Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes

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The annual Tunnel of Love at Christopher Columbus Park on the Waterfront has once again been a popular place to visit this month. Each end of the trellis features a heart-shaped entrance with artwork and music along the way to share with that special loved one. This was created by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

Castles of our Skins: A Little History

Join Castles of our Skins from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Mixing together poetry, music, and most importantly… fun, the participants will learn about legendary figures in Black history in the interactive workshop fit for youth, grades four through six.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

Kid’s Nook activities

Sing-along with Jeff Jam at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and enjoy seasonal arts & crafts activities at 10 a.m. on Thursdays in February in the Kid’s Nook at The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for other details.

‘Founding Martyr’ author talk at Old North

The Old North Speakers Series will present Christian Di Spigna, author of Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Old North Church, 193 Salem St.

Di Spigna provides a fresh look at America’s forgotten Founding Father, the patriot physician and major general who fomented rebellion and died heroically at the battle of Bunker Hill on the brink of revolution.

A book signing and reception will follow in the Old North’s gift shop.

Tickets are a “pay what you will” donation.

Visit oldnorth.com for other information.

‘Thank You For Not Talking with Ben Alper’

Local Ben Aper will discuss the perils of being an introvert in his new book, Thank You For Not Talking with Ben Alper from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

This book goes beyond the facts and analysis about introverts to focus on more crucial questions like: Why is it so hard to make eye contact with the UPS delivery person? Introverts, friends of introverts, and extroverts will find something to like in Alper’s book.

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

30-Minute Reads Club

Short on time but still want to enjoy meaningful writing? Then 30-Minute Reads Club may be for you. As fun as fiction but full of facts, long-form journalism articles are substantive reads on a wide variety of current topics, assessable online, and take 30 minutes or less to read.

The group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. to discuss them.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and other relevant information.

Friday Films

“The More the Merrier” (1943) will be shown from1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Visit bpl.org/events for movie description and other information.

Creative Writing Group

Students in middle and high school are invited to join the Teen Creative Writing Group from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through Feb. 28 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Use writing prompts to spark new ideas or work on your own creative writing projects. Share your writing if you choose, and get feedback from other teen writers in a supportive, pressure-free space.

Visit bpl.org/events for this drop-in weekly group.

Tunnel of Love

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (110 Atlantic Ave. in the North End) are decorating the waterfront trellis with a Valentine’s Day theme, beautifully lit up every night.

Bundle up, grab your honey and warm your spirit as you dance to the music on your stroll through the Tunnel of Love through Feb. 29. There will be fun surprises in the park all month long. Post your photos on instagram (#FOCCP) for a chance to win four tickets to a Summer Sunset Cruise.

Visit foccp.org for other information.

‘Still Standing: 300 Years of The Clough House’ exhibition

The “Still Standing: 300 Years of The Clough House” exhibition will be on view from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Feb. 29 at the Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem St.

Built circa 1715, the Clough House is one of the oldest domestic structures in the city of Boston and has stood witness to the changes in its surrounding neighborhood over the past 300 years and evolved and adapted to fit different needs at different times and even came close to being demolished in the mid-twentieth century. In “Still Standing: 300 Years of Clough House” at Old North, presented in partnership with Historic Boston Incorporated, they will consider how this one small plot of land has served generations of Bostonians. The story of the Clough House is the story of the people who’ve called it home; it’s the story of the brick structure itself and its many iterations, and it’s also the story of a changing community. So, this specific tiny building can help us piece together the story of America.

The exhibit includes documents and records from the Old North Church archives as well as historical photographs and finding from a 2013 archaeological dig.

Admission is included with tickets to the Old North Church & Historic Site.

Visit oldnorth.com for other details.

‘Flavors of the Caribbean’

“Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Classes: Flavors of the Caribbean” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 and Mar. 28 at the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

In this lively, hands-on-cooking class you’ll learn how to utilize the produce and products of the farmers and artisans of the Boston Public Market. Guided by Chef Tamika you’ll create an exciting multi-course meal based on seasonal and local food and increase your comfort in the kitchen through new knife skills, techniques and flavor profiles.

In addition to learning a new cooking style, you’ll enjoy tastes of three local New England wines that pair perfectly with the menu: Roasted winter root vegetable medley with Stillman’s and Siena Farms veggies; Jerk spiced Chestnut Farms pork chops with local apples; and Caribbean Carrot Guiness Punch.

Visit eventbrite.com for tickets ($60-$75) and other information.

Steriti ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Memorial Rink at 561 Commercial St., North End is 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.

Winter Ski Train to Wachusett Mountain

Did you know that you can take the commuter rail to Wachusett Mountain for a day (or night) of skiing?

The MBTA runs special trains on the Fitchburg Line from North Station - equipped with ski and snowboard racks. Wachusett Mountain also provides a free shuttle from the station to the slopes for designated trains.

The weekend ski train runs Saturdays and Sundays departing North Station at 8:35 a.m. arriving at Wachusett Station at 10:11 a.m. and departing Wachusetts Station at 6:15 p.m. arriving at North Station at 7:41 p.m.

The Wednesday Ski Train will depart at 3:30 p.m. arriving at Wachusett Station at 5:10 p.m. and will depart Wachusetts Station at 10:34 p.m. arriving at north Station at 12:05 a.m.

For more information, including fares, visit mbta.com/Wachusett Mountain.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

New Moms Group

A New Moms Group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Thursdays at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. in the North End and at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. during the summer.

This is a safe, supportive and welcoming place to come and meet other new mothers in the neighborhood. They talk about everything from diapers, to nursing, to sleep deprivation and all the other exciting and challenging happenings – and sometimes overwhelming transitions – in their new chapter of life.

This is a drop-in group – with no late comers – so arrive anytime that works for you. The group includes mothers from the North End, Waterfront, West End, Beacon Hill, Seaport, Charlestown neighborhoods and beyond. Babies (infants to 12 months) are welcome, also.

Visit NewMomsGroupNorthEnd.com, email NewMomsGroupNorthEnd@gmail.com, or phone 781-639-6002 for other information.

Darker side of Boston

Boston by Foot will host 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.

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.

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. 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.

Milk Street tours

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Cooking School at 177 Milk St. offers monthly tours at noon.

The 30-minute tour includes a visit to the kitchen, a cooking demonstration and a sample of a favorite Milk Street recipe.

Tours will be offered on Mar. 23, Apr 20, and May 11.

Go to eventbrite.com for required registration.

Visit 177milkstreet.com for other information.