Friday, July 19, 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 16-story, 465,000-square-foot life-sciences building called 74M is proposed for Assembly Square, Somerville. (Image: Greystar)

Union Square Main Streets’ future

Keeping Small Strong: Reflect and Refine Community Workshop, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Share thoughts on what will ensure Union Square continues to thrive, hear from neighbors about their priorities, learn about what Union Square Main Streets has been up to and enjoy food and conversations at New Life Science Lab, seventh floor, 10 Prospect St., Union Square.

Assembly civic space change

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. The developer Greystar wants a big change to its approved plans for a civic space at the 16-story, 465,000-square-foot life-sciences building called 74M proposed for a parcel known either as 74 Middlesex Ave. or Zero Kensington Ave., Assembly Square. There were two types of civic space in the plan: a neighborhood park and through-block plaza. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Approval of a revised budget

City Council Finance Committee, 7 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson brings to a close the process of approving the $360 million budget proposed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne on May 30. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., Winter Hill, Somerville. Watchable online and by Zoom videoconferencing.

Celebrating Somerville’s trees

Somerville Arbor Day, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Offering free seedlings and activities for kids, the Urban Forestry Committee invites residents to learn how trees improve the city environment – from cleaning the air to decreasing stress – at Conway Park Playground, 550 Somerville Ave., Ward 2.

Free Narcan to prevent overdoses

Narcan distribution, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The Somerville Prevention staff hosts a Narcan distribution event. Overdose prevention information and harm-reduction materials, including Narcan, fentanyl test strips, CPR face shields and syringe disposal boxes that will be handed out for free. This event will take place at Statue Park in Davis Square.

Cannabis shop seeks further input

Neighborhood meeting, 6 p.m. Monday. After hosting a state-required public meeting last week, Haze of Somerville once again asks for residents’ thoughts, this time under city zoning law, as it seeks to sell recreational marijuana at 362-368 Mystic Ave., Ten Hills. The space previously held a hair stylist and phone seller. This meeting is online.

Pollinator-friendly garden demo

City Hall pollinator garden planting, 5 to 7 p.m. June 27. Learn how to grow a garden that sustains bees and monarch butterflies, part of Mayor Katjana Ballantyne’s project to boost pollinator populations, which are declining in New England. Landscape architect Offshoots, which is leading the effort to cultivate habitats over lawns, answers questions about the city’s Pollinator Action Plan in front of City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Prospect Hill.

July Fourth antislavery oration

Frederick Douglass reading, 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 27. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” a question the orator and writer Frederick Douglass posed in 1852, is up for discussion at the annual reading of his famed address at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square. The event comes a little over a week after Juneteenth, a day commemorating slavery ending after the Civil War. Organizers encourage online registration.