Weekend 11.16-11.18: Silent Auction, Open Studios & Wrap Around Sale

It feels like I was just writing about Halloween and now it’s nearly Thanksgiving! The last Union Square Farmers Market of the season is on Saturday, so don’t forget to stop by to stock up for the big day of cooking later this week. In addition to that, there are some great events going on to benefit local nonprofits and charities, like the Pets in Need Silent Auction and an opening cupcake reception at the Nave Gallery’s Wrap Around sale to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. The Beat will be publishing on a regular schedule next week, but instead of the usual weekend post on Friday, I have something special in store, so be sure to check it out while you recover from your food hangover!

Special note this week that the T will be closed at Porter, Davis and Alewife on Saturday and Sunday November 17-18 (as well as November 24-25, December 1-2 and December 8-9).


Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of affordable wines from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a High and Mighty beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Victor Hugo/Midnight Estate tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a Noval Black Port and Taza Chocolate tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sav-Mor Spirits (15 McGrath Highway) hosts a New Amsterdam vodka and gin tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Poetry Reading: The Book Shop (694 Broadway) in Ball Square is hosting Jody Azzouni, Richard Smyth and Jessie Brown at 6:30 p.m. tonight for a poetry reading. After the poets are finished, there will be an open mike so community members can read their own poetry.

One of the largest pets in Somerville, Zeus, with his owner Peter in Union Square

Pets in Need 15th Annual Silent Auction: Nonprofit animal adoption program Pets in Need is hosting a silent auction this Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Somerville City Club (20 Inner Belt Road). There will be many items up for auction, including valuable Boston sports memorabilia, stays at swanky local hotels and gift certificates to Boston-area restaurants. There is no admission fee and refreshments will be available at this all ages event.


Union Square Farmers Market: This is the final week for the market this year and as always, it will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EHChocolatier and Dan’s Bread are the guest vendors this week. Ocean Ave Pops and Culinary Cruisers are organizing a book drive for Operation Bootstrap. You can bring children’s books to donate to the market this Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or call 617.702.2446 or email info@culinarycruiser.com to schedule a pick up. (And don’t forget to check out the Davis Square Farmers Market for its final run of the year on Wednesday from noon-5 p.m.)

Library Film Series: Come to the Central Branch of the Somerville Public Library this Saturday for the second film in a three-part series tracing the use of classical music in war movies. Some scenes will be accompanied by live music from members of the Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players. This week’s film is Scent of a Woman and the December 1 film is Platoon. All of the movies are free and begin at 10 a.m.

Brickbottom and Joy Street Open Studios: The 25th Annual Brickbottom Open Studios will showcase the work of 60 artists in that building (1 Fitchburg St.) and 50 artists in the nearby Joy Street Studios (86 Joy St.). The event takes place this Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, from noon-6 p.m. In addition to seeing artists in their spaces with their work (much of which will be for sale), Black Magic Coffee and the Biscuit will be on hand providing refreshments.

Wrap Around Sale Cupcake Reception: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) is hosting an opening cupcake reception this Saturday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. as part of its Wrap Around sale of knitted, crocheted or sewed goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. The sale is open each Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. starting this weekend and running through December 16 (with the exception of November 24 and 25).

Doggie Book Club: Come to the Book Shop (694 Broadway) in Ball Square at 3 p.m. on Saturday for Doggie Book Club. The book is A Dog’s Purpose by Bruce Cameron.

Latin Foods and Local Brews: This Saturday the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts Latin Foods and Local Brews, an event to support the Casa Connection. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Casa San Jose Orphanage in Colima, Mexico. The event runs from 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and features beer from around New England along with Latin food from area restaurants. Tickets are $40.


Parkour Classes: Every Sunday in November and December, rain or shine, Somerville Recreation is holding Parkour classes at Prospect Hill Park for all ages. The adult class (anyone over 15) is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and costs $8. The youth class (ages 6-14) is from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and costs $7. Parkour has roots in a variety of places, from gymnastics and climbing to martial arts and athletics. All ability levels are welcome!

Opening of Milk Row Cemetery: The Milk Row Cemetery (400 Somerville Ave.) will be open to the public on Sunday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The gates of the small historic site are usually closed (except for a few annual events), but this weekend volunteers in period clothing will be on hand to help the community learn more about the people buried in Milk Row (some dating to Revolutionary times). Stop by to learn more about Somerville’s rich history!


Clothing Drive: Second Chances, a Somerville organization that provides people in need with clothes that can help provide a path to a better future, is holding a clothing drive at several locations around town. Bring a new pair of pajamas to Orange Leaf (256 Elm St.) to receive three free ounces of frozen yogurt now through Sunday, December 16. From Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 25, bring clothes to Bow Street Yoga (25 Bow St.) and get a $10 or $25 discount on classes. Lincoln Technical Institute in Assembly Square is also collecting clothes from Monday, November 19 to Friday, December 14.

Dark Knight on a Dark Night Submissions Wanted: Hub Comics (19 Bow St.) is seeking submissions for its annual Batman-themed art show Dark Knight on a Dark Night. The opening reception isn’t until December 15, but submissions are due by December 7. Full details on how to submit can be found here.

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