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

Holiday decorating

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will sponsor two days of decorating Beacon Hill from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, hosted by the Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge St.

On Saturday, volunteers will begin preparing the garland and bows and start decorating the 1,000 plus gas lamps in the neighborhood, finishing the decorating on Sunday. Participants can help for a few hours or one day or both. Hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and snacks will be available all day. All volunteers are invited to the pizza party at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Visit or call 617-227-1922 for further information and to volunteer.

Jolly jaunt

The Massachusetts Special Olympics will host the 14th annual Jolly Jaunt, a 5K run or 1K walk fundraiser at Boston Common, starting at the intersection of Charles and Beacon streets, on Saturday, Dec. 1. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

Participants can register as runners or walkers and are encouraged to dress up in festive holiday attire. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded. Registration is $35 in advance or $40 on the day.

All proceeds help support the Special Olympics athletes through athletic competition, health screenings and educational programs.

For more information, call 508-485-0986 or visit

Flat of Beacon Hill tour

Boston by Foot will offer a tour of the Flat of Beacon Hill from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Walkers will meet at the Charles/MGH MBTA station.

The Flat of Beacon Hill is built on 19th century made land along the Charles River. The Flat is geologically part of Back Bay and culturally part of Beacon Hill with the architecture of both.

This walking tour is inspired by Samuel Eliot Morison’s childhood memoir, “One Boy’s Boston.” Walkers will discover Morison’s neighborhood on this tour through one of Boston’s least known yet most delightful areas.

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

Visit or call 617-367-2345 for more details.

Living legends

The Museum of African American History will host the 2018 Living Legends Awards Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St.

The evening will commemorate the legacy of champions such as Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart by honoring contemporary heroes who have followed in their footsteps through the pursuit of equality, education and justice for all Americans.

This year’s honorees are Living Legend Eric Holder, the first black Attorney General of the United States, and Legacy Legends Sarah-Ann Shaw, Hubert (Hubie) Jones and Melvin H. King.

A reception and Living Legends Awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Festivities will include cocktails, an elegant buffet reception, live auction and live music.

Visit or call 617-725-0022, ext. 223 for more information.

Christmas concert

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will present a lunchtime performance at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Hiroaki Honshuku and Yuka Kido’s Love to Brazil Project will present the annual A-No-Ne Christmas.

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

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

Rock ‘n’ roll movies

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films celebrating rock ‘n’ roll from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in December.

The films will include the biographical film “The Buddy Holly Story” with Gary Busey on Dec. 5; the award-winning “Almost Famous” starring Kate Hudson and Billy Crudup with on Dec. 12; the comedy “School of Rock” starring Jack Black on Dec. 19 and the story of Irish soul band “The Commitments” on Dec. 26.

Call 617-523-3957 for more information.

Holiday celebration

The community is invited to the annual Friends of the West End Branch Library holiday party being held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

The evening will feature live music by vocalist Will McMillan accompanied by Joe Reid on keyboard. This show features songs such as “Winter Wonderland,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night,” “Happy Holiday” and “White Christmas.” Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-523-3957 or visit

Photos with Santa

Santa Claus will arrive from the North Pole to visit the Hill House Firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon St., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Kids can deliver their Christmas list in person and get a complimentary photo before joining in on the holiday stroll festivities.

Visit or call 617-227-5838 for further information.

Beacon Hill stroll

The Beacon Hill Business Association and the Beacon Hill Civic Association are sponsoring the Beacon Hill Stroll from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Charles Street will be shut down and transformed into a festive wonderland with Victorian carolers, a strolling brass quintet, horse and buggy rides and free refreshments.

Santa will light the tree at 7 p.m. on the corner of Charles and Mount Vernon streets. The Apollo Club Men’s Chorus, the Back Bay Ringers, King’s Chapel Choir and the Brass Quartet will entertain throughout the evening.

For more information and to volunteer, call 617-720-7888 or 617-227-1922 or send an email to

Jingle bell run

The 2018 Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 starting at the Boston Common, corner of Beacon and Charles Streets. Registration is at 8 a.m. with the first wave of runners leaving at 9 a.m. A Kids’ Fun Run will be held at 10:30 a.m.

The 5K Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive while racing and walking to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Runners are encouraged to put on their favorite holiday costumes and tie jingle bells to shoelaces. There will be a competitive open division for organizations, colleges, high schools, families and other teams.

All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis.

To register or for more details, visit or call 617-762-2126.

Holiday house tour

The Nichols House, 55 Mount Vernon St., will host the annual holiday house tour from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

This event will offer a rare opportunity to experience a select group of private residences, showcasing outstanding examples of historic preservation as well as creative modern interpretation and adaptation in a broad range of architectural and interior design styles.

The museum will also host “Craftswomen: The Wood Workings of Rose and Margaret Nichols in Arts & Crafts New England,” a pop-up exhibition.

A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the William Hickling Prescott House.

The house tour generates financial support for the museum’s ongoing preservation and programming needs.

To register, visit or call 617-227-6993.

West End photographs

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