Five things to do in Newton this weekend

This weekend starts with the Ides of March and ends with St. Patrick’s Day. The former is set to bring a little rain instead of a Greek tragedy, but the luck of the Irish may brighten the rest of the weekend up.

And Newton has an even mix of indoor and outdoor activities (with music, crafts and even a dog walk) regardless of what direction things take outside. It is spring in New England, after all.

Here are five things to do in Newton this weekend:

Friday, March 15

From 5 to 8 p.m., Natural Life (a new business located at 807 Washington St.) will host “Artz Over Anxiety Crafts Night,” a free community event featuring five-minute crafts and, food and complimentary wellness consultations.

Saturday, March 16

From 12 to 2 p.m., Polkadog Bakery and Bond Vet will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Pup Crawl. The event will feature a walk starting at noon at Polkadog Bakery and proceeding around The Street with for complimentary treats (Pup Cups with whipped cream and vanilla custard), photo opportunities and a chance to win $100 to Polkadog Bakery.

At 3 p.m., the Highland Glee Club will host a concert, “The Pipes are Callin’: A Celtic Tribute” at City Hall, featuring the men of the Highland Glee Club and Music Director Sarah Robinson Seeber performing songs from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, singing in their kilts and joined by uilleann (Irish) pipes virtuoso Dan Meyers.

At 7:30 p.m., Bay Colony Brass will present “Respighi and Friends: An Italian Affair,” a free concert led by Music Director Philip Sanborn and featuring works by Verdi and Frescobaldi as well as Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1,” and his masterwork, “The Pines of Rome.”

Sunday, March 17

At 10:15 a.m., the First Unitarian Universality Society of Newton will present “Music Sunday: Finally on my Way to Say Yes,” a service featuring music about transformation and change, both personal and worldwide. Songs will include “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” “Hejira,” “Swing Down, Chariot,” and a gorgeous setting of James Weldon Johnson’s Sonnet (“My heart be brave”).