A doctor’s story, an opera lecturer, and holiday songs

Steven Hatch (far right) trains a new group at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia.
Steven Hatch (far right) trains a new group at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia.(Steven Hatch)

A doctor who treated Ebola in Liberia will share his story in Cohasset Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m.. Steven Hatch, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and specialist in infectious diseases, will speak about his book, “Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story,” at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library, 35 Ripley Road. A book signing will follow his talk. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Visit

A Stoughton native recently pledged the largest single gift in the history of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Brian Rist — the founder of Storm Smart, a Florida hurricane protection company — pledged to donate $5 million to the university. He received a degree in business administration and operations management from UMass Lowell in 1977. The endowment goes toward the university’s “Our Legacy, Our Place” initiative, which supports scholarships and research funds, campus facilities, entrepreneurial initiatives, academic support, and athletics.


An opera lecturer will come to the Sharon Adult Center on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss “La Traviata,” by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Erika Reitshamer gives lectures on opera around the region, and played a role in the formation of the Boston Lyric Opera, according to a news release. Opera fans and those familiar with the composition are welcome at the event. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free. RSVP for those needing seats is suggested. The center is located in the lower level of the Sharon Community Center at 219 Massapoag Ave. Call 781-784-8000.

The Snug Harbor Community Chorus will perform classical pieces, Christmas carols, and Hanukkah songs at the “Caritas et Amor,” or Charity and Love concert. Nearly 70 singers will give two performances; the first will be at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 73 Alden St., on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The second performance will be at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 17 Church St., in Hanover, on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults cost $15, or $12 each for groups of 10 or more; tickets for children ages 10 and under cost $5. Visit


The Broad Cove Chorale and Unicorn Singers will give two performances to benefit the Wellspring Multi-Service Center’s Diane Edson Fund, which provides resources to individuals and families in crisis. Sing-along songs and holiday favorites will be performed at two locations: the Lutheran House of Prayer, at 916 Main St., Hingham, on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 8 p.m., and at the First Parish in Cohasset, 23 North Main St., on Sunday, Dec. 9, beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit

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