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March 2023

An America Divided: Can We Live With One Another?

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring the online program, "An America Divided: Can We Live With One Another?" with New Yorker staff writer Emma Green. Explore the ways Americans are divided — politically, religiously, economically, in communities, and even in families. What has caused these ruptures, and what are some ways for us to come back together? Pulling from the many people she has spoken to over the years as well as her articles on the Federalist Society, the Supreme Court, and…

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Mornings with Matt Heaton 3-Year Anniversary Show

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

Medford musician Matt Heaton celebrates the three-year anniversary of the debut of his midweek live online family singalong, "Mornings With Matt," which he started during the pandemic. Join Matt for a 30-minute blast of kid music live-streamed goodness! Tune in on Matt's Facebook page.  

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session with John Coyne

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Matt and Shannon Heaton present this month's second Virtual Guided Session. Shannon will lead this session with bouzouki player and singer John Coyne. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers from around the world. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip…

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4GoodVibes Virtual Shopping Event

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

4Good Vibes invites you to a live shopping event showing items handmade by 300-plus artists, lots of them new offerings. There also will be trivia and prizes. Anything you purchase can be shipped to you, or picked up at 4GoodVibes 2 in South Medford. Tune in via the 4GoodVibes Facebook page.

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Emily O’Brien Music Workshop: Improvisation

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
$75

Medford musician Emily O'Brien continues her 2023 series of online music workshops with "Making It Up: Improvisation for Everyone!" Think you have to be born with a special talent to play music that isn’t on the page? Think again! Just like learning to read between the lines or draw pictures of imaginary objects, anyone can learn to play notes that aren’t on the page. This series will break it down systematically and focus each class on a specific aspect of…

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4GoodVibes Spring Fling Virtual Craft Fair

Saturday, March 25, 2023 @ 8:00 am

4GoodVibes kicks off its Spring Fling Virtual Craft Fair with more than 80 artists selling handmade items. There will be auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more! All artists will ship anything you see. The fair will run on Facebook through Saturday, April 1. Join the event Facebook group to participate and see the list of participating artists and the event schedule. Interested vendors should register using the online registration form.    

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Matt & Shannon Heaton 3-Year Anniversary Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, March 25, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Matt and Shannon Heaton host a special Three-Year Anniversary edition of their Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are invited to tune in as the Heatons look back over three years of sharing warm, moderately paced Irish tunes with a bright, international community. The Heatons also will unveil plans for the next chapter. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube.…

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4GoodVibes Mystery Box Live

Sunday, March 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

4GoodVibes Gift Shop is holding a Mystery Box Live event as part of its Spring Fling Virtual Craft Fair, taking place all this week through Saturday on Facebook. The event will go live showing all of the 75-plus boxes and bags, and then after they are claimed, they will be opened on video, or you can open them up on your own. Boxes and bags can be shipped or picked up at 4GoodVibes2 in South Medford. Tune in via the…

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Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library Writers’ Workshop meets in a virtual format. The group, which usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month, is always looking for new members so join the group to meet your community’s fellow scribblers and get feedback on your work. For information on how to participate and receive the Zoom link, please contact David Chia at duuchia@gmail.com.      

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April 2023

Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, April 1, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton begin their fourth year of hosting a Virtual Guided Session on Saturday afternoons. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo…

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4GoodVibes Spring Fling Virtual Craft Fair Conclusion

Saturday, April 1, 2023 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its weeklong Spring Fling Virtual Craft Fair with more than 80 artists selling handmade items. There will be auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more! All artists will ship anything you see. Join the event Facebook group to participate and see the list of participating artists.    

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American Sign Language Beginner Course

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library begins another four-week American Sign Language Beginner Course on Zoom. Sessions will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on these Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Register through the library's online calendar.  

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, April 15, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton present their second Virtual Guided Session of the month. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic. This month…

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Culturally Curious: Rene Magritte

Sunday, April 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library concludes its monthly eight-part Zoom series on art appreciation with Jane Oneail, the founder of Culturally Curious, an arts education consulting firm specializing in art appreciation programs. Today's session is "The Surreal World of Rene Magritte," a Belgian artist. Jane Oneail  holds a master’s in art history from Boston University and a master’s in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Please note that this date is a change from the originally scheduled date…

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Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library Writers’ Workshop meets in a virtual format. The group, which usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month, is always looking for new members so join the group to meet your community’s fellow scribblers and get feedback on your work. For information on how to participate and receive the Zoom link, please contact David Chia at duuchia@gmail.com.      

