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Stories by Lane Russell

“Read to the moon and back” is the slogan of this year’s Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) summer reading season. CPS has challenged students in grades kindergarten through eighth to read 20 minutes per day to help reach the goal of half a million minutes of reading per grade level. 

“If minutes = miles, we’ll read to the moon and back this summer!” their website states.  

“Summer reading promotes a love of reading and lifelong learning,” said Amy Short, the Assistant Director of Library Media Services.  

Living in the city of Cambridge has many benefits: a diverse population, thousands of caring citizens, various types of restaurants, a vibrant creative community and the convenience of urban life. What the city lacks is what most cities lack: nature.

A lack of nature and opportunity to connect with the earth is why the Community Garden Program, run by the Conservation Commission, is so important.

At 7:30 p.m. every Sunday, the Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., opens its doors to hold what attendees consider to be an “inspiring” and “special” event: a poetry slam. 

According to the National Poetry Slam website, a poetry slam is, simply, an event at which slam poetry is performed.  The concept of a poetry slam is credited to Chicago resident Marc Smith, who came up with the idea in 1984. While the technicalities of a poetry slam vary depending on the venue, there are some general rules. 

Thursday and Friday nights in the intimate Davis Square Theatre and now Saturday nights at OBERON, the brainchild of British theater company Magnificent Bastard Productions comes to life: “Shit-faced Shakespeare.” 

Originally started in London in 2010, “Shit-faced Shakespeare” is “the deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member,” their website ( states.

Pets in Cambridge have a lot to deal with when it comes to the weather. From this past winter’s record-breaking snowfall to this summer’s varying temperatures and conditions, pet owners have been put to the test in one very important task: keeping their pets comfortable and safe. 

For many, summer is a time of relaxation and fun, but pet owners still need to be aware of the dangers warmer weather can pose for animals. 

Every day at the PetSmart on Alewife Brook Parkway in Cambridge, volunteers from Broken Tail Rescue oversee the showing and hopeful adoption of the cats in their PetSmart adoption center.

Broken Tail Rescue, a nonprofit foster-based rescue organization primarily located in Worcester, works hard to give homeless pets a second chance at a happy life in a forever home.  The group does not discriminate against animals on the basis of health, age or breed, and only resorts to humane euthanasia if an animal is too aggressive or is terminally ill and has a poor quality of life.

 Every Friday and Sunday from May to November in the Charles Plaza at Elliot and Bennett streets, Cambridge residents and farmers from surrounding areas gather for one event: a farmers market.