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    Holiday performances west of Boston

    Boston Jazz Voices will perform at Chauncy Hall-Chapel Hill School.

    CAROLS AND CONCERTS Celebrate the sounds of the season with Lexington Symphony’s Holiday Pops at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. Each program will feature a mix of traditional and new holiday music as well as sing-alongs, plus special guests New World Chorale. Performances are Friday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. (kids’ version) and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Friday evening and Sunday performances are $10-$55; tickets for the kids’ show on Friday afternoon are $12-$25. All tickets can be purchased at www.lexingtonsymphony.org, at 781-523-9009, or at the door while available.

    Boston Jazz Voices presents a holiday concert and release party for its new CD — “Holiday Time!” — on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, 375 Lexington St., Waltham. Reception following the performance. Tickets are $15/adults, $12 students and seniors, available at the door. More information at www.bostonjazzvoices.org

    The annual Regis Christmas Concert — hosted by the Regis Alumni Chorus and featuring the Regis Glee Singers, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Instrumental Ensemble — takes place Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Regis Fine Arts Center, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. Highlights this year include a selection of carols sung by preschoolers from the Regis Children’s Center as well as music from Russia, Puerto Rico, and Ukraine and traditional carols. Tickets are $25 for the public; $20 for seniors, students, Regis faculty, staff, and alumni; $10 for children under 12; and free with ID for Regis students and LLARC members. To purchase tickets, go to www.regiscollege.edu/christmasconcert or call 781-768-7070.


    The 14th Annual Candlelight Vespers Concert at the Shirley Meeting House on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. will feature songs, stories and poems, with music by the Meeting House Chorale, the Ayer/Shirley Middle School Chorus and others. Admission is a donation to benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the Meeting House. Following the concert is a reception at Center Town Hall. The Shirley Meeting House is located at 41 Brown Rd., Shirley.

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    Guest narrator Joyce Kulhawik tells the story of Paddington Bear’s First Concert at the Concord Orchestra’s Holiday Family Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden St., Concord. Other highlights of the program include the Concord Carlisle High School Orchestra joining the Concord Orchestra for the Finale of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and an audience singalong of holiday favorites. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children. For information, visit www.concordorchestra.com or call 978-369-4967.

    HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS On Saturday, Dec. 2, seven private homes and historic landmarks in Concord that have been professionally decorated by interior designers in the holiday spirit will be open to the public. The Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers 7th annual Holiday House Tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets purchased through Nov. 30 are $40 members, $45 non-members; after Dec. 1 and the day of the tour they are $45 members, $50 non-members. Tickets may be purchased at www.concordmuseum.org or 978-369-9763, ext. 216. Tickets and maps must be picked up at the Wright Tavern, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

    IDEAS Carlisle Middle School teacher Marcella Pixley reads from her third young adult novel, “Ready to Fall,” at Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd., Newton on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.newtonvillebooks.com.

    Breakfast at Temple Beth Israel features Civil War expert Al Smith discussing Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10. Temple Beth Israel is located at 25 Harvard Street, Waltham. For more information, call 781-894-5146 or go to www.tbiwaltham.org.


    RUN IT OFF The 12th annual MFi Angel Run, a 5K run, fun run and walk to benefit the Medfield Foundation, takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Medfield High School, 88R South St., Medfield. Registration is $30 per person online at www.medfieldfoundation.org or in person on the day of the event. Proceeds from the event support Medfield town residents in need.

    ON STAGE Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” performed by the Menotomy Musical Theater, featuring two casts of nearly 90 local students from 10 surrounding communities. Performances are Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec 2, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Cross Center for Performing Arts, 48 Bartlett Ave., Lexington. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, go to www.menotomymusicaltheater.com.

    Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston’s annual ChristmasTime production returns to the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St. Waltham. Take in the delightful Teddy Bears’ Nutcracker, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Precision Dancers, Victorian Christmas, and the Living Nativity. Performances take place Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 9, and Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10, at 12 and 4 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Individual tickets range from $37 to $65;group tickets are available at a discount. Tickets can be purchased at www.reaglemusictheatre.com, by calling 781-891-5600, or at the theater box office.

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