Paint the town red (or whatever color you want)

1. The ColorWorks Paint & Decorating Center hosts its grand reopening Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at 314 Market St., Lowell. (Free) The newly renovated ColorWorks (formerly Harmon's Paint & Wallpaper) will have a BBQ lunch, games for kids, and a chance to meet the staff and speak to representatives from Benjamin Moore and Festool representatives. T-shirts, brushes and rollers will be given out while supplies last. Call 978-452-8871.

Have a laugh at the expense of 'Sylvia'

2. A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia" will be on stage from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 9, at Theatre III, 250 Central St., Acton. ($20 adults, $17 seniors and students through high school) Set in 1980s Upper West Side Manhattan, "Sylvia" follows the offbeat love triangle between Greg, his wife Kate, and their dog Sylvia. Filled with humor, heart and wit, it's a unique coming-of-age story not to be missed. For tickets and times, call 978-263-9070 or visit

Go Green



3. The Green Sisters, a bluegrassy quartet of singing siblings from Hubbardston in central Massachusetts, play 9 Wallis in Beverly on Friday at 8 p.m. ($25/$35) The Greens have been playing venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire regularly for three years. They jump easily from bluegrass to barbershop to blues to Celtics to originals of all styles, along with their sisterly banter. Visit

Get your paws muddy

4. The Lowell Humane Society hosts its Muddy Paws 5K on Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m., at Lowell Elks Lodge, 40 Old Ferry Road, to benefit the humane society and its furry friends. ($35 adults, $25 15 and younger, $20 under 10 fun run) Participants are asked to get sponsors. Visit

Roll with it

5. The Bay State Brawlers will host a family-friendly doubleheader event Saturday, 5:15-8 p.m., at Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg. ($10 adults, $5 students and kids 12 and younger) The first game will feature the Punishers against the Western Mass Roller Derby, and game two will see Brawlin' Broads versus the Shoreline Roller Derby of Connecticut. League merchandise will be available so you can cheer your favorite team on in style. There will also be games, prize giveaways, soft drinks, craft beer and concessions. Call 978-728-3995 or visit

Hop on down to Harvard for a hoedown

6. The Harvard Schools Trust's third annual Hootenanny Hoedown is Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., at 115 Prospect Hill Road. ($25) There will be a barbecue, a barn dance with the bands English Country and Paradise Bird, and square-dancing. All ages are welcome. Visit

Open the Great American Songbook

7. The Modernistics present "Music and Dance from the Great American Songbook" on Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road. ($15 general, $10 for members, seniors and students) The singing and tap-dancing team of Ted and Pamela Powers combine with virtuoso jazz musicians Peter H. Bloom on flute, Mark Leighton on guitar, and Dave Zox on double-bass. Visit, or call 978-250-3780 or 617-776-8778.

Take a hike

8. The Leominster Trail Stewards will celebrate National Trails Day with a delightful hike from the West Street Trailhead up and around North Monoosnoc Hill on Sunday. Enjoy the scenic views to the east and northwest to Mount Monadnoc. Participants should meet at Barrett Park on Chestnut Street at 1 p.m., to carpool over to the West Street Trailhead.

Watch vintage base ball

9. The Essex Base Ball Association of Danvers will play a doubleheader at Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant St., on Sunday, from 1-5 p.m., as if it were 1859. (Free) The Lynn Live Oaks and the Lowell Baseball Nine will play using the rules, equipment and uniforms from the 19th century. This uniqie experience is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Events and Celebrations Committee.

Key in on piano and strings

10. The final concert in Historical Piano Concerts' 34th Spring Season is Sunday, 4 p.m., at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., and will feature violinist Daniel Kurganov and pianist Constantine Finehouse playing music by César Franck, Frédéric Chopin, Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy. ($15, kids and students free) Audience members are invited to a reception following the concert. Call 978-827-6232.