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Family design day

The Boston Society of Architects will host a family design day called “Skyscrapers” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

Boston, the home to the Hancock and Prudential towers, is taking steps to elevate the city’s skyline. Families will learn more about the architecture, science and art behind what keeps the world’s tallest buildings standing and then, using a kit of parts, design and build their own skyscrapers.

This family program is designed for parents and children, ages 5 to 13 years old. Admission is $10 or $8 for members. Pre-registration is required.

Visit www.architects.org or call 617-3914039 for further details and to register.

State of solar

The Climate Action Business Association will host the third annual Massachusetts State of Solar from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Prince Lobel Tye. LLP, 1 International Place.

The program will explore current trends and future outlooks for the solar industry and will feature a networking reception followed by a panel discussion on the political climate, accomplishments and challenges for solar energy in Massachusetts.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/massachusetts-stateof-solar-tickets.

Tavern nights

The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, 306 Congress St, will offer “Huzzah! Tavern Nights” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. Participants can warm up on a cold winter evening and take part in Boston’s only colonial tavern experience. They can join John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams in a night of spirited merry making, feasting on rustic fare and joining in colonial songs and games.

Further information can be found at www.bostonteapartyship.com/events or by calling 617-338-1773.

Artists’ talk

The Fort Point Arts Community will present the “Futureland” artists’ talk from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St.

“Futureland” is a two-person, site-specific installation of new work created for the FPAC Gallery by Mea Duke and Douglas Breault.

The artists look at the sheer volume of everyday goods that crisscross the globe, from bananas to automobiles and oil, and the vast impact the trillion-dollar shipping industry has on the environment, the global economy, international relations and cultures They enlist painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography to intertwine the familiarity of the objects with their absurd and elusive navigation through spaces globally.

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Program, instructed by Andy Graydon and Kendall Reiss, will visit the exhibition for an informal artist talk and exhibition tour with the artists Duke and Breault. This public is invited to attend and to contribute to the discussion and observe in the space. The exhibit is open until Feb. 8.

Visit www.fortpointarts.org or call 617-4234299 for more details.

Hot pot dinner

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash St., will host a hot pot dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Bamboo Circle, BCNC’s young professionals network, will host the dinner! Attendees can enjoy this traditional winter meal with other young professionals while supporting a good cause.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Ticket price includes all food and drink. Proceeds will benefit BCNC’s Youth Center, which supports more than 150 low-income, Asian immigrant youth annually to participate in leadership, college access and mentoring programs.

Call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net for further information and to purchase tickets.

New artwork

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan” now through April 28.

Cambridge-based Filipino-American artist Bren Bataclan will present artwork inspired by his own immigration to California in 1981. His minimalist, hyper-stylized compositions are immediately accessible to viewers of all ages and backgrounds, even as they convey themes of estrangement and belonging, discovery and confusion. The exhibition invites recognition, reflection and contemplation of what it means to be an immigrant, a citizen and an evolving human being.

Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.

Winter at City Hall

The community is invited to grab their skates and head to City Hall Plaza to check out Boston Winter, an urban outdoor festival, open now until Feb. 28.

Attendees will glide along the city’s only free-flowing skating. There will be hot cocoa, beer and wine available for purchase. Visitors can rent skates, or bring their own for Boston’s first-ever custom designed pathway that weaves around the marquee “BOSTON” sign.

Hours of operation are 3 to 9 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays, 3 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more details.