LITTLE CHRISTMAS CAROL Soloist Peter S. Adams will take part in the 17th annual “Little Christmas in Jackson Square” Epiphany concert, along with musicians from the Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra and the more than 50 singers of the Jackson Square Great Choir. Instrumentalists and vocalist will combine in a performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.” Adams recently performed in the North Shore Music Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.”
The concert also features musical offerings by the choirs of the East Weymouth Congregational Church, Immaculate Conception Parish, North River Brass Ensemble, and South Shore Dance Academy.
Epiphany Sunday, also known as Little Christmas or Three Kings Day, celebrates the arrival of visitors bearing gifts to Jesus. “In keeping with that tradition,” said Victor DeRubeis, the East Weymouth church’s music director, “the musicians and dancers offer their songs as gifts” and the event raises funds for the Weymouth Food Pantry.
East Weymouth Congregational Church, 1320 Commercial St., Weymouth, Sunday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m.; $10 suggested donation, www.musicatsanctuaryhall.org.
THINK SMALL Dedham Square Artist Guild members and Dedham High School students will showcase their small works in an exhibition of work no larger than 8 by 10 inches. To help foster young artists, the guild recently opened its “Artists Challenges” show to Dedham High students. Dedham Community Theatre, 580 High St., opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 7, 6-8 p.m.
TAPESTRY OF SONG The Company Theatre presents “Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook,” a recreation of an iconic 1970s Carole King concert. Suzanne O. Davis and her touring band perform audience favorites such as “I Feel The Earth Move,” “Tapestry,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “It’s too Late,” and others.
30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, Saturday, Jan. 9, 8 p.m.; $32, www.companytheatre.com.
FUTURISTIC FUN The Hingham Public Library hosts the launch party for local resident Monica Tesler’s debut novel “Bounders.” Planned as the first in a new science fiction series for young readers, the book is described by the library as “a story of adventure and friendship with lots of action, aliens, and futuristic gadgetry.”
66 Leavitt St., Thursday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m.
OIL PAINTINGS Paul Pratt Memorial Library hosts an opening reception for artist Susan Ahearn, a member of Rockland’s 4th Floor Artists, whose oil paintings will be on exhibit at the library through Feb. 28.
35 Ripley Road, Cohasset, reception Friday, Jan. 8, 6-8 p.m.; free.
RIVER MUSIC Singer-songwriter Howie Day, known for his use of samplers and effects pedals in concerts, performs old favorites and new material at the River City Music Hall in Scituate.
78 Border St., Friday, Jan. 8, 8 p.m.; for tickets see www.theriverclubmusichall.com.
STUDENT WORKSHOPS Courses and workshops in all media for students of all ages and abilities are offered this month by South Shore Art Center in Cohasset.
New youth classes offered this winter include “Super Animation Basics,” beginning Jan. 20, and “Stop Motion Animation,” beginning Jan. 21. Taught by Brian Fitzgerald, both classes are offered to students in grades 8-12. Chris Chiba will teach “Origami” to students in grades 7-10 on Saturday mornings, beginning Jan. 16. “Selfies and Friends,” taught by Andrea Abarca Coutts, will be offered on Tuesday afternoons to students in grade 8-12.
119 Ripley Road; for more information and to register, visit www.ssac.org or call 781-383-2787.
SPOKEN WORD This month’s feature readers in “The Art of Words” poetry series are Rona Laban, a co-leader of the Duxbury Poetry Circle, and T. Michael Sullivan, a former teacher, journalist, and humor columnist. Laban’s poetry has appeared online and in anthologies. Sullivan’s work has appeared in a number of journals including the Irish Poetry Review.
The Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St., Sunday, Jan. 10, music feature at noon, poetry features at 12:45 p.m., open-mike at 1:15 p.m.; free admission and refreshments.
NATURE SERIES The annual WaterWatch Lecture Series offering weekly programs on nature and scientific subjects of regional interest begins this month. Sponsored by the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Mass Audubon, South Shore Natural Science Center, and the YMCA, the series leads off with author Michael Tougias, who will speak on the book he co-wrote with Casey Sherman, “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.”
Laura’s Center for the Arts, 97 Mill St., Hanover, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.; free.
Also this month Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, will speak on “Whale SENSE, Ensuring Safe and Comfortable Whale Watching — for the Whales!” on Jan. 20 at South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell.
And Jeff Donnelly, associate scientist in geology and geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will speak on “History of Hurricanes in New England” on Jan. 27 at South Shore Natural Science Center. See www.nsrwa.org for more information.