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

Boston Ballet story time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 11.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story.

Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and older. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Briana Washington concert underneath the fountain at noon from Monday through Friday, June 11 through 15 at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Pianist and keyboardist Washington from the San Francisco Bay Area is also a singer and composer.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Flute and clarinet concert

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

Flautist Carol Epple, clarinetist Elizabeth Connors and organist Heinrich Christensen will play selections by Bloch and Danzi.

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

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

Artists and inventors

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “Artists as Inventors, Inventors as Artists” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

Samuel Morse, the artist who painted the Athenaeum’s portrait of James Monroe, invented the electric telegraph. George M. Dexter, one of the architects of the Athenaeum’s home on Beacon Street, invented a new way to heat buildings. Docent Scott Guthery will explore the interaction of art and science as illustrated in patents granted to Athenaeum artists and members during this 30-minute tour.

Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Film festival

In celebration of Pride Month, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during June.

Featured will be “Beginners” with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in his Oscar-winning role on June 13; the award-winning “Pariah” with Adepero Oduye on June 20 and Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” on June 27.

Call 617-523-3957 for further information.

New England’s largest store

Author and historian Anthony Mitchell Sammarco will discuss his history of Boston’s first department store at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St.

Sammarco will share recollections he has gathered from Jordan Marsh employees and shoppers, and memorabilia from his extensive archive of Jordan Marsh-related photographs, advertisements and postcards, documenting the store’s colorful history. Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin L. Marsh, Jordan Marsh later moved to a five-story building on Washington Street where the novel concept of “department shopping” was unveiled.

This event is the first in the Boston History Series running this summer.

Admission is $15.

For more details, call 617-524-0128 or visit

Fishing and kayaking

In honor of Father’s Day, the Esplanade Association will host a day of free fishing and kayaking from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 at Community Boating Inc., 21 David G Mugar Way.

Association staff and professional anglers from Charles River Charters will teach participants about the history of the Charles River, the fish that live in the river and threats to water quality. Spots are limited and registration is required. If the event is sold out and you would like to add your name(s) to the waitlist, please email

Visit or call 617-227-0365 for more information.

Swan boats

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Spring hours of operation (now through June 20) are from 10 a.m. to 4 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

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.”

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

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during June at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For more details, call 617-523-3957.

Picturing Douglass

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through December.

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at