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Nutrition workshops

A two-part nutrition workshop with holistic nutritionist, Kristen Cicolini, from the Good Witch Kitchen will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

On Sunday, Jan. 5: Kick Your Sugar Addiction in 2020 – Learn tips to manage cravings, mindfulness strategies that help you make healthier choices and get more enjoyment out of your food, how to avoid self-sabotage, and how to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation again without taking away from your health. You’ll end up with a multi-sensory, chocolate-focused exercise with Goodnow Farms premium chocolate.

On Sunday, Feb. 2: Meal Planning-Saving Time and Money – Learn Kristen’s best meal-planning tips and tricks and how to fit it all in when you’re always on the go. Bring your favorite cookbook or two (more will be provided) as well as a notebook – guests will work on creating their own meal plans at the end of the class.

Visit eventbrite.com to reserve a seat.

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. every other Thursday at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. to discuss them. The next meeting will be on Jan. 9.

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

‘Seeking Sanctuary’

“Seeking Sanctuary:” A Viola and Piano Chamber Recital celebrating Black Artistry through Music will be held on Friday, Jan. 10 at North Bennet Street School, Windgate Hall, 150 North St. in the North End.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A Subscriber- Only Wine & Cheese Reception will take place at 6:30.

This special concert features two performers who are local landmarks in Boston’s classical music scene - Ashleigh Gordon (an outstanding viola player and Director of the award-winning group “Castle of our Skins”) and celebrated chamber musician and pianist Joy Cline Phinney.

This NEMPAC event is part of A Winter Concert Series.

For more information and tickets, nempacboston.org/ticketedevents.

Tween Tuesdays

Kids, ages 10 through 12, are invited to explore science, engineering, technology, or art through different hands-on activities from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 7 through Feb. 11 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Visit, phone or email the librarian to register for this program.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

Snowmazing!

Snowmazing things are happening at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. through Sunday, Jan. 12.

Among the fun will be a musical production of Curious George and the Golden Meatball, sock skating and other Snowmazing activities, live animal presentations and Museum elves, STEAM activities, story times and dance performances.

Special show times for ASL and other special needs.

Visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org for tickets ($10) plus Museum admission and other information.

Friday flicks

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. will show films featuring Cunning Computers and Rogue Robots for adults from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays as follows:

“Robot and Frank” (Jan. 10); “Colossus: The Forbin Project” (Jan. 17); “Blade Runner” (Jan. 24); and “Westworld” (Jan. 31).

Visit bpl.org/events for descriptions of the film 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, starting on Jan. 15, 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.

Book discussion ‘Flower for Algernon’

The Book Discussion Club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. and discuss the book Flower for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

Born with an unusually low IQ, Charlie Gordon has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence, a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

As the treatment take effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?

Books are available at the library’s front desk.

Visit bpl.org/events for other details.

Market Test KITCHEN: Demo + Tasting

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 Jan. 17.

This program is designed to allow the community to sample new products and ideas from Boston Public Market vendors and other local artisans. In each session, participants will get to observe a demonstration of new recipes and seasonally-available products.

For other information and to reserve a seat and enough samples for everyone visit eventbrite.com.

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.

BGCB Annual Dinner 2020

The annual dinner hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.

Each year, corporate and civic leaders gather for BGCB’s Annual Dinner to help build a better Boston. Attended by more than 800 people, Annual Dinner raises critical funds to support our city’s young people who need us the most. These funds immediately work to help their members succeed academically, make healthy choices, build strong character, and practice good citizenship.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visit bgcb.org for tickets and sponsorships.