Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes

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This is what the Custom House Tower looked like around 1915. The Custom House in McKinley Square is surrounded by other buildings.

Colonial herbalist

Learn about the healing benefits of common and uncommon plants, free with admission to the Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Judy Grillo will portray a colonial herbalist demonstrating techniques and wisdom passed on by generations of women who cared for their families with plants grown primarily in their kitchen gardens.

For more information, visit paulreverehouse.org.

L.L.Bean Hammock City

Relax, enjoy the sun and take in the view of the Boston skyline from the two-person hammocks on the saddle at Spectacle Island from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.

All activities, ranger tours and most programs offered throughout the season are included with the price of the ferry ticket.

For more information including ferry tickets, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org.

Movies under the stars

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will be hosting family-friendly Summer Sunday Movies in Columbus Park at sunset through Aug. 25.

Here’s the lineup: “Back to the Future” (Aug. 11); “Million Dollar Baby” (Aug. 18) and “Black Panther” (Aug. 25).

Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic or munchies.

For more information, visit foccp.org.

Madonna Della Cava Feast

Madonna Della Cava will present Dancing in the Streets through Aug. 11 at Hanover Street and Battery Street in the North End.

Now in its 99th year, the celebration will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. with a blessing of the Madonna at 3 Battery St., followed by a short procession.

The festival will continue with music and entertainment from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The grand procession will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday carrying the Image of the Madonna through the streets accompanied by two marching bands.

For a complete schedule, visit MadonnaDellaCava.com.

Coolidge at The Greenway

The Coolidge at The Greenway is hosting free outdoor movies from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Wharf District Parks between Milk Street and India Street.

Bring a chairs, blankets and munchies and watch Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future II” (1989) on Aug. 13.

Visit Coolidge.org or https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/music-movies for more details.

Movies at The Gassy

The Boston Community Collaborative will host pizza and a movie on Wednesdays in July and August at The Gassy / DeFilippo Playground, 135 Prince St. in the North End.

Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. and movies will begin at dusk.

Here’s the summer movie line up: “Ratatouille” (8/14), “Brave” (8/21), and “The Princess Bride” (8/28).

The rain location will be at the Nazzaro Center.

Tea & Tranquility

Tea & Tranquility will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

There will be a meet and greet, a walk along the labyrinth and relaxing on the bench with refreshing MEM Ice Teas and desserts.

For more information, visit armenianheritagepark.org.

ParkARTS for kids

The ParkARTS Children's Artists in Residence Workshop Summer Series will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Christopher Columbus Park at 110 Atlantic Ave.

The arts workshops give kids the chance to express their creativity while working on fun projects with local artists.

Among the artists’ selections for children, ages three through10 (accompanied by an adult) are painting, mask and jewelry making plus treasure creations.

On Aug. 15, Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets will provide a whimsical puppet show at 11 a.m.

For more information including a full schedule of events, call 617-635-4505, visit boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation or email parks@boston.gov.

Fisherman’s Feast

The 109th annual Fisherman’s Feast, the oldest continuous Italian Festival, will be held from Aug. 15 through 18 in the North End.

The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday with the procession of la Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca (Our Lady of Help) to the Christopher Columbus Park Waterfront for the annual blessing of the fishing waters.

The Feast will continue throughout the weekend with a mix of entertainment, a cooking stage, a meatball competition, food vendors and traditional processions on Fleet, Lewis and North Streets.

The grand procession of la Madonna will start at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday and culminate with the famous Flight of the Angel – which sees a young girl dressed as an angel “flying” out of a third story window down to the Madonna – at 9 p.m.

For more information and the complete schedule, visit fishermansfeast.com.

Movie musicals

Movie Musicals at The Marketplace will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays throughout August on the West End.

Pre-Show activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and include trivia, photo-ops on the red carpet with some special guests and prizes. The movie will begin at dusk.

The movie line-up includes: “A Star is Born” (Aug. 15) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Aug. 22).

For more information, visit Faneuilhallmarketplace.com.

Hot summer films

The North End Branch Library at 25 Parmenter St. in the North End will be hosting “Hot Summer Films that Sizzle” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 30.

