Friday, December 4, 2015

Weekly Event Summary (Dec. 4th - Dec 10th) - Family Friendly Boston Cambridge

Family Friendly Boston Cambridge


1) St. Nicholas Holiday Festival (Tomorrow)
2) SoWa First Fridays (Tomorrow)
3) Opera at Longy: Winter Gala (Dec 5)
4) Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair (Dec 5)
5) Somerville Winter Farmers' Market (Dec 5)
6) Citywide Friends of the BPL December Book Sale (Dec 5)
7) Harvard Book Store Winter Warehouse Sale (Dec 5)
8) Breakfast with Santa (Dec 5)
9) The Somerville Flea presents the Fourth Annual Holiday Flea (Dec 6)
10) Science and Cooking 2015 Lecture Series (Dec 7)
11) Museum of Fine Arts Playdates (Dec 7)
12) Free Thursdays at the ICA (Dec 10)
13) Blink Light & Sound Show (Dec 10)

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Detailed Listings


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1) St. Nicholas Holiday Festival (Tomorrow)

When:
Friday, Dec 04, 2015 5:30p - 8:30p

Where:
St. James's Episcopal Church
1991 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Admission:
FREE

Listen to beautiful live music and enjoy a low-cost dinner and treats in the church's beautiful, historic interior. Place your bids at a Silent Auction with many enticing items. Children's activities include games, crafts and face painting. Wreaths and small gifts will be available for purchase.

For more information visit http://www.stjames-cambridge.org 

2) SoWa First Fridays (Tomorrow)

When:
Friday, Dec 04, 2015 5:00p - 9:00p

Where:
SoWa Galleries, Shops, and Restaurants
450 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

Admission: FREE

On the First Friday of every month, the Galleries, Artists, Shops & Restaurants of the SoWa Arts District open their doors to the public for an evening of culture and inspiration.

Meet the artists in their element and view their latest works, visit the Galleries & Shops and afterwards dine at one of our world class Restaurants.

The SoWa Artists Guild has over 60 Artists at 450 Harrison Ave. who make their studios available to all and strive to make art amd artists accessible to everyone.

Come and enjoy the fun. The event is free and parking is available.



3) Opera at Longy: Winter Gala (Dec 5)

When:
Saturday, Dec 05, 2015 8:00p - 9:30p

Where:
Longy School of Music
27 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Admission: FREE

Opera at Longy performs scenes from across the operatic repertoire, including works from Massenet, Offenbach, Humperdinck, Donizetti, Puccini, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mascagni, as well as some classic holiday carols.




4) Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair (Dec 5)

When:
Saturday, Dec 05, 2015 10:00a - 4:00p

Where:
Old South Church in Boston
645 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Admission: FREE

30 New England artists will vend their unique offerings from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the festively decorated chapel of historic Old South Church in Boston, located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay.

For more information visit http://www.oldsouth.org 

5) Somerville Winter Farmers' Market (Dec 5)

When:
Saturday, Dec 05, 2015 9:30a - 2:00p

Where:
Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

Admission: FREE

Presenting the very best variety of products from New England farms and specialty vendors including vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, fish, baked goods, and lots more.

Live music, delicious treats in two cafe areas and a chance to meet friends -- Chase away the chill of even the coldest winter day with us!

December through March at 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. Every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM (closed Dec 26, 2015)

For more information visit http://www.somwintermarket.org

6) Citywide Friends of the BPL December Book Sale (Dec 5)

When:
Saturday, Dec 05, 2015 10:00a - 4:00p

Where:
Boston Public Library- Central
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Admission:
FREE

Everyone's "go to" book sale happens on Saturday December 5th! Join us from 10-4 at the Central Library in Copley Square and load up on everything you need for cozy winter reading, snuggled in a bunch of blankets with some hot cocoa. Bag up hardcovers and paperbacks in all genres for $2 or less. Teachers, stock your classrooms with children's books (in multiple languages!) for $1-$5. A large selection of vintage records from the '30s-'70s (some 78 rpm!) available for $1. For sports enthusiasts we have hundreds of vintage reproduction photos of Boston teams and venues, many framed, for $5. Collectable postcards from around the world make great gifts for $1. And don't forget our premium book corner, a competitively priced inventory of higher end books and ephemera.

If you would like to donate books, you can bring them to the sale and drop them off with a cashier. If you have books to donate but can't make it to the sale, please drop off one bag labeled CWF at the circulation desk- if you have more than one bag, call us and we'll schedule a time to drop them off so we have some volunteers ready!

For more information visit http://www.citywidefriendsbpl.org 

7) Harvard Book Store Winter Warehouse Sale (Dec 5)

When:
Saturday, Dec 05, 2015 10:00a - Sunday, Dec 06, 2015 6:00p

Where:
Harvard Book Store Warehouse
14 Park St
Somerville, MA 02143

Admission: FREE

Book lovers, bargain hunters, holiday shoppers, and collectors:

Our hugely popular Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale is back this December, and this winter's sale is our biggest ever. Join us in Somerville as we open the doors once again to our warehouse on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6.

