Weekend 5.24-5.26: Happy Memorial Day!

Happy long weekend Somerville! The city is celebrating Memorial Day on Sunday with its annual parade chock full of fun for the whole family. Somerville Garden Club Tour tickets go on sale today at various locations in the area (details below). And if you missed the first Assembled arts market of the season last Saturday, you can check out this vibrant addition to the city this weekend. Enjoy!

This post is brought to you by Somerville Garden Club and The Book Shop.
SGC AdBackyard Havens of Somerville: A Self-Guided Tour: The Somerville Garden Club’s 2013 tour on June 9 showcases the gardens of its members, who will be welcoming visitors to their yards on tour day. This is your chance to learn about plants, design and horticulture from this wonderful array of passionate SGC members. Prepare to be inspired and educated, and don’t be surprised if you go away eager to create your own urban haven. Tickets ($15) go on sale on May 24 at Pemberton Garden Center (2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge), Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge) and True Grounds Café and Coffeehouse (717 Broadway, Somerville).

The Book ShopThe Book Shop would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! There are always interesting and fun events, like readings by local and best-selling authors, special programs for children and more, happening at The Book Shop (694 Broadway) in Ball Square. Check back on the Beat or click here to see a full listing of upcoming events. Or stop by the store to check out the wide selection of new and used books in a variety of genres.

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Friday

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts an Atlantic Imports wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m and a Mayflower Beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a 3 Beards Beer Company tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. In Magoun Square, K2 Beer and Wine (500 Medford St.) hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sav-Mor Liquors (15 McGrath Highway) hosts a World Wide Beverage wine and spirits tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Omar Thomas Large Ensemble: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble on Friday and Saturday nights this weekend at 8 p.m. The group will perform album release concerts for its January record I Am. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 the day of the performances.

Snap! ’60s Soul Night: The Independent (76 Union Square) hosts Snap! ’60s Soul Night on Fridays at 10 p.m. Come down to hear selector70 spin classic and rare 45s.

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Saturday

Open Garden: The Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) opens its gates to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon from now through October 6. Come down to check out what’s growing, wander the center’s paths or just relax in the shade.

Somerville by Yarnstorm 2, Flores y Mariposas: The Nave Gallery hosts the second installment of Somerville by Yarnstorm, a public art project that supports the Somerville Homeless Coalition, this Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. From April to October, the Nave will give one special tree in various Somerville neighborhoods a warm and fuzzy makeover. This week’s event takes place at Mudflat Studios (81 Broadway) in East Somerville. You can see the Nave’s Yarnstorming of Perry Park from last year here.

Assembled: We had a great time checking out the first Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row of the season last weekend. The free event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on most Saturdays throughout the next few months and features dozens of local artists, food trucks and special events. You can view photos from the first market here.

Omar Thomas Large Ensemble: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The group will perform album release concerts for its January record I Am. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 the day of the performance.

Car Back

Sunday

Memorial Day Parade: Show your patriotic pride at the city’s Memorial Day Parade on Sunday afternoon. The parade starts at 1 p.m. in front of City Hall (93 Highland Ave.) and will proceed up Highland Avenue toward Davis Square before ending at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery on Broadway near Alewife Brook Parkway. There will be dozens of community organizations, marching bands and other groups participating in this year’s parade, which is making an effort to go “green” by utilizing hybrid or electric vehicles when possible. You can view photos from last year’s parade here.

Boston Philharmonic Funk Foundation: Come to the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday night to take in the Boston Philharmonic Funk Foundation’s first performance. The 44-member group boasts a rhythm section, full string orchestra and lots of horn and wind instruments. The event takes place from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.

P.S. Looking for more fun in Somerville? Check out my guide to what’s happening every night of the week.

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