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11 Things to Do This Weekend (25-28 April)


With temperatures in the mid 60s throughout the weekend, there is no excuse to head out and partake in the many events, activities and general goings-on. It’ll be mostly sunny, sunny, and partly cloudy for each respective day of the weekend. Most of the events were pulled from our event calendar  where you can find hundreds of local area events each month. Have an event to add? Check out our tutorial. For more info, you can click on each title. Know of another event this weekend? Post a reply!

Friday, April 26th

Todd Baptista’s American Bandstand – Live! (7:30 pm -9:30 pm)
Four original acts that rose to stardom on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in the late 1950s and ’60s, all singing the hits they made famous: Gary “U.S.” Bonds (“Quarter To Three”), Danny & The Juniors (“At The Hop”), Dicky Doo & The Don’t’s featuring Gerry Granahan (“Click Clack”) and Johnny Tillotson (“Poetry in Motion”). Let Todd Baptista’s passion for group vocal harmony infect you! Takes place at the Zeiterion Theatre.

Ken Richards

Celtic by Candlelight featuring Ken Richards (8:00 pm-10:00 pm)
World traveler, painter and musician Ken Richards will be showcasing his musical talent during another Celtic By Candlelight. The Celtic is increasingly becoming a bigger and bigger player in the music scene. You may have seen Richards playing with Marianne Faithful’s group, “The Stunners”, “The Pearly Baker Band”, “The Steampunk Blues Band” or simply playing solo. Either way you are guaranteed a great night with him setting the atmosphere. The Celtic now serves alcohol, so you won’t have to order coffee and stay up all night!

Saturday, April 27th

Paper Shred Day and Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day (9:00 am-Noon)
The City of New Bedford, the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District and Doc Shredding Corporation are partnering for a paper shredding day in downtown New Bedford. This will take place in the parking lot at William Street and North 6th Street. Shredded paper will be recycled into new products such as paper towels. In addition, the company will destroy old computer hard drives for a fee of $5. Participants are welcome to watch the destruction of up to 3 of their boxes of paper. For more than 3 boxes, shredding may occur off-site. Certificates of destruction are available, if needed. For more information click on the title.

Paper Shred Day

The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day will also take place on April 27th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Crapo Hill Landfill. Call for directions or visit www.gnbrrmdistrict.org. Open to New Bedford and Dartmouth residents only, ID required. Household hazardous wastes will be accepted including oil-based paints, paint thinner and waste fuels. NO LATEX PAINTS. Dry out and throw it away in the regular trash. The maximum amount you can bring is 25 gallons or 25 pounds. Collection is for households only, not businesses, schools or contractors.

A.T.A. Basketball Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser -Acushnet, MA
Got game? The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be split into two divisions, High School and Adults and have cash prizes. It will be accompanied by a huge indoor yard sale for those of you who are uninterested, nonathletic or would rather be shopping. Throughout the day there will be raffles food, face painting and plenty more. Of course, you can just spectate if you’d rather. Takes place at Ford Middle School in Acushnet.

3rd Annual Greenlight for Girls Day 8:30 am-3 pm (Dartmouth, MA)
A fun filled day of exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics for girls age 10-15 years old. The 3rd annual Greenlight for Girls day is a great way for young kids to spark their passion and be around professionals already in the field.

Afternoon of Poetry (2:00 pm-4:00 pm) -Mattapoisett, MA
Love poetry? Well here’s a chance to to be around some professionals! Grey Held, Alexis Ivy and Margot Wizansky will be present at the annual event held at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments too!

FIT Fundraiser for the Women’s Center (11:00 am-1:00 pm)
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Join Krav Maga New Bedford in supporting the Women’s Center New Bedford by attending a special 2-hour self defense class for women only. Join them for an afternoon of training and fun, with participation by Miss New Bedford 2013, Janelle Guenette and Miss Southcoast 2013, Marissa Louro! SPACE IS LIMITED, so please pre-register online by visiting their Facebook page.

Sunday, April 28th

2nd Annual West Island 5K (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) – Fairhaven
This is the second year with the race in which proceeds go to support scholarships for graduating cross country seniors and the Fairhaven High School Cross Country Program. In addition, a third benefactor will be the Crispin Demers Memorial Scholarship Fund. Fairhaven High School Alumni Crispin Demers was a former FHS cross country runner and coach that lost his battle with cancer this past summer. The fund will go to his twins so they can gain a higher education in the future. Full details here.

FIT Fundraiser for Women’s Center

Rochester Country Fair Fundraiser (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) – Rochester, MA
Get ready for spring and help support the Rochester Country Fair by donating your unwanted ferrous and non-ferrous metals to the Rochester Country Fair! Donations of scrap metal items can be dropped off at the Fairgrounds, located at 65 Pine Street, on Sunday, April 28 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Scrap metal collected will help support the Rochester Country Fair as we continue to make improvements to the fairgrounds and bring new and exciting events to the Fair. So get ready for spring by cleaning up some unwanted recyclable items in your yard while supporting your local fair. For a full list of items and more info, click on the title.

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Alexander can already tell – it’s going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! Bring the whole family to laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical, featuring book and lyrics by Judith Viorst, author of the best-selling classic book. Takes place at the Zeiterion Theatre. Tickets are $10.00

Cherry Blossom Friendship Festival (12:00 -3:00 pm) – Fairhaven
Sponsored by the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, the afternoon includes a bento box lunch, tea and dessert; bonsai and kimono display; entertainment; tours of the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House and the Fairhaven Colonial Club; dedication of a “Peace Pole.” Entertainment will include Lakeville Youth Taiko (Japanese drumming), Fairhaven elementary school singers, Festival Singers, Kamishibai (paper theater) “The Story of Manjiro” and more. A limited number of tickets are available. The price is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. To reserve tickets call Gerry at 508-995-1219 or email Gerry@WMFriendshipHouse.org. A shuttle is planned with parking at Fairhaven High School.

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About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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