Celebrating its 40th festival season, the Boston Bluegrass Union is kicking off the new year by hosting Laurie Lewis & the Other Hands in concert at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington Saturday, Jan. 16. Lewis has had a storied career within the bluegrass community, twice being named female vocalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and also winning a Grammy in 1997. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $25 for members and $27 for the general public and are available at www.bbu.org. Formerly known as the National Heritage Museum, the venue is located at 33 Marrett Road.
The 13FOREST gallery in Arlington is set to unveil its newest exhibition, “Construct, Belief and Nostalgia,” featuring local artists John Campbell, Lindsey Kocur, and Mike Ryczek. The gallery will showcase each artist’s work individually while exploring the way the show’s environment affects the viewer’s interpretation of each collection by dividing the 500-square-foot space into three distinct “rooms.” The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs from the opening reception at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 until March 9. For more information on the gallery, located at 167A Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington, visit www.13forest.com or call 781-641-3333.
The North Central Massachusetts branch of Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by building two houses in Ayer for a pair of local families in need. The organizations are looking for volunteers between the ages of 16 and 24 to join 20 youth volunteers Monday, Jan. 18 in the construction of the houses. To volunteer for this or other service opportunities, visit www.ncmhabitat.org.
Several Belmont-based organizations, including the Belmont Human Rights Commission, are hosting the 22d annual MLK Community Breakfast at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 in the Belmont High School cafeteria. State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester will serve as guest speaker of the event. The breakfast is $5 per person or $10 per family. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but it is requested that attendees register online at www.belmont-ma.gov.
Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson is slated to be the guest speaker at Arlington’s 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance at Arlington Town Hall Auditorium Monday Jan. 18. The celebration, which begins at 7:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public, will also serve as a recognition of Arlington’s 50-year involvement with the METCO program. Attendees can make donations to several public and nonprofit organizations at the event, as well as offer non-perishable food items to the Arlington Food Pantry. For more information call 781-643-4345.