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session – Slow Pace

Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Matt and Shannon Heaton present another of their "Slow Slow Fast(er)" Virtual Guided Sessions. Tune learners or second instrument players are invited to this hour-long session with standard Irish tunes played slowly two times around, then a bit faster the third time around. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic.    

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May 2023

American Sign Language Beginner-Advanced Course

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library begins a four-week American Sign Language Beginner-Advanced Course on Zoom. Sessions will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on these Tuesdays: May 2, 9, 16 and 23. Register through the library's online calendar.  

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, May 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musician Shannon Heaton hosts this week's Virtual Guided Session with a special guest, Medford fiddler Ellery Klein, filling in for Matt. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal…

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Think Outside the Book: Talking Race, Gender, Disabilities with Young Minds

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The Medford Family Network and Gaia Connections present the virtual workshop “Think Outside the Book: Talking Race, Gender, Disabilities with Young Minds.” Facilitated by MFN Parent Leader Divya Anand, Ph.D, the workshop will use children's books to have critical conversations with young minds. Learn how to teach children to read with purpose, ask questions, and be conscious of differences in developmentally appropriate ways. Each participant will receive a free book along with its learning guide. Registration is required through the…

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Think Outside the Book: Talking Race, Gender, Disabilities with Young Minds

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The Medford Family Network and Gaia Connections present the virtual workshop “Think Outside the Book: Talking Race, Gender, Disabilities with Young Minds.” Facilitated by MFN Parent Leader Divya Anand, Ph.D, the workshop will use children's books to have critical conversations with young minds. Learn how to teach children to read with purpose, ask questions, and be conscious of differences in developmentally appropriate ways. Each participant will receive a free book along with its learning guide. Registration is required through the…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, May 20, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host their second Virtual Guided Session of the month. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic. Note that…

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4GoodVibes Burst Into Summer Virtual Craft Fair

Saturday, May 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am

4GoodVibes is holding a Burst Into Summer Virtual Craft Fair with more than 60 artists selling handmade items. There will be auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more! All artists will ship anything you see. The fair will run on Facebook through Sunday, June 4. Join the event Facebook group to participate and see the list of participating artists and the event schedule.    

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Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library Writers’ Workshop meets in a virtual format. The group, which usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month, is always looking for new members so join the group to meet fellow writers and get feedback on your work. For information on how to participate and receive the Zoom link, please contact David Chia at duuchia@gmail.com.      

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June 2023

4GoodVibes Burst Into Summer Virtual Craft Fair Conclusion

Sunday, June 4, 2023 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its Burst Into Summer Virtual Craft Fair with more than 60 artists selling handmade items via Facebook. There will be auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more! All artists will ship anything you see. Join the event Facebook group to participate and see the list of participating artists and the event schedule.    

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Discovering American Drag

Thursday, June 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual MA
Free

The Medford Public Library is presenting an online program, "Discovering American Drag," hosted by Matthew Wittmann, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection. Wittmann will offer a virtual look at the history of drag performance in the United States through photographs, ephemera, and a variety of other archival materials held by Houghton Library at Harvard University. Register for the Zoom link through the library's online calendar.  

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, June 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host this month's Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic.  

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Author Talk: Sasha Issenberg – The Engagement

Thursday, June 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents a virtual talk with author Sasha Issenberg about his book "The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage." On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, making same-sex unions legal across the United States. But the road to that momentous decision was much longer than many know. In his book, Issenberg traces same-sex marriage’s unexpected path from the unimaginable to the inevitable. A former Washington bureau…

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Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library Writers’ Workshop meets in a virtual format. The group, which usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month, is always looking for new members so join the group to meet fellow writers and get feedback on your work. For information on how to participate and receive the Zoom link, please contact David Chia at duuchia@gmail.com.      

