The Cambridge Innovation Center

CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway – map

For anyone who may have missed it, this past Sunday’s Globe has a fantastic article highlighting the Cambridge Innovation Center. The CIC is one of the most important buildings in Cambridge. Tim Rowe has created an atmosphere that allows young start up companies to share ideas, feed off each other’s energy, and drives them to success. Cambridge has a history of innovation and the CIC is a reflection of the entrepreneurial attitude that has made Cambridge a hot bed of activity for over a century.

Read the Globe Article: The Idea Factory

SCC Summer Membership Meeting: A Time for Action!

SOMERVILLE – West Somerville Neighborhood School, 177 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville map

Somerville Community Corporation (SCC)
337 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA
617-776-5931
SCC Staff

The annual Summer Membership Meeting drew a crowd of active community members from all over Somerville for dinner and workshops. This year the theme was “A Time for Action!” Translators were on hand for Spanish and Portuguese residents, and the large turnout reflected the diversity of Somerville.


A full house at the annual SCC Membership Meeting.

The entire group heard about the successes and the projects SCC and the residents of Somerville have worked on over the year. As a small taste of what the SCC is all about, people were then given the chance to join in workshops on some of the important issues affecting Somerville. The workshops focused on four areas:

  • How the Green Line will impact Somerville
  • Getting good jobs for Somerville residents (Danny LeBlanc)
  • Making Massachusetts more welcoming for our immigrant neighbors (Tito Meza)
  • Understanding your budget and credit needs (Thais DeMarco)


A Financial Literacy graduate leads the discussion in the budget and credit workshop with instructor Thais Demarco.

Each workshop had an open discussion and was welcome to everyone. The workshops are a great way for people to get an idea of the services and opportunities the SCC has for community education and involvement. The financial literacy course and workshop, for example, aims to empower people to take control of their budget in simple, practical ways that can help move people towards financial security.

If you are interested in being a part of future discussions, or enrolling in the course on financial literacy, or if you know someone who might, please get in touch with the SCC.

August Calendar

Correction: The East Cambridge Planning Team Meeting with Alexandria was incorrectly listed as Monday the 12th. The 12th is a Tuesday. Thanks to Fred Fantini for the correction.

This monthly calendar represents only a small portion of the many interesting things happening in Cambridge and Somerville. If you would like to add another event, or a link to your own calendar of events, please email my office at toomeyblog@gmail.com.

Other Local Calendars:

August in Cambridge
City Calendar

August in Somerville
City Calendar
The Growing Center


SomerMovie Fest August Schedule
Mayor Curtatone and the City of Somerville offer free screenings of movies, projected at parks around the city. All movies are on Thursday nights, starting at dusk.
Thursday August 7: Spiderman 3 @ Conway Park, Somerville Ave map
Thursday August 14: Hairspray @ Foss Park map
Thursday August 21: We Are Marshall @ Prospect Hill Park, Munroe St map
Thursday August 28: Enchanted @ Hodgkins Park, Holland Ave map

Tuesday, August 5
National Night Out
Cambridge: Rindge Field map
Riverside Press Park on Memorial Drive map
Somerville: Foss Park map
Hit the streets and parks with your neighbors and local law enforcement for the 25th Annual National Night Out. This is a great chance to have fun bringing the community together and raising awareness about crime prevention.

Wednesday, August 6 @ 7pm
Museum of Science Wind Turbine Community Meeting
East End House, 105 Spring St, Cambridge map
Join David Rabkin from the Museum of Science at the East End House to learn about the Museum of Science’s plans to install five types of small wind turbines–2 in Cambridge and 3 in Boston. A great chance to learn about some innovative ideas for alternative energy.

Thursday, August 7 @ 11:00am
Summer in the City: Art of Black Dance and Music
Donnelly Field, 67 Berkshire St, Cambridge map
From the City of Cambridge calendar:
The Cambridge Arts Council invites you to enjoy “Summer in the City,” a series of free, interactive and multicultural events and performances held in parks and open spaces throughout the city. On August 7th, join performers from Art of Black Dance & Music as they teach the common history of humankind through African-rooted dance, music, and folklore.
Rain site:
King Open School, 850 Cambridge St map

Tuesday, August 12 @ 7:00pm
East Cambridge Planning Team (ECPT) Meeting on Alexandria

Kennedy School Cafeteria, 158 Spring St, Cambridge map
ECPT has organized a neighborhood meeting with representatives from Alexandria Realty to discuss the current proposal for biotech development in East Cambridge.

Wednesday, August 13 @ 11am
Somerville Mayor’s Senior Picnic

Nathan Tufts Park, Powderhouse Circle, Somerville map
The Mayor’s Senior Picnic is an annual event, inviting all Somerville senior citizens to enjoy a picnic lunch in the park complete with music, entertainment, food, and dancing. Sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and the Somerville Council on Aging, the Picnic is one of the year’s largest events.

Thursday, August 14 @ 7pm
Wellington Harrington Neighborhood Association (WHNA) Monthly Meeting

Vin-Fen, 950 Cambridge St, Cambridge map
This month WHNA will be speaking with members of the Cambridge Police Department about crime concerns.

Thursday August 21 @ 7pm
Oldtime Baseball Game
St. Peter’s Field, Cambridge map
From the City of Cambridge: The Oldtime Baseball Game features players wearing a dazzling collection of flannel uniforms that represent virtually every era in baseball history – including the Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns and Brooklyn Dodgers. Players are chosen from colleges and universities from the Boston area, with an occasional retired big-leaguer added to the mix. Plan on bringing a folding chair or blanket. Parking will be provided.
For directions, and more information, please visit http://www.oldtimebaseball.com