Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
‘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.
II Book Club dei Ragazzi
I AM Books,189 North St. will launch its first book club for young readers, ages 9 through 12, in Italian from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 1.
The group will discuss La Torta in Cielo by Giani Rodari.
Visit iambooksboston.com for other details.
Women in Politics
The United Nations Association of Greater Boston will present Gender Equality featuring Women in Politics from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 3 at Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk St. (20th floor).
The event will begin with a special screening of “When Women Lead” followed by a panel discussion with female leaders in both local politics and international diplomacy who will explore what it takes for women to lead policy changes, cross-cultural negotiations among other issues.
Visit eventbrite.com for reservations and other information.
Oscar Wilde Film Series
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. will present the Oscar Wilde Film Series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays as follow:
Mar. 4: “The Canterville Ghost” (1944); Mar. 11: “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945); Mar. 18: “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Mar. 25: “Oscar Wilde” (1960).
Visit bpl.org/events for a description of the movies and other information.
Films of Ida Lupino
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. will present the Films of Ida Lupino from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays as follow:
Mar. 6: “High Siere” (1941); Mar. 13: “On Dangerous Ground” (1951); Mar. 20: “Hard, Fast and Beautiful” (1951); Mar. 27: “The Bigamist” (1953); Apr. 3: “The Hitch-Hiker” (1953); and Apr. 10: “Private Hell 36” (1954).
Visit bpl.org/events for a description of the movies 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, Mar. 7.
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.
‘Francesca Spedalieri – mPalermu, Dancers and Other Plays’
Francesca Spedalieri – mPalermu, Dancers and Other Plays by Emma Dante will be presented from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 7 at I AM Books, 189 North St. in the North End.
Dante’s passionate and brutal plays stem from a need to confront important familial and societal realities in contemporary southern Italy. Her twenty-first century tales challenge stereotypes of the country and stage acts of resistance against the social, political, and economic conditions of Sicily. The seven works in this anthology paint a complex image of the peninsula through stories of disenfranchisement, misogyny, deep-set bigotry, and religious hypocrisy that reveal economic disparities between the north and south of the country, oppressive, gender relations, and deep rooted Mafioso-like attitudes. Dante’s lyrical and visceral storytelling oscillates between the humorous and the tragic aspects of everyday life, undertaking an irreverent subversion of the status quo with its extreme physicality and unsettling imagery.
Visit Iambooksboston.com to learn more.
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.
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 Mar. 23, Apr 20, and May 11.
Go to eventbrite.com for required registration.
Visit 177milkstreet.com for other information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Darker side of Boston
Boston by Foot will host 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.
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.