Globe West Best Bets

This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.


Natick: Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don’t we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come to an Owl Prowl with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior, and habitat and search for evening owl visitors, the screech owl and great horned owl. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. $13, children $8. 508-655-2296, www.massaudubon.org.

Newton: A generation of women found their social roles drastically changed during the Civil War. They left farms and towns and became spies, soldiers, nurses, administrators, factory workers, diplomats, and even government-sponsored prostitutes. Learn about it at “Women in the Civil War.” Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Historic Newton, Jackson Homestead and Museum. Free. 617-796-1450, www.historicnewton.org.


Waltham: Michael Korn conducts the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra in “Passionate” featuring the rarely heard work by American composer Amy Beach: Gaelic Symphony in E-minor, Op. 32. Also featuring double bass soloist Susan Hagen playing Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Middle School, 655 Lexington St. $20; seniors $15, children free with paying adult. 781-314-5560, www.wphil.org.

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