Around Cambridge

“The Willoughby Chronicles” book reading and signing: March 8 on the Lesley University Porter Campus, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For information: http://willoughbychronicles.com. Written by Ted Page. The book is a collection of true family stories that chronicle my sometimes bizarre family life during the 1960s and ’70s, complete with the digging of a real-life Hobbit Hole, being left at the circus and a finale involving Page’s father and the first civilian air travel disaster in U.S. history. Two of the stories were originally published in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Boston magazine.

Chamber in the A.M.: 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 8 at the AC Hotel by Marriott Boston Cambridge, 10 Acorn Park Drive, Cambridge. The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will host “Chamber in the A.M.” a networking event series designed to help attendees make connections before the work day begins. Participants are encouraged to bring their business cards. Light breakfast and coffee will be served.

Move It or Lose It — Eating to Keep Your Body Strong: 11 a.m. to noon March 8 at Cambridge Public Library Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway. To register: 617-864-1715; http://cambridgeneighbors.org. Roger Fielding, a researcher on the condition of muscle loss known as sarcopenia, will discuss tips to build muscle strength through exercise and the right mix of protein and other food sources. This lecture is part of the nutrition and healthy aging series hosted by Cambridge Neighbors and Tufts University’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Free.

authors@mit: Daniel Jackson discusses Portraits of Resilience: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 8, The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Daniel Jackson, photographer and professor of computer science at MIT, will discuss and sign copies of “Portraits of Resilience.” This event is free to attend, and copies of the book will be available at a 20 percent discount.

Friday, March 9

Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet meadow: 11 a.m. to noon March 9 at Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. To register: 508-562-7605; jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Ranger Jean will lead a seasonal walkabout where guests will monitor wildlife by sign, track or presence and make note of weather, state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. Guests are encouraged to dress to be outdoors for the hour. All knowledge levels welcome. Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday.

Music of Reality “Tears and Floods” concert: 7 p.m. March 9 at Killian Hall at MIT, 474-160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. For information: http://musicofreality.com. The Music of Reality concert series brings musicians and scientists/researchers together. The concert will explore the “Venice problem” of rising seas and crumbling infrastructure and how it connects to global concerns. An informal Q&A will be held after the event at the Muddy Charles Pub. Tickets start at $10 online and $15 at the door.

Saturday, March 10

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10, at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market, 5 Callender St. The Cambridge Winter Farmers Market will include over two dozen vendors each week across the full range of foods, including produce, meat, fish, dairy products, bakery goods, hot and cold drinks and prepared foods including ready-to-eat breakfast and lunch options. Customers can sit and eat, take in the live music performances on the market stage and participate in family-oriented events each week. The farmers market welcomes those paying with SNAP credit and will double their buying power up to $15 per customer per market day as well as participate in the newly launched HIP program.

MIT Professional Education — Women in Machine Learning: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, 32 Vassar St., Cambridge. For information: http://bit.ly/2BoBOOp. This is a one-day course with professor Regina Barzilay, produced in concert with the MIT Women’s unConference. Payment of the $500 course fee grants registrants a promotional code for 50 percent off the Women’s unConference. The conference includes opening and closing keynotes, receptions and Saturday morning lightning talks.

Tree ID — Bark, Buds and Shape: 1 to 3 p.m. March 10 at Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. To register: 508-562-7605; email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Guests can fine-tune their tree identification skills. Attendees are encouraged to dress to be outdoors and bring a own hand-lens. All knowledge levels welcome.

Ladylike! The Female Dominated Comedy Show: 11 to 11:55 p.m. March 10 at ImprovBoston Main Theater, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. For information: http://facebook.com/ladylikecomedy.

Hosted by Caitlin Arcand, the program will feature Katie Arroyo, Kathryn Gironimi, Caitlin Reese, Christa Weiss, Denise Morin and Sami Anderson.

Sunday, March 11

Animal Detectives — Raccoons: 11 a.m. to noon March 11 at Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. To register: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov. Guests can see what it takes to be a raccoon and explore what they do and how they act. This family program is best suited for kids between 4-12. Accompanying adult must be present. Service dogs only. Attendees should appropriately as this is an outdoor program.

Shortfish — Iceland’s Premier Short Film Festival: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. For information: http://bit.ly/toiBOS18. The screening will feature six short films from the 2017 Shortfish competition, the short film division of Iceland’s film festival, Stockfish. The program will run approximately 90 minutes. There are no age restrictions on these films, however, they are not recommended for children. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the program starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coro Allegro — We Will Rise: 3 p.m. March 11 in Sever Hall 102 at Harvard University, Cambridge. For information: http://coroallegro.org/season/we-will-rise. Coro Allegro and artistic director David Hodgkins will present “We Will Rise,” featuring the world premiere of “Rage Against the tyrant(s)” by Syrian American composer and Sharon resident, Kareem Roustom. Tickets cost $65-$15.

