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Preschool STEM Story Time

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Where: Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way

SHIRLEY: For ages 3-5. www.shirleylibrary.org
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Monday Movie Matinee: To Sir, With Love

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: (1967) Sidney Poitier stars as an idealistic man who, while waiting for his dream job, teaches undisciplined high school students from London’s East End. Also stars Judy Geeson and singer Lulu. Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa
 
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Twisted Threads Knit & Crochet Circle

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Where: Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way

SHIRLEY: For adults. Bring your latest project and socialize with other crafters. www.shirleylibrary.org.
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Members’ Winter Art Show

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Where: Chelmsford Adams Library

CHELMSFORD: The Chelmsford Art Society present its exciting free annual show. Artwork including photography, sculpture, paintings, mixed media, digital art, stained glass and beyond, will be displayed for the public to enjoy this winter season. Artwork submissions are limited to 2 artworks, been completed in the last 4 years, framed and wired for hanging. All entries must be registered by Wednesday, November 30 at 11pm, using the online form found at chelmsfordartsociety.com. Drop off for members will be at the Adam’s Library from 5-8 on December 5. New artists are welcome and should check our website for details on membership.
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100 Books Bucket List” Book Club

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Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

LUNENBURG: A new morning book club for adults at the Library! The inspiration for this book club is a "100 Books Bucket List" scratch-off poster. Use the poster to choose the next title every month. Titles range from epic classics, to short stories, and modern masterpieces both fiction and nonfiction.  Challenge yourself with some books you may have never thought to read before, or revisit an old favorite to discuss with our group. For December, square #48: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. No registration is required, and participation can vary month-to-month. www.lunenburglibrary.org
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Historical Portrayal: Prof. Daniel De Houne Gilded Age Rope Walker

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Professor Daniel De Houne, the only one-legged tightrope walker in the world, commemorates the 160th anniversary of his loss of leg at the Battle of Middleburg. He recalls his fearless fighting in the “Lost Cause” and his efforts that helped bring an end to America’s “Peculiar Institution.” He thrills with tales of aerial derring-do at hundreds of locations across America in the 1860s, 70s, and 80s. Over 65 years ago, the Dallas Morning News called the rope walker’s story “almost incredible-sounding”, but it’s all true! Discussion to follow. Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa
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Beginner Card Making

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: B07. Free, all supplies included. Make a card using designer series paper scraps. Max 4 per class. Call (978) 251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov register.
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Watercolor Class

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Where: Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way

SHIRLEY: For 6th–8th Graders.  Registration required, call (978) 425-2620. www.shirleylibrary.org.
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Drop-In Teen Craft: Paper Snowflakes

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Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

LUNENBURG: Drop by the Teen Room to make 3D paper snowflakes! Take home kits will also be available the week of December 5 whilesupplies last. Open to tweens & teens in grades 6-12 (ages 11-18). No registration needed. www.lunenburglibrary.org.
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Winter Wreaths Craft for Teens & Adults

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Drop in during this craft event to create a beautiful winter wreath from old book pages. Open to ages 12-99. Pre-registration required. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Stow Police Department Opioid Awareness Panel & Free Narcan Training

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Where: Pompositticut Community Center, 509 Great Road

STOW: An Opioid Awareness Panel featuring Chief Sallese; Jackie Morris, executive director of Alyssa's Place, a peer recovery and resource center; and Billy Parks, a recovery coach from Advocates, will discuss the opioid epidemic. There were six fatal drug overdoses in Stow between 2016 and 2021. There were 300 overdose deaths in Middlesex County in 2020, and 360 in 2021. There have been 3,140 overdose deaths in the county since 2010, according to data from Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Medical professionals will be on hand to provide free Narcan training to interested community members and to speak about the importance of the overdose-reversing drug. Narcan, an opioid antagonist, can quickly reverse the effects of a potentially fatal painkiller or heroin overdose by binding to opioid receptors and reversing or blocking the effects of other opioids, quickly restoring normal breathing. Narcan is not dangerous if administered to a person who is not overdosing and it has no potential for abuse. This event is open to the public, and residents of other communities are welcome.
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Adult Nonfiction Book Club

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Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

WESTFORD: Visit the Meeting Room to discuss Codebreaker by Walter Isaacson. This will also be the Title Picking party for 2023. Copies are available at Main Desk or download a copy from Overdrive . Email Charles Schweppe at cschweppe@westfordma.gov for details! www.westfordlibrary.org
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Joy Bible Study: A Festival of Lessons & Carols

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Where: Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer Street

ACTON: Join for a special presentation of scripture and Christmas carols, and a festive luncheon buffet. Joy Bible Study is a traditional, non-denominational Bible study, part of the greater Acton community for over 40 years.  This year they are studying the Gospel of Mark and new members may join at any time. For more information, please visit www.joybiblestudy.com.
 
