Weekend 5.16-5.18: Book Sale, Farmers Market & PorchFest

Hold onto your hats–this weekend is jam-packed with so many fun events! There’s a big book sale at the library, loads of art events, live music galore with PorchFest taking over the streets, a dog festival, fiber swap, events at the Community Growing Center, a historic walking tour and the Union Square Farmers Market opens for the season. Weekends like this are why Somerville is the place to be (in our totally unbiased opinion).

Flowering tree

Friday

Book Sale: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library is holding a Book Sale this weekend at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.). The sale is open on Friday from noon-4 p.m. Adult books are $2, kids’ books are $1 and all proceeds go to support cultural and educational programs at the library. Leftover books will be donated to local nonprofits or sold online.

Intuition: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Friday from noon-5 p.m. to see Intuition. The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists and can be seen until May 24.

The Secret Garden: Twenty-nine Somerville students in second through eighth grade will come together this weekend to perform The Secret Garden at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). See the play at 7 p.m. on Friday. Donations suggested.

Edge States Opening Reception: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts an opening reception for Edge States: Inner Landscapes Outside on Friday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The exhibit features watercolors and artist’s books by Amy Fleisher and poems by Anna M. Warrock.

Great backyard + great music = PorchFest

Saturday

Weekend of Play: The City of Somerville, the Somerville Arts Council, Somerville Recreation and Knucklebones are teaming up for the Weekend of Play. Activities on Saturday include Parkour at Baxter Park on the Assembly Square waterfront; an inflatable go-cart course and Knucklebones activities at Morse-Kelley Playground (Craigie Street/Summer Street); a children’s sing-a-long at Morse-Kelley Playground at 2 p.m.; a children’s sing-a-long at Hodgkins-Curtain Playground (Holland Street) at 2 p.m.; and an Imagination Playground at Lexington Park (Lexington Avenue/Community Path).

Union Square Farmers Market: The Union Square Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday on the Union Square Plaza. Shop for vegetables, fruit, bread, sweets and more at the market, which runs every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through November 22.

Fiber Swap: The Nave Gallery (155 Powder House Blvd.) is hosting its Third Annual Fiber Swap on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This free event kicks off the 2014 Wrap Around Project, a campaign of art and activism that benefits the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Bring your unwanted yarn, fabric, felt or thread and a donation for the Project SOUP food pantry.

Book Sale: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library are holding a Book Sale this weekend at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.). The sale is open on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adult books are $2, kids’ books are $1 and all proceeds go to support cultural and education programs at the library. Leftover books will be donated to local nonprofits or sold online.

Edge States: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) is currently showing Edge States: Inner Landscapes Outside on Saturdays in May from noon-4 p.m. The exhibit features watercolors and artist’s books by Amy Fleisher and poems by Anna M. Warrock.

Intuition: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. to see Intuition. The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists and can be seen until May 24.

PorchFest: Listen to the sounds of Somerville at Saturday’s PorchFest, a decentralized music festival taking place throughout the city from noon-6 p.m. The free event moves across Somerville in waves starting with the streets in the east running to Central Street from noon-2 p.m., then moving to between Central Street and Willow Avenue from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and then heading west of Willow Avenue from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Rain date of Sunday, May 18.

Spring Fling Open House: Green City Growers (600 Windsor Place) is hosting a Spring Fling Open House on Saturday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy tasty food, live music and tour Green City Growers and Taza Chocolate (located across the street) at this free event.

The Secret Garden: Twenty-nine Somerville students in second through eighth grade will come together this weekend to perform The Secret Garden at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). See the play at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Donations suggested.

Jazz at The Green Room: Come to The Green Room (62 Bow St.) to see alto player Jim Hobbs, bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Luther Gray perform as a trio. Tickets are $10 for the 8 p.m. show.

Dancing in the Streets: The Somerville Arts Council is hosting a city-wide dance festival for the second year throughout May and June. Come see Rainbow Tribe perform at Chuckie Harris Park (3-17 Cross St. E.) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Library building

Sunday

Weekend of Play: The City of Somerville, the Somerville Arts Council, Somerville Recreation and Knucklebones are teaming up for the Weekend of Play. Activities on Sunday include SportsFort, Children’s Playspace and Kuncklebones at Hodgkins-Curtain Playground (Holland Street); an inflatable go-cart course and Knucklebones activities at Morse-Kelley Playground (Craigie Street/Summer Street); Parkour at Nathan Tufts Park (Powder House Rotary); and Public Ice Skating at Veterans Memorial Rink (570 Somerville Ave.) from noon-1:50 p.m.

18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle: The 18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle takes place on Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse (32 Shore Drive). The event includes a 5K walk/run, three paddling races, children’s activities and more.

Second Annual Spring Fling: som|dog hosts its Second Annual Spring Fling this Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Union Square Plaza. The free event features activities for kids, a Frisbee demonstration, vendors, local trainers, craft beer, contests and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for Somerville Animal Control (dry dog and cat food, kitty litter, towels and blankets) and well-mannered dogs are welcome at the rain or shine event. Tickets for the Beer Bark Garden are $20 for non-members (includes two drinks and a year-long membership) and $10 for members (includes two drink tickets). They can be purchased in advance and proceeds will benefit Somerville Animal Control.

Linden Celebration: Join the folks behind Herbstalk for a Linden Celebration this Sunday from noon-2 p.m. at the Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.). The gathering will celebrate the beautiful and medicinal Linden trees that grow in Somerville. There will be informative talks and Linden tea.

Dancing in the Streets: The Somerville Arts Council is hosting a city-wide dance festival for the second year throughout May and June. Come see Alli Ross/Excavate perform at Nathan Tufts Park (850 Broadway) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Rain date of Sunday, May 25.

Save Our Homes Walk: Support the Somerville Homeless Coalition at the Save Our Homes Walk on Sunday. The 5K route starts and ends at Somerville High School (81 Highland Ave.). Registration opens at 1:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 2 p.m.

Book Sale: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library are holding a Book Sale this weekend at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.). The sale is open on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Adult books are $2, kids’ books are $1 and all proceeds go to support cultural and education programs at the library. Leftover books will be donated to local nonprofits or sold online.

Bee Theater: Join beekeeper Hannah Reff at the Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) on Sunday from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. to view the center’s hive in a fun, educational setting.

The Secret Garden: Twenty-nine Somerville students in second through eighth grade will come together this weekend to perform The Secret Garden at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). See the play at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Donations suggested.

Eastern Somerville Historic Walking Tour: Explore Gilman Square, Walnut Street, Broadway and East Somerville during a historic walking tour on Sunday from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The tour starts at the Central Branch of the Somerville Public Library (79 Highland Ave.) and ends at East End Grille (118 Broadway) with free appetizers.

An Afternoon with a Virtuoso: Come to the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday at 4 p.m to spend an afternoon listening to Mal Barsamian performing on oud (lute), clarinet and saxaphone. He will be joined by Harry Bedrossian on keyboard and Charlie Dermenjian on darbuka (goblet drum). There is a $12 ($8 for students/seniors) suggested donation at the door with a reservation. The suggested donation without a reservation is $14 ($10 for students/seniors).

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