This Weekend: Scharfman Race Sunday, Organ Concert, Sing-Along

Photo: David Owens, the newly appointed organist at Belmont’s All Saints’ Episcopal Church

First Friday Evening at the Benton

The Benton Library, Belmont’s independent, all volunteer run library, is open evenings – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – on the first Friday of each month. Begin your weekend by exploring the Benton: Use our Wi-Fi, borrow from our collection, buy some of our gently used sale books; all proceeds benefit the library.

Saturday Song-Along at the Library

Belmont Public Library’s Saturday Sing-Along returns with well-loved local musician Liz Buchanan performing original songs and traditional favorites on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s Assembly Room.

Organ concert Saturday at All Saint’

David Owens, the newly appointed organist at Belmont’s All Saints’ Episcopal Church, will make his local performance debut with an organ recital featuring works by Bach, Rheinberger, Howells as well as his own compositions at the church on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. 

Owens will perform on All Saints’ 34-rank M.P. Möller organ, with its distinctive antiphonal organ, situated in the rear of the sanctuary. A well-known musician in the greater Boston area, Owens studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY,  and is active as a composer and pianist.  

A free-will offering at the concert will go to support Mission of Hope International  in Grand-Goâve, Haïti.  For more information go to
Girls Matinee at Harris Field
Bring your wellies and a warm coat to Harris Field Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3 as a pair of Belmont High girls teams will be in action: Soccer meets Medford at 2 p.m. and Field Hockey takes on Reading at 4:30 p.m.
It’s Never Too Late to Help the Schools While Getting Healthy
Join the 600 residents and runners who have already registered for the third annual Dan Scharfman Memorial 5K Run on Sunday, Oct. 4. Join your friends, family members, and teammates by registering on race day. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. at Harris Field off Concord Avenue; the race at 9 a.m.

This Weekend: Service Puppy-in-Training at the Library, Beth El Open House Sunday

Photo: Tyson will be at the Belmont Public Library Saturday.

Working puppy at the library

Meet Tyson, a puppy service dog-in-training, and hear a story and learn about what service dogs do at the Belmont Public Library at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. The library will also celebrate Tyson’s first birthday! 

Soccer Saturday Matinee

The Belmont High Girls’ Soccer team will be playing a noon matinee as they host Stoneham on the Harris Field pitch, Saturday, Sept. 26. 

Gallery’s 10th Anniversary Show

The 10th Anniversary Show, the Belmont Gallery of Arts’ new exhibit highlighting the past decade since the gallery opened, is open to the public. Gallery hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the third floor of the Homer Building, 19 Moore St.

Beth El Open House Sunday

The Beth El Temple Center at 2 Concord Ave. is holding an open house at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, providing the public an opportunity to meet the clergy, other members of the staff and members of the congregation. Visitors will learn about Beth El Temple Center’s community, the religious school and educational and social programs for all ages. Refreshments will be available. Babysitting is available. To RSVP, call 617-484-6668.

This Weekend: US Rep. Clark In Belmont for Coffee Saturday

Photo: Let’s have coffee.

Saturday Sing-Along with Liz Buchanan 

Well-loved local musician Liz Buchanan performs original songs and traditional favorites.  For all ages on Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room.

Girls Soccer matinee on Saturday 

For everyone who can’t make the weekday games, here is your chance to see the Belmont High School Girls Soccer team take the home pitch as the Marauders take on a tough Arlington High squad at Harris Field on Saturday, Sept. 19 at noon. Head coach Paul Graham will be seeking his 300th win with a victory over the SpyPonders.

US Rep Clark in Belmont Saturday for coffee

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark invites Belmont residents to have “Coffee with Katherine” on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bellmont Caffe, 80 Leonard St. Join the Congresswoman to share your ideas, opinions, and concerns. 

Winslow Homer’s Women Exhibit

Don’t miss the Winslow Homer’s Women exhibit and tour at the 1853 Homer House, 661 Pleasant St.,  which ends Sept. 30. Tours this Saturday, Sept. 19 are at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and by appointment, 617-484-4892. Belmont residents have free admission.

