Thursday, July 18, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City of Somerville website.


A detail from “Space Goddess” by Naomi Torres-Ortiz, an artist in the Chicas Artistas reception in Somerville.

Neighborhood meetings continue

Ward 4 Community Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The semi-annual “City Hall Community Meetings” series comes to Ward 4 with a gathering in the Healey School Cafeteria, 5 Meacham St. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, city councilors and administrative staff will update Winter Hill and Ten Hills area residents on citywide initiatives, local projects and neighborhood crime stats, followed by questions from the public. The event starts with refreshments and a chance to talk with representatives, city staff and neighbors, followed by the meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Another pass at Tufts Street

Tufts Street Reconstruction Community Meeting No. 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Residents weigh in on the proposed reconstruction of Tufts Street, a small residential route near the East Somerville MBTA green line station. After the first public meeting in August, city planners have a conceptual design and seek further feedback from the public regarding mobility and safety concerns for the roadway and sidewalks. The conceptual design will be posted on the project website after the meeting, and the public will be able to share more feedback via an online survey. Street outreach pop-ups are planned too. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Climate resilience planning

Moving Somerville Climate Forward, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Climate Forward is a plan laying out the city’s priorities and strategies for a more sustainable and climate resilient community.  Developed in 2018, the plan was designed to be updated every five years. Ballantyne and administrative staff host a kickoff meeting to explain why the community needs to reassess  priorities and goals in light of current climate data.  At this meeting, the public can learn about the plan, speak with city staff and project volunteers, provide feedback and celebrate progress made over the past five years. The event will take place in the Performance Hall at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the presentation starts at 7 p.m. and a gallery walk with refreshments starts at 7:30 p.m.

City councilors convene

City Council, 7 p.m. Thursday. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave.; televised and watchable by videoconferencing, and posted online after the meeting. The agenda was not posted at press time.

Celebrating Hispanic artists

Las Chicas Artistas reception, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. As part of its observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the city hosts a gathering to showcase Las Chicas Artistas, an all-Spanish-language exhibition celebrating local Hispanic women artists. Featuring live performances and opportunities to meet the artists, the event takes place at the Somerville Arts Council’s Bipoc pop-up exhibition space at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Suite 2A. The exhibition will be on view through December.

Celebrating Hispanic culture

Hispanic Heritage Celebration, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by SomerViva: Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Department of Racial and Social Justice, this celebration showcases Latin American and Caribbean countries. Everyone is invited to sample foods, view dance performances, appreciate traditional clothing and participate in interactive workshops including pupusa-making and dance lessons. It takes place at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St.