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Here is the Trinity Church in Copley Square at night. The building was opened in 1877.

Trident Cinema Café: Parasite

Trident Cinema Café will show Parasite from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Exhibitions/opening reception at Pucker Gallery

The Izinkamba/Onda Yaki “Conversation Pieces” and “A World of Her Own” by Andrea Dezsö exhibitions will be on view from Feb. 8 through Mar. 29 at the Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury St. 3rd floor.

An opening reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Izinkamba/Onda Yaki pairings engage two cultures of utilitarian, community pottery and Andrea Dezsö’s prints express bold imagination.

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Family Reach Open House

Family Reach Boston, 142 Berkeley St. (third floor) will host an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Come and check out their new national headquarters for Cancer-Related Financial Toxicity and celebrate their 2019 accomplishments together.

Visit or for more information.

Boston Winter Ball

The 12th annual Boston Winter Ball will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Grand Ballroom, 128 Saint James Ave.

The Boston Winter Ball is the largest annual non-profit fundraiser that caters to social and civically minded young professionals in the Boston area and beyond with flowing beverages, small bites, high-energy live music and plenty of room to dance. Attendees travel in from across the country for this sell-out event to reunite with old friends, make new ones and participate in an evening of jubilation for a good cause.

There will also be a special pre-event dinner before the Ball.

The Boston Winter Ball will benefit the Corey C. Griffin Foundation and its many youth and healthcare programs.

Visit for tickets and other information.

Winter Walk to End Homelessness

The annual Winter Walk to End Homelessness will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Copley Square Plaza, 460 Boylston St.

The Winter Walk is a campaign raising awareness and funds to support organizations in Greater Boston that are working on prevention, support, and care for our homeless community.

Participants will come together for a two-mile walk through the streets of the city during one of the coldest months of the year beginning and ending at Copley Plaza, where participants, housed and un-housed, will then share a meal together and hear real stories of Boston’s homeless population.

For more information and registration, visit

Chameleon up-close recital: harp trio

Chameleon Arts Ensemble will perform works by Ravel, Debussy, Foote, Rameau & Gubaidulina, featuring harp, flute and viola, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments in an intimate cabaret setting with table seating. Artist Director Deborah Boldin hosts the program, sharing commentary and her unique insight into each work.

Visit for tickets and other Up Close Recital Series information.

Ellie Fund’s 24th annual Red Carpet Gala

The annual Red Carpet Gala will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, 128 Saint James Ave.

Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include Chef Stations, Hosted Bars, a Silent Auction and Live Music by Rhett Price.

The Event Program, Live Auction and 2020 Rose Award is slated for 7 p.m.

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards Live Telecast (WCVB Channel 5/ABC) and Dessert Stations will start at 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Ellie Fund’s mission to provide essential support services for breast cancer patients to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recovery and healing.

Visit to purchase tickets, to make a donation, and to learn more.

‘The Cake’

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St., presents “The Cake” through Feb. 9.

Conflict collides with confection when Della, a traditional Southern baker, reunites with her deceased best friend’s daughter, Jen, in preparation for Jen’s wedding. Della is forced to question her strongly-held beliefs when she is asked to bake Jen’s dream wedding cake for her and her future wife. Questions of morals, judgment, and family swirl around them all in this heartfelt and deliciously funny new play.

For show times, tickets and other information, visit, email or phone 617-585-5678.

Academy Awards screening

Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St. will be rolling out the red carpet for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards screening live on Sunday, Feb. 9.

The show starts at 8 p.m.; arrive any time after 7 p.m. for a red carpet and step-and-repeat photo opportunity.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. No tickets necessary.

Visit for other information.

Sunday Family Films

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square will show a movie for families with children of all ages from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays as follows:

“Muppets Most Wanted” (Feb. 9); “Abominable” (Feb. 16); and “The Princess and the Frog” (Feb. 23).

Visit for other information.

‘Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America’ author talk

The American Inspiration Series will present Marcia Chatelain, a professor at Georgetown, who will discuss her new book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, accompanied by Leah Wright Rigueur of Harvard Kennedy School from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury St.

This astonishing new work reveals the tie between McDonald’s, civil rights, and black capitalism. A book signing will follow.

Visit for registration ($12.50 admission; $34 for admission and signed book) and other information.

‘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:

An Easy Air: Dress and Performance in the 18th and 19th Centuries with David E. (Ned) Lazaro, Curator of Textiles, Deerfield (Feb. 11); Clothing Matters: The Smith College Historic Dress Collection with Catherine (Kiki) Smith, Professor of Theatre, Smith College, Northampton (Mar. 10); and Three New England Brides: Self-Fashioning in the Georgian Era with Dr. Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire (Apr. 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 to reserve tickets and other information.


A free orientation and tour, which takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, will introduce you to the resources available at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury St.

Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records – and expert staff to help you navigate it all – NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history.

No registration necessary. Tour attendees are welcome to use their resources following the tour.

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Vintage Valentines & the Origins of Valentine’s Day

Learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and explore beautiful digital archives of vintage valentines to email or print from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.

