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    THE INFORMER

    Openings, closings, events, and more west of Boston

    The region’s first Israeli-American community center opened in Newton last week. The 5,000-square-foot space at 1320 Centre St. can hold up to 100 people, and offers a teen lounge, community hall, and a conference room. The facility will serve about 20,000 Israeli-Americans in Greater Boston, and its opening marks one year since the launch of the Israeli-American Council Boston.

    Electric bike brand Pedego has opened a store in Belmont . The bicycles are designed to provide an environmentally friendly alternative means of transportation. The shop is open for sales, tours, and rentals. The company is based in Orange County, Calif., and has more than 800 stores around the world. The Belmont shop is at 444 Common St. For more information, visit www.bostonpedego.com.

    Minuteman Community Education in Lexington is hosting school vacation programs for children in grades 1-8 from April 21 through 24. Held at Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, the program will offer classes in baking, cooking, art, creative writing, metal welding, science, and other subjects. Students can register for either morning or afternoon sessions, or for both. For more information about the course offerings and to register, visit www.minutemance.org or call 781-861-7150.

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    The Walnut Hill School for the Arts, at 12 Highland St. in Natick, will have an open house for its summer programs next Sunday, April 12, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Open to youths ages 10-17, courses include dance, theater, visual arts, and writing and film. For more information and to preregister, visit www.walnuthillarts.org.

    Compiled by Christopher Gavin.
    He can be reached at christopher.gavin@globe.com