Weekend 3.8-3.10: Maple Syrup Boil Down, Yoga Workshops & Events at the Armory

March is a funny month in New England, not quite winter but not quite spring. And it seems to me that this Saturday’s Maple Syrup Boil Down is a perfect representation of that. In addition to the Boil Down, there are art events, music performances, yoga workshops and much more happening in Somerville this weekend. I don’t know about you, but after this week’s snow and wind, I’m so ready to get out and enjoy all that the city has to offer. See you out there!

Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Snow Day 2013

Friday

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Left Hand Brewing Company tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and a wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a beer tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Dave’s Fresh Pasta hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Just outside Union Square, Taza Chocolate (561 Windsor St.) hosts a mead tasting with Green River Ambrosia from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Armory Events: Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts two unique events this Friday, starting with a UFO Wrestling event in the main space. Meet WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. before watching matches at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. In the Cafe the same night, actor and private investigator David Prum will share stories from his 25 years working in and around Boston. Ask the Detective starts at 8 p.m. and “tickets” are a $5 donation to the Cafe.

Winter Farmers Market Crowd

Saturday

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, pick up ingredients to make these three delicious kohlrabi recipes and stop by Flowerfolk Herbal Apothecary’s booth, where Steph Zabel (who is behind Herbstalk) will be selling micro-batch, locally made body care products.

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!

Maple Syrup Boil Down: Groundwork Somerville hosts the Maple Syrup Boil Down this Saturday at the Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join them for a live demonstration on turning local sap into maple syrup and to enjoy waffles, hot chocolate and more! The event is free and open to all.

Strong Core, Open Heart Yoga Workshop: Join Natalie Brooks for a Chakra workshop that focuses on strengthening the core muscles to support a fear-free heart and open spirit. The class takes place from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday at Third Life Studio (33 Union Square). Register by the end of today for $25 or pay $30 tomorrow.

Marketing III: Attracting VIP Visitors: Artisan’s Asylum hosts this free Somerville Open Studios artist talk on Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The session will focus on how to get the best clients, the press, gallery owners and more to artists’ studios.

Black Ink: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) hosts a closing reception for its Blank Ink: Printmaking in Monochrome exhibit on Saturday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Book Shop 2

Sunday

Rás na hÉireann 5K: Thousands of runners will take to the streets on Sunday at 11 a.m. to show their Irish pride a week early at this fun 5K. Come out to cheer them on and join in the post-race festivities happening all over the city!

Author Reading: Meet author Thomas R. Bransten this Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Book Shop (694 Broadway) and hear him read from his new book, A Slight Case of Guilt.

Jazz Jam: The Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts a Jazz Jam with Dan Fox and Morningside Music Studio from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. All instruments are welcome and vocalists should bring charts. There is a $6 cover charge.

Yoga Breath Workshop: Bow Street Yoga’s Ryan Hill hosts a special class on Sunday from 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. that focuses on the various breaths used in yoga practice. The workshop costs $10 and drop-ins are welcome. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to stay for the 4:30 p.m. all-levels vinyasa class happening in the studio following the workshop.

Second Sundays Open Stage: Later on Sunday, Second Sundays Open Stage takes over the Armory Cafe. Sign-up for five-minute performance slots begins at 7 p.m. and the evening will include a featured performer doing a longer set. A video of the performances will be available later in the month.

P.S. And if that’s not enough fun for you, check out our 7 Nights in Somerville page, which has ideas for things to do in Somerville every day and night of the week!

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