Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes

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This is the Cleveland Place block of the North End, showing rooftop overcrowding in 1935.

Astor Estates

I Am Books, 189 North St., will welcome author Curt DiCamillo, author of “Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

William Waldorf Astor, the world’s richest man in the early 20th century, was a sensitive and cultured man who immersed himself in art, architecture and literature. This illustrated lecture by historian DiCamillo will feature Astor’s most magnificent houses: his English country estates Hever Castle and Clivenden and his London home, Astor House.

But the house that meant the most to him was his villa on the Amalfi Coast, an Italian landmark with a rich history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire, which he turned into a paradise of art, beauty, architecture and exquisite gardens.

For more details, call www.iambooksboston.com or call 857-263-7665.

‘Irish Pub Challenge’

Boston’s 10th annual Irish Pub Challenge will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at more than 15 different local pubs and restaurants, including Ned Devine’s and Clarke’s at Faneuil Hall, Congress Street.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can register as individuals and be assigned to a team, join a specific team or create a team of 50 people. Volunteers will guide participants throughout the day. Participants will visit pubs while taking part in a scavenger hunt, having fun, trying some specialty drinks, grabbing a bite to eat and solving a clue. At the end of the day, the team with the most points will win.

Tickets are $30 and will include a T-shirt, hats, prizes, drink specials, challenge maps and more. VIP and MVP packages are available for $50 or $75.

Proceeds will benefit the Boston Police Foundation and Tedy’s Team.

Visit www.irishpubchallenge.com for more details and to purchase tickets.

Public market open house

Boston Public Market will host its annual open house event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 at 100 Hanover St.

This annual event showcases the best of what the market has to offer with free samples, food demonstrations, local beer and wine, exclusive one-night coupons, pop-up vendors, food trivia, a photo booth, live musical entertainment, prizes and giveaways. A cash bar will serve local beer and wine by the glass priced a la carte, and guests are welcome to spend time shopping throughout the market’s 35 vendor stalls.

For more information, visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org or call 617-973-4909.

First international star

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will welcome guest speaker Martha Vicinus, professor emerita of English, women’s studies and history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

Vicinus will introduce Boston’s own actress, Charlotte Cushman, (1816-1876) who triumphed against all expectations in America and Britain. She grew up in the North End and at 16 launched her career at the Tremont Theatre where her powerful interpretations of tragic heroes and suffering heroines drew crowds from every social class. This talk will examine why Cushman became so famous and how she managed a career marked by repeated theatrical success and complicated personal failures.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at www.bpl.org or by calling 617-227-8135.

Family dinner

North End Against Drugs and the Nazzaro Community Center will host a family dinner from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the center, 30 North Bennet St.

The evening will feature an Italian dinner along with guest speaker Dan Toscano – North End resident, lawyer, father, coach, mentor and founder of North End Hockey.

North End residents and Nazzaro Center members are invited to attend. Adults must attend with their children. We encourage grandparents to come with their grandkids and families. Space is limited: RSVP to NEAD president John Romano

Call 617-635-5166 or visit https://northendwaterfront.com/2018/02/north-end-drugs-family-dinner-family-talk/ for more information.

Waiting for America

Author Maxim D. Shrayer will be the guest speaker from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at I Am Books, 189 North St.

Award winning author and Boston College professor Shrayer will discuss and read from his book “Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration.” In 1987, a young Jewish man and his parents leave Moscow for good. They spend a summer in Rome at the coastal resort of Ladispoli, where the 20-year-old poet quenches his thirst for sexual and cultural discovery. Through his colorful Italian misadventures, he experiences the shock, thrill and anonymity of being in a Western democracy. As he anticipates entering a new life in America, he movingly describes the baggage that exiles bring with them, from the inescapable family traps and ties to the sweet cargo of memory.

Copies of both the American and Italian editions will be available for sale and signing.

For more details, call www.iambooksboston.com or call 857-263-7665.

‘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. through March 15 in the IMAX Theater.

The films include “Amazon Adventure,” “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” and “Great White Shark.” All will be presented in 3-D.

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

Fiber arts class

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer a free fiber arts class with staff from the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 and 12.

The Eliot School fiber arts program teaches students the basics of working with wool, cotton, thread, yarn, felt and more. Projects will include rugs, potholders, ornaments or simple keepsakes through weaving, tying or gluing. Students will also learn about history, different cultures and creativity by reading books about fiber.

The program is best for kids, ages 7 to 10.

To reserve a spot, call the North End Branch at 617-227-8135.

Oscar winners

The North end Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., is screening Academy Award-winning best pictures from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during March.

The offerings include the classic “On the Waterfront” starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint in their Oscar-winning roles on March 16; the romantic drama “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman on March 23; and “Marty” starring Ernest Borgnine in his award-winning best actor role, on March 30.

Admission is free.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Musical benefit

The 2018 Perform-a-Thon benefit for music scholarships and educational programs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Kitchen at the Boston Public Market, Hanover Street.

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will host the fourth annual benefit that will feature special performances by the Creative Movement and Young Dancers, Kids’ Music Theatre, NEMPAC Group Ensemble and Eliot Music Ensemble. There will also be children’s activities, refreshments and prizes. Admission is free.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the NEMPAC Scholarship Fund.

For more information, visit www.nempacboston.org or call 617-22-2270

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the launch of Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 18 through 23 and 25 through 30.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

More than 20 restaurants in the North End, including Assiago, Bacco, Lucca North End, Mare, Strega, Ristorante Villa Francesca and Tresca, are participating.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, Boston Parks Rangers.

For more information and reservations, visit www.DineOutBoston.com.

Fun at the library

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a series of free, fun activities for children during March.

New activities include Disney Shorts with Mr. Dan at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; kids’ chess club at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays; baby story time at 9 a.m. on Fridays and toddler story time at 11 a.m. on Fridays.

For more information, call 617-227-8135.

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.