FAMILY FOLK CONCERT FOR MLK DAY Jill Trinka sings, plays, and leads the audience in folk tunes about love and peace. The singalong is presented in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Jan. 15, 3 p.m. Free. New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, 241 St. Botolph St., Boston. 617-585-1100, necmusic.edu/calendar_event/2012-1-15
DAVID GROVER The Grammy-nominated children’s music artist travels from his home turf of Western Massachusetts to Cambridge to present an afternoon of folk-rock for all ages. Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m. $5-$10. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.org
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the animals at the zoo. Kids can watch a traditional lion dance, listen to stories, make a Chinese lantern, and try Chinese calligraphy and plum blossom painting. Jan. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with admission of $16, $13 seniors, $10 ages 2-12, under 2 free. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466, www.zoonewengland.org
BUBBLEMANIA A bit of comedy, some jazzy music, and superior bubble-making make Casey Carle’s one-man show a hit with the whole family. Among his tricks are bubble Ping-Pong, bubble sculptures, and enveloping an audience member inside a gigantic bubble. Jan. 16, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $11. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226, www.bostonjcc.org/magicark
RETRO BRUNCH Dine on throwback cuisine like steak and eggs, house-made Twinkies, and decadent French toast, listen to classic music from the ’50s and ’60s, and down a Leave It to Beaver cocktail. If you’re suffering from an over-indulgent Saturday night, maybe the Father Knows Best Headache Powder will help (the secret ingredient is Ovaltine). Sundays 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., reservations recommended. Tryst, 689 Mass. Ave., Arlington. 781-641-2227, www.trystrestaurant.com
WINTER TRACKING Search for signs of life with Northern Naturalists’ Charley Eiseman. The educational program covers mammals, winter plant identification, insects, and birdsong. Jan. 14, noon-3 p.m. $20, $5 children, registration required. Rocky Woods, Medfield. 508-785-0339.
KNOW YOUR FISH These days, being an educated consumer is important if you want to eat seafood. Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oyster Bar teaches a seminar on identifying, buying, and storing fish, and deciphering seafood menus. Jan. 14, 1 p.m. $50 for the seminar. At 5 p.m. there’s the optional four-course tasting for an additional $50, or if paired with wine $80. Island Creek Oyster Bar, 500 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-532-5300, www.islandcreekoysterbar.com
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH PEDRO MARTINEZ AND FRIENDS A picture with Pedro and his autograph are two of the perks at this benefit for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Jimmy Fund, and the Pedro Martinez and Brothers Foundation. The evening also features dinner and drinks and a Q&A with Martinez and special guests. Jan. 13, 6:30-10:30 p.m. $350. Liberty Hotel, Boston. www.jimmyfund.org