Weekend 10.25-10.27: Book Sale, Pumpkin Carving & Art Events

It’s hard to overstate how beautiful New England is in the fall. Around every corner is a stunning tree decked out in yellow, orange or red just waiting to stop you in your tracks. And this weekend is the perfect time to enjoy all that the season has to offer. Pick up some books to read on chilly days at the Friends of the Somerville Public Library Book Sale, carve a pumpkin on Friday night and enter it in a contest on Saturday and kick off the Halloween festivities on Saturday at the LGBT Skate Night. And if you’re looking to escape the city to sneak in some apple picking, hiking or leaf-peeping, check out these ideas for local fall fun.

Library building

Friday

Weekend for Sean Collier: Lyndell’s Bakery (720 Broadway) is hosting a weekend-long fundraiser to benefit the SAPD Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund. The bakery will donate $1 from each sale of custom half moon cakes with Officer Collier’s Somerville Police badge number on them. There will also be raffles and free coffee all weekend.

Friends of the Somerville Public Library Book Sale: Come to the Somerville Public Library’s Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) this weekend for the Fall Used Book Sale. You can shop a variety of genres like history, biography, literature and fiction on Friday from noon-4 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Most items are $2 and all proceeds go to support cultural and educational programs at the library.

Pumpkin Carving: Relish Center for Urban Agriculture (Sanborn Court, Union Square) is hosting a pumpkin carving event on Friday from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. that will get you ready to compete in the Carved Pumpkin contest happening on Saturday at the Union Square Farmers Market (details below). Choose your pumpkin size ($6 for a small, $10 for a medium, $15 for a large) and get carving with the provided supplies and materials. There will be light refreshments.

ComedySportz Boston: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts ComedySportz Boston for several shows from now through December 20. You can catch this family-friendly improv comedy event on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Pumpkins small

Saturday

Weekend for Sean Collier: Lyndell’s Bakery (720 Broadway) is hosting a weekend-long fundraiser to benefit the SAPD Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund. The bakery will donate $1 from each sale of custom half moon cakes with Officer Collier’s Somerville Police badge number on them. There will also be raffles and free coffee all weekend.

Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more at the Union Square Farmers Market. The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays through November 23. While you’re there, pick up ingredients to make this delicious, easy and beautiful pumpkin fondue!

Pop-Up Art Shop: Somerville Arts Council grant recipients and Washington Street Art Center artists Lauren Leone and Marissa Falco will be at the Union Square Farmers Market on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with a table of patch- and postcard-making supplies. Stop by to learn basic stenciling and embroidery techniques, make a patch or postcard and see some of the artists’ work. The event is free and open to all ages and experience levels.

Somerville Community Health Fair: The Second Annual Somerville Community Health Fair is this Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Clarendon Hill Computer Center (268 Powder House Blvd.). Stop by for free health screenings, raffles, healthy snacks, giveaways and more at this family-friendly event.

Friends of the Somerville Public Library Book Sale: Come to the Somerville Public Library’s Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) this weekend for the Fall Used Book Sale. You can shop a variety of genres like history, biography, literature and fiction on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Most items are $2 and all proceeds go to support cultural and educational programs at the library.

Magpie Kids Grand Opening: The popular gift shop Magpie is hosting a grand opening of its new kids-themed store just down the street from its original location this Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by Magpie Kids (316 Highland Ave.) to welcome it to the neighborhood and participate in a costume contest, take your picture in the photobooth, refuel with goodies from 3 Little Figs and more.

Carved Pumpkin Contest: Bring your carved pumpkin to the Union Square Farmers Market on Saturday by 12:15 p.m. to enter to win market produce and a market T-shirt. There will be three categories (under 10, 10-18 and adult) and the judging will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday Local Artist Market: Shop arts and crafts produced in the area at the Burren (247 Elm St.) on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. during the Saturday Local Artist Market. Goods available for purchase include jewelry, textiles and ceramics and the Burren will be offering a $5 lunch special.

ComedySportz Boston: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts ComedySportz Boston for several shows from now through December 20. You can catch this family-friendly improv comedy event on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.

LGBT Halloween Skate Night: Celebrate Halloween on ice at the Second Annual LGBT Halloween Skate Night this Saturday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Rink (570 Somerville Ave.). Tickets are $10 and skates are free for this all ages event.

DF Sign

Sunday

Weekend for Sean Collier: Lyndell’s Bakery (720 Broadway) is hosting a weekend-long fundraiser to benefit the SAPD Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund. The bakery will donate $1 from each sale of custom half moon cakes with Officer Collier’s Somerville Police badge number on them. There will also be raffles and free coffee all weekend.

The Davis Flea: This is the final weekend that the Davis Flea is open this season. Stop by the parking lot on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to shop the market’s last day of 2013. Rain or shine.

OnStage Dance Company Dancer Auditions: OnStage Dance Company hosts dancer auditions for its sixth season this Sunday from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at its studio (276 Broadway).

Friends of the Somerville Public Library Book Sale: Come to the Somerville Public Library’s Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) this weekend for the Fall Used Book Sale. You can shop a variety of genres like history, biography, literature and fiction on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Most items are $2 and all proceeds go to support cultural and educational programs at the library.

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