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Author Talk: Nancy Horan – The House of Lincoln

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents a virtual talk with author Nancy Horan about her book "The House of Lincoln." Horan, author of the million-copy New York Times bestseller "Loving Frank," returns with a sweeping historical novel that tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s ascendance from rumpled lawyer to U.S. president to the Great Emancipator through the eyes of a young asylum-seeker who arrives in Lincoln’s home of Springfield from Madeira, Portugal. Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom…

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July 2023

Author Talk: Lisa See – Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents a virtual program with New York Times bestselling author Lisa See talking about her new book, "Lady Tan’s Circle of Women," a captivating story of women helping other women.  See’s latest historical novel was inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China and is a triumphant reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today. Register through the library's online…

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Faith and Film: Minari

Friday, July 14, 2023 @ 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Sanctuary United Church of Christ presents an online discussion of "Minari," a Faith and Film event as part of its Arts and Inspiration series IAmMigration. A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, "Minari" follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Watch the film at home ($3.99 Amazon Prime, Apple TV or Vudu) and join the discussion on Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 845 5408 2395 ;…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, July 15, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host this month's Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic.  

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Citizenship Class Volunteer Information Session

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

This fall the Medford Public Library will be hosting a 10-week Citizenship Test-Prep Class on Saturday mornings. Volunteers are needed for small group work. You would be working with up to three students during class to help them prepare for the citizenship exam. If you are interested please join program leader Mike Oliver for this one-hour information session on Zoom. Register though the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.  

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4GoodVibes Christmas in July Virtual Craft Fair

Saturday, July 22, 2023 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes kicks off a Christmas in July Virtual Craft Fair on Facebook with more than 65 artists selling handmade items. This event will feature items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be  auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more. Join the event Facebook group to see updates and to shop the craft fair and  participate in the events. All artists will ship anything you…

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4GoodVibes Mystery Ring Bomb Party Live

Monday, July 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$18

As part of this week's Christmas in July Virtual Craft Fair, 4GoodVibes is holding its first ever Mystery Ring Bomb Party Live. What is a Mystery Ring Bomb Party? The rings come in bomb-like fizzes handmade by Becka Whelan of 4GoodVibes. You select your size and everything else is a surprise! Becka will drop the fizzy in water to reveal your ring during the live event. Each fizzy ring bomb will cost $18. Original rings retail for $30 to $40…

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4GoodVibes Christmas in July Virtual Craft Fair Conclusion

Sunday, July 30, 2023 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its Christmas in July Virtual Craft Fair on Facebook with more than 65 artists selling handmade items. This event will feature items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be  auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more. Join the event Facebook group to see updates and to shop the craft fair and  participate in the events. All artists will ship anything you see.…

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August 2023

Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, August 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host this month's Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic.  

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September 2023

Author Talk: Heather Wolf – Find More Birds

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring a virtual talk by author Heather Wolf about her new book "Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are." Seeing more birds than you ever imagined and witnessing exciting avian drama is possible — whether you’re on the go or in your own neighborhood, local park, or backyard. As Wolf explains, it all comes down to how you tune in to the show happening around you, the one in which birds…

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4GoodVibes Spooky Fall Virtual Craft Fair

Saturday, September 16, 2023 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes kicks off its Spooky Fall Virtual Craft Fair on Facebook with handmade items from more than 75 artists and small businesses. This event will feature items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be auctions, games, prizes, raffles, live shopping, mystery boxes, and more. Join the event Facebook group to see updates and to shop the craft fair and  participate in the events. All artists will…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, September 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host this month's Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes -- jigs, reels and more -- and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at…

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Author Talk: Erica Cirino – Thicker Than Water

Monday, September 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring an online talk by Erica Cirino, a photojournalist, scientist, writer and artist, about her book "Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis.” As plastic pollution piles up, time to negotiate real solutions is running out; meanwhile, plastics’ impacts on Earth and our health grows worse. Cirino hopes to share important facts and immediate action we can take to help our communities and protect our health from plastics. Register through the…

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Afternoon Tea and Author Talk: Louise Hare – Harlem After Midnight

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring an online afternoon tea and author talk with Louise Hare about her book “Harlem After Midnight.” This evocative, twisting new novel from the author of "Miss Aldridge Regrets" is a must read for anyone who loves historical fiction, mysteries, and jazz music from the 1930s. In the book, a body falls from a townhouse window in Harlem, and it looks just like the newest singer at the Apollo. Louise will be joining the session…

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4GoodVibes Live Ghost Painting Challenge

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

As part of this week's Spooky Fall Virtual Craft Fair, 4GoodVibes is holding a live Ghost Painting Challenge led by Kellie Nee of with Katiejobelles Gifts. Not familiar with the ghost painting challenge trend? Here’s how it works: Find an older painting/photo in your home or at a Goodwill or any store. You want a vintage or older fashion vibe . . . bonus points if it’s spooky! Then you’ll need some paint and paint brushes to add ghosts to…

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4GoodVibes Spooky Fall Virtual Craft Fair Conclusion

Sunday, September 24, 2023 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its Spooky Fall Virtual Craft Fair on Facebook with handmade items from more than 75 artists. This event will feature items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be  auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more. Join the event Facebook group to see updates and to shop the craft fair and  participate in the events. All artists will ship anything you see.  

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At the Stadium with Trenni Casey

Thursday, September 28, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring an online conversation with Boston/NBC 10 sports journalist Trenni Casey, host of "Arbella Early Edition." Casey has worked in the sports journalism field since 2000, in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Boston, and at the national level for the MLB Network, ABC Sports and the Big Ten Network. She'll discuss how she got to where she is, what it takes to be a sportscaster in New England, especially as a woman, and the current state of…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton: That Can Be Arranged

Friday, September 29, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton, who host monthly online virtual Irish guided sessions, are presenting a complementary event on Facebook called "That Can Be Arranged." As Matt and Shannon explain it: "Sessions can (should?) be loose affairs, with participants responding to one another/the moment. They are social events! They are casual! But performances, at least for the Heatons, are a different beast. When we put on a show, we like to arrange sets of tunes, and strike a neat…

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October 2023

IamMigration Art Circle: Haitian Colors

Sunday, October 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

The Gallery at Sanctuary invites you to the first of two "Art Circles," an online discussion of the new multimedia exhibition "Haitian Colors," part of the gallery's IamMigration Series. Wonder together about the shared human experience of migration. We have all experienced it – sometimes literally, sometimes metaphorically, sometimes with support, and sometimes alone in the dark. "Haitian Colors" reflects the experience of four Haitian artists -- Michele David, Bitho Faustin, Myriam Pitte and Sylvestre Telfort -- whose journey and…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, October 21, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host their October Virtual Guided Session, which they are presenting each third Saturday of the month this fall. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes -- jigs, reels and more -- and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free,…

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Inside the Hammond Castle Museum

Thursday, October 26, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring the online program "A Look Inside the Hammond Castle Museum" with John Leysath, curatorial director of the Gloucester venue. Levsath will be your guide to the unique, medieval-style home and museum of noted scientist John Hays Hammond Jr., his collection of artifacts, and his remarkable life. Hammond was one of the most prolific inventors in U.S. history, and registered more than 500 patents throughout his career. Known as “the father of radio control,” Hammond…

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November 2023

Author Talk: Peter F. Crowley

Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an online talk with author Peter F. Crowley. A prolific author from the Boston area, Crowley writes in various forms, including short fiction, op-eds, poetry, and academic essays. His writing can be found in Middle East Monitor, Znet, 34th Parallel, Pif Magazine, Galway Review, Digging the Fat, Adelaide’s Short Story and Poetry Award anthologies, and The Opiate. His forthcoming books, due out later in 2023, are "That Night and Other Stories" and "Empire’s End." For this…

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Q&A: Mystery Writer Lee Goldberg

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an online Q&A session with mystery writer Lee Goldberg to celebrate the release of his new book, “Calico,” which comes out today. In addition to writing wonderful mysteries, Goldberg has been the writer and producer for the TV show “Monk.” Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.    

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4GoodVibes Autumn Virtual Craft Fair

Saturday, November 11, 2023 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes kicks off its Autumn Fall Virtual Craft Fair on Facebook with handmade items from more than 75 artists and small businesses. This event will feature items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be auctions, games, prizes, raffles, live shopping, mystery boxes, and more. Join the event Facebook group to shop the craft fair and participate in the events. All artists will ship anything you purchase.…

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Seeking Dead People: Cemetery Research Online & In Person

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents the online program "Seeking Dead People: Cemetery Research Online & In Person." Join genealogist Katherine R. Willson as she gives tips and techniques for accessing burial records, cemetery stone photos, obituaries, death certificates, and more. Register through the library's online calendar and the Zoom link will be emailed to you shortly before the presentation.

