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 Cambridge Local First Newsletter

June 2012     

Bringing Cambridge together to Think Local and Be Local!

It's officially the first day of Summer! This means taking advantage of the great outdoor patio dining, farmer's markets, festivals, and strolling our beautiful neighborhoods to stop into your favorite local business.

Cambridge Local First has a busy summer ahead; celebrating our 7th anniversary as an organization, planning our 2013 local business directory, networking at "Local Thirst," and of course strengthening the Cambridge Local Economy!

Wishing you a very happy summer!

Locally Yours,
Janneke, Executive Director

Membership dues must be paid by June 30 to be listed in the upcoming directory!

We hope you will continue to be a part of this growing association of Cambridge businesses. Marketing, business improvement seminars, advocacy, and the collegial gatherings we host are some of the very useful benefits your $100 membership buys.  

CLF is now a member of two national organizations of locally owned, independent businesses: BALLE-Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and AMIBA--American Independent Business Alliance.  Both are sources of research information, campaigns to promote local shopping and fair treatment by government in matters of taxing and zoning. The more you look, the better value this dues becomes...

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


Cambridge Local First

PO Box 381701

Cambridge, MA 02238   

CLF 7th Birthday Party Celebration!

CLF 4th BirthdaySave The Date: July 11th, we will be celebrating our 7th anniversary of when CLF was founded. Join us as we gather together to toast your hard work in becoming 320 members strong!

When: Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: 10 Hilliard Street (Harvard Square)
What to Bring: Potluck
Who: All Cambridge Local First friends, businesses, community partners, and supports are invited!  


Local Thirst Tomorrow - June 21st! 


Local Thirst
Come join us for the June "Local Thirst" this Thursday, the 21st from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Cambridge Brewing Company. Check out why the CBC has won the title of best brewpub in America!
What: Cambridge Local Thirst
Where: Cambridge Brewing Company, One Kendall Square #100
When: 5:30-7:30pm

The recent recession has impacted the residential building industry in several ways with far less new homes and homeowners undertaking fewer renovation plans. 

If property owners are knowledgeable about building systems and how things should appear and operate, then a simple review/walk- around of the house a couple of times a year should provide them with a "to-do" list that will extend the life of the various components. For less informed homeowners, it's a good idea to hire a trusted contractor to walk around the house together and discuss a program of routine maintenance.

The following is a basic checklist for proper home maintenance:

The Roof
- Leaves and branches should be removed from roofs and especially gutters twice a year.
- Wooden gutters should be oiled once a year and the flashings should be inspected.

- If there is shingle siding, are the shingles starting to split and cup?
- Is the paint starting to peel, especially on the South side?  

Drainage and landscape
- Dirt and mulch should be at least 8 inches below the bottom edge of any wood trim or siding to prevent rot and to reduce the chance of insects getting into a home. This is something to be aware of if a landscaper has been doing yard work as they have a tendency be very liberal with their distribution of mulch around the perimeter of homes.

For more information, contact S+H Construction, located at 26 New Street in Cambridge. They can be reached at (617) 876-8286, or visit the company website at www.shconstruction.com

Car Talk: The Musical!!!
book, lyrics, & direction by Wesley Savick
original music by Michael Wartofsky
produced by Underground Railway Theater & Suffolk University
June 14 - August 12, 2012

A new musical comedy inspired by the legendary National Public Radio show! Our hero - the overweight, always-late invertebrate Rusty Fenders - has racked up as many miles as his '93 KIA. Attempting to salvage happiness from the junkyard of his life, he collides with his ruthless boss Beaulah Gasket, his unrequited office romance Sheila, and the red-hot fantasy car Miata C. LaChassis. Can the Wizard of Cahs put the brakes on Rusty's musical wipe-out? Car Talk: The Musical!!! is low-brow, high-octane fun. Car and Theater Magazine named this show the "best automotive musical of the twenty-first century, so far."

To purchase tickets, visit CentralSquareTheater.org or call 617.576.9278 x211.


BOOMTOWN Festival!

Events include art workshops for kids and families, dance performances, concerts, demonstrations and more! Events will take place during afternoons and evenings, RAIN or SHINE. Events will be held outdoors in Centanni Courtyard (next to Mult. Arts Center) or indoors at the Multicultural Arts Center. Save the dates and join us!   

Date: July 16 2012 to July 19 2012  

Time: Everyday from 4:00PM to 7:30PM 

Place: Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street, Cambridge 

Website: www.multiculturalartscenter.org/events 



"Pops on the Lawn" 

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra presents its annual FREE concert "Pops on the Lawn" at Sennott Park, Cambridge, on Sunday June 24th at 3:00 PM. (Rain location Area IV Youth Center, adjoining Sennott Park).  Cynthia Woods conducts.  Bring your own chair or picnic blanket. Please join us!   



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

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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Please let us know! We have distribution points for pick-up or we're happy to deliver.