Meals for families, youth rugby teams, and ‘The Nutcracker’

Interfaith Social Services distributes Thanksgiving meals.
Interfaith Social Services distributes Thanksgiving meals. (Jennifer Sammons)

More than 1,000 Thanksgiving meal packages were distributed by Interfaith Social Services to families in 10 communities, including Quincy, Weymouth, and Randolph. Volunteers from State Street Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and more distributed enough meals to feed 3,000. Interfaith Social Services offers support such as counseling, homelessness prevention, and emergency food programs. Visit

The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center in Foxborough is hosting four performances of “The Nutcracker.” Dancers from the Foxboro Classical Ballet Academy will perform the holiday classic at 1 School St. at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14; at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Admission is $25 for adults; $22 for children, seniors, and those who need accessible seating. Visit


Massasoit Community College’s theater company in Brockton is holding auditions for “Freedom Riders,” a play that explores civil rights in Boston during the 1960s. Auditions, which will be held in the Little Theater, 1 Massasoit Boulevard, are open to students, faculty, and staff at the college, and to area college students. Those auditioning must perform contemporary monologues and should expect to perform cold reads. Auditions will be held on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Visit .

The Milton Public Library will host ukulele lessons for children on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The Jumping Fleas Uke Group will teach kids grades 3 to 5 to play basic chords and rhythms. Some ukuleles will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Registration is required. Call the library at 617-698-5757 or visit

The Hedge House in Plymouth will bring the world of Mary Poppins to life Dec. 15 and 16. Visitors can meet Poppins and tour the 1809 mansion, decorated to showcase the stories of the magical nanny. A holiday shop will offer handmade ornaments and gifts. All proceeds benefit the educational programs and historic preservation mission of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. The event takes place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $14 per adult and $10 for children. Discounts are available for society members. Visit

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