For the next few days, the sun is supposed to be shining and the weather should be beautiful and unseasonably warm. But, according to The Weather Network, we should be back to normal (ie. cold and damp) by the weekend — perfect weather for attending a concert, lecture or both.

Take the chill off Friday evening at the Almonte United Church when Almonte Lecture Series presents Maureen Nevins: Music's Time Capsule. Archivist Maureen Nevins has been a Musical Archivist with Library and Archives Canada since 1989, when she completed degrees in both music and archival science in Montreal and Quebec, and has been fortunate to meet Canadian musicians “up close and personal” including Sir Ernest Macmillan and Oscar Peterson. Maureen has been privy to the many photos, letters and sound recordings that go into creating exhibitions of the best of Canada’s musical past, and she will share her experiences on Friday, March 23, from 7:30-9pm.

This weekend is also the time for the Pakenham Maple Run Studio Tour, whose participants have been busy all winter creating artwork and handcrafted items. Take a scenic drive to and around historic Pakenham on Saturday, March 24, or Sunday the 25th to indulge in sweet maple products and meet local craftspeople and fine artists. This popular self-guided studio tour runs from 10am to 5pm each day. Maps and more information are available from their website.

Music lovers have a tough choice on Saturday night. First up, the Folkus music series is presenting their final concert this season: a double-bill featuring Silver Creek and the Brothers Chaffey. Doors open at 7:30 and the entertainment should be smokin' hot! Then, in Carleton Place, The Valley BBQ presents Monkey Junk with opener Still Dangerous. The show starts at 9pm, so really keen music fans might even be able to catch both shows.

Most people will remember when the Occupy Wall Street movement was front page news last fall, with its call for a more equitable and environmentally-sustainable economic system, its challenge to the power of multinational corporations, and its innovative forms of direct leaderless democracy. On Sunday, you can Meet The Occupation when Occupy Lanark County hosts an introductory presentation at Ballygiblin's in Carleton Place at 2pm. Get the story behind the headlines and find out why so many people came to this movement, why it has been so influential, and where it can go from here.