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Concert series kickoff, used book sale, and a day of service

20weinforme - Night Tree is performing at the 2019 Revels FRINGE Concert Series. From left to right, Zach Mayer, Mckinley James, Chris Overholser, Lily Honigberg, Julian Loida, Sunniva Brynnel. (Patrick Kolts)
Patrick Kolts
Night Tree is performing at the 2019 Revels FRINGE Concert Series. From left to right, Zach Mayer, McKinley James, Chris Overholser, Lily Honigberg, Julian Loida, and Sunniva Brynnel. (Patrick Kolts)

The ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Day of Service will be held in Waltham at Brandeis University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Monday, Jan. 21. It will feature guest speaker Kevin Peterson, founder of The New Democracy Coalition, and will honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Activities include packing meals for the homeless and participating in social justice discussions with Brandeis clubs and local nonprofits. The event will take place at the Usdan Student Center in the Levin Ballroom at 415 South St., Waltham. Registration is free, but donations are welcome. Visit the events page at

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is hosting the annual Needham Night Dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. The event is dedicated to celebrating the town’s economic and cultural vitality, and this year’s guest speaker will be Robert Glazer, CEO of the Needham-based Acceleration Partners. Paulette Harwood, who has taught dance for nearly 60 years in both Newton and Needham, will be honored at the event. Single tickets are $70, and dinner and cocktails will be served. Visit the events page at for registration information.

The Friends of the Plainville Public Library is holding a book sale of library discards through Saturday, Jan. 26, in the conference room. On the final day of the book sale, Saturday, Jan. 26, there will be a $5 per bag deal, including items such as fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and magazines. The sale is open during normal library hours, and the address is 198 South St., Plainville. Visit


Newton’s Temple Emanuel, in partnership with Boston Partners for Peace, is holding an event at which Shadi Abu Awwad, a Palestinian activist, and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Israeli settler, will speak. Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and self-described Zionist, while Awwad is related to Palestinian leaders and grew up with a deep hatred for Israelis. Today, Awwad and Schlesinger are part of Roots/Shorashim/Judur, a grass-roots initiative fostering understanding. The program is from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 28 at 385 Ward St., Newton, in Reisman Hall. Visit to RSVP.

The 2019 Revels FRINGE Concert Series kicks off in Watertown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a performance from Night Tree. Night Tree is a roots-based band known for fusing a range of musical cultures — Irish, classical, jazz, Swedish folk, Klezmer, and Afro-Cuban. The concert will take place in Fellowship Hall at the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. Tickets for a single concert in the series cost $25 and tickets to all three concerts in the series cost $60. Buy tickets and learn more at .

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