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 18.

Children will join Dr. Can-Do Science to discover how water molecules stick together to make “fireworks in a glass.”

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

Classic Ottoman music

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will present the Orkestra Marhaba Trio performing “Imaginations From the Nodes” at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

The trio will play selected works by composers from the Ottoman Empire.

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

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

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 Tuesday, March 19.

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.

Founding Fathers

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “The Founders” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

Docent Dale Linder will investigate objects in the athenaeum’s special collections that shed light on the nation’s early history. Attendees can join the discussion and get up close to busts of founding fathers that once graced the halls of Monticello and portraits by some of the United States’ most renowned painters.

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

Art of Winslow Homer

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome Henry Adams and Bill Cross in “Homer at the Beach,” the John Hubbard Sturgis Eaton endowed lecture, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

Adams and Cross are the curators of the upcoming exhibit of Winslow Homer’s finest marine works at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester. Homer’s journey as an artist would take him to a variety of marine destinations, but especially to Gloucester and other parts of Cape Ann. It was here that he made his first watercolors and where he enjoyed the most productive season of his life, composing more than 100 watercolors of astonishing beauty.

This exhibition, running concurrently with a complementary Homer exhibition at Harvard University, will reveal new aspects of Winslow Homer, for the first time placing these paintings, drawings and even ceramic work in their rich geographic, cultural and historical settings.

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

Further information is available by calling 617-227-0270 or at

Women of the Plymouth Colony

The Congregational Library and Archives, 14 Beacon St., will present historian and author Michelle Marchetti Coughlin in a free lecture “Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstruction a Life Through Material Culture” at noon on Thursday, March 21.

Winslow, the wife of Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow, was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth Colony, but she, like most of her female contemporaries, has largely been forgotten. Though she left few surviving documents, she did leave physical evidence, from surviving homes and possessions to archaeological artifacts, which give an insight into her experiences and a glimpse into the lives of colonial women.

Coughlin is the author of “One Woman’s Colonial World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit.” She is a museum administrator of the Gibson House Museum and is guest curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum’s “Women of Plymouth” exhibit.

Registration is requested for this free program by visiting or by calling 617-543- 0470.

Bach birthday benefit

The Old West Organ Society will welcome concert organist Balint Karosi in a benefit concert honoring J.S. Bach’s 334th birthday at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 22.

Karosi will perform Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in E Major,” “Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele” and “Passacaglia in C minor,” as well as works by César Franck and Karosi’s own composition, “Foundation” Toccata and Fugue on an American Tune.”

Tickets are $25. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Music of Handel

The final concert of the 61st season of the King’s Chapel concert series will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The choir, soloists and orchestra will perform the oratorio “Esther” by G.F. Handel. Generally considered to be the first English oratorio, “Esther” tells the dramatic story of a Jewish orphan who single-handedly saves her people. Soloists will include Mary Sullivan as Esther; Brian Church as Haman; Andy Troska as Mordecai; and Tevan Goldberg as Ahasuerus.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Validated concert parking at One Beacon St. garage will be available.

For further information, visit or call 617-227-2155.

Chorale concert

The community is invited to the third annual “The Voices of Freedom” chorale concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St.

This multicultural event will feature three choirs: the Zamir Chorale of Boston, America’s foremost Jewish choral ensemble; VOICES 21C, a diverse choir dedicated to positive interactions, social justice and global understanding; and the Boston Community Gospel Choir.

The groups will each separately perform songs from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures respectively, and then join together to perform music that transcends the collective cultures.

This program is a partnership between the Museum of African American History and the Consulate General of Israel to New England.

Admission is $36 or $18 for students and seniors.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-523-2324.

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.

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