Sept. 9:


Community benefits for Union Square 

Somerville’s Union Square has already seen changes in the past few years, like the opening of Bow Market and the ongoing Green Line Extension construction. But bigger changes are coming. The neighborhood’s massive redevelopment will put in new office buildings, housing, parks, and lab space, with construction set to begin by the end of this year. For nearly a year, community members have been negotiating a Community Benefits Agreement with the master developers on the project, and they’ve recently come to a tentative agreement. If adopted, it will increase affordable housing, up the neighborhood parks from one to three, and build a new community meeting space among other benefits. Also: if you’ve spent time in Union Square, you’ve surely seen Tina Almeida help kids cross the street, and the Somerville Journal has a lovely profile celebrating her decade as a crossing guard. 

It’s Marathon (registration) Time

Grab your running shoes cause registration for the Boston Marathon opens today. More accurately, hopefully you grabbed your running shoes a while ago because the qualifying times are fast: three hours even for men under 34, three and a half for women of the same age. It wasn’t always this way: in the ‘60s, you just had to finish in under four hours. 10 a.m.//$205



Explore Dudley Square with HubWeek’s Open Doors neighborhood celebrations. The even also features a panel discussion on building a culturally conscious innovation economy 6-7:30 p.m.//free

Harvard’s Science and Cooking Public Lecture Series is celebrating its 10th year of bringing world-class chefs in to explain viscosity and olive oil, heat transfer and BBQ, and other delightful pairings. Tonight’s class kicks off the weekly-ish Monday night series through December.7 p.m.//free


Live in Allston Brighton? Hear from the candidates running to represent you in the District 9 seat Boston City Council at a forum discussion. 6:30 p.m.//free

It’s easy to say Imposter Syndrome is no good. It’s harder to overcome it yourself — which is why feminist group The Cauldron is bringing in historian and advocate Rayshauna Gray to discuss her framework for overcoming self-doubt.  6:30 p.m.//$20

Plan ahead!


Tune out the visual world and go on an auditory trust fall at the Museum of Science: you'll be blindfolded before you listen to four narrative pieces of audio. 7 p.m.//$15


Never heard of a Droodle? Learn more about the clever line drawings popular in the ‘50s created by the guy who made Mad Libs from Fritz Holznagel, who compiled them all into a book. 6 p.m.//$15

Dot Jazz returns with the quartet Clear Audience. 7:30 p.m.//$15


How is “the public” made? The Design Studio for Social Intervention is exploring this vital question with public conversations and public art, shared meals and pop up performances, and more with their two-day inPUBLIC festival. 3-8 p.m.//free

Hear Cliff Notez’s new full-length project, “Why the Wild Things Are,” at the release show at Oberon. 9 p.m.//$15+


Rebel Rebel teams up with their Union Square neighbors at Backbar for a Very Sherry night, complete with a history lesson followed by plenty of tasting and recipe testing. noon//$35

What should the future of the Boston Dyke March look like? You can help decide by taking part in the conversation hosted at Make Shift. 3-5 p.m.//free


Enjoy a car-free Newbury Street at the final Open Newbury Street of the year. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.//free

The Boston Local Food Festival celebrates a decade of farmers and fisher folks on the Greenway with plenty of farm-fresh veggies, a seafood throwdown, and chef demos. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.//free