Here are the latest neighborhood notes:

Visit with Paul Revere

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will host a visit with Paul Revere from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Re-enactor David Connor will bring Revere to life, reflecting on the Midnight Ride, his family life, his work as a silversmith and his activities as a member of the Sons of Liberty.

Admission is free with museum admission. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times.

Further information can be found at or 617-523-2338.

Lantern ceremony

The 243rd annual lantern ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at the Old North Church, 193 Salem St.

A fundraising reception with food, drinks and history will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the ceremony at 8 p.m.

The church will host the annual ceremony that commemorates Robert Newman’s lighting of two lanterns in the steeple on April 18, 1775, that signaled the beginning of Paul Revere’s ride to Lexington and the start of the American Revolution.

This colorful ceremony will include a special performance by the First Michigan Fife & Drum Corps, a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride” and a recitation of Revere’s personal account of his historic ride. Members of the colonial militia and the Color Guard from the USS Constitution will take part.

Danielle Allen, political theorist and professor at Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker.

General admission is $40 by ticket only, as space is limited. Tickets to the pre-ceremony reception and ceremony are $300. Proceeds will help the Old North Foundation continue to offer historical tours and educational programs at this historic site.

For more information, call 617-523-6676 or visit

‘Harriet Revere’

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will present “Harriet Revere: A Revolutionary Woman” at 1, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Re-enactor Diane Lent will take on the role of Revere’s daughter and reminisce about her father’s dramatic life, her 15 siblings and nieces and nephews and growing up in the colonial North End.

Admission is free with museum admission.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-523-2338.

Postal collection

In honor of the 110th anniversary of the Paul Revere House opening as a museum, visitors are invited to stop by the drop-in station to check out examples of vintage postcards sent by tourists in the 19th and 20th centuries, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. The museum is located at 19 North Square.

Some postcards in the collection feature the Revere House, others showcase the North End neighborhood. Visitors can practice their quill pen writing skills and make their own postcard to send from the Revere House.

This program is included with admission to the house and reservations are not required.

Visit or call 617-523-2338 for more details.

Shark stories

The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will present “Shark Stories” with Brian Skerry, National Geographic photographer and aquarium explorer-in-residence, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.

During the last three and a half decades, Skerry has spent countless hours underwater in locations worldwide photographing these enigmatic animals. He will share his personal journey with sharks, from the ways that he has been inspired by them to his approach with photography and what he has learned along the way. Among the species to be highlighted will be tiger sharks, makos, oceanic whitetips and great whites. His latest book for children is “The Ultimate Book of Sharks.”

This lecture is specifically for children and families.

The lecture is free, but registration is required and can be made at or by calling 617-973-0235.

Music and story time

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host “Meet the Musicians and Story Time” at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20.

The community is invited to a special story time with Ms. Alyson and member of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. Children will share a story, craft and meet a new artist and his/her instrument. All ages are welcome to this free program.

Call 617-227-8135 for more information.

Oscar winners

The North end Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen Academy Award-winning Best Pictures from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays, April 20 and 27.

The offerings include the musical blockbuster “The Sound of Music,” the 1966 Best Picture starring Julie Andrews in her Oscar-winning role on April 20; and John Ford’s drama “How Green Was My Valley” with Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara the following week.

Admission is free.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.


The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will host a Midnight Ride storytelling from 10:30 to noon on Friday. April 20.

Attendees will watch a short slide program and then don hats and carry props to retrace Revere’s route from his home to the Charles River, taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers and John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

Reservations are required for this program and can be made by calling 617-523-2338. Tickets are $6. Children under 5 are admitted free. The program is particularly appropriate for children in grades K to 4.

Visit or call 617-523-2338 for more details.

Water bird ambassador

Mass Audubon and the National Parks of Boston invite the community to the Coastal Waterbird Beach Ambassador training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday April 21, starting at the New England Aquarium, Central Wharf.

Those who have an interest in the birds that call the coast of Massachusetts home are invited to consider volunteering with the Coastal Waterbird Program this summer. This training will be the gateway to spend days this summer roving the beaches protecting nesting bird habitat. After attending this training, participants will be able to sign up for related bird monitoring and educational outreach projects.

The training will begin indoors before the group moves out to the Harbor Islands; with classroom introduction and training at the aquarium from 9 to 11 a.m. and practical application on Lovells Island from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register online at

If this event is full, you can signup for the classroom-only session. After the training, you will still be able to sign up for future monitoring and outreach shifts this summer.

Further information can be found at or by calling

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 May. 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 or call 617-367-2345.

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 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 April.

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.

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.

‘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. through April 30 in the IMAX Theater.

The films include “Amazon Adventure,” “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” and “Great White Shark.” All will be presented in 3-D.

For more information, visit or call 617-226-2149.