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

Women of Beacon Hill Tour

Boston by Foot will partner with the BWHT (Boston Women of Beacon Hill) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 for a tour around historic Beacon Hill.

The tour guides will introduce a variety of notable women who lived and worked in this neighborhood, including abolitionists, suffragists, artists, nurses, lawyers, educational advocates and authors who not only changed the city, but made important strides for the country and in some cases for the world.

For tickets and more information, including private tours, go to

Marvelous Metals

In Celebration of National Chemistry Week, the Museum of Science will present “Marvelous Metals” on Sunday, Oct. 13.

There will be hands-on activities pertaining to the chemistry of metals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and special demonstrations by world-famous chemistry professor Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri at 1 and 3 p.m.

For tickets and other information, visit

Italian Heritage Films

The West End Branch Library (151 Cambridge St.) will feature a collection of Italian Heritage Films on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. as follows: on Oct. 16 “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” (1970); Oct. 23 “Corpo Celeste” (2011); Oct. 30 “Sworn Virgin” (2015).

For more information, visit

Extraterrestrial life symposium

A Reno Family Foundation Symposium – Extraterrestrial Life will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Museum of Science Cahners Theater.

Join superstar astronomer Avi Loeb to consider extraterrestrial life and how ‘Oumuamua might be a probe sent by an alien civilization.

This event is free with registration – – for visitors 18 years of age and older.

‘Lady of Burlesque’

“Lady of Burlesque” will be shown from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford St.

To learn more about this 1943 comedy/musical/mystery film based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s 1941 pulp mystery novel, “The G-String Murders” and to reserve a seat, visit The tickets are free to Museum Members and $10 for Non-members.

Halloween happenings with the Toys

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Halloween Happening will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Museum of Science and Planetarium.

Kick off your spooky season with music, masquerade, and mayhem not only under the dome, but spilling out into nooks and crannies; tricks and treats lurk around every corner of the Toys' macabre Museum.

Cash bar with complimentary light snacks will open at 6:30 p.m. and remain open after the show for more frightening fun. Arrive in your Halloween best for your chance to win a costume contest judged by Walter Sickert.

This event is for visitors 18 years of age and older; required separate ticket are $20 in advance and $25 the day of event.

For more information, visit

Old Howard Theatre exhibit

“The Old Howard Theatre” exhibit will be on view through Feb. 15 at the West End Museum (150 Staniford St.) in celebration of Boston’s oldest playhouse, which once stood at the heart of Scollay Square.

A reception will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

For more information, visit

‘History, Free Speech and Civil Rights’

Race in the Public Dialogue: “History, Free Speech and Civil Rights” will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The panelists will focus on the history of free speech and civil rights in the context of academia and the university campus.

To reserve a seat, visit

Frog Pond Pumpkin Float

The Frog Pond Pumpkin Float will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 on the Boston Common.

Attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and bring an 8-inch or smaller carved and decorated jack-o-lantern to be floated on the Frog Pond for a glowing early evening display.

Test your courage in a haunted zombie maze, take a ride on the Spooky Mansion Slide, experience the Jumpin’ Pumpkin, try your skills at the bean bag toss, enjoy nighttime fun on the LED swings and seesaws and play glow-in-the-dark games. Tricks, treats, science experiments, giant bubbles, music, children’s crafts, Halloween luminaries and floating pumpkins are among the other spooky fun.

For more information, visit

Architectural walking tour

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston will present the 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour - 5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neighborhoods, 2 Hours, 1 Amazing Walking Tour – from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 starting at The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square.

Admire the exteriors of five landmark historic houses, experience four centuries of architecture, and explore three of the city’s iconic neighborhoods on this two-hour walking tour that winds its way across picturesque downtown Boston, making for one special experience.

From Colonial to Federal to Victorian, the stylistic intricacies of the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House, and Gibson House will be highlighted.

Additionally, show your ticket to receive free admission at all five houses during the month of October.

Visit for more information and the required advance ticket purchase ($12-$25).

Third Generation: walking tour

“The Third Generation: A Walking Tour” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at the Park Street Station.

