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Fountains add to the beauty of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This used to be the Southeast Expressway, but now it is a haven for residents and visitors to the city.

Book signing

Local author and tour guide Ben Edwards will be the guest of the Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.

Edwards will sign copies of his recently re-released, beautifully illustrated, middle reader chapter book, “One April in Boston.” The audience will learn about his special connection to the Revere family, his research and writing process and hear excerpts specifically related to local North End landmarks like the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church.

Visit www.paulreverehouse.org or call 617-523-2338 for more details.

Easter party

North End Against Drugs will host the annual Easter party from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31 at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet St.

The morning will feature egg coloring, crafts, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny between 10 and 11 a.m. Parents should bring their own cameras. Big Joe the Storyteller will entertain at 11 a.m. People of all ages are welcome, but the program is best suited for kids, ages 10 and under. Parents must accompany children.

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

Return of the sea otters

The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will present “Return of the Sea Otter: America’s Cutest Animal” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

Sea otters were nearly extinct during the fur trade in the late 1700s and 1800s, but they have re-colonized most of their former range. While their population is growing in many areas, they are still threatened by sharks, killer whales, oil spills, fishermen and native hunters.

Author Todd McLeish will share adorable photos and describes his adventures studying sea otters from California to Alaska. This will be McLeish’s first presentation of his new book, “Return of the Sea Otter,” and he will sign copies of the book in the lobby following his lecture.

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

Oscar winners

The North end Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen Academy Award-winning Best Pictures from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during April.

The offerings include the wartime drama “Mrs. Miniver” starring Greer Garson in her Best Actress role on April 6; “All the King’s Men” with Broderick Crawford in his Best Actor role on April 13; the musical blockbuster “The Sound of Music,” the 1966 Best Picture starring Julie Andrews in her Oscar-winning role on April 20; and John Ford’s drama “How Green Was My Valley” with Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara on April 27.

Admission is free.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Music for kids

Little Groove will present a fun, free musical morning for children from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 6.

Toddlers and preschoolers can sing, move, play instruments, watch puppets perform and more with staff from Little Groove. Caregivers must accompany children.

For more information, call 617-227-8135.

Spring party

ABCD North End/West End invites community members to their Pasquetta (Spring) party at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at their offices at 1 Michelangelo St.

Call to reserve seating at 617-523-8125.

Dark side of Boston

Boston by Foot will present guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, starting on Friday, April 6. 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 online 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 opend 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, now until April 9, when it will open seven days a week for the 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.

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, 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.

Fun at the library

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

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 April 30 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.