Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
The leaves have fallen from the trees in the Public Garden and Jinxiang Ma is enjoying the beauty of this season.

Schizophrenia Education Day

Patient and Family Schizophrenia Education Day: Advances in Integrated Community Care for People with Serious Mental Illness will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Starr Center Auditorium, Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge St. (2nd floor) presented by the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy.

This free event will provide an opportunity for people with schizophrenia, their family, friends, treaters, and others to learn about Schizophrenia. Discussions and presentations will also include new research findings and important clinical topics.

Check-in will be from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Complementary coffee, tea and lunch will be served.

For more information and registration, visit gh= or phone 866-644-7792.


The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St. and the Boston Chorale Ensemble will present the area debut of “Annelies,” composed by James Whitbourn, with a libretto by Melanie Challenger at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.

This beautiful full-length choral work based on The Diary of Anne Frank brings her words to life.

Visit for more information.

Veterans Day/Veterans for Peace parades

The city’s annual Veterans Day Parade, to celebrate and honor veterans, will kick off at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 featuring an assortment of military units, high school ROTC groups, honorary militias, marching bands and veteran’s organizations.

The Veterans for Peace and The Leftist Marching Band will proudly walk behind this first parade to honor and celebrate the original intention for Armistice Day – A Day of Peace.

Both parades will march around Boston Common along Boylston and Tremont Streets and on to City Hall Plaza.

The Veterans for Peace will continue on to the front of Faneuil Hall next to the statue of American Revolution patriot Samuel Adams.

The Armistice/Veterans Day for Peace rally will begin at 2 p.m. where veterans from different eras will present speeches, anti-war poetry readings and music.

A Veterans Town Hall will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum, 4 Faneuil Hall, 4th floor, to honor veterans by listening to their voices, their words and their experiences while in service to our country.

Everyone is welcome to attend, to listen and to learn at these events.

For Veterans Day Parade information, phone Amy Yandle at 617-635-3911.

For Veterans for Peace/Rally information, visit

'From Wood to Chips lecture'

"From Wood to Chips: 200 Years of Stethoscoping and Ultrasounding" will be presented by Thomas Heyne, MD from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, third floor Putnam Gallery, 2 North Grove St.

Light refreshments will be available.

Visit to register.

Hummus-Making Workshop

Tahaza Kitchen (Cambridge) will demonstrate a contemporary twist on old-world cuisine at a hummus-making workshop at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St.

This program is part of the Young Adult Nosh Series.

Visit for more information.

Esplanade guided tree tour

The Esplanade Association will host a family-friendly guided walking tree tour along the Esplanade’s lagoons from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Learn about the history of the different trees and plants that help provide habitat for the park’s species, as well as shade and beautiful foliage in summer and fall, and how to identify them.

The group will meet at Community Boating Inc., 21 David G Mugar Way. The walk will cover about a mile.

A suggested donation of $10 will support the Association’s work to revitalize, enhance, program and maintain the Charles River Esplanade.

Visit or for reservations.

Graphic Novel Book Discussion

A panel discussion about Aivali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922 will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Consulate General of Greece in Boston, 86 Beacon St.

A journey in time … a previous refugee crisis in the Mediterranean … This graphic novel dramatically tells the story of Greeks and Turks living as neighbors in the town of Aivali and other places along the Aegean Sea during the late Ottoman Empire; their subsequent expulsion from their ancestral homelands during a population exchange of Greeks and Turks in 1922, known to Greeks as “The Catastrophe” or the “Asia Minor Disaster;” and their subsequent lives as refugees.

To learn more about the book, the panelists, and the presenters visit

Chilean films

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will be celebrating Chile from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The November Films Series will feature “Neruda” on Nov. 13; “Gloria” on Nov. 20 and “The Maid” on Nov. 27.

For more information, visit


Tailored for Success in partnership with senior veterans’ officials and veteran serving organizations will present Boots2Suits from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Massachusetts State House Hall of Flags, 24 Beacon St.

