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West Medford Community Center

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111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
781-483-3042 http://wmcc.us/

July 2019

Origami Club

Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center is happy to be offering Medford's first Origami Club, a monthly gathering of people of all ages and skill levels who wish to learn and/or practice the ancient craft of Oriental Paper Art. All are invited to this second monthly meeting of the club. For more information, please the WMCC at 781-483-3042.

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Mystic Makerspace: Recycled Shopping Bags

Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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On July 16, an ordinance will go into effect in Medford prohibiting stores from distributing thin plastic bags to customers. An environmentally friendly option for shoppers is to carry one's own reusable tote bag, so Mystic Makerspace is offering a workshop where you can create your own personalized bag. There will be several different types of totes you can create, some that require sewing and some that don't. Stop by and make yourself a reusable tote bag! This is a drop-in…

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August 2019

Words and Music: Hoops and Hope

Friday, August 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center kicks off its third year of its monthly "Words and Music" program, highlighting "A Summer of Hoops and Hope" centered on the courts at Dugger Park. In the "Words" portion of the evening, panelists will discuss the WMCC Girls' Summer League, and the Hoops and Hope Charity Classic coming up on Sunday, August 25, which includes the annual Brandon Bolden Memorial Tournament. For the "Music" portion, Boston-based singer, songwriter and musician Amber Ais will perform.…

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Mystic Makerspace: Beaded People Pendants/Pins

Monday, August 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mystic Makerspace, now operating out of the West Medford Community Center, presents a Drop-in Maker Monday workshop on how to make beaded people pendants and pins, led by Celia Lee. Registration is not required, but organizers appreciate knowing how many people plan to attend so they can arrange for enough supplies; please sign up through Eventbrite.  

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September 2019

Words and Music: Medford Family Network

Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center continues its "Words and Music" program, this month highlighting the Medford Family Network family support and parenting education program. In the "Words" portion of the evening, Medford Family Network director Marie Cassidy and some MFN partners will discuss parenting basics and the many ways the MFN helps to enhance the joy in raising young kids in a family-friendly city such as Medford. In the "Music" segment, Arlington vocalist and instrumentalist Rick Silberg returns to the WMCC, joined…

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West Medford Community Center Annual Meeting

Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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West Medford Community Center invites the community to its Annual Meeting. The agenda will include the center's annual "State of the Center" report to the community, election of board members, and soliciting input from the community as to areas of future growth and development. Information on the broad range of work done through the West Medford Community Center is available on the center's website. You can also find membership information on the “Get Involved” page of that site. The mission…

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Mystic Makerspace: Poured Acrylics

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mystic Makerspace, now operating out of the West Medford Community Center, invites you to a drop-in workshop to try out the popular art of poured acrylic painting. Pour, tilt, swirl and manipulate paint to create colorful marbelized or nebula-like patterns. You don't need to be a "painter" to create a beautiful piece of art! This workshop is for ages and older. No registration required.  

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October 2019

Words and Music: Women of Substance

Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This month's "Words and Music" program West Medford Community Center will feature the third installment of its "Women of Substance" series, with guests Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke and singer Lydia Harrell. In the "Words" portion of the evening, host Terry Carter will go one-on-one with Mayor Burke to learn about her unique journey to the City Hall corner office, and get her perspective on governing and the future of the city. In the "Music" segment, Lydia "The Lovely Singer" Harrell will show…

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Mystic Makerspace Open House

Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mystic Makerspace invites you to an Open House at its new home: the West Medford Community Center. This family-friendly event will offer maker activities for all ages, including earring making; quilling; felting coasters; making stained-glass frames; and more. There will also be a sale table featuring jewelry, metal plates and DIY items. The Mystic Makerspace is a collective source of tools, education and space geared toward community members ages 16-106. It is a project of MACI (Medford Arts Center, Inc.), along with MARV, the…

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Mystic Makerspace: Painting Mandala Stones

Monday, October 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mandala stones are used for meditation, contemplation and simple decoration. The making of these extraordinary designs can be soothing as well. The Mystic Makerspace invites you to a workshop, led by Jen Baily and Betsy Kantt, to learn the techniques to create beautiful stones with simple tools and craft paint. This class is for ages 16 and over. No registration is required.  

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Origami Club

Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center has started Medford's first Origami Club, a monthly gathering of people of all ages and skill levels who wish to learn and/or practice the ancient craft of Oriental Paper Art. All are welcome. For more information, please the WMCC at 781-483-3042 or email Bill Hager at wmccbill@gmail.com.

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Antiques and Art Appraisal Day

Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$5 – $25

In the spirit of "Antiques Road Show," Medford Arts Center, Inc. (MACI), and Lakota YouthStay is hosting an Antiques and Art Appraisal Day. Find out what your treasures, heirlooms or yard sale finds are worth by having them appraised by professionals from Kaminski Auctions at a minimal cost, while supporting Medford nonprofits. Cost for appraisals is $10 for one item, or $25 for three items. General admission (no items to appraise) is $5. You may purchase on the Eventbrite page or…

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Mystic Makerspace Fixit Clinic

Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Mystic Makerspace presents its first Medford Fixit Clinic, an all-ages, do-it-together activity where people bring their broken household things and assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to landfill. The Makerspace is looking for volunteer coaches with tools plus knowledge and skill repairing bikes and skateboards; kitchen equipment; clothing and fabric items; small appliances; computers and phones; jewelry; toys, wooden items, and anything else. If you can help, please contact Mystic Makerspace at info@mysticmakerspace.org.  

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November 2019

Words and Music: Women of Substance

Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This month's "Words and Music" program at the West Medford Community Center will feature the fourth installment of its "Women of Substance" series, with guests Breanna Lungo-Koehn and Michelle (Richardson) LaPoetica. Lungo-Koehn has been a member of the Medford City Council since 2001 (serving as the youngest city councilor in Medford's history) and is challenging a sitting mayor this year in her quest to lead the city. This timely and personal conversation will  provide an inside look at who she…

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Mystic Makerspace: Mastering Creative Blocks

Monday, November 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Jerusha Achterberg leads this Mystic Makerspace workshop, where you will master Creative Blocks. Construct fun boxes with images, words and art and get that creativity flowing. No registration required. This class is for ages 16 and over. No registration is required; just drop in!  

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Medford’s Cordial Reception to Horticulture

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Garden Club welcomes Medford historian Dee Morris to talk about some early Medford gardeners who always loved belonging to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, whether they were from West Medford society like the prestigious Francis Brooks, or a coal merchant such as James Bean. Close to the Mystic River, Captain Joshua T. Foster raised his famous seedling peaches. Mrs. E. Joyce cultivated a spectacular flower garden, often winning prizes for her baskets of blooms. Their stories are drawn from a…

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Mystic Makerspace: Felting

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mystic Makerspace invites you to its popular needle felting workshop. Learn the felting technique and use a few simple supplies (wool and special barbed felting needles) to create holiday ornaments for yourself or to give as gifts. You can also learn how these skills can be used to easily create other dimensional pieces or applique art. This workshop is best for beginner and intermediate felters. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to register through the Mystic Makerspace website to…

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December 2019

Postponed: Mystic Makerspace – Mosaic Frames

Monday, December 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Due to wintry weather, Mystic Makerspace has postponed this Drop-in Maker Monday event. A rescheduled date will be announced.  

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Mystic Makerspace: Crochet Stars

Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mystic Makerspace, now meeting at the West Medford Community Center, presents a workshop on how to make crocheted stars, led by Celia Lee and Alie Cummings. It will help if you know crochet basics, but give the class a try even if you don't know how to crochet. Choose from different patters from simple to advanced. All tools and supplies provided, but bring your own crochet hooks if you have them. This workshop is for ages 16 and over. Registration is required…

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Words and Music: The Art of the Story

Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This month's "Words and Music" program at the West Medford Community Center will blend history and storytelling under the title, "Once Upon a Time: The Art of the Story." In the "Words" portion of the evening, local history experts Sharon Kennedy and Dee Morris will join poet-host Terry Carter in an evening of dialogue and dramatization as stories, personalities and folklore come to life. The "Music" segment will feature a star on the Boston music scene, Athene Wilson, a three-time…

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Lakota YouthStay Holiday Cookie Walk & Pet/Child Photo Shoot

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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West Medford Community Center is the site for Lakota YouthStay's annual Holiday Cookie Walk & Pet/Child Photo Shoot, a fundraiser for the Lakota YouthStay program. There will be more than 15 varieties of delicious homemade holiday cookies available at $15 per pound. Make a gift plate of yummy treats for yourself, your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or your mail carrier. New this year, Medford photographer Susan D'Arcy Fuller will be at the event to take fun holiday photos of your…

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Fun Holiday Crafts

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Medford School Committee Member Kathy Kreatz is sponsoring a Fun Holiday Crafts art activity event and the West Medford Community Center. Participants will create sugar cookie-shaped, paper cut-out magnets. All materials provided: glitter, sequins, and more. Families and their children are invited to drop in between 1 and 3 p.m. To help with planning, please RSVP by email to Kathy Kreatz at kkreatz@medford.k12.ma.us.  

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Origami Club

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center has started Medford's first Origami Club, a monthly gathering of people of all ages and skill levels who wish to learn and/or practice the ancient craft of Oriental Paper Art. This month's gathering will feature a special holiday origami program. All are welcome. For more information, please the WMCC at 781-483-3042 or email Bill Hager at wmccbill@gmail.com.

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Winter “Soulstice” Celebration

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center invites you to A Journey to Winter Soul'stice, hosted by Michelle La Poetica Richardson and headlined by her group Dencity Soulcypher. The evening will also feature musical performances by Choppa that Beatboxa, Eva Davenport, Qwill, Limitless, Osh Ma Gosh and Sway Casey; spoken word by Gladys Teresa; and a healing art jewelry exhibit by Pink Waters. Free admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the jewelry exhibit, with the program starting at 8.  

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January 2020

Mystic Makerspace: Needle Felting

Monday, January 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mystic Makerspace presents another of its popular needle felting workshops. Use a few simple supplies (wool and special barbed felting needles) to create coasters. You can also learn how these skills can be used to easily create other dimensional pieces or applique art. This workshop, led by Kerri Babish, is best for beginner and intermediate felters. No registration is required, just drop in at the West Medford Community Center. The Mystic Makerspace is a collective source of tools, education and…

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Words and Music: Celebrating the King Legacy

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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West Medford Community Center begins its 2020 "Words and Music" series with a program about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Should we still be celebrating King's life and legacy? Why is his mission and his message more important than ever? Can we truly keep alive his dream of a world free of racial prejudice and social injustice? These questions and others will be discussed in the "Words" portion of the program, moderated by Terry Carter and featuring members of the…

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Origami Club

Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's Origami Club is a monthly gathering of people of all ages and skill levels who wish to learn and/or practice the ancient craft of Oriental Paper Art. First-timers are always welcome. For more information, please call the WMCC at 781-483-3042 or email Bill Hager at wmccbill@gmail.com.

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Canceled: Mystic Makerspace – Acrylic Painting

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Tonight's Mystic Makerspace workshop on painting with acrylics has been canceled. The Mystic Makerspace, a program of Medford Arts Center, Inc., based at the West Medford Community Center, is a collective source of tools, education, and space geared toward community members ages 16-106. Peruse the calendar for other upcoming workshops.  

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February 2020

Mystic Makerspace: Mosaic Frames

Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Join Jen Baily and Betsy Kantt to make mosaic frames using a variety of mosaic tiles at the Making Monday drop-in workshop rescheduled from December. Ages 16 and up. No registration is required.  

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Medford Garden Club Movie Night: The Gardener

Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Garden Club’s annual Movie and Popcorn Night features the documentary "The Gardener," a fascinating film about the influential gardener and plantsman Frank Cabot and his quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20-acre English-style garden and summer estate nestled among the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at this remarkable man's personal story and…

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Words and Music: West Medford Elders Photo Project

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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West Medford Community Center's "Words and Music" series presents a Black History Month program featuring Part II of the West Medford Elders Photo Project. In the "Words" segment of the evening, enjoy conversation, reflection and celebration in honor of another group of great West Medford elders. Meet the center's new exhibit photographer and take stock of the proud history of this community  through the unveiling of a select group of new photos being added to the current collection of West…

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Zonta Chocolate and Art Extravaganza

Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$25

Zonta Club of Medford is teaming up again with Medford Arts Center, Inc. on the club's annual major fundraiser, a Chocolate and Art Extravaganza at the West Medford Community Center. The event will feature art for sale from Medford artists and a chocolate auction (live and silent). Proceeds benefit Zonta Club of Medford's scholarships, community grants, and donations to the Zonta International Foundation. There also will be light fare and beverages. Admission is a donation of $25. Chartered in 1952, Zonta…

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Origami Club

Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's Origami Club is a monthly gathering of people of all ages and skill levels who wish to learn and/or practice the ancient craft of Oriental Paper Art. First-timers are always welcome. For more information, please call the WMCC at 781-483-3042 or email Bill Hager at wmccbill@gmail.com.

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Mystic Makerspace: Cricut Class

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Join Celia Lee in this free Mystic Makerspace class to learn how to use a Cricut die cutter to cut out vinyl stickers. Celia will walk you through the process of creating designs, and then cutting them out on the Cricut machines. Bring your own laptop so you can learn to set up the software. If you do not have a laptop, email Celialee327@gmail.com and arrangements can be made for you to use one. This class is for ages 16…

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March 2020

Mystic Makerspace: Scrabble Tile Workshop

Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Mystic Makerspace invites you to make coasters and tins with a personal touch at this Scrabble Tile Workshop led by Jerusha Achterberg and Melanie Raelin. Participants will select wood squares and tins, glue, a shiny top coat and lots of Scrabble letter pieces to work with for unique final pieces. This class is for ages 16 and over. No registration is required; just drop in at the West Medford Community Center.  

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Words and Music: Historic Women of Medford

Friday, March 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This month's "Words and Music" program at the West Medford Community Center will celebrate "Historic Women of Medford" and the start of a year commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The "Words" portion of the event will feature a conversation with local historian Dee Morris, State Senator Pat Jehlen, and Medford City Council member Nicole Morrell, and other invited guests about the role of Medford women before, during…

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Origami Club

Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center invites you to attend its monthly Origami Club gathering of people of all ages and skill levels who wish to learn and/or practice the ancient craft of Oriental Paper Art. First-timers are always welcome. For more information, please call the WMCC at 781-483-3042 or email Bill Hager at wmccbill@gmail.com.

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Canceled: Mystic Makerspace – Altered Books

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Due to precautions regarding the coronavirus, the Mystic Makerspace has canceled its Altered Books Workshop at the West Medford Community Center.  

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Postponed: Community Cooking Class – Kerala Cuisine

Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$35 – $50

In response to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, the West Medford Community Center has postponed the first installment of its new Community Cooking Class. The class, which will feature dishes from the southern Indian state of Kerala, will be rescheduled.  

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Canceled: Mystic Makerspace Fixit Clinic

Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Due to precautions regarding the coronavirus, the Mystic Makerspace has canceled its Medford Fixit Clinic at the West Medford Community Center.  

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October 2020

WMCC Halloween Photo Booth Fundraiser

Saturday, October 31, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center invites you to its Halloween Photo Booth Fundraiser. Bring your family and friends to have professional photos taken by Vision of Grace Photography, which has kindly donated its photography services to the center for this event. Come in your best costumes and enter the WMCC costume contest. Suggested donation for the fundraiser is $5 per person. All funds raised will go toward supporting WMCC operations and programming. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing procedures.

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May 2021

Miki Sawada: Gather Hear Tour Concert

Sunday, May 9, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Pianist Miki Sawada brings her Gather Hear Massachusetts tour to Medford with an outdoor performance at the West Medford Community Center. Sawada is traveling the 50 states with a piano to perform in community gathering spaces instead of concert halls, to find a shared humanity across political and socioeconomic lines in this divided country. After tours through Alaska and West Virginia, she is touring her home state of Massachusetts. She will perform works by Florence Price, Franz Liszt, and a…

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July 2021

WMCC Barbeque Fundraiser

Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$20 – $25

The West Medford Senior Club is resuming its Grand Ol' Barbeque fundraiser for the West Medford Community Center. Menu choices (dine-in or pick up) are a BBQ Pork Ribs Dinner ($25) or a BBQ Chicken Dinner ($20). All proceeds benefit the West Medford Community Center, a CACHE member. For ticket information please call Rachel Tanner at 781-483-3109.  

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October 2021

ArtsMedford Annual Meeting

Sunday, October 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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ArtsMedford, the nonprofit organization formerly known as Medford Arts Center, Inc., plans to hold its annual meeting outdoors at the West Medford Community Center. The annual business meeting will include an election of officers in which all ArtsMedford members are eligible to vote. Additional details will be announced.  

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December 2021

Medford Jazz Festival Jam Session

Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$10

The Medford Jazz Festival invites you to join many of Medford's finest jazz musicians at the first of what is planned to be monthly jam sessions at the West Medford Community Center. Hosted by Ross Adams, Jonathan Fagan and Gordon Englegau, this session will serve as an opportunity to connect students, professionals, and music lovers of all types in an intimate yet COVID-safe setting. Cover is $10 at the door plus proof of vaccination. The Medford Jazz Festival launched in…

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February 2022

Medford Jazz Festival Jam Session

Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$10

The Medford Jazz Festival invites you to join many of Medford's finest jazz musicians at their second jam session at the West Medford Community Center. Featuring Ross Adams, John Dalton, and Jonathan Fagan as the house trio, it's a chance for both amateurs and professionals to catch up personally and musically. Cover is $10 at the door plus proof of vaccination. The Medford Jazz Festival launched in October 2020 with a five-day event showcasing the cultural diversity, creativity, and talent…

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March 2022

Games Around the World for Kids

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$60 – $75

The West Medford Community Center is offering "Games Around the World," a geography, culture and language class for children in grades 2 to 5. Each session, kids will "visit" different continents around the world and learn games kids play in that region. Learn basic greetings in different languages and cool trivia. The class is being presented in partnership with Kids LAHF (Laugh and Have Fun), and kids will leave with their own LAHF Passport. The class will meet for six…

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Cooks with Tales for Kids

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$60 – $75

The West Medford Community Center is offering "Cooks With Tales," a class of interactive storytelling, and making and sampling tasty treats along the way, for children in grades 2 to 5. By the end of the program, kids leave with their own story creation and recipe book they made. The class will meet for six Tuesday afternoon sessions from March 15 through April 26, with no class on April 19 due to school vacation week. (Note: This is a revised…

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Intro to Digital Storytelling for Kids

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$60 – $75

The West Medford Community Center is offering "Picture-It," an introduction to digital storytelling class for children in grades 2 to 5. Using components of National Geographic Explorer Mindset and a point-and-shoot digital camera (provided), kids will play indoor/outdoor games and activities, explore their environment, learn basic digital photography concepts, and tell a story through pictures. The class will meet for six Tuesday evening sessions from from March 15 through April 26, with no class on April 19 due to school…

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Spheres of Influence Masterclass and Jam Session

Saturday, March 26, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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John Dalton’s Spheres of Influence will be hosting this month's Medford Jazz Festival jam session at the West Medford Community Center. Tonight's session will be preceded by a masterclass from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the jam session until 10. Spheres of Influence members are Jim Robitaille on guitar, Erik Van Dam on saxophones, Jonathan Fagan on piano, Evan Palmer on  bass and John Dalton on drums. Medford Jazz Festival jam sessions are a chance for both amateurs and…

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April 2022

Words and Music: The Arts – Alive and Well in Medford

Friday, April 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center resumes its First Friday Words and Music series with the program “The Arts: Alive and Well in Medford.” The “Words” portion of the evening will include a spirited conversation about the vibrant and growing arts scene in the city, with principals from CACHE, Arts Medford, West Medford Open Studios, and Arts Collaborative Medford. The panel will take a look at current events, new initiatives and future developments that will continue to expand the dynamic arts…

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Jazz Jam with Spheres of Influence

Saturday, April 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$10

John Dalton’s Spheres of Influence again is hosting this month's Medford Jazz Festival jam session at the West Medford Community Center. Spheres of Influence members are Jim Robitaille on guitar, Erik Van Dam on saxophones, Jonathan Fagan on piano, Evan Palmer on bass and John Dalton on drums. Medford Jazz Festival jam sessions are a chance for both amateurs and professionals to catch up personally and musically. Cover is $10 at the door plus proof of vaccination. The Medford Jazz Festival…

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May 2022

Words and Music: Frances Nwajei

Friday, May 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's monthly Words and Music program will feature a one-on-one conversation with Frances Nwajei, the City of Medford's new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Learn about Frances' background and life experiences, her key role in the city administration, and her perspectives on DEI and the pursuit of "the beloved community" in all areas of life in the city. The evening's music will be provided by vocalist Athene Wilson and keyboard virtuoso Rollins Ross. In-person seating…

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Origami Folding Class

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center hosts its monthly Origami Folding Class. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there’s something for everyone in this free, in-person class. Learn step-by-step the art of paper folding or advanced origami shapes. Paper folding has been shown to aid relaxation, concentration, hand eye coordination and memory. Origami, paper folding, is an activity practiced by artists, mathematicians, engineers, hobbyists, and people of all ages, all around the world. Open to all ages and skill…

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June 2022

Words and Music: Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn

Friday, June 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center presents its monthly Words and Music program. Hosted by Terry E. Carter, the evening will include a conversation with Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn and the musical stylings of Boston-based vocalist Athene Wilson and keyboard virtuoso Rollins Ross. The mayor will talk about community, family, neighborhood development, education, COVID-19, public safety and resiliency. This is a free, hybrid event. Public viewing made possible by Medford Community Media and available on Channels 3 (Comcast) and 47 (Verizon). Masks…

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Freedom’s Light: A Juneteenth Journey

Monday, June 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center presents "Freedom's Light: A Juneteenth Journey," a community celebration on the federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of American slaves in the last Confederate territory of the U.S. on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. There will be poetry by Medford poet laureate Terry E. Carter and music by international recording artist and former Berklee College of Music voice professor Donna McElroy. Seating is limited; masks are recommended.

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July 2022

WMCC Grand Ol’ Barbeque Fundraiser

Saturday, July 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$20 – $25

The West Medford Senior Club invites to community to its annual Grand Ol' Barbeque fundraiser for the West Medford Community Center. Menu choices (dine-in or pick up) are a BBQ Pork Ribs Dinner ($25) or a BBQ Chicken Dinner ($20). All proceeds benefit the West Medford Community Center, a CACHE member. To order tickets, please call Rachel Tanner at 781-483-3109.  

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September 2022

Words and Music: Medford Rocks the Vote

Friday, September 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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"Medford Rocks The Vote" is the theme as the West Medford Community Center resumes its Words and Music program, hosted by Terry E. Carter. With the primary election passed, it's time to gear up for the general election in November. With so much at stake, WMCC wants to do its part by hosting a thoughtful and informative discussion on voting . . . the process, the power, and the push to get out the vote in Medford. This month's music…

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Medford Jazz Festival Day 1

Friday, September 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Jazz Festival, which was conducted as a virtual event during the pandemic the last two years, is being presented in person this year on the back patio of the West Medford Community Center. Tonight, Day 1 of the event will start off with Bill Kuklinski and the Beacon Blue Jazz Quintet, followed by Medford poet laureate Terry E. Carter and Jonathan Fagan’s Ally Project featuring Linda Morose. Admission is free, though donations to support the festival are gratefully…

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October 2022

Medford Jazz Festival Day 2

Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Jazz Festival, which was conducted as a virtual event during the pandemic the last two years, is being presented in person this year at the West Medford Community Center. Tonight, Day 2 of the event will feature Bob Neiske and the Brandeis University Jazz Trio, followed by Medford pianist/composer Leo Blanco and the Leo Blanco Trio. Note: Due to the weather forecase, the event will take place indoors, rather than on the back patio. Admission is free, though…

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Canceled: Words and Music

Friday, October 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's Words and Music program at the West Medford Community hsa been canceled. A make-up date will be announced. In this program, the WMCC will look inward with "There's No Place Like Home," an in-depth conversation about the dynamic and historic WMCC. The music will be by songstress Farayi Sophia Malek, accompanied by guitarist Caio Afiune in a warm acoustic set. The West Medford Community Center launched Words and Music in 2017. Usually presented on the…

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November 2022

Words and Music: CCSR

Friday, November 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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"The Kids Are Alright" is the theme for this month's Words and Music program at the West Medford Community Center, hosted by Terry E. Carter. The "Words" segment will feature members of the Medford Public Schools' Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR). Students in this program engage in projects they create for the betterment of Medford in many areas, with a particular focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and community building. The "Music" portion will bring noted Medford…

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December 2022

Black Entrepreneurs Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 3, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center invites you to its first Black Entrepreneurs Holiday Fair. Vendors will include AllThingsRoseMetics, Akousa’s Closet, Beard Love, Black Doll Collector, Brown-Skinned Poet, Cards by Cherry, C. Brown Creations, Cher Delights, Craft Mob, Handmade Maker, Reesie’s Marvelous Hats, and the West Medford Senior Club Knitting Group. Items offered will include jewelry, books, comics, natural cosmetics, body butter and lotions, natural face care, acne care, detox soap, fedoras, knit caps, bucket hats, stuffed animals, historical and collectible…

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A New-Fangled Christmas Concert

Friday, December 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center presents A New-Fangled Christmas Concert, featuring The Wayward Elves band and Medford poet laurate Terry E. Carter. It will be a rollicking good time with all the holiday classics, jazzed up and jumping to the beat. Free admission; donations to the WMCC welcomed.  

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WMCC Holiday Pop-up Shop

Sunday, December 18, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center is hosting a holiday pop-up shop featuring elegant boutique clothing for the modern-day woman who likes classic fashions with a twist. It will feature the fashions of Luna Joachim and Maguy Durcé on couture suits, dresses, gowns and hats. For more information call 617-785-5523.

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January 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Creating the Change

Monday, January 16, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 1:15 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center invites the community to its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, “Creating the Change.” Come reflect on Dr. King’s teachings and on the meaning of a beloved community, creating positive change for our communities and addressing equity and equality for all. The program will include music, poetry, and conversation. A light lunch will be served. Seating is limited; reserve a ticket through Eventbrite. Masks are strongly recommended. The event also may be viewed via…

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February 2023

Words and Music: Black History Month

Friday, February 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center begins its 2023 season of Words and Music with a Black History Month themed program. The Words portion will feature a conversation with Jillian Harvey, the newly elected president of the Mystic Valley Branch NAACP, whose district includes Medford. Hear Harvey’s views on mission, membership, and moving the local dials forward on progress toward greater understanding, quality and social justice in the communities she serves. Harvey also is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion…

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Black Entrepreneurs Showcase and Sale

Saturday, February 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This Black History Month, the West Medford Community Center invites you to shop Black-owned businesses at its Black Entrepreneurs Showcase & Sale. Visit many vendors, artisans and creatives for unique and exceptional gifts, home goods, personal care items, baked goods, apparel, wearable art, books, jewelry and collectibles.

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Teen Comedy Workshop

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Calling all Medford teens: Are you a future late night TV host? A TikTok star in the making? A future cast member of "Saturday Night Live?" Join the West Medford Community Center for Show Me the Funny: A Comedy Workshop taking place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday over February vacation week. Teens will explore the history of comedy, how to gather material for jokes, how to set up a joke, how to express feelings and trauma…

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March 2023

Words and Music: Women’s History Month

Friday, March 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's Words and Music program will celebrate Women's History Month. The Words portion will feature a conversation with Jillian Harvey, the newly elected president of the Mystic Valley Branch NAACP, whose district includes Medford. (Her appearance last month was postponed due to illness.) Hear Harvey’s views on mission, membership, and moving the local dials forward on progress toward greater understanding, quality and social justice in the communities she serves. Harvey also is the director of diversity,…

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Women’s History Month Afternoon Tea

Saturday, March 25, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$10

The West Medford Community Center and West Medford Senior Club (WMSC) invite you to a Women's History Month Afternoon Tea,  celebrating women from the past, present, and future! Eat finger sandwiches and drink tea while enjoying some great entertainment. Fancy tea hats optional. Seating limited. Tickets ($10) are required; purchase through the online event page. All proceeds benefit the WMSC Scholarship program for high school seniors.  

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April 2023

Words and Music: A River Runs Through It

Friday, April 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This month's West Medford Community Center Words and Music program will celebrate the Mystic River. The Words portion will feature an in-depth conversation with principals from the Mystic River Watershed Association, who will provide an update on the state of the river, share some news on climate science and environmental resiliency, and talk about how volunteers make the organization go and grow. The Music segment will feature Donna McElroy, a wonderful entertainer, brilliant singer, a poet, and a former tenured…

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Medford Jazz Festival Spring Jam Session

Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Jazz Festival invites you to its first jam session of the spring at the West Medford Community Center, featuring Erik Van Dam on saxophone and Jonathan Fagan on piano. The Medford Jazz Festival launched in October 2020 with a five-day event showcasing the cultural diversity, creativity, and talent of local musicians through several virtual concerts. It initiated in-person jam sessions in December 2021.    

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Antiques & Art Appraisal Day

Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$5 – $25

In the spirit of "Antiques Road Show," Arts Medford is presenting an Antiques & Art Appraisal Day at the West Medford Community Center. Bring your silver, coins, small pieces of furniture, jewelry, porcelain and ceramics, art glass, military items, books, autographs, vintage couture, rugs, fine art, tribal art, clocks, mirrors, toys, and so much more, to be appraised by professional appraisers from Kaminski Auctions. This is a fundraiser for ArtsMedford, and proceeds will to toward the organization's programming and events.…

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May 2023

Medford Jazz Festival Spring Jam Session

Saturday, May 20, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Jazz Festival invites you to its second jam session of the spring at the West Medford Community Center, featuring  Jonathan Fagan, John Dalton and Dan Fox. The Medford Jazz Festival launched in October 2020 with a five-day event showcasing the cultural diversity, creativity, and talent of local musicians through several virtual concerts. It initiated in-person jam sessions in December 2021.    

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West Medford Family Reunion Meet & Greet

Friday, May 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$175

In honor of the West Medford community spirit, the West Medford Community Center is hosting a three-day West Medford Family Reunion, a chance for fellowship and to celebrate neighbors and members both old and new with a fun weekend of family, friends, food, music and dancing. The weekend kicks off with a Friday evening meet and greet event at the West Medford Community Center. On Saturday, May 27, the WMCC will host a breakfast brunch from 10 a.m. to 1…

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June 2023

Dreams & Meditations

Saturday, June 10, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford duo of clarinetist/composer Glenn Dickson and poet Vijaya Sundaram combine their arts for "Dreams & Meditations," a captivating performance of words and sound at the West Medford Community Center. Dickson has had a varied career playing klezmer, jazz, rock, Balkan and ambient music. During much of the COVID-19 pandemic, he performed dozens of "Dreams & Meditations" programs online, offering meditative and cathartic, pensive and emotional music that expanded the warm sounds of the clarinet with live digital processing.…

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Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 17, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center and Mystic River Watershed Association invite all to a Juneteenth Celebration in the center's backyard and patio area facing Mystic River Road. The event program will feature Juneteenth history and poetry, live music, a community drum circle, community resource tables, food and beverages for sale, and a Black vendor fair (weather permitting). The event will take place rain or shine.  

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July 2023

WMCC Grand Ol’ Barbeque Fundraiser

Saturday, July 29, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$20 – $25

The West Medford Senior Club invites to community to its annual Grand Ol' Barbeque fundraiser for the West Medford Community Center. Menu choices (dine-in or pick up) are a BBQ Pork Ribs Dinner ($25) or a BBQ Chicken Dinner ($20). All proceeds benefit the West Medford Community Center, a CACHE member. To order tickets, please call Rachel Tanner at 781-483-3109.  

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August 2023

Medford Jazz Festival Day 1

Saturday, August 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Free

The Medford Jazz Festival presents the first of two afternoons of performances at the West Medford Community Center (on the back patio, weather permitting). Today's lineup features Medford-based trio Cosmica, featuring Brazilian-American singer Catarina “Cat” Lindo, from noon to 12:45 p.m.; Argentinian bassist Fernando Huergo and his jazz ensemble from 1 to 2 p.m.; and the Ally Project, with Medford poet laureate emeritus Terry E. Carter and jazz pianist Jonathan Fagan, from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, though…

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Medford Jazz Festival Day 2

Sunday, August 20, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Jazz Festival presents the second of two afternoons of performances at the West Medford Community Center (on the back patio, weather permitting). Today's lineup features Berklee College of Music jazz professor, pianist and arranger Nando Michelin and Brazilian bassist Ebinho Cardoso in their duo ensemble Nando Michelin from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; and Grammy nominated Debo Ray and her All-Star Band from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, though donations to support the festival are gratefully accepted.…

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September 2023

Words and Music: A Changing of the Guard

Friday, September 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center begins a new season of its Words and Music program with "A Changing of the Guard," introducing the City of Medford's second poet laureate, Vijaya Sundaram, who began her two-year term on July 1. In the first hour's Words segment, Vijaya will join her predecessor, Terry E. Carter, for a lively and lyrical conversation about her life as a teacher, artist, musician, writer, and the city's new ambassador of poetry. The Music segment will feature…

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West Medford Community Center Annual Meeting

Sunday, September 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center’s Annual Meeting of the Membership will take place in person at the center. The roots of the West Medford Community Center go back to 1800s and arose from the recognized needs of the African American community, which established itself in West Medford. There was interest in developing a wide range of services and recreational opportunities. There was also the desire to have an organized voice to deal with the issues of civic and social justice. All…

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October 2023

Words and Music: Rick Caraviello and Farayi Malek

Friday, October 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's Words and Music program will feature an interview with Medford mayoral candidate Rick Caraviello, and a musical performance by singer/songwriter Farayi Sophia Malek. Caraviello is a 12-year veteran of the Medford City Council. In the program's first hour, host Terry E. Carter will conduct a conversation with him about his family, community, and his Medford roots. In the second hour, Malek will feature her musical repertoire, which includes influences from gospel, pop and jazz. The…

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WMCC Apple Butter Fest

Saturday, October 21, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Free – $25

The West Medford Community Center is getting into the fall spirit with an Apple Butter Fest not only with apple butter making, but also live music, a petting zoo, and other activities. Learn about growing and preserving food as you join in on apple butter making, and take some home at the end of the event. Singer/songwriter/musician and Medford native Michael Maloney of the Celtic and Irish-American band the Boston Harbor Bhoys will perform solo from noon to 2 p.m.…

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November 2023

Words and Music: Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn

Friday, November 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's Words and Music program will feature an interview with Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn, who is seeking her third term in office in the November election. Host Terry E. Carter will discuss life, family, challenges, and hope with the mayor in the first hour of the program. The musical segment, in hour two, will feature some a cappella deliciousness from Donna McElroy, a renowned singer and a former professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. Seating…

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A Life in Music Lost & Found

Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ 11:00 am
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center presents "A Life in Music Lost & Found: My Journey as a Musician With Hearing Loss," a "talk and play" presentation with Betty Hauck, violin and viola. For 50 years, Hauck enjoyed a rich and rewarding career as a professional violist — including performing for the Kennedys at the White House, in a string quartet with Yo Yo Ma, and solo with the Boston Pops — until the day she realized that she had to…

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WMCC Fiber Arts Club

Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center invites you to get involved with its multicultural Fiber Arts Club, a volunteer led group that makes all types of creations to bring joy to others. Items created — be they through kitting, quilting, sewing, macrame, crochet, tufting, embroidery, needlepoint, etc. — are donated to worthy causes or used to raise funds for the WMCC. Last year the Fiber Arts group raised over $2,000 for WMCC through silent auction or fundraising activities. Anyone may join…

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Black Entrepreneurs Holiday Fair

Saturday, November 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center is hosting its second annual Black Entrepreneurs Holiday Fair. This event provides a chance for consumers and proprietors to not only support Black businesses but provide them a platform to grow their enterprises and build wealth for current and future generations of African Americans. Visit the fair's many vendors, artisans and creatives for unique and exceptional gifts, home goods, personal care items, baked goods, apparel, wearable art, books, jewelry and collectibles.  

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WMCC Elder Services Movie: The Nutty Professor

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's Elder Services program presents a matinee showing of "The Nutty Professor," the 1996 comedy starring Eddie Murphy. The ever creative Murphy portrays seven characters in the film, including university professor Sherman Klump, a brainy and kind-hearted man who is morbidly obese. Klump develops a miraculous but experimental weight-loss pharmaceutical, hoping to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. The movie, rated PG-13, will begin at 1:10 p.m. and conclude at 2:45 p.m.  Masks…

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December 2023

Book Release: Terry E. Carter – Brown Skin and the Brilliant Sun

Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Join Terry E. Carter, the inaugural poet laureate for the City of Medford, for a celebration of his newly released sixth book, "Brown Skin and the Brilliant Sun: A Poet's Opus." He'll read from the new work, have books for sale and signing, and there will be music and light refreshments too. A West Medford native, Carter is a classically trained poet whose literary influences range from Shakespeare to the Harlem Renaissance. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from…

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Words and Music: Terry E. Carter and Renée Heywood

Friday, December 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center's final Words and Music program of the year will turn the tables on host Terry E. Carter, with WMCC board member Ilene Lerner interviewing Carter about his newly released sixth book of poetry, "Brown Skin and the Brilliant Sun: A Poet's Opus." That segment will be followed by a performance of songs of light and hope by West Medford native Dr. Renée Heywood. An educator, author and ordained pastor, she has recorded several gospel music albums.…

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January 2024

Medford Jazz Festival Jam

Saturday, January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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Join Erik van Dam, John Dalton and Jonathan Fagan for the first Medford Jazz Festival Jam of 2024 at the West Medford Community Center. Future jam dates at the WMCC are Saturday, March 23, and Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. both days. Jonathan Fagan launched the Medford Jazz Festival in October 2020 with a five-day event showcasing the cultural diversity, creativity and talent of local musicians through several virtual concerts. In-person jam sessions were initiated in December 2021, and…

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February 2024

Words and Music: Celebrating Black History Month

Friday, February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The West Medford Community Center kicks off Year 8 of its Words and Music program with a Black History Month celebration. In the first hour, host Terry E. Carter will sit down with a panel of three new Black authors with local ties and unique stories to tell. They are Natascha Faye Saunders ("The Thesis: Krumboltz, Career Decision-Making, and METCO"), Sybil J. Gilchrist ("Comrades of World War I"), and Jameel Anne Johnson ("The Mumtaz Chronicles: The Women Who Rule"). The…

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Black Entrepreneurs Holiday Showcase and Sale

Saturday, February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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In celebration of Black History Month, the West Medford Community Center is holding a Black Entrepreneurs Holiday Showcase and Sale. Visit the event's many vendors, artisans and creatives for unique and exceptional gifts, home goods, personal care items, baked goods, jewelry and collectibles.  

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March 2024

Words and Music: Come Fly With Me

Friday, March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This month's Words and Music program at the West Medford Community Center celebrates Women's History Month. In the first hour, host Terry E. Carter will sit down with Dr. Sheila M. Nutt, one of the early members of the Pan Am BlackBirds, the storied African American flight attendants whose acclaimed beauty and charm set the standard for career women in the 1960s and '70s. Dr. Nutt, a highly accomplished storyteller, will shed fresh light on a host of larger-than-life experiences…

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West Medford Senior Club Afternoon Tea Party

Saturday, March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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$20

The West Medford Senior Club (WMSC) invites you to an Afternoon Tea Party fundraiser at the West Medford Community Center. There will be raffles, door prizes, entertainment, and light fare. All are welcome. Tickets are $20. For more information, please contact Florence Dawson at 781-648-1639 or Rachel Tanner at 781-483-3109.    

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April 2024

Words and Music: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Friday, April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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This month's Words and Music program at the West Medford Community Center celebrates National Poetry Month. In the first hour, host Terry E. Carter, Medford's first poet laurate; Vijaya Sundaram, Medford's current poet laurate; and C.D. Collins, Malden's poet laurate, will talk verse, rhyme and reason in celebration of the lyrical rite of spring.  In the second hour, jazz pianist Jonathan Fagan will team up with Carter representing the Ally Project, their unique music/poetry collaboration of smooth  rhythms and illuminating…

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Medford Jazz Festival Jam

Saturday, April 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Jazz Festival presents its third jam session of the year, rescheduled from March due to a performer's illness, at the West Medford Community Center. The house band once again features the Standard Expansion Project, which consists of Jonathan Fagan, John Dalton and Erik Van Dam. Fagan, a jazz pianist, launched the Medford Jazz Festival in October 2020 with a five-day event showcasing the cultural diversity, creativity and talent of local musicians through several virtual concerts. The final jam…

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May 2024

Medford Jazz Festival Jam

Saturday, May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington St.
Medford, MA 02155
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The Medford Jazz Festival presents its final jam session of the season, with this session featuring current and past students from West Medford native Terri Lyne Carrington's Jazz for Gender Justice Institute. They will play tunes from Carrington's New Standards Project, which highlights the voices of underrepresented women composers throughout jazz history. Sponsored generously by the Jazz Festival's Patreon subscribers, the West Medford Community Center, and the Arts Alive Medford Foundation. Stay tuned for information about two special Jazz Festival…

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