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

Beacon Hill walking tour

Historic New England will present a tour of Beacon Hill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. 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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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, Sept. 4.

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.

Educating Boston

Boston By Foot will offer its annual Labor Day walking tour “Educating Boston,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4.

Education was a priority of Boston’ early settlers; by 1635 the Boston Latin School was established and a year later Harvard College was founded. Since then Boston has become one of the great cities of the world attracting the finest minds, with 35 universities, colleges and community colleges in the Boston area. The tour will reveal the evolution of education in Boston, a process that is still unfolding.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased from the guide on in advance. The tour will begin at the Arlington Street Church, Arlington and Boylston streets.

For more information, visit or call 617-367-2345.

Songs on poems

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

Marshall will perform “Songs on Poems by Anne Bradstreet” by James Kallenbach, accompanied by cellist William Rounds.

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

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

Hispanic heritage

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen a series of film celebrating the accomplishment of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during September.

Featured will be “Selena,” the biography of music icon Selena Quintanilla-Perez starring Jennifer Lopez, on Sept. 6; “Real Women Have Curves” with America Ferrara on Sept. 13; “Tortilla Soup” starring Hector Elizondo on Sept. 20; and the cult classic “Stand and Deliver” with Edward James Olmos on Sept. 27.

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

Dental screenings

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will offer a free dental screening clinic for seniors from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

The Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, in conjunction with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, will offer free oral health screenings.

For more information, call 617-635-4232.

Animal adventure

Animal Adventures will visit at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

Children can meet the animals, hear interesting stories and information about them and get close. Controlled petting and touching is allowed at the discretion of the Animal Adventure guide.

For more information, visit

Songs of the 1950s

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will present “A History of the 1950s and ’60s Through Popular Song” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Marc Black will lead a musical tour through these two historically defining decades, featuring a concert, slide show, sing-along and conversation. Admission is free.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Frog Pond movie night

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 with a screening of the classic family feature “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” at the Frog Pond, Boston Common.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Free popcorn will be provided. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 visit

Fundraiser walk

The American Heart Association will hold its annual Heart Walk fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and the walk at 10:30 a.m. Walkers of all ages and abilities and well-behaved dogs on leashes are invited to take part in a 1-, 2- or 6-mile walk. Children’s activities will include face painting, games, live musical entertainment and more. There will be a health expo from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Proceeds will support the American Heart Association’s clinical, educational and research programs in the Greater Boston area.

For more information, call 781-373-4532 or visit

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.