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

Tunnel of love

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park are gearing up to turn Columbus Park’s well-known trellis into a Tunnel of Love in honor of Valentine’s Day. The trellis will be decorated for the entire month of February with cupids and lighted hearts.

Each end of the trellis will become a heart-shaped entrance, with five-foot-tall, handmade “conversation hearts” lining the walkway. Visitors who venture into the Tunnel of Love should expect a few surprises as well. The park is located at 110 Atlantic Ave.

The event is free and open to the public. Valentine’s Day visitors are invited to tag @foccp in their Columbus Park Valentine’s Day photos. #lovefoccp. Post your best photos on Instagram for a chance to win four tickets to the August Sunset Cruise.

Children’s concert

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host EchoKids in a free music concert and workshop from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4.

During this educational workshop, children will learn music fundamentals such as rhythmic counting and melodies through participating in performing their favorite songs.

Berklee College of Music students who teach for EchoKids are hosting this event. For more details, call 617-227-8135.

Valentine’s Day crafts

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer a free Valentine’s Day craft program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Kids can drop by and make an “infinity” or spinning heart Valentine card.

For more details, call 617-227-8135.

Great American Songbook

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will present “Great American Songbook” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

This performance will feature instrumental music from the Great American Songbook performed by the center’s talented faculty.

The Great American Songbook or American standards is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century, with works by George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and more.

There will also be delicious treats provided by the Friends of the North End Library.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-227-2270 for further information.

Hollywood blacklist

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen films made by blacklisted Hollywood directors and writers from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during February and March.

Featured will be the 1950 film “Night and the City” by Jules Dassin on Feb. 9; Joseph Losey’s “The Prowler” on Feb. 16; “The Sound of Fury” by Cy Endfield on March 1; “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” by Dalton Trumbo on March 15; “Roman Holiday,” also by Trumbo, on March 22 and Michael Wilson’s “A Place in the Sun” on March 29.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-227-8135.

Music of amore

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center will present an evening of “Amore” Valentine’s dinner and concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Ristorante Lucia, 415 Hanover St.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, NEMPAC musicians and singers will delight the audience with a selection of opera arias, duets and musical theater favorites by Rossini, Mozart, Schumann, Puccini, Verdi and more, all on the theme of love. Tickets will include a three-course dinner, soup or salad, entrée, dessert and coffee, and a live performance featuring artists from the NEMPAC Opera Project, including soprano Jessica Toupin, tenor Fran Rogers and baritone Junhan Choi accompanied by pianist Jaime Castellanos.

A cash bar or wine menu will be available.

Valet parking will be available. For reservations of tables of four or more, please contact NEMPAC directly at or 617-227-2270.

For online tickets visit

Winter tours

Old North Church, 193 Salem St., is hosting winter tours now to Feb. 15. Tours will be held at 10:10 and 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 1:10, 2:10 and 3:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 1:10, 2:10 and 3:10 p.m. on Sundays.

Visitors to Old North will have the chance to reflect on Old North’s history with an in-depth exploration of the church. They will be brought into the church for an introductory talk exploring the history and legacy of the Old North Church, followed by a Behind-the-Scenes tour, where they will climb a third of the way up into the tower to explore the bell-ringing chamber.

The tour will then descend down into the historic crypt, where visitors will learn about why and how 1,100 individuals were interred below the church.

Tickets are $10 for adults, with discounts for children, seniors, active military and students.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 617-858-8231 or visit

Nature films

The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, is presenting three films at 10 a.m. and 1, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. from now through Feb. 28 in the IMAX Theater.

The films include “Oceans: Our Blue Planet,” “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” and a new film “Pandas!” All will be presented in 3-D.

For more information, visit or call 617-226-2149.

Homework help

Free homework help will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.

Visit or call 617-227-8135 for further information.