Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
‘My Country’ screening
The annual Pirandello Lyceum will present the Italian film “My Country” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Two brothers – one American, one Italian, who’ve never met – take a road trip from Rome to the picturesque region of Molise on a journey to spread the ashes of their late father in the small town where he was born.
In English and Italian, with subtitles.
Opening remarks will come from Professor Anna Rocca, Salem State University.
Coffee and biscotti will be served.
Author talk: Linda Balliro
Linda Balliro will be at I AM Books, 189 North St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 to promote her new book Being a Singer: The Art, Craft and Science.
Being a Singer provides the solutions you need to make practical, consistent changes in your singing. This book pulls back the curtain on how singing actually works, from cognition to anatomy to your amazing hearing systems and even your instincts and emotions.
Based on the training approach of Seth Riggs, supported by vocal science, neuroscience and motor learning, Being a Singer offers clear tools and strategies that train your voice, empower you to find solutions, build your awareness, and develop confidence. Stories and interviews will inspire you. Exercises with clear how to’s, evaluations, and troubleshooting will train your voice, mind and body, Exercises are available on line.
Visit Iambooksboston.com for other information.
Boston Farm & Fiber Festival
The third annual Boston Farm & Fiber Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Boston Public Market, 200 Hanover St.
The festival will showcase more than 25 New England small fiber farmers and producers showcasing a stunning and diverse range of breed specific yarns, roving, fleece, and crafts including Merino, Shetland, Cormo, Leicester Longwool breeds, along with other heritage sheep breeds and blends, including a number of alpaca farmers.
Visit newenglandfarmtofiber.com/events for other information.
Milk Street tours
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Cooking School at 177 Milk St. offers monthly tours at noon.
The 30-minute tour includes a visit to the kitchen, a cooking demonstration and a sample of a favorite Milk Street recipe.
Tours will be offered on Feb. 10, Mar. 23, Apr 20, and May 11.
Go to eventbrite.com for required registration.
Visit 177milkstreet.com for other information.
‘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 and group tables are available.
This NEMPAC event is part of A Winter Concert Series.
For more information and tickets, https://nempacboston.org/ticketedevents.
Diversity in the Boardroom
The Lewis Institute will present Diversity in the Boardroom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Babson College-Boston, 100 High St.
Join the conversation with Donna Bonaparte, a recognized leader in Diversity, and walk away with possible next steps for confidently building – and diversifying – your Board. Meet fellow nonprofit, Board, and DEI leaders in the Boston area.
Light refreshments will be served.
Visit eventbrite.com or babson.edu for registration and other information.
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.
Introduction to opera
Learn the history and highlights of a 400-year old genre, with a lecture and live performance of some of opera’s most beloved pieces from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Great for those new to opera and seasoned opera-goers alike, this is the perfect kick-off to opera productions coming to the North End this spring.
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.
The North End Branch Library (25 Parmenter St.) will show the following movies from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays: “Ninotchka” (1937) on Feb. 14; “His Girl Friday” (1940) on Feb. 21; and “The More the Merrier” (1943) on Feb. 28.
Visit bpl.org/events for movie descriptions and other information.
I Piccoli Lettrori – Italian reading for little ones
Join I AM Books, 189 North St. for its Italian reading group for little ones from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Children (4 years of age and younger) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.
Visit iambooksboston.com for other information.
Lyracle – Live in concert
Lyracle will present a live concert from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at I AM Books, 189 North St.
Lyracle is an ensemble dedicated to repertoire featuring voice and viol-family instruments. Founded in 2018, Lyracle brings creative, unique, and historically informed performances to audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with early music. Their current focus is the largely forgotten art of accompanying the solo voice with a single viol.
Visit iambooksboston.com for other information.
Kid’s Nook activities
Sing-along with Jeff Jam at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and enjoy seasonal arts & crafts activities at 10 a.m. on Thursdays in February in the Kid’s Nook at The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for other details.
North End Book Discussion Club
The Book Discussion Club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. The group will discuss Exit West by Moshin Hamid. Copies of the book are available at the library.
Visit bpl.org/events for more 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.
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.
Tunnel of Love
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (110 Atlantic Ave. in the North End) are decorating the waterfront trellis with a Valentine’s Day theme, beautifully lit up every night.
Bundle up, grab your honey and warm your spirit as you dance to the music on your stroll through the Tunnel of Love through Feb. 28. There will be fun surprises in the park all month long. Post your photos on instagram (#FOCCP) for a chance to win four tickets to a Summer Sunset Cruise.
Visit foccp.org 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.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.