Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
Little Groove Family Concert
Families with babies, toddlers or preschoolers are invited to sing, dance and make music together with Little Groove from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
NEAD benefit dinner
A dinner to benefit North End Against Drugs (NEAD) will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Domenic’s Restaurant, 54 Salem St.
Visit northendwatefront.com to select the three-course meal, soft drinks and dessert from the menu ($50 per person). Alcoholic beverages and gratuities are extra.
To make required reservations, with seatings on the hour and half hour, contact Assurra or Nick at the restaurant any day after 4 p.m. at 617-982-6142. State that you are reserving for the NEAD event.
For information about NEAD and/or the event, contact John Romano at 617-750-9749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the generosity of Damien DiPaola, Restaurant Owner/Chef, 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit NEAD’s programs for youth, teens and families in the North End.
Kid’s Nook activities
Sing-along with Jeff Jam at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 and enjoy seasonal arts & crafts activities at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 in the Kid’s Nook at the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for other details.
Podcast + Popcorn
Podcast + Popcorn will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Are you curious about podcasts? At Podcast + Popcorn, you’ll listen to a podcast episode or audio story and discuss it with a group, guided by a facilitator. It’s a book club for your ears. You’ll walk away with a deeper appreciation for audio and some practical approaches for creating your own podcast or audio project. No experience required.
To learn more, visit bpl.org/events.
U.N. Perspective Series: ‘Life on Land’
The United Nations Associate of Greater Boston and Impact Hub Boston will host the U.N. Perspective Series from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk St. 20th floor.
Global experts and local social enterprises and non-profits will explore the work being done to address United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15: “Life on Land.”
There will also be time to network with community members on SDG campaigning and advocacy in Boston.
For more information and required registration, visit eventbrite.com.
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. will show films featuring Cunning Computers and Rogue Robots for adults from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays as follows: “Blade Runner” (Jan. 24); and “Westworld” (Jan. 31).
Visit bpl.org/events for descriptions of the film and other information.
Winter Wildlife Cruise
Grab your camera and join park rangers and local naturalists to observe animals who make their winterime home in Boston Harbor and around the outer Harbor Islands from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Hop aboard a heated high speed ferry and discover how alive the harbor is in the winter months. Guest naturalists include representatives from the National Park Service, New England Aquarium and Mass Audubon.
Ferry features ample indoor seating and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Boarding begins at 10:30 a.m. at Long Wharf.
Visit harborislands.org for tickets ($15-$30) and other information.
Author talk: Robert Cocuzzo
Robert Cocuzzo will be at I AM Books, 189 North St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 to talk about his new book, The Road to San Donato.
The Road to San Donato tells the story of how Cocuzzo and his father Stephen trace their family’s roots through Italy on bicycles. When they finally arrive to the tiny mountain town of San Donato val di Comino, where their family name first took root, the father and son discover an untold history of heroism that unfolded during World War II.
Visit Iambooksboston.com for other information.
North End Against Drugs will hold the annual Super Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. in the North End. Doors will open at noon.
There will be 19 games plus a coverall.
Cost is $25 for 3 cards; get a fourth card free if you register and pay by Jan. 21.
Contact Patricia Romano at the Nazarro Center or call Olivia Scimeca at 617-605-6142 for more information.
Kids, ages three through seven, are invited to use different art supplies to create and take home a project from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Winter Ski Train to Wachusett Mountain
Did you know that you can take the commuter rail to Wachusett Mountain for a day (or night) of skiing?
The MBTA runs special trains on the Fitchburg Line from North Station - equipped with ski and snowboard racks. Wachusett Mountain also provides a free shuttle from the station to the slopes for designated trains.
The weekend ski train runs Saturdays and Sundays departing North Station at 8:35 a.m. arriving at Wachusett Station at 10:11 a.m. and departing Wachusetts Station at 6:15 p.m. arriving at North Station at 7:41 p.m.
The Wednesday Ski Train will depart at 3:30 p.m. arriving at Wachusett Station at 5:10 p.m. and will depart Wachusetts Station at 10:34 p.m. arriving at north Station at 12:05 a.m.
For more information, including fares, visit mbta.com/Wachusett Mountain.
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.
Steriti ice skating rink schedule
The DCR Memorial Rink at 561 Commercial St., North End is open for free public skating through Mar. 21.
Public Skating Hours: Sundays from 3 to 6:50 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 3:50 p.m. and 7 to 9:50 p.m.; Saturdays from 4 to 9:50 p.m.; with public stick time from 10 to 11:50 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Phone 617-523-9327 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.
A two-part nutrition workshop with holistic nutritionist, Kristen Cicolini, from the Good Witch Kitchen will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.
On Sunday, Feb. 2: Meal Planning-Saving Time and Money – Learn Kristen’s best meal-planning tips and tricks and how to fit it all in when you’re always on the go. Bring your favorite cookbook or two (more will be provided) as well as a notebook – guests will work on creating their own meal plans at the end of the class.
