Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:

Life of John Adams

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will present “John Adams: The Colossus of Independence” at 1, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Visitors can hear from “John Adams” himself as he discusses his earliest beginnings in Braintree through his days as delegate of the Continental Congress and foreign ambassador. He will share his opinions of his contemporaries and how he longs to be home with his “dearest friend,” Abigail, and their children.

The program is free with museum admission. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times.

Visit or call 617-523-2338 for further information.

Music for kids

Little Groove will present a fun, free musical morning for children from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 13 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

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

For more information, call 617-227-8135.

Games at the library

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a free games afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.

Patrons can drop in to play board and card games with friends new and old, including chess, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Monopoly, Uno and more. They are also free to bring a favorite game. The program is for grown-ups only.

Call 617-227-8135 for more details.

The immigrant experience

The collaborative series “What Unites Us” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at Armenian Heritage Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway.

In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement and the Office of Food Access, this program seeks to showcase the universality of walking for wellness and seasonal eating.

Attendees will hear a community leader share his/her immigrant experience in keeping with a key theme of the park to celebrate what unites and connects us. They will then walk the labyrinth, highlighting the benefits of “walking meditation” as a way to quiet the mind and manage stress.

Afterwards they will stroll to The Kitchen at Boston Public Market to meet a local chef who will demonstrate a signature dish celebrating a cultural heritage for all to enjoy for lunch.

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Author talk

Local author Kip Wilson will be the guest speaker from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Wilson will discuss her 2019 Indies Introduce title “White Rose,” a timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group.

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

When women ruled

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will present films of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women directed by George Cukor from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during May.

The films will include the “I Know Where I’m Going” on May 17; and “Brief Encounter” on May 24.

The series is curated and introduced by Emerson College film professor Barry Marshall. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Call 617-227-8135 for more information.

North End churches

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will welcome author and historian Alex Goldfeld in a free presentation, “From Clark’s Square to Methodist Alley: North End Churches” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.

North End Historical Society president Goldfeld will give an illustrated presentation about Old North, New Brick, First Baptist and many other houses of worship in the neighborhood. Other Boston churches, like the Manifesto Church and Old West, will be included for context and comparison.

Call 617-227-8135 for more information.

Broadway musical

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will present the Broadway hit “Once Upon a Mattress” at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17 and 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St.

The Music Theatre Troupe is presenting this specially adapted musical for young people to perform. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” the story begins in a faraway kingdom long ago.

In an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, the queen decrees that only the princess who can pass her test may marry her son and no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. A true princess, Winifred the Woebegone, catches the attention of the prince, who falls in love with her and, in the end she is able to pass the Queen’s impossible test.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for children, ages 5 and under.

Visit or call 617-227-2270 for further information and to purchase tickets.

Celebration of crafts

The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., is hosting the annual Celebration of Craft, an exhibition of works by students and alumni, now through June 29.

The exhibit will feature hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, ornate leather-bound books, violin making and more by alumni and students.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed on Monday, May 27 and Friday, May 31.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the opening, visit or call 617-227-0155.

Photography tours

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

Dark side of Boston

Boston by Foot is currently presenting guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, across from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reservations are not required.

Visitors will hear the stories of misery, misfortune and murder based on true, historical events, such as the Great Influenza, the vandalizing of the Royal Governor’s House, the Molasses Flood and the infamous Brink’s robbery, all against the backdrop of Boston’s oldest neighborhood.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children if purchased online in advance and free for members. Add $2 for tickets purchased from the guide on the day.

For more information, visit or call 617-367-2345.

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 through 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.