Wednesday, July 24, 2024

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


Fireworks at Trum Field in Somerville in 2008. (Photo: Matt via Flickr)

Changes to parking zones

Traffic Commission, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The Somerville Traffic Commission invites residents to voice their opinions on proposed changes to parking zones in Central Hill, Winter Hill, Spring Hill, near Lincoln Park and around Somerville High School, Winter Hill Community School and La Petite Enfance Montessori School. Residents will have the opportunity to debate the merits of permit parking and metered parking in busy neighborhoods. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Pollinator-friendly garden demo

City Hall pollinator garden planting, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday. “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.

Renewal of Gilman Square

Gilman Square City Redevelopment Parcels Civic Advisory Committee, 5:30 to 7 p.m Thursday. Neighbors of Gilman Square are invited to share input on a discussion of “urban renewal” in Gilman Square, with the long-term possibility of acquiring nearby private property to repurpose into community space. The committee, in partnership with the organization CultureHouse, has turned the nearby Homans Site into a space offering summer programming for community members. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

New neighbor: Waste Connections

Somerville Biosafety Committee, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Waste Connections, a waste services company, is applying for business and warehouse space at 100 Chestnut St., Inner Belt. Hear a presentation from a company representatives and a decision by the committee on whether to support the proposal. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks

Mayor’s Office, 6 p.m. Thursday. Join in enjoying the national holiday with a city-sponsored fireworks display and food and music. Streets around the event at Trum Field, 541 Broadway, Magoun Square, Somerville, will close for much of the day.

NibbleFest anniversary celebration

Somerville Arts Council, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy culinary delights from cultures ranging from Japanese to Jordanian at Nibble Kitchen, the bricks-and-mortar business incubator offering a rotating global menu, for its fifth anniversary. Enjoy the celebration with Mayor Katjana Ballantyne at Bow Market, 345 Somerville Ave., Union Square.