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Classic & Sonorous: recital, concert, and reception space available

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Longy School of Music is located in the historic district of Cambridge, Harvard Square. Their space hosts a century of academic tradition as well as several rooms for rent complete with beautiful architecture and acoustics.

Spaces available to rent for receptions, recitals, practices, and concerts can accommodate 30, 60, and  281 occupants. 

Additionally, publicity services for events are available for renters! For more information visit the space rental information site at Longy School of Music of Bard College. 

 

 

Play Lovin’ Local!

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Support Cambridge Local Businesses and Win Great Prizes!

This winter has been rough on both Cambridge residents and businesses. The good news is that spring is just around the corner. In an effort to encourage shopping at Cambridge businesses, the City of Cambridge is launching the Lovin' Local raffle card game from March 16 - April 3, 2015. Prizes include gift cards from local businesses, a Hubway membership, and the grand prize of lunch with Mayor David Maher.

Here is how it works:

Residents, visitors and area workers can pick up a game card at one of the following locations:
Mayor's Office, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge Public Library's Main Branch (449 Broadway), and Cambridge Community Development Department, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway.

OR Customers will be able to download the raffle card starting Monday, March 16th at: www.cambridgema.gov/lovinlocal
Rules of the game:

Step 1: Shop at a local business.
Step 2: Have the local business sign a cell on the card
Step 3: Take a picture of yourself visiting at least 1 business and tweet, Instagram or Facebook a picture using the hashtag #LovinCambMA. Please tag the business you are visiting, too!

3 completed cells from 3 different businesses gets a contestant 1 raffle ticket, 9 cells = 6 raffle entries. If the contestant hands in a card with a business from each of the different Cambridge commercial districts, they will receive 4 extra entries into the raffle.

How can you help?

  • Make sure your staff is aware of the raffle card. It is a 5X7 postcard, blue on one side, white on the other. We ask that each business initial a cell with the business name and the date of purchase.
  • Use the #LovinCambMA hashtag on your own social media to encourage your followers to participate in the contest. You should direct them to:www.cambridgema.gov/lovinlocal for all the information they need to participate. We will retweet you!

If you want to give a discount to people who show up with a Lovin' Local raffle card, that is OK, but it is not required to participate.

Questions? Please contact Pardis Saffari at 617-349-4654 or via email at: psaffari@cambridgema.gov. Full rules and entry information for the contest can be found at :www.cambridgema.gov/lovinlocal

Winter Relief: City Now Offering Micro-Loans to Small Businesses

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It's been a tough winter on all of us, but it's been especially hard on small businesses and on the local economy. Thankfully, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has approved a snow storm loan to assist small businesses in their recovery from lost revenue as a result of the storms we've had. MGCC plans on making up to $1 million in micro-loans of $5000-$10,000 to businesses in need. This program is anticipated to run through May of this year. To read more and to learn how to apply for a loan, click here.

 

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How to Have an Awesome St. Patty’s Day in Cambridge

 

Everyone here at CLF wants to help you embrace your inner leprechaun this St. Patty’s Day. Here are some suggestions for what you can do to make the most of it this year!

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Looking to have a nice Irish brew this St. Patrick’s Day? Visit one of our pubs or taverns!

If you’re looking for a more hands-on experience, check out the Cambridge Brewing Company.

Want to be a little more rebellious? A Whisky Rebellion will fit the bill.

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Want to run off some of that food and drink? Sign up for Craicfest!

If you can’t make Craicfest, the luck of the Irish is on your side! There is another  road race in Fresh Pond on March 14th.

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If you’re looking for some more laid back entertainment, we’ve got you covered.

You can go catch a classic like Conan the Barbarian at the Brattle Theater.

If movies aren’t quite your thing, check out what shows the Middle East has to offer both downstairs and in the corner venue.

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If you want to get in touch with more of the Irish culture, you can attend A Saint Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn at Harvard or stop by the Irish Film Festival! But first browse a huge selection of clothing, ceramics, jewelry, and housewares all from Ireland at Irish Imports.

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If you need a place to hunker down after a day of fun, book a room at one of our fabulous inns or hotels.

We wish you an amazing St. Patrick’s Day celebration, may the luck of the Irish be on your side!