Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:

Local government study

A local government study session will be held from noon to1:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

The Bummer City Civic Engagement Coalition is a small community organization dedicated to helping people learn about and engage with municipal government.

At the sessions, they discuss and study issues relevant to communities such as affordable housing, then craft and execute plans to address those issues. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Admission is free.

For more information, visit or call 617-523-3957.

5K walk and run

The 33rd annual AIDS Walk Boston, New England’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising awareness event, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at Boston Common.

The walk and run will start and finish on the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets on the Boston Common. Check-in and registration will take place on the Boston Common at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K run starting at 9:50 a.m. and the 10K walk at 10 a.m.

The Wellness Festival, a post-walk celebration of healthy living with free food, festivities and musical entertainment, will run from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the closing ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m.

The walk route length is approximately 4.8 miles. Participants should wear good shoes and drink plenty of fluids.

For more information, visit or call 857-313-6712.

Art Walk

The 29th annual Beacon Hill Art Walk will be held from noon. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, rain or shine. Starting at 135½ Charles St., at the corner of Cambridge and West Cedar streets, tour goers will be able to view a wonderful display of artwork throughout the North Slope.

Residents will open up their private gardens, alleyways and courtyards and allow artists to display and sell their work. More than 100 artists are expected to participate, with a variety of styles, media and subject matter. This is a wonderful chance for visitors to tour the private spaces of Beacon Hill while viewing original, handmade artwork.

Dozens of volunteer musicians will play classical works, klezmer and folk music in various gardens throughout the afternoon. The tour is free.

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Walking tour

Historic New England will present a tour of Beacon Hill from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 3. Participants will meet at the Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St.

The tour will focus on the development of Beacon Hill in the Federal era, and how the ambitions and struggles of the early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the architecture and character of the neighborhood.

The program begins with a tour of the Otis House, the earliest intact Beacon Hill mansion, and continues through the historic streets.

Registration is recommended, by calling 617-994-5920. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

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Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Eric Fells in concert underneath the fountain at noon from Monday to Friday, June 4 to 8 at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Pianist Fells, who is studying contemporary music and production at Berklee College of Music, loves all genres, including jazz, classical, gospel, soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock and pop. He has a passion for playing, teaching and expressing music to everyone.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Harp and cello concert

A lunchtime concert will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

Harpist Molly McCaffrey and cellist David Ogulnick will play selections by Bruch, Debussy, Faure and Strauss.

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians.

Visit or call 617-227-2155 for more information.

Film festival

In celebration of Pride Month, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during June.

Featured will be “The Crying Game” starring Stephen Rea on June 6; “Beginners” with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in his Oscar-winning role on June 13; the award-winning “Pariah” with Adepero Oduye on June 20 and Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” on June 27.

Call 617-523-3957 for further information.

Gallery talk and tour

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6.

Docent Pam Ikauniks will lead a tour and discussion of the portraits and work of American sculptors John Frazee and Horatio Greenough. Visitors can explore examples of the artists’ neoclassical works to discover their contributions to American art.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Nichols House collections

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., will host an opening reception for the 2018 exhibition “Their Objects, Their Stories: The Nichols Women as Collectors, 1870-1960” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.

The museum will explore two generations of art collecting and the treasured objects that tell stories that are at once both familiar and unique. Mother and daughter Elizabeth and Rose Nichols are celebrated for their autonomy and individualism in what they chose to collect and their collections were in step with the aspirations of the Gilded Age and the women’s rights movements of the early 20th century. The collections spans nearly 400 years of art across three continents and include a 16th century Flemish tapestry and 20th century bronze works by sculptor Paul Manship.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required for this free program, online at www.nicholshousemuseum or by calling 617-227-6993.

Musical narrative

The Boston Public Library, Boston Lyric Opera and Castle of Our Skins will present “Crossing the Line to Freedom: A Musical Narrative” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

The program will showcase the lives and stories of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Paul Robeson through the music of opera, paired with spoken word, art songs and spirituals.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-523-3957.

Lethal self-defense

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome Caroline Light, author of “Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense,” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.

The U.S. represents about five percent of the world’s population but possesses 40 percent of it guns. The spread of guns and naturalization of gun deaths is linked to a widespread acceptance of self-defense, the right to fight back with lethal force when one feels threatened.

In her new book, Light explores how English common law’s duty to retreat from threat was transformed into a selective right to kill, how the country’s history influences contemporary understandings of vulnerability and threat and how race, gender and class difference shape self-defense cases. She shows how violent self-defense has been legalized for the most privileged while weaponized against the most vulnerable.

Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members Call 617-227-0270 or visit to register and for more details.

Swan boats

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Spring hours of operation (now through June 20) are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting.

Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon.

Tickets are $3 or $2 for seniors and $1.50 for children.

For more information, call 617-522-1966 or visit

Photographs of the West End

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord.”

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 617-416-0781 or go online to

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during June at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For more details, call 617-523-3957.

Picturing Douglass

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through December.

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at