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Managing deer in the Blue Hills

Boston-11/29/2016- Signs were posted to mark the controversial deer hunt which began early this moring in the Blue Hills. Each hunter is allowed one day to hunt. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff (metro)
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file 2016

The Blue Hills Reservation hasn’t been such a friendly place for deer these past couple of years. The state held hunts in both 2015 and 2016 to reduce the number of deer feasting on vegetation in the 7,000-acre reservation.

How many live there now? Officials from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Fish and Game will discuss the results of two “deer abundance surveys” at a meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Milton High School auditorium.

They’ll also review the outcome of last year’s hunt and provide information about the proposed deer management plan for this year. The inaugural hunt drew protests from animal rights activists, who called it cruel and unnecessary.

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Systemic racism will be the topic of a community forum on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead. The video and discussion are part of a series of informal “Conversations on Race” organized by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the library. For more details, go to abbotlibrary.org.

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The lazy days of summer may be nearing an end, but plenty of festivities lie ahead.

The annual Downtown Brockton Arts & Music Festival will run from Friday through Sunday at the Stacy Adams Cultural Arts Building and other locations throughout the city. Enjoy food, music, artwork, craft vendors, networking for professionals, and children’s activities. For a full schedule, www.brocktonarts.org/dbam.

Acton’s fourth annual Chinese Music & Dance Night will take place Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the NARA Park Amphitheater. Enjoy more than 100 singers, dancers, and musicians performing traditional Chinese music and dance. Admission is free; picnicking is welcome. The rain date is Thursday, Aug. 31. For more information go to www.acton-ma.gov/events.

See boats of all kinds, from vintage motor yachts to sailboats, during 35th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem on Saturday and Sunday. Board boats at the Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina and vote for your favorites. The celebration ends with a Blessing of the Fleet. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. For details, visit boatfestival.org.

Leslie Anderson can be reached at leslie.anderson@globe.com.