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Concord: Start the New Year off by joining Henry David Thoreau on Tuesday, when the 19th-century author and naturalist, as portrayed by historian and actor Richard Smith, will entertain visitors at the replica of his cabin near Walden Pond from noon to 1 p.m., and then lead a hike through the Walden Pond State Reservation property, 915 Walden St., followed by hot chocolate for all. Free; $5 parking fee. 978-369-3254.
Framingham: Joe Wong headlines a comedy lineup also featuring Matt D, Dan Crossley, and Malik the Magic Guy on Monday at 8 p.m. at the Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St. $30-$45. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org.
Newton: Join Mayor Setti Warren in celebrating New Year’s Eve with an afternoon of free entertainment and activities from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Donations of nonperishable food items, winter clothing, school supplies or personal care products will be collected. www.newtoncommunitypride.org.