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

Winter gala

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will hold its 47th annual winter dinner dance from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Omni Parker House, 60 School St.

Attendees will dine together in the Omni Parker ballroom. Online bidding for the silent auction is now available.

An after-hours party will follow for those who cannot attend the dinner but still want to be at the gala. Tickets to the gala after hours include open bar, desserts and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Black tie is required.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-227-1922.

Arts and hearts workshop

The Hill House at the Firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon St., will host an arts and hearts craft workshop for kids at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Children, ages 6 to 12, can spend the afternoon creating love filled treats, cards and crafts for those special to them. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Materials will be supplied.

For further details and to register, visit or call 617-227-5838.

Children’s concert

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will present “Music with Megan” at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11.

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.

Musical duet

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome Aija Reke and Christopher Grills in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Violinist Reke and organist Grills will play selections by Biber, Corelli and Muffat.

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

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

Skating college night

The Frog Pond on Boston Common will host College Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

College students can show their I.D. and get half price admission. Students from Tufts University, New England Conservatory of Music and Wellesley College will be admitted free of charge. There will be no college night on Feb. 19.

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, Feb. 13.

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, by calling 617-227-0270 or at

Music of Benjamin Britten

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host a musical program featuring the music of Benjamin Britten from 6 to7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Emmanuel Music will perform highlights from its recent Britten Festival, including the great song cycle of Thomas Hardy poems “Winter Words” and “Lachrymae for viola and piano,” based on a song of Dowland. Also on the program in a nod to Valentine’s Day, are Britten’s arrangements of love-themed folk songs and Purcell songs.

Featured musicians are William Hite, tenor; pianist and conductor Brett Hodgdon; and violinist and violist Mark Berger.

Admission is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

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

Evening with Ambassador Solomont

Vilna Shul and the Museum of African American History will host an evening with Ambassador Alan Solomont at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Museum, 46 Joy St.

Younger members of the community are invited to join Havurah on the Hill for a lay-led service and dinner. The guest speaker will be Alan Solomont, former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra and current dean at Tufts University. He will discuss what happened in November 2018, what it says about the future and the potential for young voters to change America’s political landscape.

Appetizers will be served at 6:30 p.m.; followed by Shabbat services at 7 p.m. and the featured speaker at 8:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 8:45 p.m.

To register and for more details, visit or call 617-523-2324.

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 February.

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