Outdoors with Emerson and Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau and friends in "Nature"

NATURE THERAPY The Nature Connection, a Concord nonprofit that delivers therapeutic nature programs, will offer two free caregiver training sessions this fall. A session open to professionals working in elder care, including residential, assisted-living and memory-care settings, will be Thursday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Caregiver training for family members caring for loved ones with memory loss will be offered Thursday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Both sessions will be at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road. Training is free but preregistration is required. Go to www.nature-connection.org/caregiver-trainings/ or e-mail training@nature-connection.org.

STORY AND SONG Earfull, a series at Mosesian Center for the Arts in which authors and musicians join together for intimate performances of story and song, opens its fall season Tuesday, Sept. 19. It will feature authors Michael Patrick MacDonald (“All Souls: A Family Story from Southie”) and Ben Mezrich (“Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions”) along with musical groups Weakened and Muck and the Mires. The theater is at 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 7. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information, call 617-923-0100 or go to www.Mosesianarts.org.

EMERSON AND THOREAU The East Coast premiere of “Nature,” a unique theatrical experience starring a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson and members of the Concord community, takes place at the Old Manse, 269 Monument St., Concord, Sept. 22 to Oct. 1. “Nature” is an outdoor play for all ages that reflects Emerson and Thoreau’s deep friendship and love of nature. Tickets are $20 for Trustees of Reservations members and $10 for their children; $25 for nonmembers, and $15 for their children. For tickets and a complete schedule, go to www.thetrustees.org/natureplay.


Musical Mosaics Lexington Symphony opens its season Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., with “Musical Mosaics,” featuring 2017 Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition winner Nathaniel Taylor playing Elgar’s “Cello Concerto,” along with Schumann’s “Rhenish” symphony. Tickets are $10 to $55. Call 781-523-9009 or go to www.lexingtonsymphony.org.

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Fantastic Forties The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital invites the community to a cocktail party fund-raiser called Fantastic Forties at the Collings Foundation, 137 Barton Road, Stow, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 to 11 p.m. The benefit for the Emergency Department will include cocktails, appetizers, a live band, a raffle, an auction and more, amidst a private collection of antique planes, ambulances, and automobiles. Tickets start at $125. Go to www.emersonhospital.org/fantastic40s.

CLASSIC COUNTRY Donna Lee, Barry Searle, and the Crooked Ledge Band present a night of classic country at OCC Coffeehouse at the Original Congregational Church, 1 East St., Wrentham, on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. Go to www.musicatocc.org or call 508-384-3110.

RUN OR WALK The 21st Annual Dudley Pond 5K Run/Walk is Sunday, Sept. 24, for runners and walkers of all ages. Proceeds benefit the Dudley Pond Association’s efforts to preserve the quality of Dudley Pond and fight invasive weeds. Events include a noncompetitive fitness walk at 10:30 a.m., a kids’ race at 12:30 p.m., a 5-kilometer race sanctioned by USA Track & Field at 1 p.m., and a 2-mile competitive walk at 1 p.m. The race begins at Mansion Beach, at Mansion Road and Lakeshore Drive, Wayland. Advance registration is $6 for the kids’ fun run and $20 for all other events. On race day, the fee is $8 for kids, $25 for adults. Call 508-655-1923 or go to www.dudleypond.org/2017-fun-run.html.

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