Saturday afternoon at the Benton

Make the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer run library, your Saturday afternoon destination for the entire family from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. The collection has books suitable for every age. Gently-used sale books will be available to buy; all proceeds benefit the library. The Benton is open on the third Saturday afternoon of every month. The library is at the corner of Old Middlesex and Oakley. 

This Weekend: Green Garden Tour Sunday, Pet Some Instruments, Honesty in Art

Photo: Poster for this year’s Green Garden Tour.
Artist’s Limited Exhibit at Bellmont Caffe
Belmont Gallary of Art and Belmont Art Association artist Shahen Zarookian will present his “Four Hour Exhibit” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (thus the name of the exhibit) on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Belmont Caffe, Leonard Street.
Green Garden Tour  Sunday

Explore organic gardens in town as Sustainable Belmont hosts its 5th annual Green Garden tour on Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

This free self-guided garden tour highlights a variety of safe and healthy organic garden practices. You’ll have a chance to visit Belmont’s only farm, talk to the gardeners at the Burbank Elementry School, and Belmont High School students who are growing food for Belmont’s food pantry. Also visit local growers who specialize flowers or vegetable gardens, chicken-raising, composting, and bee keeping. Participants will have an opportunity to enter a chance to win a free home-garden visit with master gardeners, Nancy Forbes and Lucia Gates, with each garden you visit.

Garden Tour maps can be picked up at the Beech Street Center at 266 Beech Street on Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 pm, or you can find information here

Pet and Play Musical Instruments at the Powers

The Powers Music School, 380 Concord Ave., is holding its annual open house and instrument petting zoo from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday,  Sept. 13. Visitors can take several different instruments for a test drive, speak to teachers at the zoo, make a craft to take home and listen to a demo from an early childhood class, including Music Pups, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Suzuki classes. Admission to the event is free, and registration is not required.

This Weekend: Nearby 4th Fireworks, Power’s ‘3 Piggie Opera’, Benton Story Time Friday

Photo: The view of Boston’s fireworks from Robbins Farm in Arlington. (

Pre-School Story Time at the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer run library, on Friday, July 3 at 10:30 a.m. Stories and crafts for children age 3 to 5. Parents or caregivers must attend. Siblings may attend with adults. Registration is not required. The Benton Library is located at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex. 

• The Powers Music School is bringing little pigs to Belmont with a performance of “Three Piggie Opera” at noon, Friday, July 3, at the school located at 404 Concord Ave. The performers are Powers’ Pow-Wow Prep students, ages five to nine, who attended a two week total immersion in a musical environment. 

Alas, Belmont does not hold a 4th of July celebration, but nearly every other neighboring town and city does. Here are just a few events and fireworks in adjacent communities and in Boston. 

Friday, July 3

• Boston/Fenway Park: The Red Sox will hold a postgame Independence Day celebration after the Red Sox-Astros game. The celebration will include a pyrotechnics show, which will be set to special 4th of July music. The show will take place approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game and is expected to last about six minutes.

• Lexington: The annual Fourth of July Carnival takes place at Hastings Park through July 4 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Youth Games take place on July 4th at 10 a.m.

Saturday, July 4

• Boston: 10 p.m. Over the Charles River adjacent to the Esplanade. (Don’t want to trek to Boston for the show? Try scouting out a space at Robbins Farm in Arlington.)

• Newton: 9 p.m. Albermarle/Halloran Field, located on Watertown Street, Route 16.

• Waltham: 9:15 p.m. Leary Field, 19 Athletic Field Rd.

This Weekend: Score a Home Run Sunday, Book Sale at the Benton, Summer in the Gallery

Photo: The start of the Brendan’s Home Run.

