Harvard Square Business Association
April 2021 Newsletter
Please join us in welcoming our new members!!

Pins for pain, take 20% off your sessions this month! 

Acupoints for shoulder tension, neck stiffness and low backaches. 

CDC regulations. Must wear a mask.
Purchase one of our new Sakura notebooks and any classic notebook and receive a free embossing of our Metallic Pink foil!

With any purchase, get a receive stamp to redeem a free embossing on your next purchase!
Deals are in addition to our 15% off neighbor discount.
Mother's Day Gift Boxes
Be Radiant Gift Set
Refreshing and Radiance-Boosting Essentials
$40 (value of $73)

Be Youthful Gift Set
Plantscription™ Youth-Boosting Essentials
$85 (value of $134)

Be Refreshed Gift Set
Multi-Masking Essentials
$20 (value of $30)

Be Resilient Gift Set
Mega-Mushroom Soothing and Strengthening Essentials
$70 (value of $108)
Spring 2021 Promo
Complete Pair (Rx Lens Offer) – 40% off Rx lenses when purchasing a Complete Prescription Frame
Stop by your Ray-Ban store for your next Prescription purchase and get 40% off your Rx lenses when buying a Complete Prescription Frame. Applies to both Prescription Sunglasses and Eyeglasses!
(See Store Associate for more details. Some styles excluded. Cannot be combined with insurances or other offers).
Spring Trunk Show
April 14-May 2!
Don’t miss SEE’s first Trunk Show of 2021, we’ve saved the most unique styles of the year for it!
Call now to make an appointment for “first dibs” on the hottest looks for Spring.  

Free gift with purchase!

They won’t last long. As always, we produced every style in limited quantities – only 2 per color per store! Don’t miss out, and snag a free gift with purchase while supplies last!
Summer Special 
24/7 Access.
$10 set up fee applies.
Summer Special Rates apply May-August.
Regular Rate Apply effective September 1.
For more information, please call 617-491-0801.
Small Business & Our Neighborhoods: Reflections on Community, Resilience and Innovation

Friday, April 9, 4-5pm
Running a business under the most ideal conditions is difficult and 2020 brought on a host of previously unthinkable challenges for business owners, their employees, and the communities that support them. While the coronavirus pandemic has tested the entire business community, restaurants, shops, and companies in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge have offered countless examples of how creativity, resilience, and coordination are helping to preserve the vibrant mosaic of businesses that characterize both communities. Featuring leaders of small businesses and nonprofits, this panel discussion, led by Karen Gordon Mills, will examine how the local small business community has managed over the past year and consider what the future will look like.

This one-hour panel will be hosted digitally; to register please visit this link. There will be time for questions toward the end of the event; you can submit a question when you register or ask your question during the event through Zoom’s Q&A feature. 

Opening Remarks:
Ayanna Pressley, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district

- Karen Gordon Mills, Harvard Business School Senior Fellow, former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
- Joseph Charles, Owner of Rock City Pizza
- David Maher, President & CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
- Aidan McDonough, Executive Director of Brighton Main Streets
- Rachel Miller Munzer, Big Dipper Hospitality (State Park, Mamaleh’s, Café du Pays/Vincent’s Corner Grocery)
Spring Classes at CCAE

Classes are online via zoom and are open for registration at ccae.org. Join us to have fun, make new friends, and learn something new in classes in languages, literature, cooking, painting, and more! 

Monday, April 12, 7:15 - 8 pm via Zoom. Blacksmith House Poetry Series - Yusef Komunyakaa reads from his new collection, Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems. $3 registration here

Wednesday, April 14, 6 - 7:30 pm via Zoom. Conversations on the Edge: Inside Cambridge Community Foundation’s Innovation and Equity Cities Report: The Case of Cambridge. This Conversation will attempt to take a deep dive into the report and its findings, hoping to start a dialogue leading to a civic agenda that brings together sectors of the city to meet these challenges.
Smoke Shop BBQ Springing Ahead & Drinking West

Thursday, 4/15 | 7pm via Zoom
Smoke Shop BBQ is teaming up with our friends at Wyoming Whiskey for a virtual whiskey tasting and BBQ dinner.