Harvard Book Store Warehouse This year we're offering an unprecedented 70% off the already-discounted prices on used and collectible books in our inventory. A fresh selection of curated remaindered titles will be 15% off their already-marked-down prices for the weekend.

Check off that holiday shopping list or go ahead and treat yourself to bargains galore and thousands of books to discover.



8) Breakfast with Santa (Dec 5)

When:
Saturday, Dec 05, 2015 9:00a - 10:00a

Where:
CambridgeSide
100 CambridgeSide Place
Cambridge, MA 02141

Admission:
FREE

Please join CambridgeSide for an event sure to delight children and adults featuring a special visit from Santa with a delicious complimentary breakfast courtesy of KIND. Games, music, prizes and holiday cheer. A simply magical morning. FREE and open to the public. Sign up at http://www.shopcambridgeside.com (Please note: there is limited seating and this event sells out quickly). Leary PR for CambridgeSide.

For more information visit http://www.cambridgesidegalleria.com/events 



9) The Somerville Flea presents the Fourth Annual Holiday Flea (Dec 6)

When:
Sunday, Dec 06, 2015 10:00a - 5:00p

Where:
Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

Admission: FREE

The Somerville Flea presents the Fourth Annual Holiday Flea

Vintage and Artisan Market
Live Music
Dj
Beer and Wine!

Two floors of gift buying goodness. You?ll never know what you?ll find at the flea, and that?s just how we like it. Vintage posters, prints, jewelry, artwork, housewares, clothing, ephemera, and a whole lot more! All in the friendly confines of the Historic Armory, which has a great coffee shop and a bar with beer and wine.

Yes beer and wine! Try that at a mall! So come on down for a unique shopping experience and score that perfect gift you never even knew existed for that special someone.


10) Science and Cooking 2015 Lecture Series (Dec 7)

When:
Monday, Dic 07, 2015 7:00p - 8:00p

Where:
Harvard Science Center, Hall C
1 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Admission:
FREE

Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of the culinary arts during the 2015 Science and Cooking public lecture series. The popular lecture series pairs Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques.

Now in its sixth year, the series is organized by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

The public lectures are based on the Harvard course ?Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,? but do not replicate course content.

All talks will take place in the Harvard Science Center (1 Oxford St., Cambridge, Mass., Hall C) and begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Monday, Dec. 7

"Top Chef Tasting Notes"
Science Center Lecture Hall C, 7 p.m.
*Tom Colicchio, (@tomcolicchio), ?Top Chef? judge and chef/owner, Craft Hospitality
*Mei Lin, (@meilin21), ?Top Chef? season 12 winner
*Gail Simmons, (@gailsimmons), ?Top Chef? judge, culinary expert, and Food & Wine magazine Special Projects Director

For more information visit http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking

11) Museum of Fine Arts Playdates (Dec 7)

MFA Playdates
First and Third Mondays of each month, 10:15 am?11:00 am

On the first and third Mondays of each month, bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Each month focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with adults. Meet at the Sharf Visitor Center. No registration required.

Stay after the program to explore the Museum on your own or with new acquaintances, and enjoy snacks or lunch in the Garden Cafeteria or Calderwood Courtyard, and choose from a great selection of kid-friendly options from any of our dining venues.

FREE with Museum admission, plus admission is free to MIT students.




12) Free Thursdays at the ICA (Dec 10)

When: Thursday, Dic 03, 2015 5:00p - 9:00p

Where:
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Admission:
FREE

Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is free.

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The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.


13) Blink Light & Sound Show (Dec 10)

When:
Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 4:30p -
Sunday, Jan 03, 2016 11:00p

Where:
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
1 Faneuil Hall Sq
Boston, MA 02109

Admission:
FREE

Blink! - the state-of-the-art light & sound extravaganza that transforms every inch of America's first open marketplace - returns to Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Marketplace Center for a fourth year. This magical and unforgettable light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston's skyline - to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops - in a seven-minute spectacle that runs continuously each evening beginning November 22nd.

Kick off the holidays at the Tree Lighting Spectacular on November 21st with our live broadcast on WBZ-TV, Channel 4 and simulcast on myTV38 (WSBK-TV). Join Governor Charlie Baker in flipping the switch to the tree and the first Blink! light and sound show of the season!

Performance Times

Blink! Light and Sound show lights up the entire Marketplace and begins at 4:30 pm daily. The first show starts on the Main Tree at Marketplace Center and on the trees in South Market at 4:30 pm and runs every hour on the half hour. The North Market show begins at 5:00 pm and runs every hour on the hour.

For more information visit http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/blink