This Day, The Ides of March: Planning Board, Story Time, A Housing Lottery

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Today is March 15, the day in 44 BC that the emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated after being warned by a soothsayer: “Cave Idus, Idus Martiis!” 

Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music that cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. (Shakespeeare’s Julius Caesar I,ii,15-19)

It’s a day to celebrate the fall of dictators and a day for those in the political arena to remember that your “friends” may yet be the cause of your downfall.

• The Planning Board is meeting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss amendments to the Single Residence C Zoning District and architectural guidelines for general residence districts.

• Tuesday is story time at both of Belmont libraries.

  • Pre-School Story Time at the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer-run library, at 10:30 a.m. Stories and crafts for children age 3 to 5. Parents or caregivers must attend. Siblings may visit with adults. Registration is not required. The Benton Library is at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex.
  • The Belmont Public Library on Concord Avenue will have preschool story time at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Story Time for 2’s and 3’s is at 10:30 a.m.

• The Bel Aires, Belmont’s senior singing club, will be singing songs of Ireland at the Beech Street Center at 1:30 p.m. Led by Larry Martin and pianist Anne Donovan, the group sings classic favorites, seasonal, and patriotic tunes. Newcomers are always welcome. Cost: $2 donation.

Teen Board Games will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s 
Assembly Room.

• The Movie Matinee at the Beech Street Center at 4 p.m. is “Shrek” on DVD. Enjoy this 2001 film again or for the first time. Adults and children alike can enjoy the impressive computer animation, music, and story that references many classic fairy tales with humor and surprising twists. Rated PG, this 93-minute film will be shown with English subtitles.

• The lottery for the 60 affordable housing units at Acorn Park, better known as the Belmont Uplands, will take place beginning at 6 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Flett Room.

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