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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.

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Music for kids

Little Groove will present a fun, free musical morning for children at 10:30 on Monday, Feb. 11 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Toddlers and preschoolers can sing, move, play instruments and more with staff from Little Groove. Caregivers must accompany children.

Call 617-227-8133 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 Joseph Losey’s “The Prowler” on Feb. 15; “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.

Winter harbor cruise

The Friends of the Boston Harborwalk and the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands for a two-hour Boston Harbor tour narrated by local experts, on Saturday, Feb. 16. The boat will depart from Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Ferry Center, 66 Long Wharf, at 10 a.m. and take passengers on a cruise of the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay and the Weir River estuary.

The heated ferry will travel around the Inner Harbor and out past the Boston Harbor Islands. Speakers will discuss the history of the harbor and how much the harbor and waterfront continue to evolve.

Boarding will begin at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 10 a.m., returning no later than 12:15 p.m.

The ferry has bathrooms, heated below decks and snacks. Passengers should dress extra warmly if they wish to be outside on deck.

The $18 fee supports the work of the Friends and allows them to tip the crew. Tickets are available at

Marketplace movies

Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Congress Street will host free family movies from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, Feb. 18 to 21 at the Quincy Market.

Families can enjoy free movies, discounted snacks and dinner options. The movies will include the Pixar’s animated feature “Incredibles 2” on Monday; “Hotel Transylvania” on Tuesday; the live action movie “Paddington 2” starring Hugh Grant on Wednesday; and the Academy Award-winning Best Animated film “Coco” on Thursday.

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Photography tours

PhotoWalks will offer a walking tour of the North End from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays during February, meeting at the intersection of Hanover and Cross Streets.

The North End welcomed waves of immigrants seeking the American dream. Today, it is a popular hot spot famous for its busy restaurants, quaint cafes and crowded pastry shops. Highlights include Paul Revere’s house, Old North Church, Hanover Street, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and some hidden gems off-the-beaten-path.

Participants can learn how to take photographs with instruction on creative composition and getting the most out of a digital camera. Historical commentary on the sites will also be given.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youths, ages 10 to 17. Advance reservations are required.

Call 617-851-2273 or visit for more details and to purchase tickets.

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

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.

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.