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Maple sugaring

A program on the classic New England tradition of maple sugaring will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St. Attendees will tap, collect and boil down sap from the maple trees, learn about the different techniques and equipment used across New England and why sugar maples are unique. They will also delve into the history of maple sugaring and discuss the current state of maple sugaring all while enjoying a tasty treat. The program is suitable for children, ages 4 to 18. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Call 617-983-8500 or register online at

Broadway musical

Riverside Theatre Works, 45 Fairmount Ave., Hyde Park is presenting the musical “All Shock Up” at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 and 10. Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, the musical takes the audience on a journey to a square little town in 1955, when a guitar-playing young man rides in to change everything and everyone he meets. It features such classic Elvis hits as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Tickets are $33 general admission and $27 for seniors and students. Further information is available by calling 866-811-4111 or online at

Folk, open mic

A Roslindale open mic will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at the Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Hwy. Musical performances will begin at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., guitarist and vocalist Frank Ruzzano will play his original compositions. He has had a lengthy career performing in the Boston area beginning in rock bands in his youth and evolving to numerous solo performances at coffee houses and open mikes. He has been a steadfast supporter of many of the most popular open mikes and his audiences enjoy joining in with harmonies on his most popular songs, especially “Waiting for You.” Jade will open the evening with a mini-set at 8:45 p.m. This is a family-friendly event, and donations for the guest performers are encouraged. A potluck supper will be served. Visit for more information.

Spring nature walk

Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center at 500 Walk Hill St. will host a nature walk from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. A center naturalist will lead a stroll on the trails and answer questions about the biodiversity of the Boston Nature Center’s 67 acres of woodlands, meadows and seasonal wetlands. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Registration is suggested. Register online at or by calling 617-983-8500.

Sound installation

Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., will host “Requiem,” a sound installation by artist and musician Steve Norton, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. This is an electronic music composition of the sounds of bird and frog species that have gone extinct during the era of recorded sound, enabling the audience to hear them once again forever. Attendees will experience sounds never to be heard in the wild again, and then join Norton for a Q&A session from 3 to 4 p.m. Admission is free Visit or call 617- 893-8500 for more details.

Poetry and hip hop

The Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., is offering a free workshop for teens “Poetry vs. Hip Hop: Choose Your Words” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during March. Teens ages 13 to 18 can explore poetry through songs and lyrics, write their own songs, listen to their favorites and jump into the differences and similarities between poetry and hip hop. GrubStreet Writing Center will host this fun and interactive class. Snacks, notebooks and pens will be provided. Writers of all levels are welcome. Call 617-298-9218 for more details.

Photography exhibition

The West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St., is displaying “Faces: An Exhibition of Images by Rob McIntosh” now to March 31. The exhibition brings together images of the many interesting people McIntosh encountered along his journey and each face tells its own unique and very personal story that is ready to be discovered. He has been exhibited in galleries in Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Chestnut Hill and Watertown. For more information, call 617-325-3147.