Tuesday Dec. 4

Looking for something free and festive for the kids? The Kenilworth Branch of the Hamilton Public Library is holding an evening of Christmas stories, songs, rhymes and puppets from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. The event is aimed at children up to six years of age (and their parents). No registration required.

Location: 103 Kenilworth Avenue North (near Roxborough Ave.)

Information: (905) 546-3960 or askhpl@hpl.ca

(The Waterdown branch at 25 Mill Street North is holding a similar event Thursday, Dec. 6 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The event at the Sherwood branch at 467 Upper Ottawa Street is Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.)

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Hamilton Public Library's Kenilworth Branch. ((Google Maps))

Wednesday Dec. 5

Singer Meaghan Smith from London, Ont., appears at 8 p.m. in Hamilton for a one-night show as part of her Canadian tour. The venue, originally  the Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place, has been changed to The Pearl Company.

Location: The Pearl Company Theatre, Gallery and Arts Centre, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton

Information: 905-524-0606

Thursday Dec. 6

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The Sheepdogs

JUNO-award-winning Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs take to the stage at the Hamilton Convention Centre at 8 p.m., with special guests Yukon Blonde.

Location: Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summer's Lane, Hamilton

Information: Tickets through Ticketmaster 

If humour is more your thing, comedyArrogant Worms (Mike McCormick, Chris Patterson and Trevor Strong)

Friday Dec. 7

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Hamilton Food Share and CBC Hamilton are teaming up for a holiday food drive. Beginning Friday Dec. 7 and running through Dec. 21, the public is invited to stop by the CBC Hamilton office at 118 James Street North and drop off a donation of canned or non-perishable food between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Can't make it to CBC Hamilton's office with food but want to make a cash donation by phone? Until Dec. 31, call the Sounds of the Season donation hotline at 1-877-867-9288 and support your local food bank. As a special thank you, anyone dropping off a donation can enter to win CBC gift packages ranging from a trip to Toronto to watch a live broadcast of The National in the studio, to a Kobo Vox e-reader, to an autographed copy of Stuart McLean's new book Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe (the draw will be made Dec. 21).

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Comedian Jeff Dunham

 Comedian Jeff Dunham brings his "Disorderly Conduct" world tour to Hamilton's Copps Coliseum on Friday Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

Location: 101 York Blvd., Hamilton

Information: 905-546-3100