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Family skate

The Perry School is hosting a friends and family skating fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Murphy Rink, 1880 Day Blvd.

Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family, and includes skating, pizza, drinks and hot chocolate. Free skate rentals are available – first come, first served. There will be raffles and prizes and Blades from the Boston Bruins will be making an appearance. All are welcome.

For more information, call 617-635-8840.

Book sale

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a wintertime book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Friends of the South Boston Branch will sell a large assortment of adult and children’s books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and more at low prices. All proceeds will benefit the community programming of the branch.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Animated films

A host of animated films from the Ottawa International Animation Festival will be screened at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.

“The Best of Ottawa 2017” is a collection of jury-awarded short films and fan favorites from the 41st anniversary edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, North America’s largest animation event.

Tickets are $5 for members and students and $10 for non-members.

Call 617-478-3103 or visit www.icaboston.org for more details and to purchase tickets.

Uniting for refugees

Oxfam, Amnesty International and the International Institute of New England will host an exhibit, panel discussion and light reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

The discussion will center round the current state of the global refugee crisis and the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Following the discussion there will be an acoustic performance by local musician Chadwick Stoke of Dispatch and State Radio. Attendees can also explore the exhibit “Museum Without A Home” on display until Friday, Jan. 26. The exhibit celebrated the solidarity communities around the world have shown towards people forced to flee their homes.

Registration is required for this free program as space is limited. To register visit www.eventbrite.com/e/uniting-for-refugees.

Films of John Ford

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, is screening a series of films by legendary Hollywood director John Ford at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 23 and 30.

Featured will be the classic westerns “The Searchers” starring John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter on Jan. 23 and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” with Wayne and James Stewart on Jan. 30.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.

Parade fundraiser

The “Countdown to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 at L Street Tavern, 658 East Eighth St.

The community is invited to come on by and help support the Allied War Veterans and their efforts to raise funds for the parade.

Call 617-268-4335 for more information.

Benefit party

The eighth annual winter benefit presented by the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys and Girls’ Club Alumni Council will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Seapoint Bar & Grill, 367 East Eighth St.

Tickets are $20. There will be prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Proceeds will benefit the South Boston Boys and Girls’ Club’s Keystone conference, swim team and additional programming.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-268-4301

Family films

A free family day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.

Families can spend time viewing artist Mark Dion’s new exhibit to see the natural world in new ways, visit the Art Lab for drawing and storytelling and enjoy contemporary short family films screened throughout the day in the theater.

Admission is free for two adults per family with children under 12 years old. Registration is not required.

Further information can be found at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-4783100.

New art exhibitions

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through March 30.

The HarborPark Exhibit features “EastWest,” paintings by Dominique Lecomte, a tribute to John Joseph Moakley will be featured in the Front Lobby and paintings by Eliane Markoff are on display in the Atrium.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit www.moakleycourthouse.com or call 617-261-2440 for further information.

Coat drive

Mass Bay Credit Union is hosting its seventh annual Coat and Warm Clothing drive in partnership with Friends of Boston’s Homeless “Warm Hands Warm Heart” campaign.

Donations of new or gently used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks can be made to one of Mass Bay’s branches including the one in South Boston at 147 West Fourth St. and Seaport at 409 D St. Donations will be accepted until Jan. 31. Collected items will be donated to shelters throughout the community.

Call 617-269-2700 for more details.

Pop-up art talk

A pop up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.

The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.

Tickets are free with museum admission. Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-4783103 for further details.