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PhotoWalks will offer a walking tour of the North End from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 20 and 27, meeting at the Shaw Memorial, Beacon Street.
The North End welcomed waves of immigrants seeking the American dream. Today, it is a popular hot spot famous for its busy restaurants, quaint cafes and crowded pastry shops. Highlights include Paul Revere’s house, Old North Church, Hanover Street, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and some hidden gems off-the-beaten-path.
Participants can learn how to take photographs with instruction on creative composition and getting the most out of a digital camera. Historical commentary on the sites will also be given.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youths, ages 10 to 17. Advance reservations are required.
Call 617-851-2273 or visit www.photowalks.com for more details and to purchase tickets.
Crime of the century
Author Stephanie Schorow will be the guest speaker at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
On Jan. 17, 1950, seven masked robbers walked into a counting room of the Brink’s armored car garage on Prince Street, taking $2.7 million with them and leaving no clues at all. In her book “The Crime of the Century: How the Brink’s Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston,” Schorow explores this almost perfect crime that continues to fascinate to this day.
Admission is free. Call 617-227-8135 for further information.
The Vilna Shul and the North End Branch Library will host “Seniors Connect: Spirited Aging” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the library, 25 Parmenter St.
Margie Sokoll will discuss “Spirited Aging,” a notion of aging that supports people of all ages and backgrounds in their search to find meaning, joy and spirituality in their lives, as they grow older. Light refreshments will be served at this free program.
This program is in partnership with Boston’s Jewish cultural center, the Vilna Shul.
For more details, call 617-227-8135 or visit www.vilnashul.org.
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen the Oscar-winning Best Picture “Spotlight,” the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the Boston Catholic Archdiocese, starring Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18.
Call 617-227-8135 for further details.
North End against Drugs will host its annual adult bingo fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet St.
There will be 19 games plus a cover-all. Each game has a prize value of $50 or more and the cover-all has a prize of $100. The cost is $25 for three cards; if purchased by Jan. 24, a fourth card will be free. Additional cards can be purchased for $5 each.
There will also be homemade baked goods, coffee, soft drinks and other snacks for all players.
Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. To register, call 617-605-6142 or visit the center. For more information, call 617-750-9749.
All proceeds will go to support North End Against Drugs youth programs.
Holiday stroll continues
The Freedom Trail is offering historic holiday strolls from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays now through Jan. 27, 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.
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, is presenting three films at 10 a.m. and 1, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. from now through Jan. 31 in the IMAX Theater.
The films include “Oceans: Our Blue Planet,” “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” and a new film “Pandas!” 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.