Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Louis Figueroe is one of the people raising money this season for the Salvation Army. He doesn't just ring a bell outside of Macy's in Downtown Crossing - he also plays a tambourine and dances to very upbeat music.

Holiday Pop-Up Series

The Godfrey Hotel Boston’s Holiday Pop-Up Series continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in the hotel’s lobby at 505 Washington St. with the grand finale on Dec. 21.

Designed to help Godfrey's guests and Boston natives discover thoughtful gifts uniquely made in New England, the pop-ups will feature an assortment of locally made and beloved items ranging from luxury handmade knits to cocktail kits and specialty baked dog treats for furry friends.

The Holiday Pop Up Series will feature the following stores: Nov. 30: Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company; Dec. 7: Crush Boutique; Dec. 14: Sarah Bertochi; and Dec. 21: Sheperd’s Run Jewelry + Basic Batch Donuts.

For more information on the Holiday Pop-Up Series, visit www.godfreyhotelboston.com.

Boston Tuba Christmas

Faneuil Hall Marketplace will present the annual Boston Tuba Christmas Concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Join the fun and watch 200 tuba players serenade the crowd with everyone’s favorite holiday classics in front of the giant holiday tree at Marketplace Center.

Visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more information.

José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker

The José Mateo Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” from Nov. 30 through Dec. 8 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St.

Take a fantastic journey with Clara and her Nutcracker-turned Prince who battles an army of mice and guides her through the Enchanted Forest of dancing snowflakes to arrive at the fabled Kingdom of the Sweets, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

For show times and tickets, visit ballettheatre.org.

Migration and walls

Interactive tours of the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will be held at select times through Jan. 26.

“A Wall is a Wall” will be shown at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 and from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in conjunction with the exhibition. The selection presents abstract meditations on, and sobering documentation of, border walls and the lived experiences of those who journey from one side to another.

Visit icaboston.org for additional information including other related programs.

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 the following: Dec. 1: “Advent Baroque;” Feb. 23: “Sonata;” Mar. 29: G.F. Handel: “Alexander’s Feast.”

The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit kings-chapel.org.

Toys for Tots

The United States Marine Corp’s and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans’ vans will be adjacent to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company at Faneuil Hall (behind 60 State St.) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 accepting donations of new unwrapped toys the for Toys for Tots campaign and new unwrapped clothes for homeless veterans.

Holly Jolly Holiday Party

The Martin Group will host a Holly Jolly Holiday Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at One Design Center Place, Suite 515.

Their fabulous fabric lines are collaborating with some of their talented designers to create one-of-a-kind holiday stockings.

These stockings will be unveiled at the party and available for purchase via a silent auction. Bids open on Dec. 3 and conclude on Dec. 11, during the Boston Design Center’s Holiday Stroll. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Health Care Without Walls, an organization that provides access to compassionate care for homeless women and families.

Bring a pair socks (or more) to the celebration, meet team members from Health Care Without Walls, and get ready to bid on super-stylish designer holiday stockings.

Visit Healthcarewithoutwalls.org to learn more.

Visit martingroupinc.com for other information and registration.

Philanthro-Phest

The first ever Philanthro-Phest takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at The Grand in Boston. To support Giving Tuesday, this event features nine of Boston's most influential charities as they showcase their unique missions with fun and interactive displays.

Guests can sip on cocktails and enjoy some delicious food while stopping by each charity station to learn more about the work they are doing.

The event will also feature live music from Louie and Lisa Bello.

Among the charities that will take part are the Greg Hill Foundation, Team Impact, the Spaulding Rehab Professional Council, the Corey C. Griffin Foundation, Boston Winter Ball, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Vanessa R. Marcotte Foundation, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, Goodwill Boston and the Last Hope K9 Rescue.

The Grand Boston is located at 58 Seaport Boulevard, Suite 300 in the Seaport.

Visit www.philanthrophest.org for more information.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas Carol

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol will be held from Dec. 3 through Dec. 29 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St.

Set during the 1930s in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, this incredibly heartwarming and truly unforgettable production imagines Ebenezer Scrooge as the owner of a mining company town, where his callous greed blinds him to the joys and gifts of the season.

As a Christmas Eve snowstorm approaches, Scrooge is visited by his deceased business partner and three ghosts who compel him to see life anew and discover that love is the greatest and most precious gift we have.

Visit emersoncolonialtheatre.com for show times and tickets.

Blink! Holiday Spectacular

The Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular will take place from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 broadcast live on WBZ-TV/CBS followed by Blink!.

The event will feature live musical performances, a special visit from Santa, and the kick-off of the New England Patriot’s Holiday Toy Drive.

The lighting marks the start of Blink!, a six-week state-of-the art light and sound extravaganza featuring more than 350,000 LED lights synchronized to music. Seven holiday songs (six new) will run on the half hour from 4:30 and 10 p.m. through Jan. 1.

Visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more information.

Volunteer for SLM

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will be hosting a volunteer informational session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4.

SLM empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential skills.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include mentoring youth, joining the Board of Ambassadors, supporting annual events and fundraisers plus skills-based positions to lend expertise to SLM.

These opportunities range in commitment from one-off projects or consulting to multiple years of committed mentoring.

The session will include information about the organization, the range of opportunities available and ways to identify best fits.

For more information, contact cayla@silverliningmentoring.org.

To register, visit eventbrite.com.

The Cartiers author talk

Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, 63 Park Plaza will present The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Author Francesca Cartier Brickell with talk about the captivating story of the family behind Cartier and how a humble Parisian jewelry store became a global luxury icon.

A reception will held at 5 p.m.; the presentation at 6 p.m., and book signing at 7 p.m.

Visit eventbrite.com for registration and other information.

Wellable’s holiday party

Wellable’s holiday party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 5 at Wellable HQ, 47 Winter St., Fifth Floor.

Join them for a little bubbly and good cheer to toast the holidays and the coming New Year at their new HQ.

Reserve a spot on eventbrite.com to assure enough food and drink for everyone.

ILLUMINUS Festival

The ILLUMINUS Festival will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 in Downtown Boston.

This free festival features original installations, video projections and performances by artists who manipulate light and sound to create immersive experiences that turn city streets into an installation gallery.

The journey starts at 100 Summer Street and spreads through the neighborhood streets taking over plazas, alleys, and building facades, creating a captivating network of artistic and interactive installations, including sections of High, Summer and Federal Streets, as well as Milton Place, among others.

For more information, visit illuminusboston.org.

Light Up Seaport

Celebrate the most magical season of the year at the annual Light Up Seaport from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 on the Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave.

Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting, an interactive art installation, live holiday music, and take part in the first-ever Holiday Stroll where participating stores will offer hot chocolate, cookies, and fun surprises.

‘Great Russian Nutcracker’

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Wang Theater, 270 Tremont St.

Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic, world-class artists, more than 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets, soaring birds, and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

Visit Bochcenter.org for tickets and other information.

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’

The performance of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” will be presented from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 at the Shubert Theater, 265 Tremont St.

The world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas.

There will also be an ASL/Open Captioned performance.

Visit Bochcenter.org for other information including show times and tickets.

Winter Revelry

Winter Revelry, a holiday and winter market, will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Innovation and Design Building, 21 Drydock Ave.

This two day holiday shopping extravaganza will showcase a hand-selected group of master artisans whose products range from home goods, ceramics, skincare, menswear, jewelry to other items. There will also be a DIY gift wrapping station, a pop-up tree farm, winter lounge, and more.

‘Black Nativity’

The National Center of Afro-American Artists will present its 49th season of Langston Hughes' “Black Nativity” from Dec. 6 through Dec. 22 at the Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage, 559 Washington St.

The Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m. and the Saturday and Sunday matinees will start at 3:30 p.m.

“Black Nativity” is a gospel telling of the Christmas story. A highly energetic song-play narrated in black vernacular speech, their production features a dramatic "pas de deux" performed to African drums in which the dancing Mary delivers the newly born Christ Child to a mesmerized audience. You will be swept away by the cast of more than fifty joy-filled children, men and women lifting their voices in glee.

Visit blacknativity.org to learn more. Visit emersontheatre.org for tickets.

Gingerbread House competition

The annual Gingerbread House Design Competition and Exhibition will be held at 10 a.m. from Dec. 6 through Jan. 2 (except Dec. 25) at the Boston Society for Architects (BSA), 290 Congress St.

This exhibition is a fun and tasty way to highlight the delicious talents of Boston landscape and architecture firms. This event also raises funds for community design programs while challenging designers to explore a sweet new medium.

This year’s theme is “World Monuments,” enabling participants to create Gingerbread structures inspired by their favorite monuments. As always, teams are encouraged to submit creative versions of the theme.

Visit architects.org for more information.

Holiday open house

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. will host a Holiday Open House - Discover Boston 250 years ago from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Get a taste of December, 1769. Try on an item of replica 18th century clothing and sit in a 1769-style “family pew” with a portable foot warmer. Investigate an original item from their collections or try out a popular colonial game, then use clues to search for the homes of early Old South Meeting House church members on a 1769 Boston street map. After experiencing these and other activities, sample season teas and browse the Museum Shop for unique gifts and stocking stuffers.

