The theme of this weekend seems to be plants. Herbstalk, two days of herbal education, activities and a marketplace, is back and even bigger for its second year. Sunday is also the Somerville Garden Club’s tour, which showcases some of the city’s most beautiful yards. The Union Square Farmers Market, The Davis Flea and Assembled are also all back this weekend. Have a great time out there!
This post is brought to you by Somerville Garden Club and The Book Shop.
Backyard Havens of Somerville: A Self-Guided Tour: The Somerville Garden Club’s 2013 tour is this Sunday, June 9, and will showcase the gardens of its members, who will be welcoming visitors to their yards on tour day. Tickets ($15) are on sale now at Pemberton Garden Center (2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge), Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge) and True Grounds Café and Coffeehouse (717 Broadway, Somerville). You can also purchase tickets on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Davis Square Statue Park.
The Book Shop Author Event: The Book Shop (694 Broadway) hosts Ilan Mochari and L. Annette Binder this Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of their books. Mochari’s debut novel, Zinsky the Obscure, has earned rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. He is also a contributor to Cognoscenti, the online magazine for Boston’s NPR news station. Binder’s debut collection of stories, Rise, received the 2011 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. She is currently at work on a novel based on her story Dead Languages, which appeared in The Southern Review. In addition to attending author events and buying books at The Book Shop, the store is running an Indiegogo campaign to keep operations running and continue to improve the the store to better serve the Somerville community. You can donate here.
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a 90+ Cellars wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Victory Brewing tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a sake tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. In Magoun Square, K2 Beer and Wine (500 Medford St.) hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Places, Faces and Musicians of Mali: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts this photo art exhibit on Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Donations are welcome and will be used to help the people of Mali.
Chakra Workshop: Master Teacher Jacqui Bonwell leads her signature chakra vinyasa cleanse on Friday from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Bow Street Yoga (34 Bow St.). Bonwell will take participants on a journey through the seven chakras and everyday life situations to keep them in check. The workshop costs $40.
Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more at the Union Square Farmers Market. The market runs on Saturday mornings through November 23. Click here to see photos from opening day.
Herbstalk: Back for a second year this weekend, Herbstalk is bigger than ever, with two days of workshops, classes and a marketplace. Everything takes place at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) and kicks off today at 9 a.m. All are welcome, from curious beginners to advanced herbalists.
Assembled: Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row is a free event that runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on most Saturdays throughout the next few months. The market features dozens of local artists, food trucks and special events. You can view photos from the first market here.
Herbstalk: Back for a second year this weekend, Herbstalk is bigger than ever, with two days of workshops, classes and a marketplace. Everything takes place at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) and starts today at 9 a.m. All are welcome, from curious beginners to advanced herbalists.
The Davis Flea: The Davis Flea is open on Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from now through October 27. The market features new and returning vendors selling antiques, vintage goods and more. Stop by the parking lot of the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road to check it out. Rain or shine.
Backyard Havens of Somerville: A Self-Guided Tour: The Somerville Garden Club’s 2013 tour is Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour will showcase the gardens of the club’s members, who will be welcoming visitors to their yards on tour day. Tickets ($15) are on sale now at Pemberton Garden Center (2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge), Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge) and True Grounds Café and Coffeehouse (717 Broadway, Somerville). You can also purchase tickets on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Davis Square Statue Park.
Do It Yourself Success: Plan and Grow Your Dream Project: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts Eleanor C. Whitney, the author of Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job! on Sunday afternoon. The workshop will focus on giving you the tools you need to make your dream project a success. The event runs from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and tickets are $10 ($20 with a discount copy of Whitney’s book).
P.S. Support a good cause and have fun with your friends at Somerville Local First’s upcoming ’80s-themed prom In the Air Tonight. Decade-appropriate outfits and hairstyles are encouraged (the best dressed will win a fabulous prize) and you’ll be able to capture all the night’s memories in the photo booth–plus, this time there’s booze! It all goes down on Friday, June 21 from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Greek Orthodox Church (29 Central St.) and tickets are $30 (includes food and drink). Get yours today!