This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.
Cohasset: Margaret Roach discusses “The Backyard Parables,” her new book about the multiple benefits of a gardening life. Katrina Kenison’s book, “Magical Journey,” evolved after she realized that her role as a parent had changed from “hands on” to consultant. Sunday, 3 p.m., Buttonwood Books & Toys, 747 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy. Free. 781-383-2665, www.ButtonwoodBooks.com.
Hingham: Guitarist Gerry Johnston will perform songs from the Great American Songbook. The performance is cosponsored by the Boston Classical Guitar Society. Sunday, 3 p.m., Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St. Free. 781-741-1405, www.hinghamlibrary.org.
Quincy: Come help crown Quincy’s champion chili at the 4th annual Quincy Chili Bowl. Sample up to 20 different kinds of chili from both local restaurants and home chefs, then vote for your favorite in each category. Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Hough’s Neck Congregational Church, 310 Manet Ave. $5. 617-479-8778.
Quincy: Comedians and a country/rock entertainer perform to benefit the Sandy Hook School/Newtown, CT Memorial Fund. Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Commonwealth Restaurant & Lounge, 79 Parkingway. $25. www.commonwealth.com.