10 Things To Do This Weekend
05/01/2019 02:29:23 PM EDT
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Enjoy casual Italian cuisine (if you're 60 or older)
Ayer's annual Spring Fling and Spaghetti Dinner for seniors is Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m., at the Ayer fire station, 1 West Main St. The event is open to those 60 years and older; call 978-772-8260 to sign up. Transportation is available.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
The Hampstead Stage Company presents a classic stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday, 3:30 p.m., at Worcester Public Library's Roosevelt Branch, 1006 Grafton St. Get swept away in this iconic tale of a girl lost in a magical world whose quest to return home will be the adventure of a lifetime. Contact Linnea Sheldon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Row, row, row your boat
The Townsend Lions Club's 36th annual Squannacook River Canoe & Kayak Race is Saturday; registration 8-9:30 a.m., at Townsend VFW, Route 119 ($30 per canoe, $20 per one-person kayak. Spaghetti lunch follows, 1-2:30 p.m., open to the public at VFW. ($7) Proceeds benefit Townsend Lions charities.
Drive to give
Gervais Lincoln will partner with Lincoln Motor Corporation for a Driven To Give event Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 24 Reiss Ave., Lowell. Test-drive a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, Navigator and other models in the Lincoln lineup at no cost, and the dealership and Lincoln will donate up to $8,000 to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank for the test drives. Refreshments will be served. Visit
Jump-start your garden
The Power of Flowers Project's annual Plant Sale is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St. In addition to locally grown perennials, Dargoonian Farms of Andover will provide local annuals at bargain prices. Other highlights include artfully painted chair plant-holders, cute aprons, succulent bowls and other interesting garden items. Raffle items include a wicker bassinet filled with blue hydrangeas, and the National Sharpening Company will be available to sharpen gardening tools, scissors and other items. Visit www.POFproject.org.
Learn about labor
The Lowell National Historical Park holds a community conversation on the history of the labor movement Saturday, 2 p.m., 246 Market St. (free) May 1 was historically known as May Day and International Workers' Day. Labor organizers in the late 1880s declared that this day would usher in a new era of the eight-hour workday. Robert Forrant of UMass Lowell, Jeannette Huezo of United for a Fair Economy, Traci Parker of UMass Amherst and Elizabeth Pellerito of UMass Lowell will discuss the history and meaning of May Day. Visit www.nps.gov/lowell or call 978-970-5000.
Kare for Kidz with kook-off, komedy
Karing 4 Kidz presents an evening of food, music and laughs Saturday at Fitchburg Senior Center. ($20 before Saturday, $25 at the door) Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the evening starts with the third annual Celebrity Chili Cook-Off. Some of Fitchburg's finest will serve up their secret recipes for chili. Taste them all and vote for your favorite. The Glue Factory will provide music, leading up to a comedy show at 8 p.m., with Tom Anzalone and Steve Shaffer. Proceeds benefit Karing 4 Kidz.
Walk with Lincoln at midnight (3 p.m., actually)
The Andover Choral Society, directed by Dr. Michael Driscoll, presents the premiere performance of "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight" by African American classical composer Florence Price on Saturday, 3 p.m., at North Andover High School, 430 Osgood St. ($20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 students, $15 per for 10 or more) The program will also include a medley of pieces by George Gershwin and a performance by the Andover Baptist Church Unity Choir. Guest soloists will be Kynesha Patterson, soprano, and Philip Lima, baritone. Valerie Becker will be the concert pianist. Call 978-682-4050 or visit andoverchoralsociety.org.
Earn bread for Project bread
Project Bread's 51st Walk for Hunger is Sunday along the Boston Common and Charles River. Three routes from which to choose, all kid- and stroller-friendly: 5K, 7:30 a.m.; 20 miles, 8 a.m.; 3 miles, 8 a.m. Food and live music throughout the day. Visit projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger or call 617-723-5000.
Hear music, help a church
The First Congregational Church of Pelham, N.H., is hosting its annual fundraiser concert Sunday, May 5, starting at 4 p.m. ($25 the day of the show, $10 students, kids free, any donation for over 65) Performers include national acts Shine Delphi and Grace Mahar, and local bluegrass band Spur of the Moment. Call 603-635-7025 and ask for Shannon.