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INFORMER

A tiny (and ephemeral) city, spring cleaning, and a motorcycle history lesson

Jon Chase for The Boston Globe
Discovery Museum CEO Neil Gordon led the cheers at the official March ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Acton museum. Duting school vacation week, the museum will be home to a tiny hands-on cardboard city.

During April vacation week, the Discovery Museum in Acton invites students to help create “Tinytropolis,” a mini city within the museum. Museum staff will work with kids to make a city made completely out of cardboard. The city will stand in the museum for nine days only and will continue to change and evolve throughout its short lifetime. Children and their parents are welcome to drop in between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day from Saturday, April 14 to Sunday, April 22. The program is free with admission. The museum is located at 177 Main St. For more information, www.discoveryacton.org.

The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility planned to reopen its “Reusables Area” on Saturday, April 14 just in time for the start of spring cleaning. Wellesley residents who will be clearing out the clutter in their homes can bring their old items to the give-and-take section of the facility and pick up some new items from their neighbors. The Reusables Area is for Wellesley residents only. Non-residents are not permitted and cannot leave any of their old items in the facility. The area will be open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m and will run until the end of November. For more information, visit https://www.wellesleyma.gov or call 781-235-7600, ext. 3345.

Bob and Rhonda Van Buren
Augusta Van Buren, left, and Adeline Van Buren, far right, posed with silent movie star Anita King in Hollywood near the end of their 5,500-mile cross-country motorcycle trip in 1916. Bob Van Buren, the sisters’ great-nephew, will lead an April 24 presentation about that trip in Marlborough.

The Marlborough Historical Society is presenting “Across the Great Divide,” the story of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, two sisters who rode cross-country on motorcycles in 1916. The sisters challenged the gender norms of their time and prove their worth by making the 5,500-mile journey from New York City to California. Afterwards, they enlisted in the US Army as dispatch riders. This presentation, which will include original photography from the sisters’ trip, will be led by Bob Van Buren, the sisters’ great-nephew, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at 377 Elm St. For more information, call 508-485-4763.

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Zipporah Osei can be reached at zipporah.osei@globe.com