The movie line-up with include: “Million Dollar Mermaid” (Aug. 16); “From Here to Eternity” (Aug. 23); and “Blue Hawaii” (Aug. 30).

For more information about the movies, visit bpl.bibliocommons.com or call 617-227-8235.

Free movies

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s annual “Summer in The City” entertainment series is back for its 21st anniversary. Each night sports a different theme from “Soul Tuesdays” and “Rat Pack Wednesdays” to “Blues Thursdays” and “Movie Fridays.”

Free movies on Fridays begin at dusk at 70 Rowes Wharf.

The movie schedule includes:

8/16 – “Ghost”

8/23 – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

8/30 – “Captain America: The First Avenger”

For more information, visit www.roweswharfseagrille.com/summer-in-the-city.

GreenFest & TechExpo

The 12th annual Boston GreenFest & TechExpo will spread its multicultural message of sustainability across the Rose Kennedy Greenway (Atlantic Ave. and High Street), Long Wharf and Christopher Columbus Park from Aug.16 through 18 beginning at noon.

Among the happenings will be DIY activities, live music-dance-theater performances, free fitness classes, gardening, innovation, EcoRide and Drive, fashion, film and food.

The world-wide eco-vendors and exhibitors will close at 6 p.m. each day.

On Friday and Saturday, the stage at the Smart Cities Pavilion at Christopher Columbus Park will remain open until 9 p.m.

Boston GreenFilmFest will take place at Hennessy’s Upstairs, 25 Union St. from noon to 6 p.m. each day.

On Saturday, the GreenTech Expo will be at the Marriott Long Wharf Grand Ballroom, 296 State St. from noon to 6 p.m. and the EcoFashion Show will take place on the stage at Christopher Columbus Park from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit bostongreenfest.org.

The Art of Spinning

The Art of Spinning will be demonstrated at the Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, free with admission, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The art of spinning is best learned by the young, and Zoe Lawson has been practicing the craft of spinning by drop spindle and on a wheel since childhood. Miss Lawson will share her techniques while in 18th century garb, accompanied by her fellow fiber artist and father, Fred Lawson.

For more information, visit paulreverehouse.org.

Stewardship Saturday on Grape Island

Stewardship Saturday at Grape Island will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Join other park stewards to enhance native ecosystems and natural processes by studying and influencing changes in park plant biodiversity.

People will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as stewards work side-by-side to improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.

For more information about the program (which happens rain or shine), what to wear and bring, parking/transportation to the Courthouse Dock (2 Northern Ave.) and confirmation (program destination is subject to change based on field conditions), call 617-913-5349 or call/ text rachel_vincent@nps.gov.

L.L.Bean challenge

L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School will be hosting a map and compass challenge on Saturday, Aug, 17 on Spectacle Island. The groups will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Instructors will show participants how to easily and effectively use a map and compass to find direction, take a bearing to a feature on a map and navigate back to a spot.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/map-and-compass-navigation.

Calligraphy lessons

Boston calligrapher, Liz Roessle, will be teaching modern calligraphy at 2 p.m. on Aug. 18 on Spectacle Island.

Learn how to hold the pen, proper ergonomics and how to practice cool lettering styles with this interactive demo / beginners’ lesson. Art supplies, postcards and stamps will be provided. Supplies are limited and pre-registration is recommended.

Unplug, unwind and discover the joys of this meditative art form while enjoying the views of the Boston Harbor and live jazz music provided by Berklee College of Music.

The 12:30 or 2:30 p.m. ferries from Long Wharf will arrive at Spectacle Island in time for class and island exploration.

Schedules and online ticketing for the ferry can be found at bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-islands.

For registration and information about the event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greetings-from-spectacle-island-tickets-61641655852.

Fundraiser for FOCCP

Join friends and neighbors on Tuesday, Aug. 20, for a fun summer evening sailing on the gorgeous ship, Rendezvous. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park to support their annual fall festival.

Tickets for this FOCCP sunset harbor cruise are $40, which includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres. A DJ will be spinning tunes so guests can dance as they cruise around the harbor. There will be a cash bar. Boarding at Long Wharf begins at 6:30 p.m. Set sail at 7 p.m. Return to port at 10 p.m.

Thanks Boston Harbor Cruises for donating the use of the ship for the evening.

For more information, visit www.foccp.org.

‘What Unites Us!’

“What Unites Us!” is a collaborative program to celebrate the immigrant experience, build community and cross-cultural understanding and promote healthy living for aging Boston residents.

Each month will focus on a different country of origin: Thursday, Aug. 22 - Somalia.

Participants (ages 50 and older) will meet at the Armenian Heritage Park at 10:30 a.m. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (between the Carousel and the North End parks) for a speaking program and meditative labyrinth walk. At 11:15 a.m., walk to the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St. at for a seasonal cooking demo and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants are welcome to visit the Boston Public Market after lunch.

For reservations call 617-635-4877 or email andrea.burns@boston.gov or visit whatunitesus.eventbrite.com.

Public art tour

The Greenway Public Art tours, led by a Greenway Park Ambassador, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 23, Aug. 29 and Oct. 18. The tours will meet at the Chinatown Gate.

The tours will include: Elliott Kayser’s “Year of the Pig in Chin Park,” the annual artwork which celebrates the current Chinese zodiac animal and honors the Chinatown community; Mia Cross’s “We the People II,” which captures the eyes of people who live, work, or pass through the Leather District; “Super A’s Resonance,” a large scale landscape mural that invites new views of landscape painting and Erwin Wurm’s UFO, a floating car that evokes the future.

Registration is required and tours may need to be cancelled in the event of poor weather. For more information and to register, visit rosekennedygreenway.org.

Meet Dr. MacGill

The Civil War Living History Tour will take place from noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 25 on Georges Island.

Dr. Charles MacGill, a confederate political prisoner during the Civil War, will be on hand to reminisce about his time of incarceration at Fort Warren, where he tended to both Union and Confederate soldiers.

Registration is recommended for this popular tour.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/civil-war-living-history-tour.

Play croquet

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park are hosting free croquet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 110 Atlantic Ave.

For more information, visit foccp.org.

Birds of Prey

A Mass Audubon bird specialist will be hosting “Birds of Prey” from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at the Welcome Center, 191 W. Atlantic Ave.

There will be live owls, falcons and other birds that call New England home along with interesting facts about their habitats and hunting techniques.

To learn more, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/birds-of-prey.

Chin Park

The Berklee Greenway Concert Series takes place at Chin Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (Surface Road and Beach Street) at 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 29.

For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.

Augmented Reality tour

A tour of The Augmented Reality exhibit, led by a Greenway Park Ambassador, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. The tour will meet in front of the Super A Mural on Dewey Square.

In partnership with Boston Cyberarts, the Greenway Conservancy commissioned three prominent AR artists and a local historian to conceptually explore the themes of transportation and the automobile superimposed with views of The Greenway, combining the past, the present and the future.

Before the tour, download the Hoverlay app for apple or android; during the tour, participants will learn how to use the app to view, engage with and document Augmented Reality through the mobile device as well as view some of the other 16 public art stations along the greenway.

Registration is required and tours may need to be cancelled in the event of poor weather. For more information and to register, visit rosekennedygreenway.org.

ArtCart at Pavilion

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has partnered with Boston Harbor Now and Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion to host the ArtCart from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 30.

Visitors of all ages are invited to drop in and enjoy pencils, pastels, watercolors, crayons, coloring books and more at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, 191 W. Atlantic Ave.

Fun on Rowes Wharf

Enjoy all the pleasures of a New England summer – sun-splashed days, breezy nights and most notably, the water.

Listen to music, dance and sing-along as musicians perform on the floating barge stage from 6 to 10 p.m. through Aug. 30 with "Summer in the City" at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Rowes Wharf. Themed nights include Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays, and Blues Barge Thursdays.

On Fridays, music starts at 4:30 and Movies by Moonlight, where favorite classics will be projected on a large screen over the Boston Harbor, starting at dusk.

