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    THE WEEK AHEAD

    Spring gets a head start at the Boston Flower & Garden Show

    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File
    The Boston Flower & Garden Show opens Wednesday at the Seaport World Trade Center.

    “Savor Spring!” is the theme of this year’s Boston Flower & Garden Show. That’s a pretty easy sell after winter nor’easters have battered us with surging tides, vicious winds, and massive power outages.

    No matter what the weather brings this week, you can escape indoors to the Seaport World Trade Center Wednesday through Sunday and wander among lush landscapes, intimate gardens, and floral selfie stations. For information on hours and tickets, visit www.BostonFlowerShow.com.

    How about giving winter the heave-ho with a hearty communal sing? The performance group Revels will celebrate the vernal equinox with “Revels Spring Sing” on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown.

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    Attendees will be led in traditional songs from England, Ireland, and the United States, and Revels will perform a mummers play. To purchase tickets or for information, visit www.revels.org/springsing.

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    March 17 is Saturday, but you’ll have to wait until Sunday to see the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. It kicks off at 1 p.m. at the MBTA’s Broadway station. For details, go to southbostonparade.org.

    Not all is fun and games this week. A regional forum in Malden on Tuesday will address the future of working in Massachusetts. On the agenda are the state’s changing economy, workforce needs, and possible strategies to prepare students and workers for future jobs. The event, hosted by state Senator Jason M. Lewis, a Winchester Democrat, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Beebe School, 401 Pleasant St.

    And in Beverly, a zoning proposal aimed at encouraging developers to preserve historic structures will be discussed at a public meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in City Hall. Officials say the zoning amendment would help provide the city with additional housing options while providing incentives to preserve historic buildings.

    Has it really been 28 years since the Gardner Museum theft? On Saturday , the Powers Gallery in Acton opens “A Time and A Place,” a group exhibition of paintings that evoke personal and public memories. The highlight is “Out of Sight: Grief, Hope & Mourning,” a triptych by New Hampshire artist Robert Hauser that remembers the 13 works stolen from the Gardner.

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    On Sunday , hear a 3 p.m. talk from former Boston Globe investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian, author of “Master Thieves, The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist.” The Powers Gallery is located at 144 Great Road (Rt. 2A). For more information, go to www.powersgallery.com.

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