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FOX AND BRANCH When fiddler/guitarist Dave Fox and guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Will Branch made families the focus of their traditional folk music, they had their priorities straight. Number one — fun. You’ll be invited to sing, dance, and maybe even hop onstage to try a washboard. Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m. $10. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


STONEHAM THEATRE SUMMER FESTIVAL Three shows are left in the Young Company’s summertime onstage extravaganza — the musical “Legally Blonde,” “Zanno Don’t,” about an alternate universe where gay is the norm and straight is the minority, and the teen-created “Prom,” depicting pre-prom happenings. Through Aug. 19. $15, $10 kids. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200,

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IMPROVBOSTON FAMILY SHOW You make the suggestions, they create the improv and music show on the spot. Interested kids are invited to come up onstage and perform, too. Aug. 18, 6 p.m. $14, under 12 $8. Recommended for
ages 4 and up. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge.

PARKARTS BOSTON CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Get in summer fun while you still can. Head to the park to enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, giveaways from ReadBoston, science activities, and a marionette show by Rosalita’s Puppets. Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Rain date Aug. 22. For age 15 and under. Franklin Park, The Playstead, Pierpont Road near the back entrance of Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. 617-635-4505,


BECKETT BOWL Instead of throwing strikes Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett will try to bowl strikes to help in the fight against childhood cancer. The celebrity roster of bowlers includes former and current players from the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Revolution, and New England actors, comedians, musicians, and chefs. The bowling tournament and live and silent auctions are followed by the Beckett Bowl 10 Man Jam at the House of Blues. Proceeds to Boston Children’s Hospital. Aug. 20,
6 p.m. Lucky Strike Lanes, 145 Ipswich St., Boston. Concert at House of Blues, 15 Lans­downe St., Boston. $250 for Bowl and concert; concert only $45-$65.

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AGAINST THE TIDE Get your exercise and raise money for breast cancer prevention all at the same time. The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s fund-raiser features competitive and recreational swimming, kayaking, walking, and running. This year’s new addition is an Aquathlon — a 1-mile swim and a 5K or 10K run. Aug. 18, 7 a.m.-noon. Nickerson State Park, Brewster. 800-649-MBCC, www.mbcc

BIRDING ON MONOMOY ISLAND Have you seen a dowitcher lately? You might on this birding trip sponsored by Lloyd Center for the Environment. Monomoy Island National Wildlife Refuge’s South Beach is the stopover for dowitchers and other migrating shorebirds including godwits, glossy ibises, and roseate terns. Aug. 18, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. $48 includes transportation, registration required. Meet in the parking lot of Shaw’s Supermarket, Route 6, Dartmouth. 508-558-2918,

CAMBRIDGE CAFE CRAWL Have a latte (or two), some espresso, yummy cupcakes, and other goodies on a tour of the best cafes in Harvard Square. Cambridge Center for Adult Education staff members Matthew Cloyd and Danna Solomon lead the way. Wear your walking shoes. Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m. Meet in the courtyard at 42 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1;

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