PEPPERELL -- Enjoy a perfect day of ballet fun for the budding dancers and story lovers in your family on Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. when ballerinas from Harvard Academy of Dance take center stage at the Lawrence Library, 15 Main St.

Author David Ira Rottenberg will read his picture book, "Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig," while the dancers perform the story. As an added treat, a mini-movement lesson will be offered to the children in the audience after the performance and Rottenberg will sign copies of his book.

"Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig" tells the tale of Gwendolyn and Omar, two best friends who have big dreams. Gwendolyn longs to dance ballet and Omar wants to join the football team. There is just one problem -- they are both pigs!

Rottenberg contacted Harvard Academy of Dance Artistic Director Kimberly Corbett about offering the event in local libraries. She said, "The piece is not only an opportunity for our lovely young dancers to display their skills, but a way to inspire a love for dance and reading in young people."

Festival of cultures set for March 22

HARVARD -- The Harvard Schools PTO is holding its annual Festival of Cultures from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 at HES. The event event celebrates the diversity that exists in our community.

The first part of the event takes place in the gymnasium, where attendees can travel the world in one night! "Ambassadors" from about 20 countries will share their culture in a variety of ways. The second part of the evening takes places in the cafetorium, where there will be short performances by local children from a variety of different cultures. In addition, students in grades 2 through 4 will be presenting the mandalas they wove during the "Weaving Together: Threads and Voices" artist-in-residency program with Sarah Haskell.

The schoolwide art show also opens that evening.