WEST OF BOSTON
BEDFORD Middlesex Community College’s World of Music series continues with “Music for Flute and Guitar,” featuring Jill Dreeben (flute) and Peter Clemente (guitar) at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Building 6, 591 Springs Road. Music to be performed includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Katherine Hoover, and John Kusiak. Admission is free. Visit middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic.
CONCORD The Concord Orchestra presents holiday family concerts on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at 51 Walden St., featuring “The Composer is Dead,” a murder mystery in which guest narrator Joyce Kulhawik will play the inspector who interviews the instruments in the orchestra about their involvement in the crime. Also on the program is the “Marche Joyeuse” by Emmanuel Chabrier; a string orchestra piece performed in collaboration with the Westford Academy Honors Orchestra; and an audience sing-along. Tickets for adults are $20 at the door, $19 online; $10 for those under 21. Call 978-369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.
WALTHAM Welcome Hanukkah with Hankus Netsky’s Hebrew National Salvage performing “Yiddish Radio Lives! A Musical Tribute to Ben Gailing at 120” on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 25 Harvard St. The program includes Hassidic melodies, klezmer dance tunes, Yiddish folk songs, and a special tribute to Yiddish theatre actor and humorist Ben Gailing. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for temple members or students. Call 781-894 5146 or visit tbiwaltham.org.
WATERTOWN “Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies” is the theme of a show by artists Timothy Kadish, Carol McMahon, Robert Rindler, and Judy Riola, on exhibit at Room 83 Spring now through Dec. 22. The four artists create paintings and sculptures from materials that include encaustic and acrylic paint, wood, stuffed animals, and plastic kitchen items. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., and by appointment. The gallery is located at 83 Spring St. Visit room83spring.com.
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NORTH OF BOSTON
LOWELL Don’t be left on the Island of Misfit Toys! Based on the beloved stop motion animated television classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” takes place on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, located at 50 East Merrimack St. Tickets, ranging from $29 to $79, are available at 978-937-8688 or lowellauditorium.com.
MEDFORD The 20th annual Jingle Bell Festival kicks off with a lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, and other family-friendly activities on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5 to 7 p.m., at City Hall Plaza located at 85 George P. Hassett Drive. Raffle tickets will be available for prizes, including the 65 decorated trees displayed in the City Hall Chamber through Sunday, Dec. 2, and five area homes will be open for tours on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Since its inception, the event has raised $380,000 for The Community Family, an adult day health program. For home tour tickets and more information, call 781-475-2162 or visit jinglebellfestival.org.
NORTH ANDOVER Celebrate the most magical time of the year as the gardens at Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., sparkle with thousands of shimmering lights. Opening on Thursday, Nov. 29, Winterlights also offers family-friendly performances and activities Thursday through Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m., through Dec. 30. Admission costs $12 for members of the Trustees of Reservations and $17 for non-members, with children 12 and under free. For tickets and more information, visit thetrustees.org.
SALEM The 39th annual Christmas in Salem House Tour presented by Historic Salem, Inc. takes place from Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2. Homes in the historic Derby Street neighborhood will be decked out in full holiday regalia by professional decorators and florists, set to the theme of “A Very Hawthorne Holiday” to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the House of the Seven Gables. For tour times, tickets, and information about special events, call 978-745-0799 or visit christmasinsalem.org.
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
LAKEVILLE Some 30 crafters will be offering holiday merchandise at “All That Glitters Holiday Shopping,” sponsored by the Lakeville Arts Council. Taking a cue from Santa’s extensive list, featured craft offerings include leather, weaving and knitted items, jewelry made from antique buttons, acrylic paintings, cards, photography, dog and cat toys, seascapes and sun catchers made of resin, wall hangings, scented oils, sweatshirts, and baskets. Performers offer live holiday music on both days. The event takes place at Loon Pond Lodge at Ted Williams Camp, 28 Precinct St., on Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit lakevilleartscouncilma.org.
NORWELL The Company Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ tale of orphans in Victorian England in the classic musical “Oliver!” The cast includes young actors Colin Paduck of Weymouth as the Artful Dodger, and Matthew O’Connor of Hingham as Oliver. The show runs at the Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, on multiple dates through Dec. 16, with evening and matinee performances. Tickets range from $41 to $43, available at www.companytheatre.com.
PLYMOUTH It’s beginning to feel a lot like December as Johnny Souza & Friends jazz up Christmas in their “Wicked Fun Holiday Concert!” Performers include Plymouth’s musical Souza family: Johnny on trumpet, Leah on vocals, and Johnny III also on trumpet, plus their musical guests. It’s a “family show,” in all senses of the term. The holiday jazz takes place at the Spire Center, 25½ Court St., on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, available at spirecenter.org.
NORWELL The James Library & Center for the Arts offers locally made gifts for everybody on Santa’s quirky list at “The Holiday Marketplace.” Quality artisan-produced gift items include pottery, soaps, culinary creations, textiles, bird decoys, jewelry, writing instruments, and specialty dog foods. The market takes place at 24 West St. on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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