Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
A landscape watercolor painting workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Avenue.
Artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided at this watercolor workshop. Juleen Jones will returns as this summer’s featured instructor. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business. Participant should meet at the Rose Garden.
For more details, visit www.cityofboston.gov or call 617-961-3051.
Musical sneak preview
A sneak preview of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera Project’s production of Mozart’s operatic masterpiece “Don Giovanni” will be performed at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 17.
This free performance will include excerpts performed by the cast with piano accompaniment. The rain location will be at Sacred Heart Church.
Visit www.nempacboston.org or call 617-227-2270 for further information.
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, will present “Right Whales, Right Gear: Finding New Ways to Fish That Avoid Entanglement” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 in the Imax Theatre.
Fishing is an important mainstay of New England and part of its cultural heritage, and right whales are a critical natural component of the region’s coastal waters. This panel discussion will look at solutions to whales becoming wrapped in buoy ropes that will be acceptable to fishermen and research scientists alike. Panelists will include John Haviland, South Shore Lobster Fishermen’s Association; Laurens Howle of Duke University; Amy Knowlton of the aquarium and Kristan Porter, president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. Tim Warner, senior scientist at the aquarium, will moderate.
Admission is free.
Call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org for more details.
The Boston Harbor Hotel will present three musical programs from Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21 as part of its 20th annual summer in the city entertainment series at the Blues Barge, Rowes Wharf.
Young Love and the Thrills will perform soul sounds of the ’70s on Tuesday; Rich Dimare will play hits of the Rat Pack on Wednesday; and fan favorites the Racky Thomas Band will return to the barge on Thursday.
Each program begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 10. The programs are free and are suitable for the entire family.
For further information, call 617-436-7000 or visit www.bhh.com.
Night at the opera
The North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera Project will present two performances of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, June 21 and 23, at Faneuil Hall, Congress Street.
Mozart based this masterpiece on the legends of fictional libertine and serial seducer Don Juan. He created a predatory philanderer, consumed entirely by his own desires and leaving havoc in his wake. This tragic comedy, performed by outstanding singers in the original Italian with orchestral accompaniment and featuring NEMPAC students, will enchant audiences with its magnificent score and timely story.
On opening night, June 21, there will be a special reception at the Union Oyster House to celebrate and meet the performers.
Tickets are $110 and will include prime VIP seats for the performance and entry into the reception, which will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as well as talks by the artistic team.
Admission for the concerts is $65 for VIP seating, $29 general admission and $25 for seniors and students with I.D. There are also discounts for group purchases.
Call 617-227-2270 or visit www.nempacboston.org to purchase tickets and for more information.
Music on the waterfront
A free summer concert will be held at Atlantic Wharf at noon on Thursday, June 21 at 280 Congress St.
Berklee College student Jamichael Frazier will perform jazz standards. He has a background in classical piano and flute.
Atlantic Wharf is a perfect waterfront location for music, walking and enjoying the Boston Harbor views.
Visit www.berklee.edu for further details.
Movies by moonlight
The Boston Harbor Hotel will present outdoor movies at dusk on June 22 and 29 at the Blues Barge, Rowes Wharf.
The Oscar-winning “It Happened One Night” starring Clark Gable will be shown on June 22 and the hit musical “Grease” with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John will be screened the following week. The evening will start at 4:30 p.m. with a live acoustic performance and music with DJ Mike Amando.
Admission is free.
Visit www.bhh.com for more information
Music for kids
Little Groove will present a fun, free musical morning for children from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 22.
Toddlers and preschoolers can sing, move, play instruments, watch puppets perform and more with staff from Little Groove. Caregivers must accompany children.
For more information, call 617-227-8135.
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen the award-winning film “The Conversation” starring Gene Hackman from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22.
In this film, Hackman plays a secretive surveillance expert who has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple on whom he is spying will be murdered.
Admission is free. Call 617-227-8135 for further details.
Celebration of crafts
The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., is hosting the annual Celebration of Craft, an exhibition of works by students and alumni, now until June 30 in the Windgate gallery.
The exhibit features hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, ornate leather-bound books, violin making and more by alumni and students. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Visit www.nbss.edu or call 617-227-0155 for more details.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the summer season.
This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Fun at the library
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a series of free, fun activities for children during June.
New activities include Disney Shorts with Mr. Dan at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; Kids’ Chess Club at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays; baby story time at 9 a.m. on Fridays and toddler story time at 11 a.m. on Fridays.
For more information, call 617-227-8135.
Dark side of Boston
Boston by Foot will present guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, now through June 30. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, across from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reservations are not required.
Visitors will hear the stories of misery, misfortune and murder based on true, historical events, such as the Great Influenza, the vandalizing of the Royal Governor’s House, the Molasses Flood and the infamous Brink’s robbery, all against the backdrop of Boston’s oldest neighborhood.
Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children if purchased online in advance and free for members.
For more information, visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345.
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.