Event photos of the Hungry Tiger Street Festival in Union Square

Edward Norton's Stationary Marching Band performing in Union Square

I doubt I could possibly mention enough how much I love living so close to Union Square in Somerville. It’s somehow managed to stay a “real” neighborhood with an emphasis on local first — and there are always fun and interesting events happening thanks to groups like Somerville Local First, Union Square Main Streets and the Somerville Arts Council. SAC hosted the first Hungry Tiger Street Festival on Saturday night — turning Union Square Plaza into a swarm of people, street food and music — and the enormous tiger made out of wire mesh and decorated colorful plastic sheets.

View the photo gallery to see more event photography from the Hungry Tiger Street Festival.

the giant tiger at Hungry Tiger Street Festival in Union Square Somerville

Open coworking at Design Annex in Union Square on Friday, July 30th

[tweetmeme] Design AnnexTodd Vanhoosear and I are coworking at Design Annex on Friday and we thought we’d invite others to join us. It’s happening 9am-12noon on Friday, July 30th. If you’d like to join us, post a comment here, send me an email or text message or RSVP on the Facebook invitation. Space is limited so let us know if you’d like to join us. We’ll get lunch somewhere around Union Square at noon. My suggestion is of course Ronnarong; but there are other options, too including Cantina La Mexicana and Precinct. I wish The Independent was open for lunch!

If you can’t make it on Friday, Design Annex hosts a monthly brown bag lunch and coworking afternoon on the third Thursday of every month. For more information and to RSVP, check out the event page. The next coworking afternoon is coming up on Thursday, August 19th.

Photos of two of my cohorts who also work at Design Annex:
(L) Julia Frenkle-Kunelius / Opus Design; (R) Iliana Rabago / Lex Creative

You can see more photos in my portfolio at Sooz Photography.

Upcoming event for Somerville bloggers hosted by The OneVille Project

I’m helping The OneVille Project host an event for Somerville bloggers that will bring together Somerville area online media makers for a discussion about how to better connect all of Somerville with news and information that parents and kids need. For example, there are a lot of summer programs available for kids but not all parents necessarily know about the opportunities for their kids and the information is not always available in the parents’ home language.

If you are a Somerville blogger who is curious about this event that will be happening in a couple weeks at Design Annex in Union Square, Somerville — let me know. The date should be finalized soon — most likely it’s going to be Thursday, July 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm. The RSVP page for the event will be open to any Somerville blogger who wants to attend just as soon as the details are finalized.

What is The OneVille Project? Here’s how the project describes itself on the OneVille website:

We believe strongly that to pursue young people’s success, people who share communities need to communicate about how young people are doing and work together to provide opportunities to every child.

Right now, we’re learning from folks across Somerville, MA about existing communications and relationships affecting young people. Mica Pollock, a Somerville parent and faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, started us off and leads our research.

We are now a community research team supported by a two year planning grant from the Ford Foundation, to pilot projects in partnership with the school district, the city, and Somerville’s rich network of young people, agencies, teachers, families, and volunteers.

Over the next 1.5 years, we hope to learn from everything already going on in Somerville and to make recommendations for tools and strategies that support ongoing conversation and partnership among the people in Somerville young people’s lives. We also hope to offer other cities ideas for how diverse communities can partner in student success in the 21st century.

Update: Someone asked me if you need to be a parent blogger to attend — not at all! The only “requirement” is that you’re a Somerville blogger interested in the topic(s).