Aydan Bahe of Ayer, Katie Rains of Groton and T.J. Kane of Westford in  James and the Giant Peach.
Aydan Bahe of Ayer, Katie Rains of Groton and T.J. Kane of Westford in James and the Giant Peach.

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Children

Discovery Museums -- 177 Main St., Acton (programs are free with admission unless noted). Mirror Mirror What Do You See?, Thur., Jan. 11, 10-11 a.m.

Lowell Memorial Auditorium -- 50 East Merrimack St. Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!; Thur., March 1, 10 a.m.; 866-722-8881, LowellAuditorium.com.

Stone Zoo -- 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Celebrate Smoky and Bubba's Birthday; Sat., June 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; black bears celebrating their 12th birthday; slice of birthday cake for the first 200 people; www.stonezoo.org.

Churches

Calvary Chapel -- 131 Stedman St., Chelmsford. No Longer Silent Christian Arts Festival, Fri., Jan. 12, 5-10 p.m.; family-friendly and free; www.facebook.com/ARTATCCC.

JESUS aCROSS the Border -- St. Joseph the Worker Shrine, 37 Lee St., Lowell. Fri., Jan. 19, 7:30-11 p.m.; JESUSaCROSStheBorder@gmail.com.

Clubs

Chelmsford Stamp Club -- Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Road; first and third Mon. (Jan. 15), 7:30-9 p.m.

Comedy

Luna Theater -- Mondo Monday Comedy, Mon., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m., Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell.

Films, Books, Lectures

Hearing Room -- 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell. Choose Your Adventure Reading and Discussion Group; Mondays, 6-7 p.


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Indian Hill Music -- 36 King St., Littleton, 978-486-9524, ext. 116, www.indianhillmusic.org (all events free for IHM students). Chamber music, Fri., Jan. 12, 7 p.m.; $15. Junior District mock auditions, Sat., Jan. 13, 10 a.m.; $20. Bach's Lunch concert, Thur., Jan. 18, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; $20. Orchestra of Indian Hill, All-Mozart evening at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King St.; Sat., Jan. 29, 7:30; $20/$35/$50. Free Lesson Day, Sat., Jan. 27. Music lessons and classes, ongoing.

Fundraisers

Alternative House -- Sweet Valentine Celebration; Sun., Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m., at Long Meadow Golf Club, Havilah Street, Lowell; soprano Alison Burns will perform; $35, benefits victims and survivors of domestic abuse; 978-937-5777; snow date Sun., Feb. 18.

Merrimack Valley Food Bank -- Feed the Valley, Thur., Jan. 25, 6-9:30 p.m., at NoLo Bistro, Stonehedge Inn and Spa, 160 Pawtucket Blvd., Tyngsboro; live music, wine and beer tasting, buffet, silent auction; $50 by Jan.19, $60 after, benefits MVFB; 978-454-772, ext. 313; www.mvfb.org.

Westford Academy Performing Arts Center -- 30 Patten Road. Four-Handed Illusions: An Intimate Evening of Laughs & Wonder, Fri., Jan. 19, 7-9:30 p.m. $20 students and senior citizens, $40 others; benefits Westford Academy Trustees Scholarship Fundraising Event; 781-953-3344, www.eventbrite.com/e/westford-academy-trustees-fundraiser-event-tickets-38509504966.

Health & Wellness

Blaire House -- 10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury. Financial Literacy Seminar, "Cool, Calm & Invested"; Wed., Jan. 17 (snow date Jan. 22), 6 p.m.; free; dinner and refreshments; scoletti@egmcare.com, 978-382-8741.

Bridges by EPOCH -- 108 Littleton Road, Westford. Caregiver Support Group; Mon., Jan. 15, 4-5 p.m.; 978-692-9541. Virtual Dementia Tour, Tues., Jan. 16, 4-7 p.m.; in partnership with Senior Helpers; 978-692-9541.

