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Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

This weekend’s Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville features music, laughs, plenty of educational opportunities, and a free yoga lesson.


If you’re curious about how pasta is made, you can buy tickets to “Lilly’s Fresh Pasta talk and lunch.” The event is part of the Harvard Food Literacy Program and Lilly will share her story about emigrating to America and starting a pasta business in the Boston area. Tickets are $5 per person and the event is between 12pm – 1:30pm at Harvard University’s Dudley House.

Later on Friday, you have the chance to spend a few hours laughing at the 10th annual College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament at ImprovBoston in Cambridge. The competition features contestants from all over New England and is a great opportunity to discover future comedy stars.

For all you music history buffs, enjoy the free “History of Synthesis Part 1: Before the Moog” at MMMMaven. The interactive seminar uses sound and video recordings of early synthesizers and offers the audience a chance to play on one of these mythical machines.

Over in Davis Square, the Somerville Theatre offers a historical lesson in the form of a rare historic dramatization of the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo by North Korean from 8pm to 10pm.


Kick-off your Saturday morning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where you can explore fossils of long-extinct animals, sketch a mammal, excavate a mock dinosaur dig, or discover life in a rotting log while interacting with scientists and graduate students studying topics ranging from tiny insects to dinosaurs.

After spending a few hours with fossils, you can head over to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville where you can learn the difference between a lariat and an opera necklace in a Beading for Beginners class. The two-hour session is led by Arlene Elkins of Alchemist’s Apprentice, requires no previous experience, and you’ll get to leave with the necklace you bead.

Wear that beautiful new necklace to “An Evening with the Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh Quartet” at the Armory in Somerville  or to East End Grille where you can watch The Undercovers play the hits of the 60s and 70s.


Top off your weekend by unwinding physically and mentally from several weeks of commuter stress and snow shoveling with a free yoga lesson at Inner Space Meditation Center and Gallery.

East Cambridge Business Association Launches


East Cambridge Business Association Website
Cambridge Chronicle article: ECBA Hosts first networking event

The East Cambridge Business Association launched this past month with their first networking event on Feb 25th. The event was a big success and drew a crowd of 40 to the East Side Bar & Grill (yelp page) at 561 Cambridge St (right across the street from my office).

The ECBA intends to organize and unite the many varied businesses of East Cambridge. As their website puts it, their mission is:

“To promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; and to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge.
-ECBA Mission statement

There has already been a lot of interest in the ECBA thanks to a lot of hard work from the early members and organizers. The organization is a great idea and could help East Cambridge come together as a united front to preserve our historic community and face the upcoming economic challenges for local businesses.

The members already include a wide variety of services from familiar East Cambridge spots:
List current as of 3/10/10

ABG Realty 307 Cambridge St

Dental Services
Alegria Dental Group 1058 Cambridge Street

Dining / Bar

Arams No. 2 345 Cambridge St

Atwoods Tavern 877 Cambridge Street
Courtside Food and Spirits 291 Cambridge St
East Side Bar and Grille 561 Cambridge Street
Pugs Bar and Grill 635 Cambridge Street
Portugalia Restaurante 723 Cambridge Street


Boston Bed Company 616 Cambridge Street


Cambridge Art & Frame 101 1st Street


Cambridge Printing Company 47 Seventh Street


CPCU Credit Union 251 Hampshire St

Dimesworth 170 Gore St

East Cambridge Savings Bank 292 Cambridge Street

Community Services / Child Care

East End House 105 Spring Street

Groceries / Delis

Mayflower Poultry 621 Cambridge Street
New Deal Fish Market 622 Cambridge St

Law Services

Malis Law 30 Second St

Funeral Services

Rogers Funeral Home 380 Cambridge St

ECBA Contact information:

You can contact the ECBA at info@EastCambridgeBA.com
If you would like to sign up for the newletter and special offers click the button below
East Cambridge Business Association
P.O. Box 410386
Cambridge, MA 02141

Sousa’s Market opens near Union Sq. in East Somerville

Sousa’s Market
201 Somerville Ave, Somerville map

Somerville News – “Somerville welcomes new business”

At a time when it seems like too many shops are closing up or jobs are being lost, it was exciting to join Mayor Joe Curtatone, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Alderman Dennis Sullivan, and other members of the community for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sousa’s Market on Somerville Ave, near Union Sq. Sousa’s Market will be a family-owned convenience store and market run by long-time resident of Somerville and Cambridge Walter Sousa and the Sousa family.

Cheryl, Joseph, and Walter Sousa. ~Photo by Bill Tauro

This is the kind of local community business that will help revitalize the local economies across the country and get us back on the right track. I know the Sousa family will work hard, and I wish them all the best of luck!

Walter Sousa was also honored by the Legislature and Governor this month on the 25th annual Day of Portugal celebration at the State House for his contribution to the Portuguese communities of Massachusetts. Full story from the Somerville Journal: