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Belmont: Actor Stephen Collins portrays Walt Whitman in a one-hour presentation on the 19th-century American poet and humanist that will benefit Belmont’s 1853 Homer House, a historic site where Winslow Homer spent many summers and crafted many of his paintings, Sunday, 2 p.m., at First Church in Belmont, 404 Concord Ave. A Civil War exhibition is on display to complement the performance. $10.

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Newton: Highland Jazz wraps up its 30th anniversary series with an all-star lineup — including Paul Broadnax on piano, vocals; Eugene Friesen, cello; George Garzone, saxophone; Greg Hopkins, trumpet; Yoron Israel, drums; Wanetta Jackson, vocals; John Lockwood, bass; Cercie Miller, saxophone; and Tim Ray, piano — Saturday, 8 p.m., at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road. $22 in advance ($21 for seniors, $12 students); $25 at the door. 781-237-1917,

Newton: The New Philharmonia Orchestra’s Family Discovery Series will feature a one-hour interactive concert highlighted by Nathaniel Stookey’s “The Composer is Dead,” with text by Lemony Snicket, followed by the ensemble’s acclaimed instrument petting zoo, Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Newton, 848 Beacon St. $15; $13 for seniors; $10 for students. 617-244-2997,

Waltham: The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation celebrates its host city’s culinary diversity at the 21st annual Waltham Food & Wine Festival, taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Westin hotel at 70 Third Ave. $45. 781-290-5600,

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