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Wed, Apr 4th
Suzanne Mahler's Journey Through the Growing Season (at McAuliffe Library)
Journey through the growing season with a dazzling display of the hottest new perennials and the tried and true favorites at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at the McAuliffe Library, 746 Water Street, Framingham. *** Hear famed garden writer and speaker Suzanne Mahler discuss Perennial Color Spring through the Fall, A Journey Through the Growing Season. This lively program is sponsored by the Framingham Garden Club. Ms. Mahler is an avid gardener, horticulturalist and photographer. She writes a weekly gardening column, "Green Thumbs Up!" and grows extensive collections of perennials, including more than five hundred daylily cultivars and over two hundred varieties of hostas. She has been past president of the New England Daylily Society and is a member of two local garden clubs, and an overseer for Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Among many other accomplishments, her garden is designated as a National Display Garden for the American Daylily Society. *** Seating is limited to 50. *** Free tickets will be distributed beginning at 6:30pm.

Tue, Apr 10th
Group Documentary Photography Exhibit (at Saxonville Mills Studio)
PROJECT B GALLERY, "Through Her Lens" Group Documentary Photography Exhibit. April 10th to April 30th, 2018. *** Photographers' Reception Saturday, April 28th, 2 4 pm. *** The Project B Gallery at The Mill Contemporary Studios is pleased to present a group documentary photography exhibit featuring works by three prominent female photographers, hailing from different parts of the world, with different life experiences and different views and opinions. *** Featured Photographers: Maite Mateo, Belinda Soncini and Rebecca Skinner. *** Location: Mill Contemporary Art Studios, 2 Center Street, Framingham, MA 01701 *** Gallery hours: M-F 10am to 3pm, and by appointment. *** For additional information please contact Sorin Bica at or 617-216-9672.

Thu, Apr 12th
North Sea Gas (at Amazing Things)
North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald and Grant Simpson make up North Sea Gas. They have released 19 albums, received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association, and regularly sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the world!Tickets: Regular $21 ~ Senior 65+ $20 ~ Member $18 ~ Student/Child $10

Fri, Apr 13th
Roomful of Blues (at Amazing Things)
Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, "are in a class by themselves." The band has been led since 1998 by Chris Vachon, who, according to Guitar Player, "burns with explosive solos and a delightfully greasy sense of rhythm." Roomful of Blues has always maintained its signature sound through great musicianship and a stellar horn section -- featuring tenor and alto saxophonist(and clarinetist on 45 Live's Jambalaya) Rich Lataille, who first joined the band in 1970. Lataille's masterful playing can evoke either the fat-toned, honking sax of the glory days of early rock or the cool elegance of big band swing jazz.Tickets: Regular $35 ~ Senior 65+ $33 ~ Member $30 ~ Student/Child U12 $17

Sat, Apr 14th
Rock Off Main! All Ages Rock Show (at Amazing Things)
The Amazing Things Arts Center presents Diane Young Productions "Rock Off Main " a monthly all ages show that features local bands and singer/songwriters from middle school, high school, college or just out of college.This is an opportunity for young musicians to take their music from basement/garage to center stage where they can share it with friends, family and fans. We welcome all pop, emo, punk, ska, hardcore, indie etc. bands and acoustic performers from the Metro West and Greater Boston Area. If interested in playing please contact Diane at month's bands and hometowns: Evil Felipe (Worcester), Chicago Knish Lot (Natick), My Guilty Pleasure (Abington), Playing With Fire (Upton), and Out of the Blue (Southboro) *** Visit us on Facebook for future dates and lineups.Doors at 7pm $8 admission at the door. (No advance sales). General seating.Always All Ages .. nobody gets left out!! *** Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St. Framingham, MA 01702 *** (508) 405-2787

Sun, Apr 15th
Johnny A: Just Meand My Guitars (at Amazing Things)
Special VIP event between 2-3pm. A private Sound check and a meet and greet with Johnny! Only 30 tickets available! For nearly 20 years Johnny A. has traveled the world effortlessly gliding through, bending and blending, musical genres to deliver his own unique style of instrumental guitar music. Johnny again takes an adventurous musical left turn to present his distinct, instrumental guitar approach for the very first time in a completely "solo" intimate atmosphere. Don't miss this rare and unique opportunity to see Grammy Nominated, Boston Music Hall of Fame Inductee and one of America's finest instrumental guitarists, Johnny A., up close and personal.Special VIP Experience Tickets: Regular $40 Advance Tickets: Regular $35 ~ Senior 65+ $33 ~ Member $30 ~ Student/Child $17Day of Tickets: Regular $40 ~ Senior 65+ $38 ~ Member $35 ~ Student/Child $17 *** Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St. Framingham, MA 01702 *** (508) 405-2787

Sat, Apr 21st
Community Safety Day (at First United Methodist Church)
Framingham, MA, April 21: First United Methodist Church, 360 Water St, Framingham MA will sponsor a Safety Day event for the community from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Admission is FREE. Highlights include Bicycle Helmet Check by Police (free helmet while supply lasts), Fire Safety and Truck by Fire Department, Emergency Medical with Ambulance. Also Moonwalk, Balloon Animals, Hotdogs, Drinks, etc.

