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Tufts Hosts Tenth Annual Community Day with Medford and Somerville
Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to celebrate the tenth annual Community Day at Tufts University on Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place on the Medford/Somerville campus and is cosponsored by the two cities.
“Over the past ten years, Community Day has become a popular tradition for Tufts and our neighbors in Medford and Somerville," said University Relations Senior Vice President Mary Jeka. “The event continues to draw more people each year for a day of entertainment, lunch and learning. We are delighted that Community Day builds on the strong partnerships between Tufts and our neighbors.”
All activities are free and open to the public. Highlights of the day include:
- Complimentary BBQ lunch and refreshments
- Safety and fire prevention tips from local police and fire departments
- Information tables from community groups in Medford and Somerville
- Performance by the popular children’s entertainment troupe "Traveling Treasure Trunk"
- Pumpkin painting, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and other family-friendly activities
- Music and dance by Tufts’ student groups, including the Amalgamates, Jackson Jills and B.E.A.T.S.
- African Drumming workshop presented by music department faculty
- Varsity athletes and coaches conducting sport clinics and contests throughout the day
- Educational displays from Tufts’ departments and student organizations including the School of Dental Medicine’s Smile Squad, the Art Gallery, biomedical engineering, and the Sharewood Project, a free healthcare organization run by Tufts medical students
All events take place on the main academic quad at the top of the hill by Goddard Chapel, Ballou Hall and the statue of Jumbo. The event is handicapped accessible. Community Day will be held rain or shine.
Free parking for Community Day is available in the Tufts parking garage at 419 Boston Avenue, Medford. A complimentary shuttle will run between Davis Square (across the street from the Somerville Theater) and the Tufts campus. For directions and maps go to: http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/.
|Where||Tufts University Powder House Sq & College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||11:00 am–3:00 pm|
|Who to bring||College Students, Kids, Families|
More About Tufts University
When Charles Tufts donated the land around Walnut Hill in 1852, he envisioned a "Light on the Hill." A century and a half later, his vision seems to have come to fruition, as those few windswept acres now hold one of the nation's premier universities. With 10 schools ranging from the undergraduate college to the prestigious Fletcher School of International Relations, Tufts has certainly flourished from its humble roots.
Though famous for its elite international-relations program, Tufts is more than esoteric foreign languages and future diplomats. Tufts holds several championship titles across its division, NESCAC. Its on-campus dining facility is ranked among the top three in the nation (usually losing out only to culinary schools), and its study-abroad program is consistently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Community resources: The university also offers many perks for area residents. Their Tufts Neighbors web page includes a calendar of arts, culture, and sports events, as well as lectures, that are all open to the public. They've made room on their campus for a public community garden, a playground, and the Tufts Playing Field park. Students volunteer in the community, and each year school staff donate to the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund, which supports programs in their host towns of Somerville, Medford, Grafton and Boston's Chinatown. Residents may use the school's library resources on site (but books may not be checked out). And watch for Community Day each fall. At this on-campus festival, residents are treated to live music and dance as well as school tours and good eats.
Fun fact: After a generous donation from P.T. Barnum early in the school's life, Jumbo the elephant (allegedly Dumbo's friend) became Tufts' mascot, and his visage can be found all over the hilly campus.