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American treasures

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.

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.

Antarctic seals

The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will present a program on seals with Dr. Allyson Hindle and Dr. Manu Buys of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

The hearts and brains of seals are protected from hypoxic injury when they dive deeply while hunting. To learn about some of the most extreme, deepest diving seals in the world, a research team traveled to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and tracked down the southernmost mammal on the planet. Hindle and Buys will examine what Weddell seals can teach us about new possibilities to treat heart attack and stroke, as well as their own physiological limits in a changing habitat. Science artist Maris Wicks will be a special guest.

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

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.

North End archaeology

Joe Bagley, City of Boston archaeologist, will be the guest speaker in the Old North Foundation Speaker Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 at Old North Church, 193 Salem St.

Bagley will discuss the results of his excavations on the sites of three brick tenement buildings built in 1830 that housed dozens of English, Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants. The outhouses and several other structures were rediscovered in Washington Garden, revealing tens of thousands of artifacts from the people who once lived there. These artifacts gave new insights into the important immigrant voices and stories revealed through this archaeological dig.

Attendees can join Bagley and Jim Pasto of North End Historical Society immediately following the lecture for a reception and community conversation focused on what role immigrants have played in Boston’s history, particularly the North End.

Registration is required for the second part of the evening. A “pay what you will” donation would be welcome.

For further information and to register, visit www.oldnorth.com or call 617-858-8231.

Kids’ musical theater

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will host a musical performance of “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” for kids and families at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 and noon on Saturday, May 20 at the Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St.

The Music Theatre Troupe will present the story of favorite characters from Dr. Seuss, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle and more.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.nempacboston.org or by calling 617-227-2270

Auction fundraiser

St. John School will host its annual auction fundraiser from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at the Battery Wharf Hotel, 3 Battery Wharf.

Auction items will include a three-hour Xbox party in the Prudential Center for 20 people, theater tickets, Bruins tickets and more.

Proceeds will go to the renovation of the gymnasium and to enhance the science and technology programs.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/St-John-School-Boston.

Colonial dance tunes

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will welcome musicians Al Petty and Deirdre Sweeney from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Petty and Sweeney will perform popular 18th century tunes on the penny whistle, flute, fife and other instruments in the guise of itinerant musicians.

The program 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.

Author visit

The North End Historical Society, 9 Hull St., will welcome journalist and author Jane Healy at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Healy’s debut historical novel is “The Saturday Evening Girls’ Club,” based on the true story of the real Saturday Evening Girls Club that existed in the North End in the early 1900s and the young Jewish and Italian immigrant women who forged lifelong friendships through the club and its pottery shop. With the help of the club’s three mentors, these women aspired to, and achieved, much more than society expected of them. After a great deal of research on the club and its history, Healey has written a novel based on these ambitious, inspiring young women.

Admission is free for members, and $10 for non-members.

For further information, visit www.northendhistoricalsociety.org.

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.

Aquarium fun

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.