Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:

‘Survival 1630-1635’

The “Survival 1630-1635: A Walking Tour” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, starting at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.

Survival: Boston 1630-1635 explores the story of the first dangerous years, when nearly half the original Puritans either died or fled back to England and how, by 1635, they combined their collective skills and religious beliefs to build Boston and create New England against daunting odds.

This program is part of the lecture series organized by Partnership of Historic Bostons, Inc.

For more information and registration, visit

‘Faces in Massachusetts’

The photography exhibit, “Faces in Massachusetts 2019,” will be on view through Sept. 30 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Boston photographer, Matti Kniva Spencer, spent months interviewing and photographing 25 people who live, work or attend school in Massachusetts. Come and view the faces and read their stories.

For library hours and other information, visit /events, email or phone 617-523-3957.

BTU Homework Help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 30 through May 28 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

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

For more information, visit

Italian Heritage Month

The annual Italian Heritage Month Kick-off will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Massachusetts State House, House Chamber, 3rd floor.

A proclamation by Gov. Baker will be read; American and Italian national anthems and other musical selections will be performed; and refreshments will be served.

To learn more, visit

Italian Heritage Films

The West End Branch Library (151 Cambridge St.) will feature a collection of Italian Heritage Films on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. as follows: on Oct. 2: “Bicycle Thieves” (1948); Oct. 9 “La Notte” (1961); Oct. 16 “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” (1970); Oct. 23 “Corpo Celeste” (2011); Oct. 30 “Sworn Virgin” (2015).

For more information, visit

Extraterrestrial life symposium

A Reno Family Foundation Symposium – Extraterrestrial Life will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Museum of Science Cahners Theater.

Join superstar astronomer Avi Loeb to consider extraterrestrial life and how ‘Oumuamua might be a probe sent by an alien civilization.

This event is free with registration – – for visitors 18 years of age and older. Registration for members will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 30 and for the general public at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2.

‘An Evening with Friends’

The 9th annual “Buona Sera: An Evening with Friends” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 3.

A Wine Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 60 State St., 26th floor ,WilmerHale. The Buona Sera Dinner will include an evening with your friends and a Celebrity guest of choice at your favorite North End Restaurant at 7:30 p.m.

All proceeds will directly benefit seniors and families in the North End, West End and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.

For information on participating celebrities and restaurants and other information, visit, or contact the Event Coordinator at or phone

617-281-7975 or the Director at or phone 617-366-9835. To reserve your tickets, visit

Architectural walking tour

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston will present the 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour - 5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neighborhoods, 2 Hours, 1 Amazing Walking Tour – from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 starting at The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square.

Admire the exteriors of five landmark historic houses, experience four centuries of architecture, and explore three of the city’s iconic neighborhoods on this two-hour walking tour that winds its way across picturesque downtown Boston, making for one special experience.

From Colonial to Federal to Victorian, the stylistic intricacies of the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House, and Gibson House will be highlighted.

Additionally, show your ticket to receive free admission at all five houses during the month of October.

Visit for more information and the required advance ticket purchase ($12-$25).

Science runs this town

It's time to lace up your running shoes and put on your favorite STEM inspired attire for a zany science-themed 5k fun run along the Esplanade. The Museum of Science’s inaugural Sci-K will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Fiedler Field.

The event check-in will begin at 8 a.m. and the un-timed fun run will start at 9 a.m.

The post-race family-friendly fun will take place at 11a.m. To get into the fall spirit, wear your favorite science-themed costume. A contest will be held in which a prize will be given for the best costume. Among the other fun there will be an award ceremony, science activities, food and beverages.

Be a champion of the Museum and fundraise beyond the registration fee for a chance to win the Top Fundraiser Prize. The proceeds raised will ensure that everyone can experience the magic of the Museum.

Join the Facebook event page to stay in touch.

An evening with Isabella Rossellini

A Reno Family Foundation Symposium – An Evening with Isabella Rossellini will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Museum of Science Cahners Theater.

Revel in a special evening with charismatic Isabella Rossellini as she and dog expert, Brian Hare discuss animal cognition and the wondrous intelligence in nature.

This event is for visitors 18 years of age and older and will require a separate ticket: $30 in advance, $35 on event day.

For more information, visit

Women of Beacon Hill Tour

Boston by Foot will partner with the BWHT (Boston Women of Beacon Hill) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 for a tour around historic Beacon Hill.

The tour guides will introduce a variety of notable women who lived and worked in this neighborhood, including abolitionists, suffragists, artists, nurses, lawyers, educational advocates and authors who not only changed the city, but made important strides for the country and in some cases for the world.

For tickets and more information, including private tours, go to

Spanish/English conversations

Informal Spanish/English language conversations (with and for adults) will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information, visit, email or phone 617-523-3957.

Music with Megan

Music with Megan will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays through Nov. 8 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Preschoolers can sing and move/dance/jump to all kinds of music and take turns playing rhythm instruments.

To learn more, visit

Chair yoga

A gentle chair yoga class for adults will be held from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

This slow, low-impact exercise class will be led by Tatiana Nekrasova, a certified yoga instructor.

For other information, visit, email or phone 617-523-3957.


Tai-Chi classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays at the West End Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information on this low impact energy exercise class with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soohoo, email or phone 617-523-3957.

Sci-K fun run

The Museum of Science Sci-K 5K will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The registration will begin at 8 a.m.; the fun run will start at 9 a.m. and the post-race activities will happen at 11 a.m.

