Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes
‘Who Killed Vincent Chin?’ screening
The screening of “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St.
This Academy-Award nominated film is a powerful statement about racism in working-class America. It relates the stark facts of Vincent Chin’s brutal murder. A 27-year old Chinese-American, Chin was celebrating his last days of bachelorhood in a Detroit bar. An argument broke out between him and Ron Ebens, a Chrysler Motors foreman. Ebens shouted ethnic insults, the fight moved outside, and before onlookers, Ebens bludgeoned Chin to death with a baseball bat. In the ensuing trial, Ebens was let off with a suspended sentence and a small fine.
Outrage filled the Asian-American community to the point where they organized an unprecedented civil rights protest. His bereaved mother, brought up to be self-effacing, successfully led a nationwide crusade for a retrial. This tragic story is interwoven with the whole fabric of timely social concerns. It addresses issues such as the failure of our judicial system to value every citizen’s rights equally, the collapse of the automobile industry under pressure from Japanese imports, and the souring of the American dream for the blue collar worker.
This documentary film is in conjunction with the “Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library” exhibition and gallery talks through Mar. 14.
Registration is not required. Members are free; Non-members are free with admission ($10).
Visit bostonathenaeum.org for other information.
A History of African-American Cycling
Author Lorenz Finison will give a talk combining material from his first two books, Boston’s Cycling Craze and Boston’s 20th Century Bicycling Renaissance, capturing the 100-year trajectory of black cycling life in Boston, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (entrance on Lomasney Way).
Finison will discuss African-American cycling from tricycling and high wheel racers in the 1880s to the all-black Riverside Cycle Club and the West End’s own Kittie Knox in the1890s to Ned Chandler, a noted Barbadian immigrant racer in the 1910s and 20s at the Revere track, and the cycling commuters of the 1960s and 70s. Their failures and successes are all shown along with historic pictures, news clips, and bicycling music.
Visit thewestendmuseum.org for required registration ($10; free for members) and other information.
We Care Club
The We Care Club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, Mar. 22, and May 17 at The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St.
This interactive family program combines literature and learning with hands-on philanthropy.
Visit vilnashul.org for more information.
King’s Chapel concerts
The King’s Chapel Concert Series will be held at 5 p.m. at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.
The Sunday series will include “Sonata” on Feb. 23 and G.F. Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” on Mar. 29.
The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
For more information and tickets, visit kings-chapel.org.
All about Anansi
Join storyteller Valerie Stephens as you learn all about Anansi the spider, who was born amongst the Ashanti oral culture of the people of Ghana and became one of the more famous characters in folklore.
The group will celebrate the much-beloved trickster spider who has brought joy to many generations through interactive stories, games and songs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Sherry Eskin’s StoryTime
Toddlers and their families are invited to join Sherry Eskin for StoryTime from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 26 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Intended for individual child-caregiver pairs, come prepared to engage with your child(ren) with developmentally-appropriate songs, stories, and lots of movement.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Black History Month film
In honor of Black History Month the February Film Series will show “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2019) from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Visit bpl.org/events.org for other information.
Beyond 400 Years: The Black Arts Movement
L’Merchie Frazier – historian, poet, fiber artist and Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History – will discuss the history of the Black Arts Movement from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Her fiber works can be found at the Smithsonian and White House.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
‘A Rosen¬berg by Any Oth¬er Name’
“A Rosen¬berg by Any Oth¬er Name: A His¬to¬ry of Jew¬ish Name Chang¬ing in America” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips St.
This first history of name changing in the United States offers a previously unexplored window into American Jewish life throughout the twentieth century. Our thinking about Jewish name changing tends to focus on clichés: ambitious movie stars who adopted glamorous new names or insensitive Ellis Island officials who changed immigrants’ names for them.
Join author Kirsten Fermaglich as she elegantly reveals the profound stories behind the name changes. Kirsten demonstrates how historical debates about immigration, anti-Semitism and race, class mobility, gender and family, the boundaries of the Jewish community, and the power of government are reshaped when name changing becomes part of the conversation.
Visit vilnashul.org for registration and other details. Cost: $15.
Celebrate African-American Patriots
Celebrate the African-American patriots that played a vital role in the start of the American Revolution in Boston and in the formation of our country at 12:45 p.m. on select Saturdays and Sundays in February during a 90-minute, one-mile tour.
Led by an 18th-century costumed guide, visitors view history through the eyes of African-American revolutionaries such as Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem, among others.
Visit thefreedomtrail.org for tickets ($0 to $14) and other information.
‘The Divas Experience’
Enjoy an entirely new way to appreciate the sounds of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and others during “The Divas Experience” at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during February under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome at the Museum of Science.
This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to a pulsating soundtrack of music’s greatest icons.
Visit mos.org for tickets (21+) and other information.
Mystic Chorale: ‘Raise the Praise’
The 250-voice Mystic Chorale, led by Jonathan Singleton, will present “Raise the Praise” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 and at 3:30 p.m. on Mar. 2 at the Tremont Temple, Converse Hall, 88 Tremont St.
The concert will include a diverse mix of spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel classics, and some hand-clapping favorites – all united by themes of love and hope.
For more information and tickets ($15), visit mysticchorale.org.
Roaring ’20s Extravaganza!
A Roaring ’20s Extravaganza will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 29 at The Westin Copley Place, Boston at 10 Huntington Ave.
This welcoming event is open to all young adults, ages 21 through 40, hosted by the St. Cecelia’s Young Adults and Paulist Center Young Adults.
