NORTH OF BOSTON
BEVERLY To celebrate the completion of major balcony renovations, the Cabot will host a free open house and screening of “Back to the Future” on Wednesday, Feb. 20. In addition, community members may provide input on an upcoming mural project to enhance the visibility of the venue. Staff-led tours will begin at 5 p.m., and the film will follow at 7 at the historic theater located at 286 Cabot St. Visit thecabot.org.
CHELMSFORD Interested in better understanding Islam and what it means to be a Muslim? Join photojournalist and education consultant Robert Azzi, an Arab-American and native of New Hampshire, for “Ask a Muslim Anything.” Part of One Book Chelmsford, the Civic Engagement REACT program takes place on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road. Register at chelmsfordlibrary.org.
NEWBURYPORT The Newburyport Salvation Army, located at 40 Water St., is hosting a free turkey dinner at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Cosponsored by Merrimack Valley Hope Mission, NCR Bus, and Anna Jaques Hospital, the event is open to the public. Round-trip shuttle service begins at 4 p.m. at Park Circle, with subsequent stops at the Heritage House, Sullivan Building, and James Steam Mill. To reserve a seat on the bus, call 978-308-9186. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Don Jarvis at 978-914-8720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALEM The House of the Seven Gables, located at 115 Derby St., is hosting special kids’ activities for school vacation week, through Sunday, Feb. 24. Constructing History workshops, which experiment with historic construction techniques using popular building toys, run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, tours for children and students are free of charge when they accompany an adult through March 31. For restrictions and more information, call 978-744-0991 or visit 7gables.org.
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
QUINCY The City of Presidents celebrates Presidents’ Day with a “Winterfest” of indoor and outdoor fun, featuring children’s activities, live music, and other performances. Attractions include a model slot car track, a Boston Bruins dome hockey game, and air hockey tables. Food trucks will provide refreshments. The free event takes place at the new Hancock-Adams Common, 1305 Hancock St., on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 7 p.m. For questions, call City Hall at 617-376-1000.
NORWELL Church Hill Coffeehouse hosts Peter Eldridge and the Natural Born Fools, who perform a mix of songs made popular by James Taylor, the Bee Gees, Van Morrison, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Hall and Oates, and other artists. The coffeehouse concert takes place at Church Hill United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., on Friday, Feb. 22, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.chumcnorwell.com.
WALPOLE Historian Gary Hylander will speak on King Philip’s War, a bloody conflict between Native Americans and English settlers in 1675-76 and the greatest calamity of 17th-century New England. Twelve Colonial towns were destroyed, thousands of lives were lost, many indigenous tribal groups lost their homelands, and captive Native Americans were sold into slavery. The talk takes place at Walpole Public Library, 143 School St., on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. It’s free. For more details, visit walpolelibraryfriends.org.
KINGSTON Libraries have lots of books to borrow. Now you can make your own — and keep it. Minister and writer Judy Campbell, whose artist books are on display this month at the Kingston Public Library, will lead a workshop on techniques for making handmade fan-fold books. All supplies will be provided. The workshop will be held at the library on 6 Green St. on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. It’s free for adults and children ages 10 or older, but registration is required through the website at kingstonpubliclibrary.org.
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WEST OF BOSTON
LEXINGTON “A Room with a View,” an exhibit of works by Boston-area collage artist Betsy Silverman, is on view now through March 3 at Gallery Twist, 1963 Massachusetts Ave. Silverman creates intricately detailed images of New England scenes from precisely selected and cut pieces of recycled magazines. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 781-698-9994 or go to www.gallerytwist.com.
CONCORD The Umbrella Community Arts Center is hosting a fiber arts invitational exhibition now through Feb. 28 in its newly renovated visual arts gallery at 40 Stow St. The exhibition explores the theme of migration through works by regionally and nationally noted fiber artisans. A portion of funds raised during the exhibition will be donated to Dignity in Asylum, a local nonprofit that provides transitional housing and support for asylum seekers, refugees, people who have been granted asylum, and unaccompanied minors at risk of homelessness. For more information, call 978-371-0820 or go to TheUmbrellaArts.org/Migration.
ACTON The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Massachusetts Ave., will host a screening of the Arlington International Film Festival’s 2018 Animated Short Films on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance online or $15 at the door. For tickets or more information, go to www.galleryatvw.com.
HOPKINTON In honor of Black History Month, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers an afternoon Afro Dance Workshop led by Chefiatou Tokou, a professional dancer, workshop leader, and founder of SIMDACA African Dance Academy, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. The workshop is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $10 per person, free for HCA Members. For tickets or more information, go to hopartscenter.org or call 508-435-9222. The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is located at 98 Hayden Rowe St.
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