create ephemeral images and photograms, using the sun to make exposures. For all ages and experience levels. Supported in part by funding from the Somerville Arts Council, a local commission supported by the City of Somerville and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

 

Music by Greg Lawrence of Wayward Vine (Music)

Saturday, May 25, 4:00-6:00 pm

Wayward Vine is a Boston-based Americana and indie-folk band performing harmony-based originals, including their song “End of May.” Come join Greg and perhaps some other musical friends! Bring a chair or blanket, maybe a picnic with non-alcohol beverages or food from a Union Square business and enjoy music in a garden setting. In honor of the end of May, plant seedlings grown by Growing Center volunteers will be available to take home.

Contact: Liza at lpkitchell@gmail.com 

 

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Sunday, May 26, 12:00-1:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Herb of the Month: Lemon Balm (Educational)

Sunday, May 26, 4:00-5:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

 

Plant Walk with Mo (Educational)

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30-6:30 pm

Come for an exploratory walk around the Center to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban greenspace? Monthly walks will also be moving around the city and nearby towns, then circling back to the Center in the fall.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

Yoga with Jenn (Health/Wellness)

Sunday, June 2, 9:30-10:30 am

An hour of mindful movement practice to turn off from obligations and connect to the body and mind. Offered by Jenn Pici Falk, who also offers some online sessions here

Contact: Jen at jennpfalk@gmail.com

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Sunday, June 2, 12:00-1:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Growing Center Tabling/Outreach at Carnaval (Outreach)
Sunday, June 2, 2:00-6:00 pm
Rain Date: Sunday, June 9
Broadway, East Somerville: McGrath Highway-Pennsylvania Ave.
www.eastsomervillemainstreets.org/carnaval

This event is an artistic and cultural celebration of the diverse community of East Somerville. Back for its 14th year, Carnaval brings even more fun for everyone. Enjoy delicious food, family activities, live music, and explore over 30 vendors, restaurants, and artisans. Be entertained by performances from Esh Circus, Grooversity, Capoeira, Timba Messengers, Let’s Vamos, and more.
Look for the Growing Center's table at this great event!

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 
 

Introduction to Plant and Wildlife Monitoring for Conservation with Earthwise Aware (Educational)

Saturday, June 8, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join Claire and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists and learn how to observe and record the plants, insects, and animals of the Somerville Growing Center. Register here!

Contact: Claire O’Neill at claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org 

Spoken Word/Poetry Open Mic (Cultural)

Saturday, June 8, 6:00-9:00 pm

All invited to share spoken word poetry, first come-first served to sign up. Community agreements to keep everyone safe and supportive. Sign up ahead of time here.

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org

Community Read Aloud (Children)

Wednesday, June 12, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Teddy Bears' Picnic (Children)

Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

Bring a picnic and your teddy bears (or other cuddly toys) and join with local families and friends of all ages. 

Contact: Courtney at cscooke@live.com  

Festa Junina / Brazilian Harvest Festival (Cultural)

Saturday, June 15, 1:00-4:30 pm

Rain Date: Sunday, June 16

Festa Junina is a traditional harvest celebration in Brazil. This Growing Center event will include craft stations (root printing, lantern making, making dance accessories), participatory Quadilha dancing, traditional foods and music by Trio Let's Vamos. It will also feature numerous Kamishibai created and presented by Yumi Izuyama, interweaving her Japanese and Brazilian roots. Supported in part by funding from the Somerville Arts Council, a local commission supported by the City of Somerville and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Contact: Yumi at yumiisu65@gmail.com

Yoga with Jenn (Health/Wellness)

Sunday, June 16, 9:30-10:30 am

An hour of mindful movement practice to turn off from obligations and connect to the body and mind. Offered by Jenn Pici Falk, who also offers some online sessions here

Contact: Jen at jennpfalk@gmail.com

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Sunday, June 16, 11:30-12:30 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

*This event will not take place if Festa Junina Rain Date occurs.

