A fund-raiser, zoning changes, and Edgar Allan Poe

A huge American flag hung from two fire trucks near St. John's Catholic Church in Worcester for the funeral of firefighter Christopher Roy.
A huge American flag hung from two fire trucks near St. John's Catholic Church in Worcester for the funeral of firefighter Christopher Roy.(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

A community fund-raiser will take place in Shrewsbury on Jan. 25 in support of 9-year-old Ava Roy, the daughter of Worcester firefighter and Shrewsbury resident Christopher Roy , who died of injuries he sustained while fighting a fire in December. The fund-raiser, which will run from 7 to 11 p.m. in Maironis Park at 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., will have raffles, music, and refreshments. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds go to the Ava Roy Fund. For more information, contact Hannah Kane at or 617-448-7304.

The 19th Annual Baystate Wedding & Bridal Expo will take place Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel. The gathering of wedding professionals happens at 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, with free parking and easy access to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 128. This year’s Grand Prize Sponsor is Calabash Cove Resort & Spa.


Emerson Hospital in Concord will host a free educational program about dementia for families and caregivers on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. Alicia Seaver, vice president of Memory Care Operations with Epoch Senior Living, will discuss different forms of dementia, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It will take place in the Cheney Conference Room at 133 Old Road to 9 Acre Corner, and refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact or call 978-287-3170. Visit

Temple Emanuel in Newton will host two showings of “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Director Melissa Bernstein, musical director Neil Miller, and producer Cantor Elias Rosemberg collaborated for the musical, made up of a cast of the temple’s members and clergy. The show, at 385 Ward St., costs $15 to attend. Visit

Brandeis University in Waltham will host the ninth Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Day of Service in collaboration with the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries on Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kevin Peterson of the Boston-based New Democracy Coalition will give a speech at the free event, which takes place at 415 South St. in the Levin Ballroom of the Usdan Student Center. Participants will be able to pack meals for food pantries and congregations and participate in social justice discussions with the college’s clubs and local nonprofits. Donations will be accepted. Visit


The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber and the Newton Planning Department will present proposed zoning changes for the city on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. City staff will discuss a multiyear effort to update and improve Newton’s zoning including commercial, residential, and mixed-use zones, at Century Bank, 32 Langley Road, Newton Centre. The event is free to attend. Visit

Gore Place in Waltham is hosting a one-man, living history presentation of the life of Edgar Allen Poe. Literary historian Rob Velella will give readings and biographical details for “Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre” on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 and 5 p.m. Admission costs $10 for students with school identification, $12 for members, and $17 for nonmembers. Visit

The Morse Institute Library in Natick will host Gateway Camera Club’s annual photography exhibition through March 4. Prints by local photographers of all levels will be on display at the library’s Lebowitz Meeting Hall and lower lobby area, at 4 East Central St. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Visit


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