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

Children’s festival

The West End Community Center will host the 12th annual West End Children’s Festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 along Thoreau Path, Staniford Street. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 20.

The festival will include food, games and activities that promote healthy living. It will feature live performances by members of North End Music and Performing Arts and Music, as well as cultural experiences, games, arts and crafts, face painting, free food and beverages.

Admission is free, and parking is available.

For more information, visit or call 617-670-1900.

Organ duet

The Old West Organ Society will present the last in the 2017 Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St.

Emerson Lang and Laura Gullett, members of the Boston Organ Studio, will perform.

A freewill donation is requested.

Call 617-739-1340 or visit for more information.

Music of the Renaissance

A lunchtime concert will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The Quilisma Consort will perform “The Old and the New,” medieval and Renaissance music, on recorders, harp, vihuela, guitar and voice.

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

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

Oscar winners

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen Academy Award-winning Best Pictures from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 23 and 30.

Featured will be the Boston filmed “Spotlight” on Aug. 23; and this year’s Oscar winner “Moonlight” on Aug. 30.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for further information.

Dance at the Esplanade

Boston Landmarks Orchestra will present “Dance Carnival” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive. The rain date is Thursday, Aug. 24.

Dancers from across the city will celebrate American and international dance. Composer and drummer Ryan Edwards has joined with Apostolos Paraskevas to create a new work for young drummers and dancers from Camp Harbor View and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. The evening will culminate with a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” with choreography by Peter DiMuro.

Joining the orchestra will be DiMuro and Public Displays of Motion, the Dance Complex, Conservatory Lab Charter School and Irish and Brazilian traditional dancers.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-987-2000 for further information.

Women’s equality

The community is invited to celebrate Women’s Equality Day at a ceremony at noon on Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Swan Boat Landing, Boston Public Garden.

Members of the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition, Megan Costello, director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, and William Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, will unveil an exciting suffrage project. This free event commemorates the 97th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

For additional details, visit http://suffrage100ma/womens-equality-day-2017.

Ice cream social

Children can enjoy ice cream with J.P. Licks at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.24 at the Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

The program will also include crafts and games.

For more information, visit

Museum open house

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., will open its doors to the public for a free community day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.

Highlights of the day will include free admission to the entire museum, including the “Freedom Rising” exhibit and tours of the museum.

This program is part of the eighth annual Free Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Call 617-969-8900 or visit for further information.

Star Wars

The 32nd annual free Friday flick will be held at sunset at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The Star Wars blockbuster film “Rogue One” will be shown.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. WBZ News Radio will provide food samples, games and giveaways.

Call 617-787-7200 or visit for more information.

Spray pool is open

The Frog Pond spray pool on Boston Common is open for the summer. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

In addition, a carousel at the Frog Pond is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Call 617-635-2120 or visit for more information.

Swan boats summer hours

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Summer hours of operation (now to Labor Day) are from 10 a.m. to 5 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

Contemporary art in Boston

A new exhibition that sheds light on contemporary art in Boston is on display at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., now through Sept. 3.

This exciting exhibition will showcase contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs by New England artists. The works on display, drawings, watercolors, linocuts, lithographs, hand-toned silver gelatin prints, digital photographs, and more, reflect artistic interpretations of New England’s built and natural environment.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0270.

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” now to Aug. 31.

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