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Fighting the Holiday Blues, Burbank Book Fair Today, Benton Open Late

Events occurring in Belmont today, Friday, Dec. 6.

Rabbi Dr. Earl Grollman, the past leader of the Beth El Temple Center, a world renowned expert on grief and trauma, a Belmont resident, friend to many and a very popular speaker at the Beech Street Center will be presenting a free talk on "Fighting the Holiday Blues" today at 1:15 p.m. at the Center at 266 Beech St. The talk is for everyone in the community to hear. Among the many honors in his distinguished career is receiving the highest award from the Association of Death Education Counseling, one of only three professionals to do so. 

• The Mary Lee Burbank School is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year with the annual Burbank Book Fair today from noon to 6 p.m. in the Burbank School gymnasium. This year's fair features a wide range of new and popular book titles that will appeal to children of all ages. During the book fair, children will have the opportunity to take part in arts and crafts activities. At 3:15 p.m., Awesome Robb, will entertain the crowd with absurd magic tricks and crazy juggling antics. For each book you purchase, a percentage of the sale goes directly towards funding new books for the Burbank School library. 

The Benton Library will be opened from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as Belmont's volunteer-run independent library opens its doors to residents and read and borrow. Look at the latest New York Times best sellers or use the Wi-Fi. The Benton is open late on the first Friday of the month.

• Beat the crowds! Absentee voting for Tuesday special general election to fill the vacant 5th Massachusetts district seat in the US House of Representatives is available in the Town Clerk's Office in Town Hall until Monday, Dec. 9, at noon. 
 
Playtime is a drop-in, informal playgroup for toddlers and preschoolers, where both children and adults can meet new friends held in the Children's Room of the Belmont Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call the Children's Room at 617-993-2880 with any questions.

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