BOOMTOWN Festival- July 29 – Aug 1


BOOMTOWN is back again for the 2013 Summer Season.  Head on over to the Multicultural Arts Center in East Cambridge  for a FREE summer festival open to the Cambridge community and beyond with a focus on art activities and performances. This year’s theme for BOOMTOWN is inspired by the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to art workshops, music concerts, dance performances, chalk art, and more!

For a full schedule of the weeks events visit

FREE EVENT: The Cuban Experience: Art, Literature and Dance

Experience Cuba’s vibrant artistic culture through Art, Literature and Dance: enjoy the current visual art exhibition in the Upper Gallery showcasing four Cuban artists, listen to author Raul Villarreal talk about memories of Hemingway’s life in Cuba, follow the dancers to the Theater to experience several popular Cuban and Latin dances! The evening will include:

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Book presentation: Hemingway’s Cuban Son

Author Raúl Villarreal presents Hemingway’s Cuban Son, a book based on memories of his father René, who was not only Hemingway’s longtime majordomo in Cuba, but also his confidant and a friend. Villarreal’s clear recollections offer up humorous stories of escapades and adventures with Hemingway as well as insightful comments on the writer’s work habits, moods, passions, and friendships. He also writes of Cuba before and after the revolution, capturing so well the sense of place and time. Presented in collaboration with Latin Art Space.
Open bar and complementary appetizers in the Upper Gallery to accompany the event from 6:30 to 8:00pm

8:00 – 10:00 PM


Connect to the intoxicating rhythms with live and recorded music, and engage directly with interactive dance performances, where dances from MetaMovements (Anara Frank and DJ Jay Salsa) perform beautiful traditional and contemporary Latin American dances (including salsa, bachata, merengue, as well as Afro-Cuban Orisha “Elegua” and a spirited Rumba), and invite the audience to learn the rhythm or try the steps. To close the show, you will witness the spectacular Cuban rueda, or “wheel” of salsa. Invented in the 1950s in Havana, that is sometimes described as “salsa meets square dancing” because of the entertaining caller who shouts out the moves as the dancers trade partners in fancy turn patterns. Also, enjoy a captivating perspective of history, perfect for all audiences. Presented in collaboration with Metamovements.
Cash bar from 8:00 to 9:30pm.


On view till July 15, 2013, in the Upper Gallery

Heavily influenced by their Cuban heritage and upbringing, four New York-based Cuban visual artists (Clara Morera, Cepp Selgas, Bernardo Navarro, and Jorge Valdés) explore African icons, folklore and religious syncretization through a variety of media including acrylic on canvas and paper, assemblages of found objects, mosaics and mix media artworks. Curated by Astrid Martinez-Jones of Latin Art Space. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10:30 – 6pm, and during Theater events.

Longfellow Bridge Reconstruction Public Meeting – July 1

State Representative Tim Toomey


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Invites you to a

Public Information Meeting

for the

Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Monday, July 1, 2013

6:00 PM

Robert W. Healy Public Safety Building

125 Sixth St

Rehabilitation of the iconic Longfellow Bridge will begin soon and will have an impact on local traffic.  Please come to this meeting and learn abut the plan to restore the Longfellow Bridge and hear about the traffic managment plans that MassDot wil have in place during this legnthy construction.

Would you like to sell your small crafts?


Are you an artist living or working in Cambridge looking to sell your small craft items?  Did you know that the Multicultural Arts Center has a year round bazaar featuring local artisans?

The Multicultural Arts Center is currently looking for local artists that make small craft items to take part in their year round bazaar in the lobby.  To apply send information, item images, and pricing to by July 1, 2013.  The items should be in the $5-$50 range.

Its also the only place to grab your very own I love East Cambridge T shirt.



East Cambridge In Bloom

East Cambridge In Bloom
East Cambridge In Bloom

That start of summer is official with the kick off of East Cambridge In Bloom.

This will be the 4th year that ECBA has purchased flower baskets for Cambridge St and the impact it has on the neighborhood never gets old.  We have our members to thank for the sprucing up of the street scape that this project brings.

Also thank you to DPW for their work in ordering them and getting them hung and keeping them healthy through the long and hot season.

If you want to show your appreciation stop by a local business displaying our membership stickers and say thanks for making Cambridge St a pleasant place to walk down.

Lechmere Station Design Meeting


The new design for Lechmere Station will be discussed by MassDOT and Northpoint Developers HYM Investments Tuesday night at the Multicultural Arts Center at 41 Second Street 6-8pm

Its an exciting time for what will become a new Lechmere Square here in East Cambridge.  Be sure to stop in and share your ideas for the new station and see the improvements that are coming soon to East Cambridge.

Pops On The Lawn – June 23


This Sunday, June 23, take your aspiring musicians to a Cambridge Symphony Orchestra performance for the whole family at Sennot Park in Cambridge.  The Pops on the Lawn concert is a great summertime tradition and the kids can take part in the instrument petting zoo.  Maybe they’ll be introduced to the instrument they were meant to play!


Run & Ride @ Cambridgeside – June 23

Run and Ride at Cambridgeside

Sunday, June 23, 2013

8:30am Registration

10am Event Begins

Hey Kids!  Ready, set, go!

Do you love to ride your bike and run?  Compete in the fourth annual, kids only duathlon with biking and running in and around CambridgeSide Galleria!  Run & Ride at CambridgeSide is for kids 5-15 years old, with prizes, race t-shirts, giveaways, entertainment and more.  Race with your friends and make new ones – sign up for Run & Ride at CambridgeSide today!

FREE Family fun!

Pre-register for FREE today at

Run & Ride is an innovative community collaboration between CambridgeSide Galleria, City of Cambridge, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Police Department and Cambridge Fire Department.

CambridgeSide Galleria
100 CambridgeSide Place
Cambridge, MA  02141


Transportation Demand Management for Small Businesses

Are you a Cambridge business owner who has limited parking? Do you want to make it easy for employees to walk, bike, take the T or carpool?

Did you know that the City of Cambridge offers your business FREE commuter information to post in common areas or distribute directly to employees.

To sign up:

Freedom Run

Freedom Run 2013
Freedom Run 2013

Thank you to everyone that made the 1st Annual ECBA Freedom Run a huge success.  We had over 1000 runners take part in this years event.  Thank you to all our volunteers who worked hard all morning to make sure we had a great event.  Thanks to Cambridge 5k who organized a great run and thank you the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall for all their support in making the event a reality.

Most importantly, thank you to all those who have served our country and those who are currently serving.  Memorial Day is about you and the sacrifices you make for all of us.  Hopefully Freedom Run serves as a reminder to what this day is all about.

In this spirit ECBA is going to donate a portion of Freedom Run proceeds to the Glen Doherty Foundation.  Glen was a Navy SEAL who died while serving his country.  Consider making your own donation to his foundation this Memorial Day.

Thanks again to everyone who made the Freedom Run another great day in East Cambridge. Hope to see you all next year.  We will be posting more pictures of the day soon.