Portraits, university courses and baking

Essex Center for the Arts Lawrence presents an exhibition entitled “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by artist Marla L. McLeod. Her portraits raise questions about power, privilege, and identity while highlighting the absence or marginalization of people of color and LGBTQ+ people in the canons of American and European art. The show will run until March 17 at 56 Island St. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Registration for Middlesex Community College Spring Semester 2022 begins on Monday 24th January. Students have the option of attending in-person classes at the campuses of Bedford and Lowell, online or in a hybrid format. During the next spring semester, the college organizes two “mini-mestre” sessions, which last only eight weeks. They offer the same courses and credits, just in a condensed time frame. Traditional semesters at Middlesex last 15 weeks. Register for classes at or call 800-818-3434 for more information.

Whether you’re a beginner cook or your lock kick has become a hobby in its own right, check out Boxford Virtual 5-minute Artisan Bread Making Class from the Municipal Library. Led by chef Liz Barbour, founder of The Creative Feast, the class will take place on Zoom on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. Barbour has a quick guide that course participants can download ahead of time that lists the ingredients for the bread and instructions on how to make it. Register for the course at in the “calendar” section.

the Dedham The Savings Community Foundation donated $5,000 to the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center in Milton so he can digitally archive his 135 years of handwritten climate records. The process will allow more of the scientific community to access research records and will also benefit the center’s STEM education program, which serves 12,000 students a year. For more information, visit

Rose Pecci can be contacted at [email protected] Grace Gilson can be reached at [email protected]