Families, friends and individuals of all ages are invited to join the dog and stroller-friendly (un-timed) fun while supporting a great cause. To get into the spirit, wear your favorite science-themed costume. A contest will be held after the race and a prize will be given for the best one. There will also be an award ceremony and science activities along with food and beverages.

For registration and other information, visit

Yoga flow with Sweta Gupta

Yoga flow with Sweta Gupta will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 19 at

Simches Research Center in Room 3130, 185 Cambridge St.

This yoga class will be a slow flow vinyasa style yoga that will get your body moving. Continual movement through yoga postures gets your heart-rate up while balancing and core sections will keep you focused and strong. Modifications will be provided in order to make the class achievable for all.

Bring your own mat/towel and water bottle. All are welcome.

To reserve a spot, visit

Chinese-Style Mahjong

Chinese-Style Mahjong will be played from 2 to 4 p.m. on most second and fourth Fridays of the month at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information, visit or phone 617-523-3957.

‘Book Club for the Curious’

The Museum of Science will host a “Book Club for the Curious” at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.

Created at the Museum of Science, Boston and presented in partnership with the CIC, this reading group is designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts society.

For more information about this free book club, visit or phone 617-723-2500.

Esplanade run club

Marathon Sports, at 671 Boylston St., hosts a meet up every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to go running with others. All ages and levels are welcome to join and choose between a 3, 5, or 8-mile run along the Esplanade or Charles River pathways. Classes are led by Marathon Sports Run Groups.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to participate.

For more information or to pre-register, visit

These meet ups are partnered with The Esplanade Association; for information, visit

Concerts at the Plaza

The Brewer Fountain, gifted to the city in 1868 by Gardner Brewer, is one of the most memorable features in the historic Boston Common.

Every weekday this summer, there will be a Berklee pianist playing music next to the fountain at noon on the solar-powered piano.

Performances are brought to you by the Friends of the Public Garden (

For a full schedule of performers, visit

West End photographs

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition - “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord.”

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more details, call 617-416-0781 or go online to

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For further details, call 617-523-3957.

‘National Parks Adventure’

The Omni Theater at the Museum of Science will be showing MacGillvray Freeman’s “National Parks Adventure” which takes you on the ultimate IMAX off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.

Spectacularly wild and beautiful places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, Arches and Canyonlands are illuminated with immersive giant-screen cinematography, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

This family-friendly film runs 50 minutes. For more information on tickets and show times, visit

Evolve Bootcamp

The Evolve Bootcamp will meet on the Boston Common at the Boston Public Garden entrance (84 Beacon St. between Charles and Arlington streets, across from Cheers) from 6 to 7 for an early Friday morning run.

Join the gang and challenge yourself with fun-filled, functional fitness training outdoors.

The Evolve Bootcamp, Boston Common location boasts a surrounding terrain full of variety. In this class you will experience dynamic workouts fueled and inspired by a city environment that includes steep hills, stairs, fields, urban obstacles and more. Rain or shine, expect the unexpected.

For more information and to sign up, go to

Tours of Beacon Hill

Boston by Foot is offering tours of Beacon Hill from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through Oct. 30, meeting at the Massachusetts State House steps on Beacon Street.

The tour travels picturesque streets from the golden dome of the State House to the elegant homes of Louisburg Square, highlighting examples of early American architecture with particular emphasis on the work of Charles Bulfinch.

Participants will experience Beacon Hill’s ornate past, from its rural beginnings to the vision of the Mount Vernon proprietors, and hear about the lives of its prominent citizens while walking among this historic collection of Federal and Greek Revival row houses.

Tickets are free for members, $13 for adults and $8 for children if purchased online in advance, or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-367-2345.

‘Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life’

The world-renowned Gunther von Hagens' “Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life” exhibition is at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park.

Visit the Museum during this unique exhibit's stay to look within yourself and gain a whole new perspective on what it means to be alive.

More than one hundred preserved human specimens reveal the wonders of human development and demonstrate how poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices can shape your body. Don't miss out on this potentially life-changing experience.

Museum of Science is open Saturdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit or phone 617-723-2500.

Free swing dancing

“Swing” the night away. Swing dancing takes place on the Boston Common every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit

‘Let There Be Light’

Meditation sessions are held from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Fridays and 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Mondays in the Library Room at the Beacon House, 19 Myrtle St.

There will be guided commentary with singing bowl sounds in background during the sessions. Please come early to sign in at security desk. Meditations start and end on time. The event is free, but donations are welcomed.

To learn more, visit

Monday lunch

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., hosts The Monday Lunch program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Sproat Hall.

The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch every week for 30 years. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your situation.

Volunteers are welcome to join the team as well.

For more information, visit

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

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

For groups larger than 15 people email 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

‘Great Bear Rainforest’

Experience one of the planet’s most diverse wildernesses – Canada’s “Great Bear Rainforest” – with the new giant-screen documentary at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science through Dec. 31.

This family-friendly film runs 40 minutes. For more information on tickets and show times, visit

Astronomy after hours

Astronomy after Hours will be held at the Gilliland Observatory, on the roof of the Museum of Science’s parking garage on Fridays from April through October.

Small telescopes will be available outside to view stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the evening’s featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the observatory.

Because sunset times shift throughout the season, program hours vary as follows: from May through August, the event will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.; in September and April from 8 to 10 p.m. and in October from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

When the weather is uncooperative, a variety of indoor hands-on astronomy and space science activities with museum staff with be offered.

Visit for more information and scheduling details.

This program is free to the public thanks to the support of the Lowell Institute.