It’s Thursday, and the weekend is right around the corner. Patch has your back with a few fun things to do. Check our picks for the activities to hit and some places to explore. Here's what's happening in and around your town.
1. Needham Rockets vs. Mansfield Hornets Football
- Where/when: Needham High School’s , at the corner of Rosemary Street and Highland Avenue; Friday, Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m.
- Why go: Friday evening is really the kick-off to the weekend, and this Friday is extra special as it features the varsity football team’s first home game of the season, against the Mansfield Hornets. It’s also the Rockets’ first non-league game in several years. Check out the action at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Field.
- Pricing: Check at the gate
2. Vic & Sticks’ Recycled Rhythm Band
- Where/when: , 1139 Highland Ave.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.
- Why go: As seen on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Vic and Sticks perform songs from the comic side of life with a vintage/vaudeville recycled rhythmic beat. This fast-paced, family show encourages audience participation as the children in the audience become part of the Vic & Sticks Recycled Rhythm Band. Vic and Sticks promote a message of kindness through their songs about the three “R”s—reduce, reuse and recycle. Expect great music, lots of fun and plenty of interaction. This program is sponsored by the Library Foundation of Needham.
- Pricing: Free
- Where/when: , Dedham Avenue and South Street; Sunday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Why go: The second annual Change Shoes, Change Lives Walk will raise funds to support the programs at in Needham. Registration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The walk will follow a 5K loop through Needham Center, starting at DeFazio Park. There is also a shorter stroller-friendly route. There will be food, raffles and family-friendly fun before and after the walk—plus, Wally the Green Monster will be stopping by during registration. For information, visit walkforwalker.org.
- Pricing: All donations welcome
- Where/when: DCR's Herter-Artesani Park on the Charles River, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton; Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:00 a.m.
- Why go: Join the in marking National Recovery Month with an event sponsored by the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., with the walk to start at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Pets are welcome. The event will include music, guest speakers, substance abuse recovery information and resources, raffle prizes, T-shirts and refreshments. For information or to volunteer, call the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force at 617-789-2967 or visit abdrugfree.org.
- Pricing: A contribution of $5 per person is suggested.
5. Shabbat Hikes
- Where/when: Wellesley Acqueduct (meet at 11 Mary Chilton Rd., Needham); Saturday, Sept. 17, 2:00 p.m.
- Why go: Join members of for the first of a series of fall Shabbat Hikes. On Saturday, Sept. 17, hike leader Beth Shulman will take the group on a walk at the Wellesley Acqueduct. Meet at 11 Mary Chilton Rd. at 2:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. For more information, e-mail BethJS@yahoo.com.
- Pricing: Free