Today is Friday, March 8 and here’s a joke from local comedy writer Ben Alper to start your day:

A study indicates that Suffolk County could possibly be the most “politically intolerant” county nationwide. County officials strongly disagreed and ordered the study’s authors to be tarred and feathered.” – Ben Alper.

Here’s what else you need to know for this weekend…

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. In Italy, it is celebrated as La Festa della Donna and beautiful mimosa flowers are gifted to women across the country. Salumeria Italiana on Richmond Street will be gifting every woman that visits a little sprig of mimosa, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

1:00PM Friday Film Series: Blacklisted. Join the North End Library for their Friday film series featuring Hollywood directors and writers before and after the blacklist. This week’s film is Zulu, see additional details here.

Notable News:

Boston City Council to hold public hearing on nightlife safety after kidnapping and death of Jassy Correia

Following the recent abduction of two women from Boston city nightclubs and bars, the Boston City Council is holding a hearing with the Public Safety Committee where representatives from the licensing board, Boston Police Department and the business community will be invited to testify, read more on MassLive.com.

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Plan your events with the Community Calendar:

Saturday, March 9

11:00AM Quilting Workshop. Learn piecing and contribute to a community-created quilt! Before there were sewing machines, quilts were made by hand. Talented members of a local guild, Quilters’ Connection, will be on hand with pre-cut squares to show you how to begin piecing a quilt by hand, see additional details here.

11:00AM Concert: Boston Philharmonic’s String Quartet. This MOSAIC (Musical Opportunities Supporting Arts In Communities) Concert includes discussion of the music, opportunities to ask questions, meet the musicians, and a chance to try to play the instruments, see additional details here.

From The Community:

Adult Book Discussion Club: The Wonder

March’s book is Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel The Wonder, in which an eleven-year-old girl is purported to have gone without eating for months in a mid-19th century Irish village, continue reading.

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Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.

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