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The April Verch Band will perform at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18. From left, Cody Walters, April Verch and Alex Rubin.


Library book sale

The Friends of Boyden Library is hosting its annual Spring Book Sale, starting May 16 with a special Friends’ Member Preview from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. You can become a member at boydenlibrary.org or at the library before the sale. It will be open to the general public May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. The doors will re-open from 1 to 3 p.m. for the bag sale in which you can fill a bag for $5.the tables and selections be bagged. Please do not stockpile books or block any access ways. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

All proceeds from the book sale allow us to support the many wonderful programs offered year-round at the Boyden Library.

Bluegrass at the Orpheum

Four Bridges headlines Bluegrass Night at the Orpheum at 8 p.m. Joining them on stage will be Sinner’s Pie and Flowers and Rain. Four Bridges performs traditional bluegrass, original tunes and mixes. Comprised of Jeremy Place, Benjamin Marshall, Greg Ferreira and Russ Hermansen, they are a throwback to the roots of music with a modern flair. Opening will be Nelson Hiller and Sinner’s Pie. General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For more information go to www.orpheum.org or contact the MRPAC Box Office at 508-543-2787 or boxoffice@orpheum.org for membership and group discounts.

Fiddler at coffeehouse

Having last played at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield five years ago, Canadian fiddler, singer-songwriter and step dancer April Verch returns at 8 p.m., for the finale of the Rose Garden’s 30th season.

The Ottawa Valley native has garnered praise from music’s heavy hitters including NPR, Rolling Stone, No Depression and more, for her fresh and feisty approach to deep North Americana. The Rose Garden will have a modified stage to accommodate Verch’s step dancing. Joining Verch will be band mates Cody Walters (bass, banjo) and Alex Rubin (guitar). Verch’s show will follow performances from three singer-songwriters in the Rose Garden’s 27th annual Performing Songwriter Competition. Finalists include Kala Farnham, of Pomfret Center, Connecticut; Timothy Sawyer of Cambridge and Mark Stepakoff of Wayland. The Rose Garden Coffeehouse is located 17 West St., Mansfield, in the Congregational Church. Tickets: $20 in advance at www.rosegardenfolk.com or $25 at door. Ticket link: http://bit.ly/RG19aprilverch.

Street painting festival

The fifth annual Foxboro Street Painting Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Patriot Place on Route 1 in Foxboro. Last year’s festival drew artists from 16 communities who created over 50 colored-chalk drawings throughout the outdoor shopping/entertainment venue. The event also has free family activities throughout the North Marketplace such as balloon and caricature artists, a live DJ and an appearance by Patriots mascot Pat Patriot. Artists interested in participating are required to register. More info, visit www.foxboroughstreetpainting.com.

Bobolink walk

Mass Audubon Stony Brook is offering a bobolink walk from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the old Norfolk airstrip. Naturalist Jonathan Glover will lead the walk of the airstrip, a reliable breeding ground for bobolink, swallows, and Eastern bluebirds. The event is free. More info: www.massaudubon.org, 508-528-3140.


Youth auditions for ‘Rent’

The Un-Common Theatre Company will hold auditions for its Young Adult Summer Production of RENT School Edition on Sunday, May 19, starting at 6 p.m., with callbacks on Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. Auditions for students who are currently high school sophomores through age 21 are by appointment only. All roles are available. This production will be performed at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center in Foxboro July 18 to 21. To make an audition appointment, email auditions@uncommontheatre.org. For more information check the website at www.uncommontheatre.org/auditions.

MLB scout to talk

Josh Rotman, a longtime Major League Baseball scout, will speak at Temple Beth David of the South Shore, at 1060 Randolph St., Canton, beginning at 11 a.m. He will talk about many aspects of being a professional in the national pastime, including Jews in baseball, the baseball scouting perspective, how to appreciate the game of baseball at the park and on TV, as well as changes in the game of baseball in the recent past. Rotman has been a college professor and a social studies teacher for 20 years, and a professional baseball scout for 16 years with the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, and St Louis Cardinals. In addition, he was was also a referee and official for 50 years in baseball, softball, and basketball. He was the 1984 recipient of the Budweiser Sports Hall of Fame. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more information, email info@templebethdavid.com or call the office at 781-828-2275.


‘Spiritual revolution’

There will be a free talk on spiritual revolution and whether it’s changing how people experience life at 7:30 p.m. in Barton Chapel at Bethany Congregational Church on 3 Rockhill St., Foxboro. “A Spiritual Revolution: The Quest to Experience God,” explores the search for individual meaning. Speaker Giulia Nesi has spent years studying the subject of life and identity for herself and others, first as a psychotherapist and subsequently through cultivating an understanding of spirituality, as a spiritual healer and teacher of Christian Science. She has served on the faculty and conducted seminars at Harvard Medical School’s Conference Spirituality and Healing in Medicine. For more information or to reserve child care, call 508-361-1873


Memorial Day observances

Foxboro will observe Memorial Day starting with a special retinue to honor fallen soldiers at 8 a.m. at Rockhill and St. Mary’s cemeteries as well as at East Foxboro Square. At 9:30 a.m., there will be a parade to the Foxboro Common from the Church of Emmanuel parking lot. Residents interested in watching the parade will have great views along Central Street from the Church of Emmanuel to the Common. At 10 a.m., ceremonies will include patriotic songs performed by an a capella group, remarks by honored guests, the laying of memorial wreaths, and a roll call of the veterans who have passed since the last Memorial Day. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a community collation including a light lunch, at 337 Cocasset St., home of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2626 and American Legion Post 93.

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