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Concord: Henry David Thoreau was known to have grown the sweetest, juiciest watermelons in Concord. Every year he shared his harvest with friends and family. At “Henry’s Watermelon Party,” join historical interpreters continuing this tradition, with actor and historian Richard Smith (right) portraying the 19th-century author, Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St. Free. 978-369-3254.
Newton: Christopher Klein (inset below) discusses his book “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores,” with wartime ruins, camping sites and scenic views on his list of attractions, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St. Free. 617-796-1360, www.newtonfreelibrary.net.
Watertown: The Bynars (below) share their catchy take on electro-pop with a concert and music video premiere Friday, 7:30 p.m., as part of the “Play in the Black Box” series at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. The video, “Every Little Thing You Love,” is an offbeat love ballad about a girl and an alien, with surprising twists and a whirling roller-rink prom scene. $12, $8 students. 617-923-0100, www.arsenalarts.org.