East End House Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

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The East End House needs your help to make the holidays festive for everyone! Each Thanksgiving, East End
House provides hundreds of individuals and families with Thanksgiving Baskets that include
turkeys and all of the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Here is how YOU can help:

Food Donations
Hold a food drive at your organization! Encourage employees to bring in non-perishable
holiday foods in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Choose one item to focus on or collect them
all! We also need $15 gift cards to Shaw’s or Market Basket for those who prefer these to a
turkey. Here is a list of requested items:
• Stuffing
• Gravy
• Cranberry Sauce
• Canned Pumpkin
• Desserts
• Canned Fruits and Vegetables
• Baby Food and Formula
• $15 gift cards to Shaw’s or Market Basket as Turkey Vouchers

The deadline for all food donations is Friday, November 22nd, at 5:00 pm.

Bring yourself, family, friends, and/or co-workers to East End House to help us prepare
and distribute Baskets for the Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway!

You can volunteer for as little as one hour on Friday, Nov. 22nd 12:00-5:00 pm;
Saturday, Nov. 23rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Monday, Nov. 25th 12:30 – 6:00 pm;
or Tuesday Nov. 26th 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

To participate in the Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway or to learn more,
please contact Tim Severyn, Director of Community Programs, at
timothy@eastendhouse.org or 617-876-4444.

Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. To donate,
send a check to East End House, 105 Spring St., Cambridge, MA
02141 or donate online at www.eastendhouse.org

Fire House Open House on Halloween

Halloween Open House at all Fire Stations *

Once again this year the Cambridge Fire Department will be hosting Halloween Open House at all fire stations from 2:00 to 4:00pm on Thursday, October 31, 2012.

Children and their parents are encouraged to visit their neighborhood fire station to view fire apparatus and to receive glow sticks and trick-or-treat bags while supplies last that they can use for trick-or-treating, compliments of the Cambridge Fire Department.  Candy for this event has been generously donated by Cambridge Brands, Inc., 810 Main St, and will be distributed to the kids.

Contact Lieutenant Michael Hughes at 617-349-4153 or mhughes@cambridgefire.org  with any questions.

* Please Note: Engine 5, in Inman Square, is temporarily closed for reconstruction and will not be available for the open house.

Cambridgeside Galleria Halloween Trick or Treating

Head on over to the Cambridgeside Galleria with your little ghouls and enjoy the comforts of indoor trick or treating one day early on Wednesday Oct. 3o from 4-6pm

Visit the Happy Halloween Hideout on Level Three for a free trick or treat bag and some goodies (while supplies last)

Be sure to bring a canned food item along for the Salvation Army Food Drive.

go to www.shopcambridgeside.com for details


Thank you to Rogers Properties Group

We are busy gearing up for Rib Fest this Sunday and just set up our event head quarters! If you haven’t purchased your Rib Fest Taste Ticket, there is still time!

As we get ready for our annual event, we would like to stop and take a moment to thank Mark Rogers of Rogers Properties Group for donating some much needed space for our
Smoke This Rib Fest head quarters – we are most grateful!

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Share your love for East Cambridge!

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered up with the Cambridge Office of Tourism to give away one set of two VIP Meateater Rib Fest Tickets plus one coveted “I Heart East Cambridge” t-shirt and one set of two Taste Tickets plus one coveted “I Heart East Cambridge” t-shirt to the Smoke This Rib Fest event on Sunday, October 20th!

Take pictures of your favorite East Cambridge spots (restaurants, food, architecture, parks, people, anything that shows your love for East Cambridge) upload them to Instagram and tag your photos with #IHeartEC and #PictureCambridge. Make sure you geotag your location or give a shout out to where you are.

Feel free to tag as many pictures as you would like and existing images can be retagged too! You must be a follower of @CambridgeUSA on Instagram to win.

The contest will run from October 10th to October 17th. For more details please see the  below submission guidelines.

Continue reading “Share your love for East Cambridge!”

87th Annual Saints Cosmas & Damien Feast

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This weekend is East Cambridge’s long time (87 year) tradition of the Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian on Warren St.  Lots a vendors and restaurants are participating this year as well as great entertainment for all.  Please join us at one of the longest running city traditions celebrating the history and culture of East Cambridge!


“Smoke This” Rib Fest 2013


East Cambridge’s Culinary Showdown

Cambridge, MA: The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2013, on Sunday October 20, 2013 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is perfect for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ, live music and so much more. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis. Taste Tickets are on sale starting September 9th. Taste Tickets sell out every year, so each restaurant will also be selling a dish at a great price, showcasing food from their fall menu. So even if you miss out on buying a Taste Ticket, you can still enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants around town!

Enjoy cooking demonstrations from local chefs, brought to you by how2heroes, while the kids enjoy fun and games with The East End House. Local favorites  The Atwood’s Monday Night Bluegrass Band will get you moving with their Bluegrass and Americana rhythms.

Participating restaurants include Abigail’s, Area 4, ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, CRLS Culinary, East Coast Grill, East Side Bar & Grille, Lord Hobo, New Deal Fish Market, Ole, Puritan & Co., Redbones, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, and Tupelo.

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Cambridge Savings Bank, Clark Hunt Ahern & Embry, CPCU Credit Union, East Cambridge Savings Bank, EF, Forest City, HYM Investments, Leggat McCall, Linear Retail, McKinnon Co., MIT, Rogers Properties Group and Vinfen. Rib Fest is also made possible by our friends at Atwood’s Tavern, Blossom Floral Design, Cambridgeside Galleria, Cambridge Printing, East End House, how2heroes, Kroner Design, PageWorks and the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

East End House Block Party – Wednesday


Join us at the East End House Annual Summer Block Party this Wednesday evening from 6-8pm in front of the East End House on Spring Street.  Come down and celebrate the summer with your neighbors at this great neighborhood block party

New East Cambridge Park – Lets Celebrate!


Its time to celebrate a new arrival in East Cambridge – A brand new piece of open space for the community to enjoy.

Perhaps you have noticed a bit of new development along Binney St in East Cambridge.  Well, way back in 2008 the developer of those new shiny buildings, Alexandria Real Estate, and the City of Cambridge came to agreement that made this new park possible

The time to transfer the new 2 acre park over to the City has come and Alexandrai doesnt want to just hand us the keys so to speak, they want to celebrate along with us.  They have invited the whole neighborhood out to a party in the park next Tuesday Aug 27th from 4-6pm.  Lots of food, beverage and fun entertainment … and of course ECBA will be there with the traveling Popcorn Machine you all love.

Come and celebrate the newest East Cambridge Park with all your neighbors.  In order to get a head count for food Alexandria just asks you shoot them an email at RogersStreetParkParty@gmail.com and let them know how many are coming with you.
Looking forward to seeing you all there to celebrate our new edition.