Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
The City of Boston and Mayor Martin J. Walsh will present the annual Martin Luther King National Oration from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at Faneuil Hall, Congress Street. Doors will open noon.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform classical music, spirituals and freedom songs, with a keynote speaker in the Great Hall.
This event is non-ticketed and is free to the general public.
For further information, visit www.cityofboston.gov/news.
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer Teen Gaming from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and Comic Book Creation from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.
Teens are invited to play video games with friends and learn how to make their own comic books or graphic novels. Admission is free.
Call 617-227-8135 for more details.
Children can enjoy a free craft program from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Kids can drop by after school and make sparkling snowflakes to hang at home.
For more information, call 617-227-8135.
The National Park Service and Boston Harbor Island Alliance will host a winter wildlife cruise from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. In the event of severe winter weather, the program will be rescheduled for Jan. 27.
The boat will depart from Long Wharf at 11 a.m. and take passengers on a cruise of the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay and the Weir River estuary.
Local naturalists from the National Park Service, New England Aquarium and Mass. Audubon will lead a winter wildlife tour for nature lovers, photographers and all who are interested in the natural wonders of the harbor. Past trips have recorded snowy owls, harlequin ducks, black Guillemots and purple sandpipers as well as the usual waterfowl and harbor seals.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and children, free for children ages 3 and under. The boat is enclosed and heated. A full cash bar, snacks and hot soups will be available for purchase onboard.
Reservations are strongly suggested, as space is limited.
Further information is available at www.bostonharborislands.org or by calling 617-770-0040.
21st century harbor
Boston Harbor Now will host a working port discussion and harbor tour from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Tuesday’s program will feature a special film screening of “Ocean Frontiers III” and a reception and panel discussion at the New England Aquarium IMAX Theater, Central Wharf. This award-winning film series explores the challenges of ocean conservation and development, presenting solutions from a range of people who are leading the way to a healthy and sustainable ocean future. The film will be followed by a panel conversation from area maritime experts.
On Wednesday, there will be a two-hour narrated cruise of the four inner harbor Designated Port Areas. The ticketed tour will depart from Rowes Wharf, head down to the South Boston Designated Port Area, across and up the harbor to the East Boston DPA, hug the waterfront through the Chelsea Creek DPA and finish in the Mystic River DPA. The boat will drop passengers off at Commonwealth Pier in the Seaport. Tickets are $15. Following the tour, there will be a idea exchange from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave. Speakers from around the Harbor will address the challenges Boston’s working port is facing. Tom Glynn, CEO of Massport, and Kathy Abbott, president and CEO of Boston Harbor Now, will give the opening remarks.
Admission is $25.
Further information is available at www.bostonharbornow.org/workingport or by calling 617-223-8667.
Role of attorney general
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will welcome the peoples’ law firm program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Yarlennys Villaman, outreach coordinator for the Community Engagement Division of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, will offer a brief overview of the roles of the Attorney General in the state of Massachusetts and of the Community Engagement Division.
For more information on this free program, call 617-227-8135.
Fun at the library
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a series of free, fun activities for children during January.
Lego Club will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Steam Saturday will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 20. Fridays will feature baby story time with Becca at 10 a.m. and toddler story time at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 617-227-8135.
The Freedom Trail is offering historic holiday strolls at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays now through Jan. 28, holidays excluded. Walkers will meet at the ArtsBoston booth at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Tour guides in 19th century Dickensian costume will lead visitors along the Freedom Trail with a special look at how Christmas traditions evolved in Boston and the highlights of the American Revolution. People can then round off the tour with complimentary hot chocolate, tea or wine and famous Boston cream pie at the Omni Parker House Hotel.
Historic Holiday Stroll guests receive discounts off museum purchases at official Freedom Trail historic sites, including the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House and Old North Church.
Reservations are required.
Visit www.thefreedomtrail.org or call 617-357-8300 to make a reservation or for more details.
‘Under the Sea’
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, is presenting three films at 10 a.m. and 1, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. from now to Jan. 31 in the IMAX Theater.
The films include “Amazon Adventure,” “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” and “Great White Shark.” All will be presented in 3-D.
For more information, visit www.neaq.org or call 617-226-2149.
Free homework help will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-227-8135 for further information.