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Three Kings Day Celebration

Join the Hyde Square Task Force to celebrate Three Kings Day/Dia de los 3 Reyes Magos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.

Decorate a crown, read a book about Three Kings Day and sing traditional Latin American holiday songs with live music. Refreshments will be provided and each child attending the event will receive a free book.

For more information, contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

1619 Project Discussion

The Friends of the Roslindale Library and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St. invite you to a discussion of the 1619 Project from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, Jan. 11 and Jan.18.

The 1619 Project is a groundbreaking series of essays, poems, short fiction, and a photo essay featured in the Aug. 14, 2019 edition of the New York Times Magazine. The publication looks at the legacy of slavery and race in American since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. The discussion will be led by educator Josh Frank.

Registration is required.

Visit bpl.org/events for other relevant information.

Go WILD at the Zoo

Looking for a great way to end the year? During your winter school vacation week, connect with the incredible wildlife and spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring the Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd.

Be sure to visit the education station inside the Tropical Forest, where you’ll learn about the amazing adaptations of animals during the cold winter months. There will also be fun winter-themed activities, crafts, zookeeper encounters and much more to explore from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Jan. 4.

Visit franklinparkzoo.org for tickets and other information.

Winter Birding

Join Arboretum Docent Bob Mayer and the Brookline Bird Club for a complementary 90- minute walk from the Main Gate to Bussey Hill and back from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.

The focus will be on winter birds, as well as the woody plant collection. An Arboretum bird checklist can be downloaded online.

The group will meet inside the Main Gate off the Arborway; parking is along the Arborway.

Registration is requested at my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Walking Group/Snow Shoeing

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly Walking Group/Snowshoeing group as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 9 a.m. on Sundays from Jan. 5 through April 26 at Franklin Park.

Experience the strength-training and cardio benefits of walking or snowshoeing through Franklin Park. Meet at the William J. Devine Clubhouse, One Circuit Dr., Jamaica Plain, for a group walk that is sure to work your core, quads, and lung capacity. All fitness levels are welcome. Distances may vary. Dress for the weather.

Visit Boston.gov/events or phone 617-534- 2355 for other information.

POUND

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly POUND class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through April 29 at the Anna Mae Cole Center, 120 Lamartine Extension.

POUND is a combination of cardio and weight training exercises that includes some techniques from Pilates. Using lightly weighted drumsticks, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective work out. All fitness levels are welcome.

Visit Boston.gov/events or phone 617-534- 2355 for other information.

Climate Change Conversations

Join fellow Bostonians for a Local Voices Network conversation on the critical topic of climate change from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, Jan. 30 and Feb. 13 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The Boston Public Library is teaming up with Local Voices Network Boston and local media to record these conversations that will be shared on a searchable website for journalists, decision-makers, and other local stakeholders to tune into the community’s real concerns.

Space is limited. RSVPs are necessary. Refreshments will be served.

To learn more visit eventbrite.com.

Zumba

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly Zumba class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 9 through April 30 at BCYF Curtis Hall, 20 South St.

This fitness program combines Latin and International music with dance moves. All fitness levels are welcome.

Visit Boston.gov/events or phone 617-534- 2355 for other information.

JP Concerts: Apollo Ensemble of Boston

The Apollo Ensemble of Boston will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at St. John’s Church, 1 Roanoke Ave.

The concert will include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 among other pieces.

The tickets are available on line at artful.ly/store/events/18666 or at the door. The suggested price is $20 or Pay What You Can.

For more information, visit theopentheatre.com or email contact@theopentheatre.com.

Winter Wellness Walk

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway will host a Winter Wellness Walk from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Mar. 15 and Mar. 29.

Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents.

After the tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor Center.

For more information, visit my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Jumpstart Spring: Forcing Bulbs

Cure the winter doldrums from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.

Students will learn the basics of bulb forcing and will plant a layered bulb container with daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, and tulips. Bulb arrangements will be taken home to nurture and enjoy.

Fee for all materials, including bulbs, soil, and container is included in the cost of the class: $40 member; $48 nonmember.

Register by Monday morning, Jan. 13 at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or phone 617-384- 5277.

Memory Café

A Memory Café will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the last Monday of the month at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments along with activities, including arts and crafts and music. Participate in conversations that allow time to share memories, laughter and concerns.

Individuals experiencing memory lapses are welcome to attend, and anyone requiring special assistance should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

ESL Conversation Group

Come practice speaking English with the conversation group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.