Veterans, military spouses, and active duty military are invited to listen to a panel of experts, get career advice, and receive free professional attire and resources to help with the transition from military to civilian life and enter the civilian workforce.

Visit for more information and registration.

‘A Night of Burlesque Music’

“A Night of Burlesque Music” with the John Licata Burlesque Band will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 16 at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford St.

The Band will play songs of the 1940s Scollay Square “burly” houses, including “Night Train,” “Tin Roof Blues” and “St. James Infirmary.”

For more information and pre-registration, visit Tickets are $5 for Museum Members and $10 for Non-members.

Pajama Palooza

PJ Library will present the “Havdalah Lights, Havdalah Nights Pajama Palooza” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 1, Mar. 14, Apr. 11 and May 9 at The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St.

Put on your cutest pajamas as Ellen Allard helps us sing bye-bye to the sweetness of Shabbat and hello to a brand new week. Come prepared to dance, sing and jump for joy!

Visit for more information.

Yoga flow with Sweta Gupta

Yoga flow with Sweta Gupta will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 19 at

Simches Research Center in Room 3130, 185 Cambridge St.

This yoga class will be a slow flow vinyasa style yoga that will get your body moving. Continual movement through yoga postures gets your heart-rate up while balancing and core sections will keep you focused and strong. Modifications will be provided in order to make the class achievable for all.

Bring your own mat/towel and water bottle. All are welcome.

To reserve a spot, visit

‘Building Communities of Resilience’

A “Building Communities of Resilience: Substance Use Disorder” forum will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Museum of Science.

What does a community of resilience that supports people with substance abuse disorders look like and how could you create it? Share your perspective as groups work together to create a community plan while learning about methods of prevention and recovery and considering a diverse range of values and ideas.

Visit for required reservations and other information.

Prayer Circle

A Prayer Circle will be held at noon on Fridays at St. John’s Chapel at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St.

Everyone is welcome to come and pray, or be silent, and/or sit and talk for a while.

Visit for more information.

‘From Sarnoff to Seinfeld’

Join Professor Rachel Greenblatt for “From Sarnoff to Seinfeld: Televisual Jews in Historical Context” - a six-session series that explores the relationship and portrayal of Jews on the small screen and Jews and Jewish culture in American society from 7:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 16 (except Nov. 11 and Dec. 2) at The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips St.

Visit for more information.

Young Adults Cafes

The Park Street Church, One Park St., offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Tuesday café is primarily comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s. Both are open to young adults in the Greater Boston area.

The evenings include fellowship around a meal (usually pizza, but occasionally home-cooked), a time of worship and small group Bible Study.

If you're interested in checking this out, there is no need for you to sign up anywhere; all you have to do is show up and enter Park Street Church on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (through the side entrance, the glass doors) and the welcome table will get to know you and help you get oriented.

For more information, visit or email Zane at

Black Seed Writers Group

The Black Seed Writers Group will meet every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage which will be featured in “The Pilgrim” literary magazine showcasing the work of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.

For more information, visit

SCSEP Information Sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

P3 Boston

Young adults and young professionals are invited to attend P3 Boston – Prayer, Penance, Pub – which will meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Adorations & Confession will be held at 7 p.m. followed by Meditation and Benediction at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 68 William Cardinal O’Connell Way.

The group will then gather at 8:15 p.m. at the Hill Tavern, 228 Cambridge St. for socialization.

For more information, visit

Jazz exhibitions

The Museum of African American History (46 Joy St.) celebrates Boston’s rich jazz history with two new exhibitions – “Jazz Scene in Boston: Telling the Local Story” and “Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection” – that will be on display through Mar. 30.

A sizeable collection of photographs, handbills, posters and memorabilia capture the images of the legendary artists and notable personalities and the reactions of the audiences from varied genres in music and dance in a variety of settings from the 1920s through the 1980s.

