Support the arts
Dracut Arts' March weekend event, this Friday and Saturday, includes a painting exhibit by Amy Roberts and Ken Fiery (both days), a book-reading and signing by Jane Brox (Friday), a dance (Friday night) and a concert with classical guitarist Rober Bekkers (Saturday night). More details at DracutArts.com.
Soar with dragonflies
Learn about more than 150 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Massachusetts at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, on Friday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event costs $10 for members and $14 for non-members. Registration is required; visit massaudubon.org or call 508-753-6087.
Check out Lowell's guitar hero
Rocker-turned-bluesman and Lowell native Gary Hoey hits the stage at The Bull Run, 215 Great Road, Shirley, on Friday at 8 p.m.; tickets are $30. Hoey got his start in the 1980s in the midst of the hair-band era and has reinvented himself and his playing style over the years, as a surf-rocker, movie-soundtrack expert and now celebrating the release of his third blues album. You won't be disappointed.
Watch cat videos
Luna Theater in Lowell hosts "CatVideoFest" on Saturday, with four showings of the compilation of the latest and best cat videos culled from submissions, animations, music videos and, of course, the internet. It's also a fundraiser for local cat charities and shelters.
Get to know Jack
Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell celebrates the Mill City's own Jack Kerouac and his 97th birthday with its annual marathon reading of his most famous novel, "On the Road. The reading starts Saturday at noon at the library, then move to Middlesex Community College's Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, 240 Central St., followed by light refreshments. Call 978-674-1542 or email sthibodeau@LowellLibrary.org. Other Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! events include: a showing of the Kerouac doc "One Fast Move or I'm Gone," today at 6:05 p.m., at Luna Theater, Mill No. 5, 240 Jackson St.; "Kerouac: King of the Beats," a panel discussion Friday at 7 p.m., at MCC Academic Arts Center; a performance by The Wendee Glick Jazz Trio on Saturday at 7 p.m., at Gallery Z, 167 Market St.; and "Kerouac: His Life and Legacy in Lowell," on Sunday at 2 p.m., at Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St. It's all free.
Spend a 'Night at the Museum'
Enjoy groovy hors d'oeuvres, far-out cocktails and mod music on Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St. "A Night at the Museum: The Age of Aquarius" is inspired by the spring exhibition "Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014," as well as the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 moon landing and Woodstock. Tickets are $50, or become a sponsor to receive ticket packages and promotional opportunity for your business. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz it up
If you dig jazz, camp out at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1 North Road, this weekend. The Nick Goumas Quartet, featuring vocalist Geraldine Bergonzi, performs Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. Drawing from the American Songbook along with today's jazz standards, the quartet's post-bebop, contemporary straight-ahead style, along with a display of rhythmic and harmonic sense, produces some exciting jazz improv. Cost is $15 general, $12 for members, and there is a cash bar. And it doesn't stop there. Join hosts Molly Flannery and Gwen Vivian for 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam. Everyone is welcome to play, sing or listen and enjoy the company of fellow music lovers who have made the Sunday Jazz Jams the place to be. Tickets are $5 at the door, and again, there will be a cash bar.
Find a camp for your kids
The Holiday Inn in Tewksbury-Andover, 4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury, is hosting a Summer Camp and Kids Activities Fair on Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. Presented by Lowell Macaroni Kid and Merrimack Valley MA Macaroni Kid, the fair will feature day camps, overnight camps, specialty camps, local entertainment options, and year-round activities, including dance, martial arts, sports, art and more. Admission is free. Email email@example.com for more information.
Join the club -- snap a photo
The Camera Club of Central New England welcomes the community to enjoy a display of photographic images Sunday, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St. A reception will be held. Visit www.CCOCNE.org.
Crawl for pizza
Leominster's first-ever Pizza Crawl will begin Sunday and run through Saturday, March 16, at participating pizza shops throughout Leominster. Purchase a Pizza Crawl card in the Mayor's Office at Leominster City Hall to get one discounted slice of pizza at each participating restaurant during the week and to vote on the best pie. For more information, visit the Leominster Community Development Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.