March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Isn't that how the saying goes?

Here's a list of things to do in Hamilton this weekend that may help you tame the beast that is the first weekend of the month. 

An Evening with Shirley Temple

Though she’s been immortalized in popular culture as the ruddy-faced, curly-haired munchkin who starred in dozens of films in the 1930s and ‘40s, Shirley Temple died at age 85 on Feb. 10.

To commemorate the former child star, The Pearl Company (16 Steven St.) is showing a double feature of her most beloved titles. Saturday night’s "An Evening with Shirley Temple” will present 1934’s Little Miss Marker and 1935’s Curly Top and boast classic movie theatre snacks like popcorn and Cracker Jacks.

The event starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and artists.

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Cirque de la Symphonie

It’s a performance of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra with an acrobatic twist. The musicians will provide a soundtrack for performers with the Atlanta-based dance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie.

The Saturday spectacle at Hamilton Place (1 Summers Lane) starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $50.80 and go up to $83.70 and are available online at Few seats remain.

Annual Orchid Society Show

Do you need a reminder that spring is coming? Then check out the blooms at the Orchid Society Annual Show at the Royal Botanical Gardens (680 Plains Rd., Burlington) this Saturday and Sunday.

The show, featuring displays from exhibitors from across North America as well, is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Entrance to the show is free with admission to the RBG Centre ($12,50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and students, $7.50 for children ages four to 12). Kids under four get in for free. 

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Whiskey Jack

Artword Artbar (15 Colbourne St.) is hosting veterans of Canadian bluegrass Whiskey Jack on Saturday. The group brings with them 30 years of experience as a group. 

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Expect banjos.

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Spring and Home Garden Show

And here’s another reminder of the warmer weather that apparently, believe it or not, lies in the not-so-distant future. The Spring and Home Garden show at the Careport Centre (270 Longwood Rd. S) continues into the weekend. It features displays from exhibitors purveying the latest trends in home décor and garden design and demonstrations from the experts.

The show runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth between the ages of 13 and 17. Children under 13 get in free.

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