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    INDOOR GARDENING The Franklin Garden Club presents “House Plant Success” on Tuesday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St. Dr. Paul Steen, a retired physician who is now a master gardener certified by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, will discuss common mistakes that cause failure in caring for house plants and how to avoid them. Steen will also discuss 12 common house plants and how to make them bloom and thrive. The program will include an opportunity to ask questions, and participants can bring in a few of their house plants for Steen to diagnose problems and make suggestions regarding care. Admission is free. For more information, call 774-571-0843 .

    ALL YOU CAN FIX The Littleton Rotary Club and the Littleton Sustainability Committee are running another installment of the Littleton Repair
    Café on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Littleton High School, 56 King St. Bring items such as broken toasters, clothing in need of mending, and bikes in need of repair, and receive help. If you’d like to have an iPhone battery replaced, bring a replacement kit for free installation (available at www.iFixit.com).

    LIFE IN ‘THE LAKE’ Historic Newton presents actress and Newton native Marianne Leone discussing her memoir, “Ma Speaks Up,” on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverly Avenue. The memoir depicts Leone’s larger-than-life mother, who emigrated from Italy to raise a family in Nonantum and was widowed at a young age. The author will describe life in “The Lake,” as Nonantum was then known, in the 1960s, share family stories, take questions, and sign books. Admission is free; donations to Historic Newton are appreciated. For information, call 617-796-1450.


    AGAINST AGEISM The Brookline Community Aging Network presents Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of “Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People,” on Thursday, March 8, at Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St. The program is free. Refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The program and discussion will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, call 617-730-2770. For additional information about the Brookline Community Aging Network and to request its monthly newsletter, go to www.brooklineCAN.org or call 617-730-2777.

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    BREEZY EVENING The fifth annual Breezers Ball, which celebrates life in Waltham, takes place Saturday, March 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, 154 Moody St. Tickets are $50 and include a buffet donated by more than 20 Waltham restaurants, dancing to a DJ, a dance performance by a local cultural group, and prizes awarded in multiple best-dressed categories. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/breezersball.

    ON STAGE Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents Wendy Wasserstein’s satire “Old Money,” directed by Karen MacDonald, at the Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, 231 Forest St., Wellesley, from March 6 through 18. Tickets are $25 to $65 with discounts for seniors and students. For tickets call 781-239-5880 or go to www.commshakes.org.

    The Franklin Performing Arts Company is staging the hit family musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” with Andrew Scott
    Holmes as Joseph and Ali Funkhouser as The Narrator, for six performances from March 10 to 18 at the Black Box Theatre, 15 West Central St. Tickets are $34. For tickets and a complete schedule of performances, go to www.theblackboxonline.com.

    MUSIC AND ART The Musicians of the Old Post Road continue their “Circles and Spheres of Inspiration and Influence” season with “Many Happy Returns” on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at First Parish in Wayland, 225 Boston Post Road. The program explores the varied ways that Baroque composers across Europe used the technique of melodic variation atop repeating bass lines. Tickets are $35 for priority seating, $30 for general admission, and $10 for students. Children ages 7 to 17 are admitted free with an adult. For tickets or more information, call 781-466-6694 or go to www.oldpostroad.org.


    Arnaud Sussmann, violin, and Anna Polonsky, piano, perform works of Bach, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Ravel on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton Centre. Admission is free. For more information, call 617-558-8172.

    The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society presents “New Directions: Polymer Clay/Beaders Guild Show” now through March 11 at its gallery at 130 Waltham St. The artists explore themes, techniques, and materials in fresh and innovative ways. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 781-862-9696 or go to www.LACSma.org.

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