For more information, visit www.bhh.com.

Coastal wildlife discovery station

A Mass Audubon naturalist or skilled park staff member will host a pop-up station from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 30 on Spectacle Island.

Children of all ages are invited to learn about wild birds, sea life and other creatures that call Boston Harbor home.

There is often a touch tank present with various creatures from the harbor.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/coastal-wildlife-discovery-station.

Tango in the park

Revel in the romance of Argentine tango music and dancing in open air from 6:30 to 9:30 on Saturday evenings through Aug. 31.

Boston Tango in the Park takes place at High Street/Rowes Wharf Plaza (except on July 13 where it will be held at Dewey Square), rain or shine (bring umbrellas just in case).

There will be a short performance at 7 p.m.

All onlookers and newbies are welcome to take a free lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 with accomplished tango dancers and studios.

For more information about the evening line up of teachers, musicians and performers, visit bostontangointhepark.com.

For more information, visit bostontangocalendar.com.

1860s dress-up and games

Visitors of all ages are invited to meet at the Parade Ground inside Fort Warren (on Georges Island) and try on uniforms, dresses and other accessories that people would have worn in the 1860s and play games, such as hoop races or game of graces, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays through Aug. 31.

For more information, visit bostonharborislands.org.

‘Storm the Fort!’

“Storm the Fort!” is an interactive tour designed for kids to learn about life at Fort Warren during the Civil War.

This program will be offered from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 31.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/storming-the-fort.

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg is played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) throughout the year at the North End Branch Library, 27 Parmenter St.

All adults of all ages are welcome to join the American-style variant of this tile-based game that originated in China and requires skill, strategy and calculation. Beginners are welcome. No sign up is required.

For more information, visit bpl.bibliocommons.com or phone 617-227-8135.

‘Within These Walls’

Fort Warren on George’s Island will come alive during the presentation of Within These Walls.

Characters will portray the lives of soldiers and others stationed at Fort Warren through their personal stories, experiences and daily activities as they defended Boston’s Harbor during of the Civil War.

This program will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 1.

To learn more, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/within-these-walls.

Imagination playground

Boston Harbor Islands will be hosting Imagination Playground on the lawn next door to the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center (191W. Atlantic Ave.), close to the intersection of State Street and Atlantic Avenue on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 1.

There will be plenty of giant foam pieces and other items for children of all ages to build and design structures.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/imagination-playground.

SNAP-Ed nutrition workshop

The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market (100 Hanover St.) is hosting a free nutrition education workshop from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 6 to teach SNAP participants and their families how to eat healthy.

Sample workshop topics include: learning how to be a smart shopper, understanding MyPlate, reading nutrition food labels and learning portion sizes.

Participants will also observe a demo and taste healthy recipes. Examples of recipes include: Red pepper hummus; glazed carrot coins, pumpkin soup, Mediterranean couscous salad.

This free program is presented by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program. For more information, visit SNAP-Ed.Referrals@State.ma.us.

For additional nutrition related information, visit https://www.mahealthyfoodsinasnap.org.

To learn more about the KITCHEN and Boston Public Market, visit bostonpublicmarket.org.

To register for this event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cooking-on-a-budget-snap-ed-nutrition-workshops-tickets-50783218975.

Milk Street tours

Milk Street Cooking School at 177 Milk St. will be offering a behind-the-scenes look at Christopher Kimball's Milk Street from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11.

The tour will include a visit to the kitchen, a small cooking lesson and sample of a favorite Milk Street recipe.

These 30-minute tours are limited to 30 people and must be reserved in advance.

For further information, visit www.177milkstreet.com or register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/milk-street-tours-tickets-27131253309.

Harbor cruise to Boston Light

Save the Harbor will be hosting a free cruise to Boston Light on the evening of Sept. 16. The Provincetown II will board at 5:15 p.m. for a prompt departure at 5:30 p.m. from the World Trade Center dock at 200 Seaport Blvd. and will return at 7:30 p.m.

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase on this Inner Harbor cruise while listening to the wheelhouse narration about the history of lighthouses.

