Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes
Everyone is welcome at the Christmas Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting to be held at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. in the North End, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Santa will be on hand for the kids with special gifts, hot chocolate and caroling.
This free event is sponsored by the Nazzaro Center, DePasquale Ventures, NEAD, NEMPAC, George Hadaya, Steven Virgilio and ROC Teen Saturday.
In addition, the Nazzaro team is accepting unwrapped toys, art supplies, books and games for kids, ages 4-14, as part of the Christmas Toy Drive. All donations will benefit the Italian Home for Children. Drop off gifts in the Nazzaro Center lobby.
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.
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.
Gifts That Do Good
The Gifts That Do Good Holiday Market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk St., First Floor.
Spread good cheer and positive impact this holiday season with the knowledge that you are supporting sustainability, equity, empowerment or inclusion with gift-able products and services.
‘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.
Market Test KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., will hold a demo and tasting event from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, presented by the Trustees.
Q’s Nuts from the BPM will demo how to use their seasonal roasted nuts to create delicious holiday dishes, perfect for entertaining.
RSVP at eventbrite.com to ensure a seat and enough samples for everyone.
North End Holiday Stroll
The North End Holiday Stroll will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.
Come ready to shop, stroll, sip and snack as you enjoy exclusive holiday cheer, innovative pop ups, and entertainment at the festively-decorated streets of Boston’s “Little Italy” and its trendy boutiques, galleries, and specialty shops.
North End Tree Lighting
The North End Tree Lighting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at the corner of Cross and Hanover streets.
Come hear carolers and enjoy some light refreshments from Caffé Paradiso and the St. John’s School Bake Sale (proceeds to benefit the school’s programs).
Holiday open house
Friends of the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. will host a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Join them for delicious hot food, raffles, holiday songs performed by the North End Music & Performing Arts Center’s children’s choir, and all-around festive fun. All ages welcome.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
IAWA lit reading and open mic
The Italian American Writers Association will hold its monthly literary reading and open mic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at I AM Books, 189 North St., featuring authors Laura Marciano and Nate Vaccaro. Open mic signups start at 5:45 p.m.
For more information, phone 857-263-7665 or visit Iambooksboston.com.
Enchanted Trolley Tour
The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will take place from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The festivities will include holiday performances, visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.
The trolley will stop at the Paul Revere Mall, North End at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Visit boston.gov for a complete list of stops and other information.
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.
Steriti ice skating rink schedule
The DCR Memorial Rink at 561 Commercial St., North End will be open for free public skating 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.