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Art of gilding

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will welcome professional gilder Nancy Dick Atkinson from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Visitors can watch Atkinson apply gossamer thin sheets of gold leaf to wooden ornaments just as craftsmen did in Revere’s era.

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

Visit or call 617-523-2338 for further information.

Art and architecture tour

The Old North Church, 193 Salem St., will offer a new tour “Celebrating Craftsmanship: Anglican Art and Architecture” from 6 to 7p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 and 22 and Friday, May 18.

Visitors can study the aesthetic components of the Old North Church while celebrating the craftsmanship involved in building and creating this national icon. They will visit the second floor gallery of the church, see the organ up close and stand on the altar while considering the visual elements within the context of the 18th and 19th centuries and contemplate the labor and skill involved. This participatory tour will examine the exterior and interior architecture as well as three fine art pieces inside the church, including 17th century wooden Baroque angels and an altar painting by John Ritto Penniman.

This tour requires climbing and descending one flight of steep, narrow stairs to the second floor gallery of the church.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at or by calling 617-585-8231.

Kids’ musical theater

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will host a musical performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” for kids and families from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 and from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St.

The Music Theatre Troupe will present the classic story of young postulant nun Maria, who becomes the governess to the Von Trapp children in Austria just prior to World War II.

This production is specially adapted for young people to perform. The version that will be staged is based on the original stage musical from 1959. From singing nuns to yodeling goats, this 70-minute adaptation is fun for the whole family.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 617-227-2270.

Protecting seals

The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will host a lecture “What Aquarium Scientists are Learning About Disease, Physiology and Population Dynamics to Help Protect Seals” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.

The aquarium has been working with, studying and rescuing seals for years. This evening’s lecture will give a closer look at the work being done to better understand the seals at the aquarium and their wild counterparts.

Speakers will include Patty Schilling, marine mammal supervisor; Katherine Graham, assistant scientist at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium; and Katie Pugliares-Bonner, senior biologist – necropsy, New England Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Department.

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, May 18.

The community is invited to a special story time with Ms. Alyson and members 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.

Film series

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen a series of films on the theme of paranoia from 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during May and June.

The library will show “Seven Days in May” with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas on May 18; “Parallax View” starring Warren Beatty on May 25 and “The Prisoner” with Patrick McGoohan on June 1.

Admission is free. Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Opera lecture

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a lecture on the opera “Trouble in Tahiti” by Leonard Bernstein from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Opera singer and lecturer Mary-Alexandra Onstad of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center will discuss the Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of Bernstein’s opera that is being performed at the Steriti Rink.

Admission is free. Call 617-227-8135 for more information.

Cornhole Classic

State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz will host the third annual North End Cornhole Classic from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at The Living Room on Richmond Street.

Check-in will be at noon with the tournament starting at 1 p.m. It will be a double loss elimination format. There will also be a DJ, raffles, prizes and more.

Tickets are $50 per team of two and include two guaranteed games, one drink ticket and a T-shirt. Walk-ins at the door are $75 if available. Those who don’t wish to play are invited for a fun afternoon of watching and cheering on the teams.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the Geraldine Marshall Scholarship Fund and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.

Further information is available by email to

Opera production

The Boston Lyric Opera will perform “Trouble in Tahiti” by Leonard Bernstein in this celebration of his centennial at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays, now through May 20 at the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial St.

Bernstein plumbed the darker side of post-World War II suburban life with wit and irony in this one-act opera. It will be followed by “Arias and Barcarolles,” a poignant rumination on marriage, life and the nature of love.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-542-4912.

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.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 31. 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.

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.