The Five Minute Read

Discovery Museum celebrates 40th anniversary

ACTON — The Discovery Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a free community day on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 177 Main Street (Route 27). The event will feature a parade and cake in the morning, followed by a performance of “Dhol-Tasha-Lezim,” a double-headed drumming and dance folk art form that is indigenous to Maharashtra, a state on the west coast of India.

Indoor and outdoor activities include balls and ramps, cup towers and a Discovery Quest scavenger hunt available throughout the event. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. To register, go to

Lafayette Statue unveiling

LEXINGTON — A new marker to commemorate Marquis de Lafayette’s visit to Lexington in September 1824 will be unveiled Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., at 13 Depot Square.

The statue will become part of the Lafayette Trail, which seeks to designate the locations Lafayette visited during his farewell tour of America in 1824-25. To register, go to

‘Every Step of the Way’ Virtual 5K

DRACUT — Catie’s Closet, which gives local children in low-income homes access to brand-new sneakers, will stage its third annual Every Step of the Way Virtual 5K from Sept. 18 to Oct. 2. Each $30 registration fee purchases a new pair of sneakers to help a student start the new school year off on the right foot. Registration is open through Oct. 2.

The Every Step of the Way 5K is completely virtual. Participants can complete their 3.1 miles by walking outside or inside on a treadmill, running, hiking, biking and swimming over the course of multiple days during the two-week event.

People can sign up as an individual or create a family, friends and company team. Fundraising and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Established in 2010, Catie’s Closet is a nonprofit organization that disrupts the cycle of poverty by providing students experiencing poverty, homelessness and other crises with free access to clothing, toiletries and basic necessities. Serving 75,000 students, Catie’s Closet is offered in 115 schools across 11 school districts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York with distribution centers in Dracut and Boston. The organization also supports children in transition via social service partnerships.

More information is available at Registration is open at

Author signing at Old Home Day

PELHAM — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Pelham native Barbara Walsh will sign books during Old Home Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. Walsh, who now lives in Maine, will be one of the many vendors gathered around the First Congregational Church at 3 Main St.

Walsh has written five books, including, “August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm.” Walsh’s newest book “The Lobster Lady: Maine’s 102-Year-old Legend” is about Virginia Oliver, the oldest lobster-trapper in Maine.

The first Old Home Day was celebrated in Pelham on Aug. 18, 1906.

Vendors will begin selling goods at 9 a.m. Food trucks will also be on hand. The Grand Parade with floats, bands, classic cars and local community groups will begin on Main Street at 2:30 p.m. For information, go to or call 603-635-7025.

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