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This week, help guide the Bay Area on a path towards smart growth, speak up for an affordable AC Transit system, hear what America's Cup could mean for the city, ride bikes with the Dutch for Queen's Day, and savor delicious noodles on a pedestrianized Grant Avenue. Here are the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: YouChoose Bay Area Public Planning Workshops. Help guide the future of urban growth in the Bay Area as the region adds a projected 900,000 new households and 1.2 million jobs over the next 25 years. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments are holding public planning workshops in all nine counties to develop its smart growth Sustainable Communities Strategy, with San Francisco, San Mateo, and Napa Counties this week. 5:30 pm.
    • Tuesday: On the SF Board of Supervisors' agenda is the appointment of Supervisor David Campos to the MTC, the reappointment of Jerry Lee to the SFMTA Board of Directors, accepting a grant for the Fisherman's Wharf Jefferson Street redesign project, and public hearings on the Arelious Drive stairway improvement project and AT&T's plan to install utility boxes on sidewalks. 2 pm.
    • Wednesday: The AC Transit Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on plans to raise fares. Speak up to keep transit affordable in the East Bay. 4pm.
    • Thursday: SPUR Lunchtime Forum: America’s Cup and the San Francisco Waterfront. Join a discussion with Kyri McClellan, executive director of the America’s Cup Organizing Committee, and Brad Benson and Jonathan Stern from the Port of San Francisco on what changes America's Cup could bring to the Embarcadero and the city. 12:30 pm.
    • Friday: Critical Mass. Kick off your weekend with a ride in the San Francisco-born monthly tradition of reclaiming the streets for bicycles now seen in cities around the world. 5:30 pm.
    • Saturday: Head out on one of two bike rides with the Dutch on Queen’s Day 2011, hosted by the Consulate General of the Netherlands. The "Green Bike Ride" starts at the Dutch windmill in Golden Gate Park, heads through the Presidio, and goes along the waterfront to Union Square. The "Dutch Design Bike Tour" starts at My Dutch Bike on Market Street and stops around at different shops downtown featuring designer Dutch items. 10 am.
    • Sunday: Noodle Fest 2011. Enjoy the culinary delights of Italian and Chinese noodles along a car-free Grant Avenue through the city's oldest North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods. 1 pm.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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