The Third Annual Gold Star Memorial Day BBQ is Saturday,
The Third Annual Gold Star Memorial Day BBQ is Saturday, (courtesy photo)

Show your teamwork

1 Community Teamwork Inc.'s Spring Celebration, "Leading the Way Home," is tonight, 5:30-8:30, at the James Houlares Early Learning Center, 126 Phoenix Ave., Lowell. ($106). Speakers include CTI's Connie Martin, Bernadette Wheeler and Karen Frederick, and honorees are Mayor Bill Samaras, state Sen. Ed Kennedy, CTI board member Eri Cousineau, and Jay Linnehan, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. There is also a $25 raffle to win a customized, three-course dinner for eight in your home prepared by chef Anna Jabar-Omoyeni and students from CTI's YouthBuild Culinary Program. Visit www.commteam.org/SpecialEvents.

Get served

2 "Waitress" is running at Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, throughout Memorial Day weekend. See Pages 6 and 12 of The Weekender for more on the hit play.

Craft a weekend in the lakes region

3 Head to Mills Falls Marketplace in Meredith, N.H., for the 28th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival, running Saturday (10 a.m.-7 p.m.), Sunday (10a.m.-5 p.m.) and Monday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) (free). More than 75 juried craftsmen and artisans will be displaying their wares

Pay tribute to your favorite bands


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The 17th Annual Acton-Boxboro Regional High School Madrigal Dinner is Friday,
The 17th Annual Acton-Boxboro Regional High School Madrigal Dinner is Friday, (courtesy photo)

4 This weekend is a kind of tribute weekend at Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front, Salisbury, with Marshall Tucker Band and Allman Brothers Band tribute acts The Shadow Riders and The Peacheaters playing a double bill Friday, 9 p.m. ($19.50), followed by an AC/DC cover band, Dirty Deeds, on Saturday, 8 p.m. ($19).

Go back in time

5 The 17th Annual Acton-Boxboro Regional High School Madrigal Dinner is Friday, 6:30 p.m., at Indian Hill Music Center, 36 King St., Littleton. ($35 adults, $20 under 10) Be serenaded with music and comedy by the Lords & Ladies of the Court while enjoying an exquisite four-course chicken or vegetarian meal. Visit www.mossmusicnews.org.

Eat like a finn

6 Saima Park, 67 Scott Road, Fitchburg, is again hosting a Pannakakku Breakfast on Saturday, 8-10 a.m. ($8). A pannakakku is a Finnish oven pancake, and you also get bacon, sausage, fruit, juice and Finnish coffee bread. Visit www.saima-park.org.

Head back to 'high school'

7 The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts presents "High School Musical Jr." at Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, N.H. Performances this weekend are Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. ($10/$15) Call 603-433-4472 or visit www.seacoastrep.org/tickets.

Go to a gold star cookout

8 The Third Annual Gold Star Memorial Day BBQ is Saturday, noon-3 p.m., at the Middlesex County 4H Fairgrounds, 55 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. The only thing you have to bring is a lawn chair; music, burgers, games, kids' crafts, crafters and vendors will be provided, and there will be a silent auction featuring like an autographed baseball signed by Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. Proceeds benefit Friends Never Forget and Gold Star's own Operation Camp. Additional Information can be found online at www.evensi.us/annual-gold-star-memorial-bbq-55-chelmsford-westford-01886-3817-united-states/288889271.

Treat your ears

9 Award-winning artist Morgan Minsk will perform Saturday, 8 p.m., at Coffee and Cotton Cafe in Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell. Minsk is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (magna cum laude) with a B.A. in music therapy and a minor in psychology. She is currently a board-certified music therapist and certified neurologic music therapist, working with Ugandan children soldiers (Musicians for World Harmony), clients in children hospitals, medical centers and health programs around Boston. Find out more about Minsk at www.morganminsk.com.

Have a blues sunday

10 The Bull Run, 215 Great Road, Shirley, hosts "Love from Boston: A Tribute to Mike Ledbetter," on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ( $40), celebrating a budding blues legend who died in January at age 33, with proceeds going to the Michael D. Ledbetter Family Foundation. The lineup is a virtual who's-who of New England blues, including Mike Welch, Gracie Curran, Kit Holiday, Lydia Warren, Phil Pemberton of Roomful of Blues, Anthony Geraci and some surprise guests.