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Work is underway at the Northshore Mall in Peabody to create a patio and outdoor stage for community events and performances.

With upgrades and food, suburban malls take on e-retailers

Greater Boston’s shopping centers are rallying with new experiences from outdoor dining to grocery shopping to total village living.By Nancy Shohet West

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Head into the woods with a sketchpad

Enjoy the woods in a new way — with a pencil and sketchpad — at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge’s “Sketching in Nature” class.

THE ARGUMENT

Has the Plainridge Park Casino been a benefit to Plainville and surrounding towns?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

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LOCAL FARE

Give Twyrl Pasta Bistro a whirl in Arlington

The bright, narrow dining room in Arlington is accented by an open kitchen, including a chalkboard sign with the name of the cook preparing fresh pasta that day

UP CLOSE

Newton Talks turns stories into history

Kimberly Hewitt is helping to conduct an oral history project for the city, creating records for future generations.

Meet the big, dark blot on this summer’s treeline

The year’s wet, cool weather — coming after years of drought — has been perfect for the growth of fungus.

WAYLAND

Wayland pond fund-raising race set for Sept. 24

Proceeds benefit the Dudley Pond Association’s efforts to preserve the quality of the pond and fight invasive weeds.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Head into the woods with a sketchpad

Enjoy the woods in a new way — with a pencil and sketchpad — at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge’s “Sketching in Nature” class.

WRENTHAM

Wrentham Day race is Sept. 2

The town’s annual Wrentham Day and Wrentham Wroad Wrace will be held Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Town Common.

INFORMER

A yoga class, a musical open house, and a coloring session for adults

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Golfer Bobby Manion of Framingham took the NEPGA’s Junior Elite Tour event at Stow Acres Aug. 7-8 by two strokes.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Top area athletes about to give it the old college try

Several student-athletes from towns west of Boston who earned Globe All-Scholastic honors are now making the leap to collegiate athletics.

With upgrades and food, suburban malls take on e-retailers

Greater Boston’s shopping centers are rallying with new experiences from outdoor dining to grocery shopping to total village living.

LEXINGTON

Lexington offers end of summer party

An end of summer party for Lexington residents will be held at the Community Center on Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

CONCORD

Quit smoking with Emerson Hospital clinic

Emerson Hospital in Concord will be hosting a Freedom from Smoking group clinic starting Sept. 18 to help people learn how to overcome tobacco addictions.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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Pokémon Go results in calls to police, a police chief rescues a pet pig, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

CARTOON CAPTION

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.

On The Move

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/15/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/06panmasschallenge07.jpg Cool charity rides, in every sense

In the wake of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge staged every August, there are dozens of great charity rides in eastern Massachusetts, most after Labor Day.

Interactive Graphic

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.