Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:

Fife and drums

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will present a concert of music by David Vose and Sue Walko from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Vose and Walko will perform music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their sweethearts and waged war, providing insight into each selection as they perform.

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.

Arts festival

The 16th annual Boston “Ahts” Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, at Christopher Columbus Park.

The festival will feature a juried exhibition of works by emerging artists, art making demonstrations, live music and craft and food vendors.

A waterfront stage will host performances of folk and indie rock, Irish music, traditional Brazilian music and performances by Boston’s newer musical and dance groups. The festival will also feature participatory arts such as creating a mural, making wire sculptures and papermaking, and family-friendly activities such as storytelling, face painting and children’s theater.

Further information is available at 617-635-3911 or at

Dog carnival

TD Bank is sponsoring the Carnival of Dogs, a celebration of our faithful four-legged friends, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, North End Parks, Hanover and Cross Streets.

Attendees and their furry best friends can enjoy a variety of dog-friendly activities and vendors such as a doggie caricature artist; health and safety tips from the Boston Veterinary Clinic; demonstrations and training advice from Canine Companions for Independence; adoption information and resources from MSPCA-Angell; doggy treats and accessories for purchase; contests, prizes, the Pooch Smooch Booth and more.

Visit for more details.

Bocce tournament

The 15th annual Bocce Tournament will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Langone bocce courts, Commercial Street.

Participants can enjoy a fun-filled day at the waterfront courts as either a competitor or spectator and feast on an old fashioned Italian barbecue. Two trophies will be at stake, the Championship trophy awarded to the winner of the tournament, and the Sponsor’s trophy, awarded to the company that sponsored the bracket from which the champion emerged.

A donation of $50 includes the bocce, a T-shirt and the barbecue. Proceeds will provide funds for scholarships for the North End community.

For more information and to register, call 781-956-7441 or send an email to

Heroes Fund

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund invites the public to take part in a care package service project to support active duty service members and veterans, as well as a pledge drive to support local Gold Star and Survivor (bereaved) military families, from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Mother’s Walk on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, between State and Milk streets.

This is an opportunity to give back to the community in a positive way on Sept. 11, now a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Activities will include building 500 military care packages for service men and women overseas, writing letters of support to the troops, building care packages for local veterans in need and a pledge drive for the families supported by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund.

Send an email to or call 888-909-4376 for more information.

Northern fur seals

The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will present “Up Close with Northern Fur Seals” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Dr. Roger Gentry, director of ProScience Consulting, will talk about his work gathering detailed information about the lives of the individual fur seals on land and at sea. This talk will focus on the social behavior of this species as seen from observation blinds, some laboratory experiments using captive adults to study their mating system and pioneering work on their diving behavior at sea. The first-ever Time-Depth Recorders, invented by Gentry’s colleague Jerry Kooyman, will be shown.

The lecture is free, but registration is required and can be made at or by calling 617-973-0235.

Back to school films

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will celebrate Back to School with a series of films from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during September.

The screenings will include the Wes Anderson comedy “Rushmore” starring Bill Murray on Sept. 14; the black comedy “To Die For” starring Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix on Sept. 21; and the comedy “The Trouble With Angels” with Hayley Mills and Rosalind Russell on Sept. 28.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

North End families

North End Against Drugs Inc. and the Nazzaro Center will sponsor the 27th annual North End Family Pride Day from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Langone Park, Commercial Street.

Festivities will include a free barbecue, face painting, games, kiddie rides, a petting zoo, ice cream truck, balloon art, Museum of Science, an art contest, live musical performances with Street Magic and Crosstown, a DJ and more.

For a complete schedule and list of venues, visit

North End tours

Boston by Foot will present “Gateway to Boston,” guided walking tours of the North End, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now to mid-October. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets.

The oldest neighborhood in Boston, the North End comprises narrow streets and markets and has Boston’s largest collection of colonial buildings.

The tour will take 90 minutes and showcase the Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the Paul Revere House, Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children, ages 6 to 12 years, in advance or $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased from the guide.

For more information, visit or call 617-367-2345.

Boston by Little Feet

Boston by Foot is hosting guided walking tours especially geared for children at 10 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Oct. 28. Walkers should meet at Congress Street in front of Faneuil Hall at the Samuel Adams statue.

This tour presents a child’s eye view of the Freedom Trail architecture and history and is especially designed for young walkers, ages 6 to 12. A free explorer map is included. Tickets are $12, $10 if purchased online, free for children under 6 and members. Reservations are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Further information can be found at 617-367-2345 or online at

Fun at the library

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a series of free, fun activities for children during August.

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.