• The 14th annual running of “Brendan’s Home RunTM” 5K Race & Walk will take place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at the Belmont High School’s Harris Field. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m., the race at 10 a.m. with youth races for kids a few minutes after the runners leave the field. The annual event raises funds to enhancing youth development, and has been instrumental in the support of key initiatives that perpetuate the best core values of healthy parent-child relationships. The race is sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank, Fitness Together Belmont and the Belmont Dental Group.

• The Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer-run library, is holding its monthly Saturday Book Sale, this Saturday, June 20, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring the family and make selections from our recently acquired sale books; all proceeds benefit the library. Borrow from the collection. Use our Wi-Fi. The Benton is open on the third Saturday afternoon of every month.

• “02478” is the summer exhibition of the Belmont Art Association is now being shown at the Belmont Gallery of Art, located on the third floor of the Homer Building which is in the Town Hall complex off Moore Street. The gallery is open Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The show offers an opportunity to meet many of the artists—both amateur and professional—who live and work in our community. Showcasing work by BAA members, the exhibit includes work in a wide variety of media from painting, drawing, printmaking and collage, to sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and photography. Founded in 2013, the Belmont Art Association’s mission is to “create a community of and for Belmont-based visual artists by sharing information and resources and creating opportunities to display their work.” For more information about the organization visit its website.

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This Weekend: Coffeehouse Friday, Power Recitals, Chamber Concert Sunday


• The final Second Friday Coffeehouse concert featuring an Evening with Richard Curzi & Positive Energy will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5 – which happens to be the first Friday of the month – at the First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, 404 Concord Ave. Joining the ensemble on stage will be Belmont High students Rowan Wolf on tenor and baritone sax, Yilei Bai on alto sax, Jasper Wolf and Riley Grant on trumpet and Jack Stone on trombone. In addition to Curzi, the night will feature the “Filthy Funk Gentlemen,” a kickin’ brass section of Belmont High School students who were featured at the annual Parents of Music Students “MY GENERATION” benefit dance party.

• Belmont has created the First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program to help low- and moderate- income families purchase homes in the “Town of Homes.” Find out how to apply in an open session presented by the Homebuyer Assistance Program. Come get answers to questions and help with applications on Saturday June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Belmont Public Library.

• The Powers Music School will be hosting a weekend of recitals. On Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, students will perform All-School Recitals at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. with an addition 6 p.m. concert on Sunday. Back on Saturday, June 6 at 6 p.m., the school will hold its Honors Recital, open to all graduating seniors and advanced students per nomination by a faculty member. 

Belmont High School graduation will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, in the Wenner Field House.


• The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist will host the 37th annual benefit Chamber Music Concert on Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m to benefit the SPARK (Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids) Center at the Boston Medical Center. 

The concert includes:

  • Three Russian folksongs as well as Early English songs and duets by Cherubini sung by Irina Kareva, mezzo soprano and Melanie Bacaling, soprano, accompanied by Alfa Radford and Ian Garvie, harpsichord.  
  • Trio Sonata by Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, performed by Susan Jackson and Terry D’Errico, flutes; Robin Hillyard, bassoon; with harpsichord continuo.  
  • Piccolo solo, Pennywhistle Jig, and a flute duet.

Concert attendees will also be treated to an amusing and brilliant finale excerpted from Gilbert & Sullivan, and featuring the performing artists. The SPARK Center helps over 100 children and families in the Boston area who are coping with a host of issues including: complex neurological problems, HIV and AIDS, emotional and behavioral problems related to trauma, and developmental delays and related special educational needs. For more information please call 617-484-1054 ext.201 or email

This Weekend: Town Day Saturday; Plants,Books for Sale; Curtain Call for Charlie Brown

Photo: Town Day in Belmont.

• Food, animals, kiddy carnival rides, a dog show, classic cars, live music, a dunk tank and thousands of residents on Leonard Street can only mean one thing: the 25th annual Belmont Town Day is Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank and run by the Belmont Center Business Association, the yearly event closes down Belmont’s largest business hub so families, friends and gaggles of kids (and especially teens) can wander up and down the High Street to eat samples from the Center’s eateries, listen – and dance – to a live rock band, view classic cars at Belmont Savings (and vote on your favorite) and visit approximately 60 tables set up by businesses, schools and local groups and organizations, several with interesting raffles items.

