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History of American ceramics

The China Students’ Club of Boston, America’s oldest ceramics study group, will host a free lecture at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

Mark Shapiro will explore “Looking Backward: A Studio Potter’s Take on American Ceramic History.” All are welcome. Refreshments will be served preceding the talk.

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Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 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 more details, call 617-53-3957.

Author talk

Author Jane Goodrich will be the guest speaker at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., at noon on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Goodrich is the author of the novel “The House at Lobster Cove,” a story of the famous shingle-style house owned by the elusive Bostonian George Nixon Black and adored by architects and scholars. Although the house was demolished in 1929, it was rebuilt in every detail by Goodrich and her husband, doing all the work themselves, on an island in Maine.

Admission is free.

Register by calling 617-227-0270 or online at

Frog Pond skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays (except Mondays when the rink closes at 3:45 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is based on skater’s height and is $6 for those over 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available. Skate rentals are $5 for children 13 and under, $12 for 14 and over. Lockers are also available.

The Frog Pond continues freestyle skating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. for $12 a session. There are no rentals during this time.

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit