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Musical fundraiser

Riverside Theatre Works, 45 Fairmount Ave., Hyde Park will present “To Marietta, With Love” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. The community is invited as RTW honors founder Marietta Phinney. There will be special guests, surprise performances and more. Festivities will start at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by performances at 7 p.m. and a reception to follow.

This is a very special fundraiser to benefit the artistic and educational programs that RTW has offered Boston for over 36 years. Tickets are $80 general admission and $35 for students.

Further information is available by calling 866-811-4111 or online at

Winter bird walk

Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center at 500 Walk Hill St. will host a winter bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Attendees will take part in winter bird explorations observing the hardy winter species and enjoying a dash of color against the snowy landscape. They should bring binoculars if possible, although there will be some to borrow. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Visit or call 617983-8500 for more details and to register.

Citizenship information

The Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 20.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more information.

Race and identity

The Roslindale Branch Library, 4238 Washington St., will host a discussion of Ralph Ellison’s seminal book “The Invisible Man” from 9:15 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 20 and 27. 65 years after its debut, Ellison’s exploration of race, identity the meaning of freedom and political ideologies will spark new conversations of what has meant to be “an American” and what it means now.

Topics will include: Jan.20: Ideology and Lies/The meaning of Harlem and Jan. 27: Projecting meaning onto “Invisible Man”—Then and Now.

Local educator Josh Frank will lead the discussions. The Friends have purchased limited copies of the book that can be borrowed from the Roslindale Library on a first come, first served basis.

Call 617-323-2343 for further information.

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. 21 and Feb. 4 and 18.

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. 21 will cover the 10 essentials and other basics; part 2 on Feb. 4 will feature navigation; and part 3 on Feb. 18 will cover shelter building.

Registration is encouraged but not required, and walk-ins are welcome Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Visit or call 617983-8500 for more details and to register.

Snowshoe walk

A guided snowshoe walk will be held at Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28. Participants can discover the beauty of the winter world on a leisurely, guided hike. Included are snowshoe instructions and a guided walk on one of the trails with a teacher naturalist. If there is no snow, a regular guided walk will be held. Snowshoe rentals are $8 for members and $10 non-members and should be reserved in advance.

Walk-ins are welcome if they have their own snowshoes. The walk is suitable for adults and teens. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Call 617-983-8500 or register online at