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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.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY

Pub Sings                                                              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 

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

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

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.  

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