Nashoba Valley Medical Center -- 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar, Tues., Jan. 23, 11 a.m.; free; 978-862-5673, www.nashobamed.org/events. OPTIFAST Information Session, Wed., Jan. 17, 4:30 p.m.; free; www.nashobamed.org/events or call 978-784-9313. Bariatric Support Group, Wed., Jan. 24, 978-784-9313 or email NVMCweightloss@steward.org.

Westford Health Department -- Cholesterol Screening, Thur., Jan. 25, 8:30-11 a.m., at Town Hall; no fasting; appointment necessary; 978 692-5509; $20. Dementia Workshop, three-part series for sufferers, caregivers, family and friends; Thur., Jan. 18 (How to Take Care of Your Brain Today); Thur., Feb. 15 (Effective Communication Strategies); Thur., March 15 (Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior); 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St, Westford; free; 978-692-5509. Well-Child Clinic; Tues., Jan. 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Pediatrics West, 133 Littleton Road, Wetford; $5.

Live Music

Bull Run -- 215 Great Road, Shirley. Carolyn Wonderland, blues; Thur., Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.; $20. Nick Moss Band, blues; Fri., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.; $18. AfterFab: The Beatles Solo Years. Sat., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.; $20. Jim Messina, classic pop; Sun., Jan. 14, 8 p.m.; $65.

Chelmsford Center for the Arts -- 1 North Road. Stoney's Wicked Din; Sat., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.; $15, cash bar. Jazz Improv Workshop, Sun., Jan. 14, noon-2 p.m.; $20. Second Sunday Jazz Jam, Sun., Jan. 14, 4-7 p.m.; $5, cash bar.

Hanover Theatre -- 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. Neil Berg's Fifty Years of Rock & Roll; Sat., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.; $45-$65.

Parish Center for the Arts -- 10 Lincoln St., Westford. String Quartet to Perform Haydn & Mendelssohn; Sat., Jan. 13, 4-5 p.m.; $15/$12/$5; www.westford.org/pca.

Sahara Restaurant & Club -- 34 Bates St., Methuen. Bijon Watson Quintet, Tues., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tim Ray Trio, Tues., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. Mike Tucker/Dave Zinno Quartet, Tues., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Riverwalk -- 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, N.H. Dwight & Nicole with Ross Martin & Grant Gordy, blues-rock; Thur., Jan. 11, 8 p.m.; $15/$20. Dwight & Nicole with Jay Psaros, blues-rock; Fri., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.; $15/$20. Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks, blues; Sat., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.; $10/$12. Jack Martini, Hayley Reardon, Humbird; Sun., Jan. 14, 7 p.m.; $5.

Tewksbury Senior Center -- 175 Chandler St. SilverTones Big Band Dance; Fri., Jan. 19, 7-10 p.m.; dancing, BYOB and munchies; $10. 978-640-4480.

Tupelo Music Hall -- 10 A St., Derry, N.H. Dar Williams, folk; Fri., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.; $35-$40. Beetlejuice, Beatles tribute; Sat., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.; $25-$30.

Nightspots

Boathouse -- 294 Tyngsboro Road, Dracut. Karaoke, each Wed., 9 p.m.

Finn's Pub -- 76 Merrimack St., Lowell. Mill City Karaoke, each Wed., 8 p.m.

Hearing Room -- 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell. Reading Group, each Mon., 6-9 p.m. Open Mike, each Tues., 7-10 p.m. Open Figure Drawing, each Wed., 7-10 p.m. Mostly Acoustic Jam, each Thur., 7-10 p.m. Bluegrass Jam, third Fri. (Jan. 19), 7-10 p.m. Songwriter's Club, second and fourth Sat. (Jan. 13), 1-5 p.m. Community Sing & Jam, every other Sunday, 2-5 p.m.

Thirsty First -- 280 Central St., Lowell; Open Mike; nightly, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Theater

Dunstable Town Hall -- 511 Main St. Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon, presented by Dunstable Theater Collaborative; Fri., Jan. 12, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 13, 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 14, 2 p.m.; $12 general, $10 students and seniors.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre -- 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell; 978-654-4678, box_office@,ert.org. Knyum, through Feb. 4.