Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will host the annual tot lot cleanup and neighborhood social from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the park at 110 Atlantic Ave.
Help is needed in cleaning up the playground and replacing the sand in the sandbox. A free neighborhood social with pizza, games, Big Joe the Storyteller, face painting, prizes and entertainment will follow the cleanup.
Visit www.foccp.org for further information.
World Labyrinth Day
The community is invited to celebrate World Labyrinth Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Visitors can join this annual international initiative of the Labyrinth Society in collaboration with the Labyrinth Guild of New England and the Friends of Armenian Heritage Park in walking the labyrinth at the same time as people in cities and towns worldwide. They should arrive at 12:45 p.m. for an introduction to walking the labyrinth.
There will also be a reception to view the 2017 configuration of the abstract sculpture from 2 to 3 p.m. Jared Bowen of WGBH and host of “Open Studio” will give the remarks, followed by tea and desserts.
For further details, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org or call 617-292-0020.
Art of gilding
The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will welcome professional gilder Nancy Dick Atkinson from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.
Visitors can watch Atkinson apply gossamer thin sheets of gold leaf to wooden ornaments just as craftsmen did in Revere’s era.
Admission is free with museum admission. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times.
Visit www.paulreverehouse.org or call 617-523-2338 for further information.
The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will host a Shakespeare workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at I Am Books, 189 North St.
Attendees will be able to better understand Shakespeare’s plays with this fun talk on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to be performed in Boston by Actors Shakespeare Project from May 10 to June 4. Board member Doug Bowen-Flynn will lead a discussion of this popular comedy. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.nempacboston.org or by calling 617-227-2270.
Coral reef fish
The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will present “Amazing Aquatic Athletes in the Anthropocene” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11.
Coral reefs are at risk from human-induced stressors, such as ocean warming, acidification and hypoxia, now more than at any time in recorded history. Dr. Jodi Rummer of the Center for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Australia will talk about her research tracking metabolic and swimming performance of fishes under climate-change relevant conditions, across development and species, and over multiple generations. This information is crucial for making predictions as to which species and/or populations may be most at risk from climate change and whether the fishes’ long evolutionary history will be enough to protect them from future changes in their habitat.
The lecture is free, but registration is required and can be made at www.neaq.org or by calling 617-973-0235.
Glass harmonica concert
Musician Vera Meyer will perform on the glass harmonica from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Paul Revere House, 19 North Square.
Meyer will play early American melodies on the unusual instrument invented by Ben Franklin.
Admission is free with museum admission, and members and North End residents are admitted free at all times.
Further information can be found at www.paulreverehouse.org or 617-523-2338
Author and historian Stephen Puleo will be the guest speaker at a free author talk from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.
Puleo’s latest book is “American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address.” He is the author of six best-selling non-fiction books, including “The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War,” “Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919” and “The Boston Italians.”
For more information, call 617-227-8135 or visit www.stephenpuleo.com.
Celebration of crafts
The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., will host the annual Celebration of Craft, an exhibition of works by students and alumni, from May 16 to 31 in the Windgate gallery.
An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. Festivities will include live musical entertainment, wine and light fare with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting student scholarship at the school. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the website.
The exhibit will feature hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, ornate leather-bound books, violin making and more by alumni and students. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. It will be closed on May 18 and 29.
For more information, visit www.nbss.edu or call 617-227-0155.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th annual neighborhood coffee hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9 at Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave.
Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.
There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.
Call 617-635-4505 for more information.
Dark side of Boston
Boston By Foot is presenting guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, across from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reservations are not required.
Visitors will hear the stories of misery, misfortune and murder based on true, historical events, such as the Great Influenza, the vandalizing of the Royal Governor’s House, the Molasses Flood and the infamous Brink’s robbery, all against the backdrop of Boston’s oldest neighborhood.
Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children if purchased in advance and free for members.
For more information, visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy has opened the Greenway carousel from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week for the summer season. 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.
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 June 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.
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, will host a family fun day at 10 a.m. on Fridays during May.
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.