5 Things to Do This Weekend: March 31-April 1

Check out more than 100 quilts made by local quilters, see area actors in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' donate items to Cradles to Crayons and other ways to keep busy this weekend.

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.


  • Where/when: , 1101 Highland Ave., Needham; Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Why go: View more than 100 quilts, from traditional to artistic style, made by quilters from Needham, Newton, Wellesley and surrounding towns, and learn more about the local quilting guild. Children can enjoy a free “Quilt Hunt” activity.
  • Pricing: $5 per person


  • Where/when: , 1458 Great Plain Ave., Needham; Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m.
  • Why go: See Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” come to life on the local stage, as performed by the Needham Community Theatre players. The play features Needham residents Seth Stadfeld, Talia Jacobson, Caroline Kapp and Joe Silverman. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.needhamtheatre.org or call 718-444-4740
  • Pricing: $20 adults, $17 students/seniors


  • Where/when: , 609 Webster St., Needham; Saturday, March 31 at 9 a.m.
  • Why go: The Needham High School cafeteria will be turned into a Cradles to Crayons sorting warehouse on Saturday. Needham residents are encouraged to bring donations of new and gently used kids’ items—toys, books, clothes (all seasons), shoes, equipment, coats, etc.—to the high school between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to help sort clothes and books, clean and test toys and organize items. Bring the whole family and help out—e-mail needham@cradlestocrayons.org to arrange a time to volunteer.
  • Pricing: Free; donations welcome


  • Where/when: , 1664 Central Ave., Needham; Sunday, April 1 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Why go: For his bar mitzvah project, Needham resident Zach Richmond has organized a concert with his middle school jazz group. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged and will go to the Needham High School Music Department to help cover the cost of music trips for students in need at and Needham High School. If you can’t attend the concert but would like to support Richmond's cause, send donations via mail (checks payable to “NHS Music Department”) to: Zack Richmond, 145 Meadowbrook Rd., Needham, MA 02492.
  • Pricing: Donations welcome


  • Where/when: , 1664 Central Ave., Needham; Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Why go: Filmmakers Arnie Reisman and Ann Carol Grossman will attend a screening of their 2009 documentary, “The Powder and the Glory,” which portrays the lives and times of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. The film tells the story of how Arden and Rubinstein immigrated to America and, starting with next to nothing, created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry. A question-and-answer session and refreshments will follow the film.
  • Pricing: $10 per person at the door


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