Irasel Folkdance Festival: 3 p.m. March 11 at Kresge Auditorium, MIT, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For tickets: http://bostonfestival.org. The event will feature hundreds of Israeli folk dancers. Alla Shimron is the 2018 Festival Honoree of the Year. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Rush tickets are $5 for college students with identification on the day of the festival. Group discounts are available in advance.

A Conversation with Engaging Minds: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 13 at Cambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Road. Suggested donation is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To register: http://cfsmass.org/seminarseries. Join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson, of Engaging Minds, will lead an exploration of strategies for reducing academic stress and strengthening executive functioning skills at home.

Wednesday, March 14

Affordable Housing Information Sessions: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 at the O’Connell Branch of the Cambridge Public Library, 48 Sixth St., Cambridge. Attendees will learn about the city of Cambridge’s affordable rental and homeownership programs. No advance registration required.

Free Fit + Fabulous Fitness Series: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 14 at CambridgeSide, 100 Cambridgeside Place. To register: http://cambridgeside.com. For the series, fitness experts will hold free classes for yoga, Zumba, pound, boot camps and more. The March 14 class will feature Fierce Fitness by Jess.

Thursday, March 15

Evacuation Day Lecture: 6:30 p.m. March 15 in the Longfellow House at Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. To register: 617-876-4491; reservationsat105@gmail.com. For the annual celebration of Boston’s Evacuation Day, historian J. L. Bell will present “Myths and Realities of Henry Knox’s Mission.” J. L. Bell is the author of “The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War.” Attendance is free. Space is limited.

Assistance: 7:30 p.m. March 15-16 at in the Loeb Drama Center at American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. For tickets: https://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/assistance. The program is written by Leslye Headland, directed by Scott Zigler and features graduate acting students from the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2018. Cost is $20.

Saturday, March 17

Welcome Spring Bird Walk: 9 to 11 a.m. March 17 at Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. To register: friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com. Participants will see a variety of migrating waterfowl on the ponds, as well as songbirds in trees. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

Bay State Skating School Learn-To-Skate Lessons: 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. March 17, Simoni Ice Rink, 155 Gore St., Cambridge. For information or registration: http://baystateskatingschool.org ; 781-890-8480. Professional instructors will teach recreational, figure and hockey skating skills to the beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters. Students can wear either figure, recreational or hockey skates.

authors@mit: Stephanie Burt and Lynn Melnick Poetry Reading: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 17, The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Poets Stephanie Burt and Lynn Melnick will lead a reading and discussion of their recently published poetry, “Advice From the Lights” and “Landscape With Sex and Violence.”.

Sunday, March 18

Got to be Real — dance fundraiser to support disadvantaged LGBTQ youth: 10 a.m. to noon March 18 at the Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For information: https://danceforlgbtq.ezevent.com. Proceeds will go to the Waltham House at the Home for Little Wanderers. Tickets are limited. This class is designed for dancers of all levels as a way to raise money for struggling and disadvantaged LGBTQ youth. No previous dance experience is required. Guests are encouraged to bring dancing shoes. Cost is $40.

World Water Day — World Water Treatment: 1 to 3 p.m. March 18 at Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. To register: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov. In honor of World Water Day, guests will look at how water is stored, treated and used in five of the sister cities across the planet. In this indoor program, participants will perform a water test kit activity provided by the World Water Day organizers, learn about sister cities and finish with a brief tour of thr water purification facility.

Monday, March 19

Weekly Walk for Health: 10 to 11 a.m. March 19 at Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. For information: friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com. The group will walk the 2.25-mile perimeter of the pond. Participants will meet other park goers, get some exercise and notice what’s happening on the Reservation. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Ancient Egypt in Africa — New Excavations at the Island Fortress of Uronarti: 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 19 at Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. For information: https://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/Ancient-Egypt-in-Africa. In this free and public lecture presented by the Harvard Semitic Museum with support from the Marcella Tilles Memorial Fund, Laurel Bestock, associate professor of archaeology and the ancient world, Egyptology and Assyriology, and the history of art and architecture at Brown University, will highlight recent archaeological finds at the site and discuss the intercultural encounters and lifestyles in this Egyptian colonial outpost. Free.

Tuesday, March 20

Persian New Year Celebration: 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 20 in Biolabs at Harvard University, Cambridge. For information: https://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/event/persian-new-year-celebration. Guests will celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year and the beginning of spring, with poetry, music, traditional sweets and an exploration of the traditional haft seen table. Free.

Media Girls: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 at Cambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge. For information or to register: http://cfsmass.org/seminarseries. In MEDIAGIRL’s 60-90-minute workshop, founder and executive director Michelle Cove will share a new road map with strategies to help parents and educators understand kids’ use of social media and guide girls in making social media fun, healthy and empowering. Suggested donation is $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Wednesday, March 21

Fresh Air Walk — The Signs of Spring: noon to 1 p.m. March 21 at Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. For information: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov. Ranger Tim will lead a walk that encompasses Fresh Pond and takes an informal look at each month in nature. In honor of the vernal equinox, the program will address how to observe the signs of spring with all five senses on the way around the pond. Rain or shine.

