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This week, local children have the opportunity to meet a visitor from the North Pole other than Santa Claus.
Mark Perry of North Attleborough will appear as his alter ego, Post Mark the North Pole Postman, on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Bellingham, and on Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough.
At both locations, Perry will read from his debut children’s book, ‘Post’ Mark: Santa’s Misfit Postman, which was published on Nov. 1.
In other news, Bedford High School senior Ashley Sarra earned her Girl Scout Gold Award on Nov. 11 after constructing a handicapped-accessible garden bed at the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln.
At age 68, James Whitfield Thomson of Natick is a first-time published author. His novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” was published by Sourcebooks Landmark on Nov. 5.
Thomson will read from the book on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bacon Free Library in Natick; Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton Highlands; and Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Wellesley Free Library.
Three local students — Sophie Pels of Newton, Ainsleigh Caldicott of Sherborn, and Carter Buchanan of Newton — will perform in the Boston Children’s Theatre fifth anniversary production of “The Velveteen Rabbit” from Dec. 7 to 22 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.