May is a busy month in Somerville. Open Studios took over the city last weekend and PorchFest will rock it next weekend. In between there’s Mother’s Day, the perfect excuse for a lovely brunch out at a local restaurant. If you’re feeling so inclined, the whole family can run in a 5K before sitting down to dine. It’s also Bike Month and several events are planned during the next few days to celebrate. And Dennis Lehane (yes, the Dennis Lehane) is coming to The Book Shop on Wednesday night. See you out there!
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Join The Book Shop (694 Broadway) this Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m., in welcoming international best-selling author Dennis Lehane for a discussion about his books, a Q&A session and book signing. Boston native Lehane’s first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, and since then he has published eight more novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Three of his novels–Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone and Shutter Island–have been adapted into award-winning films. His 10th novel, Live By Night, just won an Edgar Award and The Book Shop will have copies of it and some of Lahane’s other books available for purchase.
Young New England Photographers Group Exhibition Opening Reception: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Friday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. for the opening reception of the Young New England Photographers Group Exhibition. The peer-oriented, juried showcase includes photographic work by recent graduates from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Workshop on Repairing versus Replacing Your Old Windows: The Somerville Museum hosts David Liberty of Boston area-based WindowRepair.com as he demonstrates his work on an actual window removed from the museum. The event, which is limited to 15 attendees, takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and costs $50, with proceeds going to the Historic Somerville Museum Building Fund.
Prenatal Partner Yoga Workshop: Celebrate your first Mother’s Day with your partner at O2 Yoga (288 Highland Ave.) on Saturday with a special prenatal yoga workshop. The class will focus on prenatal yoga postures and ways you and your partner can support each other. No yoga experience is necessary for the workshop, which runs from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and costs $30.
Artist Marketing Talk: Somerville Open Studios may be over this year, but for many the work isn’t done yet. Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing is giving a free talk at Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.) on Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on how to build community, make pitches, land shows and make sales after Open Studios ends.
Dancing in the Streets: Starting this Saturday night and continuing throughout May and June, local dancers will take to Somerville’s parks, squares and basketball courts for free showcases. This Saturday’s event is at 8 p.m. on the City Hall Concourse (93 Highland Ave.) and will feature a performance by Audra Carabetta and Brian Crabtree.
Mother’s Day Brunch: Sunday is Mother’s Day, making it the perfect time to treat your mom to a special meal out in Somerville. Take her to one of the best brunch spots in town, as recommended by Beat readers.
M.O.M.’s Run: While the event is called M.O.M’s Run, all are welcome to participate in this Mother’s Day race. The main event is a 5K run at 10 a.m., but there’s also a 9:45 a.m. start for 5K walkers and a children’s fun run at 9:30 a.m. The whole thing starts and finishes at the George Dilboy VFW Post (371 Summer St.) and will be followed by a party featuring food from Redbones, beverages from Harpoon Brewery and an awards ceremony. Race organizers have decided to dedicate the race to Sean Collier, the fallen officer who was a Somerville resident. His sister will be running the race in his honor.
Somerville Historic Bike Ride: May is Bike Month and the Somerville Bicycle Committee is hosting a historic bike ride this Sunday at 2 p.m. The ride leaves from City Hall (93 Highland Ave.) and will take a leisurely trip around the city stopping at sites of interest around the way. It will end around 4:30 p.m. at the Somerville Museum with light refreshments. There is a $3 suggested donation.
Somerville Bike Commuter Breakfast: The Somerville Bicycle Committee is organizing a free breakfast on Monday from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. for bike commuters. The event takes place in the Star Market parking lot on Beacon Street and food will be provided by Star Market and Peti Pies. There will also be bike check-ups and tune-ups by Bike Boom.
Dennis Lehane in Somerville: The Book Shop (694 Broadway) hosts international best-selling and award-winning author Dennis Lehane on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Boston-native will discuss his books, like Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island and Mystic River. Lehane will also participate in a Q&A and sign books.
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