Second Chances & Somerville Local First #GivingTuesday

Read all about some of our partners in #GivingTuesday — these local nonprofits make a difference in the community — and so can YOU!


Clothing Drive for Second Chances at Bow Street Yoga – 10% off yoga when you donate clothing from October 10th to 18th.  Make some space in your closet – help people in our community get back on their feet by donating your unneeded clothes at Bow Street Yoga AND get a discount on yoga for yourself.
For more than a decade, Second Chances has provided free clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift cards to more than 2,800 lower income and homeless people in and around Somerville.
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Harvest Fest 2015 is Saturday, October 17th!

Organized by Somerville Local First, Harvest Fest is one of the area’s premier tasting events and nonprofit fundraisers. Harvest Fest brings together some of the best businesses in the local movement under one amazing roof here at The Armory for your tasting pleasure.  Get your tickets now! 

Somerville Local First works to build a sustainable local economy and vibrant community by supporting locally owned and independent businesses and promoting sustainable economic development. You’ll be supporting Somerville Local First when you donate to #GivingTuesdaySomerville: GiveLocal 2015! 

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#GivingTuesday: Somerville Homeless Coalition & Door2Door Transportation


The Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) helps meet the needs of homeless and near homeless individuals and families by operating two shelters, providing case management and supportive services to obtain and maintain permanent housing, prevention services, and a food pantry and meals program. Help them carry out this incredible mission with a donation to ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ Somerville.


SCM Community Transportation provides vital services to over 300 Somerville residents each year. Door2Door.SCM promotes the independence of seniors and people with disabilities through community-based transportation. Their friendly, safe and reliable services help people maintain healthy, mobile and connected lives. Watch this video to learn more.

#GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015 

Support Local Nonprofits!

So what is GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday in December (this year that’s December 1!), and it is an annual global day of giving that helps to raise funds and awareness for important causes everywhere. In Somerville, 14 nonprofit organizations are joining forces to collaborate on a second-annual joint fundraising effort as part of the international GivingTuesday program.

 GivingTuesday is more than just a single-day event. Leading up to December 1, each partner organization will be featured for a week by all collaborators.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the participating nonprofit community of Somerville. Funds are shared equally among participants. Help us get there!

Checks can be made out to Groundwork Somerville at 24 Park Street # 7, Somerville, MA 02143.

Please put GivingTuesday Somerville in the memo line. Online giving coming soon. #giveLocal

The effort culminates in a big fabulous celebration on GivingTuesday, and anyone who contributes to the fundraising effort is invited! This year’s event will take place at the Arts at the Armory on December 1st. Save the date!

 When you give to GivingTuesday, you’ll be supporting these 14 amazing local organizations:

Community Action Agency of Somerville

Groundwork Somerville

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Mystic Learning Center

Respond, Inc.

Second Chances

Door2Door Transportation

Arts at the Armory

Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County

Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV)

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Somerville Local First

The Welcome Project

Follow the event on Facebook for all the updates!

Giving Tuesday 2015

Youth Arts Arise Fall Term Now Enrolling

We’re gearing up for this fall’s session of Youth Arts Arise, our FREE arts education program for students ages 11 to 19.  This is a FREE after school opportunity to explore  creativity in a wide range of artistic mediums.  Did we mention it’s FREE? Workshop themes encourage positive self-expression by means of exploring a multitude of cultures and traditions, embracing diversity while simultaneously working towards a better understanding of  individual identity.
The fall session will run Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5pm,  October 6th through December 8th.  Registration is OPEN for the semester.  Fill out the YAAFall2015RegistrationForm (or pick one up in person at 191 Highland Ave., Suite 1C, Somerville, MA).  Participants can sign up for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or both.

​Questions? Email and we’ll be happy to help!

Big thanks to The Boston Foundation for supporting Youth Arts Arise through a Vision Fund grant! 

Tweet-worthy Art

The cafe has a new exhibit by artist Brian Gordon that we want YOU to get involved with.  Next time you’re in, check out his work, now on the walls through October 4th, and share your thoughts via social media using the hashtag #thecollagestory and your impressions will become part of the collection:


Let’s fill this page with YOU!

For example…..share your thoughts about this collage on Twitter and use the hashtage #thecollagestory and your post will automatically be included in the exhibit.  Go ahead — add “exhibiting artist” to your list of things to do today!

Lots coming up!

September is here and with it comes that bittersweet shift away from summer towards fall:  sure, the daylight hours will slowly begin to diminish, but the leaves will start to change and that refreshing coolness of New England fall finds agreement with even the most picky person’s weather preferences. Here at the Armory, we have a wide array of events planned that are as varied as the soon-to-be colors of the leaves and we are excited about every single one! 

Some of our highlights this month:

FIVE O’CLOCK SHADOW, Saturday, September 12th, 7:30pm-10:30pmin the Hall

HOOF AND MOUTH, Sunday, September 20th, 4pm-6pm in the Cafe

WILLIE WATSON & HEATHER MALONEY, Wednesday, September 23rd, 7pm-10pm in the Hall

DICK HENSOLD, MASTER PIPER, Wednesday, September 23rd, 8pm-10pm in the Cafe

ASK A SEX ABUSE SURVIVOR, Friday, September 25th, 8pm-9:30pm in the Hall

GREG BROWN, Saturday, September 26th, 7:30pm-10:30pm in the Hall

BEYOND WRESTLING, Sunday, September 27th, 5pm-8:30pm in the Hall


Join us, won’t you?  It’s going to be a very fun, diverse, memorable month here at The Armory…

Holiday Hours – Cafe and Office

Wondering when you can catch us over the holiday weekend?

The Cafe will be open lots!  Wednesday 9/2 till 9:30pm (with Wiretap Wednesday Open Mic), then Thursday-Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM.  It’ll be closed Sunday 9/6 (no events), but open regular hours on Labor Day Monday, 8 AM – 6 PM.

The Office, however, will be taking an extended break.  We’re here till 6 PM on Wednesday 9/2, then closed Thursday-Monday, reopening Tuesday 9/8 at 10 AM.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

August Soundproofing Flyer

Please join us THIS FRIDAY (August 28th) for our second in a series of benefit concerts to help us raise the funds to soundproof our Performance Hall.  This show features the fabulous Ian Ethan Case on the 18-string double neck accoustic guitar (get lost in some videos here)  and the funky Opposite People and their afrobeat-bollywood-dare-you-not-to-get-up-and-dance style.  Come celebrate these Boston-area musicians as we work towards our $50,000 fundraising goal.

Doors at 7:30.

Tickets will be $12 advance / $10 for students/seniors; or $15/$12 at the door.  Get your advance tickets here.


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