This Weekend: ‘Messiah’ Open Sing on Sunday, High School Coffeehouse Friday, ‘Frozen’ at Belmont Savings

• The Belmont Performing Arts Club Presents: A Holiday Coffeehouse featuring a slew of student performers on Friday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Come listen to our talented artists! Food, desserts, ice cream, hot chocolate and more will be available to purchase. Tickets, at the door, are $10; $5 for students; free for children five years old and younger. All proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Club’s New York City trip where the students will be attending two shows and being part of a workshop.

• The home opener for the Belmont High School Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams against Melrose High will be a doubleheader Friday, Dec. 19 as the boys’ be takin’ the court at 5 p.m. and the Girls’ at 7 p.m. Friday is also the opener for Boys’ Swimming at the Higginbottom Pool starting at 4 p.m.

• This is the final weekend for the Belmont Gallery of Art’s Small Works Holiday Show and Sale 2014. Get really nice and unique – and not that expensive – gifts for Christmas and the last days of Hanukkah and benefit the gallery and the local artists. The sale will be held on Friday, Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The stars from the Disney hit movie “Frozen”, Olaf, Anna and Elsa will be at Belmont Savings Bank branches on Saturday, Dec. 20 to have their pictures taken with kids – and probably some adults – at these locations and times:

• The Belmont Public Library’s Children’s Saturday Sing-Along Series is back! So come dance, jump, wiggle and sing along with Jeff Jam on Saturday, Dec. 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. He’ll play his own hilarious original songs and favorite classic kids’ songs on his guitar. For all ages.

• The Belmont Public Library will be holding a mini-Book Sale on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 9:15 a.m. to noon in the Flett Room. Children’s books, hardcover and trade paperback adult books, coffee table books and more will be on sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.

• On the shortest day of the year, hear Belmont native and farmer/educator Rose Cherneff discuss “Planning Your Vegetable Garden,” in the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rose will talk you through setting goals for your garden that match your lifestyle and priorities, including how much seed to order, seed sources, how to create a planting timeline, how far apart and where to plant things, what crops do well in this climate, and how to increase the health of your soil. This class is sponsored by the Belmont Food Collaborative.

• One of the great musical traditions in Belmont will take place Sunday as Powers Music School’s Belmont Open Sings will perform the holiday-favorite, Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, 404 Concord Ave. Belmont Sings’ Artistic Director Mary Beekman will lead the musicians and the chorus made up of the audience in the great workTickets are $10 per person; No reservations needed.

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