Waterfront-North End-Financial District neighborhood notes

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Bake sale, flea market

The North End Friends of St. Francis House will host the seventh annual bake sale and flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet St.

The flea market will offer toys, books, small household appliances, collectibles, curios, jewelry, games, CDs, DVDs and small pieces of furniture.

Mama Romano’s famous eggplant, meatball and sausage sandwiches will be on sale. A variety of baked goods both homemade and from local bakeries will also be available.

Attendees are encouraged to donate their spare change.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the St. Francis House homeless shelter on Boylston Street.

Call 617-880-9901 for further information.


North End Music and Performing Arts Center will host a perform-a-thon in support of the NEMPAC’s scholarship fund from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Kitchen at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

Students and faculty will participate in this fun, musical afternoon. It will be held in the BPM kitchen area with a stage set-up and audience seating. In addition to musical performances, there will be youth improv, kids’ activities, an instrument petting zoo, refreshments, lunch and prizes.

A donation of $20 is suggested. Participants can also pledge a student performer for $25 or faculty performer for $100.

Visit www.nempacboston.org or call 617-227-2270 for more information.

Writing memoirs

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer a free workshop for adults on writing memoirs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

Kim Kerrigan will lead the workshop, teaching participants how to record their personal histories in a clear, simplified and interesting way, while also discovering their own writing voices and using it to create a distinct memoir.

Call 617-227-8135 to reserve a spot.

Easter egg hunt

The fourth annual Easter egg hunt will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 throughout Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Congress Street.

Children can pick up their baskets and clue sheets at 11:30 a.m. at the Upper Rotunda in Quincy Market, roam around the marketplace where they will discover hidden treats and treasures, including special golden eggs, and bring the baskets back to Quincy’s Place at 12:30 p.m. for more fun and prizes. Participants can reserve their baskets in advance online.

For more information, visit www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com.

Shop and nibble

North End shops are partnering up with local restaurants to bring small bites and beverages while you shop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

Participating locations: LIT Boutique, Shake the Tree, In-Jean-Ius, Ensemble, Salmagundi, Wine Bottega, Polka Dot Dog and Exhale Spa.

Party in the park

The Boston Community Collaborative and the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will host the annual neighborhood Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 9 at the park. The rain date will be Saturday, April 15.

The community is invited to this free morning of fun and candy. Children, ages 9 or so and up who are interested in helping hide eggs, should contact the Boston Community Collaborative by email to becca0923@yahoo.com. Hiders are sent out just before hunters. Plenty of eggs are held back for those who aren't up for an early stampede.

Sculpture reconfiguration

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy invites the community to the reconfiguration of the sculpture at Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 9.

The Abstract Sculpture is a split dodecahedron that commemorates the immigrant experience, symbolizing how immigrants were pulled apart from their homeland and came to Massachusetts, establishing themselves in new, different ways.

Annually, a crane lifts and pulls apart the two halves of the steel and aluminum sculpture and shapes them into a new geometric form atop the reflecting pool.

Admission is free. Further information can be found at www.rosekennedygreenway.org.

Sharks in danger

The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will present “Sharks in Danger: Silver Fins and a Silver Lining?” with Mark Smith and Dr. John Mandelman, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

Aquarium scientists Smith and Mandelman will offer a deeper look at sharks: their cultural impact, diversity and biology, and how, in the context of marine conservation and human interactions, the shark is being threatened.

The audience will also learn about some of the scientific and advocacy work fighting to counteract the mounting conservation threats facing sharks around the globe, as well as work being done at the aquarium’s new Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life.

The lecture is free, but registration is required and can be made at www.neaq.org or by calling 617-973-0235.

Easter party

North End Against Drugs will host the annual Easter party and puppet show from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15, at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet St.

The morning will feature egg coloring, crafts, balloon animals and photos with the Easter Bunny between 10 and 11 a.m. Parents should bring their own cameras. The puppet show will start at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome, but the program is best suited for those ages 10 and under. Parents must accompany children.

Admission is free. Call 617-635-5166 for further information.

Lantern ceremony

The 242nd annual lantern ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at the Old North Church, 193 Salem St.

A fundraising reception with food, drinks and history will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the ceremony at 8 p.m.

The church will host the annual ceremony that commemorates Robert Newman’s lighting of two lanterns in the steeple on April 18, 1775, that signaled the beginning of Paul Revere’s ride to Lexington and the start of the American Revolution.

This colorful ceremony will include a special performance by the First Michigan Fife & Drum Corps, a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride” and a recitation of Revere’s personal account of his historic ride. Members of the colonial militia and the Color Guard from the USS Constitution will take part.

David Rubenstein will be the keynote speaker.

General admission is $40 by ticket only, as space is limited. Tickets to the pre-ceremony reception and ceremony are $300. Proceeds will help the Old North Foundation continue to offer historical tours and educational programs at this historic site.

For more information, call 617-523-6676 or visit www.oldnorth.com.

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy has opened the Greenway carousel from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting.

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

The carousel will be open only on weekends until April 10 when it will open seven days a week for the season.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.

‘Under the Sea’

The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, is presenting three films at 10 a.m. and 1, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. now through April in the IMAX Theater.

The films include “Humpback Whales,” narrated by Ewan McGregor, “Great White Shark” and “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland.” All will be presented in 3-D.

For more information, visit www.neaq.org or call 617-226-2149.

Homework help

Free homework help will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.

Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-227-8135 for further information.

Aquarium fun

The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, will host a family fun day at 10 a.m. on Fridays during April.

Visitors will enjoy activities created especially for families with young children, joining staff in the Curious George Discovery Corner for stories, games and art projects that focus on favorite aquatic animals. The program is free with regular admission.

Call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org for more details.