Featuring a selection of unique American whiskeys and a Pit Boss BBQ plate

Earth Week at Harvard Museum of Science & Culture

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Life on planet Earth can sometimes seem unbelievably diverse and resilient, yet we’re more aware than ever of how connected all living beings are to one another. This special Earth Week edition of Animal Encounters focuses on some of the challenges animals face today, and on what we humans—young and old—can do to help.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
In their Instagram series, Let’s Botanize, Harvard doctoral candidates Ben Goulet-Scott and Jacob Suissa share their passion for plants and bring these often-overlooked parts of our environment into the foreground. Join us for a live screening of their short video, Movement without Muscles: The Sensitive Fern. Audience Q&A with Jacob and Ben will follow.
Longy presents
“And They Persist”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00pm
Unlock a special discounted ticket of $3 with the promo code “HSBA”

A conversation with contemporary composers about what it means to pursue an isolated existence in music, this panel discussion will illuminate the often-undiscussed features of a composer’s working life and the tenacity and perseverance required to bring their music to life.
Co-hosted by Assistant Dean of Artistic and Social Change Ian Saunders and Composition Department Chair Alexandra du Bois, panelists include Matthew Evan Taylor, Longy faculty member Amy Beth Kirsten, Wind and Brass Department Chair Andy Kozar, alumna Melika Fitzhugh, and composition faculty member Ruth Mendelson. More info at here.
CASPAR Invites You to: Strengthening Our
Community Event

Thursday, April 29, 2021 5pm
Honoring Our COVID Heroes: The City of Cambridge COVID Response Team and Pfizer Kendall Square with the Carl F. Barron Catalyst for Change Award

“Strengthening our Community” will feature inspiring stories from some extraordinary members of the CASPAR community, an auction, and other surprises. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Carl F. Barron Catalyst For Change Award to our "COVID Heroes" - The City of Cambridge COVID Response Team and Pfizer Kendall Square - in recognition of both honorees’ incredible efforts in response to the pandemic, as well as their longstanding contributions to CASPAR’s work.

Individual tickets to the event are $25, and can be purchased here. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available by clicking here.
Celebrate and Support Cambridge School Volunteers

A month-long Cambridge Cares for Students event.

Throughout May, CSV is hosting community gatherings and raising money for our programs. CSV programs support the academic and personal success of Cambridge Public School students. We invite the community to join us in celebrating our volunteers and community partners.
May 1 - May 10 CSV Online Auction May 2 CSV Fundraiser at Oath Pizza 12-9PM (Order Oath online or in the Central Square location anytime on May 2 and 25% of your purchase will go to CSV! Must mention CSV when ordering.)

May 17 5-9PM Playa Bowls in Harvard Square (Order a healthy fruit bowl, smoothie, juice, or poke bowl and a portion of the proceeds will go to CSV!)

May 27 Community Gathering/ Fiber Arts & Needle Arts workshop featuring the textile artist Diana Weymar of the Tiny Pricks Project (free & open to all). Shop at Gather Here in Cambridge and 5% of all purchases on Wednesdays in May will go to CSV. 

For more info, check out CSV on Facebook or Instagram
53rd Annual (Virtual)
Walk for Hunger!

Sunday May 2nd 
A long-loved event, Project Bread’s Walk For Hunger has helped provide over 1 billion meals to hungry people and has been a vehicle to raise funds to support and expand community solutions to hunger throughout the state. Through Project Bread's Commonwealth Program, 60% of the money raised by the Food For Free Team will go directly to Food For Free. The other 40% will go to the Walk Fund which helps fund food programs across the state.
Our Mission: Food For Free improves access to healthy food within our community by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, strengthening the community food system, and creating new distribution channels to reach under-served populations. Food For Free envisions a future where everyone in our community—regardless of age, income or ability—has consistent access to fresh, healthy, delicious food.

There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum required. Please spread the word to family and friends...all are welcome to join Team Food For Free and raise funds. Because of the virtual nature of the event, you can really do whatever you would like...walk, run, ride a bike, dance...it's up to you!

REGISTER HERE to be a part of Team Food For Free. 
27th Circle of Friends Gala

Cambridge Family & Children's Service will be holding our 27th Circle of Friends Gala (virtually, this year) on Tuesday, May 25 at 7pm. We will celebrate the achievements of our Developmental Disabilities Program and share the very special story of one family's journey raising and supporting their now-adult son with developmental disabilities. We'll also honor Wayne Patenaude, the President and CEO of Cambridge Savings Bank, with the Avon Home Award! Free to attend, with fabulous raffle prizes.  Register, purchase tickets and learn more about the event. 
Cambridge Historical Society Tours

Topics range from Loyalist women of Cambridge to Central Square activism to Caribbean community in The Port. Explore on foot or by bike - and be sure to look for the tour's downloadable guide or map. Share photos of your adventures with us on social media by tagging us @histcambridge and using #chstours.
Turn it Up!

