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Globe West best bets

This is our pick of the best of the 'burbs. For more information, go to boston.com/events and search for music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.

March 8, 2009
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EVENTS
Newton: Meet Ellen Jackson, who was born in 1825 and lived her entire life at the Jackson Homestead. Come see her house and the world through her eyes as a woman of the 19th century. Learn from interpreter Camille Arbogast's performance about Ellen's life Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. at the Newton History Museum, Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St. $8-$10. 617-796-1450, www.newtonhistorymuseum.org.

FAMILY
Watertown: John McDonough and his Pumpernickel Puppets will delight preschoolers with "Peter Rabbit" Tuesday, 1 p.m. at the Atrium School, 69 Grove St. Suitable for children ages 3 and up. Free. 617-923-4156 , www.atrium.org.

MUSIC
Weston: The Rivers Symphony Orchestra will feature Rivers School Conservatory cellist Yasmin Yacoby and pianist Arianna Zhang in a performance tonight at 7 p.m. on the Regis College campus. The program will also include Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor with Enchi Chang, and Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C ("Jupiter"). Tickets are $10 for the concert, in the Regis Fine Arts Center's Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre, 235 Wellesley St. 781-768-7070, www.riversschoolconservatory.org.

POETRY
Natick: Does nature speak to you? Learn how to capture a moment and record it in short, evocative verse known as haiku in a workshop conducted by Raffael de Gruttola, author of poetry books including "Where Ashes Float," Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central St. Free. 508- 647-6520, www.morseinstitute.org.

THEATER
Watertown: Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love," featuring Stacy Fischer and Timothy John Smith, is opening Saturday, 4 p.m., at New Repertory Theatre, 321 Arsenal St. $25. Through April 5. 617-923-8487, newrep.org.

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