Say it with feeling.
Mother’s Day Card from Women’s Lunch Place
What: Dodge the Hallmark aisle with a meaningful missive ($25) featuring original artwork from a guest of the daytime shelter.
Why: All proceeds support the local org, and a staff member will write a customized message on request.
When: Thru May 8.
Where: Online at womenslunchplace.org. Info at 617-267-1722.
Dining Out for Life
What: Local restos, both casual (The Friendly Toast) and upscale (KO Prime), donate 25 percent of the night’s proceeds to Cambridge Cares About AIDS.
Why: A $35 three-course menu at Da Vinci served on the just-opened patio. (Drag diva Abby Cummings will make an appearance.)
Where: Participants online at ccaa.org. Reservations recommended.
Design Biennial Boston
What: Glimpse innovative works from winners of the inaugural awards program created to promote early career architects and designers.
Why: Drinks + music + indie design = no-brainer.
When: Thru June 10. Opening night, Fri., 7-10 p.m.
Where: Pinkcommagallery, 81b Wareham St., South End (617-426-4466). Event is free.
Celebration of Soft-Shell Crabs at 51 Lincoln
What: Chef Jeff Fournier fetes the limited-edition crustacean with a different recipe for each day in May (crabs arrive daily from Maryland).
Why: Dishes ($12-$28) range from no frills (Old Bay-seasoned crab, fries, drawn butter) to avant-garde (soft-shell mac ’n’ cheese).
When: Thru May 30. Sun.-Wed., 5-10 p.m.; Thurs., 5-10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-11 p.m.
Where: 51 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands (617-965-3100).
Samantha House Jewelry
What: The on-the-rise designer (and former The Improper Bostonian fashion writer) debuts her newest line of dramatic, earthy necklaces. (Mena Suvari’s a fan.)
Why: Singular pieces made from cracked rock quartz ($265) and polished navy sandstone ($250).
Where: Flock, 274 Shawmut Ave., South End (617-391-0222).
Mom taught you to plan ahead. Thank her with a little something from our Mother’s Day gift guide.
Illustration: Courtesy of Women’s Lunch Place