Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:
‘Black Radical’ Author Talk
Kerri Greenidge will talk about her book, Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St.
This long-overdue biography reestablishes William Monroe Trotter’s essential place next to Douglass, Du Bois, and King in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes.
Free and open to the public.
Visit bostonathenaeum.org for other details including required registration.
MLK, Jr. Tribute Concert
The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, presented by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Museum of African American History, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Faneuil Hall, One Faneuil Hall Square.
The program will include a moving array of spoken word, classical music, spirituals and freedom songs culminating in an audience sing-a-long that will evoke the power and promise of MLK, Jr.
For more information, visit bysoweb.org and/or maah.org; to reserve a complementary ticket, visit eventbrite.com.
Youth Justice Lobby Day
The Youth Justice Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St. will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The young people and their allies from across Massachusetts will meet with the state legislators on critical juvenile justice reform bills.
Make sure your policymakers know your views on #RaisetheAge, #CleanSlateMA, The Education Success Act, Data & Equity, and other key bills.
Visit eventbrite.com for registration and other information.
The Con of Art: Documentaries
The Friends of the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St. will look into art fakes, frauds, and the merely questionable as they present The Con of the Art film series from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:
“Exit Through the Gift Shop” (Jan. 22); and “Beltracchi: TheArt of Forgery” (Jan. 29).
Visit bpl.org/events for other details.
‘Silent Movie Night’
West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. Unit 7, will present “Silent Movie Night” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.
America’s first action film, “The Great Train Robbery” (1903), introduced new filming and editing techniques in the US. “Fights of Nations” (1907) depicts highly stereotyped versions of how Mexicans, Irish, Scotts, and others behave in disputes and seemingly how all come together peacefully in American. Viewers continue to debate if the short film is rooted in comedy or xenophobia. In “A Natural Born Gambler” (1916), Bert Williams’ performance reflects the comedic stylings of the early 1900s and signifies the rise of stage stars becoming movie stars. A prominent entertainer and celebrated African American comedian Williams was seen as irreplaceable in Florenz Ziegfeld of the iconic, “Ziegfeld Follies.” These movies would have played at the Howard during a highly transitional period in entertainment.
This movie coincides with The Old Howard Theatre Exhibit on view through Feb. 15.
Free to Museum Members; Non-members $10. Pre-registration is required at thewestendmuseum.org.
Story Scanning and Photography Party
A Story Scanning and Photography Party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., Unit 7.
Have you ever lived, worked or spent time in the West End? Do you have photos, letters, records or objects that tell the story of the neighborhood before urban renewal, just after or up through the present day? The West End Museum is eager to see what you’ve got.
Visit thewestendmuseum.org for other information.
Frog Pond skating
The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit www.bostonfrogpond.com.
‘The Big Chill’ Winter Soirée
“The Big Chill” will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Winter Soirée around the new piano with the King’s Chapel Choir.
Visit kings-chapel.org to reserve a ticket and for other information, including King’s Chapel Concerts.
‘The Divas Experience’
Enjoy an entirely new way to appreciate the sounds of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and others during “The Divas Experience” at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during January and February under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome at the Museum of Science.
This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to a pulsating soundtrack of music’s greatest icons.
Visit mos.org for tickets (21+) and other information.
‘The 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.
For more information, visit thewestendmuseum.org.
Sherry Eskin’s StoryTime
Toddlers and their families are invited to join Sherry Eskin for StoryTime from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 26 – except for Jan. 22 – and on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Intended for individual child-caregiver pairs, come prepared to engage with your child(ren) with developmentally-appropriate songs, stories, and lots of movement.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
‘Reimagining a Colonial Library’
The “Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library” exhibition: a full-scale replica of a unique Colonial Revival bookcase, a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century “bookpress” and leather-bound books emulating those in the historic King’s Chapel Library will be on view at the Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St. through Mar. 14.
Visit bostonathenaeum.org for more information.
We Care Club
The We Care Club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 22, and May 17 at The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St.
This interactive family program combines literature and learning with hands-on philanthropy.
Visit vilnashul.org for more information.
PJ Library will present the “Havdalah Lights, Havdalah Nights Pajama Palooza” at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, Mar. 14, Apr. 11 and May 9 at The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St.
Put on your cutest pajamas as Ellen Allard helps us sing bye-bye to the sweetness of Shabbat and hello to a brand new week. Come prepared to dance, sing and jump for joy!
Visit vilnashul.org for more information.
A weekly wellness series, hosted by Eadem Arbor, The Yogis of Peace in Boston, is held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at WeWork, One Beacon St.
Unplug from the mental and physical strain of work/life and reconnect with yourself with a 30-minute guided meditation, returning to work/life feeling grounded, renewed, and therefore more productive.
Visit eventbrite.com for other details.
Wednesday Night Supper Club
The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place.
The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal for 50 years.
If you would like to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donation of supplies, food or money; etc.), visit paulistcenter.org for more information.
MGH ‘Me and My Baby’ support group
A “Me and My Baby” support group will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Tuesdays at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St.
