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Here is the interior of Christ Church, or Old North Church, made famous from the Ride of Paul Revere. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

Toddlers’ Italian group

Piccoli Lettori will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at I AM Books, 189 North St.

Children, ages four and younger and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.

Visit Iambooksboston.com for more information.

‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’

Equal parts piety, prayer and profanity, the Hub Theatre Company of Boston presents “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” through Nov. 23 at the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

This play is a poignant, darkly comedic examination of condemnation and compassion. Set in Hope, a rundown corner of Purgatory, a trial convenes to re-examine Judas’s crimes and determine his fate – does he deserve to ascend to Heaven or is he doomed to remain in Hell? After a cavalcade of famous (and infamous) witnesses, including Sigmund Freud, Mother Theresa and Satan, the jury- and the audience- are left to question everything they thought they knew about redemption, faith and forgiveness.

Donations of new and gently loved toys and books will be collected at each performance for local charities.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a “sweet spot” of $20 per person (more or less).

Visit hubtheatreboston.com for other information, including tickets and show times.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Evensong

An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Evensong will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Sanctuary at the First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

Visit firstchurchboston.org for other information.

Senior programs at Nazzaro CC

The Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. will offer free senior (55+) programs as follows: walking group from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, knitting and crocheting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and chair yoga from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

For more information, phone 617-635-5166 or visit boston.gov.

Trellis lighting

The annual trellis lighting in the North End’s Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave. will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

In addition to the 50,000 glowing blue and white LED lights along the 260 foot trellis and 14 nearby trees, this magical garden will also feature entertainment and a sing-a-long; your holiday friends, Santa, Rudolph and Frosty; the unveiling of the new USPS holiday stamp; plus refreshments, holiday treats, and giveaways.

Pie in the Sky volunteers needed

Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help with various jobs from Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 in preparation of delivering 25,000 pies in the Greater Boston area.

Jobs include setting up and breaking down the work stations; carefully moving pies to and from quality control check; and completing pie orders at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.

Volunteers are also needed from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 to help staff a pick-up site around Greater Boston, hand out pre-ordered pies to buyers, and sell delicious, heartwarming holiday treats to passersby. One of the sites will be at Bin Ends, 236 Wood Rd in Braintree.

For information and sign up visit servings.org, phone 617-522-7777 or email rievasseur@servings.org.

Thanksgiving dinner

The Mariners House, 11 North Square in the North End will host Thanksgiving dinner for all eligible men and women who work(ed) at sea (active duty service or retired status with 20 years of service) on Nov. 28.

For more information, call 617-227-3979 or visit marinershouse.org.

Steriti ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Memorial Rink at 561 Commercial St., North End will be open for free public skating from Nov. 29 through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sundays from 3 to 6:50 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 3:50 p.m. and 7 to 9:50 p.m.; Saturdays from 4 to 9:50 p.m.; with public stick time from 10 to 11:50 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Phone 617-523-9327 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

‘Making Change Happen’ Breakfast

The annual “Making Change Happen” Breakfast will be held from 8 to 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at WilmerHale, 60 State St. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Join the Hyde Square Task Force in celebrating their honorees and the amazing accomplishments of their youth.

For more information including tickets, visit hydesquare.org.

Sensory-Inclusivity at the Aquarium

On Dec.8, the New England Aquarium will open at 8 a.m. exclusively for people with special sensory processing needs and their families. Although the building will open to the public at 9 a.m., building modifications will remain in place until 10 a.m.

Designed specifically for those with special sensory processing needs, these events allow for early access to the Aquarium and a quieter experience with all your favorite marine animals.

There will be soft lighting, limited use of microphones, and other modifications to ensure a comfortable environment for all participants.

Sensory bags, which include fidget items, noise-canceling headphones and other resources, will be available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Aquarium admission tickets will be available to purchase online in advance.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/events/576840406098147 or contact the New England Aquarium at 617-973-5200.

Holiday Toy Drive

The annual Holiday Toy Drive in memory of Mark Frattaroli to benefit the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain is accepting donations through Dec. 17.

Drop off new, unwrapped toys and art supplies for boys and girls, ages 4 through 14 to one of these locations: Filippo Ristorante at 283 Causeway St.; Ducali Pizzeria & Bar at 289 Causeway St; Ristorante Lucia at 415 Hanover St.; Ristorante Lucia at 11 Mount Vernon St. in Winchester; and/or Cunard Tavern at 24 Orleans St. in East Boston.

To learn about the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain visit italianhome.org.

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.

Superfood Society Chats

Superfood Society Chats with Jennifer Hanway will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays in the KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

The topics will include “Revive – Restful Routines for Restorative Sleep” on Dec. 15.

Visit eventbrite.com for more information and registration at this Lightest Brightest You Lecture Series.

LEGO Club

Build whatever you can imagine with LEGOs and DUPLOs at the LEGO Club from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

For more information, email mthompson@bpl.org or phone 617-227-8135.

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.

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 28 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

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. now 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.

Toys for Tots Party

Join the Gilardi Group, a division of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, and the Divine Design Center for a Toys for Tots Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 2 Battery Wharf.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy to the party. Toys can also be dropped off any time throughout the month of November at their office, 350 Commercial St.

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.

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.