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Bandarama! Monday, Informal, Old-Fashion Caroling, Basketball Friday

Events happening during the work week in Belmont.

• Enjoy the music of the Belmont Public Schools' bands, representing musicians from elementary middle and high schools, at the 42nd annual Bandarama! taking place Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Belmont High School. Come for the joyful highpoint, Jingle Bells, which calls upon the assembly of bands along with the music directors to join in one massive "band"-along.

• The Belmont School Committee will be meeting Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. in the large community room of Chenery Middle School to discuss, deliberate and decide which two of three superintendent search candidates will be asked back. Then on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. in the same location, the committee will interview the finalists.

Paprika Kids, the children's store at 404 Trapelo Rd., is teaming up with Cradles to Crayons this holiday season to provide gifts to the children in need. As we celebrate this joyful season with our families and loved ones, let us not forget about the many children in our communities who are in need. From today, Monday, Dec. 9 to Dec. 20, Paprika Kids will offer a 25 percent discount on goods purchased for donation and an additional 10 percent to anyone participating in the holiday gift giving through the store. 

• Attorney and Belmont mom Amanda Rettig organized a successful "informal" caroling event last year so she thought she would try it again this year. So on Rettig is inviting all those who want to experience the Christmas spirit through song to gather by the town's Christmas tree adjacent to the Bank of America branch in Belmont Center on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. (with a rain date of Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.) for some old-fashion caroling. Bring the children, your own illumination and print out lyrics of your favorite Christmas songs (but Rettig will bring a few extra printouts to share).

• Belmont’s representatives to the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee will be hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Room at Town Hall. The representatives will give a presentation to inform residents about recent changes in the arrival and departure procedures at Logan International Airport that are part of a nationwide program by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

• Sports return to the calendar as Belmont High School's Boys' and Girls' Basketball teams will be in action against neighbors Watertown High School on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. with the Boys' at home in the Wenner Field House at 7 p.m. Boys' Ice Hockey will take on the Raiders at "The Skip" on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. 

• Belmont resident and author Julie Wu will speak on her novel "The Third Son" at Belmont Public Library's "Books and Bites" on Monday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Library's Assembly Room. The novel is a dramatic saga of political upheaval, romantic love, and sibling rivalry. Wu earned a B.A. in literature from Harvard University, and an M.D. at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  
All are welcome to attend this free program. Books will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be provided. The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible.

• Paprika Kid at 404 Trapelo Rd. is hosting a Holiday Sing-Along with Lenka on Friday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ recently awarded Lenka Music Together Certification Level status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Recommended for kids up to five years old.

• The Belmont High School Madrigal Singers will be performing at Mount Auburn Hospital Auxiliary’s 10th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony under to the direction of conductor Sean Landers on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. in the hospital’s Stanton Lobby. Guests are invited to attend and purchase commemorative lights for $10 each. Over the past nine years, the Tree Lighting Ceremony has raised over $100,000 for the Hospital, due to the generosity of hundreds of contributors to this annual event. 

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