Harvard Square Business Association
January 2020 Newsletter
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Harvard Square Winter Popup
The Harvard Square Business Association is excited to announce the activation of 25 Brattle Street, Harvard Square as a Winter Pop-Up destination. Through January 17 th , 2020, this light-filled vacancy will be transformed into a seasonal space for art, music, crafts, classes and performances.

Visitors can expect to find concerts, art exhibits, classes, tasting events and informational sessions by local nonprofits and businesses alike.
11th Annual Taste of Chocolate
The wait is over! The Harvard Square Business Association is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated annual Taste of Chocolate Festival. The highlight of this beloved weekend extravaganza is the free Chocolate Tasting Event on Saturday, January 25th from 1pm – 2pm. Please join us on Brattle Plaza (in front of Brattle Square Florist at 31 Brattle Street) for heavenly chocolate treats from some of Harvard Square’s most loved restaurants and businesses!

Come early! This celebration of all things chocolate attracts hundreds of chocoholics! Bring your dancing shoes (or boots! It’s a great way to burn off those calories you will consume!) – once again, our friends Grooversity will warm the crowd with their infectious and heart-stopping percussion combining traditional Brazilian grooves like Samba and Axe with Funk, Rock, Jazz and even Hip Hop. 
12th Annual Chili Festival
The renowned 12th Annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off returns to Harvard Square on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 – a precursor to the Super Bowl! Join us for this festive, fun and FREE outdoor event! 
Sample chili from Harvard Square’s HOTTEST restaurants between 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Brattle Street (in front of Brattle Florist, 31 Brattle Street). Taste them all and vote for your favorite! The restaurant with the most votes will be presented with the highly coveted Harvard Square Chili Pot!
Upcoming at Brattle Theatre
Repertory Series!
(Some of) The Best of 2019
Friday, January 10 – Thursday, January 23
Our picks for some of the highlights of the 2019 releases feature 21 movies that range from blockbuster superhero films to micro-budget indies about the rural South, including Mati Diop's ATLANTICS, Lulu Wang's THE FAREWELL, Gugu Mbatha-Raw in FAST COLOR, Brie Larson in CAPTAIN MARVEL, screenwriters The Rasmussen Brothers in person for CRAWL, a special premiere of Phillip Youmans' BURNING CANE, and much more! See the full program here.

Repertory Series!
Things to Come: The Birth of Sci-Fi Cinema
Friday, January 24 – Thursday, January 30
Kicking off our “Year of Sci-Fi,” we offer this brief survey of science-fiction filmmaking from the dawn of cinema up until 1949. Although most pre-1950 sci-fi was centered on mad scientists (and we’ve got our share in this program) and serial heroes, there are plenty of landmarks to see here, from silent classics, to famous monsters of filmland, to grand visions of faraway planets and distant times. Featuring H.G. Wells' THINGS TO COME, Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS, Georges Méliès' A TRIP TO THE MOON, AELITA: THE QUEEN OF MARS, a Mad Scientist Marathon, and much more! See the full program here .
Reflections: The Figure & Portrait in Watercolor at
Thursday, January 9th, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Opening reception of the winter art show, Reflections: The Figure & Portrait in Watercolor featuring works by CCAE students and instructors. Free & open to the public at 42 Brattle Street. Artwork on display through March 19. More information available here .

