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Needham: As part of National Grandparents Day celebrations across the United States, the North Hill retirement community is hosting a special “Adopt a Grandparent” event featuring one of New England’s most popular children’s entertainers, Rick Goldin, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 865 Central Ave. Free. www.northhill.org.
Watertown: The Cryogenic Renaissance Orchestra (also known as the Greg Hopkins Nonet, with the nine-piece ensemble featuring top jazz talent) will perform original arrangements of Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool’’ recordings, and homages to McCoy Tyner’s “Tender Moments” and Herbie Hancock’s “The Prisoner” Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. $20, $18 students and members. 617-923-0100, www.arsenalarts.org.
Wellesley: The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has selected Blue Ginger as a premier restaurant partner for its Garden to Table initiative, and the restaurant will celebrate the program by hosting a fund-raising cocktail party, with a menu designed around produce from the garden at the nonprofit organization’s Elm Bank property, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ginger, 583 Washington St. All proceeds from the event will go to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. $85. 781-283-5790, www.masshort.org.