The week ahead: Family events

Denise Maccaferri

Listen and learn

RISING STARS SHOWCASE Show up early to touch the instruments and talk with members of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance conducted by Steven Karidoyanes features the Plymouth Children’s Chorus, Karen Ji (winner of the South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Concerto Competition), and a program of Peter Boyer’s “I Dream a World,” Neal Hampton’s “Find Our Voice,” the medley “Irving Berlin: From Rags to Ritz,” and Dudley Buck’s Festival Overture on “The Star Spangled Banner.” March 9 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. instrument demo). $15, $20; $8, $12 under 13 (please bring non-perishable food items for the Food Warehouse of Greater Plymouth). Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth. 508-746-8008.


TALES OF A MYSTERIOUS LAND Applause Unlimited brings three Chinese folk tales to the stage with puppets and masks. “The Long Hair Girl” explains how the waterfall got its name. Doing your best work is the lesson from “The God of Faces,” and “The Story of the House” introduces you to three silly characters. March 6 and 7 at 10:30 a.m., March 8 and 9 at 1 and 3 p.m. $12. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400.

FAMILY DAY AT MIT LIST VISUAL ART CENTER After the kids learn how books are made and how they figure into the exhibit “Sonia Almeida: Forward/Play/Pause,” they’ll make their own sketchbook to take home. March 8 noon-4 p.m. Free. MIT List Visual Arts Center, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680.


MAPLE SUGAR DAYS The Blue Hills are alive with the sound and smell of maple sugaring. The bubbling sap is yours to watch and taste, and there are games and a self-guided tour. March 8 and 9 from 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. $6. DCR Brookwood Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton.


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CHEFS COOKING FOR HOPE Let’s hope your appetite and tummy can keep pace with the dishes served at this benefit for adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. More than 50 Boston chefs and honorary chef Michael Schlow of Via Matta, Alta Strada, and Tico do the culinary honors. March 6 from 6:30-9 p.m. $100. 125 High St., Boston. 617-632-3909.

CAPE COD ST. PATRICK’S PARADE Celebrity angler and TV host Charlie Moore (“The Mad Fisherman”) is the Grand Marshal of this South Yarmouth parade with the theme of “Irish Sporting Pastimes.” The 2-mile route will be filled with marching bands, floats, antique cars, Irish step dancers, costumed characters, and more. March 8 at 11 a.m. Free. Parade starts at Bass River Sports World, intersection of Long Pond Drive and Route 28, South Yarmouth. 508-362-7239.

ERIN GO BRAGH AT THE BCAE If the aforementioned parade and these three events don’t get you in a St. Patrick’s Day mood, you can’t say we didn’t try. “Top O’ the Mornin’ Treats” (10 a.m.) is followed by “Irish Dinner” (2:30 p.m.), and then a few days later by the “Irish Whiskey Tasting.” March 9 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., March 14 at 7:30 p.m. $60, $18 materials (March 14 $50, $18 materials). Registration required. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.

PICS IN THE PARKS WORKSHOPS Bring your equipment and skills of any level to these two photography sessions. March 9 and 23 from 11 a.m.-noon. Free (register at March 9 at canoe launch, Millennium Park, 300 Gardner St., West Roxbury (March 23 at Lagoon Bridge, Boston Public Garden). 617-635-4500.

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