Growing Center FUN-raiser to Celebrate Our 30th Anniversary

(Cultural);

MOVED from June 22 to: 

Saturday, June 29, 2:00-5:00 pm  (NEW DATE!)

Kick off the start of summer with your friends and neighbors at the Growing Center! This spring marks the 30th Anniversary of the beginning of our programming, and we want to celebrate! Join us for Birthday Card making; Kids' Crafts; Button making; an archival activity; a Growing Center themed, pay-what-you-want bake sale.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Foraging with Sage (Educational)

Sunday, June 23, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sage McTaggart will teach us how to identify some edible and medicinal plants on walks in the Center and nearby.

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org 

Plant Walk with Mo @ at East Branch Library (Educational)

Meet at East Branch Library, 115 Broadway, Somerville

Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-6:30 pm

Come for an exploratory walk around the Center to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban greenspace? Monthly walks will also be moving around the city and nearby towns, then circling back to the Center in the fall.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

Microgreens Workshop (Educational)

Wednesday, June 26, 7:00-8:00 pm

Join a local volunteer grower to learn how to grow microgreens at home! 

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Herb of the Month: St. John's Wort (Educational)

Sunday, June 30, 4:00-5:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Registration Form

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

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JULY-AUGUST

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Wednesday, July 10, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Sourdough Bread Workshop (Educational)

Thursday, July 11, 7:00-8:00 pm

Join a local volunteer grower to learn how to bake sourdough bread at home! 

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Growing Center Tabling/Outreach at ArtBeat (Outreach)

Saturday, July 13, Time TBD

Davis Square

Somerville’s longest running street festival in Davis Square.

At this year‘s festival, we will explore all that is wild, and the myriad ways this word can be interpreted. Whatever the art form or mode of expression, we seek performances and activities that are “out there,” weird, and exuberant. Let’s generate artistic expression by leaving polite society behind, and wandering into the wild.

Look for the Growing Center's table at this great event!

Introduction to Plant and Wildlife Monitoring for Conservation with Earthwise Aware (Educational)

Saturday, July 13, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join Claire and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists and learn how to observe and record the plants, insects, and animals of the Somerville Growing Center. Register here!

Contact: Claire O’Neill at claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org 

Music by Greg Lawrence of Wayward Vine (Music)

Saturday, July 13, 6:30-8:00 pm

The gates will open at 6:00 for picnicking!

Wayward Vine is an acoustic indie folk/rock collective that explores the human condition and the world around us. Their music probes themes of human relationships and connection, love, heartbreak, obsession and social justice. Come join Greg and some other musical friends! Bring a chair or blanket, maybe a picnic with non-alcohol beverages or food from a Union Square business and enjoy music in a garden setting. 

Contact: Liza at lpkitchell@gmail.com 

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Sunday, July 14, 12:00-1:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Wednesday, July 17, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Vegetable Fermentation Workshop (Educational)*

Thursday, July 18, 7:00-8:00 pm

Hear a discussion and see demonstration of simple techniques for fermenting vegetables at home. Sample recipes provided. Come learn and/or share your own experience and knowledge of these traditional methods of preserving food.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Hidden Colors of Nature 1: Exploring Solar Dyes with Plants (Educational)*

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A family friendly event, for all ages. Enjoy storytelling and hands-on activities to learn about creating dye colors using plant materials like flowers, onion skins and avocado pits and skins and utilizing the power of the sun! Please bring a glass jar to take home to see yarn change color over time.  Rain Date: Sunday July 21. At a second session on August 3, these materials can be used for a weaving project.

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org

 

Poetry, Celebrating Amy Lowell (Cultural)

Saturday, July 20, 4:00-5:30 pm

Amy Lowell (1874-1925) defined Imagist poetry as the “concentration is of the very essence of poetry” which aimed to “produce poetry that is hard and clear, never blurred nor indefinite.” Hear poems by Amy Lowell read aloud at this literary gathering.

