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A hike for toddlers, Hope Floats Memory Walk, and ArtWeek

Randolph Police Sergeant Jason Fisher and Lieutenant Anthony Marag holding autism awareness patches, which the police department is selling throughout the month of April.
Randolph Police Sergeant Jason Fisher and Lieutenant Anthony Marag holding autism awareness patches, which the police department is selling throughout the month of April. Randolph Police

The Randolph Police Department is selling patches throughout the month of April to raise money for autism awareness. The patches are $10 each, and all proceeds go to the New England chapter of Autism Speaks. Officers will wear the patches at select events throughout the month. You can get a patch of your own by stopping by the station at 41 South Main St., Randolph, or by mailing a check or money order to the station and specifying attention to Officer Gilbert. Checks or money orders can be made payable to: Randolph Police Department: Autism Awareness. Cash is also accepted. Visit www.autismspeaks.org/new-england.

The Friends of the Blue Hills will host the kickoff Peek-a-Blue Hike of the season in Milton. This hourlong guided hike is geared toward families with babies and toddlers. The program is offered every other Tuesday at 11 a.m., but the kickoff on Tuesday, April 23, also includes special songs, stories, and a scavenger hunt. Hikes are stroller accessible. The free event offers snacks and drinks and leaves from Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Visit www.friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue.


Norfolk’s Happy Feat Fundraiser will host its annual women-only night out on Friday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Ambrosia Weddings and Events. This year’s event will benefit Gilly’s House and New Life Furniture Bank of MA. Gilly’s House, a sober home in Wrentham, supports young men recovering from addiction. New Life Furniture Bank of MA, located in Walpole, provides donated furniture and household goods to people transitioning out of homelessness. Tickets are $50 and include catered hors d’oeuvres, desserts, door prizes, drawings, auctions, and a DJ. There will also be a cash bar. The venue is at 2 Washington St., Route 1, Foxborough. Purchase tickets by visiting www.happyfeatfundraiser.org.

Sustain free bereavement support groups through donations and participation at a walk in Kingston on April 27. The sixth annual Hope Floats Memory Walk held by Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center gives money to groups like Mike’s Club which supports South Shore and Cape Cod individuals grieving the loss of loved ones. The walk starts at 10 a.m. at Hope Floats on 4 Elm St. Children under 12 are free, teens between 12 and 18 cost $15, and adults cost $25 to register. In person registration begins at 8:30 a.m., but can also be made through www.hopefloatswellness.org or 781-936-8068.


ArtWeek returns to Marion with another jam-packed 10 days of activities including a New-Orleans style jam session and a Poetry Knockout event. The festival is family-friendly and promotes arts and crafts suited for art and culture admirers of all ages. Interested visitors should check out the schedule for exact times and prices of specific events, as several, but not all, are free. The week begins April 26 and runs through May 5. The majority of activities will be held at the Marion Art Center on 80 Pleasant St. Contact the art center at 508-748-1266 for more information.

A presentation on Georgia O’ Keefe takes place at the Bridgewater Public Library on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. The talk by Jill Sanford, the owner of Art for Your Mind, spans from O’ Keefe’s her early work in New York, to her flower days, to her pieces on New Mexico. Visit www.artforyourmind.com for more information. The library is located on 15 South St. Contact 508-697-3331 or www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org/.


Ysabelle Kempe can be reached at ysabelle.kempe@globe.com. Annika Hom can be reached at annika.hom@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnikaHom.