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Kwanzaa concert


The annual Kwanzaa concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury.


The dance troupe OrigiNation will perform a dance program for the annual concert, featuring the performing arts program students, NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of Imani, Imani Jr., Aleye Boyz Troupe and spoken word artists.


Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Visit or call 617- 541-1875 for more details.


Menorah lighting


The community is invited to the third annual Hanukkah celebration and candle lighting in Adams Park at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. This community menorah lighting event will be filled with singing and neighborly cheer.


Admission is free. For further information,


Walter’s Run


The 24th annual Walter’s Run will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. A free kids’ race will kick off the day’s programs at 10:15 a.m. with the 5K race at 11 a.m. The races will start and finish at the Parkway YMCA, 15 Bellevue St., West Roxbury.


Santa will oversee the 1K kids’ race. Other activities will include balloon creations, face painting and temporary holiday tattoos. Post-race festivities will be held at the Irish Social Club, 119 Park St., West Roxbury, with food, drinks, coffee, prizes and giveaways.


Proceeds from the race will go to the Globe Santa, as well as the YMCA of Greater Boston’s annual campaign and the Walter Burgess Scholarship Fund to send younger runners to a summer running camp.


Race registration is $28 in advance by Dec. 8, $30 on race day. The children’s race is free; however, pre-registration is required.


For more information, call 617-594-3194 or visit


Hip hop, open mic


A Roslindale open mic will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Hwy.


Musical performances will begin at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., Walnut Da Lyrical Geni, community organizer, singer/songwriter, producer, actor, comedian, playwright, author, promoter, music engineer and workshop presenter, will perform. He identifies as a Hip Hop/ Poet specializing in theatrical poetry.


This is a family-friendly event, and donations for the guest performers are encouraged. A potluck supper will be served.


Visit for more information.


Fiddle fest


MusiConnects will host the annual “Family Fiddle Food Fest” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Mildred Avenue Community Center, Mattapan.


Musician and storyteller Susan Reed will lead students and the community in a night of fiddling, dance and fun. Attendees should bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner.


Admission is free. For more details, visit


The meaning of Kwanzaa


A musical theater production about Kwanzaa will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at the Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury.


The college will present “Tufuta!” a musical about a young boy’s search for the meaning of Kwanzaa.


Tickets are $20 in advance. Visit or call 617- 541-1875 for further details and to purchase tickets.


Posada Navideña


The Roslindale Branch Library, 4246 Washington St., will host the annual Posada Navideña celebrations from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 15.


Posada Navideña is a Mexican Nativity reenactment of Joseph and Mary seeking lodging. Visitors will “Posada” or “shelter” around the square and be greeted by warm tamales, champurrado and other Mexican goodies.


Attendees will depart from the library at 10:30 a.m. to sing carols accompanied by the band Mariachi Estrella de Boston. The celebration will end at library where there will be books, piñatas and goodie bags for the kids. Everyone will also be able to decorate holiday ornaments from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


In case of inclement weather the programming will be indoors at the library. Call 617-323-2343 for more details.