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org

Herb of the Month: Calendula (Educational)

Sunday, July 21, 4:00-5:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Registration Form to come.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

Kadanz Jazz: Standards, Caribbean/Latin Flavors* (Music)

Friday, July 26, 7:00-8:30 pm

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: Mark at clavebeat@yahoo.com

Spoken Word/Poetry Open Mic (Cultural)

Sunday, July 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

All invited to share spoken word poetry, first come-first served to sign up. Community agreements to keep everyone safe and supportive. 

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org

Plant Walk with Mo @ at West Branch Library (Educational)

Meet at West Branch Library, 40 College Ave, Somerville

Wednesday, July 31, 5:30-6:30 pm

Come for an exploratory walk around the Center to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban greenspace? Monthly walks will also be moving around the city and nearby towns, then circling back to the Center in the fall.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

Hidden Colors of Nature 2: Weaving with Yarns from Solar Dyeing (Educational)*

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about dyeing with plant materials and the sun, through a show and tell of yarns dyed at the July 20 workshop. Use these yarns to weave a friendship bracelet or simple basket. Yarns and ribbons will be provided. If you attended in July, bring your yarn to show–and to weave. Rain Date: August 10.

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org

Fresh Herbal Tea Workshop

Sunday, August 4, 2:00-3:30 pm

Description Forthcoming.

Contact: info@thegrowingcenter.org

Stuffed Animal Campout (Children)

Sunday, August 4, 6:00-7:30 pm

Kids are invited to drop off their stuffies for an overnight camping experience JUST for THEM! We’ll have a camping-themed Pajama Storytime for the kids prior to saying their good-byes, and then it’s party time for just the animals, with garden exploration time, hide-and-seek, (pretend) s’mores making, singalongs, and more! Follow along in the fun on social media!

Contact: Betsy at betsy@thegrowingcenter.org

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

The Growing Center Participates in the SAC's Yart Sale! (Cultural)

Saturday, August 10, 12:00-6:00 pm

It’s the Somerville Arts Council’s 4th Annual Yart Sale – with the Growing Center offering space for a range of vendors for this event, like a Yard Sale, only for art. Expect to see a range of products and activities like live art, handmade objects, band merch, art supplies, collectible items or even plants! Reach out if you're interested in selling your art at the Growing Center that day! MUST supply your own table. The SAC's deadline for signing up is August 1, but please check with us first (by July 30) before signing up to sell at the Growing Center! (FYI - there is no vendor fee!)

Contact: Betsy at betsy@thegrowingcenter.org

Introduction to Plant and Wildlife Monitoring for Conservation with Earthwise Aware (Educational)

Saturday, August 10, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join Claire and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists and learn how to observe and record the plants, insects, and animals of the Somerville Growing Center. Register here!

Contact: Claire O’Neill at claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org 

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Wednesday, August 14, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Herb of the Month: Marshmallow (Educational)

Sunday, August 18, 4:00-5:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Registration Form to come.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

Plant Walk with Mo @ at Central Library (Educational)

Meet at Central Library, 79 Highland Ave, Somerville

Wednesday, August 28, 5:30-6:30 pm

Come for an exploratory walk around the Center to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban greenspace? Monthly walks will also be moving around the city and nearby towns, then circling back to the Center in the fall.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Wednesday, August 28, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

July-August

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

Gathering of the Fairies (Children)

Saturday, September 7, 2:00-5:00 pm

Rain Date: Sunday, September 8, 2:00-5:00 pm

Celebratory activities in the garden for fairies and their friends include storytelling, building a fairy house and creating a fairy wand. Everyone is invited to come dressed up as their favorite magical being. Donations are encouraged to support the Growing Center and future Gatherings of the Fairies.

Contact: Betsy at betsy@thegrowingcenter.org

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Wednesday, September 11, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Growing Center at the Union Square Farmers Market

Saturday, September 14, 9:00 am  - 1:00 pm

Stop by our table at the Union Square Farmers Market! We'll have some sort of spring nature activity going on, and also fliers for all of our upcoming events on hand!

