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8/18: Three for free

Posted by Courtney Hollands  August 18, 2008 11:14 AM

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3free_logo.gif Pinching pennies? Chic but cheap? We understand. Here are three free events this week for your going out pleasure.

Tuesday, August 19

- "Best Hikes With Dogs" Discussion @ REI Boston: Oh, how the summer days are dwindling. It'll never be warm again. Shape up, Debbie Downer! Author Jenna Ringelheim will highlight the best places for hiking with your dog in the Boston area. Estabrook Woods or Mount Watatic, perhaps? She's done the research for you — just grab a leash, Rover, and some water and hit the trails. 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 23

- Beer Mess @ the Wine Gallery: Calling all craft brew fans: Clear your calendars this weekend and get thee to the Wine Gallery in Brookline for a free tasting of more than 50 local brews. Smuttynose, Cisco, Allagash, Opa Opa — the gang's all here. Yes, the store might have a misleading name, but the Wine Gallery also sells a variety of indie and unique beers. Consider yourself schooled. 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, August 24

- August Moon Festival @ Quincy Center: OK, so you missed the Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival last weekend (yep, we were at the beach too). Don't fret. You have a second chance to nibble on the dense, filled moon cakes, watch dancing performances, and bring the kids to experience Chinese culture in Quincy. And, bonus: There will be free parking. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

[Bet you can't eat more than one of these duck yolk-filled pastries. I couldn't. / Credit: Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff]

Want more? How about watching "Grease" at the Hatch Shell? Or, check out all free events this week.

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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