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This old photo of the North End skyline shows the clock on the Old North Church.

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

First responders honored

South Street Diner, 178 Kneeland St., is inviting Bostonians and visitors in Ireland’s North American hub to join them for a St Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18.

The diner will offer a corned beef and cabbage special served with potatoes, carrots, homemade Irish soda bread and a pint of Guinness for $10. It will also feature a special menu of Irish breakfast with bangers, brown and white pudding and Guinness floats.

From 8 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, the diner will once again carry on the long-standing tradition of policemen, firemen and first responders from all over New England and the Northeast converging at the diner in uniform to share stories and trade patches before heading off to partake and march in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston. Visitors can join in an Irish toast and raise a mug to New England’s first responders.

Call 617-350-0028 or visit www.southstreetdiner.com for further details.

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.

Fundraiser

RUFF, Responsible Urbanites for Fido, will a fundraiser at Shake the Tree, 67 Salem St., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 19.

Attendees can come shop, sip and nibble for a great cause. 20 percent of the proceeds from the evening go towards RUFF. There will be special raffle and lots of goodies to enjoy.

For further information, visit www.ruffboston.org.

Concert fundraiser

Boston Harbor Community Church, 9 Salutation St., will host the “Make Something Right” concert, a night of music to benefit the International Justice Mission, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

The concert will feature Jess Ray, ForBrothers and Taylor Leonhardt, in support of the fight against modern human slavery. It will open and close with the artists forming a seven-piece band. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $11 in advance or $16 at the door. A percentage of the proceeds will go to International Justice Mission.

Call 617-723-2226 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Library benefit

The Living Room, 101 Atlantic Ave., will host a Spring Fling benefit for the North End Branch Library, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

Attendees will enjoy the Living Room’s great food and listen to fine music while raising funds for community programming at the North End library. .

Call 617-723-5101 for further information.

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 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.

Cabaret night

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will present “Jazz/Cabaret Night” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at the Bijou de la Vida Art Gallery, 390 Commercial St.

The feature event of the concert series will highlight some well-known cabaret, jazz, musical theater and classical music in a special crossover event. Tunes will include Paul Schoenfeld’s “Trio,” “Café Music” and cabaret song selections by William Bolcom.

Performers will include mezzo-soprano Alexandra Dietrich, soprano Kathryn McKellar, violinist Nicole Kootz and guitarist Caio Afuine.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $35 and include a catered reception in the art gallery.

Visit www.nempacboston.org or call 617-227-2270 for further information and to purchase tickets.

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, March 23 and 30.

The offerings include 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.

For more details, call 617-227-8135.

Easter egg hunt

Faneuil Hall Marketplace will host its popular annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

Participants can pick up their Easter baskets and clue sheets outside in the South Market to find out which businesses are hiding all the candy-filled eggs. After the hunt the can enjoy live music from The Boston Piano Kid and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

This event is free and meant for children ages 1-13 years old accompanied by an adult. Supplies are limited; please show up right at the start time.

Advance registration is recommended to avoid waiting in line to register onsite. All EventBrite registrants will have a reserved Easter basket.

Visit www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com for further information and to register.

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.

‘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 31 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.