Weekend 5.17-5.19: PorchFest, Assembled & Trash Bash

This weekend is absolutely jam-packed with stuff to do. It’s PorchFest, Trash Bash, the kick-off for the Assembled arts market, the library’s book sale, there are author events, a dog festival, a yoga workshop and a bike, paddle and run, among other events. Basically, there is no shortage of fun in Somerville over the next couple of days. I’m looking forward to taking in as much as I can. See you out there!

This post is brought to you by Somerville Garden Club and The Book Shop.
SGC AdBackyard Havens of Somerville: A Self-Guided Tour: The Somerville Garden Club’s 2013 tour on June 9 showcases the gardens of its members, who will be welcoming visitors to their yards on tour day. This is your chance to learn about plants, design and horticulture from this wonderful array of passionate SGC members. Prepare to be inspired and educated, and don’t be surprised if you go away eager to create your own urban haven. Tickets ($15) go on sale on May 24 at Pemberton Garden Center (2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge), Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge) and True Grounds Café and Coffeehouse (717 Broadway, Somerville).

Book Shop 1Author Events: The Pink Narcissus Press, a local publisher of quirky fantasy and other speculative fiction, and several of its authors will make an appearance at The Book Shop (694 Broadway) on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Auburn, Massachusetts-based press is bringing several local authors to this event: Rose Mambert from Auburn, Bill Racicot from Medford, JP LaFond from Somerville, David Vernaglia from Providence and Matt MacKenzie from Cambridge. The Book Shop also hosts best-selling authors Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at an event where they will discuss their books.

Library building

Friday

Spring Book Sale: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library holds its Spring Book Sale this weekend at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.). You can shop the sale on Friday from noon-4 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The sale will feature books from a variety of genres (history, biography, arts, etc.) as well as a large fiction section, DVDs and more. Proceeds support cultural and educational programs at the library and leftover books will be donated to local nonprofits.

Tibet Arts and Culture Festival: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Tibet Arts and Culture Festival this Friday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The event features Tibetan musicians and singers, Tibetan art and photography and Tibetan food. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Believing is Seeing: Frances Moore Lappe will read from her book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want and Boston-based reggae band Matt Jenson & The Liquid Revolution will perform at the Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) on Friday and Saturday nights. The 21-plus event starts at 8 p.m. and general admission tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door ($10 for students and seniors).

PF Pat Martini

Saturday

Spring Book Sale: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library holds its Spring Book Sale this weekend at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.). You can shop the sale on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The sale will feature books from a variety of genres (history, biography, arts, etc.) as well as a large fiction section, DVDs and more. Proceeds support cultural and educational programs at the library and leftover books will be donated to local nonprofits.

Assembled: This Saturday marks the first Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row of the season. The free event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature dozens of local artists, food trucks and a special workshop devoted to learning the ins and outs of running a successful Etsy shop.

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 3 p.m.-4 p.m. and then heading west of Willow Avenue from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
PF Pennies

Hooping/Yoga Workshop: Learn how to combine vinyasa yoga sequences with hula hooping this Saturday at O2 Yoga (288 Highland Ave.) from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  The class will explore how to use the hoop as a prop for alignment and self-adjustment as well as how the spinning movement allows for a deeper meditative focus. Hoopers and yogis of all levels are welcome and hoops will be provided. The workshop is $30.

Author Events: The Pink Narcissus Press, a local publisher of quirky fantasy and other speculative fiction, and several of its authors will make an appearance at The Book Shop (694 Broadway) on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Auburn, Massachusetts-based press is bringing several local authors to this event: Rose Mambert from Auburn, Bill Racicot from Medford, JP LaFond from Somerville, David Vernaglia from Providence and Matt MacKenzie from Cambridge. The Book Shop also hosts best-selling authors Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at an event where they will discuss their books.

Believing is Seeing: Frances Moore Lappe will read from her book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want and Boston-based reggae band Matt Jenson & The Liquid Revolution will perform at the Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) on Saturday night. The 21-plus event starts at 8 p.m. and general admission tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door ($10 for students and seniors).

Dancing in the Streets: Local dancers will take to Somerville’s parks, squares and basketball courts for free showcases throughout May and June. This Saturday’s event is at 8 p.m. on the Union Square Plaza and will feature a performance by the KAIROS Dance Theater. Rain date is Sunday, May 19.

Prospect Hill Tower

Sunday

Mystic River Annual Herring Run, Bike and Paddle: This event has something for everyone–a 5K run/walk, 3-mile, 9-mile and 12-mile paddling contests and a bike ride. Things kick off with race registration at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse (32 Shore Drive) at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day. The 90-minute bike ride leaves at 11:15 a.m., you must bring your own bike (a sturdy one is recommended) and steady rain cancels the ride.

Beer and Bandanas Painting Party: Come to Relish, a new urban agriculture center in Union Square, on Sunday to help get the space ready to open in a couple of weeks. The group is seeking volunteers for two shifts, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m., with a pizza lunch served from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Relish is seeking tools to complete the project, so if you have painters tape, paint brushes or drop cloths, bring them on down.

Spring Fling: Canines and their companions are taking over Union Square on Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for som|dog’s Spring Fling. The free event will feature a dog fashion show, dog treat bake-off, live music, kids’ activities and much more. Tickets for the beer garden are $20 for som|dog nonmembers and $10 for som|dog members. Somerville Animal Control will be accepting donations of needed items like dog and cat food, kitty litter and linens. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome at this rain or shine event.

SOS Flowers

Trash Bash: Come to Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to check out Trash Bash. Come see the artists’ creations, sip local beer, participate in workshops and make art at Somerville’s First Recycled Art Competition. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Spring Book Sale: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library holds its Spring Book Sale this weekend at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.). You can shop the sale on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The sale will feature books from a variety of genres (history, biography, arts, etc.) as well as a large fiction section, DVDs and more. Proceeds support cultural and educational programs at the library and leftover books will be donated to local nonprofits.

Walking Tour of East Somerville: Join Edward Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society of America, for a Walking Tour of East Somerville: New Insights into its Rich Architecture and Historical Figures on Sunday at 2 p.m. The walk, which begins at Sullivan Station and takes place rain or shine, will focus on pre-Civil War buildings and features.

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