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Festival Betances

The 45th annual Festival Betances will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 at Plaza Betances, 100 West Dedham St.

A parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday will kick off the festivities. All weekend there will be live musical performances, dance, family and youth activities, face painting, bouncy houses, traditional food and locally made crafts that showcase Latin American culture. There will be also be break-dancing and rap and hip hop performances. Admission is free.

For a schedule of activities and other details of the weekend, visit or call 617-927-1707.

Kids’ music in the park

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free children’s program with Karen K and the Jitterbugs from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24 in the park on West Newton Street. In bad weather, performances will be held in the basement of Union United Methodist Church.

Karen and her gang, Hop, the over-excited grasshopper; Bumble, the bee who doesn’t sting; Stinky, who loves to play in dirt; and Slug Bug, who needs a lot of naps, will present a family theatrical show featuring Karen’s catchy tunes.

For more information, visit or call 617-262-1120.

Garden pests and diseases

The Trustees of Reservations will present a talk on garden pests and diseases from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on

Wednesday, July 25 at the West Springfield Community Garden, 106 West Springfield St. Plant biologist and avid gardener Jim Stark will lead a free walk-and-talk with suggestions on how to identify and manage common garden problems. Stark will help gardeners sort out harmful and beneficial insects and introduce methods to address pests and diseases including resistant cultivars, sanitation and more.

Visit or call 617-542- 7696, ext. 2115 for more details.

First Friday open studios

The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 for First Friday programs.

Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works. Artwork will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Admission is free. Parking is available.

Visit for more information.