Here are the latest Back Bay -Midtown neighborhood notes:

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a New Visitors Day at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23.

This free orientation and tour will introduce resources available at the NEHGS research facility, home to more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs and records to help research family histories.

Tour attendees are welcome to use the resources following the tour. Registration is not required.

Further information can be found at or by calling 888-296-3447.

Chocolate tour

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, starting and ending at Flour Bakery, 131 Clarendon St.

The two-and-a-half-hour tour will highlight the architecture of the Back Bay, the history and life of chocolate and how gourmet chocolates are made. Participants will pick up tips on tasting, buying and storing chocolate, as well as be offered plenty of samples.

Advance reservations are required as space is limited, and can be made at

10K race

The 2018 Boston Athletic Association 10K run will be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 24. Check-in will start at 6:30 a.m.

The 6.2-mile flat race will begin on Charles Street and wind down Commonwealth Avenue and Back Bay Road to Babcock Street before heading back on Commonwealth Avenue, around the Public Garden and returning to Charles Street.

Shorter kids’ races will begin at 9 a.m. at Boston Common ball field for children, ages 4 to 14.

The Finisher Food tent will offer refreshments. Roads in the Back Bay and Kenmore Square neighborhoods along the course will be closed to vehicular traffic between 7:45 and 10:30 a.m.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-236-1652.

Summer barbecue

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay will host its annual summer “CU@theQ” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at the Clarendon Street Playground. The rain date will be Wednesday, June 27.

The community is invited to kick off the summer and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill, soda, picnic salads and ice cream at the annual summer block party.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for kids, ages 1 to 4. Advance tickets are available at A limited number of tickets will be available on the day.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-247-3961.

Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Safiya Leslie will perform on Wednesday. Her music is influenced by jazz and her Afro-Caribbean roots.

Friday’s show will feature the Craft Ensemble, a string quartet composed of violinists Colleen Brannen, Amy Sims and Amelia Hollander Ames and cellist Velleda Miragias.

Call 617-536-5400 or visit for more information.

Life of Melville

Local actor Stephen Collins will be the guest of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.

In this exciting one-man show, Collins will present the life of Herman Melville, American novelist and short story writer best known for the classic novel “Moby Dick” and the novella “Billy Budd.”

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-536-5400 for more information.

Summer concert

The Berklee College of Music will continue its summer series with a free concert at noon on Thursday, June 28 at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

Samuel Batista, an alto saxophone player from Panama City, will entertain. He is currently working as a bandleader of the quartet Voices of Freedom, which performs frequently in the Greater Boston area.

The band is in the process of recording its first album, expected to release at the end of the year.

Visit for more information.

Community day

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St., will open its doors to the public for a free performance at 11 a.m. as part of the ninth annual Free Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

The performance of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Wiz” will start at 3 p.m. The musical is a soulful retelling of L. Frank Baum’s beloved “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” that mixes rock, gospel, soul and jazz music. It features hits such as “Ease on Down the Road,” “A Brand New Day” and “Home.”

Tickets will be available starting at 11 a.m. with a theater tour at 1 p.m. There is a limit of four tickets per party with no children under 5-years-old admitted.

For more information, call 614-267-9300 or visit

Martin Luther King walking tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will offer the Martin Luther King in Boston walking tour from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

As a doctoral student at Boston University’s School of Theology, King spent some of his formative years walking the streets of Boston and living in the South End. His life in Boston was his first immersive experience outside of the segregated South and while he experienced the de facto racism of the North he also enjoyed the acceptance of the college and Boston area communities.

This tour will guide visitors through areas of Boston where King lived and socialized, where he met and courted Coretta Scott and where he returned later at the height of the Civil Rights Movement to deliver powerful speeches on the struggle for racial and economic equality.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-646-0560 or online at

Art and nature

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University is displaying “How Nature Instructs Us” at the gallery at 75 Arlington St. now through July 6.

Artists and citizens all over the globe are voicing their concerns about environmental issues, especially climate change. The artists in the exhibit are part of this chorus of concern, and use their work to express both their critique and hope for our future.

Participating artists include Heather Theresa Clark, Madge Evers, Peat Duggins, Jane Marsching, Nathalie Miebach, Allison Maria Rodriguez and Evelyn Rydz.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Call 617-573-8785 or visit for more information.

Victorian Back Bay

Boston by Foot is offering 90-minute guided, walking tours of the Back Bay at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, now through October. Walkers will meet the guide on the steps of Trinity Church at Copley Square.

Visitors will discover how the Back Bay, once a body of water, was filled in and how the neighborhood was developed in the mid-19th century to become one of the nation’s richest collections of art and architecture. The treasures of the Back Bay tour include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and the grand Back Bay townhouses.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children from ages 6 to 12 and free for members if purchased in advance or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.

For more information, visit or call 617-237-2345.

Collections tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS.

The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-646-0560.

Library tours

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week.

Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim.

Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available on the web at

For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.