Sat, Apr 21st
Framingham Library Book Sale (at Main Library)
Spring is here and gardening books are Buy One, Get One for $1. In the lobby you'll see a large selection of beautiful art books for just $2 each. Throughout the sale rooms you'll find thousands of items; most books are $1, children's books start at 25 cents. *** Please note that there is NO BAG ROOM this month. *** Framingham Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham MA

Sat, Apr 21st
Framingham Rotary Club Craft Fair (at Keefe Tech)
Rotary Club of Framingham Annual Fundraising Craft Fair *** 100+ crafters displaying their goods, indoors at Keefe Technical High School, 750 Winter Street, Saturday, April 21st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main Hallway, first floor. *** Cost: No charge. Get a head start on your spring shopping. Find that special gift for Mother's day, graduations, birthdays, First Communion, Bat and Baz Mitzvahs. See alpaca fleece items, mosaics, blown glass, original art, handmade pottery, dyed silk scarves, clocks, silver bangles and other handmade jewelry, original photography, leather goods, handmade shoes and wallets, wooden boxes, and much, much more. The Fair will have a 50-50 raffle and will feature a food concession. All of the money that Rotary receives provides grants to community organizations that deliver vital services, including: The Boys and Girls Club, air conditioners for seniors in public housing, student leadership programs, the Special Olympics, and many more. For more info use link below.

Sat, Apr 28th
8th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival (on Centre Common)
With more than 100 vendors, exhibitors, and attractions, the 8th annual Framingham Earth Day Festival will be a great chance to celebrate the Earth in a wonderful community based way. *** The Festival will be held on the Framingham Centre Common, (Edgell Rd. at Vernon St), on Saturday, April 28th 2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. *** The theme of this year's festival is "LOCAL" featuring Framingham and MetroWest based businesses, organizations, and groups actively involved in our local community. Kids can enjoy nature-based games, art projects, and activities. We will have lots of local, vegetarian food options from Taqueria Mexico, Nzuko, Papa Gino's, Velma's Kettle Corn, Dulce D Leche, Joni's Cannolis and When Life Gives You Lemons. Festival-goers can enjoy live local music from Johnny Fireseed, the New Sound Assembly Chorus, Sweet Wednesday, and The Zo Krohne & Willie Sordillo Duo and the Natick Drum Circle. **** We will also be hosting free kids and adult yoga and fitness classes during the Festival. *** The Festival will also provide an opportunity to recycle many hard to recycle items. For a full list please check our website: *** Full details about the Festival can be found on website using link below.

Sun, Apr 29th
Camarim do Artista with Ari Mendes (at Amazing Things)
The ABR Network/WSRO Brasil Radio is venturing into another pioneering initiative. To bring our diversified, culturally rich Brazilian American heritage closer together through Music, Poetry, Comedy and the Arts in general. Camarim do Artista, or Artist's Dressing Room!Leading this project is Ari Mendes, a musician, studio engineer, arranger and producer with over 40 years of experience in the business who moved to Massachusetts in 1989 to run a recording studio and various music projects. We're honored to have him aboard on the ABR team, as an ambassador of the Brazilian music and culture in the USA.Our goal is to discover, develop and promote artistic and cultural talent amongst our community. Musicians, singers, poets and comedians have been performing in the Brasilian American scene for decades, and they long for a place where their talent can be groomed to its full potential, artistically and business wise. Our music, our art, the spices of our culture.We'll tell the story of this beautiful people using music and the arts. There's an inherent cultural value ready to blossom, waiting to achieve the recognition it deserves. The Brasilian artists who left their native country to look for a better life have already become strong trailblazers, cooperating and partnering with North American artists and creating a unique, powerful cultural environment full of business opportunities.Tickets: Regular $15 ~ Member $12 Guest artists include Eric Lee Brumley, Alex Nunes, Sandra Ferreira, and Casa do Galo, a Portuguese band (Mario Brum, Ari Mendes, Luis Silva and Tania DaSilva). More guests TBA! Happy Hour (7:00-8:00pm) : Come have a glass of wine or cup of beer and mingle with our musical guests! *** Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St. Framingham, MA 01702 *** (508) 405-2787

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