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

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 its 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.

Boston climate change

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome author Robert Zimmerman, Jr. in the Thomson Endowed Lecture “Nature’s Design: Land, Water and Climate Change in Boston” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.

Many Bostonians believe that the real impacts of climate change will come with sea level rise sometime much later in this century, but significant changes of climate are already here, and the likelihood that the city will be hit by catastrophic precipitation-based flooding increases annually.

The expectation is that Boston will suffer flooding like Pensacola, Baton Rouge and Houston sooner than later, and very likely in the coming 20 years.

However, there are things that can be done now to mitigate and even eliminate any impacts, the necessary changes can largely pay for themselves and those changes would dramatically improve the appeal and livability of our city and region. Zimmerman, former executive director of the Charles River Watershed Association, will present an in-depth evaluation of these options.

Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members.

Reservations are recommended, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Holiday favorites

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will present a lunchtime holiday concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The Pioneer Singers of Lynnfield will sing holiday favorites in this annual Christmas concert.

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

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

Boston Ballet story time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Organ recital

The Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., will host an organ recital from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Members of Boston Organ Studio will perform varied repertoire on the C.B. Fisk organ. All are welcome to this free concert.

For more details, visit

Three notables

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour of three notable New Englanders at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Docent Susan Ostberg will lead a discussion around John Adams, Nancy Graves Cabot and Thomas Handasyd Perkins and the complex social and historical questions they raise.

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

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 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 party

The Nichols House Museum at 55 Mount Vernon St. will host the traditional holiday eggnog party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The house will be decorated for the holidays with period themes from the life of the Nichols family. The eggnog served is from a traditional recipe dating back to the early 1900s. The Back Bay Ringers will perform a handbell concert. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Call 617-227-6993 or visit for more information.

Frog Pond skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays (except Mondays when the rink closes at 3:45 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

It will also be open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Year’s Eve from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The rink will be closed on Christmas Day.

Admission is based on skater’s height and is $6 for those over 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available. Skate rentals are $6 for children 13 and under, $13 for 14 and older. Lockers are also available.

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit

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