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Monday Essentials: City Council, Holiday Approaching

Council: The City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. in City Hall council chambers. Take a peek at the agenda here.

Cold, Snow: It might not be winter quite yet, but it certainly is wintry outside. The week starts of cold with a high of just 28 degrees on Monday, a low of 11 overnight and a chance of snow and a high of 28 on Tuesday. Temperatures hover around freezing until Friday when there's a chance of showers and rain with a high of 47.

Holidays: Christmas is around the corner and the city is buzzing with holiday-related events and activities. 

On Wednesday, readers in the William Hall Library's reading group will be tackling Dickens' classic tale, "A Christmas Carol." The group is open to the public.

On Thursday, Theatre 82 puts on another performance of "A Christmas Carol" Directed by Clara Weishahn, this ensemble-based production is a new take on the classic story that "focuses on family, storytelling, art, music and community."

For people who struggle to get through the holidays, especially those who've lost loved ones or experienced personal tragedy this time of year, or for people who don't have family and friends surrounding them on the holidays, the Blue Christmas Gathering on Friday is for you.

From the calendar event posted by Woodridge Congregational on Budlong Road: "This service is designed to recognize and acknowledge these feelings, to give us comfort and support and to think about how this holiday season could be different. This is a place and time when we can allow feelings of pain, loneliness, worry, sadness, experiences of dark memories, anxiety and fear to be lifted up in faith to The One who helps us bear the burdens and relieve our pain. We are hopeful that we find peace in this service and comfort in knowing that we are not alone."

On Friday, join Jimmy Devine and musicians and singers for traditional Irish music and song at the Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island. The pub opens at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m. The club is located at 50 America St.

Know something else that should be on the list? Post it in the comments or send an email to the editor at mark.schieldrop@patch.com

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