This weekend feels like it’s all about community. It starts tonight with the Teen Empowerment event at the Arts at the Armory and continues tomorrow with spring clean-ups, charity workouts and a giant flea market that benefits the Nave Gallery. You can also get a taste of the much-coveted Union Square Donuts on Saturday when they make an appearance at Taza Chocolate. Many Somerville businesses have pitched in to help those directly affected by recent tragic events and details on a few of them are below if you’re interested in helping too. I hope you have a fun, peaceful weekend!
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Sun Wholesale wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m and a Troegs Brewing Company beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Dave’s Fresh Pasta hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Magoun Square, K2 Beer and Wine hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
‘Villens All Out Bash, Vol 2.0: Teen Empowerment hosts ‘Villens All Out Bash, Vol 2.0 at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday. The event is part of Peace Month and will include a job and service fair, dinner and entertainment.
Independent Film Festival Boston: There are a whole bunch of movies playing at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) throughout the weekend as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston. Details on tickets and a schedule can be found here.
Serve the Fells for DCR Park Serve Day: Saturday is the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Park Serve Day and the Middlesex Fells is asking supporters to come to Flynn Rink (300 Elm St., Medford) to help at the reservation. Meet between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to get an assignment like trail clean-up, habitat restoration or trail maintenance. Groups are welcome and all tools needed will be provided. Participants are asked to bring water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray
Spring Clean-Up: It’s spring cleaning time in Somerville and the city is asking residents to come to various sites on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon to help. Afterward from noon-2 p.m., the SomerGreen Festival and a BBQ will take place at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse (32 Shore Drive). Come down to enjoy Red Bones BBQ, family-friendly activities and music. (Rain date of Sunday.)
Boston Strong Boot Camp Benefit: RX Strength Training (50 Tufts St.) has put together a special bootcamp event this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon to honor MIT Police Officier and Somerville resident Sean Collier and raise funds to benefit his family. There is a $20 suggested donation.
Flea Market: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts a giant flea market this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to support its space and programming. The Nave will also host a mitten-making workshop during the sale that will benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
Letterpress Journal Workshop: Join B. Impressed and Union Square Press (440 Somerville Ave.) for a workshop this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. where you will learn the basics of letterpress printing and the looped-pamphlet stitch for bookbinding. All tools and materials will be provided for you to make a complete journal by the end of the workshop. All experience levels are welcome and space is limited. (Union Press is also working with Old Try on a letterpress print to benefit the One Fund Boston.)
Coffee and Doughnuts: The Taza Chocolate Factory Store will have Counter Culture Coffee and Union Square Donuts (including special bourbon pecan doughnuts with Taza Chocolate ganache) this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Charity Workout: Union Square’s Achieve Fitness (42 Merriam St.) is hosting a charity workout on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. with all proceeds going to benefit the One Fund Boston, which supports the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The 45- to 60-minute workout is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.
Somerville Open Studios Kids’ Show Opening Reception: Somerville Open Studios isn’t until next weekend, but the kids’ show kicks off this Saturday from noon-2 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.). View work submitted by kids (14 and under) from all over Somerville and try some mini-cupcakes.
Brunch: My recent post on Somerville’s favorite brunch spots quickly became one of the Beat’s most popular ever. I updated it this week after a trip to True Bistro for brunch and some readers left great recommendations in the comments. Get all the details you need to have a delicious Sunday here.
Strings of Hope: This Sunday, the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts Strings of Hope: A Haitian Music Feast that explores new musical horizons. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $20.
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