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Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale

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Where: Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant Street

WESTFORD: The Friends of the Cameron are sponsoring a fun filled event to  support the Cameron Senior Center. Talented crafts people and vendors will be displaying their unique gifting ideas, along with eye catching jewelry and holiday items. Sip your coffee, try a delicious baked good, and purchase easy holiday gift cards. All proceeds go to the Friends organization- a 501c(3) non-profit volunteer organization which supports programs and activities for seniors.
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Mother Goose on the Loose

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Where: Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way

SHIRLEY: For babies to age 3. www.shirleylibrary.org
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Littles and Letters Story Time

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Study a letter per week. This week - the letter "K." Sign up online for a space in this fun story time with a craft. For ages 4 and up.  www.littletonlibrary.org
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The Gold Tones

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: The Gold Tones are back this holiday season to get you in a dancing mood by playing holiday favorites. Info: (978) 251-0533; ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.
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Book Discussion Group via Zoom

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Where: Acton Senior Center via Zoom

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors/free. The group is reading “Circe” by Madeline Miller for the December 7th Zoom meeting. Copies of the book are on hold for the group at Acton Memorial Library. You may also check availability at Citizen’s Library (978-929-6654). If you would like to read ahead, The book for January 4th is "An Illuminated Life" by Heidi Adrizzone.  Ann Kulsick facilitates the virtual gatherings. If you are new to the virtual book group, register by emailing seniorcenter@actonma.gov. You will be sent the Zoom link which is also posted in “News” at www.actoncoa.com
 
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First Connections New Mothers Group

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Anyone who identifies as a mother with a pre-crawling baby is welcome to attend this group facilitated by Early Childhood Educator, Lactation Counselor, Infant Massage Teacher and Pediatric Sleep Consultant Mary Beilman. This open discussion group is a forum for you to share experiences and resources, connect with other new mothers, learn about your baby's development, and seek guidance about any concerns you might have. Email mbeilman@jri.org to RSVP​.  www.littletonlibrary.org
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Nashoba Valley Photo Club

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: December Print and Digital Salon. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club

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Where: Hazen Memorial Library via Zoom

SHIRLEY: Call (978) 425-2620 to register and get the link. www.shirleylibrary.org.
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Stow Garden Club Meeting

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Where: Stow Community Center, 509 Great Road

STOW: The Stow Garden Club will meet for a Holiday "Make and Take," an enjoyable evening making a fresh holiday arrangement for your table or mantelpiece. All materials will be provided but please bring your own clippers. A $10 charge will be incurred for non-members for supplies provided. There is a limit of 20 attendees and reservations are required via email to  schoyce@verizon.net. This is a popular and entertaining way to get into the holiday spirit so reserve now to be sure to get a place for the event.
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Simply Stars and Silence

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Where: Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King Street

LITTLETON: Also December 14 & 21. A candlelight service of prayer, quiet music, and times of silence. This is a soothing pause in the middle of a hectic season. Senior Pastor, the Rev. Jennifer Munroe-Nathans welcomes all. Call (978) 486-3245 for more information.
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Assabet Valley Camera Club (AVCC) Meeting

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Where: Assabet Valley Camera Club Online

HUDSON: Special guest David Long, travel and landscape photographer. A resident of Central Massachusetts, Dave travels extensively throughout New England capturing its beauty across the seasons. Currently AVCC meetings are being held online. If you are interested in attending this program, contact AVCC at info@assabetvalleycc.com a few days prior to the meeting to request a link to the event. The club’s Zoom room opens at 7pm with a brief business meeting at 7:15pm. David’s presentation Tips for Winter Landscape Photography will begin at 7:30pm.
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Celebrate the Season with the LWV of Westford

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Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

WESTFORD: Join the League of Women Voters of Westford as they celebrate the season. Gather in the Library Meeting Room to catch up with fellow LWV members, meet new friends, and learn more about what the League is up to. Light refreshments will be served. Go to http://lwv.westford.org to RSVP.
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WestfordCAT Online Auction: Celebrating 15 Years Connecting Westford Residents

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Where: WestfordCAT

WESTFORD: This year’s event will be held from December 8-11, with a sneak peek of auction items beginning on December 4. All proceeds from this event will support youth programming. There are nearly 75 items (and the list is still growing!) to be auctioned off – something for everyone on your holiday list or even something for yourself! Visit the event website at www.westfordcat.org/auction.
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Vertigo & Balance Seminar

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: B07. Inner ear disturbances account for 85% of dizzy disorders. Learn what can be done to diagnose and treat these disorders. Presented by Dr. Woods from South NH Vertigo and Balance Center. Please call (978) 251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov to register.
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Babygarten Story Time

