WINTER FUN: The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Universal Access Program will host free ice skating, sled hockey, and snowmobile rides for individuals with disabilities and their families at the Asiaf Memorial Rink in Brockton on Jan. 29, Feb. 12 and 26, from 1:30-3:20 p.m. Pre-registration is required, call 413-527-8990. For more information and a schedule of activities call 617-626-1294 or visit www.mass.gov/dcr/universal_access/
BIRD PROGRAM: Explore bird feeding and identification basics with John Galluzzo on Thursday, at 6:15 p.m. at Aubuchon Hardware, 828 Chief Justice Cushing Highway. The program is free. 781-383-0053 or www.aubuchon.com/182
LIGHT SHOW: “Lasermania Spectacular’’ is a sports-themed light show that will benefit Hoop Heroes, a basketball program for disabled men and women offered by Arc of Greater Plymouth. Saturday, 2 p.m. in the Duxbury Performing Arts Center. Tickets $10. Contact Drew Caliendo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHINESE NEW YEAR: Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Quan’s Kitchen on Jan. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be raffles, cultural performances, and a sampling of Quan’s menu. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the Hanson Children’s Museum traveling exhibit and the professional firefighters of Hanover. 781-603-7676 or email@example.com.
MIND GAMES: A free program, “Maintain Your Brain,’’ Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the Hingham Senior Center on Central Street, uses logic puzzles, analogies, word games, and trivia to challenge minds and give ideas for daily mental exercises to stay sharp. 781-741-1458.
THEATER PROGRAM: The Dancer’s Playhouse presents “Broadway Beginnings,’’ a course for children that will teach voice, dance, and acting, culminating in a program in the spring. Classes are every Friday from 4 to 5:15 p.m. beginning Feb. 4 through June 2 at the Winthrop Congregational Lower Church, 16 North Franklin St. 781-767-2802 or www.thedancersplayhouse.org.
PAINTING WORKSHOP: Gregory John Maichack will teach a workshop on how to pastel-paint optically with color. Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Ventress Memorial Library. Free. 781-834-5535 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OPEN MIKE: There will be an open mike night at the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Monday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Musicians, poets, and performers of all ages are welcome. thomascranelibrary.org or 617-376-1301.
SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS: The workshop “Helping Your Child Prepare for MCAS” will be offered Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Randolph Community Middle School. The session will provide sample MCAS questions and responses, and explore resources to help students improve their performance. Child care and refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat, call 781-961-6200, ext. 240, or e-mail email@example.com. Separately, the school district is holding a “master visioning’’ workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stetson Hall. Call 781-961-6200, ext. 240, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: Applications for the 2012 Town of Weymouth Scholarship are now available at Town Hall or at www.weymouth.ma.us. Any Weymouth resident seeking education beyond high school at an institution deemed accredited by the scholarship committee is eligible to apply. The deadline is March 31, and winners will be announced in May. On average the committee awards a total of $23,000 to 30 recipients per year.