Model trains, beer for a cause, and handmade gifts
Through Dec. 9, visitors can view more than 65 decorated trees and a model train and holiday village collection at the 10th annual Festival of Trees in Wellesley. The Massachusetts Horticulture Society will display trees decorated by local business, clubs, and residents at The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St. See a tree you want to take home? Visitors can enter a raffle for a chance to win their favorite tree. Snow Village, a model village and train exhibit, will feature landmarks such as Fenway Park and Beacon Hill, and the North Pole. On weekends, families can enjoy $5 horse-drawn wagon rides, and visits from Santa Claus. All proceeds will go to the Massachusetts Horticulture Society. Admission is $15 for nonmembers; $10 for members. Children under 12 are free. Visit masshort.org/Festival-of-Trees.
An Arlington-based food rescue organization acquired a building for its expanding operation. The building, at 108 Summer St., was purchased by Food Link earlier this month with a $327,000 award from the Arlington Community Development Block Grant program and financing by Leader Bank. The nonprofit plans to launch a campaign for funds to renovate the building early next year. Food Link delivers fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, and prepared foods, which would have otherwise been discarded, to social service agencies. Last year, the group distributed more than 500,000 pounds of food. Visit foodlinkma.org.
A Framingham-based brewery is donating part of its holiday sales to the #WhyNotDevin Foundation to End DIPG , a nonprofit created in honor of a Framingham child who lost his battle with a rare pediatric cancer. The brewery Jack’s Abby will donate a portion of its November and December House Lager beer sales to the charity, named after Devin Suau, who died last year after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem cancer. Visit www.jacksabby.com.
A community arts center in Concord will transform itself into a gift-shopper’s dream from Friday, Nov. 30, through Dec. 2, for its 13th winter market. More than 50 local artists will sell handmade ceramics, jewelry, scarves, blown glass, and more at The Umbrella, 40 Stow St. The center will also showcase its “Off the Wall” exhibition, where art pieces smaller than 14-by-14 inches will be available for purchase. The market will open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Visit theumbrellaarts.org.
The Needham Women’s Club is hosting the 21st Holiday House Tour on Dec. 9, from noon until 4:30 p.m. The club will tour up to six houses, beginning at The Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave. Proceeds from the tour will go to local organizations such as the Charles River Center, Circle of Hope, and Needham Community Council. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. The club also is hosting the Holiday Marketplace, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.at the same location. A part of the proceeds from sales will go to A Gift of Warmth, a Needham-based home heating assistance program. Visit needhamwomensclub.org or e-mail email@example.com.
The Saint Stephen Lutheran Church in Marlborough collected more than 500 cans of soup and hearty food for the Hudson Community Food Pantry. Because of the church’s efforts, the Thrivent Member Network-Northeast will donate $500 to the pantry as part of the company’s Feed Northeast 2018 campaign. Visit www.saintstephanlutheran.com.