The cruise ship will not be docking and disembarking onto Boston Light.

For directions on how to find the Provincetown II, visit https://baystatecruisecompany.com/directions.

Boating safety

The Mariners House at 11 North Square in the North End hosts boating safety courses and boating license preparatory courses on-site.

Call 617-227-3979 for details or visit marinershouse.org.

Greenway play sessions

The Kennedy Conservancy will be hosting Greenway Play Sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 26 at Chin Park featuring books, games and special surprises.

For more information about the Greenway Play Program, visit Rosekennedygreenway.org/event/play.

Lawn games

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will be hosting lawn games, such as giant Jenga and cornhole, from noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 14 on the West Lawn of the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park at 110 Atlantic Ave.

For more information, visit foccp.org.

Artisans market

The Greenway Open Market takes place in the Wharf District Parks (between Atlantic Avenue and High Street) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 26 and the second and fourth Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 20.

Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck and shop local in the open-air artisan market featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers.

For more information, visit https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/shop.

Dark side of Boston

Boston by Foot is currently presenting guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 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. Add $2 for tickets purchased from the guide on the day.

For more information, visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345.

Farmers Market

Stop by the Dewey Square Plaza for produce and products from local farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 19. The Boston Public Market on The Greenway is organized and run by the Boston Public Market Association.

For more information, visit https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/shop.

Concerts on Atlantic Wharf

Berklee bands will perform Latin music and/or jazz at noon every Thursday through October on Atlantic Wharf, situated on the Boston Harborwalk.

For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.

Visit the Old North Church

The historic Old North Church is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 through March 31.

The church is located at 193 Salem Street in Boston’s North End. The main entrance is located at the intersection of Salem and Hull streets.

Founded in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston, made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride and, “One if by land, two if by sea.” Step into Boston’s history and explore the historic site.

For more information, check online at www.oldnorth.com.

The tale of the infamous ghost

The Legend of the Lady in Black will be held from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. and from 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. every day through Oct. 14 on Georges Island.

Visitors are invited to meet at “The Dark Arch” to hear the haunting fable of Mrs. Andrew Lanier, wife of a Confederate soldier imprisoned at Fort Warren in 1861 and then explore the dark tunnel – for those who dare!

For more information, visit http://www.bostonharborislands.org/event/the-legend-of-the-lady-in-black.

Visit Thompson Island

Hike the trails, explore the salt marshes or relax along the beautiful beaches of Thompson Island on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.

Remember to pack water and snacks before you board the ferry as there are no concession facilities on the island.

For trail maps and other information, visit https://thompsonisland.org/visit.

Fur seals

Discover the life of fur seals at a new exhibit at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf. This is just one of three aquariums in the United States that is home to super furry, long-flippered, happy-splashing northern fur seals.

Watch these seals fly through the water and interact with their trainers on the deck of the mammal center. Shows start at 9 a.m.

“Life according to Fur Seals,” will splash through the end of the year.

For more information, visit neaq.org.

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit bostonplans.org.

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.

For groups larger than 15 people email bpda@boston.gov to arrange a tour.

Walk to the Sea

The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.

Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.

Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.

Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.

For more information, visit walktothesea.com.

Growth Rings

A new public art project, Growth Rings, will be on display through March 15 at Central Wharf Park across from the New England Aquarium at 250 Atlantic Ave.

The art project features three rings suspended between the trunks of the oak trees in the square which creates a series of portals that provide a defined corridor and sight-line through the park to the historic Boston Harbor.

These “growth rings” are meant to recognize mankind’s connectivity with nature and the trees, to celebrate the cycle of life, and to foster harmony within the landscape of the park.

The project was produced by Now + There, designed specifically for this site by Oscar Tuazon, and guest curated by Pedro Alonzo.

Learn more at nowandthere.org/growthrings.

Free Reiki

A free Reiki Clinic hosted by Reiki Master, Maxine Bornstein is held from 6 and 8 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in the second floor Chapel of the Mariners House at 11 North Square in the North End.

Call 617-227-3979 for details or visit marinershouse.org.