WESTFORD -- Community Christmas Chorus will host a concert later this month to raise money and food for a local pantry. The event, titled "Christmas Through the Ages," will take place Sunday, Dec. 16 starting at 7 p.m. at the First Parish Church United. All proceeds will go to the Westford Food Pantry. Attendees are asked to donate $5 per person or $15 per family and to bring two non-perishable food items for the pantry. For additional information, call (978) 692-8416.


'Women of Southie' authors talk

TEWKSBURY -- Phyllis Karas and Anna Weeks will be speaking at the Tewksbury Public Library about their new book "Women of Southie: Finding Resilience During Whitey Bulger's Infamous Reign." The event with Karas and Weeks is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

The book tells the stories of "six women who lived in South Boston during Whitey Bulger's rule and overcame unimaginable obstacles, including the death of loved ones, suicide, murder, addiction, abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder," according to a book description. For more on the event, contact the library at 978-640-4490.


Elf Jr. musical on Billerica stage

BILLERICA -- A new musical production will open at Marshall Middle School at 7 p.m. Friday. The play, Elf Jr., features middle school students and is based on the Will Ferrell movie "Elf." Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults. A second performance starts at 7 p.


m. on Saturday.


Holiday tea, concert in Groton

GROTON -- The Groton Woman's Club will hold its December meeting, including the annual Holiday Tea and Christmas Concert, at 11 a.m. on Dec. 21 at the Union Congregational Church, 220 Main St., Groton. According to a release, the highlight of the meeting will be a holiday choral concert by the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chorus, directed by Tim Savoy. Hostess chairs for the meeting will be Carly Detwiller, Jane Fry, and Beverly Smith. For information please contact President Marie Melican at mmelican927@aol.com.


Toy drop benefits Cole's Hope

TEWKSBURY -- The Cole's Hope fifth-annual Christmas Toy Drive benefiting the Tufts Floating Hospital is running through Sunday, Dec. 16.

To help families with children battling cancer this holiday season, people are welcomed to donate unwrapped toys and gift cards for boys and girls up to age 18. Acceptable donations include infant toys, board games, Legos, video games, dolls, action figures, painting supplies and Matchbox cars. Gift cards to Target, Amazon, Market Basket, Stop & Shop, iTunes, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Applebee's are also suggested for donation.

Tewksbury drop off locations:

* Tewksbury Police Station, 918 Main St.

* Salem Five Bank, 2171 Main St.

* D & C Mechanical, 1147 Main St., Suite 215