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Author Q&A: Virginia Pye – The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring an online Q&A with author Virginia Pye to discuss her new book, "The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann." Set in Gilded Age Boston, "The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann" tells the story of a successful woman author of romance and adventure novels who becomes a champion of women’s rights as she takes on the literary establishment and finds her true voice, both on and off the page. Visit the library's online calendar to register…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, November 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host their November Virtual Guided Session, which they are presenting each third Saturday of the month this fall. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes — jigs, reels and more — and upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual…

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4GoodVibes Autumn Virtual Craft Fair Conclusion

Sunday, November 19, 2023 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its Autumn Fall Virtual Craft Fair on Facebook with handmade items from more than 75 artists and small businesses. This event features items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be auctions, games, prizes, raffles, live shopping, mystery boxes, and more. Join the event Facebook group to shop the craft fair and participate in the events. All artists will ship anything you purchase.  

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Author Talk: Tess Gerritsen with Paul Doiron

Monday, November 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an online program with bestselling author Tess Gerritsen discussing her brand new book, "The Spy Coast," in conversation with fellow bestselling author Paul Doiron. In the book, a retired CIA operative in small-town Maine tackles the ghosts of her past in a fresh take on the spy thriller. Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.  

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M-BELT Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 30, 2023 @ 6:30 pm

The Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust (M-BELT) is holding its 2023 Annual Meeting remotely, via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. Paid members are eligible to nominate and to vote for the organization's president and two directors during the business portion of the meeting. There also will be an update on the Brooks Estate restoration projects. Join the meeting via this Zoom link. The Meeting ID number is 968 5709 9401. A password is not required. If you do not have…

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December 2023

4GoodVibes Virtual Christmas Craft Fair

Friday, December 8, 2023 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes kicks off a Virtual Christmas Craft Fair on Facebook with more than 75 artists selling handmade items. This event will feature items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more. Join the event Facebook group to see updates and to shop the craft fair and  participate in the events. All artists will ship anything you see. The…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, December 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host the Holiday Tunes Edition of their Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes -- jigs, reels and more -- and jolly chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal…

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4GoodVibes Virtual Christmas Craft Fair Conclusion

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its Virtual Christmas Craft Fair on Facebook with more than 75 artists selling handmade items. This event features items from vendors both outside of 4GoodVibes as well as those whose wares are carried inside their shops. There will also be auctions, games, prizes, raffles and live shopping, and more. Join the event Facebook group to see updates and to shop the craft fair and  participate in the events. All artists will ship anything you purchase.  

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January 2024

Beads by Beardslee Live Clearance Sale

Monday, January 1 @ 1:00 pm

Medford jewelry designer Sarah Beardslee, owner of Beads by Beardslee, is starting the new year with a live clearance sale on Facebook. She'll be selling off creations she's no longer making to make room for new pieces. Tune in to her Facebook Live event for deals on necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, key chains, and much more.    

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Tune Learning with Matt and Shannon Heaton

Saturday, January 6 @ 11:00 am
$20

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton, who have hosted a popular monthly virtual guided session since early in the pandemic, introduce a monthly Irish tune learning class via Zoom. Log in to learn a tune and meet other players. Cost is $20 or pay what you can. To sign up, send an email to Shannon at shannonfheaton@gmail.com. Future dates are Saturday, January 27 (one week earlier than usual) and Saturday, March 2.  

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The Two Nerdy History Girls Ride Again

Wednesday, January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

You may know them as the Two Nerdy History Girls – authors Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott, the originators of the infamous blog by that name. Tonight, the Medford Public Library presents the bestselling authors via Zoom. They address such questions as how do they find interesting tidbits of historical lore, which libraries of the world have they visited, and how do they avoid the inescapable “rabbit hole”? It promises to be a fascinating and entertaining conversation between these…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton kick off 2024 with a New Year Edition of their monthly Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for mid-tempo Irish tunes -- jigs, reels and more -- upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon's website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available…

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Author Talk: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong – So Fetch

Monday, January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an online talk with author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong about her new book, "So Fetch: The Making of Mean Girls (And Why We're Still So Obsessed With It)." Hear all of the nitty gritty details of this totally fetch story of one of the most iconic teen comedies of all time, "Mean Girls" (2004), in which Jennifer reveals how the film happened, how it defined a generation, “like, invented” meme culture, and why it just won’t…

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Author Talk: Gabe Cole Novoa – Most Ardently

Tuesday, January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an online talk with author  Gabe Cole Novoa about his new book, "Most Ardently: A Pride and Prejudice Remix. Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.  

