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    One-man play invokes the spirit of Christmases past

    17socalendar - Actor Neil McGarry performs a one-man theatrical version of Dickens "A Christmas Carol" in Plymouth. (Plymouth Center for the Arts)
    Plymouth Center for the Arts
    Neil McGarry performs a one-man theatrical version of Dickens’s "A Christmas Carol" in Plymouth.

    ONE-MAN CHRISTMAS Marshfield actor Neil McGarry reprises his one-man version of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” at Plymouth Center for the Fine Arts. The critically praised actor plays all the characters while drawing exclusively on Dickens’s own text.

    11 North St., Plymouth; Friday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.; $25, $20 seniors, students,

    WINTER COZY Teens and tweens, ages 11-17, are invited to a holiday party to celebrate the start of winter by playing games, making gifts, and decorating cookies.


    Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield; Tuesday, Dec. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.;

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    Also at the library, the Friends of the Ventress are holding a book sale in the lobby through Dec. 31. Proceeds go toward new materials, museum passes, and library programs.

    WATERCOLORS Hanson painter Kathy Ferrara is exhibiting 21 watercolors at Bella’s Restaurant.

    933 Hingham St., Rockland; through Jan. 6.

    17socalendar - Watercolors by Kathy Ferrara are on display at Bella's Restaurant in Rockland. (Kathy Ferrara)
    Kathy Ferrara
    A watercolor by Kathy Ferrara.

    DAILY PAINTING Paintings by Hingham artist Lisa Daria Kennedy are on exhibit at South Street Gallery. A teacher at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Kennedy has been committed to an ongoing daily painting project since 2009.


    149 South St., Hingham; through Dec. 31.

    17socalendar - Paintings by Hingham artist Lisa Daria Kennedy (cq) are on exhibit at South Street Gallery. (South Street Gallery)
    South Street Gallery
    A painting by Lisa Daria Kennedy.

    MENORAH LIGHTING The Chabad Jewish Center welcomes all to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah lighting at University Station. The celebration includes music, dancing, doughnuts, and hot cider.

    University Avenue, Westwood; Monday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m.; .

    HIDDEN STORIES The History Book Group discusses “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly. The women served an essential role as “human computers” in NASA’s space program.

    Manomet Branch Library, 12 Strand Ave., Plymouth; Thursday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m.;

    17socalendar - The history book club discusses "Hidden Figure" by Margot Lee Shetterly in Plymouth. (Plymouth Public Library)
    Plymouth Public Library
    "Hidden Figures," by Margot Lee Shetterly.


    POETS WORKING The Brockton Poetry Writing Workshop takes place at Gallery 33 of Brockton Arts.

    33 Dover St.; Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.; for information, go to

    LOVING WORDS Plymouth poet Miriam O’Neal is the featured guest at “For the Love of Words.”

    ECAT Studios, 50 Oliver St., second floor, Easton; for more information, e-mail

    FREE SANTA Family visitors to “Santa’s Shop” at Westgate Mall receive two free 4-by-6-inch Santa photo prints and a high-res digital download of a single image.

    200 Westgate Drive, Brockton; Sunday-Saturday, Dec. 17-23,

    RADIO MIRACLE The Talking Information Center, a service broadcasting to visually- and print-impaired listeners, airs its holiday production of “Miracle on 34th Street” on radio and in a podcast. A department store Santa Claus claims he is the real Santa, resulting in a court case and a surprise ending. The play will be performed before a live audience.

    Listen at WVBF-AM, Middleborough, 1530AM or online at , Thursday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

    FORERUNNERS The Old Colony Club’s Forefathers’ Day Parade celebrates the 248th landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. The observation includes a reading of the Mayflower Compact, proclamations and benediction in honor of Plymouth’s Forefathers, and a cannon firing on Cole’s Hill. The parade resumes up Leyden Street to Court Street and returns to The Old Colony Club.

    25 Court St.; Friday, Dec. 22, 5:45 a.m.

    17socalendar - The Forefathers' Day Parade celebrates the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. (Old Colony Club)
    Old Colony Club
    The landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth.

    GINGERBREAD BREAKFAST Plimoth Plantation hosts a full breakfast buffet with Santa. Children decorate a holiday gingerbread man and visit Santa. The brunch buffet includes French toast casserole, Belgium waffles, berry yogurt granola parfait, and breakfast treats.

    137 Warren Ave., Plymouth; Sunday, Dec. 17, 10-noon;

    WINTER SOLSTICE The Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary celebrates the Winter Solstice with a hayride guided by lanterns and a quiet pause on Fox Hill to enjoy the winter stars. Guests are invited to bring their own box dinners. The sanctuary supplies hot cocoa, dessert, hay bale seating around the campfire, and stories of animals transitioning into the winter.

    Winslow Cemetery Road, Marshfield; Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $11, $8 members,

    17socalendar - The Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield celebrates the Winter Solstice with a hayride guided by lanterns. (Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary)
    Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
    The Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield.

    BIRD FEEDERS Naturalist Doug Lowry and birder Tim O’Neil teach participants to build a simple bird feeder with materials and tools supplied by Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries. Also bird feeding tips and a small bag of seed to go.

    2000 Main St., Marshfield; Saturday, Dec. 23, 1-3 p.m.; $22/$18 member. Preregistration is required at

    SOLSTICE SESSION Old Ship Church hosts a Winter Solstice celebration with poetry and song; music by the Crossroads Singers, and poems shared by participants.

    Old Ship Meetinghouse, 90 Main St., Hingham, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; free, all welcome, call 781-749-0543 for information.

    POP-UP SHOP The Discover Quincy Holiday Pop Up Shop features the works of more than 60 local artisans, including fine art, jewelry, crafts, ceramics, glass, fiber and woodwork, and merchandise from neighborhood associations and local nonprofits.

    1534 Hancock St., Quincy; Sunday, Dec. 17, 11-7,

    FISH STORY The annual Water Watch lecture series begins next month with a program on “Reeling in Striped Bass: Conserving this Historic and Economically Vital Fish” by Gary Nelson of the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries. The program includes the history, current status, and trends in striped bass stocks, plus the conservation measures being taken to protect them.

    South Shore Natural Science Center, Jacob’s Lane, Norwell; Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., free.

    Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at