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Pastels, the Bill of Rights, and a culinary cabaret

Walkers participate in last year's annual Walk to End Homelessness organized by Family Promise MetroWest.
Walkers participate in last year's annual Walk to End Homelessness organized by Family Promise MetroWest. Family Promise MetroWest

Sail away at the Sherborn Library on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. The library, at 4 Sanger St., is hosting a pastel painting workshop led by Gregory Maichack, an award-winning artist. He will draw on sailboat references and his own rendition of Monet’s painting, “Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers.” Participants will get the chance to use professional-grade pastels, pastel pencils, and paper. Everyone will leave with a 12x18 painting. The program is free and open to anyone 18 and older. Register at sherbornlibrary.org.

Temple Emanuel of Newton and the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church of Cambridge are cohosting their 30th annual Project Manna concert on Tuesday, April 2. It will celebrate gospel and Jewish music, and proceeds go toward the food pantry and soup kitchen at the church. Choirs participating include the Timothy Baptist Church choir, Boston Children Chorus, and Shir Shalom at Temple Shalom. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors. Call 617-558-8100 or visit www.templeemanuel.com/projectmannaconcert.


Do you know what a filibuster is or what the Truman Doctrine discouraged? The 11th annual League of Women Voters’ Civics Bee will take place in Weston on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is the Bill of Rights, but the bee also will challenge teams’ overall knowledge of federal, state, and local government. Teams are from Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, and Concord-Carlisle. Each team is composed of six middle school students, six high school students, and three adults from each town. The event will be held at Weston High School, 444 Wellesley St. It is free and open to the public.

The Franklin Performing Arts Company will host its eighth annual Culinary Cabaret at The Black Box, 15 West Central St., on Friday, April 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event showcases the culinary and performing arts, all in one evening. Local restaurant vendors will be present, and entertainment includes special performers from the company, as well as the international touring ensemble of young singers and dancers Electric Youth. Tickets are $75 and include food, wine, beer, and entertainment. Event proceeds support Electric Youth’s 2019 European concert tour. Get tickets at www.theblackboxonline.com or call 508-528-3370.


Join Family Promise MetroWest at Natick High School on Saturday, April 6, for its 10th annual Walk to End Homelessness. The 2.5-mile walk through Natick Center will also have food, raffles, and games. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on the day of the event, and the walk begins at 9:15 a.m., rain or shine, at the high school, 15 West St. The first 400 registered walkers will receive a long-sleeve shirt. For every $100 raised, participants will receive one ticket for a raffle with prizes. To qualify, all donations must be received by Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m. Register at bit.ly/FamilyPromise2019 .

This year’s commencement for Regis College in Weston will be a ball! R ed Sox legend David Ortiz will serve as the 2019 commencement speaker. He will be given an honorary degree in recognition of his accomplishments on the field, as well as off through the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera also will address the graduates and receive an honorary degree. The ceremonies will be held at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston on May 11.

Ysabelle Kempe can be reached at ysabelle.kempe@globe.com.