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Music of the Plimouth Colony Settlers: 1590-1650

Pilgrims’ Progress: Music of the Plimouth Colony Settlers: 1590-1650 will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99-101 Newbury St.

This hour long musical performance, featuring Seven Times Salt, follows the Mayflower settlers from their homes in 1590s England to religious refuge in the Netherlands, and onward to challenging new lives on the unfamiliar shores of New England.

This concert will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing with music of the Elizabethan tavern and theater, spirited catches by Thomas Ravenscroft, selections from the Dutch ‘t Uitnement Kabinet, stirring psalms from the Ainsworth Psalter, and vigorous tunes from Playford's English Dancing Master, all performed with period instruments and dialect.

This program is part of the American Ancestors 2020 Four Nation Concert Series

Visit for tickets ($20) and other details.

Author Talk at Trident

Join author Tracy Strauss for an evening discussing love, life, and her new book I Just Haven’t Met You Yet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St.

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a modern-day journey of the heart. It is a story about taking big risks, changing old habits and beliefs about dating, and speaking back to the naysayers, especially that internal critic, the inner love saboteur. It is a prime mover and the only epistolary memoir cum dating/relationship essay book of its kind.

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Cornell Coley Concert

Families are invited to enjoy music and try out instruments with Cornell Coley from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.

Visit for other information.

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 the Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (1994) on Feb. 19. The book deals with issues relevant today such as climate change, the growing divide between rich and poor, and the breakdown of society.

Visit to learn more.

(G)race Speaks Anti-Racism Workshop

(G)race Speaks is hosting a series of Anti-Racism Workshops from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 23 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. as part of Black History Month.

This four-week curriculum will facilitate dialogue on the intra-racial church (intra=within or inside one group). Through personal stories, dialogues are focused on understanding and finding the means of dealing with conscious and unconscious behaviors that act as obstacles to inclusion and deepening relationships.

Visit for more information or email Amo at to sign up.


The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present “Cabaret” at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave. from Feb. 21 through Feb. 23.

Ticket sales (for 21+) are underway for these fun, festive – and always a little risqué – fabulous nights out. Visit for show times, other details and tickets.

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:

The Thistle Brothers (Feb. 22); Meghan Marshall (Feb. 29); LEW (Mar. 14); and The Ruta Beggars (Mar. 28).

Visit to learn more about the performers.

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, Feb. 25 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.

The group will discuss Killers of the Flower Moon – The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Visit for other information.

Walt Whitman

Join Professor Helms and Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, Senior Minister at Arlington Street Church, from 3 to 5 p.m. on wintry Wednesday afternoons through Feb. 26 for a deep exploration of four Whitman masterpieces: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry; Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking; As I Ebbed with the Ocean of Life; and the Lincoln elegy, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed.

These poems are often overlooked because of the universal focus on Song of Myself, but in any accounting of Whitman’s accomplishment all four are essential reading.

You can find all the poems on the web. A poem will be discussed each week.

The group will meet at The Vendome, 160 Commonwealth Ave. (tell the doorman that you are there to see Professor Helms).

Visit for other details.

Music creation for teens

Kanye West, J. Cole, Jon Bellion, Travis Scott, and Chief Keef: What do these artists all have in common? They’re all active producers who create their own beats.

Come to The Lab in Teen Central from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Feb. 28 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square to gain skills in all aspects of music production.

Tony Hamoui, aka Hamstank, is a professional Boston-based music producer who will guide you through mixing music in Logic Pro X and Garageband.

Visit for other information.

Hardy Perennials

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 for other information.

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

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 donation, visit for other details.

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, Mar. 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 for registration/donation/event details and/or to volunteer.

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

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

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 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 for other information.

Choral Evensong

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

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


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

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

Recovery Eucharist

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

First Saturday

First Saturday will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in 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 for other details.

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

‘Born This Way’

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the world premiere of “A Peacock Amongst Pigeons” at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. on Mar. 14 and Mar. 15.

With vibrant costumes, animation and an original score from a Broadway composer, the award-winning story teaches the importance of celebrating our differences and learning to love the feathers we live in. The second act showcases music and stories that rejoice in how we are “Born This Way.”

Ticket sales (for 21+) are now underway for these fun, festive – and always a little risqué – fabulous nights out. Visit for show times, tickets and other details.

‘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, Mar. 18 through Friday, Mar. 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 for tickets ($250-$300) available through Mar. 10 and 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

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 or by calling 617-646-0560.

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

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 for other information.

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

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 for more information.

Email or phone Dylan Hillerbrand at 617-536-3355, ext. 21 to arrange a tour.

MS Run Club

Join the Marathon Sports Boston Run Club every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a run around the Charles River.

The MS Run Clubs are free, all inclusive weekly events that begin at the store at 671 Boylston St. They’ll track your mileage, and as you hit significant milestones you’ll become eligible for a MS Running Group discount, unique members-only gear, and other great kickbacks.

For more information, visit

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, 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.

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 to pre-register and for more information.

These Marathon Sports meet ups run groups are partnered with The Esplanade Association at

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

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

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.


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 or phone 888-222-3711.