ONE: Whether you’re artistically inclined or not, you’re more than welcome to attend the monthly meeting of Newburyport Drink ‘n’ Draw as they celebrate “Back to School” this Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Port Tavern. Descriptions of events don’t get much more chill and laid-back than Drink ‘n’ Draw’s: according to their Facebook page, their meetups are “for people who like to draw, be drawn or watch people draw while enjoying their favorite adult beverage.”
TWO: Lowell’s Life Connection Center has always had a connection to the city’s Brazilian culture, and they’re celebrating that fact loud and proud this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at a special Brazilian Food Festival. Attendees can enjoy authentic local Brazilian meats, sides and desserts, live bands and fun for the whole family — all while supporting the organization’s work in supporting the Mill City’s homeless and hungry citizens.
THREE: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Healthy Living Expo at Holy Family Hospital this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join them for a free community barbecue, visit with wellness vendors and learn more about health, fitness, nutrition, financial wellness, emotional wellness and living green. Interested in more wellness happenings, along with news and tips? Check out our weekly Wellness Wednesdays column!
FOUR: Get yourself to the Greek … no, not the theater in Los Angeles, but Greekfest 2017! Okay, not our best, but knowing about this event is surely worth a bad joke or two. It’s happening on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester, N.H. The festival promises to have “all things Greek,” from music and dancing to a metric ton of Greek delicacies. (Disclaimer: Not literally a ton. Probably.)
FIVE: According to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, “calories consumed while helping to support animals in need do not count.” We’re not sure that’d hold up under scientific scrutiny … which is exactly why we’re not scrutinizing it, and instead telling you that their Parker’s Parlor Root Beer Float and Brownie Sundae Fundraiser will take place on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. All sales of the floats and sundaes will benefit Angels for Animals and Ashton’s Hope Fund, so you can enjoy them (mostly!) without regrets. Then, later that night, bring your dog over to Ruff ‘n Tumble Play Care in North Andover for even more guilt-free fun at another MSPCA fundraiser called Sit. Sip. Stay. The title of the event is self-explanatory.
Did you know the MSPCA at Nevins Farm recently won an MVMA in our Milestone category for 100 Years in business? Check it out!
SIX: Celebrate the vibrant culture of Lawrence with Essex Art Center and Movimiento Pro Cultura this Saturday at the Short Film & Jazz Festival, which runs from 1 to 10 p.m. at the Bell Tower Cafe. We took a closer look at the festival, its organizer and the organizations involved in an article posted earlier this week, so check it out if you’re interested!
SEVEN: Pained though some of us are to admit it, the summer is coming to a close … and a telltale sign of that is the fact that the Lowell Summer Music Series is down to its last four shows. The next one’s a must-see for Beatles fans: An Evening With Classic Albums Live: Sgt. Pepper, just in time to celebrate the critically acclaimed album’s 50th anniversary. Catch the show at Boarding House Park on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
EIGHT: The Boston Bruins are embarking on their first-ever, seven-stop Fan Fest Tour, and there’s a stop in Manchester, N.H., on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Arms Park. Current Bruins players, coaches, and other members from the Bruins front office will mingle and play games with fans, sign autographs, take photos, participate in Q&A sessions and much more.