Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:
Climb to the Top MS: Boston 2020
Scrap the elevator and challenge yourself to an indoor vertical “5K at Climb to the Top Boston” from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at 200 Clarendon (formerly known as the John Hancock Tower).
Gather your friends, family and colleagues (ages 5 and older) to conquer 1,200 steps/61 flights in New England’s tallest building with unparalleled views of Boston while raising critical funds to support people affected by MS and to make the world MS-free.
T-shirts and medals will be provided for all participants; prizes will be awarded for top fund-raisers; a post event party will follow.
Visit climbsboston.org for registration/donation/event details and/or to volunteer.
BSRA: PA and Midwestern travels
The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. will meet from 7:30 to 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.
A short business meeting will include a detailed current events segment on MBTA news and transit happenings near and far and the entertainment program will feature George Chiasson, who will talk about his Pennsylvanian and Midwestern travels taken in June of 2019.
Visit thebsra.org to learn more.
‘Nordic Folk’ on March 7
The Chamber Orchestra of Boston presents “Nordic Folk” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St. in the Back Bay.
David Feltner leads orchestra in classical works and folk songs arranged for strings from Denmark and Sweden. A complimentary reception follows the concert.
This evening includes “Serenade, Op. 11” by Wirén, “Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 1” by Nielsen and “Novelletter in F major, Op. 53” by Gade.
Tickets are $25 to $50, $15 for students. To order tickets, visit www.chamberorchestraofboston.org/tickets-individual.
For more information, visit www.chamberorchestraofboston.org or phone 617-266-1626.
Musicians of the Old Post Road: ‘The Lure of London’
Musicians of the Old Post Road will present “The Lure of London” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.
London’s lively musical scene was a magnet for musicians across Europe who sought to settle in a robust metropolis. This program showcases virtuosic works of Italians who made the sojourn, including trio sonatas by Locatelli, Castrucci and Tessarini; a capriccio for strings and continuo by Veracini; a flute concerto by Sammartini and a cello sonata by Cervetto.
Visit oldpostroad.org for tickets and other information.
The performance of “rEvolution” by the Boston Ballet (19 Clarendon St.) takes place through March 8.
Dance on the edge – “rEvolution” showcases three pioneering choreographers who pushed classical form forward and definitively changed the course of ballet as revealed in “Agon,” “Glass Pieces” and “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.”
For show times, tickets and additional information, visit bostonballet.org.
Monday Evening Book Group
The Monday Evening Book Discussion Group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.
On March 9, the group will discuss Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
New members are welcome.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Ken Liu author talk
Author Ken Liu will be at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10.
From stories about time-traveling assassins to Black Mirror-esque tales of cryptocurrency and internet trolling, to heartbreaking narratives of parent-child relationships, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is a far-reaching work that explores topical themes from the present and a speculative look at humanity’s future.
Books will be available for book-signing.
Visit bpl.org/events for other details.
‘The Way We Dress’ lecture series
From the special occasion to the everyday, from made to order to the remade, clothing opens a window into our values, our society, our status, and our hopes for the future. Preserving and studying historic clothing provides a uniquely personal understanding of how past generations lived and expressed themselves.
The Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave. will present three noted New England clothing historians and curators to bring us back through time through the lens of fashion on select Tuesdays as follows:
Clothing Matters: The Smith College Historic Dress Collection with Catherine (Kiki) Smith, Professor of Theatre, Smith College, Northampton (March 10); and Three New England Brides: Self-Fashioning in the Georgian Era with Dr. Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire (April 21).
A special photography presentation and opening reception (tickets extra) will take place on Tuesday, May 12. Scott C. Steward, Editor-in-Chief, American Ancestors & New England Historic Genealogical Society will present The Fashion Forward: Hollywood Steps Out, 1920-1935. The photography will be on view through June 30.
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception and the presentations will start at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per person per lecture; $10 for students, 25 years and younger; with special pricing for the Series.
Visit ayermansion.org/news_events to reserve tickets and other information.
Plant Nite: Prism Glass w/ Crystal option
Whoever said art isn’t alive? Join the Plant Nite Party and dig into a new form of art-making with real live plants from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St.
Master growers will guide you through all the steps to make your own tiny terrarium that shows off your own unique style and will live on long after you go home.
Absolutely no experience necessary, just bring your creative side and maybe a friend or two.
This is a 21-plus event.
Visit tridentbookscafe.com and/or yaymaker.com for tickets ($45) and other details.
Delvena Theatre Company: ‘Isabella’
The Delvena Theatre Company will present “Isabella” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.
Step back in time and meet Isabella Stewart Gardner, the famed founder of the Gardner Museum in Boston. Learn about her life, charm, friends and acquaintances, travels, stylish taste and unconventional behavior.
The cast will open up to the audience for discussion regarding Isabella after the performance.
Visit bpl.org/events for other details.
‘Fashioning a Life: How Style Matters in Biography’
“The Fashioning a Life: How Style Matters in Biography” panel discussion will take place from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St.
Is fashion art or industry? Is it evidence? This panel brings together Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution and Proust’s Duchess, and Channing Joseph, whose forthcoming book recovers the untold story of formerly enslaved William Dorsey Swann, who became, in the 1880s, a progenitor of ballroom and drag culture. They will join moderator Natalie Dykstra, biographer of Clover Adams and now at work on a biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner, in a conversation about the ways biographers use fashion to decode lives and historical contexts.
Visit masshist.org to register at no cost.
The performance of “Carmen” by The Boston Ballet at 19 Clarendon St. will be held on March 12 through March 22.
Find your passion. Celebrate the creativity, beauty and power of women in the program dedicated to exploring many facets of femininity.
Visit bostonballet.org for show times, tickets and additional information.
Lindsey Chapel Series
Called “a jewel of the winter arts season,” Emmanuel Music present free concerts featuring J.S. Bach’s English Suites performed by six harpsichordists through April 2 in the Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.
The concerts will be held at noon on Thursdays as follows: Suite in A Major, BWV 806 (March 12); Suite in G minor, BWV 808 (March 19); Suite in E minor, BWV 810 (March 26); and Suite in F minor, BWV 809 (April 2).
Visit emanuelmusic.org for reservations and other details.
Morehouse Glee Club
The Morehouse Glee Club concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13 at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.
60-tuxedoed young men will briskly walk down the aisles onto the stage and present a dynamic program that includes classical choral music, barbershop quartet, spirituals, and arrangement “Betelehemu,” a Nigerian carol.
Visit GBMCAA.org for tickets: $30 (Adults); $20 (Students w/ I.D. at door); Free (under 18) and other information.
‘Elisabetta, Regina d' Inghilterra’
The Odyssey Opera will present "Elisabetta, Regina d' Inghilterra" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.
Queen Elizabeth I is dismayed to learn her revered Leicester has secretly married Matilde, daughter of Mary, Queen of Scots. In court, the Duke of Norfolk is poised to take advantage of this political opportunity. This drama of the Elizabethan court is brought to life in a rare offering from one of opera's most beloved composers, the first of the nine Rossini Neapolitan operas.
Fully staged; sung in Italian with English supertitles. Libretto by Giovanni Schmidt.
Visit odysseyopera.org for tickets ($15-$100) and other information.
'Caribbean Ancestors: Surfing Anglican Records Online'
"Caribbean Ancestors: Surfing Anglican Records Online" will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 14 at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury St.
Whether you are researching early colonial families involved in the West Indies, enslaved Africans or more recent arrivals to America, Caribbean Ancestors will start you on an exciting journey into your past.
This workshop, led by genealogist Sandra Taitt-Eaddy, highlights documentary evidence, records, and resources specific to the “English speaking islands in the Caribbean." The most accessible and useful of these is a collection of Anglican Church registers spanning hundreds of years. For most of the British colonial era, the church created these vital records for the state. Join Taitt-Eaddy to investigate various time periods and identify the data the church chose to collect. She'll include tips and techniques for interpreting these records and how to make use of what you find.
With Caribbean Ancestors and Anglican Church Registers, participants can make discoveries about the Caribbean’s complicated history as they learn about their own ancestry and heritage. Bring your own personal device and surf with Sandra Taitt-Eaddy.
Visit americanancestors.org for registration to this free event.
Trident Cinema Café: ‘Uncut Gems’
Trident Cinema Café, 338 Newbury St. will present “Uncut Gems” with Adam Sandler at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.
No tickets or RSVP required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Visit tridentbookscafe.com for other details.