And there will be a dunk tank near il Casale. Three chances to throw a strike and knock a kid into freezing water. I understand a certain head High School football coach will be a participant around 1 p.m. 

• The Belmont Garden Club holds its annual plant/herb sale today from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 16, in front of the Belmont Lion Club at the intersection of Common Street and Royal Road just outside Belmont Center.

• The Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer-run library, is holding a Saturday Book Sale from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The library has reasonably priced books for readers of any age. All proceeds benefit the library. The latest additions to the collection are on the shelves. The Benton is open on the third Saturday afternoon of every month.

• The curtain falls on the Chenery Middle School Drama Group’s annual musical, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” tonight, Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults in advance/$12 at the door, students $8. 

This Weekend: Ragtime Women on Saturday, Rummage Sale at First Church

Photo: Deborrah Wyndham.

Pianist Deborrah Wyndham’s program, “Ragtime Women,” concludes the Belmont Public Library’s Music on Saturday series at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 9 in the Assembly Room. Wyndham plays ragtime rarities of women ragtime composers, sharing the interesting history of the women ragtime composers who contributed to its legacy with hundreds of published rags. Wyndham performs regularly throughout the U.S. Check out her website. Music on Saturday is free to all thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. 

 Deborrah Wyndham “The Brittwood Rag” by Eubie Blake

• The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian, 404 Concord Ave., will be holding its 73rd annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 9. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds go directly to the Stained-glass Window Fund, and the Partner Church and Social Action Committees.

 Powers Music School’s Suzuki group classes will perform on Saturday, May 9, at 3:30 p.m., at All Saints’ Church, 17 Clark St.

• First Church of Christ, Scientist, Belmont, 199 Common St., will host José de Dios Mata who gives a public lecture entitled “Divine Love: The Answer to Universal Health,” on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. Mata will explore the Biblical basis of God as divine Love, whose law Christ Jesus taught and practiced in his healing and teaching ministry. For further information, call 617-484-3963 or visit Free parking and child care will be provided.

• The Belmont Dramatic Club will ring-up the curtain for its spring production; “Prelude to a Kiss,” this weekend, Friday May 8 and Saturday, May 9, both at 8 p.m. Performances take place the historic Belmont Town Hall auditorium. The production of  the 1988 play by Craig Lucas is directed by Russell Greene. Tickets will be sold at the box office one hour before the show. Cost: $20. For information, go to the club’s website. Additional shows will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17.

‘This Weekend’: American String Quartets, Rummage Sale, Taking on Homelessness

Photo: The Arneis Quartet (photo by Eugenia Chung)

• The Arneis Quartet will perform Anton Dvorak’s “The American” and other American music (Gardel’s Por Una Cabeza and Wallace’s pale reflections…) for string quartet in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. as part of the Music on Saturday program sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.

“As a relatively young quartet, they have already achieved something it often takes years to develop: a unique, collective sound which is as warm and full of sparkle as liquid gold.” said the Boston Musical Intelligencer.

Playfully named after the Arneis grape – a varietal that is difficult to grow, but which yields an exquisite white wine – the Boston-based quartet was hand-picked by the St. Lawrence String Quartet for its inaugural John Lad Prize.

The Arneis Quartet is made up of violinists Heather Braun and Rose Drucker, violist Daniel Dona, and cellist Agnes Kim. The Arneis Quartet is the faculty ensemble in residence at the Dana Hall School of Music.

• The annual Spring Rummage Sale at Plymouth Church on Pleasant Street will get underway Friday, April 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and continue on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• The Tricommunity Coalition to End Homelessness is sponsoringThe Many Faces of Homelessness, a forum to discuss homelessness in the communities of Belmont, Waltham and Watertown on Sunday, April 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 130 Common St.