The Third Generation visits historical sites related to Boston’s leadership, the diversity of its residents, and its incendiaries after 1650 – including a Praying Indian who met the King, the confusion and revolution of Puritan society after King Philip’s War and a free Black woman homeowner in Boston in 1670.

This program is part of the lecture series organized by Partnership of the Historic Bostons, Inc.

For more information and registration, visit

Walk to End Lupus Now

The Walk to End Lupus Now will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand.

The check-in will take place at 9:30 a.m.; the opening ceremony is slated for 10 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11 a.m.

Join the one-mile walk to raise money for lupus research, to increase awareness of lupus, and to rally public support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from its brutal impact.

Visit for more information and registration.

Prescott House tour

The William Hickling Prescott House Tour will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. The docent-led tours will start at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. at 55 Beacon St.

Visit for information about this historic “neighborhood hidden gem” and the family who lived in it.

Tour ticket prices range from complementary to $8.

Freedom Trail Tour

The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 19 through Mar. 31.

Join Boston by Foot and stroll the Freedom Trail’s ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war, and independence of a nation.

It is the epic stories of Boston’s rise and America’s birth.

The tour will meet outside the Park Street MBTA station on the Park Street side of the Boston Common and end at Faneuil Hall.

For more information and to reserve a spot on this “name your price tour,” visit

Free swing dancing

Swing dancing will take place on the Boston Common every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 20.

For more information, visit

Young Adults Cafes

The Park Street Church, One Park St., offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Tuesday café is primarily comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s. Both are open to young adults in the Greater Boston area.

The evenings include fellowship around a meal (usually pizza, but occasionally home-cooked), a time of worship and small group Bible Study.

If you're interested in checking this out, there is no need for you to sign up anywhere; all you have to do is show up and enter Park Street Church on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (through the side entrance, the glass doors) and the welcome table will get to know you and help you get oriented.

For more information, visit or email Zane at

Candlelit Halloween Crypt Tours

Tales from the Crypt: Candlelit Halloween Crypt Tours will take place at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on select evenings through Nov. 1 at King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St.

Descend beneath the church to discover the darker side of King’s Chapel on a candlelit guided tour of an 18th century crypt.

Walk among the 21 tombs to learn about historic burial customs and the people laid to rest under the chapel.

Tours last about 40 minutes. Tickets are $15 per person. Email or phone 617-523-1749. For group rates, email

Music with Megan

Music with Megan will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays through Nov. 8 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Preschoolers can sing and move/dance/jump to all kinds of music and take turns playing rhythm instruments.

To learn more, visit

College gathering

The Park Street Church College Community will meet from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. on the third Friday of each month at the Park Street Church, One Park St.

There will be student bands, peers sharing about their lives and what is happening on campus, and Christ-centered talks by guest speakers for all students enrolled at one of the 24 Boston colleges.

For more information, visit

‘Music under the Dome’

“Music under the Dome” will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the Museum of Science, Planetarium.

Premiering this fall will be The Fleetwood Mac Experience in October and The Drake Experience in November.

For more information and $10 tickets, visit

Spanish/English conversations

Informal Spanish/English language conversations (with and for adults) will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information, visit, email or phone 617-523-3957.


Tai-Chi classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays at the West End Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information on this low impact energy exercise class with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soohoo, email or phone 617-523-3957.

Yoga flow with Sweta Gupta

Yoga flow with Sweta Gupta will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 19 at

Simches Research Center in Room 3130, 185 Cambridge St.

This yoga class will be a slow flow vinyasa style yoga that will get your body moving. Continual movement through yoga postures gets your heart-rate up while balancing and core sections will keep you focused and strong. Modifications will be provided in order to make the class achievable for all.

Bring your own mat/towel and water bottle. All are welcome.

To reserve a spot, visit

Chinese-Style Mahjong

Chinese-Style Mahjong will be played from 2 to 4 p.m. on most second and fourth Fridays of the month at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information, visit or phone 617-523-3957.

‘Book Club for the Curious’

The Museum of Science will host a “Book Club for the Curious” at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.

