GATHER BY THE RIVER The 27th Annual Great River Race, a 7.5-mile race on the North River, starts at the Bridge Street Canoe Launch in Norwell and ends at Indian Head Road in Hanover. All skill levels, from novice to racer, and all ages, are invited to take part. Any non-motorized water craft is eligible to enter, including standup paddle boards. The event is organized by the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, a conservation group.
Bridge Street Canoe Launch, Norwell; Saturday, July 22, 8:30-9:45 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start; $55, www.eventbrite.com/e/27th-annual-great-river-race-tickets-34471326666.
RUSSIAN ART Lakeville Public Library’s Great Ponds Gallery is exhibiting “The Art of Russian Punch Needle,” a traditional needle art used to decorate clothing and panels. Donna Brouillard of Middleborough creates quilts and smaller pieces.
4 Precinct St.; through July 31; www.lakevillelibrary.org.
YOUTH ART The Brockton Youth Creates Biennial shines a light on the work of art students within the Brockton public school system.
Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St.; through Sept. 10; www.fullercraft.org.
Other current exhibits at Fuller Craft Museum include “Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts” and glasswork artist Amber Cowan’s “Re-collections.”
DREADFUL VOICE Tuesday Night at the Movies screens “Florence Foster Jenkins” starring Meryl Streep, a film about a New York socialite with a terrible voice who dreams of becoming a great opera singer.
Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave.; Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
PICNIC CONCERTS The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate hosts picnic concerts for family and friends to celebrate “Violet Riot: Bradley in Bloom,” the newly opened formal garden on Thursday evenings.
2468B Washington St., Canton; AfterFab, Music of The Beatles’ Solo Careers performs on Thursday, July 20, 7-9 p.m.; $40 car, $30 member car, $10 walk-in, 857-327-5043.
CLASS DISCUSSION The History Book Group meets to discuss “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America” by Nancy Isenberg, the history of poor white citizens in America and the class struggle that dates to the country’s founding.
Manomet Branch Library, 12 Strand Ave., Plymouth; Thursday, July 20, 4 p.m.; for information call 508-830-4185.
MUSICAL FAMILY Popular entertainer and teacher Philip Alexander performs on guitar, harmonica, ukulele, dulcimer, ocarina, and boomwhackers. Joined by his wife and daughter, the trio describes themselves as “the Von Trapps meet the Carter Family.”
Music Court at Francis William Bird Park, Walpole; Sunday, July 16, 3-4 p.m.; $15 family, $9 member family, www.thetrustees.org/birdpark.
MYSTERY OF WRITING Mystery writer Debi Graham-Leard speaks about her creative inspiration, writing processes, and literary connections in a lifelong learning program entitled “So you want to be an author?”
Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield; Wednesday, July 19, 7-8:30 p.m.; $5, call 781-834-5535.
TOP BURGERS Edible South Shore Magazine hosts executive chef Greg Jordan of The Quarry Restaurant in Hingham as he teaches the art of the burger at KAM Appliances in Hanover.
1176 Washington St.; Wednesday, July 19, 7 p.m.; $20 includes participation and samples; www.events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee9co3b64cf9e003&llr=4a6cmpcab.
ART REVOLUTION The Scituate Arts Association’s Art Matters Book Club discusses Jane Kamensky’s book, “A Revolution in color: The World of John Singleton Copley,” the story of the artist who documented the American Revolution.
124 Front St.; Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.; call 781-545-2816 for details.
NATURAL BEAUTY The Gallery at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill hosts “Uninterrupted Connections,” a new show on the fragile beauty of nature by artists Kay Kopper, Jennifer Langhammer, and Mary Wilkas.
293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon; artist reception Tuesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m.; www.massaudubon.org/moosehill.
SUMMER PAGES Duxbury Free Library’s BookBreeze summer series presents Randy Susan Meyers speaking on her newest novel, “The Widow of Wall Street.”
77 Alden St.; Thursday, July 20, 7-9 p.m., register at www.libraryinsight.com/horzcal.asp?jx=mz.
CENTENNIAL The Scituate Historical Society holds a gala fund-raiser in recognition of its centennial celebration, featuring Champagne, tasty bites, live music, and “Recollections of Thomas W. Lawson and his Magnificent Farm” by Lawson oral historian Robert Chessia.
GAR Hall, 353 Country Way; Saturday, July 22, 7 p.m.; $40, 781-545-1083.
The society’s 100th birthday celebration includes trolley tours of the former Dreamwold Farm, guided tours of Lawson Tower, demonstrations of antique cycles and cars, and a concert by the Satuit Band at the Little Red Schoolhouse, Cudworth Road; Sunday, July 23, noon-4 p.m.; $15, $10 members, children free.
MUSIC FESTIVAL The Duxbury Music Festival opens with a festival overture concert and reception on Sunday, July 16. 6:30 p.m., under a tent at a seaside location at the end of Freeman Place in Duxbury. For tickets, www.duxburymusicfestival.org.
The festival’s first “All-Rachmaninoff Faculty Concert” features internationally recognized pianist Oxana Yablonskaya on Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George St., Duxbury; tickets at www.duxburymusicfestival.org.
BEACH DAYS Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries presents free educational programming focused on the natural and cultural history of Duxbury Beach. Meet at right-hand parking lot across the Powder Point Bridge.
“Square Meter of Tidal Inventory” on Tuesday, July 18, 9:30-11 a.m. For information, call 781-837-9400.
Bathyscopes, a viewfinder for underwater exploration, Thursday, July 20, 9:30-11 a.m.
Compass Treasure Hunt with John Tinker, Saturday, July 22, 9:30-11 a.m.Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org.