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

Dads and donuts

The Hill House, 127 Mount Vernon St., will host Dads and Donuts from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Dads and kids can visit for a morning of donuts and coffee and play with all the mats and gym equipment.

This is a great time for dads to have fun with their kids and meet other fathers in the neighborhood.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Call 617-227-5838 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Children’s concert

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will present “Music with Megan” at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.

Preschoolers will join Megan to play rhythm instruments, sing and move to all kinds of music. Children will practice taking turns, learn new songs and enjoy moving, dancing, jumping and singing.

This free program is ideal for children, birth to age 5, with caregivers. No groups please. Families will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the program.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Organ recital

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome organist Gregg Bunn in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Bunn will play selections by Bruhns and Mendelssohn on the C.B. Fisk organ.

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

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

College night

The Frog Pond on Boston Common will host College Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

College students can show their I.D. and get half price admission. Students from Emerson College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Lasell College and Mass Bay Community College will be admitted free of charge.

They can bring their own skates or rent them for $12.

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

Gallery talk and tour

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Docent Clive Martin will lead a gallery talk in “Athena at the Athenaeum,” a look at the Goddess of Wisdom’s presence in the library and her place in the ancient world, focusing on the towering sculptures of Athena and Sophocles and the monumental head of Zeus that grace the Athenaeum’s first floor.

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

Starring Michael Douglas

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen movies starring Hollywood icon Michael Douglas from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during January.

Films will include the romantic comedy “The American President” co-starring Annette Benning on Jan.16; the drama “Wonder Boys” with Tobey Maguire on Jan. 23; and the Academy Award-winning drama “Traffic” co-starring Best Supporting Actor Benicio Del Toro, on Jan. 30.

For more information, call 617-523-3957.

Ways of hearing

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will present “Ways of Hearing” with musician and writer Damon Krukowski from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Krukowski, author of “The New Analog” and host of Radiotopia’s Ways of Hearing podcast, will look at how the shift from analog to digital communication altered personal experiences. He will host a conversation on the history of sound and how people listen in the modern world, drawing on his experiences as a musician and sharing insights on streaming media, the value of the analog realm and what has been neglected in the digital age.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

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

New paintings on display

The Art Gallery at Suffolk University, Sawyer Building, 8 Ashburton Place, is displaying “Material Matters,” artwork by five Boston area artists, now until Jan. 22.

The exhibit features work by Lavaughan Jenkins, Julie S. Graham, K.T. Lane, Josh Jefferson and Destiny Palmer and explores the physicality of paint as an imperative, a rationale for the process and its conclusion. The works shown are compelling both individually and collectively, as each artist has a different relationship with that conversation and with the material itself.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

Further information can be found online at or by calling 617-573-8785.

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.

Admission is based on skater’s height and is $6 for those taller than 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available.

Skate rentals are $6 for children, ages 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. For more details, 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 further 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 January.

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