Visit osmh.org for additional information.

Christmas house tour

The annual Catholic Charities Labouré Center Christmas House Tour will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Parking and Transportation for the Saturday Twilight Tour will be available at the Labouré Center, 275 West Broadway. Transportation will stop at designated areas to access tour homes. Immediately after the tour, everyone will be invited to the Labouré Center for complimentary food and drink.

Transportation for the Sunday Daytime Tour will depart from the Labouré Center (parking limited) and from Castle Island (ample parking).

Visit ccab.org for more information including tickets.

‘Holly-Day on the Harbor’

Atlantic Wharf will host “Holly-Day on the Harbor” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Waterfront Square, 290 Congress St.

This family-friendly holiday celebration will feature a kid concert by children’s musical group, Little Groove, face painting with Jandy, Arts and Crafts with FPAC, activities with Save the Harbor Save the Bay and Boston Harbor Islands, and holiday treats and other fun.

Resistance doll workshop

A Resistance Doll Workshop with Kimberly Becker will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd., Suite 200.

The class will include some machine stitching, some hand stitching, and lots of open ended discussion about what matters to us in the year 2019. Each person will leave with a doll of their own creation made with recycled clothing and assorted accessories.

Visit eventbrite.com for reservations and other information. Investment: $30.

South Station History Tour

The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through Dec. 7 (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).

Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Meet at the tour sign inside the Grand Concourse, by Teddy Ballgames. No reservations are necessary. Private group tours can be arranged for a fee.

The free South Station tour is a lively hour-long walk through the 20th century, glimpsing into the railroad past and peeking into its future.

Points of discussion include: geography of the area, architecture, history of the railroad, and historic events that shaped the railroad and South Station Terminal in particular.

The tour covers three levels of South Station, accessed via escalator and elevator.

For more information, visit south-station.net.

Enchanted Trolley Tour

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will take place from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The festivities will include holiday performances, visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.

The trolley will stop at Essex Street/Harrison Ave. in Chinatown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8

Visit boston.gov for a complete list of stops and other information.

‘Quixote Nuevo’

“Quixote Nuevo” is being presented through Dec. 8 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.

One of literature’s most vibrant and memorable characters, Cervantes’ Don Quixote is boldly brought to life in this hysterically funny and exceptionally poetic adaption of the classic novel.

Transported to a border town in Texas, the eccentric, brilliant knight embarks on a cross-desert quest to reunite with a long-lost love. Chased by Death himself – in the form of roving bands of guitar-playing Calacas – Quixote always leads with his heart in a world of people led astray by their brains.

Visit huntingtontheatre.org for tickets and show times.

Catholic Charities Christmas Gala

The annual Catholic Charities Greater Boston Christmas Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Seaport Hotel.

The Christmas Gala is a marquis event of the Christmas season that raises funds to fuel the programs that help their neighbors and communities realize self-sufficiency and stability.

The evening will kick off with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a festive dinner with live music from the wildly popular World Premier Band and dancing.

The After-Party, an alternative to dinner, will begin at 8:45 p.m. featuring a dessert buffet, open bar, and the musical styling of the renowned World Premier Band.

Visit ccab.org for tickets and other information.

Tea Party reenactment

Celebrate the 246th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment with Old South Meeting and the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.

The event will begin at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and end at the Harborwalk behind the Intercontinental Boston Hotel, Congress Street Bridge (rain or shine).

Visit oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for an event schedule and tickets.

Christmas in the City volunteering

Join BYHP members and volunteers in supporting Boston’s Christmas in the City from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St.

The group will be helping to make 6,000 cheerful and inviting, hand-decorated placemats for 6,000 Christmas in the City guests.

The Christmas in the City party – a truly magical experience – hosts children (and their parents) from Boston-area homeless shelters.

Visit christmasinthecity.org to learn more about other opportunities.

Visit eventbrite.com to volunteer.

Quincy Market history tour

A free historical walking tour of the architecture, politics, people and geography of Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall is held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Dec. 28, rain, snow or shine.

This spot at the heart of the Freedom Trail tells the story from the Puritan settlement through the American Revolution into the 21st century.

Meet the guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant.

For more information, visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com/boston-things-to-do-in-boston-today-what-to-do-in-boston/historic-quincy-market-tour.

Boston Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

The Boston Ballet will present Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker” at select times through Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St.

This enchanting holiday classic – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – is a perfect introduction to ballet for kids, with captivating dances by the Sugar Plum Fairy, eye-catching costumes and snow scenes, and plenty of area children participating.

Visit bostonballet.org for other information, including tickets and show times.

