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Events around Winchester, "A Small Good Thing"

Organizers of the Rotary Creative Technology Center Lecture Series will host filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll for a showing of her documentary, titled “A Small Good Thing.”

“Shirts for Autism”: Winchester-based Autism Housing Pathways, in collaboration with Auburn-based nonprofit Community 4 Each, is launching a new initiative, titled “Shirts for Autism.” Some individuals with autism have an obsession with ripping shirts that have any imperfection in them. When this is paired with chewing on shirts, individuals can go through hundreds of shirts a year. The initiate is seeking donations of clean, unstained and untorn shirts: T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, polos, etc. Adult large and extra-large are the most useful, but mediums are accepted. Shirts may be dropped off in the plastic totes at 22 Willowdale Road in Winchester, or 855 Oxford St. South in Auburn. Those who want to set up a collection site at their organization or school can contact [email protected]. Those whose family member with a disability in Massachusetts needs shirts may contact [email protected]. Once shirts start coming in, an equitable system for distributing them will be established.

Gingerbread workshop: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, The Gables, 299 Cambridge St., Winchester. Winchester Home and Garden Club will celebrate the season by decorating custom gingerbread houses. Participants will use icing to attach candies and create icicles that will drip. Cost is $25. For membership information: whgclub.org. To reserve a spot, email Gail Morlock with name and workshop title at [email protected]. Space is limited.

Festival of Wreaths: 4-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3, Next Door Theater, 40 Cross St., Winchester. The Winchester Home and Garden Club will host their first Festival of Wreaths. Those who would like details on participating in decorating and displaying a wreath, or how to view the exhibit of amazing wreaths, can visit whgclub.org. Proceeds will benefit the Fountain on the Common and the garden club’s other efforts. Free.

Open Mic Night at Starbucks: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1, Starbucks Coffee, 542 Main St., Winchester. Winchester Community Music School will host a casual evening of open-mic music at Starbucks. All ages, instruments and types of acoustic music are welcome. Individual or small duo/trio performances are encouraged. Hosted by Winchester Community Music School and singer/songwriter Mike Verge. For information: 781-721-2950; winchestermusic.org.

Holiday Decor Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester. The Jenks Center will host their Holiday Recycle Sale. A huge number of items were donated by Jenks members, and proceeds will benefit new programs. Participants can have cocoa and cookies as they shop.

“Now What? Building Community After the Elections”: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1, Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. The museum will host a free workshop, titled “Now What? Building Community After the Elections,” for people who have differing perspectives and opinions. Participants will learn skills using story-telling, role play and small group discussions to build understanding, empathy and rapport to engage in bridge-building conversations with those whose views are different. Free and open to the public. Performances by True Story Theater Improvisational Company will be informed by the real-life stories of audience members. This program is co-presented by the Winchester Multicultural Network and True Story Theater: promoting social healing through theater.

“Under the Hood”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Winchester Community Music School, 407 Highland Ave. Winchester Community Music School faculty members will present “Under the Hood” to explore one of Shostakovich’s works. Performers include: Karen Oosterbaan, violin; Anne Bennett, cello; and Rieko Tanaka, piano. During the free presentation, titled “Shostakovich: The Rebel with a Cause,” Oosterbaan will lead the audience through an exploration of the musical structure of this piece to reveal its various artistic expressions. She’ll also examine how the life of Shostakovich and that of his artistic contemporaries affected his compositions. The concert will conclude with a full performance of the work. Pre-concert cocktails at 7 p.m. For information: 781-721-2950; winchestermusic.org.

Gift Local Artisan and Craft Show: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln. The Old Town Hall Exchange will hold the sixth annual Gift Local Artisan and Craft Show. This event will host a variety of local artists, featuring jewelers, woodworkers and more.

“The Nutcracker”: 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Winchester Ballet Conservatory’s Nutcracker, 458 Main St. The Winchester Ballet Conservatory will present “The Nutcracker.” Advanced tickets cost $28; $30 at the door. For information: 617-645-7145.

“The Christmas Concert”: 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church, 34 Dix St., Winchester. The Mishawum Choral Society will perform “The Christmas Concert,” featuring Director Brian Gilbertie and accompanist Sarah Lafontaine. Tickets cost $15; $10 for seniors and students, and will be available at the door. For information: mishawumchoral.org.

"A Small Good Thing” screening: 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Winchester High School Auditorium, 80 Skillings Road. Organizers of the Rotary Creative Technology Center Lecture Series will host filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll for a showing of her documentary, titled “A Small Good Thing.” Shot in Massachusetts, the documentary follows six people struggling to find their own definitions of happiness and success. The community is invited to visit the CTC between 6:30 and 7 p.m., and stay for the free screening at 7 p.m. Boll will host a Q&A session after the screening.

Author presentation: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester. Matthew Comenitz, author of “Marlow’s Christmas Tree,” will present at Book Ends. Comenitz is a first-grade teacher at Muraco Elementary School in Winchester. He came up with the idea for Marlow’s Christmas Tree while living in an apartment in Allston, with some of Marlow’s real-life “relatives.” This is his first book. For information: bookendswinchester.com.

Winchester High School concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Winchester High School, 80 Skillings Road, Winchester. The Winchester High School chorus ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Sachem Choir, Bella Voce, The Chamber Singers and the Octets will perform a concert in the auditorium. There will be a raffle, and free-will donations at the door are encouraged. All proceeds benefit the WHS Music Program, including expenses for travel, new music and equipment. Free.

Gingerbread Workshop fundraiser: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church, 34 Dix St., Winchester. Storybook Workshop will hold its fourth annual Gingerbread Workshop to benefit the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This afternoon for children of all ages includes decorating gingerbread houses — which will be theirs to take home — as well as a book reading, holiday cheer and a visit from Mrs. Claus. Cost: $50.00. For information: storybookworkshop.org/gingerbread-workshop.

Holiday House Tour: Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Winchester. The Winchester Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Holiday House Tour, featuring five Winchester homes decorated by the homeowners. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour, and are available for purchase at Book Ends, 559 Main St., Winchester. The addresses of this year’s homes will be on the tickets. This annual fundraiser supports the Chamber’s seasonal decorations of Winchester Center with hanging flower baskets in the spring and holiday lights in December. For information: 781-729-8870.

Fat Tuesday Blues Jam: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Winchester Community Music School, 407 Highland Ave. On the second Tuesday of each month during the school year (except January, which will be the third Tuesday), residents can join Winchester Community Music School for a casual Blues Jam with their house band of professional musicians. These jam sessions are a way to experiment with new techniques and skills in the company of fellow musicians. For all levels of players; all instruments and vocalists welcome. Amps, pianos, drums and PA system provided. Cost: $10 for participants; free for audience. For information: 781-721-2950; winchestermusic.org.


Jenks Center fitness class: 3:25 p.m. Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester. For those who are uncomfortable in a health club setting but not ready for a senior chair aerobics class, the Jenks Center offers a fitness class with uplifting music and movements suited for all ages groups and ability levels. Participants should wear what they are most comfortable in and bring a mat and sneakers. Tuesdays and Thursdays are strength training and Fridays are Dance Fever. $5 drop-in fee. For information: 781-729-1599.

Al-Anon “Back to Basics” meetings: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church, 34 Dix St., Winchester.

This article originally appeared in Wicked Local Winchester/Winchester Starhttp://winchester.wickedlocal.com/news/20161201/eventsxa0around-winchester


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