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Town Day: Here's Everything You Need to Know

With hundreds of vendors and plenty of activities, Arlington's annual community event is promising great fun today.

Here’s what’s happening at Arlington’s annual Town Day this Satuday:

The Walter V. Moynihan Town Day Run begins at 8:30 a.m, open to all ages. Proceeds from the run will benefit Arlington’s youth activities. The route is 2.7 miles long, starting and ending in front of l. Registration fee is $15 and can be paid starting at 7:30 a.m. The run will be held rain or shine.

At 9:50 a.m., the Menotomy Minutemen will march from the down Massachusetts Avenue to hold a flag-raising ceremony.

More than 200 booths will line Massachusetts Avenue between Pleasant and Jason streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Among the vendors will be arts and crafts, nonprofit and local business displays and delicious food.

Activities for children

There will be two moonwalks, games and prizes at the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will run the event in cooperation with the bank.

First aid

The and Armstrong Ambulance will have a first aid booth at the parking lot, on Massachusetts Avenue at Mill Street.

Handicap facilities

Parking spaces will be available at the Central School building parking lot, with an entrance on Academy Street. Handicap restrooms will be at accessible via the Massachusetts Avenue entrance.

Public Art Expo

There will be a mini expo organized by the Arlington Cultural Council at their booth near Lamson’s Way.

Senior Center

There will be coffee at 9 a.m. and lunch in the ’s air-conditioned dining area. Expect hot dogs, chips, soda and water served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be an all-day bake sale.

Flu shots for seniors will be available from 10 a.m. to noon.

Russell House

Drop by the to see Eliot Clarinets play from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or to check out minutemen reenactments and other vendors.

Book Sale

The Friends of the will hold their annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library and in the lower-level community room.

Smoke house demonstration

Arlington firefighters will showcase fire safety in the smoke house, a three-room trailer designed to teach children about fire hazards. The demonstration will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with safety instructors walking groups of six children through the smoke house and teaching them about fire hazards and how to get out safely. Demonstrations will be behind the library.

K-9 Dasty makes an appearance

Look for Arlington Police Department K-9 unit in the Robbins Library parking lot. The duo came in first place at the 2008 and 2009 United States Canine Association Regional Certification Competitions.

Local artists

Arlington artists will offer paintings, prints, collages, photographs and more at the from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pony rides

The Well Dressed Ponies will be on the lawn of the Whittemore-Robbins House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with ponies dressed in costumes. Rides are free.

Arlington Patch

Our booth will be located near . Drop by to meet our staff, get some swag and hang out!

Social Media

While you're tweeting about Town Day, be sure to include the hashtags #TownDay and #ArlingtonMA. Drop us a line at @ArlingtonPatch.

And be sure to send us your comments and photos via Facebook, too, on our page at Facebook.com/ArlingtonPatch.

Franklin Tucker (Editor) September 17, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Where can I park?
Pedro Oliveira Jr. September 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Good question, Franklin. There is no set parking, so anywhere you can find off Mass Ave should be just fine.

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