Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:

Veterans Day at the museum

The Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., will offer free admission for veterans and active duty service members and half price admission for up to three additional family members on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 11 and 12.

Brazilian-born multi-instrumentalist Ricardo Frota will present a live interactive performance, “The Ecology of Sound,” with indigenous sounds from the Amazon Rain Forest at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Visit or call 617-426-6500 for more information.

Black-owned businesses

The September Boston Black-Owned Business pop-up market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the heart of the Seaport area at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

The community is encouraged to shop and support local black owned businesses while enjoying raffles, music and community building.

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API Arts Network will host a workshop with Sara Porkalob, “Storytelling and Activism: What’s Your Truth?” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St.

Storytelling is one of the most rigorous tools people have to fight oppression and social injustice. This workshop will provides accessible creative strategies to individuals interested in pairing activism with their specific practice via storytelling. In partner and individual exercises, they will engage in a series of written and performative fast-paced content generative prompts.

Participants will need: something to write with, something to write on (ideally not an electronic device), a water bottle and comfortable clothing.

A suggested donation of $20 will include dinner and the workshop.

Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

Future of transportation

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host a panel discussion “The Future of Transportation: Global Foresight for Boston’s Commuter Rail System” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Transportation is the backbone of statewide and local economies, but despite its importance, the Commonwealth’s transportation system does not work well. This event will look specifically at one potential new model for the future of the region: Urban Rail, and a number of issues around the provision of more extensive urban rail service from the suburbs of eastern and central New England to downtown Boston will be examined.

The focus of the evening will be to examine the lessons learned from comparable models of service to be emulated from around the globe, focusing on two potential peer urban environments in London and Toronto.

This free program will include a panel discussion, Q&A and a reception.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-482-6439.

Wonder Ball

The fifth annual Wonder Ball, Boston Children’s Museum’s signature celebration, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the museum, 308 Congress St.

Attendees can indulge in a raw bar, a seated dinner, champagne and cocktails; bid on amazing silent auction packages; play the Unlock the Wonder game; enjoy desserts in the BCM Lounge and dance the night away. Dress is creative black tie. Bill and Giuliana Rancic will be the special guests.

Proceeds will help the museum provide access for all families to the wonders of art and help guarantee that every child can nurture their creativity and passion.

Visit or call 617-986-3664 to purchase tickets and for more information.

Bhangra dance

The 15th annual Boston Bhangra competition will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place.

A dozen of the premier bhangra teams from the U.S. and the United Kingdom will compete for the title of best bhangra dance team. Bhangra is a celebratory folk dance originating from the state of Punjab, India and Pakistan, that is one of the most upcoming foreign dance forms and very energetic and fun to watch.

Vocalist G. Sidhu will also entertain. His music is a representation of folk Punjabi music with an urban blend that has connected him with audiences internationally. He also has a rich background in Bhangra dancing.

An after-party will be held at 10:30 p.m. at the Hilton Back Bay, 40 Dalton St. Attendees must be aged 18 or older to attend the after-party. Admission is $25.

Visit for more details.

Ceramic works on display

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., is welcoming two new exhibits, “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then and Now” and “Our Cups Runneth Over,” the sixth biennial Ceramic Cup exhibition and sale. Both exhibitions will be on view through Feb. 17.

“Adorning Boston and Beyond” features the contemporary artistic heirs of seminal artists working in and around Boston from the mid 20th century. Artists such as Alexander Calder and Margaret De Patta established the Northeast as a hub of innovation and creativity in studio jewelry.

Contemporary artists who have lived, worked and been educated primarily in Boston continue this thread of innovation in contemporary studio jewelry that focuses on one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that emphasize creative and expression and design, making the genre ideal for experimentation in form, material and concept. Over 30 artists, working throughout mediums will be on view.

“Our Cups Runneth Over” explores the notion of a cup as more than a vessel. The sixth iteration of this biennial Society exhibition, with guest curator Mary Barringer, gives audiences the opportunity to expand upon their understandings of these objects that serve a function in their daily lives.

Through vignettes and curatorial storytelling, viewers will examine how they define a cup and evaluate its quotidian role. Cups as well as representative portfolio pieces from upwards of 25 artists will be showcased and sold during this special exhibition which has come to be a destination for collectors.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through December.

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit for more information.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.