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Afterschool Teaches Job Skills at the Flying Zucchini Cafe
April 9, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

Dishing out food at ZucchiniMany gourmet restaurants are strictly for adults, but at the Flying Zucchini Café, children are everywhere. They are escorting customers to their tables, conscientiously taking down orders on notepads, and frantically preparing entrees in the kitchen. If you haven’t made a reservation, don’t even try to get past the first graders who are checking the list at the door—they will not let you in. 

The kindergarteners and first through fifth graders at Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool spend months preparing to open the café for two evenings each year. “What makes [the Flying Zucchini Café] great is that it allows all age groups an opportunity to be part of the café,” says Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool teacher Rachel Laine. Students fill out job applications, attend trainings with Agassiz Baldwin staff, and throw themselves into their responsibilities with the kind of enthusiasm that only school children can muster.

The café draws numerous patrons, including local civic leaders, proud grandparents, and tolerant siblings. For the children who run the café, the experience provides more than the opportunity to learn job skills; it gives them a huge sense of pride and accomplishment. Maria Laine, Director of Children’s Programs, says she loves to “see kids change because they take on a new role. Suddenly the kids become very polite, very sincere. They take themselves very seriously.”

In order to keep the crowds manageable for the Flying Zucchini Cafe Employees, the cafe is open only to friends and family of Agassiz Baldwin Community Afterschool students. For more information, contact Maria Laine, Director of Children’s Programs.

Don’t Forget about this Saturday’s Mass Ave Mass Ave “Cleanup-palooza”
April 7, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Don’t Forget about this Saturday’s Mass Ave Mass Ave “Cleanup-palooza”

Message below prepared by Susan Hunziker:
The snowbanks of winter have finally melted, releasing their cache of trash and cigarette butts to our streets and sidewalks.
The Porter Square Neighbors Association, the Ward 7 & 10 Democratic …

Help Beautify Mass. Ave.
March 31, 2014 – 4:16 pm | Comments Off
Help Beautify Mass. Ave.

On Saturday, April 12, community members will be taking to the street in Porter Square and along Mass. Ave wielding brooms, gloves, and trash bags. This spring-cleaning effort supports residents and businesses bringing more pride …

Special Community Meeting – Tuesday, April 8
March 31, 2014 – 10:42 am | Comments Off
Special Community Meeting – Tuesday, April 8

Have questions, ideas, or concerns about the state of our neighborhood and community? Join the Agassiz Baldwin Board of Directors and the Agassiz Baldwin Advisory Board in welcoming the Cambridge City Council to the Neighborhood …

The Combination of Drawing and Printmaking Yields Poetry at the Chandler Gallery’s Small Works Salon
March 31, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off
The Combination of Drawing and Printmaking Yields Poetry at the Chandler Gallery’s Small Works Salon

 The new show at the Chandler Gallery breaks all the rules. Drawing is often defined by the immediate, direct gesture—the impulsive or deliberate mark mediated by the human hand—while printmaking is often indirect, involving a …