Introduction to Plant and Wildlife Monitoring for Conservation with Earthwise Aware (Educational)

Saturday, September 14, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join Claire and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists and learn how to observe and record the plants, insects, and animals of the Somerville Growing Center. Register here!

Contact: Claire O’Neill at claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org 

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Wednesday, September 18, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Songlines II

Saturday, September 21, 12:00-2:00 pm

Last year, Growing Center Board member and volunteer Liza Kitchell, a musician, created an original piece of music for the Growing Center, using a concept called “conceptual music” - where musical ideas are represented by visual graphics and then turned into music by the performers. This process is site-specific, wherein the final score is shaped by the physical place. It's also collaborative; Liza invited the community in the summer  of 2023 to participate in playing the music over a period of several months. With Songlines II, she will conceptualize a new original score. If you would like to try your hand at playing conceptual music, stop by to join the “practices” (keep an eye on this page and our Google Calendar for those listed sessions) and help the score begin to take shape. No musical experience is required! More info in this related blog post.

 

Plant Walk with Mo @ at Cambridge Public Library (Educational)

Meet at Cambridge Main Public Library

449 Broadway, Cambridge

Wednesday, September 25, 5:30-6:30 pm

Come for an exploratory walk around the Center to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban greenspace? Monthly walks will also be moving around the city and nearby towns, then circling back to the Center in the fall.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

Harvest Festival (Seasonal)

Saturday, September 28, 1:30-3:30 pm

Rain Date: September 29

Harvest activities and games, pumpkin decorating and a celebration of the bounty nature shares with us throughout the year.
Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Herb of the Month: Mint (Educational)

Sunday, September 29, 4:00-5:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Registration Form to come.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

Community Read Aloud (Children)*

Wednesday, October 9, 4:00-5:00 pm

Bring a blanket and join our Community Read Aloud series in the garden with community guest readers. Readers will read in the language they prefer. All are welcome.  All are welcome, books will be suited to 2-7 year-olds. 

Contact: Paula, paula@thegrowingcenter.org

Introduction to Plant and Wildlife Monitoring for Conservation with Earthwise Aware (Educational)

Saturday, October 12, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join Claire and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists and learn how to observe and record the plants, insects, and animals of the Somerville Growing Center. Register here!

Contact: Claire O’Neill at claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org 

Herb of the Month: Tulsi (Educational)

Sunday, October 13, 4:00-5:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Registration Form to come.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

Plant Walk with Mo @ at Medford Public Library (Educational)

Meet at Charlotte & William Bloomberg Public Library, Medford

111 High Street, Medford

Wednesday, October 30, 4:30-5:30 pm

Come for an exploratory walk around the Medford Library to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban neighborhood? Monthly walks will be moving around the city and nearby towns, then circling back to the Center in the fall.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm (note earlier time)

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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

Plant Walk with Mo @ at the Growing Center (Educational)

Meet at Somerville Community Growing Center

22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

Wednesday, November 20, 3:30-4:30 pm

We circle back to the Growing Center for this final plant walk of the year. Come for an exploratory walk around the Growing Center to observe and learn about the plants with host Mo Katz-Christy. What is growing now, what are some of the names and stories of some of the plants in this urban greenspace?

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org

Flyer here

Herb of the Month: Burdock (Educational)

Sunday, November 24, 3:00-4:30 pm

Spend some afternoon time with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy getting deeply acquainted with one medicinal plant each month! Learn through drawing, tasting, science and storytelling. Bring your journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use and more.

Registration Form to come.

Contact: Lisa at lisa@thegrowingcenter.org 

Flyer here

Pub Sing (Music)

First & Third Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm (note earlier time)

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! Covid precautions: Because singing is a relatively high-risk activity, please attend only if fully vaccinated, boosted, and symptom-free.

Contact: Jeff at jeff.keller@gmail.com 

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