PASSION PLAY, “The Heart of the Cross,” a unique Passion Play, 9:30 a.m., St. Augustine Church, Essex Street, Andover. The spirit of Easter comes to life in this one-woman play through five women who adored Jesus: a young girl who sneaks up the stairs to watch The Last Supper; Veronica and Mary Magdalene who endure with Jesus on the way of the cross; his mother Mary who cleanses and buries Him; and finally, Martha who wonders at the events of Pentecost. Olivia Woodford, professional actress and founder of Healing Theatre, tells of these extraordinary events with devotion, humor and great feeling. Olivia’s plays have been bringing Scripture to life at churches, schools and community events throughout the country for more than a decade. Mass at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast in the parish center and the play in the church at 9:30 a.m. Free will donations welcomed; Brooke Mueller, 978-886-7573, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK EVENT FOR KIDS, The Mall at Rockingham Park, Salem, N.H., is blasting off with its annual Book Blast event and inviting families to join in the outer space-themed adventure that celebrates books and the joy of reading, read-aloud session, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lord & Taylor Court, Level 2. Books that will be shared include: Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser and There’s No Place Like Space by Dr. Seuss, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Children are invited to bring a new or gently used book to the event to be donated to Family Continuity. Williams-Sonoma will be at the event providing a Stars Wars cookie decorating activity; simon.com/kidgits/.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3
PURIM CARNIVAL, 1 p.m., face painting and prizes. Hotdogs, chips and soda for lunch and HAMENTASHEN!,Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road in Andover; templeemanuel.net, 978-470-1356.