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    Show in Hingham focuses on still-life paintings

    31socalendar - "Fuji Mums" by Dianne Panarelli Miller of Abington. (South Street Gallery)
    South Street Gallery
    "Fuji Mums," by Dianne Panarelli Miller of Abington, is among the works on display at South Street Gallery in Hingham.

    FOCAL POINT A new show of still-life paintings by 15 area artists opens this week at South Street Gallery. Each painting captures an obvious focal point, and the show includes work by Dianne Panarelli Miller of Abington, who paints portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and murals.

    149 South St., Hingham; opening reception Friday, Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m.; free, show through Jan 31, www.southstreetgallery.com.

    31socalendar - "Gerberas & Apples" by Tatiana Roulin (South Street Gallery)
    South Street Gallery
    "Gerberas & Apples," by Tatiana Roulin.

    GREENWAY WALK The North and South Rivers Watershed Association leads a New Year’s Day walk in the South River watershed. The route includes the railbed trail and the Pratt conservation land, plus some newly constructed boardwalks.

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    Meet at the Marshfield public parking lot next to Levitate and the skate park off Route 139; Monday, Jan. 1, 1-2:30 p.m.; free, www.nsrwa.org.

    South Shore Folk Music Club
    Ian Fitzgerald.
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    SONGSMITH New England folk singer and songwriter Ian Fitzgerald, known for his storytelling and skillful use of language, has twice performed at the Newport Folk Festival.

    South Shore Folk Music Club, Beal House, 222 Main St., Kingston; Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.; $22, $20 members, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2950203.

    DIFFERENT TAKES Front Street Art Gallery exhibits “out of the box” work by artists James Burke and Edward Mikenas, including paintings on unusual papers, collages of various materials, abstract paintings, and original photos.

    124 Front St., Scituate; Thursday, Jan. 4, through Jan. 28; www.frontstartgallery.com.

    31socalendar - "Colors in Harmony" by Edward Mikenas (Front Street Art Gallery)
    Front Street Art Gallery
    "Colors in Harmony," by Edward Mikenas.

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    REFUGEES Stuart Sears, a scholar of Arabic and Middle East history with a doctorate from the University of Chicago in early Islamic history, is co-founder of the Arabic Language Associates. Sears discusses current crises in the Middle East and their impact on the plight of refugees at “Conversations at the Meeting House,” a program held on the first Friday of each month.

    Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 North Main St.; Friday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m.; free.

    OPEN BOOK Author Mark Schneider speaks on his book, “Gerry Studds: America’s First Openly Gay Congressman,” at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library.

    35 Ripley Road, Cohasset; Sunday, Jan. 7, 4 p.m.; for information, call the library at 781-383-1348.

    THROUGH TREES “Found compositions” by photographer Art Donahue, mixed media works by Helen Lozoraitis, and oil paintings by Lindsay Nygaard are shown in an exhibit titled “Seeing Through the Trees.”

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    Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill, 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon; through Feb. 5, open daily 10-4, www.massaudubon.org/moosehill.

    VICTORIAN BOSTON Heide Hasselmann presents a virtual tour of Victorian Boston and the Back Bay, through one of Boston’s most beautiful and expensive areas, tracing its history and prominent residents.

    Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield; Thursday, Jan. 11, 6-7:30 p.m., www.ventresslibrary.org.

    Hasselmann presents a virtual tour of Boston’s Beacon Hill on Thursday, Feb. 8, 6-7:30.

    TEMPORARY POETS The Art of the Word monthly poetry series moves to a temporary home at Plymouth Public Library for the months of January, February, and March because of ongoing construction at the Plymouth Center for the Arts. The January program features readings by poets Zvi A Sesling and Joyce Wilson.

    132 South St.; Sunday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m.; refreshments, free.

    COMMUNITY DANCE Beginners, singles, and all ages are welcome to the Bridgewater Community Dance Series, featuring folk, square, and contra dance.

    Bridgewater Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way; Friday, Jan. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $8, 774-208-2933.

    DIPLOMAS The Wellspring adult learning program holds open registrations for its winter semester. The program offers educational opportunities, including HiSET, GED, and high school diploma programs for any Massachusetts resident age 16 and older. Classes are free.

    Wellspring Multiservice Center, 814 Nantasket Ave., Hull; Thursdays, Jan. 4, 11, and 18; for registration information, call 781-925-3211 x124.

    CAPE BASED Cape Cod singer-songwriter Brian Sances is releasing his third full-length original album, “Flying Colors,” a collection of 11 songs from folk to funk to jazz fusion. The price of admission to his show at The Spire Center includes a copy of the recording.

    25 ½ Court St., Plymouth; Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.; $20, www.spirecenter.org.

    31socalendar - Songwriter Brian Sances performs at The Spire Center in Plymouth. (The Spire Center)
    The Spire Center
    Brian Sances.

    WALL RUGS Weaver Debbie Elliot exhibits framed woven works and wall rugs created in the style of a traditional Norwegian weaving structure called Krokbragd (pronounced “kroke-brahg”). Her work explores the intersection of pattern and color.

    Milton Public Library, Wotiz Gallery, 476 Canton Ave.; Tuesday, Jan. 2, though Jan. 31.

    31socalendar - Weaver Debbie Elliot exhibits traditional Norwegian framed woven works and wall rugs. (Milton Public Library)
    Milton Public Library
    A Debbie Elliot exhibit at the Milton Public Library.

    LIGHT PAINTING The Duxbury Camera Club hosts photographer Paul Nguyen speaking on “low light” photography. The photographer employs advanced techniques such as extreme, long exposures, low-light and night photography, and “light painting.”

    Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden St.; Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m.

    31socalendar - Photographer Paul Nguyen speaks on "low light" photography at the Duxbury Camera Club. (Duxbury Camera Club)
    Duxbury Camera Club
    Paul Nguyen talks about "low light" photography.

    ART OF REVOLUTION Fuller Craft Museum exhibits “ Revolution in the Making: The Pussyhat Project,” the story of the Pussyhat, a handmade cap with cat-like ears that played a central role in protests following last year’s presidential election. Marchers donned the pink hats to symbolize support for gender equality and resistance to the policies of the new administration.

    455 Oak St., Brockton; through Feb. 18; www.fullercraft.org.

    Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at rc.knox2@gmail.com.