Whittier Birthplace offers free admission: Whittier Birthplace is participating in both the regional “17th Century Saturdays” and national “Blue Star Museums” programs, with both offering free admission opportunities. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of July, August and September as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North cultural tourism initiative led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Whittier Birthplace offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. The military program is part of Blue Star Museums, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Visit online at www.johngreenleafwhittier.com.
Outdoor concert series returns: The sixth annual Bradford Common Outdoor Music Series kicks off this year with a performance on July 12 of blues, country and rock by Keith Muise & the Telestrators. Opening acts begin at 6 p.m. on Bradford Common, followed by featured acts at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. All performances are sponsored by the First Church of Christ and are free. The series continues with Liz Bills & Jesse Cohen on July 19, Paul Prue & the Blues Men on July 26, Lee Lewis & the Ladies of Chanel on Aug. 2, Mike Cesati & Company on Aug. 9, and the Mike Fioretti Band on Aug. 16. Performers for the Aug. 23 show will be announced later. More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.
Bereavement program for children: Musical experiences, special keepsake crafts and a host of other fun activities will be enjoyed by children who have undergone a significant loss in their life at Merrimack Valley Hospice’s day long “Summer Break” program on July 18 at Winnekenni Castle. This free and fun program is for children ages 6 to 13 who have experienced a loss. The daylong program, now in its fifth year, was created to give children who have suffered the loss of a loved one a chance to meet others that have similar experiences. The program is open to all children in the community. Children need not have any connection to Merrimack Valley Hospice to participate. The day is supervised and directed by Merrimack Valley Hospice trained professional social workers, nurses and grief counselors and expressive therapists. Registration is required. For more information, contact Jessica at 978-552-4904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.