For more information, visit

College gathering

The Park Street Church College Community will meet from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. on the third Friday of each month at the Park Street Church, One Park St.

There will be student bands, peers sharing about their lives and what is happening on campus, and Christ-centered talks by guest speakers for all students enrolled at one of the 24 Boston colleges.

For more information, visit

‘Music under the Dome’

“Music under the Dome” will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the Museum of Science, Planetarium.

Premiering this fall will be The Fleetwood Mac Experience in October and The Drake Experience in November.

For more information and $10 tickets, visit

Spanish/English conversations

Informal Spanish/English language conversations (with and for adults) will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information, visit, email or phone 617-523-3957.


Tai-Chi classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays at the West End Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information on this low impact energy exercise class with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soohoo, email or phone 617-523-3957.

Chinese-Style Mahjong

Chinese-Style Mahjong will be played from 2 to 4 p.m. on most second and fourth Fridays of the month at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information, visit or phone 617-523-3957.

‘Book Club for the Curious’

The Museum of Science will host a “Book Club for the Curious” at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.

Created at the Museum of Science, Boston and presented in partnership with the CIC, this reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts society.

For more information about this free book club, visit or phone 617-723-2500.

‘Big Bird’s Adventure’

“Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky” will be presented on Dec. 1 and Jan. 5 at the Museum of Science.

Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from “Sesame Street” and follow along with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China,Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon.

Enjoy the special showings in the Planetarium with softer volume, lights left up, and relaxed house rules. Timed tickets are required.

Visit for tickets and other information.

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. Classes are led by Marathon Sports Run Groups.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to participate.

For more information or to pre-register, visit

These meet ups are partnered with The Esplanade Association; for information, visit

West End photographs

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition - “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord.”

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more details, call 617-416-0781 or go online to

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For further details, call 617-523-3957.

‘National Parks Adventure’

The Omni Theater at the Museum of Science will be showing MacGillvray Freeman’s “National Parks Adventure” which takes you on the ultimate IMAX off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.

Spectacularly wild and beautiful places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, Arches and Canyonlands are illuminated with immersive giant-screen cinematography, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

This family-friendly film runs 50 minutes. For more information on tickets and show times, visit

Evolve Bootcamp

The Evolve Bootcamp will meet on the Boston Common at the Boston Public Garden entrance (84 Beacon St. between Charles and Arlington streets, across from Cheers) from 6 to 7 for an early Friday morning run.

Join the gang and challenge yourself with fun-filled, functional fitness training outdoors.

The Evolve Bootcamp, Boston Common location boasts a surrounding terrain full of variety. In this class you will experience dynamic workouts fueled and inspired by a city environment that includes steep hills, stairs, fields, urban obstacles and more. Rain or shine, expect the unexpected.

For more information and to sign up, go to

Free swing dancing

“Swing” the night away. Swing dancing takes place on the Boston Common every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit

‘Let There Be Light’

Meditation sessions are held from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Fridays and 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Mondays in the Library Room at the Beacon House, 19 Myrtle St.

There will be guided commentary with singing bowl sounds in background during the sessions. Please come early to sign in at security desk. Meditations start and end on time. The event is free, but donations are welcomed.

To learn more, visit

Esplanade guided history tour

The Esplanade Association will be hosting a free guided history tour of the Esplanade from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

The almost hour-and-a-half tour will cover about a mile of the park and over 150 years of history. The group will meet at the Community Boating Inc. 21 David G Mugar Way.

To register, visit tickets 54537671644.

Monday lunch

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., hosts The Monday Lunch program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Sproat Hall.

The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch every week for 30 years. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your situation.

Volunteers are welcome to join the team as well.

For more information, visit

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

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.

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

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through May 28 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

‘Great Bear Rainforest’

Experience one of the planet’s most diverse wildernesses – Canada’s “Great Bear Rainforest” – with the new giant-screen documentary at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science through Dec. 31.

This family-friendly film runs 40 minutes. For more information on tickets and show times, visit