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WEST INFORMER

Arts festivals, hiking, and a walk for the homeless

Tyler Perna-Timperio from Newton was a 2018 Read to Ride winner.
Tyler Perna-Timperio from Newton was a 2018 Read to Ride winner.(Jacquelyn Perna)

The Armenian Museum of America in Watertown has announced its Summer Studio Art Classes. The museum will host two sessions of two-week art programs. Classes for children ages 6 to 10 take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes for ages 11 to 14 are 3 to 5 p.m. Students ages 15 to 18 should contact the museum about creating an independent art study program. The first session takes place from June 26 to July 5 on Wednesdays and Fridays; the second is from Aug. 14 to Aug. 23 on Wednesdays and Fridays. The program costs $120 per session, $96 for members. One session includes four classes. Sign up at www.armenianmuseum.org/events/summer-art-studio or call 617-926-2562, ext. 103.

The 21st annual Read to Ride has officially kicked off. Students ages 5 through 15 can participate in the summer reading program in which they can win prizes (including bikes). Winners are drawn randomly. Participants increase their opportunity to win based on the number of books they read each week. A winner is drawn weekly through Aug. 9. Winners may have their photo taken and published in The Patriot Ledger. Entry forms and details are available at local libraries, South Shore YMCAs, local Boys and Girls Clubs, and all Dependable Cleaners locations, as well as at www.DependableCleaners.com and www.ReadtoRideMA.com.

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Kemp Harris and his band are performing at Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham on Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m. Kemp is a singer and songwriter who, according to his website, “defies categorization.” He is also an actor, activist, author, storyteller, and award-winning educator. The art center is located at 160 Hollis St., Framingham. Tickets are $10 for students and children, $17 for art center members, $19 for ages 65 and older, and $20 for general admission. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain and parking is free. Buy tickets at amazingthings.org or by calling 508-405-2787.

Medway Public Schools presents the Arts Festival, Band and Chorus Concert on Monday, June 3, and the Medway Middle School Spring Choral Concert on Wednesday, June 5. The festival on Monday takes place at Burke-Memorial Elementary School, 16 Cassidy Lane, Medway , from 6 to 8 p.m. Student art will be on display outside of their classrooms. The third- and fourth-grade chorus performs in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. The fourth-grade band performs at 7:30 p.m. The concert on Wednesday will be held in the Medway High School auditorium, 88 Summer St. It features students in grades 5 through 8.

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Learn more about Sherborn’s hiking trails on June 12 at the town’s public library during a talk led by Art Schnure, one of the authors of “Sherborn Walks: Exploring Publicly Accessible Land in Sherborn, Massachusetts.” The book contains detailed information and history on each of the accessible trails in Sherborn, including maps, photographs, level of difficulty, and walking times. The book presentation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and takes place in the library’s temporary home at the Sherborn Community Center, 2 Sanger St.

The ninth annual Walk Home 5K Benefit Walk for the Homeless comes to Waltham on Sunday, June 9, at 10 a.m. The walk takes place at three separate locations — Danvers Rail Trail, Dorchester Park, and Waltham Common. Take your pick! Funds are collected by RTN GoodWorks Foundation and donated to help homeless teens and families in Danvers, Dorchester, and Waltham. The money supports the work of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Registration is encouraged ahead of time at www.rtn.org.

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