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Transportation planning

The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “Avoiding Liability in Transportation Planning: Streetcars, Bicycle and the Roadway” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Franklyn Salimbene, senior lecturer in law at Bentley University, will talk about a Seattle lawsuit involving cyclists who sustained injuries when their wheels were caught in the flange of streetcar tracks on the new West Lake Avenue North streetcar line. He will look at the development of streetcars and bicycles as means of transportation in the late 19th century, the legal underpinnings and decision regarding the Seattle case and methods being developed in three cities to resolve the dangers of the interface between streetcars and bikes on urban roads.

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 508-673-3047 for more details.


The 11th annual Boston GreenFest will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

The weekend will offer music, dance, food and drink, solar energy workshops, testing an electric car, a Green Film Fest for kids and adults, forums and fitness classes as well as lots of children’s fun with the Museum of Science, soloists will take place on three stages throughout the weekend. A beer and wine garden will be available for those ages 21 plus.

For a complete schedule, call 617-477-4840 or visit

Seafood festival

The Boston Fisheries Foundation invites the community to the seventh annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.

This family-friendly day will feature seafood tastings, battle of the shuckers, fish cutting contest, lobster and clambakes, chef demonstrations, educational programs and family fun with face painting, games and more.

The Boston Seafood Festival is a celebration created to enrich the cultural, economic and social vitality of Boston by promoting all aspects of the local seafood economy.

For more information, visit

Stories and dance

Children and families are invited to “Story Dance” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St.

This free creative movement story hour is organized by Channel Dance. Water and light snacks will be provided. In case of rain the program will move inside.

Visit for more information.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting Dine Out Boston from Aug. 5 to 10 and Aug. 12 to 17.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Participating downtown restaurants will include Boston Chops Downtown, Good Life, The Marliave, Serafina Boston, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, State Street Provisions and more.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going the nonprofit MLK Boston.

For more information and reservations, visit

Concerts in the park

The Norman B. Leventhal Park summer acoustic music series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 7 and 9 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.

Tuba player Rick MacWilliams returns to the park on Tuesday and jazz guitarist Phil Steffen will entertain on Thursday.

Admission is free. Visit for more information.