Cape Ann artisans open their studios

Nothing like enjoying a day at the beach — and taking in some art as well. The Cape Ann Artisans 35th Open Studio Tour will showcase the work of nearly two dozen artists in Rockport and Gloucester this weekend.

Everything from ceramics and paintings to fiber art and mosaics will be on view during the self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday . And if you don’t want to drive, Plug-In Cape Ann Tours will offer three bus tours. For more information, visit

Or head down to Plymouth to visit Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon’s newest property. The public is invited to an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to explore newly created trails, take part in guided walks, and learn how to get involved.


The former cranberry operation at 60 Beaver Dam Road has been restored to a mix of wetlands and woodlands that attracts bald eagles, song birds, and great blue herons. For more information, call 508-927-1200 or visit

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Is Newton moving too quickly on new mixed-use developments? City officials will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a package of proposed zoning amendments that would curtail their size and slow them down.

One of the measures calls for a moratorium on zoning changes and construction along the city’s Washington Street corridor. The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall before the Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning Development Board.

A candlelight vigil will take place in Medford on Saturday to honor the memory of local residents who have lost their lives to addiction. The event, open to all, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Hormel Stadium, 90 Locust St. The annual vigil is organized by Medford Overcoming Addiction.

Quincy will host its first LGBTQ pride event, Q Pride Day, on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The event — a celebration of Quincy’s families, diversity, and community — will include food vendors, games for all ages, raffles, and speakers. It takes place at Pageant Field, Merrymount Park. For more information, visit

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