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What’s Up This Weekend: April 29 – May 1

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A sheep shearing festival takes place at Gore Place in Waltham. (credit: Bruce S. Allen/ Gore Place)

A sheep shearing festival takes place at Gore Place in Waltham. (credit: Bruce S. Allen/ Gore Place)

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Floral art, sheep shearing and cyber arts highlight some of the events going on in and around Boston this weekend.

Art in Bloom

Museum of Fine Arts
Saturday – Monday
http://mfa.org

It’s the MFA’s annual springtime celebration of fresh floral art. Fifty arrangements, inspired by works of art, will mingle among the museum’s galleries. Admission is $17 for adults, $6.50 for children, and kids under 6 get in free. Saturday is Family Day, when everybody under 17 is admitted for free and you can create your own art in the MFA galleries.

Earth Day at Wachusett Reservoir

180 Beaman St., West Boylston
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is celebrating Earth Day this weekend at Wachusett Reservoir. There will be live music, face painting, arts and crafts, and environmental presentations on topics like the Asian Longhorned Beetle, chemical free lawn care, water conservation and more.

“The Lorax” Arbor Day Walk

Middlesex Fells, Stoneham
Saturday, April 30th, 10 a.m. to Noon
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events/fells4-30.pdf

First, listen to a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic story, “The Lorax.” Then take a leisurely tour of the trees surrounding Spot Pond. Meet at the Botume House Visitor Center.

Boston Comic Con

Hynes Convention Center
Saturday and Sunday
http://www.bostoncomiccon.com/

Billing itself as “the biggest pop culture party in Boston”, the Comic Con celebrates comics, anime, movies, TV, gaming, and toys. Meet your favorite artists and creators including Neal Adams, Matt Wagner, Joe Kubert, Frank Quitely, J. Scott Campbell, and many, many more.

Boston Cyber Arts Festival

Various Boston Locations
Through May 8
http://bostoncyberarts.org/festival/

Atlantic Wharf (290 Congress) is the home base for this large, two-week cyber arts festival featuring visual arts, dance, music, electronic literature, web art, and public art. Cyberarts Central at Atlantic Wharf has performances, exhibitions, and maps of other featured locations.

Sheep Shearing Festival

Gore Place, Waltham
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
http://goreplace.org

This is a unique chance to watch demonstrations of sheep shearing, herding dogs, spinning, and weaving. There is also live music, a crafts fair, wagon rides, games and farm animals. Tickets are $15 for adults. Kids 12 and younger get in free.

Family Fun Fest

Fore Kicks, Marlboro
Saturday, 12:30 to 6 p.m.
Event details

Join WBZ News Radio for an afternoon for indoor fun and play. The Fore Kicks Family Fun Fest features field games and kid-friendly activities on seven indoor fields. It’s all to benefit The Genesis Fund, founded by WBZ News Radio’s Doctor Murray Feingold. Former Celtics and Patriots greats Steve Grogan and John Havlicek are among some of the sports figures that will be there. Tickets are $15 per person.

Apple Blossom Festival

Sholan Farms, Leominster
Saturday
Event Details

It’s going to be a day of great outdoor fun for the whole family in Leominster. The 10th annual Sholan Farms Apple Blossom Festival gets underway Saturday. Lots of music, live entertainment and demonstrations await you. This isn’t just an apple blossom festival but a craft fair and classic auto show, too! A pancake breakfast kicks it off at 9 a.m., with the festival starting at 10. Admission is free. If you have a classic or antique car, bring it on over to be judged!

NFL Draft With The Sports Hub

CBS Scene, Foxboro
Friday, 7 p.m. to Midnight

Join 98.5 The Sports Hub personalities Rich Keefe, Mike Flynn and former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins at the CBS Scene Friday night. Catch all the Draft action on 135 high-definition screens just steps outside the gates of Gillette Stadium. Food and drink specials, and contests on-site.

New England Gem & Mineral Show

Topsfield Fairgrounds
Saturday and Sunday
http://nahant.com/nsrmc/2011-Show.html

This show features wholesale and retail dealers of crystals, fossils, gemstones, jewelry, beads and jewelry supplies. Activities for kids include Spin-A-Gem, gold panning, mineral sifting and geode cracking. Gem cutting and metal detection will be demonstrated. Adult tickets are $5. Kids get in free.

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