Joanne Barrett Public Relations, in partnership with Clean Green Music Machine, presents
Turn it Up! an 8 episode podcast series.
Four fun and engaging pop-star characters explore how energy is made and how our energy choices affect the environment and all living things. 
In manageable sound bites, children ages 5-10 also learn about what they can do to help create a sustainable existence for life on planet earth.
Each episode has a corresponding downloadable worksheet and coloring page, full length song and the song’s instrumental track so that aspiring enviro-pop-stars can write, sing or perform their own versions of the change-maker hits! More information here.
Dig Reopens in
Harvard Square

Dig is thrilled to welcome people back in for a meal. Located at 82 Mount Auburn St., this vegetable-forward chain serves delicious, seasonal meals sourced in part from minority and women-run farms. Swing by, say hi, and grab a meal. New members who sign up for the loyalty app will get $5 off.
Thursdays and Fridays noon-5PM.

Continue to enjoy virtual poetry readings.

April 22, 2021 with Prageeta Sharma, Peter Filkins, and Lawrence Raab. Sign up
Harvard University Employees' Credit Union Smart Rewards

HUECU invites you to make a rewarding change. Open one of our new Smart Rewards Checking accounts and choose the reward that’s right for you. Get Cash-Back every month or earn Premium Interest on your balance. There are no maintenance fees with this account, just rewards you can count on. Compare the benefits and choose the right option for you. huecu.org/smart-rewards.
Jose Mateo
Ballet Theatre

Preparing the next generation for a new era of dance

A rigorous ballet training and performance experience like no other!
For Students Ages 10-19
Located in beautiful Harvard Square, Cambridge, José Mateo Ballet Theatre has been repeatedly recognized as one of the area’s leading dance institutions. The organization was recently honored with a "Best of Boston 2020" award by Boston Magazine.
Since 1985, José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program has helped thousands of hard-working young dancers quickly make critical breakthroughs in their dancing and public performance abilities. Every student discovers previously unseen potential and achieves unexpected levels of technical skill and artistic expression.
The performance-focused program offers a comprehensive curriculum of:
      Daily ballet technique & pointe training
      Daily rehearsals in preparation for performances in two Greater Boston outdoor venues
      Special classes in other dance forms, partnering and turning
      New workshops in video-production, conditioning, health & wellness and college/career alternatives
      For students 14-19, two private sessions for personalized assessment and recommended individualized training strategies (available to younger students by request only)
All in a welcoming environment staffed with highly qualified, dedicated instructors — mentors who understand the critical values of inclusion, diversity, equity and personalized instruction.
Class sizes are limited! Video auditions are being accepted. More information and to apply here.
J.P. Licks Turns 40

Help us celebrate! J.P. Licks has released a new line of cakes! You can now enjoy your two favorite flavors of ice cream with chocolate or yellow cake center, and decorated with any of our fun designs! Our fudge, caramel, and candy centers are still available but give these new cakes a try so you can have your cake and ice cream too. Please order online; 72 hours advance notice required.
Mint Julep has Moved

After 15 years on Church Street, Mint Julep has moved around the corner to 43 Brattle Street, directly across from Alden & Harlow and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
We're so excited about the new space and we hope that everyone will come say hello!

Signet Summer Course Sign Up

In the summer of 2020, Signet Education's Ready, Prep, Go! was a huge success where students were provided with the tools, skills, and perspectives needed to enable them to power through any learning environment. So we're bringing it back this year! With two 2-hour sessions per week, students will receive focused instruction and mentorship with highly-qualified educators. They will leave the course with powerful coaching tools, a reading list for further skill building, and an introduction to the college process from a former Ivy League admissions officer. Click here to sign up for more information and receive a special discount code for when sign-ups open.
Planting for BeeFeed

HSBA member and friend, Kevin Tyler, has started BeeFeed using the planters on Mass. Ave. in front of the Harvard Coop and Bank of America and is soon expanding to the planters on Brattle Square.

Kevin has planted growth nutrients and will begin to churn the soils soon. He anticipates planting seeds by April 20th.  The seeds will be planted 6 inches from the edge of the soil beds. Later in the year, he will like to request the help of local businesses for coffee grounds to naturally provide nutrients the flower beds and maybe the occasional water can refill.
HSBA Member Spotlight

Performing at the age of 5, stage managing at 14, teaching at 18, PR & Marketing at 20, and Company Managing by 25. With great stints at Next Move Theatre, Copley Square Ballet, I only really learned how it all worked together by working for more than 15 years with (David) Balsom and Associates, one of Boston’s best boutique PR and Marketing companies.

All that led to JBPR. As owner and manager of Joanne Barrett Public Relations/JBPR in Cambridge, MA, I advise not-for-profit and for-profit arts and entertainment organizations, representing Theater, Music, Dance, and Visual Art, on a range of media and marketing communications issues. JPBR provides integrated media and marketing promotions for hundreds of performances and events across Greater Boston and New England each year, as well as providing high-level institutional messaging around strategic announcements and events, and developing consumer-based multimedia retail strategies for organizations of all sizes and needs..

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