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Babygarten's primary focus is the healthy development of infants aged 0-18 months old with an emphasis on language enrichment and pre-literacy skills. This is the last class in this session. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Holiday Candy Cane Craft

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: B07, free. Make some miniature candy cane reindeer to hang on your tree, to put on your wrapped gifts, or to pass out to the little ones in your family. This simple craft is free and designed for all skill levels. Max. 12. Please call (978) 251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov to register.
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Holiday Tea Party

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Acton seniors only. Celebrate the season in style! Enjoy tea, mulled cider, and a plentiful array of sandwiches and sweets. The party is free for Acton seniors, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Acton Council on Aging. Registration for this event is required! Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa
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Acrylic Painting for Kids

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Where: Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way

SHIRLEY: For grades 1–5.  Registration required, call (978) 425-2620. www.shirleylibrary.org.
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Third Grade Book Club

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Join Miss Jennifer for a fun-filled, action-packed book club! The book for November's meeting is The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling. Have a fun discussion, play games, do a book-related craft and have a snack! Copies  of the book will be behind the circulation desk!  Just tell the librarians that you need a copy of the 3rd grade book club book. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Library Trustees Meeting

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Library Trustees hold their monthly meeting. This is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend. www.littletonlibrary.org
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“I’m Going Home”: The Story of Elizabeth Ann Arnold Estin Moulton

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Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

LUNENBURG: Historical Society presents “I’m Going Home”: The Story of Elizabeth Ann Arnold Estin Moulton of Lunenburg. Hear the fascinating, though brief, history of a remarkable young woman of humble origin, who gained notoriety as a “preacher and exhorter” at a time when few women were welcomed as leaders in the Church. Elizabeth’s story will be told by Society Vice President, Eileen O’Brien.  www.lunenburglibrary.org
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Women’s Business Network Hosts Holiday Celebration

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Where: Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road

HARVARD: Guests are welcome to attend. Members and guests must email Deb Oliva at dboliva@charter.net by December 6 to RSVP and to get additional information. WBN is a local, volunteer-run networking group of women in small businesses, professional practices, non-profits and the arts who meet monthly for mutual support, education & networking. Referrals are shared, but usually out of the context of the meeting.
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12th Annual Festival of Trees, Wreaths & Creative Holiday Gingerbread/Gnomes Celebration

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Where: Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road

WESTFORD: The Westford Regency Atrium and Lobby and selected other areas will be decorated with trees, wreaths, and creative holiday and gingerbread/gnome creations. Visit www.westford.org/funfest  for details and application to be part of the Festival.
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Making Memories Photography/Writing Group

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Fridays thru December 16. Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Join Tracy Wood, a certified Older Adult Peer Specialist, for this group that utilizes a technique called PhotoVoice which involves taking a digital picture and combining with a narrative to produce an artwork. This group started in October and is meeting for eight weeks, talking about our lives and the resulting memories. Bring a charged smart phone or digital camera each week. Join us and make some new memories! Group is facilitated by Tracy Woods, a certified Older Adult Peer Specialist. Making Memories is a joint venture between the Acton Council on Aging and the Lawrence Recovery Learning Community. Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa
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Toddler Story Time

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Join Miss Jennifer for an action-packed story time! Explore a different theme each week with books, songs, movement and instruments. This story time is most appropriate for children ages 18 months-3 years. Registration is required. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Soup & Shop

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Where: Brush Art Gallery & Studios' Annual Members' Exhibition

LOWELL: Enjoy a hot cup of a variety of home-made soups while you walk around and view the open studios and meet the artists. The gallery,  located behind the National Park Visitor Center in Downtown Lowell at 256 Market Street is handicap accessible and validated parking is available at the HCID Parking Garage, located off Dutton Steet. For more information, please call (978) 459-7819 or visit www.thebrush.org.
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Don White Concert

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Where: notloB Parlour Concerts, Fivesparks, 7 Fairbanks Street

HARVARD: Since 2007, notloB has presented 200 not-for-profit folk, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass and progressive string concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. notloB's current home is space rented in the renovated 1890 Harvard library, now repurposed as Fivesparks. Presented in the house concert format, admission is by free-will offering, with 100% of the door going to the artists. Concerts are all held at Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street. Doors 7pm, Concerts 7:30pm. For reservations, visit http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com (no account is required). Admission is by free-will offering, suggested cash donation adults $15-20; teens and seniors $10; children $5. 100% of patron donations go to the artists.  NOTE: Seating capacity will be reduced by 50%, windows open, fans blowing. Full vaccinations, boosters and masks requested. Please read additional Fivesparks' COVID-19 protocols for events at www.fivesparks.org.
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CCA Jazz Band Concert