CCAE winter term classes start the week of January 13! Start your new year right and join us in language, arts, cooking, writing classes and more in Harvard Square.
The Age of Illusions
Join the 2020 Cambridge Science Festival! 
CSF is still accepting applications to join the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo or offer an event during the 10-day Festival. Don’t delay! To be included in the print program, applications are due ASAP. The 14th annual Festival is April 17 - 26. 
Calling all 5 - 14 year olds! The annual Curiosity Challenge is open! What are you curious about? Draw a picture, write a poem, get creative and share your curiosity with us! Winners will be honored on the closing day of Cambridge Science Festival.
2nd International Conference on
Women's Rights & Empowerment
March 07, 2020, at HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN
On behalf of Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI), it is our great privilege to invite you to join us as our Guest at the 2nd International Conference On Women’s Rights & Empowerment , taking place at HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN on March 07, 2020. Please join us for a conference on Women’s Rights & Empowerment to celebrate International Women's Day.
This conference aims to create a stronger international network to strengthen our collective voice against issues that affect women, including gender-based violence and discrimination, and to work towards a world in which all women have access to quality health care, education and equal opportunity.
On behalf of DCI and the women and children we serve, thank you for considering our invitation. We look forward to the possibility of your joining us at the conference to strengthen our collective voice for Women's Rights & Empowerment. We are confident that, with your support, we can continue to make great strides in creating a better world for women & children. 
Odds Bodkin returns to Grendel's Den
Plaza Winterfest 2020
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:00pm
Harvard community is invited to the Science Center Plaza to find warmth through the coldest months of the year during Harvard Common Spaces' fourth annual Plaza WinterFest.
Play free ice lane games including curling, shuffleboard, and bowling, along with classic year-round games like giant chess, ping pong, foosball, and cornhole. Enjoy ample seating, fire pits to warm up and roast marshmallows, and try the many treats available for purchase through the Common Spaces food truck program. S’mores supplies and hot chocolate will also be sold on-site daily.
WinterFest is open starting at 12:00pm daily from January 27 through March 13, 2020. Fire pits and games are open Sunday through Wednesday until 4:00pm, and Thursday through Saturday until 8:00pm.
Animal Talk Scavenger Hunt at the
January 2–January 31 
Come to the museum dressed as your favorite animal and learn how animals talk!

Have you ever wished that you could talk with other animals? Doctor Dolittle, the imaginary character in the Hugh Lofting book  The Story of Doctor Dolittle,  could do just that! Doctor Dolittle learned animal languages and made animal friends all over the world. Use the clues to find six of his animal friends in the museum and learn how that animal really communicates. Then, like Doctor Dolittle, tell us what you think that animal is saying by drawing or writing on the sheet provided.
When you are finished take your sheet to The Shop at HMNH and receive a small gift! Talk back and tag us with your answers, photos, and drawings using the hashtag #HarvardAnimalTalk.  Regular admission rates apply.
Reach Your Money Resolutions in 2020
February 27th
Reach Your Money Resolutions in 2020
Join HUECU via webinar for their Annual Personal Finance Summit on Thursday, February 27 th . Industry experts will discuss Saving for a Home, Debt Repayment and Savings Accounts and Strategies.

Open to the Harvard University community, including teaching hospitals. HUECU membership not required.
Register here .
Legal Sea Foods Specials
Legal Sea Foods is declaring a "Legal" Holiday, Chowda Day! Come in January 15th and get a cup of New England Clam Chowder for $1 with entrée purchase. Learn more here.
Legal Sea Foods is serving up nine new shrimp dishes Jan 15 - Feb 12 for The Shrimp Classic! Check out the shrimptacular menu.    
New School of Music Performances
Joshua Peckins, violin: The Art of the Recital
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00pm
Free admission!
Violinist Joshua Peckins returns to NSM to present a recital featuring masterpieces of the violin repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms.
Introduction to Playing the Didgeridoo
with Daniel Orlansky, Charles Coe, and Jacob Guggenheim
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM
For ages 8 and older | Tuition: $25
In this workshop, students will be introduced to the fundamental techniques of the didgeridoo which include producing the basic drone, manipulations of the fundamental note, and taking the first steps towards circular breathing. Plastic “starter” didgeridoos will be provided. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Wine Tasting and Oysters Class
Tuesday, January 14th
6pm - 8pm
25 Brattle Street
A nutritious way to help save the ocean is by eating oysters. Massachusetts’ burgeoning oyster aquaculture farms are providing jobs, habitats for marine life, cleaning action by filtering water, and as oyster reefs protecting estuaries and our residential communities from extreme weather events. Oyster reefs managed as a sustainable resource in concert with other ocean users provide billions of dollars to the economy. So, eat up me Hearties! More information available here .
Parsnip Wellness Event
Passim Announces Lineup for
17th ANNUAL BCMFest: Boston Celtic Music Festival
The 17th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival , known as BCMFest, brings some of the most talented celtic musicians in the Northeast to Harvard Square January 16-19, 2020. Presented by Passim , the festival will showcase greater Boston’s deep tradition of music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic communities. The festival will feature more than 60 performances spread out across four days at Club Passim and the Sinclair. Tickets for all BCMFest performances are now on sale here
Darrell Nulisch at the Regattabar Jazz Club  
Blues artist Darrell Nulisch takes the stage on Friday, January 25 at 7:30pm! Tickets are available at $25.
Harvard Square's 2020 Calendar of Events 
Please click  here  for The Harvard Square Business Association's 2019 Calendar of events. Please check back often, new events being added.
The Andover Shop
Annual winter sale begins January 13th, prices will be reduced by 20%, 30%, and 50% off select items.

