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Yart Sale, Crossing Guards Needed, and More!


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Shop the Streets at Annual Yart Sale

Somerville’s second annual Yart Sale will take place on stoops, porches, and yards across Somerville this Saturday, Aug. 13.

A citywide yard sale for art, it’s an opportunity for artists to showcase or sell their work, and for everyone else to browse and maybe pick up a new piece or two. Expect to see a range of products and activities including live art-making, handmade objects, band merch, art supplies, collectibles, and other creative displays.

Artists will exhibit their wares between noon and 6 p.m. The schedule of each yard will be decided by each exhibitor. Participants should make sure that sidewalks are not blocked. No amplified music is allowed.

Visit the Somerville Arts Council website after Wednesday, Aug. 10, for a map and all the details.


Cult Classic Down on the Farm

Strictly Brohibited is partnering with ONCE and Groundwork Somerville for a screening of the film Empire Records at South Street Farm, 138 South St., this Thursday, Aug. 11 from 8-9:45 p.m.

Written by Carol Heikinnen and directed by Allan Moyle, this 1995 cult classic features an ensemble cast (Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Johnny Whitworth, and more) working at an independent record store on the brink of being bought out by an evil music conglomerate. Together with their boss (Anthony LaPaglia), the employees must come together to save their store while also dealing with annoying customers, attempted shoplifting, emotional breakdowns, rampant hormones, and a narcissistic pop star (Rex Manning). Runtime: 90 minutes.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and there will be pre-show trivia and a raffle. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.


Wanted: Crossing Guards

As the new school year looms, the City is seeking new crossing guards to ensure safe student crossing at intersections along the routes to school.

The job pays $19.83 per hour for a total of 10 hours per week. The morning shift is 75 minutes and the afternoon shift is 45 minutes. The position is not eligible for benefits. Uniforms and training are provided. Guards are represented by SEIU 888.

Applicants must complete and pass a CORI background check and physical. To protect the health and safety of staff and the public, all City employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures should contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600, ext. 2059 or

Photo credit: Artwork courtesy of the Somerville Arts Council.

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Linda Pinkow is a reporter for the Somerville Wire. She is also a development consultant for the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism.

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