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Week ahead: Kids’ events

Bruce S. Allen

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ELMO’S SUPER HEROES This edition of “Sesame Street Live” features the lovable red Muppet and his compatriots lending Super Grover a hand. Along the way, kids learn about exercise, nutrition, and hygiene. April 26, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 27, 10:30 a.m., 2, and 5:30 p.m. April 28, 1 and 4:30 p.m. $15-$70. Agganis Arena, 925 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-353-4628, www.sesamestreetlive.com

ANANSI: SPIDERMAN OF AFRICA Anansi the spider is a trickster with an insatiable appetite. Laugh at his unsuccessful antics in a performance by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. A behind-the-scenes puppet demonstration, Q&A session with puppeteer, and puppet making activity follow the show. Recommended for ages 4 and up. April 26, 3:30 p.m. $12. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400, ext. 101; www.puppetshowplace.org

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THE TOWN THAT FOUGHT HATE In a Stand Against Racism Event, Catskill Puppet Theatre presents the story of how people from many faiths and races cooperated to combat hate in Billings, Mont. The performance stresses the power of community, standing up to bullies, and how children can make a difference. For ages 5 and up. April 27, 10:30 a.m. Free. JFK Library, Stephen E. Smith Center, Columbia Point, Boston. 617-514-1644, www.jfklibrary.org

A CHEERFUL EARFUL There’ll be smiles all around when Marta Zurad conducts the Young People’s String Orchestra of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) in a family concert hosted by magician Matthew Roberts. April 27, noon. Pre-concert activities 10:30-11:30 a.m. $20 adults, includes free admission for up to four children. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200, www.bysoweb.org

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BOSTON COLLEGE ARTS FESTIVAL The theme for this year’s three-day celebration is “Ever to Create” (an echo of the university’s motto “Ever to Excel”). Special alumni guests include writer Robert Polito and photographer James Balog. Events include concerts, dance performances, exhibits, and shows and activities for kids. April 25-27, noon-11 p.m. Most events free. See website for schedule. O’Neill Library Plaza and other locations at Boston College, Chestnut Hill. 617-552-2787, www.bc.edu/artsfestival

SPRING FORAGING WALK We don’t usually think about dinner when we’re out for a walk, but maybe we should. In this Boston Natural Areas Network program, participants identify and learn how to harvest plants in parks and along sidewalks. April 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Free, registration required. Meet at MBTA Orange Line entrance along Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-542-7696, www.bostonnatural.org

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS GALA This event presented by Longwood Giving seeks to raise awareness and strengthen the missions and goals of The Ellie Fund, The Boston Bruins Foundation, The International Rett Syndrome Foundation, College Bound Dorchester, and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Celebrate their work and enjoy gourmet chef stations, live and silent auctions, and more. In response to the Boston Marathon tragedy, 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to The One Fund Boston. April 25, 6-9 p.m. $100 ($150 includes 5 p.m. VIP cocktail reception). The State Room, 60 State St., 33d floor, Boston. www.longwoodgiving.org

Shear delight

SHEEPSHEARING FESTIVAL Springtime is haircut time for the sheep (plus a llama and some alpacas) at Gore Place. Watch them get sheared at the 26th annual fest that also features an 18th-century militia encampment, herding dog demonstrations, wagon rides, crafters in period dress, a craft fair, hands-on activities, and performances by Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, Morris dancers, the Moody Street String Band, and Merrimack Valley Bluegrass. April 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, under 13 free, children must be accompanied by adult. No pets. Rain or shine. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, www.goreplace.org

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