Check out the newly updated theandovershop.com!
Barre & Soul
Bob Slate Stationer
Celebrate the season of love by sending a special Valentine card written with one of our beautiful red fountain pen inks! Select fine pens available on sale.
Cambridge Savings Bank
Get $400 cash when you open a new Performance or Performance Plus checking account and complete offer requirements. Offer available 1/15-3/31/19. Learn more.
Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel is giving thanks to hotel guests and the community!
Book the Give Thanks offer and take 20% off select dates* in 2020 and for every room booked we will donate $5 to Lovin' Spoonfuls, a local organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of healthy, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. $5 = 5 pounds of food, which can provide up to four meals for those in need.
*Based on availability. Blackout dates apply. Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.
Mention “HSBA” at the register, and receive an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF your entire purchase!

(excludes TTG and Gift Cards) This DOES WORK on top of any and all other promotions.
Design within Reach
Design Within Reach offers the best in authentic modern design, from iconic mid-century works to innovative items designed today.

Announcing our Annual SOFA SALE
January 7th - January 28th

Save 15% on sofas, lounge chairs, as well as select occasional tables, storage, rugs, pillows and throws. All orders over $1999 ship free!
Denise Patnod Acupuncture
New Year seasonal special: “stay healthy and boost your immune system with acupuncture.” The one hour sessions are 25% off. Feel better!  
Save $25.00 (expires Feb. 15, 2020), Warm, quiet private room.
End of season sale, SELECT products up to 50% off!
Mulberry Studio
Off the Beaten Path Food Tours
Harvard Square Chocolate Tour
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Calling all chocoholics! Join us for a delectable adventure through historic Harvard Square. You'll hear interesting stories about the Square, learn fun facts about chocolate and sample the best and most interesting chocolaty treats around. Harvard Square has a flourishing food scene with some of the best and most unique food in the city. Each tour is a fun 90 minutes and includes 4 stops with plenty of treats and less than a mile of walking. We can't wait to take you on a unique, chocolate adventure!
This tour is suitable for all ages. $35/pp. Guests must purchase  tickets  in advance.
Use code HARVARDSQUARE and enjoy 10% off!
Book Your Party at Harvest
Book a private party for your next group event in January and receive a complimentary seafood platter or a $100 gift card for the person who books the party to use at any of our restaurants.
Contact our sales manager Jazmin  for details or call 
New at J.P. Licks
J.P. Licks introduces our first new flavor of the decade, the delightful Strawberry Mango Sorbet - a dairy free, gluten free, and vegan combination of mangos and strawberries. As purely refreshing as it looks! 

In December, we launched online coffee ordering so you can send your favorite whole bean coffee to anyone in the continental USA. Checkout  here .

Specials at Nubar
Chef Mark is putting the finishing touches on our new Winter menu. We will debut the new menu on Friday January 10 th – beginning with dinner.

Valentine’s Day – serving regular dinner menu, and offering a special Valentine’s Day package deal: for $67/pp you get
  • Long stem rose
  • Glass of Prosecco
  • Amuse bouche
  • 4 course dinner
  • Chocolate truffles

Dine Out Boston Sunday March 1 st – Friday March 13 th
  • Three course dinner menu, $33
  • Accompanying $25 wine tasting flight
HSBA Non Profit Spotlight

Longy School of Music of Bard College is a nonprofit degree-granting institution that serving approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students from over 35 states and 25 countries at its Conservatory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its Master of Arts in Teaching campus in Los Angeles, California.

Founded as Longy School of Music in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, Longy is a conservatory with a social imperative, providing for all students a distinguished faculty that promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of imagination, and fosters inquiry about the role of music and the musician in society. With a curriculum built upon project-based activities and hands-on learning opportunities, including partnerships with professional presenting organizations, Cambridge Public Schools, shelters, community centers, and more, Longy’s mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.

Longy presents more than 300 concerts, events, and masterclasses each year at its award-winning Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall on Garden Street. Featuring world-class faculty, talented students, and renowned guest artists, most Longy events are free and open to the public.
Need a Job? We can help!

We know how important it is to find and keep a good job, one that pays a fair wage and with good benefits and stability. There are many job opportunities in Harvard Square that may meet your needs and desires. Click  here  for a list of businesses that are hiring.
Harvard Square Business Association
Two Brattle Square, Mezzanine
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-3434