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

Science for kids

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will host Dr. Can-Do Science at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11.

Children will join Dr. Can-Do Science to discover the quality of how water molecules stick together, by experimenting with eyedroppers, paintbrushes and food coloring.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Classical guitar

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will present Jamie Monck in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.

Guitarist Monck will play selections by Bach, de Fossa and Piazzolla.

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

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

Artists and inventors

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “Artists as Inventors, Inventors as Artists” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13.

Samuel Morse, the artist who painted the Athenaeum’s portrait of James Monroe, invented the electric telegraph. George M. Dexter, one of the architects of the Athenaeum’s home on Beacon Street, invented a new way to heat buildings. Docent Scott Guthery will explore the interaction of art and science as illustrated in patents granted to Athenaeum artists and members during this 30-minute tour.

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

‘A Night at the Opera’

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., will present “A Night at the Opera” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

This rare opportunity offers attendees the chance to not only experience the museum’s beautiful turn-of-the-century parlor at night but also to enjoy an operatic performance set to the dramatic backdrop of Flemish tapestries and Japanese urns. The evening’s performance will celebrate Metropolitan Opera singer Louise Homer (1871-1947), a gifted and popular opera singer who in 1902 performed in the very same room.

Operatic singer Jacqueline Novikov will perform five arias from Homer’s repertoire. A champagne reception will follow the performance.

Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members, and are available by calling 617-227-6993 or online at

Podcast behind-the-scenes

Vilna Shul and the Museum of African American History will host “Behind the Scenes of Modern Love: The Podcast” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at the Museum, 46 Joy St.

Younger members of the community are invited to a lay-lead Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner. Jessica Alpert, managing producer of podcasts at WBUR, including “Modern Love,” “Kind World” and “Last Seen,” will be the guest speaker.

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.

Boston Ballet story time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18.

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 age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Revolutionary women

The Freedom Trail Foundation is offering new 90-minute walking tours celebrating four centuries of women who changed history at 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through March 31. The tours will leave from the visitor information center on Boston Common, 139 Tremont St.

Led by 18th century costumed guides, the tours will feature tales of the early religious rebellions of Anne Hutchinson, patriotic actions of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, the abolitionist movements of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman, writings of Phillis Wheatley and Louisa May Alcott and speeches of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger and suffragette Susan B. Anthony, with visits to places where they lived, where their works were published and where they were laid to rest.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-357-8300.

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