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5K road race, walk


The 10th annual Jingle Bell Run open 5K race and walk to benefit the South Boston Catholic Academy will be held from 9:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, starting and finishing at 866 East Broadway.


This is a flat and fast 5K course around historic Castle Island and Pleasure Bay in South Boston. Awards will be given in all age categories.


The 100-meter dash for kids, ages 9 and under, will begin at 9 a.m. The half-mile race for youth, ages 14 and under begins at 9:30 a.m. and the open 5K race/walk starts at 10 a.m.


Admission is $35 adults, $20 youth on the day of the event.


After-race festivities will include a cookout, soft drinks and entertainment.


Visit or call 617-851-0933 for more information.


Dance performance


The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present the Boston Dance Theater at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.


Boston Dance Theater is a Boston-based contemporary dance company committed to presenting relevant works by acclaimed choreographers. BDT showcases the talents of Boston-based dancers and will perform the Boston premieres of works by Itzik Galili, Sidra Bell and Yin Yue.


A free pre-performance talk with Boston Dance Alliance executive director Debra Cash will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the ICA Common Room.


Tickets are $32 for members and $36 for non-members.


Visit or call 617-478- 3100 for further information.


‘Celebration for Kids’


The Rodman Ride for Kids will host the 16th annual “Celebration for Kids” gala evening at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.


Participants will enjoy great cuisine prepared by dozens of Boston’s finest chefs, accompanied by cocktails and fine wines from local wineries. A silent auction with more than 500 items will be held, as well as a live auction, dancing to the funk and soul sound of the World Premier Band, and a gallery of holiday gift items for sale.


All proceeds will support at-risk kids this holiday season and all yearlong.


Call 800-395-7433 or visit for more details.


Colonial tavern night


A colonial tavern night will be held at the Harpoon Brewery hall, 306 Northern Ave., from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.


The cast of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will transform the hall into a colonial tavern to celebrate the 245th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Attendees can play colonial games, learn colonial songs and mingle with the Sons and Daughters of Liberty. There will be a special batch of Boston Tea Party ale brewed in the colonial style with Souchong tea.


Tickets are $35 and include a pint of the special ale, a souvenir glass and pretzels. Attendees must be aged 21 or older.


Reservations are required, and can be made online at or by calling 617-456-2322.


Holiday celebration


The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a special First Friday, “How the Grinch Stole First Fridays” from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.


The ICA will turn into Whoville and get festive with DJ Knife, drinks, dancing and incredible contemporary art. Partygoers can show off their festive ugly holiday sweaters for a chance to win prizes, visit the Mount Crumpit photo booth and sip beer in a Whoville sleigh.


The $15 ticket includes museum admission and a complimentary drink. Members are admitted free. The evening is for 21-plus. Reservations are strongly recommended.


Visit or call 617-478- 3100 for more details and to purchase tickets.


Christmas benefit gala


The Greater Boston Catholic Charities’ annual Greater Boston Christmas gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane.


The black tie gala will feature dinner, drinks, dancing, award presentations and more.


Again this year there will be a young professionals’ dessert reception, where younger professionals and family members can join in at 8 p.m. for the dessert reception, live music, dancing and open bar.


All proceeds will benefit the programs at the Greater Boston Yawkey Center, including basic needs services, the food pantry, teen after-school programs, elder social services and more.


Call 617-451-7966 or visit for more information.


Winter harbor market


The annual winter harbor market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.


The market will feature more than 25 vendors selling everything from candles, jewelry, calendars, clothing, cosmetics and body lotions and much more. There will be free hot chocolate, wintry art making and caroling with Boston City Singers at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Santa Claus will visit the Seaport from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.


Visit or call 617-478- 3100 for more information.


Winter accessories needed


The fifth annual warm accessories drive for the South Boston Neighborhood House is being held until mid-December.


Neighbors can drop off warm gloves and hats to the South Boston Post Office, 444 East Third St. A drop-off box will be in the lobby. This is the perfect time of years to help out fellow South Boston neighbors in need.