Winter concert series
The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square will present a Winter Concert Series on the Mezzanine overlooking the Welcome Services Desk of the Johnson Building from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on select Saturdays:
LEW (March 14) and The Ruta Beggars (March 28).
Visit bpl.org/events to learn more about the performers.
Point of View Book Discussion Group
The Point of View Book Discussion Group will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.
The group will discuss On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong on March 18.
New members welcome.
Visit bpl.org/events to learn more.
‘Create Eye Catching Acrylics’ workshop
A new studio workshop “Create Eye Catching Acrylics with Chis Firger” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20 at the Copley Society of Arts, 158 Newbury St.
During the workshop, Firger will share a variety of the techniques he used to create bold, dynamic, and eye-catching works with acrylic paint. For experienced painters and beginners alike, this class will explore subjects such as composition, brushwork, layering, even varnishing, all with the goal of bringing more life to each painting you work on.
Each day, students can expect a lesson and demonstrating from the artist in the morning, followed by painting and one-on-one instruction in the afternoon. Students will be responsible for bringing their own painting supplies, lunch, and reference photos.
Visit copleysociety.org for tickets ($250-$300) available through March 10 and other information.
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St. is presenting “The Treasurer” through March 22.
Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. As she slowly spends all of her children’s money, her son is forced to assume the unwanted role of “The Treasurer,” an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. This darkly funny, sharply intimate new work chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother, and the weight of a guilty conscience.
For show times, tickets and other information, visit lyricstage.com, email email@example.com or phone 617-585-5678.
Fantastic Books … book group
The Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them book group, geared towards young adults in their 20s and 30s, will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.
The group will discuss The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
‘Evening of Inspired Leaders’ benefit
An Evening of Inspired Leaders – a fundraiser to benefit Mass Poetry – will be held at 7 p.m. on March 26 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.
Inspired by Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project, the program highlights the power of poetry to inspire and delight while showcasing an all-star field of leaders.
Funds raised at Evening of Inspired Leaders will help Mass Poetry produce its dynamic roster of free and low-cost poetry programs for thousands of people, young and old, across Massachusetts.
Visit huntingtontheatre.org for tickets ($25-$100) and other details.
A VIP package (priced from $250+) includes the dessert reception with the speakers at The Huntington Theater's Studio 210 following the event.
Exhibitions/opening reception at Pucker Gallery
The Izinkamba/Onda Yaki “Conversation Pieces” and “A World of Her Own” by Andrea Dezsö exhibitions is on view through March 29 at the Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury St. 3rd floor.
Izinkamba/Onda Yaki pairings engage two cultures of utilitarian, community pottery and Andrea Dezsö’s prints express bold imagination.
Visit puckergallery.com or eventbrite.com for other information.
Arlington Street Circle of Caring
Are you battling illness, struggling with isolation, caring for someone who is sick or dying, or coping with grief after a loss? Join the community of support, peace, healing, and love.
The Circle of Caring at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St. meets at 12:30 p.m. on select Sundays.
Facilitator Maureen Peterson calls on her significant personal experience to create a safe space for sharing stories and supporting one another through the crises of life.
Visit ascboston.org for other information.
REBA: A Night at Women’s Lunch Place
The Women’s Networking Section of REBA (The Real Estate Bar Association) will host the sixth annual fundraiser benefitting the Women’s Lunch Place (WLP) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at the Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St.
Elizabeth Hopkins, Boston 25 News Anchor and Reporter, will be a special guest.
For more information about the event, contract event co-chairs Michelle T. Simons at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie Waters Adams at email@example.com.
For Raffle information contact Julie Moran at jmoran@Orlans.com.
To learn more about WLP, visit womenslunchplace.org.
The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave. hosts story time at the Book Nook from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
Young visitors listen to stories and engage in playful activities surrounding the theme of the book.
This event is recommended for bookworms, ages 5 years old and younger with adults.
No registration is needed.
For more information about this and other programs, visit Marybakereddylibrary.org.
Conversation and Compline for LGBTQIA
Conversation and Compline for LGBTQIA will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month through Aug. 4 (except July) at Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.
The evening will include fellowship, snacks and conversation with parishioners and clergy. There will be a rotating topic each month and the evening will end with candle-lit complines in the chapel. This event is open to the community.
