April 21, 22, 23, 24
21 - Thursday, It’s a Girl ~ Documentary film screening and discussion at Fitchburg Public Library ~ In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called "gendercide." Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics, which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. Shot on location in India and China, It's a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters' lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice. 4:00 p.m.~ 610 Main St., Fitchburg 978-829-1780 ~ www.fitchburgpubliclibrary.org
22, 23, 24, - Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Stratton Players present Dracula ~ This brand new 2016 adaptation has been commissioned exclusively for the Stratton Players. The 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker receives a fresh and exciting telling by local playwright, Jack Neary. Tickets are $15.00. Performances are 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Repeats April 29, 30, and May 1. All shows will be performed at Applewild School, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg. For tickets and other information visit www.strattonplayers.com
22, 23, Friday and Saturday ~ Spring Dance Show at Fitchburg State University ~ Weston Auditorium. Friday, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 4:00 p.m. For tickets call 978-665-3347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
23, Saturday, Earth Day Celebration on Townsend Common – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Routes 119 and 13. Rain Date, Sunday April 24, noon-4 pm. Music, crafts, environmental organizations, food and fun. This year’s theme is “Country Farm Living,” organized by the Recycling Committee - visit www.townsend.ma.us or visit on facebook, Townsend Earth Day.
23, Saturday ~ African Violet Show at Tower Hill Botanical Garden - 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Guidelines for when to repot, demonstration of how to repot, potting down a neck, removing old leaves and suckers. Propagation of African violets: how to leaf propagate, timetable for growth, and separating baby plantlets. This workshop will also include general care of African violets: identifying types, soil and fertilizer, watering, lights, and schedule for repotting. 11 French Dr., Boylston MA, 508-69-6111 ~ www.towerhillbg.org
23, Saturday ~ Food Truck Festival at Clinton High School – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Breakfast and lunch options will be available to purchase from five food trucks that will be participating (two of whom were voted in the TOP 11 Food Trucks of Boston). Breakfast trucks will be there beginning at 8 am. and lunch starting at 10:00 – 500 West Boylston St., Clinton MA
23, Saturday, Annual Indoor Yard Sale, Gardner Museum – 9:00 a.m. – noon. Find new to you treasures among the antiques, jewelry, linens, decorative, and useful items. 28 Pearl St., Gardner MA, 978-632-3277 www.gardnermuseuminc.com
23, Saturday ~ Battle Road Heroes at Hartwell Tavern, Minute Man National Park – 7:00–8:30 p.m., Listen to the personal stories of residents who lived along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775. Join the Guild of Historic Interpreters for a special evening of theater and history. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family. Children wearing their Junior Ranger Badges may attend the program for free. 136 North Great Rd., Lincoln, MA 978-275-1705 www.nps.gov
24, Sunday – Historic Piano Concert featuring Olga Vinokur – 4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. - Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rte.12) Ashburnham. Music by Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. Piano by Erard, Paris, 1893. Adults $10; students, free. Visit frederickcollection.org.