Growing Center Flatbread Fundraiser

October 26th, 2011

Pizza and Bowling! A portion of the proceeds from each pizza sold between 5 and 11:30 will be donated to the Growing Center. This includes takeout (great for families!), bowling alley, and restaurant purchases. Please support the Growing Center by dining on pizza and inviting your friends!

Reservations: Available for parties of 10 or more. And reservations are a good idea if you are planning to bowl. Call Flatbreads at 617-776-0552.

Take out: view a menu on-line at and phone Flatbreads at 617-776-0552.

Things to love about Flatbread Pizza: wood-fired clay oven flatbread pizza with local produce, organic vegetables and herbs, amazing flavor combos, delicious vegetarian and omnivore toppings, gluten free options. This is not your average pizza! Also: salads and the best brownie sundae in Somerville.

Things to love about the Growing Center: The Center is a beautiful outdoor garden and space for community gatherings, festivals, meditations, open gardens, concerts, dances, children’s programs, art programs, workshops, expositions, educational projects, plays, gastronomic happenings, singalongs, rituals, celebrations and more. It was built by the community and it belongs to us.

The Somerville Community Growing Center is located at 22 Vinal Avenue (near Union Square) in Somerville and partners with Groundwork Somerville numerous times a year!

Volunteers needed: Fall Bicycle Counts!

October 26th, 2011

The City of Somerville is currently looking for volunteers to conduct the fall counts! Knowing the number of people are using our streets and sidewalks, and how they are doing so, is an important part of planning for increased pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

The one hour of counting needs to take place between 7:15 and 8:45 a.m. or between 4:45 and 6:15 p.m. on one of the following days:

  • Tuesday, October 25 or November 1
  • Wednesday, October 26 or November 2
  • Thursday, October 27 or November 3

Volunteers are able and encouraged to do more than one hour and/or day if possible!

If interested, please contact Sarah Spicer at or 617.625.6600 ext. 2519 to sign up for the project. Counting locations are available here.  For more information, visit the city’s bicycle and pedestrian counting website.

Maple Syrup Bunch Fundraiser

October 26th, 2011

Join us on December 3rd at The Independent in Union Square for the third annual Maple Syrup Project Fundraiser! Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Somerville Maple Syrup Project.  The winner(s) of our T-shirt Design contest will be announced at brunch!!

The full menu is now available, check it out!

Download Printable Quarter Sheets or  Flyer to distribute or RSVP and invite friends on Facebook to help us spread the word!

Make your reservation today, brunch times fill quickly: 617-440-6022

Specials Menu:

MAPLE CREAM OF WHEAT with cinnamon banana compote
FRENCH TOAST with honey crisp apple butter
MAPLE PANCAKE BREAKFAST WRAP with scrambled eggs & bacon
APRICOT MAPLE GLAZED HAM STEAK with scrambled eggs & grits

APPLE JACK RABBIT laird’s apple jack with fresh citrus & maple syrup
FRENCH 68 apple jack, brandy, maple syrup, sparkling wine

(regular menu including vegetarian and vegan options will also be available)

Green Line “Mock-groundbreaking” Rally

October 18th, 2011

We Are SHOVEL Ready: Green Line Now!

Somerville, Medford, Cambridge and Arlington: Stand Up With Your Neighbors Against Unnecessary Delays! Mock Groundbreaking to Protest the Delay of the Green Line Extension

*Followed by a Public Hearing at 6:30 in the High School Auditorium held by MassDOT to comment on federal environmental review and “mitigation” for the Green Line delays.

Featuring Mayor Curtatone of Somerville and Other Speakers

This Event is sponsored by: Community Corridor Planning, Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Somerville Community Corporation, Groundwork Somerville, Friends of the Community Path Medford Green Line Neighbors Alliance, East Cambridge Planning Team, Livable Streets Alliance, Conservation Law Foundation, MASSPIRG, T-Riders Union, Transportation for Massachusetts.

Growing Center: Dinner and Dialogue Master Planning Meeting

October 13th, 2011

The Somerville Community Growing Center is undergoing a Master Planning process and needs your input!  The purpose of this project is to come up with a 10 Year Master Plan—future design plans for the Growing Center so that we can continue to meet the needs of the community for the next 10 years.  Fortunately for the Growing Center, a team of Boston Architectural College students and teachers have signed on to help with the project.  If you were able to view the draft plans on Spring Garden Day, you know that what the BAC team has come up with so far is truly amazing!  But we are not finished…

This meeting will be a chance for you to view and provide your feedback on the most up-to-date plans. A light dinner will be provided.

