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Bhangra dance

The 14th annual Boston Bhangra competition will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place.

A dozen of the premier bhangra teams from the U.S. and the United Kingdom will compete for the title of best bhangra dance team. Bhangra is a celebratory folk dance originating from the state of Punjab, India, and Pakistan, that is very energetic and fun to watch and is one of the most upcoming foreign dance forms.

Vocalist Ashok Gill will also entertain.

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Brass performance

The Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., will host musicians from the New England Philharmonic at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Kids can meet the brass family as the New England Philharmonic kicks off its three-part series introducing visitors to the different parts of the orchestra. Visitors will see and hear NEP’s principal musicians demonstrate their instruments including trumpets, horns, trombones and tubas in a fun, interactive performance.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-6500.

Multi-media production

The National Parks of Boston and the Old South Meeting House will present “Harsh is Truth,” a multi-media performance by Boston-based collective Masary Studios, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the meetinghouse, 310 Washington St.

Live, original music fused with video projections will highlight Old South Meeting House’s history as a place to rise, resist and share one’s personal truth. Stories, poems and phrases sourced form recent visitors on Boston’s Freedom and Black Heritage Trails will be featured in the performance. Visitors can explore the transformed space at 6:30 p.m. with the performance from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Following the performance, they can talk with Masary Studios artists, National Park Service representatives, museum staff and other audience members.

Registration is requested for this free program, at

Call 617-482-6439 or visit for further details.

Cooking demonstration

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., will present “In the Kitchen: Sticky Rice Dumplings” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Attendees can support their community and expand their cooking repertoire while learning to make a portable dim-sum favorite that is bound, cooked and eaten in a biodegradable bamboo wrapper. Local resident and BCNC parent, PoChun Chow, will present a step-by-step process of assembling these seemingly complicated bundles.

The fee is $30. Materials will be provided.

Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

Family Design Day

The Boston Society of Architects will host a Family Design Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

Learning By Design will present the annual bridge design day. Participants will learn about the many bridge types spanning the city’s waterways, then design and build their own bridges for the Fort Point neighborhood.

This family program is designed for parents and children, ages 5 to 13 years old. There is a maximum ratio of one adult per three children.

Admission is $10 or $8 for members. Pre-registration is recommended.

Visit or call 617-391-4039 for further details and to register for Family Design Day.

Wonder Ball

The fourth annual Wonder Ball, Boston Children’s Museum’s signature celebration, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the museum, 308 Congress St.

Attendees can indulge in a raw bar, a seated dinner, champagne and cocktails; bid on amazing silent auction packages; play the Unlock the Wonder game; enjoy desserts in the BCM Lounge and dance the night away. Dress is creative black tie.

Proceeds will help the museum provide access for all families to the wonders of art and help guarantee that every child can nurture their creativity and passion.

Send an email to or call 617-986-3664 to purchase tickets and for more information.

Walking tours

Boston by Foot is offering “Heart of the Freedom Trail” walking tours of downtown Boston at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through Nov. 26, meeting at the Samuel Adams statue at Faneuil Hall on Congress Street.

A special Thanksgiving tour will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The 90-minute tour begins with the town’s establishment in 1630. The story of Boston is told through the architecture spanning more than three centuries.

Starting with the Puritan settlement, the tour continues through the American Revolution and the growth of commercial Boston and finishes with an overview of contemporary development. It features many of the downtown Freedom Trail sites, including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, King’s Chapel, the Old South Meeting House and the site of the first public school in America.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 children, ages 6 to 12, in advance and free for members.

Call 617-367-2345 or visit for further information.

Coat drive

In partnership with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, the Bostonian Society will collect winter coats, clothing and accessories to benefit Boston’s homeless community throughout the holiday season.

Donations of new or lightly used, weather-resistant winter coats can be donated to the Old State House, 206 Washington St., everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Tuesday, Jan. 2. They will collect any size garment, for any age or gender; BHCHP serves men, women and children of all ages and sizes.

Call 617-720-1713 or visit for further information.

Photography exhibit

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Living in Color” now through Saturday, Dec. 16.

This is a collaborative mother-son photography project by David Kong and Wen Yuan Kong that celebrates the movement, color and light of the living world.

Wen Yuan Kong is a retired math professor who loves traveling and taking photographs. She is inspired by the interplay of light and reflections, by interesting perspectives of everyday objects and by the changing of scenery in sunlight. David Sun Kong is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician and photographer.

Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.