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10 Ideas for Hot ‘n’ Rainy Summer Days

10 ideas hot summer rainy day

There’s been no shortage of  sizzling hot rainy days this summer. 

There’s plenty of rainy day activities lists for families with children. But what if there’s no children at home? Rather than squander another day off on social media, here’s 10 ideas to make the best of a hot ‘n’ rainy  summer day:

1) Enjoy a movie marathon from your favorite service provider. Or explore other free options, like Crackle. Or-did you know you could watch old X-Files episodes on Fox for free? Or go on You Tube and make your own Twilight Zone, Godzilla or Alfred Hitchcock playlist. It’ll be fun to have it ready for Halloween or New Year’s Day.

2 ) Not exactly relaxing, but it might be a perfect time to learn a new skill. For example, there’s tons of online courses available starting at about $12.00 each on udemy.com.  If you’ve got a skill you’d like to share and wouldn’t mind some extra spending money, you can create a profile on Wyzant or another service. Just type “become an online tutor” in your search bar to explore your options.

3) Organize old photos. If you’ve got scrapbook materials handy, even better. Or maybe it’s a good time to scan and save them.

4) Go ahead. Make their day-and yours. Call a family member or an old friend.

5) Read a good book. Or begin to write one.

6) Organize the closets or the garage. Keep the fan blowing and an iced drink handy.

7) Plan a fall vacation. The mental time-travel of looking at beautiful pics of foliage and pumpkins can do wonders. If you can make your reservations early, that’ll really boost your spirits.

8) Listen to music. It’ll either relax you or make you move. Can’t lose either way.

9) Try out a new recipe that doesn’t need a hot oven blasting. It could be  salad, fruit, beverage or a no bake dessert. Then chillax. Sharing is cool too.

10) Shop online. Get a head start on birthday gifts or holiday shopping. It’s easier to shop wisely without the time crunch. You can still love local!  Lots of your local businesses have websites and gift certificates available.

Do you have other ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!

The Paul Sanford Music Scholarship 2018 Awards Presented to 2 Seniors

Give them a shout out!

SBPA Representative Asha Martin of Fulton Bank presented a Paul Sanford Music Scholarship check of $1500 to graduating senior Andrew Bower of Immaculata High School. Congratulations Andrew!

SBPA Representative Asha Martin of Fulton Bank  presented a Paul Sanford Music Scholarship check of $1500 to graduating senior Giana Giorello of Somerville High School. Congratulations Giana!

Another Successful Street Fair!

Check out these fun pics from last Sunday’s street fair…

Thanks Darryl Walker of Street Fairs LLC for sending them along! (click to enlarge)

The Fall Street Fair Was a Huge Success!

It was a beautiful day to make some memories on Main Street. As always, vendors, musicians and kid friendly activities provided fun for the whole family.

The next street fair will be in the Spring-we’ll keep you posted! Applications for next year’s fairs will be posted soon. Check the “events” tab often and like us on Facebook!

Tour of Somerville Cycling Series Memorial Day Weekend

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Competitive cyclists from throughout the world will again converge in central New Jersey Memorial Day weekend to compete in the 74th edition of one of America’s classic cycling events, the annual Tour of Somerville on Monday, May 29.

Re-branded as The Tour of Somerville Cycling Series, sponsors have extended racing over the course of three days, with racing events in Bound Brook on Saturday, May 27 and Raritan on Sunday, May 28.

The Tour of Somerville Cycling Series is promoted by Arts on Division, a Somerset County-based non-profit organizaton that encourages and supports all aspects of culture and the arts. Arts on Division donates a portion of the Tour proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.

Additionally, the Tour has secured Michael Malekoff as race director. He returns to Somerville as a long-time resident, former standout cyclist and, most important, a promoter of major national and international cycling events including state, national and international events like the U.S. national cycling championships, U.S. Olympic trials, the 1984 Olympic track championships and the 1986 World Cycling Championships.

The Tour of Somerville attracts thousands of spectators from the tri-state area each year and more than 600 competitive cyclists from around the world in various categories from Juniors, Masters, Women, Senior Men and Pro Men.

The featured event is the historic Kugler-Anderson Memorial 50-mile criterium, the nation’s oldest, major bicycle race. Named after two cyclists who won the first and second races in 1940 and 1941, they both gave their lives in World War II. To honor their memory and sacrifice, the race was named after them when it resumed in 1947.

More than a sporting event, the “Tour” has been described by Sports Illustrated, the New York Times and other media as a combined street fair, music festival, community expo and neighborhood lawn party all wrapped around the fast-paced, multi-lap competition through the streets of Somerville’s historic downtown.
Past competitors have included the likes of Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and Olympic gold medal speed skater turned cyclist Eric Heiden, as well as scores of national and world cycling champions; all have applauded the size and enthusiasm of the crowds lining the race’s course and the sense of community and history that defines Somerville.

For the second consecutive year, both men’s and women’s race participants will be competing for equal prize lists, the first national bicycle race to make parity a priority. In addition, a new “Kid’s Race” will be added where youngsters can compete for bragging rights and ribbons.

For more information about the Tour of Somerville Cycling Series, day-of activities, sponsorship or registration information; visit the website at www.tourofsomerville.org or send an email to: info@tourofsomerville.org.

This post was written by Rod Hirsch of Tap into Somerville. 

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