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METRO MINUTE: WEEK AHEAD

The birders are coming!

Keenan Yakola

What’s the sign that spring is on its way? Baby lambs? Crocuses? The start of Daylight Saving Time?

Or is it the return of the bird watchers?

Bring your binoculars to the University of Massachusetts Boston campus in Dorchester on Sunday , and you’ll spot birding enthusiasts from around New England flocking to Mass Audubon’s Birders Meeting.

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Participants at the annual gathering, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., will learn about the low-lying coastal islands and high-elevation habitats that attract breeding, migrating, and wintering birds — and the best places to observe them. To register, visit www.massaudubon.org/birdersmeeting.

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A ribbon-cutting is scheduled Wednesday for Malden Catholic’s new girls’ high school, which is set to open this fall. The Malden Catholic School for Girls will operate as a separate division of the 540-student all-boys parochial high school. It will start out with about 60 ninth-grade students, adding a grade annually over the following three years, a school spokesman said.

How does marijuana affect the development of a teenager’s brain? On Tuesday , the Concord Board of Health is hosting “Marijuana, Adolescent Brain Development, and Teen Risk Taking: What Parents Need to Know,” a presentation by Dr. Ruth Potee, a family and addiction medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield. The talk runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Concord Middle School Sanborn Building. For more details and to register, go to www.concordps.org

With lines like “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” Emily Dickinson isn’t exactly known for being the life of a party. But nearly 132 years after her death, the reclusive poet still fascinates us.

Actress Beth Goldman will perform a dramatization of Dickinson’s life at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood on Monday at 7 p.m. “Tea with Emily Dickinson” is based on the first chapter of William Luce’s play, “The Belle of Amherst.” To register, call 781-769-0200, ext. 110, or visit www.norwoodlibrary.org.

Leslie Anderson can be reached at leslie.anderson@globe.com.