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Swing dance weekend


Boston Swing Central and the Madison Park Development Corporation will host the annual “Kind of a Big Deal Weekend” from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Hibernian Hall, 126 Dudley St, Orchard Park Boys & Girls Club, 2 Dearborn St., and the Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Putnam St., all in Roxbury.


Boston Swing Central is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the Lindy Hop and related swing dances. The weekend will include beginner lessons, workshops, dance competitions and social dancing to the Gordon Webster Band.


For a complete schedule of lessons, dance performances and workshops, visit or call 617-849-6322.


Winter survival Mass.


Audubon’s Boston Nature Center at 500 Walk Hill St. will offer winter survival training from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 27 and Feb. 10.


This program is for those who want to spend more time outdoors in the winter, but are not sure how to prepare for potentially bad weather. The three-part series will offer an introduction to survival skills and a chance to practice some of the newfound skills on the trails. Part 1 on Jan. 20 will cover clothes and supplies for winter explorations, part 2 on Jan. 27 will feature navigation and shelter building and part 3 on Feb. 10 will cover the natural history of New England forests.


Registration is encouraged but not required, and walk-ins are welcome


Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members per class.


Visit or call 617- 983-8500 for more details and to register.


Opera concert


The Luigi Pirandello Lyceum of Eastern Massachusetts will host the 22nd annual Italian opera concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge.


Sopranos Lisa Correnti and Meredith Hansen, tenors Giovanni Formisano and David Rivera-Bozon from Boston Bel Canto Opera, under the direction of South End resident Bradley Pennington, will perform favorite arias and duets from Italian operas.


Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for seniors and students.


Send an email to for more information.


Community concert


MusiConnects will host the annual Mattapan Post Office Community Concert from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Mattapan Post Office, 1602 Blue Hill Ave.

Resident musicians and renowned pianist Joy Cline Phinney will present a quintet performance. The musicians will explore music for piano and strings by Shostakovich, Dvorak and Brahms.


Admission is free.


Call 617-522-0043 or visit for further details.


Building fun


The Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., will host a fun evening of building from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22.


The library will provide a fun, unstructured opportunity to put on creativity and playfulness with your family.


They have building material stations for all ages: giant bricks, Megablocks, Duplos, Legos, Toobers & Zots, tinker crafting, foam blocks and more.


All are welcome to the free event. Call 617- 298-9218 for further details.


Reading series


Rozzie Reads will host a free literary reading series sponsored by the Friends of the Roslindale Library at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Roslindale House, 120 Polar St.


The Roslindale Women Writers, Phyllis Bluhm, Frances Donovan and Mary Lou Maloney, will read from their works, followed by an open mic. A reception with refreshments and a chance to chat with the writers will follow.


Email or visit for more information.


Children’s art class


A winter art class will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 at Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St. Students will use natural objects to create take-home art pieces, as well as creating some temporary art displays using snow and ice. They will learn to paint snow and build exciting snow sculptures.


Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.


Visit or call 617- 983-8500 to register and for more information