March may have come roaring in like a lion, but it’s gotten more lamb-like this week, with warmer temperatures, a few sunny days and even some flowers peeking through. This weekend is chock-full of great events, starting with several big ones tonight. And of course Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, which means there are fun festivities all weekend where you can show your Irish pride. Happy spring!
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Brooklyn Brewery tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and a tasting of Italian wines from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Cambridge Brewing Company tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Dave’s Fresh Pasta hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Magoun Square, K2 Beer and Wine (500 Medford St.) will have a tasting of California wines from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Somerville Museum Benefit and Celebration of the Emerald Isle: The Historic First Methodist Church (1 Summer St.) in Union Square hosts a benefit for the Somerville Museum and an Irish celebration on Friday from 5:3o p.m.-8 p.m. There will be Irish music, finger food and drinks and a silent auction. Tickets range from $40-$50 and all proceeds will go to support the building projects in progress at the Somerville Museum.
Counter Culture Coffee Cup Tasters Challenge: Join Counter Culture Coffee (374 Somerville Ave.) on Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. for its next battle in the 2013 Cup Tasters Challenge. Participants will taste multiple sets of three cups and have to identify which is different from the other two in each set. Events are being held at the same time at all of Counter Culture’s regional training centers to see which will emerge victorious.
Humor From My Pen Opening Reception: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts an opening reception on Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. for a new exhibit, Humor From My Pen, featuring the political cartoons of Gerardo Hernandez. Hernandez is one of the Cuban Five political prisoners incarcerated in the U.S. since 1998. The artist will not be present but someone familiar with his work will be. If you can’t make it to the opening, you can view the exhibit on Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., on Thursday, March 21 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Lysistrata: Theatre@First presents Lysistrata, an age-old story of the battle between the sexes that will be set in the present time with characters in modern dress for these performances. See the show this weekend on Friday at 8 p.m. or Saturday at 2 p.m. There will also be performances on Thursday and Friday, March 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. The performances take place at Unity Somerville (6 William St.) and the tickets are $12 for students/seniors and $15 for the general public.
Winter Farmers Market: The Winter Farmers Market runs this and every Saturday through April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). This weekend at the market you’ll find Lilac Hedge Farm selling meat, Valicenti Organico selling pasta, 7ate9 and Macaron Sweeterie selling treats, Nobscot Artisan Cheese and Coastal Vineyards, Bug Hill Farm Green River Ambrosia selling drinks and drink fixings, in addition to the regular vendors. While you’re at the market, be sure to pick up ingredients to make one of these tasty seasonal recipes!
Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Clarendon Hill Community Room (268 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts the Somerville Mobile Farmers Market, a collaboration among the city’s Shape Up Somerville program, Enterprise Farm, The Welcome Project, Somerville Housing Authority, Groundwork Somerville, the Somerville Council on Aging and more. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, Farmers’ Market Coupons, cash, credit and debit cards. All items are fresh, delicious and cheap!
Round One: A Stronger You: Join Jillian Coen, a nutrition and child’s health advocate, on Saturday from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Somerville Boxing Club at the Edgerly School (11 Otis St.) for a discussion about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. Coen will talk about the link between eating breakfast and losing weight, portion control and exercise, among other topics. Healthy snacks will be served at this family-friendly event.
Saturday Local Artist Market: Artists working in a variety of mediums, like photography, jewelry and ceramics, will be at The Burren (247 Elm St.) this Saturday from noon-4 p.m. selling their wares just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The Burren will be offering a $5 lunch special in addition to its regular menu during the Saturday Local Artist Market.
Cold Frame Workshop: Learn how to extend the growing season at this Saturday’s Cold Frame Workshop at the CHA School of Nursing (125 Lowell St.). Colin Barr shows interested gardeners how cold frames act like mini-greenhouses at the event, which is sponsored by Green City Growers and the Growing Center, and starts at 4:30 p.m.
Memory Place Opening Reception: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) in Davis Square hosts an opening reception for its newest exhibit, Memory Place, this Saturday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The show features the work of several artist who explore the unfamiliar through the use of familiar objects. Whats-Nü is sponsoring the opening reception, which will also have live music.
Circus Sock Hop: Come to AirCraft Aerial Arts (14 Tyler St.) on Saturday from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. to participate in an old-fashioned sock hop! Get your best vintage outfits ready for a night of dancing and live performances, culminating in a just-for-fun dance contest.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Bars and restaurants all over Somerville are celebrating today with traditional Irish food, music and beer. Here’s a detailed list of where to show your Irish pride. I hope you have a fun (and safe) holiday!
New Works in Miniatures: Stop by True Grounds (717 Broadway) throughout the month of March to see new work by local artist Laura Slapikoff. The show features a selection of Slapikoff’s miniatures, which are a new medium for the artist. You can view the show through March 31, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.