The weekly group for pregnant women, new mothers and their families led by MGH nurses and lactation consultants provide an all-inclusive, friendly and supportive environment to discuss questions regarding breastfeeding, newborn care, adjusting to parenthood and breast pump use.
Visit massgeneral.org/obgyn for other information.
New Moms Group
A New Moms Group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Thursdays at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. in the North End and at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. during the summer.
This is a safe, supportive and welcoming place to come and meet other new mothers in the neighborhood. They talk about everything from diapers, to nursing, to sleep deprivation and all the other exciting and challenging happenings – and sometimes overwhelming transitions – in their new chapter of life.
This is a drop-in group – with no late comers – so arrive anytime that works for you. The group includes mothers from the North End, Waterfront, West End, Beacon Hill, Seaport, Charlestown neighborhoods and beyond. Babies (infants to 12 months) are welcome, also.
Visit NewMomsGroupNorthEnd.com, email NewMomsGroupNorthEnd@gmail.com, or phone 781-639-6002 for other information.
African Meeting House talks
The Boston African American National Historic Site Rangers provide interpretive historic talks at the African Meeting House everyday on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m. with the last talk starting at 3 p.m.
These programs look at the rich history of the African American community on Beacon Hill in the 19th century with a focus on the abolition movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equal rights in Boston.
Programs are free with admission to the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St.
Adults: $10; Students/Seniors (62+) 8; Members and children, ages 12 and under, are free.
Visit maah.org and/or nps.gov for other information.
An information session is held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Operation A.B.L.E. (174 Portland St. 5th Floor) for job seekers, those underemployed, in career transition and military veterans to talk about available programs and services.
Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed.
For more information, visit operationable.net or phone 617-542-4180.
King’s Chapel Art & Architecture Tour
The King’s Chapel Art & Architecture Tour (58 Tremont St.) is held at 10:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Guests will explore both floors of the sanctuary to discover the stories the building shares about its history focusing on themes of continuity and change throughout King's Chapel's 332 year history.
For other information and tickets ($2 to $5), visit kings-chapel.org/guided-tours.
A Prayer Circle is held at noon on Fridays at St. John’s Chapel at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St.
Everyone is welcome to come and pray, or be silent, and/or sit and talk for a while.
Visit st.paulboston.org for more information.
Yoga for Adults
A gentle yoga class for adults of all ages who prefer slow, low-impact exercises will be held from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Chinese-Style Mahjong will be played from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Mahjong is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly played by four players. While similar to the Western card game rummy, it uses 144 tiles instead of cards. Instructors are Likam Lie and Nancy Martin.
For more information, visit bpl.org/events or phone 617-523-3957.
Jum’ah Muslim Friday Prayer group
The Jum’ah Muslim Friday Prayer group will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St.
Visit stpaulboston.org for other information.
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 parkstreet.org or email Zane at email@example.com.
Black Seed Writers Group
The Black Seed Writers Group will meet every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage which will be featured in “The Pilgrim” literary magazine showcasing the work of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.
For more information, visit www.stpaulboston.org/index.php/writersgroup.
Visitor Story Time
Visitor Story Time will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St.
The first half hour will include favorite stories, rhymes, songs and games. The second half will incorporate time for making a take-home craft, helping to feed the fish and meeting new friends.
Story time is a great opportunity to discover new books, try new activities and explore the Children’s Library.
All ages are welcome. This program is free for all children under age 13. Other non-members are free with admission ($10). Registration is not required.
For more information about this and other events, visit bostonathenaeum.org.
SCSEP information sessions
If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).
This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.
Pre-registration at opeationable.net is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.
Young adults and young professionals are invited to attend P3 Boston – Prayer, Penance, Pub – which will meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
Adorations & Confession will be held at 7 p.m. followed by Meditation and Benediction at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 68 William Cardinal O’Connell Way.
The group will then gather at 8:15 p.m. at the Hill Tavern, 228 Cambridge St. for socialization.
For more information, visit p3boston.org.
The Museum of African American History (46 Joy St.) celebrates Boston’s rich jazz history with two new exhibitions – “Jazz Scene in Boston: Telling the Local Story” and “Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection” – that will be on display through Mar. 30.
A sizeable collection of photographs, handbills, posters and memorabilia capture the images of the legendary artists and notable personalities and the reactions of the audiences from varied genres in music and dance in a variety of settings from the 1920s through the 1980s.
For more information, visit maah.org.
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 parkstreet.org.
Tai-Chi classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
For more information on this low impact energy exercise class with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soohoo, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 mos.org 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.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to participate.
Visit marathonsports.com to pre-register and for more information.
These Marathon Sports meet ups run groups are partnered with The Esplanade Association at esplanadeassociation.org.
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.
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 www.evolvebootcamp.com/schedule.
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 www.stpaulboston.org.
Freedom Trail Tour
The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays 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 freetoursbyfoot.com.
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 bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email email@example.com 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 walktothesea.com.
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 bpl.org/events.