The Chronicle Companion: week of May 30
Cambridge Firefighters Memorial Sunday
Cambridge Firefighters Memorial Sunday is scheduled for June 12.
“Family and friends of the Cambridge Fire Department are invited to join us for this significant event to remember and honor those who have gone before us,” the fire department wrote on its website. .
Training will begin at the main entrance to Cambridge Cemetery, 89 Coolidge Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02138, at 9:00 a.m. The memorial ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Free at-home COVID tests available
COVIDTests.gov is now open for a third round of ordering. U.S. households can now order eight additional free at-home tests on COVIDTests.gov, bringing the total number of free tests available to each household to 16 since the program began.
Learn more and order tests at https://www.covid.gov/tests
In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss
“In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss,” which the Harvard Museum of Natural History opened May 14, is an immersive multidisciplinary experience that marries art and science through a modern artistic interpretation of preserved plants. by Thoreau. The exhibit invites visitors to discover emotionally resonant connections to the profound loss of natural diversity caused by human-induced climate change. The exhibition invites us to ask ourselves: “What do Thoreau’s discoveries tell us about which plants are winning and which are losing in the face of climate change today? For more information: https://bit.ly/3lxcrn1
Do you have a debate?
Do you know a student interested in debating and public speaking? The Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School Debating Team is hosting a Summer Debating Program for Boston-area middle schoolers! No skills required.
Students entering grades 6-9 in fall 2022 are welcome. Students will participate in case-writing workshops, learn the nuances of debate from experienced debaters and judges, and practice speaking throughout the week. The program will conclude with a mock tournament at the end of the week, providing debaters with a competitive and supportive real-world debate experience.
Visit https://bit.ly/3LkB2WA for details and registration (just $25 for the whole week). A July option and an August option are available for registration. Please do not hesitate to contact Sophia Robertson, Program Coordinator, at for any questions regarding the program.
O’Neill Branch Library Hours Extended
The O’Neill Branch Library, 70 Rindge Ave, is adding Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., to its hours of operation beginning Tuesday, May 3. The new regular hours of operation for the O’Neill Branch Library will be:
- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-8pm
- Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
Charging stations for electric vehicles
Cambridge has launched a pilot program to add electric vehicle (EV) chargers to Cambridge streets for residents without off-street parking.
The locations have existing electrical boxes to more easily install a Level 2 EV charger. Each charger will be capable of charging two vehicles at the same time. Pitches include:
- Tudor Street
- Norfolk Street
- Pemberton Street
- Highland Road
The Tudor Street and Norfolk Street locations are expected to be installed in the spring of 2022. The Pemberton Street and Upland Road locations are expected to be installed in late summer or early fall 2022.
The city has launched an online public input map tool to gather suggestions for electric vehicle charging locations. This will help us determine where the greatest demand for stations is. We will use these results along with other factors to prioritize new installations.
If for any reason you are having difficulty accessing or using the map tool, please email [email protected], include a street and cross street where you would like to see EV chargers installed , and we’ll manually add your request to the map.
Celebrate Spring with Cambridge Plays
Cambridge Plays is a series of outdoor entertainment events sponsored by the city, the Cambridge Tourist Board and our community partners. Come and listen to live music throughout the city from April to June! Whether you’re up for jazz in Harvard Square, a funky dance party with lawn games in Toomey Park, Eats & Crafts in Inman Square, or even yoga in Dana Park, Cambridge Plays has something for everyone.
All events are free and open to the public and fun for people of all ages and abilities. To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3EfQeTf
Visit the Cambridge Business Incubator at Inman Square
The Inman Incubator is a new 190 square foot storefront, located at 1385 Cambridge Street, right in the heart of Inman Square. The Inman Incubator is a community space to explore talented local creators and celebrate the creativity of our community.
“Our hope for this space is that it provides exposure to the talented, independent artists and creators we have in the community, and to support minority-owned women and small businesses exploring what it means to operate retail. brick and mortar,” said Virginia Johnson, owner of the Inman Square rally here and an ECBA board member.
The space will transform to accommodate the artist and creator who will appear in traditional retail and exhibition infrastructures. In addition to being able to buy local artisan products all in one place, Inman Incubator invites the community to meet and converse with the person behind their purchase.
For more information: https://inmanincubator.com/
Consider volunteering on Cambridge Boards, Committees?
The city encourages residents’ participation in the decision-making process by participating in various boards and commissions. Serving on a board or commission can be a rewarding experience and a great way to contribute to the quality of life in the community in which you live or work. Additionally, it is a City goal to broaden and deepen community engagement with a focus on strengthening the diversity and inclusion of its boards and commissions, and to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies. . Learn more at Cambridgema.gov/boards.
The Cambridge Dev Diary
The Cambridge Community Development Department Log, published quarterly, tracks large-scale residential and commercial development projects underway in Cambridge. The log contains the name and location of each project, developer, type of use, and square footage. To view the diary, visit: https://bit.ly/3IQp9aK
Topographies of collective misfortunes
The Multicultural Arts Center proudly presents Topographies of Collective Misfortunes, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Adriana G. Prat. A fervent advocate of environmental change, Prat explores both the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic in her recent work through evocative topographies. We are thrilled to have it on display in our virtual and physical galleries until June 3.
Please note the following events that will coincide with Prat’s performance:
- Panel of artists: how are artists reacting to the climate crisis? – June 1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cambridge to distribute new garbage carts in June
As part of Cambridge’s wider rodent control efforts, the city will provide refuse trolleys for curbside collection in June 2022. The Department of Public Works (DPW) will provide new refuse trolleys to all buildings that receive the city’s garbage collection. In addition to reducing rodent access to waste, these new carts will improve ergonomics for DPW staff and improve sidewalk accessibility.
The city will hold its first community meeting on the new program on Wednesday, March 2. Register for the meeting: https://bit.ly/3GXGZqs
Cambridge updates corporate diversity directory
The Cambridge Business Diversity Directory 2022 is now available https://bit.ly/3gZObb3 as an interactive tool, making it easier than ever to find and support local businesses owned by historically excluded people, including women , Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Harvard Art Museums at night
The Harvard Art Museums offer free monthly evenings to all visitors. Doors are open late on the last Thursday of every month, 5-9pm, for an evening of art, fun, food and more! Each night will feature a new mix of local talent and community partners, and all galleries will be open for browsing. Mark your calendars: the next At Night events will take place on June 30 and July 28. Dutch landscape and earthly delights: 6,000 years of Asian ceramics. Learn more at https://harvardartmuseums.org/calendar