This Weekend: Crime & Christmas

by Lauren Russo on November 11, 2010

Friday, Nov. 12

St. Catherine of Genoa Christmas Bazaar at St. Catherine of Genoa Roman Catholic Church

2 – 9 p.m.

Halloween has come and gone, which means that Christmas is  upon us, regardless of our religious affiliation.  Kick-start the season by browsing the holiday decoration and gift selection on sale in St. Catherine’s parish hall.

13th Annual Pets in Need Silent Auction at the George Dilboy VFW Post 529

7 – 9 p.m.

Pets in Need Animal Rescue is hosting a silent auction to benefit the animals served by the no-kill, non-profit shelter in Somerville.  This year’s auction boasts prizes as diverse as plane tickets to Celtics tickets to two tickets to a performance by the Handel and Haydn Society.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the Nahanton Avenue Band, and refreshments will be available on site.  Bidding closes at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13

St. Catherine of Genoa Christmas Bazaar at St. Catherine of Genoa Roman Catholic Church

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Little Sisters of the Poor Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Jeanne Jugan Residence

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If the Pets in Need Silent Auction and St. Catherine’s Christmas Bazaar fail to meet your holiday shopping/ philanthropic fund-raising needs, then perhaps the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Christmas Bazaar will do the trick.  The event will consist of raffles and the sale of bakery goods, Christmas crafts and decorations, “Granny’s Attic” consignment shop, and more.

The Somerville News Writers Festival at The Center for Arts at the Armory

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 7 – 10 p.m.

The annual Somerville News Writers Festival will feature a book fair by day and various readings by acclaimed authors and poets in the evening.  The daytime book fair is free to enter, and will largely consist of  author signings, whereas the readings in the evening cost $10 to enter and will feature readings by Rusty Barnes, Martha Collins, and more.  A full list of participating authors may be found here; tickets may be purchased in advance here.

‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ Reading at The Burren

3 p.m.

“The Friends of Eddie Coyle” by George V. Higgins is a critically acclaimed crime novel set in 1970s Boston which has been adapted for the stage by Bill Doncaster.  The crime drama depicts one man’s experiences running with and trying to stay on the right side of gun runners, hit men, bank robbers and the police.  The performance will be free, but reservations ( are a must.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Wrap Around at the Nave Gallery

1 – 5 p.m.

The Nave Gallery will be hosting their third annual Wrap Around sale of affordable, handmade woolen goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.  The sale will also be taking place Nov. 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. and on Nov. 13 from 3 – 5 p.m.

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