Music of amore
The North End Music and Performing Arts Center, in partnership with Opera on Tap, will present “Music and Words of Amore,” an evening of opera music, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at La Galleria Restaurant, 125 Salem St.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, NEMPAC musicians and singers will present an evening of opera arias and duets and musical theater favorites, all on the theme of love. Tickets will include a three-course dinner, glass of wine and a live performance featuring Abigail Krawczyńska (soprano), Caitlin Felsman (mezzo-soprano), Ethan Bremner (tenor) and Nathan Rodriguez (baritone).
Reservations are required, online at, by email to or by calling 617-227-2270.

Chili Cup fundraiser
Ned Devine’s at 1 Faneuil Hall Market Place will host its eighth annual Chili Cup from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.
The evening will feature live music, prizes and all-you-can-eat chili. Participating restaurants will include Cheers, Ned Devine’s, Anthem Kitchen & Bar, Community Works Services, Tico, Mija Cantina, defending champions Pier 6 and many more.
Tickets are $20 for entry and chili. This program is for adults, ages 21 and older.
Proceeds will benefit Community Work Services, a non-profit founded in 1877 that offers job training, placement and support services to veterans, the disabled, the homeless and mature workers.
Visit or call 617-248-8800 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Marketplace movies
Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Congress Street will host free family movies at 6:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, Feb. 20 to 23 at the Quincy Market.
Families can enjoy free movies, discounted snacks and dinner options. The movies will include the animated feature from Disney Pixar “Finding Dory” on Monday; “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” starring Johnny Depp on Tuesday; the animated feature “The Secret Life of Pets” on Wednesday; and Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” with Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. on Thursday.
Visit for more details.

Saving sea turtles
A film and a panel discussion on saving sea turtles will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre.
For more than 25 years, the New England Aquarium and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay wildlife sanctuary have worked together to rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of sea turtles stranded on Cape Cod due to hypothermia.
In late autumn of 2014 more than 1,200 cold-stunned sea turtles washed ashore.
Filmmakers Michele Gomes and Jenny Ting were on hand to document this unprecedented phenomenon. They also traveled to Mexico and Texas to tell the larger natural history story of the world’s most endangered sea turtle.
Their film “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction” will be screened with a panel discussion immediately following. The panel includes filmmakers; Dr. Charles Innis and Constance Merigo of the aquarium; Bob Prescott of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay wildlife sanctuary; and NOAA’s sea turtle stranding coordinator.
The lecture is free, but registration is required and can be made at or by calling 617-973-0235.

Colonial designs
The Paul Revere House and Museum at 19 North Square will present school vacation programs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 as well as tours of the house at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23.
On Wednesday and Friday, families can explore some materials, techniques and designs used in three centuries of construction in Boston. Facilitated by a staff member, families will have a chance to see historic building materials up close and learn about the architecture found in and around the Paul Revere House.
Thursday will offer a kids’-eye-view of the house, with tours designed with kids in mind. They can engage with reproduction objects and look at 17th and 18th century life from a child’s perspective.
These programs are free with museum admission.
Further information is available at

Rooster stories, crafts
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer a free children’s craft program at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Children, ages 3 to 8, can celebrate Chinese New Year’s “Year of the Rooster” with rooster tales and a colorful craft. Materials will be provided.
Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Movie and pizza
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will present a movie and pizza from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 during school vacation week.
Kids can enjoy pizza while laughing along to the 2016 animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” that answers the question: what do your pets do when you’re not home?
Admission is free. For more information, call 617-227-8135.

‘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. now through Feb. 28 in the IMAX Theater.
The films include “Humpback Whales,” narrated by Ewan McGregor, “Great White Shark” and “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland.” All will be presented in 3-D.
For more information, visit or call 617-226-2149.

Swiss guards
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Congress Street, is displaying a new photography exhibit - “Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View” now to March 25.
This new exhibition was unveiled at the Vatican Museum and is now on an international tour. Photographer Fabio Mantenga has captured an intimate view of the men who make up the Swiss Guard, who dedicate their lives to protecting the Pontiff. He was fully immersed in the daily lives of this highly visible, yet unknown military corps. His photos give an insight into the collective identity of this group as well as their individual personalities.
The exhibit also features military paraphernalia passed down from generation-to-generation of the corps.
The New England Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts are sponsoring this free exhibition.
Visit for further information.

Homework help
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 or call 617-227-8135 for further information.

Aquarium fun
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, will host a family fun day at 10 a.m. on Fridays during February.
Visitors will enjoy activities created especially for families with young children, joining staff in the Curious George Discovery Corner for stories, games and art projects that focus on favorite aquatic animals. The program is free with regular admission.
Call 617-973-5206 or visit for more details.