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Worldly films, intergenerational singing, and summer camp

Kids play outside Brookline High School as part of a Brookline Adult & Community Education summer program.Monica von Huene

Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard is offering a guided birding walk on Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 11 a.m. Visitors will be led through the refuge to see the creatures in their natural habitat. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather, including protection from bugs. Binoculars are strongly recommended. The program is suggested for ages 10 and up. The refuge is located on Still River Depot Road . The event is free, and no registration is required.

Temperatures are rising, and the Summertime Jazz Band will perform at the Shirley Meeting House on Sunday, May 5, at 5 p.m. The concert features renderings of famous songs from the ’30s and ’40s, classic jazz, and pop songs. The band is made up of vocalist and composer Emilie Faucher, guitarist Rob Compagna, bassist Joe Compagna, and composer and drummer Peter Elwyn. There is a suggested donation of $15 to attend, with proceeds supporting the preservation of the historical Meeting House. The Meeting House is located at 41 Brown Road. Visit and


The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council presents its 11th annual “Our World Film Series.” The second film in the series — “A Man Called Ove” — will be shown on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. The movie is about a lonely, grumpy ex-railroad employee obsessed with his home association rules. His life is upended when a Persian family moves in across the street. The showing takes place at Acton Town Hall, 472 Main St., in the Faulkner Room, 204. The event is free, light refreshments are provided, and a discussion will follow the showing. Future films in the series include the Japanese anime film “Your Name” on May 10 and the Lebanese drama “The Insult” on May 17.

Registration is open for summer activities with Brookline Adult & Community Education, a program of the Brookline Public Schools. The programs, called SmartSummers, are geared toward ages 5 to 14. They are open to both Brookline residents and nonresidents. New this year will be a Spanish Immersion program, which delves into activities such as cooking, camping, farm life, and the environment. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available for working parents. Programs will run from July 1 to Aug. 23 at Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road. Register at


The Old Schwamb Mill presents an Arlington walking tour on Saturday, May 4, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. The tour will loop through Arlington Heights, focusing on Park, Claremont, and Oakland Avenues. The two-and-a-half hour walk will be held rain or shine and isn’t suitable for dogs. Children are welcome if they are sturdy walkers or will be in strollers/carriers. The cost is $15 per person, and space is limited. Mail a check made out to Walking in Arlington with your contact information, including your name, address, e-mail, and telephone. Checks should be sent by April 20 to: Walking In Arlington, 65 Randolph St., Arlington, MA 02474. Walkers will be e-mailed the meeting location.

Come witness an intergenerational concert in Natick on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. The Golden Tones chorus and Natick High School’s West Street Singers will sing together at “Young or Old, Singing Lifts You, Heart and Soul.” The high school choir will perform the Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, and Hans Leo Hassler’s motet “Cantate Domino.” The Golden Tones will perform beloved songs that are sure to have audience members singing along. The concert, which is part of the statewide ArtWeek festival, takes place at the Common Street Spiritual Center, 13 Common St. This is the third public collaboration between the two choruses. The event is funded by the Natick Cultural Council and the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund.


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