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4GoodVibes Love is In the Air Virtual Makers Market

Saturday, January 27 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes has scheduled its next virtual craft fair, with "Love Is in the Air" the theme as Valentine's Day approaches. The event, running from January 27 through February 4, will feature 65+ local vendors featuring handmade items, live shopping, raffles, games, and more, all via the event Facebook group. Vendors interested in participating (cost is $20) may apply using the online form. Members of 4GoodVibes Virtual Markets are automatically accepted and need not apply.  

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Tune Learning with Matt and Shannon Heaton

Saturday, January 27 @ 11:00 am
$20

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton, who have hosted a popular monthly virtual guided session since early in the pandemic, are offering a monthly Irish tune learning class via Zoom. Log in to learn a tune and meet other players. Cost is $20 or pay what you can. To sign up, send an email to Shannon at shannonfheaton@gmail.com. The next session will be on Saturday, March 2.  

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Panel Discussion: The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Debut Author

Monday, January 29 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an online program with authors Lauren J. A. Bear, Rita Chang-Eppig and Nishita Parekh to discuss The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Debut Author. They'll talk about getting into publishing, the pitfalls, challenges and roadblocks, as well as the excitement, fulfillment and reader enthusiasm that makes it all worthwhile. Bring your questions as this will be in a Q&A format. Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.    

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Author Q+A: Daniel Warshawsky – Food Waste, Food Insecurity, and the Globalization of Food Banks

Tuesday, January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Medford Public Library presents an online question-and-answer session with professor Daniel Warshawsky, author of the book "Food Waste, Food Insecurity, and the Globalization of Food Banks." The book analyzes the development of food banks across the world and the limits of food charity as a means to reduce food insecurity and food waste. Based on 15 years of in-depth fieldwork on four continents, Warshawsky illustrates how and why food banks proliferate across the globe even though their impacts may…

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February 2024

4GoodVibes Love is In the Air Virtual Makers Market Conclusion

Sunday, February 4 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its "Love Is in the Air" virtual craft fair. It features 65+ local vendors featuring handmade items, live shopping, raffles, games, and more, all via the event Facebook group.  

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session Whirring Wings Edition

Saturday, February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

This month's Virtual Guided Session with Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton is the "Whirring Wings" Edition in celebration of their new album being released on January 24. They'll be playing many of the traditional Irish tunes (at a moderate pace) from the album. All are welcome to play along and chat with the Heatons (and with one another). Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal…

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March 2024

Arts Collaborative Medford Benefit Auction

Friday, March 1 @ 12:00 pm

Arts Collaborative Medford begins Part I of an online auction of artwork by the late Medford artist Louise Musto-Choate to benefit a new scholarship in her memory. Louise, a founding member of ACM who passed away in 2020, created many beautiful, adventurous pieces. You can own one (or more) of them! Proceeds from the auction will help fund the Louise Musto-Choate Memorial Scholarship to provide studio space for emerging artists. Visit the ACM's online auction page to view the 44 available…

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4GoodVibes Hopping Into Spring Virtual Makers Market

Saturday, March 2 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes is presenting a nine-day Hopping Into Spring Virtual Makers Market. The event, running from March 2 through 10, will feature 75 local vendors featuring handmade items, plus live shopping, raffles, games, an Easter Egg hunt, and more, all via the event Facebook group. Vendors interested in participating (cost is $20) may apply using the online form. Members of 4GoodVibes Virtual Markets are automatically accepted and need not apply.  

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The Real Score: Unraveling Myths About Trans People in Sports

Tuesday, March 5 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is partnering with a cohort of Massachusetts public libraries to host journalist Erin Reed for a virtual presentation titled “The Real Score: Unraveling Myths About Trans People in Sports,” on Zoom. This presentation will explore the complex and often misunderstood world of transgender athletes in sports. Delving into the history and current controversies, Reed will address the myths and misinformation surrounding “biological advantages.” She'll also discuss the discriminatory nature of recent sports bans targeting transgender individuals,…

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Book Birthday Celebration with Lyla Sage

Saturday, March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is joining a host of other libraries to present an online book birthday celebration with romance author Lyla Sage. Her new book, “Swift and Saddled," is the much anticipated sequel to “Done and Dusted.” Both are cowboy stories with kick-butt heroines, bright blue skies, horses, and heart. Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.  

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4GoodVibes Hopping Into Spring Virtual Makers Market Conclusion

Sunday, March 10 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its nine-day Hopping Into Spring Virtual Makers Market. The event features 75 local vendors featuring handmade items, plus live shopping, raffles, games, an Easter Egg hunt, and more, all via the event Facebook group.  

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host this month's Virtual Guided Session, the Fourth Anniversary VGS Edition, one week later than on the usual third Saturday due to the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for mid-tempo Irish tunes — jigs, reels and more — upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon’s website. Join the global community in…

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Mary Cassatt and the Women Impressionists

Wednesday, March 27 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Virtual MA
Free

The Medford Public Library is partnering with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University to co-host the virtual presentation "Mary Cassatt and the Women Impressionists" by Jane Oneall. Oneall is an art historian and the president of  Culturally Curious, an art education company. Register through the library's online calendar.  

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Arts Collaborative Medford Benefit Auction Conclusion

Saturday, March 30 @ 10:00 pm

Arts Collaborative Medford concludes Part I of an online auction of artwork by the late Medford artist Louise Musto-Choate to benefit a new scholarship in her memory. Louise, a founding member of ACM who passed away in 2020, created many beautiful, adventurous pieces. You can own one (or more) of them! Proceeds from the auction will help fund the Louise Musto-Choate Memorial Scholarship to provide studio space for emerging artists. Visit the ACM's online auction page to view the 44…

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April 2024

4GoodVibes Spring Carnival Virtual Makers Market

Saturday, April 20 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes is presenting a nine-day Spring Carnival Virtual Makers Market. The event, running from April 20 through 28, will feature more than 75  vendors featuring handmade items, plus live shopping, raffles, games, and more, all via the Virtual Makers Markets Facebook group. Vendors can ship to you or some offer local pick up at the 4GoodVibes shop on Main Street in South Medford. Vendor fee is $20. If interested, fill out the 4GoodVibes application form.    

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host their monthly third Saturday Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes — jigs, reels and more — upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon’s website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic.    

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4GoodVibes Spring Carnival Virtual Makers Market Conclusion

Sunday, April 28 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes concludes its nine-day Spring Carnival Virtual Makers Market. The event features more than 80  vendors featuring handmade items, plus live shopping, raffles, games, and more, all via the Virtual Makers Markets Facebook group. Vendors can ship to you or some offer local pick up at the 4GoodVibes shop on Main Street in South Medford.    

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May 2024

How Do You Throw a Brick Through the Window…

Friday, May 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

"How do you throw a brick through the window…" is a research initiative comprised of this symposium presented on Zoom, artist-led workshops, and exhibitions, co-organized by Tufts University Art Galleries with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center taking place from 2024–2026. The research initiative invites artists to engage the radical questioning of writer, artist, astrologer, and disabled non-binary Korean-American activist Johanna Hedva: “How do you throw a brick through the window of a bank if you can’t get out of…

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Arts Collaborative Medford Benefit Auction Conclusion

Sunday, May 5 @ 9:00 pm

Just in time for Mother's Day, Arts Collaborative Medford is holding its second online art auction of artworks by the late Louise Musto-Choate, in support of the artist scholarship in her name. The Louise Musto-Choate Scholarship will provide studio space for emerging artists. Louise was a founding member of ACM who pushed to have an arts center in Medford. Her family has generously donated many of her original pieces to support ACM. There will be something for every mother figure…

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Romance Book Recs with Lorelei

Wednesday, May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

If you know romance, you probably know Lorelei of Lorelei’s Lit Lair. Affectionately referred to as a passionate Romance Ambassador, Lorelei has been offering book recommendations, author spotlights, giveaways, and connecting authors with readers through social media since 2010, providing a safe and friendly environment for book lovers around the globe. Tonight, the Medford Public Library invites you to join a conversation with Lorelei about how (and why) she got started, her most memorable author-meet moments, and books she’s reading…

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host their monthly third Saturday Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes — jigs, reels and more — upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon’s website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic.    

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Author Talk: Camilla Evergreen – How to Find Love When You’re Weird

Monday, May 20 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring an online chat with romance author Camilla Evergreen, whose book “How to Find Love When You’re Weird” makes it clear that people on the spectrum,(in fact, ALL people), are worthy of love and an HEA (happily ever after). In fact, the library would posit, that it’s the very neurodiverse characteristics that make someone even more attractive to the right person. Visit the library's online calendar for the the Zoom link.  

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4GoodVibes Summer Vibes Virtual Makers Market

Saturday, May 25 @ 9:00 am

4GoodVibes is presenting a nine-day Summer Vibes Virtual Makers Market. The event, running from May 25 through June 2, will feature more than 80 vendors offering handmade items, plus live shopping, raffles, games, and more, all via the Virtual Makers Markets Facebook group. Vendors can ship to you or some offer local pickup at the 4GoodVibes shop on Main Street in South Medford.    

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Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums

Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites you to join author Bob Eckstein in a virtual program as he celebrates the book birthday of his most recent release, “Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums: Stories and Memorable Moments from People Who Love Museums.” This book is filled with lush and whimsical illustrations paired with stories and anecdotes from curators, museum workers, museum visitors, and more. Sign up using the Zoom link on the library's online calendar.  

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June 2024

4GoodVibes Summer Vibes Virtual Makers Market Conclusion

Sunday, June 2 @ 11:00 pm

4GoodVibes its nine-day Summer Vibes Virtual Makers Market. It features more than 80 vendors offering handmade items, plus live shopping, raffles, games, and more, all via the Virtual Makers Markets Facebook group. Vendors can ship to you or some offer local pickup at the 4GoodVibes shop on Main Street in South Medford.    

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M-BELT Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 6 @ 7:00 pm

The Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust (M-BELT) is holding its 2024 Annual Meeting remotely, via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. Paid members are eligible to nominate and to vote for the organization's president and two directors during the business portion of the meeting. There also will be a Financial Report, plus a review of the past year and a look ahead. Join the meeting via this Zoom link. The Meeting ID number is 968 5709 9401. A password is not…

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Virtual Author Visit: Caitlin Cass

Monday, June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring a virtual visit with Caitlin Cass, author of “Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S.” Part graphic novel, part map of the suffrage movement, this book tells the story of the fight for the right to vote by women from the very beginning. Register through the library's online calendar for the Zoom link.  

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Why We Read with Shannon Reed

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites you to a virtual conversation with author Shannon Reed about her book, “Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One Page Before Lights Out.” Why DO we read? What compels us to? What holds our attention? How many of us remember reading by a flashlight after hours? Shannon will have the scoop and will be answering lots of your questions. Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.  

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Matt & Shannon Heaton Virtual Guided Session

Saturday, June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Medford musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton host their monthly third Saturday Virtual Guided Session. Tune learners, second instrument players, or anyone who enjoys traditional Irish music are welcome for moderately paced Irish tunes — jigs, reels and more — upbeat chat, and connection with other trad music lovers. Resources/tunes lists can be found on Shannon’s website. Join the global community in the live session via YouTube. Cost is free, but virtual tip jars are available via PayPal or through Venmo at ShannonHeatonMusic.    

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The Two Nerdy History Girls Ride Again

Monday, June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

You may know them as the Two Nerdy History Girls – authors Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott, the originators of the infamous blog by that name. Tonight, the Medford Public Library presents the bestselling authors via Zoom. They address such questions as how do they find interesting tidbits of historical lore, which libraries of the world have they visited, and how do they avoid the inescapable “rabbit hole”? It promises to be a fascinating and entertaining conversation between these…

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Virtual Author Visit: Paige McClanahan – The New Tourist

Tuesday, June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents a virtual program with travel author Paige McClanahan, whose new book, "The New Tourist: Waking Up to the Power and Perils of Travel,” is being released today. This evocative, surprising, and page-turning exploration of how tourism has shaped the world, for better and for worse, is essential reading for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the implications of their wanderlust. Register through the library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link.    

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An Evening with Mercury Stardust on Zoom

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:00 pm
Free

In conjunction with 50-plus libraries statewide and as part of Medford Pride Month, the Medford Public Library presents an online author talk and moderated Q&A with the famous trans handywoman Mercury Stardust. Mercury is the acclaimed author of “Safe and Sound: A Renter Friendly Guide to Home Repair” and has also dedicated her time to helping people on TikTok reclaim their independence through home improvement. As an out and proud non-binary trans feminine person, Mercury has also used her platform…

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Virtual Author Visit: The Serial Killer’s Apprentice

Monday, June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is co-sponsoring a virtual program with authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman to discuss their most recent book, “The Serial Killer’s Apprentice,” a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice — and how a killer can be created. If you are a fan of true crime and want to dive deep into the psychology of a serial killer and his apprentice, this program is for you. Register through the library's online calendar to…

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