RSVP for “Dinner and Dialogue” by October 14 to: Lisa at

Charlestown Neighborhood Council Meeting: Surface Option

October 11th, 2011

Bikers and pedestrians who travel through Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square are invited to share their thoughts on the “Surface Option” at this community Meeting at 7pm.

The Charlestown Neighborhood Council invites Charlestown residents and businesses to join the CNC for a brief presentation by the Boston Transportation Department. The BTD and its consultants will outline proposed strategies for improving the current and future traffic flow on Rutherford Avenue and in Sullivan Square. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

The data presented will show how the removal of the tunnels at Sullivan Square and Austin Street will improve present and future traffic conditions. The Surface Option will also accommodate traffic from the redevelopment of Assembly Square in Somerville (IKEA).

For More Information See Surface Option Supporters.

Majora Carter: Growing Green

October 11th, 2011

Join The Museum of Science when they welcome Majora Carter, eco-entrepreneur and president of Majora Carter Group, to share inspirational lessons of how we can bring out the best in our communities and ourselves—and move forward, together.

Admission $15

Health Hero. Prophet of Local. Eco-Industrial Strategist. Economic Pioneer. Intrepid Boundary Breaker. These all apply to one person—Peabody Award-winning radio broadcaster and MacArthur “genius” fellow Majora Carter.

In 2001, Carter redefined environmental-equality through one of the nation’s first green-collar job training and placement systems, coining the term “green the ghetto.” She began this decade as one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative in Business” with her groundbreaking consulting company that offers analysis and advice on climate-adaptation, urban micro-agribusiness, and development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities, and economically under-performing communities.

Her firm specializes in advanced urban agriculture job creation and food distribution systems that transcend the limits of good-nutrition educational efforts by building economic imperatives for all people to do better.

Tickets on sale beginning Thursday, September 1 (Tuesday, August 30 for Museum members). Purchase tickets in advance at

Funding provided by the Reno Family Foundation Fund.  Co-Sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

Mystic Market Block Party

October 5th, 2011

At a meeting two years ago, staff from Shape Up Somerville asked Clivia Castillo — a bilingual high school student in the Welcome Project’s youth interpreter program — her opinion on how to make it easier for immigrant families from the Mystic to shop at the Somerville Farmers Markets in Union Square and Davis Square.

She responded by recalling that in her home country of Portugal, merchants wheeled carts with affordable vegetables and fruits into the neighborhoods. “Why don’t you do the same thing here — bring the market to the Mystic,” she said.


Shape Up Somerville took Clivia’s suggestion — and suggestions from other residents — to heart. In partnership with The Welcome Project, Enterprise Farm, the Somerville Housing Authority and Groundwork Somerville, the Mystic Mobile Market opened this June. Now, Mystic residents have access to healthy vegetables which they purchase from a refurbished Enterprise Farm bus that parks at the Mystic every Saturday from 11 to 3. The vegetables are affordable, and the market accepts SNAP, WIC, and and EBT.

Join the Mystic Market Block Party this Saturday from 11 to 3 on the lawn in front of the Mystic Activity Center (530 Mystic Ave) as we celebrate the Mystic and the market with cooking demos, games, music and delicious food.

The Green Team is Hiring!

October 5th, 2011

Are you tired of dirty streets, unhealthy air, and too much pollution?

Do you want to grow your own food and fight for Environmental Justice right here in Somerville?


GWS is hiring youth, ages 14-21, to join the Green Team, Groundwork Somerville’s environmental Green Jobs Corps.

$8/hour, Mon. & Wed., 3:30-6:30pm and Some Saturdays

How do I sign up?

Call the Groundwork Somerville office @ 617-628-9988 to schedule an interview. Leave a message with your name and phone number. Deadline to call is October 10, 2011.

Groundwork Somerville is located at 21 Properzi Way, Suite O (just outside of Union Square)

Questions: Call 617-628-9988 or email

Fall Green Team Flyer

GLX Environmental Assessment Public Hearing

October 5th, 2011

Please attend the Green Line Environmental Assessment Public Hearing and opportunity to comment on interim offset (mitigation) measures to compensate for the Green Line Delay. Meeting will be on Thursday, October 20, 6-8pm at Somerville High School. More info here: