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 Cambridge Local First Newsletter

May 2012     

Bringing Cambridge together to Think Local and Be Local!

Laury Hammel at the BALLE Conference
Laury Hammel, Grace Boggs, Detroit Community Organizer since 1952, and Fran Korten, Publisher of YES Magazine
Laury Hammel, a founding member of Cambridge Local First, was recently honored for co-founding the Business Alliance for Local Economies (BALLE) at its 10th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. BALLE is one of the two national organizations of local business networks, and Laury gave a plenary presentation on the opening night where he described the story of how BALLE was founded in 2001. Laury also co-led a popular workshop with Joe Grafton, the Executive Director of Somerville Local First, that focused on the national holiday campaign, Shift Your Shopping. Over 25 local networks from all over North America were present at the workshop and several of the success stories that were shared may be applicable to Cambridge Local First's 2012 holiday campaign. Shift Your Shopping began in Somerville and Cambridge three years ago and has now expanded to become a national movement that includes organizations from over 150 communities across Canada and the US.


Early Bird Rates Extended Until June 1st!

2012 Cover Design

We have extended the early bird rates for the 2013 Directory until June 1st. You must pay for your ad and send in the "camera-ready" artwork by June 1st.   


Rates increase after June 1st.

  • 1/4-page ad (2 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.): $175
  • 1/2-page ad (4 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.): $275
  • Full page ad (8 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.): $550

June 15th is the Final deadline for submission of all ad copy and payments, or changes to listing information (business name, web address, byline, etc.).


Ads can be purchased through our website by clicking HERE




Renew Your Membership Dues
Cambridge Local First membership remains the best bargain in Cambridge. We have a great year planned with the upcoming directory, "Local Economy Week," Think Local Thank Local, and Business Improvement Seminars.

You can renew securely online by clicking here, or send in a check to: 

Cambridge Local First

PO Box 381701

Cambridge, MA 02238  


Your payment of this invoice is required by June 15, 2012, in order for your business to be listed in the 2013 printed directory.



SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit 

SBN Leadership Exchange logoCambridge Local First members are invited to the first Sustainability Leadership Summit presented by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN)! On Thursday, June 7, 2012, SBN's 24th Annual Conference on Sustainable Business will be transformed into a new interactive format. It will offer practical information, powerful connections, and meaningful inspiration, empowering greater Boston's leading entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and build a sustainable economy. 


We all know that managing a successful company in today's challenging economic climate is not easy. Now more than ever, it is essential that local entrepreneurs create innovative products and develop connections with customers and partners that strengthen their companies. The Greater Boston area has become known as a hotbed of entrepreneurship and is blessed with thousands of locally owned businesses that together are building a new and sustainable economy-an economy that is local at the core, green to the bone, and fair through and through. The theme of this Summit is Growing Local Businesses and Building a New Economy! 
This one-day gathering of focused conversations will bring together many of New England's most dynamic and successful entrepreneurs, community organizers, local funders, nonprofit leaders, and academics. The structure of the summit incorporates cutting-edge designs that will enable participants to identify opportunities and ideas that will help grow their business while connecting with leaders of the sustainable economy community. The focus of this meeting is to develop new partnerships, strengthen allied networks, and create new solutions to the economic challenges of our time. 
This is an invitation-only summit that brings together New England's most innovative leaders who are successfully building a strong sustainable economy.

Please check out this
link to find out more. 
The Family Music Festival
African Drumming & Dancing, Violins & Cellos, and a Sing-a-Long all in one afternoon at the Family Music Festival hosted by the New School of Music! Enjoy concerts, family picnic games, face-painting, crafts, bake sale and a musical instrument "Petting Zoo" on Sunday, June 10th from 12-3pm. Full concert schedule at www.newschoolofmusic.org

Using Google Applications to Further Your Mission

Friday, June 15 
10 am - 1:00 pm

Cambridge Community TV
438 Massachusetts Avenue
Central Square, Cambridge  

Are you a non-profit staffer interested in learning how to use Google applications like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Plus, and Adwords to advance your organization's work? Sign up for this interactive, hands-on workshop to learn to use the Google application(s) of your choice. You will partner with a Google employee to address your organization's interests and needs.    


To register to attend this workshop call or email Clodagh Drummey at 617 401 4005.  Space is limited!  


Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour - June 10, 2012

Please join the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library for its biennial "Secret Gardens of Cambridge" tour.  Held every other year, the event will feature more than two dozen Cambridge gardens that will be open to the public on Sunday, June 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Anyone with a ticket can stroll through an eye-catching array of back yards, side yards, front yards and even an open field of lupines, all to benefit the Cambridge Public Library.  In fact, the "Secret Gardens" tour is the single biggest fund-raiser for the library, usually raising more than $10,000 that will be used to buy books, fund programs, and bring guest authors to the library for readings.  


The self-guided tour is spread out over four neighborhoods.  This year the addition of 18 new gardens provides an opportunity to explore the city, discover new spaces and give exposure to new ideas, designs, and gardening tips.  


Tickets for the 2012 "Secret Gardens of Cambridge" will be sold beginning May 15th  at all branches of the library as well as at Bonny's Garden Center, Dickson Brothers Hardware, Nomad, Pemberton Farms, Porter Square Books, and Rodney's Bookstore.   


Tickets for the general public are $25, while members of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library can purchase discounted tickets for $20 at the main library only.  For more information, contact: cambridgelibraryfriends@gmail.com.




Upcoming Workshops

City of Cambridge   


Free Cycling Workshops offered for Cambridge Residents
Please join the City of Cambridge and MassBike for a series of 
Free Urban Cycling Workshops on the following dates.  All workshops are from 6:30-7:30PM

Tuesday June 12, Andrew Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.   

Thursday June 28 Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St.   


A great class if you get the bike out only on occasion, want to use one for your daily errands, are considering bike commuting, or plan to ride along with kids. These are how-to informational classes for Cambridge residents. No bicycle or experience necessary. Participants are eligible for a free bike helmet. 

RSVP is recommended, but not required.   

Please mention class date when reserving. Contact John Pelletier at jpelletier@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4631 

Do you have news or an event that you want included in the upcoming CLF Newsletter? Please send a 2-3 sentence blurb by the first Friday of every month.

Articles and press releases can be emailed to cambridgelf@gmail.com

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