Created at the Museum of Science, Boston and presented in partnership with the CIC, this reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts society.

For more information about this free book club, visit or phone 617-723-2500.

Esplanade run club

Marathon Sports, at 671 Boylston St., hosts a meet up every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to go running with others. All ages and levels are welcome to join and choose between a 3, 5, or 8-mile run along the Esplanade or Charles River pathways. Classes are led by Marathon Sports Run Groups.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to participate.

For more information or to pre-register, visit

These meet ups are partnered with The Esplanade Association; for information, 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.

‘National Parks Adventure’

The Omni Theater at the Museum of Science will be showing MacGillvray Freeman’s “National Parks Adventure” which takes you on the ultimate IMAX off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.

Spectacularly wild and beautiful places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, Arches and Canyonlands are illuminated with immersive giant-screen cinematography, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

This family-friendly film runs 50 minutes. For more information on tickets and show times, visit

Evolve Bootcamp

The Evolve Bootcamp will meet on the Boston Common at the Boston Public Garden entrance (84 Beacon St. between Charles and Arlington streets, across from Cheers) from 6 to 7 for an early Friday morning run.

Join the gang and challenge yourself with fun-filled, functional fitness training outdoors.

The Evolve Bootcamp, Boston Common location boasts a surrounding terrain full of variety. In this class you will experience dynamic workouts fueled and inspired by a city environment that includes steep hills, stairs, fields, urban obstacles and more. Rain or shine, expect the unexpected.

For more information and to sign up, go to

Tours of Beacon Hill

Boston by Foot is offering tours of Beacon Hill from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through Oct. 30, meeting at the Massachusetts State House steps on Beacon Street.

The tour travels picturesque streets from the golden dome of the State House to the elegant homes of Louisburg Square, highlighting examples of early American architecture with particular emphasis on the work of Charles Bulfinch.

Participants will experience Beacon Hill’s ornate past, from its rural beginnings to the vision of the Mount Vernon proprietors, and hear about the lives of its prominent citizens while walking among this historic collection of Federal and Greek Revival row houses.

Tickets are free for members, $13 for adults and $8 for children if purchased online in advance, or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-367-2345.

Free swing dancing

“Swing” the night away. Swing dancing takes place on the Boston Common every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 20.

For more information, visit

‘Let There Be Light’

Meditation sessions are held from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Fridays and 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Mondays in the Library Room at the Beacon House, 19 Myrtle St.

There will be guided commentary with singing bowl sounds in background during the sessions. Please come early to sign in at security desk. Meditations start and end on time. The event is free, but donations are welcomed.

To learn more, visit

Esplanade guided history tour

The Esplanade Association will be hosting a free guided history tour of the Esplanade from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

The almost hour-and-a-half tour will cover about a mile of the park and over 150 years of history. The group will meet at the Community Boating Inc. 21 David G Mugar Way.

To register, visit tickets 54537671644.

Monday lunch

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., hosts The Monday Lunch program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Sproat Hall.

The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch every week for 30 years. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your situation.

Volunteers are welcome to join the team as well.

For more information, visit

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

Walk to the Sea

The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.

Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.

Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.

Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.

For more information, visit

BTU Homework Help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through May 28 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

‘Great Bear Rainforest’

Experience one of the planet’s most diverse wildernesses – Canada’s “Great Bear Rainforest” – with the new giant-screen documentary at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science through Dec. 31.

This family-friendly film runs 40 minutes. For more information on tickets and show times, visit

Astronomy after hours

Astronomy after Hours will be held at the Gilliland Observatory, on the roof of the Museum of Science’s parking garage on Fridays from April through October.

Small telescopes will be available outside to view stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the evening’s featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the observatory.

Because sunset times shift throughout the season, program hours vary as follows: from May through August, the event will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.; in September and April from 8 to 10 p.m. and in October from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

When the weather is uncooperative, a variety of indoor hands-on astronomy and space science activities with museum staff with be offered.

Visit for more information and scheduling details.

This program is free to the public thanks to the support of the Lowell Institute.