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

Fundraiser walk

The American Heart Association will hold its annual Heart Walk fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and the walk at 10:30 a.m. Walkers of all ages and abilities and well-behaved dogs on leashes are invited to take part in a 1-, 2- or 6-mile walk.

Children’s activities will include face painting, games, the Heart Obstacle Course, live musical entertainment and more. There will be a health expo from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Proceeds will support the American Heart Association’s clinical, educational and research programs in the Greater Boston area.

For more information, call 781-373-4532 or visit

Boston 1630 walking tour

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will offer a walking tour called “ Survival: Boston 1630.” This is a free program that is part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Participants will meet at the Boston Common Founders Memorial, 50 Beacon St.

In the summer of 1630, 800 Puritans with dwindling supplies of food and medicine stepped off their boats into a wilderness. Attendees will learn about that first, dangerous year of 1630, where half of the original Puritans either died or fled back to England, leaving just 400 survivors to build up the Town of Boston.

This 90-minute walking tour will travel back to the world of Boston, 1630: the water from one clean spring, the makeshift shelters, the struggle to find food and the English settlers starting from scratch to gain a foothold in a new land.

An RSVP is required for this tour due to limited space, at

For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit

Violin recital

A lunchtime violin recital will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

Violinist Dorisiya Yosifova will play violin solos by J.S. Bach and Paul Hindemith.

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

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

Notable women

Boston by Foot and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail will offer a new tour “Notable Women of Beacon Hill” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Participants will meet at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.

The tour roams around historic Beacon Hill and introduces a variety of notable women who lived and worked in this neighborhood; abolitionists, suffragists, artists, nurses, lawyers, educational advocates and authors who not only changed the city, but made important strides for the country, and in some cases for the world. They range from household names like Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, Amelia Earhart, Louisa May Alcott and Rose Kennedy, to less-familiar leaders like Chew Shee Chin, Julia O’Connor, Clementine Langone and Melnea Cass.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased in advance or from the guide.

Call 617-367-2345 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information

Celebrating Alcott

Author Anne Boyd Rioux will be the guest speaker from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Little Women.”

Rioux is the author of “Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters,” the story of the beloved classic that has captured the imaginations of generations. Soon after publication on Sept. 30, 1868, “Little Women” became an enormous bestseller and one of the world’s favorite novels. Rioux will recount how Louisa May Alcott came to write this story, drawing inspiration from her own life. She will also examine why this tale of family and community ties, set as the Civil War was tearing America apart, has resonated through later wars, the Depression and times of changing opportunities for women.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-227-0270 to register and for more details.

Climate change at the movies

In honor of Climate Preparedness Week, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will host a series of films about the results of climate change from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during September.

The library will screen the Academy Award nominee “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Sept. 12; “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon on Sept. 19; and the award-winning documentary “Chasing Coral” on Sept. 26.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Back to school pizza party

Families are invited to a Back to School pizza party at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

For more information, visit

Book award

The community is invited to the first MAAH Stone Book Award, sponsored by the Museum of African American History Boston and Nantucket, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St.

The MAAH Stone Book Award honors the authors of exceptional non-fiction literature that celebrates African American history and culture. The award includes a $25,000 prize.

A pre-award reception will begin at 5 p.m. with the award ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.

Registration is required for this free event, as seating is limited. Register online at or by calling 617-772-0022.

Esplanade gala

The annual Esplanade Moon Dance Gala will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell.

The black tie evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gala dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m. and dessert and dancing under the stars on the Esplanade.

After dinner and the auction, the gala opens for Moon Dance After Dark. Night owl attendees are invited to enjoy cocktails, dessert, late-night bites, professional photos, dancing and entertainment after 9 p.m. Attendees must be age 21 plus.

For more details, visit or call 617-227-0365.

Nichols House collections

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., is displaying “Their Objects, Their Stories: The Nichols Women as Collectors, 1870-1960” now through Oct. 13. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The museum explores two generations of art collecting and the treasured objects that tell stories that are at once both familiar and unique. Mother and daughter Elizabeth and Rose Nichols are celebrated for their autonomy and individualism in what they chose to collect and their collections were in step with the aspirations of the Gilded Age and the women’s rights movements of the early 20th century.

The collections spans nearly 400 years of art across three continents and include a 16th century Flemish tapestry and 20th century bronze works by sculptor Paul Manship.

Visit www.nicholshousemuseum or call 617-227-6993 for further information.

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