Weekend 11.9-11.11: Coffee Workshops, Children’s Literacy & Art Openings

This week was another hectic one, with the election on Tuesday and our first snow of the winter on Wednesday! But now it’s Friday, which means the weekend is nearly upon us. And this one promises to be lots of fun, with multiple art openings, coffee workshops, a jewelry collection launch party, a benefit for cerebral palsy, a children’s literacy event and much more. Hope you all have a great weekend in the ‘Ville!


Coffee Farming, Soil and Agriculture Workshop: Join Counter Culture Coffee at its Boston Training Center (374 Somerville Ave.) for its Coffee Farming, Soil and Agriculture workshop on Friday at 11 a.m. (after its weekly 10 a.m. cupping or coffee tasting). The presentation will discuss organic agriculture as it relates to coffee farming. It’s as much about coffee as it is about agriculture, so anyone from organic activists to coffee connoisseurs would likely enjoy it. The free presentation is open to the public (though space is limited).

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Trio Wine Co. tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Brooklyn Beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a STLTO wine tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting of an Italian red wine and white wine from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sav-Mor Spirits (15 McGrath Highway) hosts a Red Rock merlot and pinot noir tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Reel Rock Film Tour and Benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston: Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Reel Rock Film Tour on Friday night as the organization works to raise money for United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. The event brings together climbers and outdoor lovers to celebrate adventure filmmaking and raise funds. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.


Union Square Farmers Market: The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through November 17. This week Union Press will be at the market demonstrating traditional letterpress techniques. Ocean Ave Pops and Culinary Cruisers are organizing a book drive for Operation Bootstrap. You can bring children’s books to the Union Square Farmers Market this Saturday or next from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Or you can 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 on Wednesdays from noon-5 p.m. through November 21.)

Early Childhood Literacy Fair: Join the Community Growing Center at the Healey School (5 Meacham St.) on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon for information on promoting literacy through gardening. The Growing Center’s Children and Nature Initiative will show their bilingual Our Garden Nature Guide and host a scavenger hunt.

Quality Relationships in Coffee and Tea: Counter Culture Coffee’s Boston Training Center (374 Somerville Ave.) will host Rishi Tea’s Director of Education, Suzette Hammond, and Counter Culture’s Coffee Buyer and Sustainability Manager, Kim Elena Ionescu, as they present about Quality Relationships in Coffee and Tea from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. The event will include guided coffee and tea cuppings (tastings), lectures and slideshows and hands-on brewing. The event is free and open to the public.

Fiore di Nonno Sample: Join Somerville-based Fiore di Nonno at Sofra Bakery (1 Belmont St., Cambridge) from noon-2:30 p.m. on Saturday to sample creamy stracciatella, za’atar burrata, string cheese and fresh mozzarella. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out Mt. Auburn Cemetery for a nice afternoon walk!

Threads Bared–Art Inspired by Fiber Opening: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) will host an opening reception for the Threads Bared–Art Inspired by Fiber exhibit on Saturday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The artists participating in Threads Bared explore the tactile nature of fiber using traditional and nontraditional materials and methods. The exhibit runs through December 16 and you can visit the gallery Saturdays and Sundays (except November 24 and 25) from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Also beginning this Saturday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Nave Gallery, you can start bringing knitted, crocheted and sewed donations (or even unused yarn) for the Wraparound Project sale to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Full details here. (Above you can see some of the Nave Gallery’s handiwork from the Perry Park Yarnstorming.)

Inventory Exhibit Opening: Stop by the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) on Saturday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for the opening of its newest exhibit Inventory. The installation, a catalogue of 30 years worth of possessions, will be on display during the month of November. You can stop by on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. to view it.


Somervinyl-Palooza 3: The New England Record Collectors Club hosts Somervinyl-Palooza 3 on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Boston-Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington St.). The $5 admission gets you access to thousands of LP and 45 records plus DJ Head Burn and Family, who will be there spinning vinyl all day.

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!

Original Classics Launch Party: Join e. scott (rings pictured above) this Sunday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at her studio (199B Highland Ave.) for the launch of the Original Classics collection. Stop by the shop to see the new pieces, have a drink and start your holiday shopping!

Not So Silent Sundays: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) will host Not So Silent Sundays featuring Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. Each month, Not So Silent Sundays feature an original full-length piano score to accompany a classic silent film. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7) and is free, though there is a $5 minimum for food/drink at the cafe.

P.S. Looking for somewhere in Somerville to have breakfast this weekend? I recently tried Renee’s Cafe in Teele Square and loved the friendly, prompt service, tasty food and cozy atmosphere. What’s your favorite Somerville breakfast spot?

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