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This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.

Lowell: During the City’s Winterfest Celebration, enjoy live entertainment and many children’s activities. There is local cuisine, the famous Soup Bowl Competition, the National Human Dogsled Championship, and a fireworks display. Friday and Saturday. Downtown Lowell, Merrimack and Palmer streets. 978-970-5000, www.lowell.org/Pages/Winterfest.aspx/

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Medford: Historian Jennifer Pustz presents “Uncovering African American Stories at Historic New England.” Contributions of African-Americans are central to New England history. Pustz discusses Prince Sayward, Cuff Gardner, and others. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Royall House and Slave Quarters, 15 George St. $5. www.royallhouse.org

North Andover: The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Merrimack College presents “Doubt: A Parable,” an award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley. Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St. $10. www.merrimack.edu/
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