Visit eventbrite.com to reserve a seat.
BGCB Annual Dinner 2020
The annual dinner hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.
Each year, corporate and civic leaders gather for BGCB’s Annual Dinner to help build a better Boston. Attended by more than 800 people, Annual Dinner raises critical funds to support our city’s young people who need us the most. These funds immediately work to help their members succeed academically, make healthy choices, build strong character, and practice good citizenship.
Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Visit bgcb.org for tickets and sponsorships.
‘Amore’ Valentine’s Dinner Concert
The ‘Amore’ Valentine’s Dinner Concert will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Tresca Restaurant, 233 Hanover St.
This annual winter favorite combines a delicious three-course Italian meal with a unique musical program featuring the different Facets of Love. Alongside some favorite Amore-inspired operatic classics, guests will hear some new musical selections throughout the evening.
Individual Tickets are $75. Private & group tables are available.
This NEMPAC event is part of A Winter Concert Series.
For more information and tickets, https://nempacboston.org/ticketedevents.
Kids, ages 10 through 12, are invited to explore science, engineering, technology, or art through different hands-on activities from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 11 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Visit, phone or email the librarian to register for this program.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Kids in kindergarten, first and second grades are invited to join Mindful Mini teacher Lauren after school for a stress-reducing and wellness-promoting activity from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Feb. 13 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Activities will include breathing exercises, mindful coloring, yoga, emotional awareness, and sensory description exercises.
Registration at bpl.org/events is recommended.
‘Still Standing: 300 Years of The Clough House’ exhibition
The “Still Standing: 300 Years of The Clough House” exhibition will be on view from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Feb. 29 at the Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem St.
Built circa 1715, the Clough House is one of the oldest domestic structures in the city of Boston and has stood witness to the changes in its surrounding neighborhood over the past 300 years and evolved and adapted to fit different needs at different times and even came close to being demolished in the mid-twentieth century. In “Still Standing: 300 Years of Clough House” at Old North, presented in partnership with Historic Boston Incorporated, they will consider how this one small plot of land has served generations of Bostonians. The story of the Clough House is the story of the people who’ve called it home; it’s the story of the brick structure itself and its many iterations, and it’s also the story of a changing community. So, this specific tiny building can help us piece together the story of America.
The exhibit includes documents and records from the Old North Church archives as well as historical photographs and finding from a 2013 archaeological dig.
Admission is included with tickets to the Old North Church & Historic Site.
Visit oldnorth.com for other details.
Creative Writing Group
Students in middle and high school are invited to join the Teen Creative Writing Group from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through Feb. 28 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Use writing prompts to spark new ideas or work on your own creative writing projects. Share your writing if you choose, and get feedback from other teen writers in a supportive, pressure-free space.
Visit bpl.org/events for this drop-in weekly group.
‘Flavors of the Caribbean’
“Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Classes: Flavors of the Caribbean” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 and Mar. 28 at the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.
In this lively, hands-on-cooking class you’ll learn how to utilize the produce and products of the farmers and artisans of the Boston Public Market. Guided by Chef Tamika you’ll create an exciting multi-course meal based on seasonal and local food and increase your comfort in the kitchen through new knife skills, techniques and flavor profiles.
In addition to learning a new cooking style, you’ll enjoy tastes of three local New England wines that pair perfectly with the menu: Roasted winter root vegetable medley with Stillman’s and Siena Farms veggies; Jerk spiced Chestnut Farms pork chops with local apples; and Caribbean Carrot Guiness Punch.
Visit eventbrite.com for tickets ($60-$75) and other information.
Senior programs at Nazzaro CC
The Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. will offer free senior (55+) programs as follows: walking group from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, knitting and crocheting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and chair yoga from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays.
For more information, phone 617-635-5166 or visit boston.gov.
Build whatever you can imagine with LEGOs and DUPLOs at the LEGO Club from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 617-227-8135.
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 www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345.
BTU homework help
The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 28 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter 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.
Visit the Old North Church
The historic Old North Church is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 through March 31.
The church is located at 193 Salem Street in Boston’s North End. The main entrance is located at the intersection of Salem and Hull streets.
Founded in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston, made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride and, “One if by land, two if by sea.” Step into Boston’s history and explore the historic site.
For more information, check online at www.oldnorth.com.
Discover the life of fur seals at a new exhibit at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf. This is just one of three aquariums in the United States that is home to super furry, long-flippered, happy-splashing northern fur seals.
Watch these seals fly through the water and interact with their trainers on the deck of the mammal center. Shows start at 9 a.m.
For more information, visit neaq.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A free Reiki Clinic hosted by Reiki Master, Maxine Bornstein is held from 6 and 8 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in the second floor Chapel of the Mariners House at 11 North Square in the North End.
Call 617-227-3979 for details or visit marinershouse.org.