Free Fit + Fabulous Fitness Series: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at CambridgeSide, 100 Cambridgeside Place. To register: http://cambridgeside.com. For the series, fitness experts will hold free classes for yoga, Zumba, pound, boot camps and more. The March 21 class will feature Fierce Fitness by Jess.

authors@mit — Christopher J. Preston discusses The Synthetic Age: 6 to 7 p.m. March 21 at the MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Christopher J. Preston will discuss and sign copies of “The Synthetic Age.” Books will be on sale at the event for 20 percent off, and event tickets will be available that include discounted books.

Thursday, March 22

Chamber After Hours at Summer Shack: 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 22 at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge. Guests can grow their networking circle and develop new business relationships. Attendees should bring business cards.

Ongoing

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Cambridge Winter Farmers Market, 5 Callender St., Cambridge. The Cambridge Winter Farmers Market will include over two dozen vendors each week across the full range of foods including produce, meat, fish, dairy products, bakery goods, hot and cold drinks and prepared foods including ready-to-eat breakfast and lunch options. Customers can sit and eat, take in the live music performances on the market stage and participate in family-oriented events each week. The farmer’s market welcome those paying with SNAP credit and will double their buying power up to $15 per customer per market day as well as participate in the newly launched HIP program.

Bay State Skating School Learn-To-Skate Lessons: 2 to 2:50 p.m. Saturdays at Simoni Ice Rink, 155 Gore St., Cambridge. For information or registration: http://baystateskatingschool.org; 781-890-8480. Professional instructors will teach recreational, figure and hockey skating skills to the beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters. Students can wear either figure, recreational or hockey skates.

Microbial Life — A Universe at the Edge of Sight: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. For information: http://hmnh.harvard.edu/news/microbial-life-universe-edge-sight. Taking museum visitors through a multi-sensory journey into this realm, the Microbial Life odyssey provides an opportunity to experience the wonders of microbial activity and bacterial forms. From a full-scale model kitchen to captivating models from the Harvard Medical School, visitors can delve into the realm of microbes: Earth’s first inhabitants. Cost is $8-$12. Exhibit of Haitian Art by Renold Laurent: daily at the Cambridge Homes, 360 Mount Auburn St. As part of the January “Grab Your Passport! Destination: Haiti” program, The Cambridge Homes will host the works of Haitian artist Renold Laurent. Free. For information: http://thecambridgehomes.org.

“From Stone to Silicone: Recasting Mesopotamian Monuments”: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays-Fridays at the William James Hall Coffeehouse, 33 Kirkland St., Cambridge. Free. For information: http://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/stone-silicone. The Harvard Semitic Museum is reimagining its grand third-floor atrium gallery, featuring the arts of ancient Mesopotamia. This first installment showcases newly fabricated casts from the ancient scenes that once adorned Mesopotamian palace walls.

Mental health social club meeting: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays at the Mount Auburn Hospital Walk-in Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. For information: 617-417-8736. The meetings offer coffee and conversation, a chance to socialize, meet new friends, peer counseling and support.

Overeaters Anonymous: 9:30 to 10 a.m. each Saturday at Spaulding Hospital, conference room No. 2, 1575 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 10 to 11 a.m. each Saturday at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St.; and 1 to 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Christ Church, Zero Garden St., Cambridge. For information: 781-641-2303. Meetings for those who struggle with overeating.

Figure drawing: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. This is a nude figure drawing session, with both short and long poses. There is no instructor present. Drop-in fees are $20 per session.

Passim School of Music lessons: various times and dates at the Passim School of Music, 26 Church St., Suite 300, Cambridge. Free. For information and registration: 617-492-5300; http://passim.org. The Passim School of Music is offering a variety of singing and instrument lessons. Programs include private voice lessons, banjo lessons, guitar lessons, harmonica lessons, fiddle lessons, music writing lessons and more. Each class varies in length, but is generally five to six sessions with varying costs.

Intro to Improv: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, ImprovBoston Main Theater, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. One of ImprovBoston’s top instructors takes participants of every stripe through the basics of improv in a hands-on workshop. Food Truck Lunch on Erie: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on the Corner of Erie and Sidney streets, Cambridge. Food truck lunches. Gourmet sandwiches and fried sides from Compliments Food Truck and family-style Italian from The Pasta Pot.

Free Fencing Class: 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday at Olympia Fencing Center, 127 Smith Place, Cambridge. Olympic fencing class. Free. Co-ed and open to all ages.

Cambridge African-American Heritage Alliance: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St. For information: 617-491-5529; 617-669-6263. Volunteer graphic artists, actors, costume designers, website builders, script writers, videographers, historians and many more volunteers are sought. Learn about the Cambridge African-American Heritage Trail and other interesting Cambridge history.

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