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

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Nick Ricks in a concert underneath the fountain at noon from June 25 through 29 at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Ricks is a classically trained pianist who is an avid composer and songwriter in genres such as R&B, funk and neo-romantic.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Science for kids

Dr. Can Do Science will be the guest of the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26.

Kids can join Dr. Can-Do Science to make their own lava lamps to bring home using a variety of chemical reactions. As a bonus surprise, they will also make their own wave machines.

Groups and individuals are welcome. Registration is required, by email to

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Young organists showcase

The Young Organists Initiative Showcase Recital will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The performances will feature works by Bach, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn and others.

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

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

Hidden sacred spaces

“Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces,” a gallery visit and presentation, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St.

The program will include a gallery visit to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery at Boston City Hall at 11 a.m., followed by a presentation at the Athenaeum at noon.

Sociologist Wendy Cage, architectural historian Alice Friedman and photographer Randall Armor have documented more than 60 sacred spaces in and around Greater Boston. Cadge and Armor will be at the City Hall gallery to view Armor’s photographs and answer questions. They will return to the Athenaeum to discuss their project, why they documented these spaces and what these spaces can tell about the city of Boston, its residents and its visitors.

This program is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to a join either or both of the events.

Call 617-720-7600 or visit for further details.

Boston’s Adams family

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour of the Adams family at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27.

Joyce Bowden will lead the tour through a century of the Adams family’s public service as illuminated by objects in the Athenaeum’s special collections. She will lead a discussion around John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence, John Quincy Adams’s defense of the Amistad captives and Charles Francis Adams’s work to keep England out of the U.S. Civil War.

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

Back Bay through time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will welcome local historian and author Anthony Sammarco in a free talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.

Sammarco will talk about the history of the Back Bay. This area of Boston is not just the quintessential Victorian neighborhood, but also one that was in-filled and planned as Boston’s premier residential and institutional development.

Sammarco is a noted historian and author of over sixty books on Boston, its neighborhoods and surrounding cities and towns. He lectures widely on the history and development of his native city.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Call 617-523-3957 for more information.

Reptile show

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will host a free children’s program at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 29.

Educators from the Museum of Science will visit, presenting live reptiles and talking about their fascinating characteristics.

Registration is required for this program, by call the library at 617-265-0139.

Spray pool is open

The Frog Pond spray pool on Boston Common will open for the summer on Friday, June 29. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

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. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Call 617-635-2120 or visit for more information.

Friday flicks

The 33rd annual free Friday flicks will be held at 8:40 p.m. on Fridays during July at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include the animated feature film “The Emoji Movie” on July 13; the life action film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell on July 20; and Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” on July 27.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. WBZ News Radio will provide food samples, games and giveaways.

Call 617-787-7200 or visit for more information.

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

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 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