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    Bay State Bike Week in full swing

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    It’s time to buff up that bike, put on a helmet, and tool around the neighborhood. And if you want some encouragement, head to one of these events.

    The annual Bike-Arlington Tour is set to take place Sunday morning, passing along both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, with informational stops along the way. The family-friendly tour around town is organized by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee in celebration of Bay State Bike Week.

    Participants should meet at the Hurd Field parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The tour will end around 11:30 a.m., with refreshments at the Old Schwamb Mill. (The tour will be canceled in steady rain.) Bicycle helmets are required.


    To find more events during the statewide Bay State Bike Week, visit

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    Lexington’s annual Bike Walk ’n’ Bus Week runs all week through Sunday with free events including walks along town conservation lands, guided bike rides, a bike maintenance workshop, and a bike safety program for children. And don’t miss a free ride on the Lexpress, Lexington’s community bus service. For a list of activities, go to

    On Saturday, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will hold a four-hour symposium focused on gun violence, the Second Amendment, and the current impasse in addressing the problem. Gloucester High School students will speak about the growing youth movement against gun violence and Colin Woodard, author of a book that explores the country’s cultural divide, is the keynote speaker. The symposium, called “Finding Common Ground,” will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, concluding with a ceremonial ringing of the church’s Paul Revere bell. Visit

    Marion’s 1877 Town House could get an upgrade. A proposal to spend $8.7 million to renovate the town hall building is on the agenda at the annual Town Meeting convening Monday. Approval would be conditioned on passage of a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion at the annual town election on Friday.

    Leslie Anderson can be reached at