Cars & Cans to benefit Dracut Food Pantry is Saturday at Cross Point in Lowell.
Cars & Cans to benefit Dracut Food Pantry is Saturday at Cross Point in Lowell. (Not Provided / Lowell Sun)

Watch movies (or stars, whichever is better)

1. East Somerville Main Streets and the Arlington International Film Festival are teaming up to bring you a Free International Movie Night on Friday, 7 p.m., under the stars in Chuckie Harris Park Cross Street E in Somerville. Chuckie Harris Park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater showcasing a wide variety of films covering many different genres, all directed by filmmakers representing countries from around the world.

Bring cans, see cars

2. The annual Cars & Cans, a nonprofit charitable event, is Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cross Point, 900 Chelmsford St. The event is planned and organized each year by Dracut resident Alex "Slimey" Lambert, 18, to benefit the Dracut Food Pantry. To attend the event, bring three cans of nonperishable food items per car or one per spectator for the food pantry. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated.

The Righteous Brothers play Sunday at Cary Hall in Lexington.
The Righteous Brothers play Sunday at Cary Hall in Lexington. (courtesy cary hall)

Get ready for school (parents, that is)

3. An information session for parents to help their children succeed in the upcoming school year will be held Saturday, 10-11 a.m., at the Next Level Up Learning Center, 73 Sterling St., West Boylston. (Free) Parents can learn constructive skills that will help their children (ages pre-K through college) excel in the classroom and beyond. Get a helpful e-booklet and a 10 percent discount on all services. RSVP to 781-540-1123 or info@nextleveluptutoring.com.


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Adoption Event at Kimball Farm in Westford on Saturday.
Adoption Event at Kimball Farm in Westford on Saturday.

See some 'Sizzlin' Summer' sales

4. The Concord Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Sizzlin' Summer Sidewalk Street Fair on Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in Concord Center, Walden Street. Lots of deals, fun events for the family — a true extravaganza you don't want to miss.

Attend a dog and cone-y show

5. Check out the puppies up for adoption from Chelmsford-based Ruff Tales Rescue while having lunch an ice cream at an Adoption Event at Kimball Farm, 400 Littleton Road, Westford, on Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Adorable dogs will be on hand so you can live up to Ruff Tales' motto, "Changing lives four paws at a time." Of, and did we mention that Kimball Farm has mini-golf, bumper boats and cars, a 9-hole pitch & putt, driving range, batting cages, an arcade, a zipline ...?

Sculpt a fun and interesting afternoon

6. The deCordova Scuplture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, hosts a walking tour of the Sculpture Park on Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. (Free with membership or admission, which is $14 for adults, $12 for 65 and older, $10 for students, free for 12 and younger.) Join a museum guide for a dynamic tour of the sculptures.

Bark your calender for this one

7. You've heard of park rangers. But what about Bark Rangers? The Lowell National Historical Park is starting a new recreation program for puppies and their people called the Bark Ranger program. Bring your dog (or just yourself) to the Visitor Center, 246 Market St., on Sunday, 9:30-11 a.m., for a walk through historic downtown Lowell. (Free) Of course, as part of their position as role models, Bark Rangers follow the BARK rules: Bag your poop; Always wear a leash; Respect wildlife; Know where you can go. Free parking at 304 Dutton St. Well-behaved dogs only on leashes 6 feet or less; no retractable leashes.

Experience a fair to remember

8. The Paul Center, 39 Concord Road, Chelmsford is hosting a summer fair for kids with special needs and their families Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., rain or shine. (Free) The day includes fun games, crafts, a parachute activity and prizes for all. Those who attend typically range from 5 to 30 years of age and are challenged with a variety of mental and/or physical special needs. Register today by contacting Ken Desilets at 978-692-6866 or at kgdesigned@gmail.com.

Help your neighbors

9. The annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Town Benefit Day is Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on Academy Hill, Westminster. (Free) Enjoy games, food, children's activities, a petting zoo, a flea market and more. There is also a 5K Run/Family Fitness Walk at 10 a.m. ($25); register by Saturday at 10:15 p.m., at http://westminsternhn.org/. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is an all-volunteer organization helping families in crisis in Westminster.

Find that lovin' feeling

10. The Righteous Brothers bring their blue-eyed soul to Cary Hall, 1605 Mass Ave., Lexington, on Sunday, 3 p.m. ($69-$99) Watch original Righteous Brother Bill Medley (the one with the low voice) and Bucky Heard (the other original "brother," Bobby Hatfield, died in 2003) perform "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, "Rock and Roll Heaven" and "Unchained Melody," among many others.