For more information, contact Craig Nealy at trinitychurchboston.org.
Singing Class for ESL
The Back Bay Chorales’ BRIDGES program will offer choral classes to adult English language learners from 10:30 a.m. to noon on 12 select Tuesdays through May 5 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.
Participants will have an opportunity to make vocal music, improve English language skills, and develop friendships. Singing experience is not required.
Visit bpl.org/events for dates and other details.
Buddha’s Belly Book Group
Buddha’s Belly – the Buddhist Book Group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.
The group discusses issues of spiritual practice from a Buddhist perspective. Members come from many different faith traditions and religious practices. All are welcome.
For more information, visit ascboston.org.
Meditation and conversation
The Arlington Street Meditation Center meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.
The gathering will include seated and walking meditations, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversations. A walk in the Public Garden (dress for the weather) is optional. Beginner and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none) are warmly welcomed.
For more information, visit ascboston.org.
A Choral Evensong is held at 5:45 p.m. every Wednesday at Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.
Choral Evensong, Rite 1, offers 30-minutes of worship, prayer, scripture and reflection led by the Trinity Choristers youth singers.
To learn more about the Choristers, visit trinitychurchboston.org.
The Hardy Perennials, known as “the youth group for those older than 60,” offers opportunities to share spiritual journeys in later life, to laugh, and to enjoy great company and companionship.
This group of parishioners and friends meet at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St. throughout the year for lunch, tea, and fellowship. All are warmly welcome.
Visit trinitychurchboston.org for other information.
Trinity organ recitals
The Trinity Organ Recital Series will take place at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays through June 5 at the Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.
This (almost) weekly series of 30-minute organ concerts featuring innovative programs by recitalists from across the United States and abroad.
There is no charge for admission; however, they invite a donation of $10.
For a schedule, visit trinitychurchboston.org.
Friday Night Suppers Program
Friday Night Suppers Program (FNSP) provides a warm nutritious meal to anyone in need in a safe, dignified and comfortable setting every Friday night at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.
They serve approximately 125 guests from any of the Boston neighborhoods.
If you would like to volunteer to help – either with meal prep from 1 to 4 p.m. or to help serve the meal from 5 to 7:45 p.m. – or to make a financial/food donation, visit fridaynightsupper.org for other details.
A Recovery Eucharist will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays in the Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.
A healing service will include prayer, Eucharist and laying on of hands with a simpler service without the Eucharist being held on alternating Fridays.
These welcoming services are open to everyone, especially those who struggles with addiction and behavioral issues.
For more information, visit emmanuelboston.org.
Stitching in the Spirit
The Stitching in the Spirit group will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month in the PH Angel Room at Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.
The Stitching in the Spirit group is a monthly gathering open to stitchers from all disciplines (knitting, quilting, needlepoint, etc.) as well as those who want to learn.
They come together to create scarves, mittens, prayer shawls, and other items for those in need of special care from within the parish as well as from the broader Boston community and across the country.
For more information, visit trinitychurchboston.org.
Bach Cantata Series
The Bach Cantata Series will be held on Sundays at 10 a.m. through May 10 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.
Continuing their 49-year- old tradition, The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music will present Bach’s astounding human document, in the liturgical setting for which it was intended, as well as other sacred works.
To learn more about the history of Bach cantatas and how Emmanuel Music presents them, visit emmanuelmusic.org.
Boston Warm Day Center
The Boston Warm is an emergency relief day center held in the parish hall of the Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coordinated by Ecclesia Ministries (common cathedral), they extend hospitality to people in need of relief from the cold, warming the hearts of guests, volunteers, staff and other supporters. They provide snacks and coffee on Mondays and a warm lunch on Fridays.
Volunteer and financial support and other donations (food, coffee/water and paper goods; games, puzzles, cards, books and magazines) are welcome and necessary to enable them to keep the shelter open through the long winter months ahead. They also welcome clothing – men’s and women’s socks and underwear (all sizes), gloves and mittens, hats and coats.
Additionally, during the summer months, Boston Warm is at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering a simple lunch, companionship, and a place to get out of the heat.
Visit emmanuelboston.org for other information, including links to volunteer or ways to make financial and/or other donations.
Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen
The Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen BBMSK (“Bumsk”) is a group of young adults who minister to the homeless on the streets of the Back Bay. They take sandwiches, fruit, socks, and Rosaries to distribute, and take time to listen to the stories of the men and women they encounter. Pope Francis has exhorted us not to adopt a “throw-away” culture that neglects people’s basic human need, and this is an answer to that call.
The group meets Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the front steps of the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St.
They are always looking for volunteers to help. For more information, contact Eli at 703-638-2019 or visit omvusa.org for other information.
Variety of services at OSC
The Old South Church at 645 Boylston St. holds a variety of church services to meet the needs of the community. Here are a few of them:
First Worship (informal and vibrant) starts at 9 a.m. and the Festival Worship (grand and expressive) begins at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
A Healing Service (gentle and tender) starts at 10 a.m. on the second Sunday and Jazz Worship (with sax and soul) begins at 6 p.m. on Thursdays.
There are also a variety of children and youth programs from Godly Play and Children’s Music (interactive programs that include singing, playing music and play-acting) to youth groups (exploring life, faith and service).
Bible studies, small groups and special events are also held throughout the year.
To learn more, visit oldsouth.org.
261 Fearless group run
The 261 Fearless Boston Run Club of Back Bay meets from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
Women, ages 18 and older, are invited to an hour of social, fun running. Come to inspire or be inspired.
Walkers wanting to learn how to run, as well as beginners and experienced runners are welcome.
There will be fun games and/or drills for warm-up and a group run led by one or more of the 261 certified coaches. The group runs focus on proper running technique for efficiency and injury prevention in a non-competitive, non-judgmental way.
Experience a group run for free; then have the opportunity to join for a minimal yearly fee thereafter. Locker room use (restroom, lockers, showers, towel, bodywash and blowdryer) is included.
The group meets at Healthworks Back Bay, 441 Stuart St., 2nd floor.
MS 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.
Emmanuel Church tour
For a taste of 19th century Boston and an eyeful of fine architecture in the oldest building on Newbury Street, schedule a free-guided tour of Emmanuel Church at 15 Newbury St.
This church is the home to thriving communities from Emmanuel Church and Central Reform Temple, Twelve-Step programs, ministries to homeless and dozens of music and performing-arts events from Emmanuel Music and other organizations.
Check out Emmanuelchurchboston.org for more information.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Dylan Hillerbrand at 617-536-3355, ext. 21 to arrange a tour.
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 March 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.
Gibson House Museum tours
The Gibson House Museum at 137 Beacon St. is open year round for guided tours beginning promptly at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday (except on noted holidays).
The Gibson House Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of a well-to-do Boston family and its domestic staff from 1860 to 1954. The interior is filled with the family’s original furnishings– elegant wallpapers, imported carpets and an abundance of furniture, art, and family heirlooms. The working spaces, including a kitchen, laundry room and coal shed, also remain.
Visit thegibsonhouse.org for other information.
Library art and architecture tours
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square offers free public tours from 11 a.m. to noon on most Wednesdays throughout the year for teens and adults, ages 13 and older.
The tours highlight the celebrated art and architecture of the Library’s McKim Building (1895), a designated National Historic LandMark, including the work of architect Charles Follen McKim and murals by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey.
No appointment is necessary for parties smaller than eight people. For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.
For more information, including a full schedule of public tours and literature describing the architectural highlights, visit bpl.org/visit-central-library/art-tours.
Since 1935, more than 10 million people have traversed the 30-foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world. This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave.
The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.
The Library is also showing a complementary exhibit, "The Mapparium: An Inside View," featuring never before made public letters, documents, and artifacts showcasing the construction, history, and significance of this magnificent architectural and artistic achievement.
The Mapparium® is available for view on a tour only. Tours of the Mapparium run every 20 minutes, lasting 15-20 minutes. The first tour of the day starts at 10:20 a.m., and the last tour starts at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.Marybakereddylibrary.org/events-programs or phone 888-222-3711.
MHS Collections tour
The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., hosts tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS.
The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS.
Further information can be found at www.masshist.org or by calling 617-646-0560.
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.
BTU homework help
The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. every day through May 28 at the Central Library in Copley Square.
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.
First Saturday will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in February, May, August and November at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave.
In addition to the library’s regular weekday hours, the Research and Reference services will be open.
Visit www.Marybakereddylibrary.org for other details.