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    Boston-area family events

    Gary Ng

    Little orphan Anne

    ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Follow the adventures of Anne Shirley, the spunky, melodramatic orphan from Prince Edward Island, in a musical version of the beloved children’s story by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Wheelock Family Theatre’s version features Jennifer Beth Glick (above) in the title role. Oct. 19-Nov. 18.
    Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 3 p.m. Also Nov. 10 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. $15-$30. Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300,

    Milva DiDomizio


    FUNGUS FAIR Fungus may not sound appetizing, but you eat it if you consume mushrooms, yeasted bread, or cheese. At this all-day event, learn about edible fungi, medicinal uses of fungi, and how scientists study mushrooms, yeasts, and slime molds. Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission of $12, $10 seniors and students, $8 ages 3-18, under 3 free. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045,

    MISTER G Bailamos! That means “let’s dance” in Spanish, and that’s what kids are invited to do at a performance celebrating the release of “Chocolalala,” the new CD by Mister G. Move and groove to his catchy tunes with Latin rhythms. Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. $9.75, $7.75 kids. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500,

    BOO AT THE ZOO Animals will be happy during this early Halloween celebration because they get treats (pumpkins as enrichment items). Costumed visitors are enriched by creepy crafts, games, performances, a haunted maze, and a trick-or-treat trail through the zoo. Oct. 20-21, 11 a.m.-
    3 p.m. $14, $12 seniors, $10 ages 2-12, under 2 free. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

    Milva DiDomizio



    ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE The 1747 Shirley-Eustis House is the perfect place to participate in easy group dances from days of old. Dance master Tony Parkes and fiddler Vince O’Donnell lead circle, square, and line dances. No experience or partner required. Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m. $10. Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley St., Roxbury. 617-442-2275,

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    SOUTH END HOUSE TOUR This year’s self-guided event, “Private Homes and Public Spaces,” offers glimpses into restored and renovated private residences in the country’s biggest Victorian rowhouse district. It’s also a chance to visit one of the neighborhood’s historically significant churches before it turns into condos. Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 advance, $30 day of tour at Boston Center for the Arts,
    539 Tremont St., and Rondeau-Tierney Real Estate, 69 Appleton St. 617-536-4445, www.south

    HEART OF THE HUB Celebrate Roxbury’s arts community at an event featuring dancing to music by the E-Water Band , a silent auction, and small bites from area restaurants. WCVB’s Karen Holmes Ward serves as mistress of ceremonies. Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m. $75. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury.

    ARCHAEOLOGY FAIR Get your Indiana Jones on at a celebration featuring local archaeologists and hands-on activities. The event is one of many happening during National Archaeology Day (see website for schedule). Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park,
    Boston. 617-353-6550,

    Milva DiDomizio