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    5 things to do in and around Boston

    The Boston Irish Festival, Official Star Trek Convention, Audubon Nature Festival, and more.


    June 2


    Watch live owl presentations, check out an insect zoo, go on a nature walk, and see demos on composting and solar power, among other activities, at the Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $12 per car. 978-887-9264;

    June 4-6


    City Hall Plaza’s the place to score a scoop (or two or three) in support of a cause Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. Sample more than 30 flavors from nine ice cream companies at the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl. Admission starts at $10.

    June 7-9


    At the Boston Irish Festival in Canton, enjoy live music on four stages, an Irish dance competition, a marketplace, raisin bread bake-off, kids’ village with rides and games, Irish teahouse, and more. Ginger-haired lads and lasses, be sure to say cheese for this year’s attempt at the world record photo of most redheads in one place. Tickets start at $10.

    Aaron Washington
    Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl.

    June 8-9



    Shop for antiques from the 18th to mid 20th centuries at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s annual Antiques at Elm Bank in Wellesley. In tents on the grounds and indoors, more than 125 dealers will sell everything from furniture and china to estate jewelry and paintings. Bring in an heirloom for appraisal ($5 fee) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10. 781-862-4039;


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    The Official Star Trek Convention beams into Boston’s Hynes Convention Center next weekend, with William Shatner and George Takei as headliners. Celebrity appearances by cast members from Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation, costume and trivia contests, collectibles auctions, and autograph and photo ops are also on the schedule. Tickets start at $25.

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