Brookline: Pine Manor College’s Solstice Summer Reading Series presents graduate assistant Beth Grosart (published in Eastown Fiction, an online literary site, and “Somebody’s Child: Stories about Adoption’’); assistant director Tanya Whiton (published in Crazyhorse and American Fiction, among other journals); and program director Meg Kearney at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Founder’s Room, 400 Heath St. Free. 617-731-7684, www.pmc.edu/mfa.
Newton: City residents receive free admission to the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday as part of Historic Newton’s annual community weekend, with ongoing displays including the Newton History Gallery and “Mapping a New Town.” 617-796-1450, www.historicnewton.org.
Watertown: Stellina Restaurant, at 47 Main St., hosts the Noteworthy Jazz Ensemble performing original music as well as classics from the Great American Songbook in a casual setting every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. No cover. 617-924-9475, www.stellinarestaurant.com.