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Boston Ballet story time

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter 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 617-227-8135 for further information.

Family dinner

North End Against Drugs and the Nazzaro Community Center will host a family dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at the center, 30 North Bennet St.

The evening will feature an Italian pasta dinner along with a guest speaker.

North End residents and Nazzaro Center members are invited to attend. Adults must attend with their children. We encourage grandparents to come with their grandkids and families. Space is limited: RSVP to NEAD president John Romano.

Call 617-635-5166 or visit for more information.

Harbor use forum

Boston Harbor Now will host its next harbor use public forum from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

The monthly harbor use public forums are a chance for interested stakeholders to learn about and provide feedback to waterfront developers and public agency planners on projects affecting Boston Harbor, its waterfront and islands. The community is invited to join in a conversation with the Commonwealth Pier Trust team about the proposed revitalization of the Seaport World Trade Center.

Admission is free.

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Boston seniors

The Vilna Shul and the North End Branch Library will host “Seniors Connect: What Can Boston Do for You?” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 21 at the library, 25 Parmenter St.

The City of Boston has done a survey of its senior residents to get a better understanding of what is needed and the results has led the city to establish various helpful programs and initiatives for the elderly. Attendees will learn about what services are available and how to access them from an age-friendly representative. Light refreshments will be served at this free program.

This program is in partnership with Boston’s Jewish cultural center, the Vilna Shul.

For more information, call 617-227-8135 or visit

Medicare benefits

The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center will host a workshop with Shine and MassHealth at noon on Friday, March 22 at 1 Michelangelo St.

Attendees will learn how to get the most out of Medicare and MassHealth benefits. The workshop is free and a hot lunch will be served.

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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 March and April.

Featured will be the romantic comedy “Roman Holiday,” by screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, on March 22; the Oscar-winning “A Place in the Sun” written by screenwriter Michael Wilson on March 29 and the Oscar-winning “Bridge on the River Kwai,” also by Wilson, on April 5.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-227-8135.

Author at the library

Best-selling author Karen McManus will be the guest speaker at a free event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

McManus will discuss her writing and her new book “Two Can Keep a Secret,” about Echo Ridge, a picture postcard, small-town American town hiding lots of secrets, including a missing 17-year old and a homecoming queen who put the town on the map when she was killed.

Admission is free. Call 617-227-8135 for further information.

Books in bloom

The Friends of the North End Library invite the community to see “Books in Bloom” at the library’s spring open house starting on Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. through to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.

“Books in Bloom” is a special springtime event that pairs floral arrangements inspired by the cover, title or content of a book. This year several local floral designers will create floral interpretations of their favorite book that will be displayed throughout library.

There will be a live demonstration by floral designer Michelle Clifford from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. She will give some clever ideas and demonstrate what to do at home with a store-bought bouquet.

Patrons can drop in during the open house for informal tours to see this celebration of live flowers and to learn about this unique library and the many excellent services it has to offer.

For more information, email or visit for membership information and a listing of other programs.

Photography tours

PhotoWalks will offer a walking tour of the North End from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays during March, 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.

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 March 31 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.