Wednesday, March 1, 2017

In the News: sustainable gardening; Tri-County Children's open house; big band brunch; Beauty and the Beast

"The Sustainable-Enough Garden" will be the featured program at the March 7 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill, 7–9 p.m. 
The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the club. 
The featured speaker will be Rebecca Warner of Newton, an area gardener with 30 years of experience who will discuss her journey toward sustainable gardening and the methods she now uses that fit within the time she has to garden and her environmental goals. Club members will be able to learn from her experiences to set their own goals for gardening sustainably."
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"The Tri-County Regional Children's Center, 147 Pond St., Franklin, will host its annual open house and registration events for the 2017-2018 school year this week. 
The first open house will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. The second open house will be held on March 3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 
Parents are encouraged to bring their children so they can participate in many of the same activities they'll enjoy as preschool students. 
The preschool program is open to children who are 3 years old by Sept. 15, 2017, and no older than 5 years old by Dec. 31, 2017."

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"THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin's theater, music, and event venue, will present a big band brunch with the renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band on Sunday, March 5. 
The critically acclaimed 16-piece ensemble, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts musicians with performance ties to big band legends Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and more. The band has shared the stage with such notables as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson."
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"The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central St., downtown Franklin, in March. 
Show times are March 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees on March 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. 
The musical is a family favorite with an unforgettable cast of characters and an irresistible score. Based on the Academy Award- winning animated feature film, the stage version includes the movie's memorable songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical."

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