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PICK OF THE DAY

Heaven on Earth Day

Flowers are among Mother Nature’s greatest gifts, and spring is a great time to enjoy them. At Garden in the Woods’s annual Earth Day Celebration take a guided walking tour and learn about the site’s history, design, and conservation efforts; get educated about plant world bullies at the Invasive Plant Jail; and check out the New England Garden of Rare and Endangered Plants. Family activities include a scavenger hunt and crafts. Don’t get so caught up in the activities that you forget to stop and smell the lovely spring ephemerals in bloom. April 22, garden hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m., activities noon-4 p.m. Half-price admission of $5, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 ages 3-17, under 3 free. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 508-877-7630, www.newenglandwild.org

THURSDAY

Acting out Authors try something new in Lounge Lit: Readings With a Twist. William Giraldi, Marianne Leone, Kate Racculia, and Anna Solomon are joined by professional readers and actors in reading/performances of 10-minute scenes from their books.
April 19, 6-8 p.m. $25, proceeds to Boston Book Festival. Think Tank, 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge. www.bostonbookfest.org

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Tops of the game If you’re a biking enthusiast, you might want a copy of Bill Humphreys’s “The Jersey Project” on your coffee table. The book features pictures of more than 1,200 jerseys worn by riders including Fausto Coppi, Raymond Poulidor, and Herman Vanspringel. Meet the author at a book signing. April 19,
7:30 p.m. Free, reservations suggested. The Cycle Loft, 28 Cambridge St., Burlington. 781-272-0870, www.cycleloft.com

Recipe for disaster clean-up When disasters strike, clearing out the mess is no small task. In “Tornadoes, Twin Towers, and Hurricanes: 20 Years of Urban Disaster Clean-up,” Ben R. Turner and Patrick McMullen talk about their on-the-job experiences. April 19, 6 p.m. Free. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-496-1027, www.peabody.harvard.edu

FRIDAY

Collaboration on tap The interdisciplinary project of Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith (“Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk”) is India Jazz Suites: Kathak Meets Tap . It’s a cross-cultural collaboration with Indian classical musicians and a jazz trio. April 20, 7:30 p.m. April 21, 8 p.m. April 22, 3 p.m. $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

Geek power A free day at the MIT Museum kicks off the Cambridge Science Festival, featuring 10 days of science-oriented programming. Meet video game developers and scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, roll up your sleeves for hands-on learning, and see the exhibit “Rivers of Ice: The Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya.” April 20, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. MIT Museum, 265 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Festival through April 29. 617-253-5927, www.cambridgesciencefestival.org

SATURDAY

America the beautiful For a photographer, illustrating a deluxe edition of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” is a sweet gig. Limited Editions of New York asked Edward Weston to do just that in 1941, so Weston and his wife took a cross-country trip in a Ford nicknamed “Walt.” “Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass” displays the photographs. April 21-Dec. 31. Mon-Tues & Sat-Sun 10 a.m.–
4:45 p.m., Wed–Fri 10 a.m.–9:45 p.m. $22, $20 seniors and students, under 7 free, ages 7-17 $0-$10. Museum of Fine Arts,
465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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