Tickets are $40 available at eventbrite.com and will include a night of music, dancing and fun. Since Prohibition is over this time around, one drink is included with your ticket.
Frog Pond skating
The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit www.bostonfrogpond.com.
‘Reimagining a Colonial Library’ exhibit
The “Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library” exhibition: a full-scale replica of a unique Colonial Revival bookcase, a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century “bookpress” and leather-bound books emulating those in the historic King’s Chapel Library will be on view at the Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St. through Mar. 14.
Visit bostonathenaeum.org for more information.
‘Book Club for the Curious’
The Museum of Science hosts 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 mos.org or phone 617-723-2500.
Second Saturday Crafts
Second Saturday Crafts will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Boston Athenæum at 10½ Beacon St.
Free and open-to-everyone, this drop-in craft time will have fun projects to make and take home.
Registration is not required.
For more information about this and other programs, visit bostonathenaeum.org.
PJ Library will present the “Havdalah Lights, Havdalah Nights Pajama Palooza” at 5 p.m. on 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 vilnashul.org for more information.
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 parkstreet.org.
The Paulist Center Boston, 5 Park St. serves a community breakfast to the homeless of Boston from 9 to 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month in the Auditorium.
If you are interested in attending or volunteering, visit paulistcenter.org for more information or just show up.
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 stpaulboston.org.
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.
Visit p3boston.org for more information.
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 www.stpaulboston.org/index.php/writersgroup.
MGH ‘Me and My Baby’ support group
A “Me and My Baby” support group will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Tuesdays at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St.
The weekly group for pregnant women, new mothers and their families led by MGH nurses and lactation consultants provide an all-inclusive, friendly and supportive environment to discuss questions regarding breastfeeding, newborn care, adjusting to parenthood and breast pump use.
Visit massgeneral.org/obgyn for other information.
ESL conversation group
Come practice speaking English with a facilitated conversation group from noon to 1:30 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Yoga for Adults
A gentle yoga class for adults of all ages who prefer slow, low-impact exercises will be held from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Uncommon Movement, a free fitness class, is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Boston Common, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 139 Tremont St.
These year-round, outdoor calisthenics-type workouts are good for all fitness levels.
Get weird; learn fitness; make friends.
Visit facebook.com/theuncommonmovement for other details.
Young Adults Cafes
The Park Street Church, One Park St., offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.
The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.
The evenings include fellowship around a meal (usually pizza, but occasionally home-cooked), a time of worship and small group Bible Study.
No reservations necessary; just enter Park Street Church (through the side entrance, the glass doors) and the welcome table greeters will help you get oriented.
For more information, visit parkstreet.org or email Zane at email@example.com.
An information session is held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Operation A.B.L.E. (174 Portland St. 5th Floor) for job seekers, those underemployed, in career transition and military veterans to talk about available programs and services.
Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed.
For more information, visit operationable.net or phone 617-542-4180.
A weekly wellness series, hosted by Eadem Arbor, The Yogis of Peace in Boston, is held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at WeWork, One Beacon St.
Unplug from the mental and physical strain of work/life and reconnect with yourself with a 30-minute guided meditation, returning to work/life feeling grounded, renewed, and therefore more productive.
Visit eventbrite.com for other details.
Wednesday Night Supper Club
The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place.
The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal for 50 years.
If you would like to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donation of supplies, food or money; etc.), visit paulistcenter.org for more information.
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.
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. or 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.
Tai-Chi classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
For more information on this low impact energy exercise class with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soohoo, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-523-3957.
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 www.evolvebootcamp.com/schedule.
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 opeationable.net is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.
Visitor Story Time
Visitor Story Time will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St.
The first half hour will include favorite stories, rhymes, songs and games. The second half will incorporate time for making a take-home craft, helping to feed the fish and meeting new friends.
Story time is a great opportunity to discover new books, try new activities and explore the Children’s Library.
All ages are welcome. This program is free for all children under age 13. Other non-members are free with admission ($10). Registration is not required.
For more information about this and other events, visit bostonathenaeum.org.
A Prayer Circle is 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 st.paulboston.org for more information.
Jum’ah Muslim Friday Prayer group
The Jum’ah Muslim Friday Prayer group will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St.
Visit stpaulboston.org for other information.
Chinese-Style Mahjong will be played from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Mahjong is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly played by four players. While similar to the Western card game rummy, it uses 144 tiles instead of cards. Instructors are Likam Lie and Nancy Martin.
For more information, visit bpl.org/events or phone 617-523-3957.
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.
African Meeting House talks
The Boston African American National Historic Site Rangers provide interpretive historic talks at the African Meeting House everyday on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m. with the last talk starting at 3 p.m.
These programs look at the rich history of the African American community on Beacon Hill in the 19th century with a focus on the abolition movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equal rights in Boston.
Programs are free with admission to the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St.
Adults: $10; Students/Seniors (62+) 8; Members and children, ages 12 and under, are free.
Visit maah.org and/or nps.gov 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 freetoursbyfoot.com.
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 maah.org.
King’s Chapel Art & Architecture Tour
The King’s Chapel Art & Architecture Tour (58 Tremont St.) is held at 10:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Guests will explore both floors of the sanctuary to discover the stories the building shares about its history focusing on themes of continuity and change throughout King's Chapel's 332 year history.
For other information and tickets ($2 to $5), visit kings-chapel.org/guided-tours.
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.
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.
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 bpl.org/events.