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Winter wildlife

The National Park Service and Boston Harbor Island Alliance will host a winter wildlife cruise from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. In the event of severe winter weather, the program will be rescheduled for Jan. 27.

The boat will depart from Long Wharf at 11 a.m. and take passengers on a cruise of the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay and the Weir River estuary.

Local naturalists from the National Park Service, New England Aquarium and Mass. Audubon will lead a winter wildlife tour for nature lovers, photographers and all who are interested in the natural wonders of the harbor. Past trips have recorded snowy owls, harlequin ducks, black Guillemots and purple sandpipers as well as the usual waterfowl and harbor seals.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and children, free for children ages 3 and under. The boat is enclosed and heated. A full cash bar, snacks and hot soups will be available for purchase onboard.

Reservations are strongly suggested, as space is limited.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-770-0040.

Creating comic books

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer Comic Book Creation from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.

Teens are invited to learn how to make their own comic books or graphic novels. Admission is free.

Call 617-227-8135 for more details.

21st century harbor

Boston Harbor Now will host a working port discussion and harbor tour from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Tuesday’s program will feature a special film screening of “Ocean Frontiers III” and a reception and panel discussion at the New England Aquarium IMAX Theater, Central Wharf. This award-winning film series explores the challenges of ocean conservation and development, presenting solutions from a range of people who are leading the way to a healthy and sustainable ocean future. The film will be followed by a panel conversation from area maritime experts.

On Wednesday, there will be a two-hour narrated cruise of the four inner harbor Designated Port Areas. The ticketed tour will depart from Rowes Wharf, head down to the South Boston Designated Port Area, across and up the harbor to the East Boston DPA, hug the waterfront through the Chelsea Creek DPA and finish in the Mystic River DPA. The boat will drop passengers off at Commonwealth Pier in the Seaport.

Tickets are $15. Following the tour, there will be a idea exchange from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave. Speakers from around the Harbor will address the challenges Boston’s working port is facing. Tom Glynn, CEO of Massport, and Kathy Abbott, president and CEO of Boston Harbor Now, will give the opening remarks. Admission is $25.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-223-8667.

Future of parks

A community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet St.

The meeting will consider proposed improvements for Langone and Puopolo Parks on Commercial Street in Boston’s North End. This will be the second session in a series of community meetings organized by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

The department is very interested in what residents have to contribute to the design process, and following the brief presentation community members will be able to offer input regarding the material presented and the design process.

For more information, call 617-961-3059 or visit

Role of attorney general

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will welcome the peoples’ law firm program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Yarlennys Villaman, outreach coordinator for the Community Engagement Division of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, will offer a brief overview of the roles of the Attorney General in the state of Massachusetts and of the Community Engagement Division.

For more information on this free program, call 617-227-8135.

Carnevale masks

Pazzi Lazzi’s Chiara Durazzini and Dan Meyers will join forces for a unique Carnevale-inspired presentation featuring Commedia Dell’Arte masks and Renaissance period music from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at I Am Books, 189 North St.

Tickets for this family-friendly program are $10 for adults and $7 for children.

To purchase tickets, visit

Charity night

The All Star Charity Night hosted by Ryan Spooner will be held from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Causeway Restaurant and Bar, 65 Causeway St.

Boston Nights will present a special charity edition of #DownWithTheCause. Area 51, aka Ryan Spooner of the Boston Bruins, with support from AMP Radios DJ Hectik, will supply the musical entertainment. Signed jerseys, sticks and other memorabilia will be raffled.

All proceeds will be donated to Athletes for Animals via the Great American Foundation. Tickets are $5 to $10 and can be purchase at

Bingo fundraiser

North End Against Drugs will host its annual adult bingo fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet St.

There will be homemade baked goods, coffee, soft drinks and other snacks for all players. Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. To register, send an email to The cost is $25 for three cards; if purchased in advance - a fourth card will be free. Additional cards can be purchased for $5 each.

All proceeds will go to support North End Against Drugs youth programs. Checks can be made out to NEAD and mailed to North End Against Drugs, 30 North Bennet St., Boston, MA 02113 or dropped off at the Nazzaro Center in the NEAD mailbox.