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Volunteer Day

Mass Audubon Society’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan, will host a statewide Volunteer Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28.

Volunteers are needed for three projects: planting trees and helping out at the Ecovation Center; in the butterfly garden, nature nook and surrounding landscaped areas; and spring cleanup and planting.

A tour of Boston Nature Center’s sustainable features will be provided. They include a living green roof, photovoltaic arrays and the city’s first “green” building with geothermal climate control, solar hot water and many other features.

These are outdoor projects and volunteers should dress for the weather: wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Bring garden gloves and gardening tools if possible.

To volunteer, email (jbrandlen@massaudubon.org or call 617-983-8500, ext 6901.

Cast party

ArtsEmerson, Roxbury Community College, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center and the National Center for Afro-American Artists invite the community to a welcome to Boston cast party for “Step Afrika!” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30 at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave.

Attendees will enjoy a special free night of performances from some of Boston’s best artists, with a community meet and greet as local steppers, dancers, hoofers and painters honor “Step Afrika!’s” arrival in fashion, kicking off their May 3 to 6 run of “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence” at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

The evening will feature the Boston Tap Company, OrigiNation and the artwork of Ekua Holmes. Shaumba Yandje Diginga and Barry Gaither will be the masters of ceremony.

For more details, visit www.artsemerson.org or call 617-824-8400.

Jazz concert

Jazz in the Square will host a jazz evening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4 at the Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway.

The Mood Swings, an all-woman big band that plays danceable, fun 1940s swing style music, will entertain in a family-friendly concert.

Admission is $10; $5 for younger than 12; free for children younger than 6. Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase.

Visit www.jazzinthesquare.net for more information.

Wake Up the Earth Parade

The 40th annual Wake Up the Earth Parade will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The rain date is Sunday, May 6.

The two Roxbury legs of the parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from Dudley Square and Egleston Square. Each leg will travel to Jackson Square and merge with each other and then merge again with the Jamaica Plain leg.

Together, all three will march in unity to Stony Brook for the Wake Up the Earth Festival, a celebration of diversity, the arrival of spring, music and culture, popular theater, the visual arts and more. Residents, schools, community centers and others throughout Greater Roxbury participate by wearing colorful costumes, displaying banners and artwork, dancing, drumming and stilt walking.

Visit www.spontaneouscelebrations.org or call 617-524-6373 for more details.

Gardening basics

The Food Project will host a garden basics workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, at the Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave., Roxbury.

Attendees will learn some basic techniques for gardening in a raised bed garden and other small spaces. They will create a garden map, learn the square foot method and try some hands-on gardening techniques. Nataka Crayton- Walker, professional gardener/farmer, and youth from The Food Project will lead the free workshop as part of the “Grow Well, Eat Well, Be Well 2018” workshop series.

For more information, visit www.thefoodproject.org.

Spring bird walk

Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center at 500 Walk Hill St. will host a bird walk from 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Walkers will observe resident birds and spring migrants in a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help find and identify birds through field marks, sounds and behaviors. Birders of all levels are welcome. Binoculars will be provided, if needed.

A donation of $3 is suggested. Registration is required.

Register online at www.massaudubon.org or by calling 617-983-8500.