Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935) was one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you've never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist ... a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. On Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Volunteers Hall, the Warner Free Lecture Trust presents author Hannah Kimberley, who has written a biography of Peck. Kimberley describes her research of Peck’s original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, and brings Peck to life. Ms. Kimberley will have her book available for sale ($26.99 cash, check, or credit card) and is happy to sign copies.
Enjoy an afternoon of music at the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. The Garden welcomes back Custom Blend, a semi-professional mixed-voice group singing an eclectic mix of musical styles from pop, jazz, soul, and big band, to doo-wop, gospel, and classical (www.customblend.org). Tickets ($15) will be sold only at the door. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden, a non-profit organization offering support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Visit www.HealingGardenSupport.org for more information.
The Harvard Ultimate Club in association with the Harvard Athletic Association will host an afternoon of fun and entertainment Sunday, Feb. 4, (Super Bowl Sunday) at the Pre-Game Game Day upstairs at the General Store from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be card games, including poker; board games; and lots of other games, with multiple giveaways. Come enjoy musical entertainment, food, and conversation. Bring your friends and your own games. This is an opportunity to have fun and support youth athletics in Harvard. If you are unable to attend but want to donate support, please visit harvardultimateclub.com.
Learn about efforts to resettle refugees and how you can help Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 435 Central Street, Acton. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m., Cheryl Hamilton will discuss the International Institute of New England, an organization that supports new refugees as they rebuild their lives. The institute also sponsors Suitcase Stories, theatrical events in which refugees tell their often harrowing tales about their journeys to the U.S. Hamilton will explain the origin and popularity of Suitcase Stories.
The breakfast and event are free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-263-2822 or visit www.saint-matthews.org.
Humorist Jimmy Tingle, a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, will present “Humor for Humanity” at the Ayer/Shirley Regional High School Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person; $35 per person for VIP seating with a post-show meet-and-greet with Tingle. For reservations and information, call 978-772-2545, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm. Tingle, whose professional career has spanned nearly four decades, is regarded as one of the top social and political humorists in America. He has worked as a stand-up comic, producer, writer, actor, filmmaker, and commentator in several mediums since the early 1980s . For more information visit www.jimmytingle.com.
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