Friday, June 7
‘The Boys in the Band’
The Mass Music and Arts Society, 377 North Main St., Mansfield, will present Mart Crowley’s play “The Boys in the Band” June 7-23. The play opened Off-Broadway in April 1968, ran for more than a 1,000 performances and spawned a national tour and several productions around the world. It’s credited with helping to spark the gay rights movement in America and beyond. The play contains strong adult content and language, parental discretion is advised for those under the age of 16. Ticket info: 508-339-2822, www.mmas.org.
Mass Audubon Stony Brook in Norfolk is offering a free wildlife prowl at Wollomonopaug Pond from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The sunset excursion will be a relaxed one as you keep your eyes and ears open for owls, beavers, frogs, otters, bats and other nocturnal animals. Minimum age is 6 and preregistration is required. Call 508-528-3140, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 508-553-3864 or do so in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North St.
Iron Dog competition
The first Working Iron Dog Competition will be held at Grady’s Auto in Seekonk. The event is sponsored by creator Roman K9 Academy, Pet Food Experts and Rumford Pet Centers, and presented by Working Dog Magazine. It will raise funds for working dogs and canine officers killed in the line of duty and their families, said James Lamonte, president of Roman K9 Academy. The competition will feature 30 dogs whose handlers from around the country will guide them throughout a course set among a field of vehicles, Lamonte said. The course will test the dogs’ ability to detect narcotics and explosives and track individuals using scent.
Saturday, June 8
Founders Day festivities include a parade that starts at 132 Central St., Foxboro, with fire trucks, at 10 a.m. The parade travels from Central Street to Common, to Mechanic Street, to Railroad Avenue, to Bird Street, to the Foxboro Common, to South Street, down South Street to the entrance of the Booth Playground opposite Union Street. There will be food and activities at the field, including games, raffles, crafts. There is a multi-class FHS Reunion at the Reunion Tent. There will also be live music and performances throughout the day capped by fireworks between 9 and 9:30 p.m. For more info, go to foxboroughfoundersday.com.
Rock Hill open house
Rock Hill Cemetery in Foxboro will be holding an open house from noon to 3 p.m. as part of the town’s Founders Day. The historic chapel building will be open as well as the crypt which was used for winter storage in the days before power digging equipment was available. Walking tours will be held at 1 and 2 p.m. Members of the board of trustees will be available to answer questions and refreshments will be provided. The cemetery was founded in 1851 by E.P. Carpenter, Otis Cary and other leading Foxboro citizens. Granite walls and cast iron gates (from Cary’s foundry) were purchased from the proceeds of a fair managed by the ladies of the Union Straw works. The 12-and-a-half cents admission raised a total of $705.70. The town laid out Rockhill Street as a fitting entrance to the cemetery around this time. The Chapel building was proposed and funded by the trustees of the estate of Richard Carpenter and his wife Emeline Belcher Carpenter in 1894, and construction was completed in May of 1895. The gothic building has a spire that is approximately 60 feet tall, and almost all of the stones used in its construction came from Foxboro. There have been approximately 7700 burials in Rock Hill over the years. When Memorial Hall was built in 1868, some of the graves in the Center burial ground had to be relocated to accommodate the building. The result of those relocations is that there are graves in the cemetery that pre-date the 1851 incorporation date.
‘Night at the Knoll’
Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, 1417 Park St., Attleboro, will hold its eighth annual spring fundraiser, “Night at the Knoll.” The event will begin at 6 p.m. and benefit Oak Knoll’s conservation and environmental education programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the sanctuary, meet live birds of prey up close, listen to live music, and enjoy an Italian meal and dessert selections. There will also be silent and live auctions, and a raffle featuring such prizes as a Patriot tickets, a Newport Storm brewery tour, tickets to the Newport Playhouse, family outings, and gifts cards. Tickets are $50 per person and also include beer selections from Samuel Adams and wine selections provided by MS Walker. More info: 508-223-3060, www.massaudubon.org/.oakknoll.
Monday, June 10
The Foxboro Democratic Town Committee meets at 7 p.m., in the McGinty Room of the Foxboro Public Safety building. It is open to the public. For more information, go to the organization’s Facebook page or check or Twitter (foxydems2012).
Tuesday, June 11
Caregiver Wellness Night with Dr. Terry E. Ruby, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Harmony Adult Day Care Center, 725A Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton. Learn skills to take care, to give care, and to recognize the necessary steps to connect the head and the heart in caregiving. Ruby has nearly 50 years of clinical experience working with elders, mostly in homecare. Her expertise in physical and emotional wellbeing, through her work as a physical therapist and a mental health counselor, helps to appreciate the topic of caregiving from the heart and the head. Free respite care is offered at the event. Register online atCommunityVNA.com or HarmonyADHC.com or call 774-203-1307.
Friday, June 14
The Un-Common Theatre Company is celebrating entering its 40th season and Improv Soup turning 20, with a show at 7 p.m. at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Orpheum Theatre) in Foxboro. There will be skits, a sharing of memories, friends and of course, Dorito Awards. Tickets are $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at: uncommontheatre.org/unco40. There will also be a raffle with tickets on sale now starting at 1 for $10, 2 for $20 and 3 for $25. Each raffle ticket comes with two chances to win.