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Go WILD at the Zoo

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.

Play with the Parkway Concert Orchestra

The Parkway Concert Orchestra is a 50- piece community orchestra under the musical direction of Thomas Kociela. The orchestra performs classical and pops selections six times per year in multiple locations around the southwest suburbs of Boston.

The orchestra rehearses on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 100 Winter St., Norwood.

The spring season begins on Jan. 6, preparing for concerts on March 8 and 15 and May 17. There are openings for all positions with emphasis on viola, string bass, bassoon and trumpet. Experienced volunteer musicians are invited to contact us to attend open rehearsals on Jan. 6 and 13.

Call 781-444-5041 or email parkwayconcertorchestra@gmail.com. For more information about the orchestra, visit the orchestra’s web site at parkwayconcertorchestra.org.

Winter Farmers Market

The Roslindale Winter Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 4 through Mar. 28 at the Sons of Italy, 30 Birch St.

The Market will feature a rotating roster of about 15 vendors showcasing fresh veggies, prepared specialty foods and crafts.

Visit Roslindale.net for more information.

Dudley Reads Book Club

Join the Dudley Reads Book Club, hosted by the Dudley Branch librarians, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren St. in Roxbury.

The book selections are Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Jan. 6); Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Feb. 3); and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (Mar. 2)

Visit bpl.org/events and/or frugalbookstore.net for other information.

Strength training

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly Strength Training class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 7 through April 28 at the BCYF Gallivan Community Center, 61 Woodruff Way in Mattapan.

This class is designed to increase lean muscle tissue, improve structural strength, decrease excess body fat, increase endurance and more. All fitness levels are welcome.

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

Yoga

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly Yoga class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 7 through April 28 at the Veronica B. Smith Senior Center, 20 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton.

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India that releases stress and increases your energy. Instructors will provide flow movement for all abilities.

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

‘New Year - ME! 2020’

The Boston-Suffolk County Family Resource Center (lower level) at the Home for Little Wanderers, 56 Dimock St. in Roxbury will present “New Year –ME! 2020” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

This workshop, for adults and children, 8 years and older, will focus on New Year Goal Setting. Attendees will receive a Goal Planner to track their goal(s) and monthly follow up to review the steps taken to achieve their goal(s). Additional support will be available to help meet their goal(s) as well.

A Meal will be provided.

Child Watch will be provided for children less than 8 years of age.

Visit thehome.org for registration and other information.

Barre

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly Barre class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through April 29 at the BCYF Vine Street Community Center, 339 Dudley St. in Roxbury.

Inspired by elements of ballet, yoga and Pilates, these low-impact, high intensity movements are designed to strengthen and tone your body. All fitness levels are welcome.

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

Waterworks Book Group

The Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill holds a monthly book group.

The next meeting will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 to discuss A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski.

The book covers the incredible life and talents of America’s greatest landscape architect, who achievements include Boston’s Emerald Necklace and New York City’s Central Park.

All are welcome to join the lively discussion about Boston history – even if you haven’t read or finished reading the book.

Visit waterworksmuseum.org for other information.

‘Sanditon’ Sneak Peak & ‘Drama After Dark’ Live

Do you love Jane Austen? What about British period dramas? If so, you’re in luck: WGBH Studios at One Guest St. in Brighton will offer a sneak peak of Masterpiece’s new show “Sanditon” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Following the screening of the first episode of “Sanditon,” WGBH’s drama aftershow “Drama After Dark” will break down the best moments, historical context, and more live on stage in the Yawkey theater with a special guest.

A reception with drinks and snacks will be held after the show.

Visit wgbh.org for tickets and other information.

Families of Color Shabbat

A community wide Families of Color Shabbat will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at Temple Hillel B’Nai Torah, 120 Corey St. in West Roxbury.

For more information, visit templehbt.org.

Cardio fitness

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly Cardio Fitness class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Fridays from Jan. 10 through May 1 at the Bubble at Carter Field, 687 Columbus Ave. in Roxbury.

Cardio Fitness is a fun, high-energy dance class that incorporates Dancehall moves with cardio combination. All fitness levels are welcome.

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

‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ film screening

The film screening of “Paris to Pittsburgh” will be shown from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St.

Sponsored by West Roxbury Mothers Out Front and West Roxbury Saves Energy, “Paris to Pittsburgh” celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.

Visit info.ma.westroxbury@mothersoutfront.org and/or bpl.org/events for more information.

One Night Band – a ZUMiX benefit concert

One Night Band – a benefit concert for ZUMiX will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at The Sinclair, 52 Church St. in Cambridge.

The 40 musicians taking part in One Night Band represent a diverse cross section of what’s currently going on in Boston. They’ve got indie veterans, hip hop upstarts, metal giants, and everything in between who donate their time and talent for the day to help spread the word about ZUMiX. One of the best parts of One Night Band is having a ZUMiX ensemble of students open the show every year.

Visit facebook.com to get your tickets ($15+) for one of the most unique and funnest family-friendly nights of the year.

‘A caring gathering for womxn and reproductive loss’

“A caring gathering for womxn” centered on reproductive loss including abortion will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the UU Urban Ministry Meeting House, 10 Putnam St. in Roxbury.

This is a time and place to acknowledge reproductive loss in ways that are meaningful for you, request what you need in a support system, and be a support to others.

Visit eventbrite.com for other information.