‘Child’s Play’

The “Child’s Play” exhibition that celebrates the joy and amusement of handcrafted toys, collectibles, and games through interaction, shared memories and imagination will be on view through Jan. 18 at the Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Suite 200.

From board games and dolls to computer games, this exhibition of self-assembled and handcrafted toys encompasses playthings from previous generations right up to today.

Visit Societyofcrafts.org for more information.

Holiday Mitten Tree

Give the gift of warmth to those less fortunate by hanging a pair of new or slightly worn mittens on the designated tree at Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Jan. 1.

Visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more information.

District Hall tour

The District Hall Weekly Community Tour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays throughout the year.

District Hall is the world's first freestanding public innovation center, designed to inspire innovation, foster collaboration and make great ideas come to life is located at 75 Northern Ave.

District Hall operates a free, public workspace, rentable event space and runs free programming that's open to everyone.

For event bookings, visit www.districthallboston.org/host-an-event.

To learn more about District Hall, visit: www.districthallboston.org.

Sustainability breakfast

Net Impact Boston (NIB) holds a monthly informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals on Wednesday mornings. Drop in anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Pret a Manger, 101 Arch St. for networking, discussion and moral support.

NIB combines members’ talents, energy and commitment with the wealth of business, educational, nonprofits, public sectors and other resources to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact.

For more information, visit eventbrite.com.

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.

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.

Boston Fire Museum

The Boston Fire Museum at 344 Congress St. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.

The Boston Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country and the Museum occupies the historic Congress Street Fire Station.

The Museum collection comprises fire alarm displays and artifacts, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus and photograph that were used in the Greater Boston area.

Sparky the Dalmatian, a real-life fire house dog, is always welcoming and ready to assist the guide during the tours.

Admission is free; donations are always welcome.

To learn more, visit bostonfiremuseum.com.

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).

Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.

From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for details and tickets.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.

‘Stories from the Soul’

“Stories from the Soul” is an open mic-style storytelling event hosted at HI Boston Community.

These events are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at HI Boston in the Community Room at 19 Stuart St.

People are invited to share their stories based on a selected theme and learn by hearing others’ stories.

To sign up as a storyteller, email melissa.alexis@hiusa.org.

For more information, visit bostonhostel.org.

‘Hostel Takeover’ improv night

“The Hostel Takeover” is a free night of improv comedy held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of every month.

The event is hosted by My Dinosaur Life and is held at HI Boston Hostel at 19 Stuart St.

For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/MyDinosaurLifeImprov.

‘Kusama: Infinity’

“Kusama: Infinity” will be shown on select dates through Mar. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

The film explores artist Yayoi Kusam’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in American during the 1960s (where she rivaled Any Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international acclaim she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.

The “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama” exhibition will be on view through Feb. 7.

For other information, visit icaboston.org.

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through May 28 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston 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.

Little free libraries

Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)

Now through the end of the year, anyone can take a book and leave a book.

Foster Prize Exhibition

The 2019 installment of the biannual James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition highlighting the work of Boston-area artists will be on view through Jan. 5 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

This intergenerational group of artists works across media including painting, sculpture, film and video to explore questions of place, portraiture and belonging and demonstrates the breath and ecology of contemporary art practices in Boston.

For more information, visit ica.org.

Yoga for adults

Adults of all ages and experience levels are invited to join the weekly yoga class with instructor Gigi at the Chinatown Library, 2 Boylston St from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays (except holidays).

Wear comfortable clothing. Limited mats will be provided or bring your own.

For more information, call 617-807-8176.

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 bpda@boston.gov to arrange a tour.

$1 night at museum

Admission to the Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. is $1 per person every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org or phone 617-426-6500.

Play with a dinosaur

The first-ever hands-on dinosaur exhibit, Explore•a•Saurus, will be at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., through Dec. 31.

Highlighted by a life-size animatronic Dilophosaurus, Explore•a•Saurus introduces clues that dinosaurs left behind and how those clues are used to tell the stories of these amazing prehistoric animals.

Building a three-dimensional dinosaur bone puzzle is only one of the interactive activities that this event offers.

For more information, visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Learn Mandarin

Learn to speak Chinese (Mandarin) via the Mango Languages group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 31 at the Chinatown Branch Library at 2 Boylston St.

Mango Languages is an interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, Hindi and Spanish.

This class is for adults.

Visit bpl.org/events or phone 617-807-8176 for more information.

Community Circles

The “Community Circles” Exhibition will be on view at the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St.) through Dec. 31.

Children and staff from the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) created this community art piece led by artist Chaina Lu.

For more information, visit bcnc.net or bostonchildrensmuseum.org.