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Thanks to the work of Charles Owen Dexter, there are thousands of rhododendrons at the Heritage Museums & Gardens. Look for them at the Rhododendron Festival, where there will be walks, classes,
a plant sale, and a scavenger hunt for the kids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 26. $15, $7 kids, free under
3 (additional charge for some of the programs). Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich. 508-888-3300.


World rhythms The Arlington-based Mystic Chorale travels to Central America, Cuba, South Africa, and more — without leaving the area — for its “Sacred Rhythms” concerts. Joining the community chorus will be percussionist Andres Espinoza and folksinger Dean Stevens. 8 p.m. (May 20 at 3:30 p.m.). $18, $15 students and seniors. Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont St., Boston. 781-316-2500.

Time pieces The late George McFadden loved to make things, and the former Winchester resident put his imagination to work designing jewelry, creating mechanized displays for department stores, and coming up with automated devices for circus acts. During retirement, his passion was clocks, particularly cuckoo clocks. McFadden built whimsical clocks, which are on view at “Enchanted Clocks of George McFadden.”
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (ongoing). Free. The National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559.

Nothing but the truth We couldn’t resist sharing these trivia tidbits from Yanni’s name is Greek for “John with golden hair”; the composer and keyboardist is self-taught, has perfect pitch, and can’t read music; when he was 14, he broke the Greek National record for the men’s 50-meter swimming freestyle. Oh, and he dated Linda Evans from 1989-1998. At “An Evening With Yanni” you’ll be treated to career hits and tracks from his latest album, “Truth of Touch.” 8 p.m. $34.50-$99.50. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, R.I.


Going to the chapel Your Sunday visit to the Forest Hills Cemetery is for jazz, and the musicians who will entertain you at Jazz in the Chapel are trumpeter Phil Grenadier and saxophonist George Garzone. The former has performed with Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. The latter teaches at the Berklee College of Music. May 20 at 2 p.m. $25, $30 at the door. Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-3150.

Brookline birthplace Visitors are welcomed back to the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, which celebrates the 95th anniversary of our 35th president’s birth. Tours of Kennedy’s birthplace and boyhood home are ranger- or self-guided, and audio players are available in several languages. May 20 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (open Wed-Sun). Free. John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, 83 Beals St., Brookline. 617-566-7937.

Far-out art You can see this art gallery up to a half mile away since “Art on the Marquee” is a 3,000-square-foot digital display covering seven screens on an 80-foot-tall LED marquee. The exhibit of 10 new works is by 14 Massachusetts-based artists. May 20 from 8-9 p.m. (check website for dates and times). Free. Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s Urban Screen, 415 Summer St., South Boston. 617-524-8495.