Leave Condescending Wonka home Thursday night and freely enjoy a screening of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” “Willy Wonka” kicks off Somerville’s SomerMovie Feast - a summer long series featuring movies about food, cooking, and eating. All movies start right after sunset and are free. This week’s screening is in Seven Hills Park, in Davis Square.
Tomorrow the White House will showcase projects from its first-ever Maker Faire to celebrate the National Day of Making. Share your own projects using #NationOfMakers. What will you make? http://wh.gov/makerfaire
Today Mayor Curtatone is at the White House representing Somerville’s makers. I don’t know about you, but all this maker talk is making me feel crafty.
One of the big local news stories today was about a recent study showing just how much the arts help boost the Greater Boston economy. In Somerville, this is old news. We’ve been looking at how the arts strengthen the economy for almost a decade. Check out some of the early studies we did here.
Tactical urbanism + East Somerville = URBAN AG
This week Somerville has been on fire with urban planning. 5 Days of Tactical Urbanism has spread to East Somerville and Union Square. See the schedule of events on the Somerville by Design blog and get out there!
In East Somerville, the City has partnered with East Somerville Main Streets and their THIS IS EAST events series to hold some tactical urbanism community builds. Well, lo and behold, people wanted more opportunities for urban gardening. (duh!) Check out the pallet planters above (remember it’s important to be sure they are chemical-free).
A beautiful day for a flag raising: Today members of the Somerville High School Gay Straight Alliance joined City officials in raising the Pride Flag over the City Hall concourse.
George Proakis, Somerville’s Director of Planning, talks about the powerful tool that is zoning regulations, and how Somerville is working to reconcile its regulations with its values and future vision.
In case you missed the big announcement yesterday, Oprah would like to remind you that you’re getting a new trash cart. If you’re a Somerville resident whose trash is already being picked up by the City be on the lookout for a nice, new, sturdy trash cart. Cart delivery starts at the beginning of June. The best part? They come at no cost. The other best part? These new carts will help in the war on rats AND may lead to a decrease in the City’s overall solid waste output.