April is nearly upon us and it finally feels like spring has sprung in Somerville! The perfect way to kick off the growing season is this Saturday at the Winter Farmers Market, where you can learn about composting, participate in a seed swap, learn about keeping chickens and much more. While you’re there, stop by the Cafe, which I wrote about this week. Looking ahead to next weekend, I’ll be at the market doing Beat outreach (details to come), so mark your calendars now.
I also wanted to say thank you to everyone for your sweet comments and congratulations this week about the news of our new home. It felt like all of Somerville was giving me a big hug. I also got a lot of requests to write about the home-buying process, so I’m going to work on a post about that. Look for it in the coming weeks. Happy spring and happy Easter to all of those celebrating!
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of its April Wines of the Month from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m and a tasting of the former Haverhill Brewing, now the Tap, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Dave’s Fresh Pasta hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Magoun Square, the new K2 Beer and Wine hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Free Concert: Singer-songwriter Something Civil will be playing a free show at the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m., opening act Educate the Antidote will play at 7:30 p.m. and Something Civil will go on at 8 p.m. Donations are welcome.
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 week at the market you can get ready to garden with special workshops taking place all day. There will be a seed swap, a session with Khrysti Smyth (the Chickeness of Somerville), planting activities for kids, compost bins will be available for purchase and more!
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!
Yoga for a Cause: Third Life Studio is holding a special yoga class on Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. to support Kurt Nelson, who is running the Boston Marathon and raising money for Wediko Children’s Services, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic and educational services to children, families and schools. There is a $15 suggested donation for the class, but there is no mandatory fee. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, though some extras will be available.
Outdoor Parkour Event: Parkour Fitness demonstrates how to use the environment as your gym at Maxwell’s Green (off Lowell Street) on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (weather permitting).
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 Easter. The Burren will be offering a $5 lunch special in addition to its regular menu during the Saturday Local Artist Market.
Love in Bloom: Energy Theater performs Love in Bloom this Saturday from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). There is a $10 suggested donation that will go to benefit the Unity Somerville roof fund.
Boston Alternative Tango/Milonga: On Sunday night, Boston Alternative Tango turns the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) into a dance space for an evening of Alternative Milonga–social tango dancing to nontraditional music. All ability levels are welcome, but instruction is not provided. The event runs from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. and costs $10.
P.S. While many people make big plans in the new year to exercise and eat better, I always feel like spring is a great time to pursue those healthy goals too. It feels like a new beginning and a fresh start. If you’re looking for ways to get and stay active, check out my guide to the many yoga studios in Somerville!