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Where: Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road

CHELMSFORD: The Chelmsford Community Band’s Jazz Ensemble will perform under the direction of Arthur Bakopolus. A program featuring vocalists Anita Wood and Brian Henderson and will play a wide variety of your Christmas favorites, old and new. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults; $10 for children and seniors.  The perennial favorite, the cash bar will be open for the event. Info: www.chelmsfordcommunityband.com.
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Mixtape A Cappella

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Where: Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street

WESTFORD: A musical journey that spans multiple artists, genres, and decades. With songs by the Beatles, Billy Joel, Amy Winehouse, Shakira, and more. www.pcawestford.org
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Santa is Coming to the ReStore

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Where: ReStore, 637 Lancaster Street (Route 117)

LEOMINSTER: Santa is coming to the Habitat for Humanity NCM ReStore! Bring the kids in to meet Santa, join in kid’s crafts and a scavenger hunt, and purchase your holiday wreath. Take all the photos you want and enjoy a cookie while you explore the ReStoreThis event is FREE to the public but if you register before December 9th, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $25 ReStore Gift Card.  For more information or to sign up visit www.ncmhabitat.orgThe proceeds from the event will help with our current projects including two homes being built in Acton and Fitchburg as well at Critical Home Repairs in the 30 towns served.
 
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Introduction to Italian

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Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library is partnering with Concord Scholars Institute for Arts and Languages to host free monthly introductory language classes for children and their caregivers. Led by highly qualified, experienced, and creative native-speaking teachers, these foreign language classes focus on developing communicative skills while enhancing a cultural understanding of these languages. Geared towards elementary-aged children. No registration required.
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The Concord Chorus Winter Holiday Concerts

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Where: Middlesex School Memorial Chapel, 1400 Lowell Road

CONCORD:  The Concord Chorus, conducted by Dr. Kevin Leong, is pleased to present its annual Winter Holiday Concerts at 2pm and 5pm. Celebrate the return of CC's holiday concerts with a heavenly selection of music and carols, including a piece by Ukrainian composer Dmytro Bortniansky and works by Palestrina, Brahms, Howells, Rutter, and Copland. The concert also features Assistant Conductor and pianist John Sullivan and organist Jonathan Wessler. Tickets are $30 (general), $25 (65+); $10 (children & students). Mask required (singers will be masked) and up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination strongly encouraged for all. To purchase tickets or more information: concordchorus.org or leave a message at (978) 254-1759.
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ACC Christmas Tree Lighting & Walk

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Where: 12 Concord Road, Acton

ACTON: The evening will begin with a walk of lights around the neighborhood at 4:15pm. Bring your own candles. Neighbors will be invited to join in and make the lighting of the tree a tradition for the whole community. This year, the church choir will lead in singing some of the carols that infuse this season with the spirit of hope, peace, joy and love. There will be hot cocoa to warm us up and a gathering of faith to kindle our hearts with the story of Christmas from the Gospel of Luke. The evening will end with the passing of the light and the singing of “Silent Night" by the Christmas Tree. Dress warmly and wear a fun scarf or hat! Please remember to maintain social distance and respect those who still wear face masks.
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FREE Community Holiday Turkey Dinner with Entertainment

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Where: First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 34 Felton Street

WESTFORD: Enjoy a turkey meal with all the fixins while listening to our guest performer, Tony Funches, long time-lead singer for the Platters, circa 1987+, returning to sing golden hits from that era. Hudson and surrounding communities are invited to savor this delicious meal. Visit and experience warmth and fellowship. More information is available at (978) 562-2932 or
at www.hudsonfumc.org.
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Free Drive-Through Living Nativity

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Where: Trinity Church, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road

BOLTON: Enjoy the opportunity to witness the true Christmas story with neighbors, family and friends at this drive through Live Nativity.  Hundreds of people have heard the Christmas message at this event the past two years! The sheep are coming along with Daisy the donkey.
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UCCB’s Annual Bluegrass Christmas Concert

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Where: United Church of Christ in Boxborough, 723 Massachusetts Avenue

BOXBOROUGH: Doors open at 7pm. Many people consider the annual Christmas In New England (CINE) concert in the UCCB Sanctuary to be an important part of their holiday season. Tickets $15 at the door. To learn more, visit www.christmasinnewengland.net
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Low Lily & Matt Flinner

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Where: Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street

WESTFORD: This collaboration celebrates the Winter Solstice with energetic bluegrass instrumentals alongside impeccably arranged songs. Between them, the musicians play mandolins, guitars, fiddle, banjo, double bass, and sing in three and four part vocal harmonies. For details and tickets, visit www.pcawestford.org.