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Scollay Square film

West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. Unit 7, will present “Scollay Square: Boston’s Bygone Playground” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Scollay Square served as Boston’s premiere entertainment center for nearly 120 years until its demolition under urban renewal in l962, later to be reborn as Government Center. Opera and theater gave way to vaudeville and minstrel shows, then burlesque and, ultimately, striptease. “Boston the Way it Was,” a two-part documentary produced by WGBH in 1995, features interviews with Bostonians sharing their favorite memories of Joe and Nemo’s famed hot dogs, “burly” shows featuring “the queen of Scollay Square” Ann Corio, outwitting surprise visits from the “Watch and Ward Society,” and more.

This movie coincides with “The Old Howard Theatre” exhibit on view through Feb. 15.

Free to Museum Members; Non-members - $10. Pre-registration is required at thewestendmuseum.org.

‘A Foray into Forgery

The lecture, “A Foray into Forgery and the Boston Athenæum’s Role in Exposing It” by Bettina Norton will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St.

An over-zealous Boston art dealer in the early years of the 20th century made knowingly false attributions of 18th-century portraits from the Salem-Boston area. The attributions were promulgated by colleagues and later by art scholars until disproved by two other historians. The saga is a sub-chapter in Norton’s upcoming book on the Salem 18th-century portrait artist, Benjamin Blyth. Sometimes mistaken for Copleys, Blyth’s portraits include the Massachusetts Historical Society’s iconic images of the newly married John and Abigail Adams, the Providence man who started the US postal system, the clergyman who promoted settlement of the Northwest Territory, and numerous figures of the American Revolution and their families. The upcoming book by Norton doubles the attributions for pastels and oils and, for the first time, lists miniatures.

Following the lecture, Athenæum documents that helped fill out the story will be shown upstairs in the Vershbow Room.

Registration, free for members and $15 for non-members, is required at bostonathenaeum.org.

Chinese-Style Mahjong

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

Mahjong is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly played by four players. While similar to the Western card game rummy, it uses 144 tiles instead of cards. Instructors are Likam Lie and Nancy Martin.

For more information, visit bpl.org/events or phone 617-523-3957.

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.

‘The Polar Express 4-D Experience’

“The Polar Express 4-D Experience” will be presented at various times through Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Museum of Science.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multisensory effects, this is an immersive experience (approximately15- minutes) for the whole family to enjoy.

Visit mos.org for other information, including show times and tickets.

‘Raise the Sails!’ Benefit Dinner

Community Boating invites you to their “Raise the Sails!” Benefit Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St. in support of their youth and accessible sailing programs.

The evening will include a cocktail reception with an open bar and silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by a seated dinner and presentation from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Longtime volunteer Adam Schepp will receive their Lifetime Helmsman Award. The evening will conclude with a presentation by Blind Sailing world champion Dr. Amy Bower, who will discuss the ocean’s role in the Earth’s climate system.

Visit eventbrite.com for tickets ($250) and other information.

Visit community-boating.org to learn more about Community Boating, 21 David G Mugar Way.

‘The Big Chill’ Winter Soirée

“The Big Chill” will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a Winter Soirée around the new piano with the King’s Chapel Choir.

Visit kings-chapel.org to reserve a ticket and for other information, including King’s Chapel Concerts.

‘The Divas Experience’

Enjoy an entirely new way to appreciate the sounds of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and others during “The Divas Experience” at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during January and February under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome at the Museum of Science.

This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to a pulsating soundtrack of music’s greatest icons.

Visit mos.org for tickets (21+) and other information.

Pajama Palooza

PJ Library will present the “Havdalah Lights, Havdalah Nights Pajama Palooza” at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, Mar. 14, Apr. 11 and May 9 at The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St.

Put on your cutest pajamas as Ellen Allard helps us sing bye-bye to the sweetness of Shabbat and hello to a brand new week. Come prepared to dance, sing and jump for joy!

Visit vilnashul.org for more information.

‘Reimagining a Colonial Library’

The “Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library” exhibition: a full-scale replica of a unique Colonial Revival bookcase, a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century “bookpress” and leather-bound books emulating those in the historic King’s Chapel Library will be on view at the Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St. through Mar. 14.

Visit bostonathenaeum.org for more information.

Jum’ah Muslim Friday Prayer group

The Jum’ah Muslim Friday Prayer group will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St.

Visit stpaulboston.org for other information.

‘Thomas & Friends’

The “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails” exhibit will be open through Jan. 12 at the Museum of Science.

Explore the sights and sounds of the Island of Sodor with Thomas and his friends in a family-friendly adventure designed for young learners, ages two through seven (and their grown-ups).

This interactive exhibit is an ideal combination of play opportunities and science, technology, engineering and math concepts.

Visit mos.org for details and tickets to this exhibit (free with admission).