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Animal habitats

 

The Boston Society of Architects will host a family design day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

 

The theme for this program is “Animal Habitats,” and children will explore the wonders of animal architecture and design their own structures for a special creature.

 

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

 

Visit www.architects.org or call 617-391- 4039 for further details and to register.

 

Music, dance, spoken word

 

On With Living and Learning in collaboration with The Fort Point Arts Community and Fort Point Theatre Channel will present “With a Stroke of a Pen” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the FPAC Assemblage at the Envoy Hotel, 70A Sleeper St.

 

The performance is a contemporary response to the roots and routes of slavery through dance, music and spoken word. Refreshments will be served.

 

Admission is $10. Seating is limited and can be reserved online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-owll-collective-project-with-a-stroke-of-a-pen-tickets

 

Further information can be found at www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org or by calling 617-750-8900.

 

Molasses Flood

 

The Massachusetts Historical Society and the Old South Meeting House will host “Labor and the Molasses Flood” from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Meeting House, 310 Washington St. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m.

 

One hundred years ago, tragedy struck in Boston’s North End when a 50-foot steel tank with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on the waterfront. A wave of molasses traveling at 35 miles per hour killed 21 and injured 150 people. A legal battle for reparations followed, prompting questions about the role and responsibilities of businesses in a community.

 

Historian and author Stephen Puleo, Robert Forrant of UMass Lowell, activist Carlos Aramayo and moderator Dr. Karilyn Crockett of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will explore questions around labor rights and safety, government regulations and the relationship between big business interests and the public; issues that still resonate in Boston today.

 

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-646-0579 or online at www.masshist.org.

 

Traction museums

 

The Boston Street Railway Association will present “Pennsylvania Traction Museums” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

 

George Chaisson will show photos of the Electric City Trolley Museum, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Park, the Strasburg Railroad, winding up with a fan trip on SEPTA’s PCC IIs. He will also show bonus views of modern service run by the Maryland Transit Administration.

 

The program is free and open to the public.

 

Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.

 

Young peoples’ concert

 

The Boston Symphony will host a Concert for Very Young People at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

 

This program provides educational, interactive performances by BSO musicians especially for young children ages 2-5 and their families, offering young children an opportunity to engage with musical experiences of the highest quality and deepening the BSO’s relationship with Boston Children’s Museum and the Boston area community.

 

Admission is free with museum admission.

 

Call 617-266-1492 or visit www.bso.org for further details.

 

Metal sculpture and collage

 

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd, is hosting two new exhibitions, “ Pulp + Process” and Rebecca Welz’s “Inner and Outer Spaces” now through March 30.

 

“Pulp + Process,” curated by Sam Aldrich, is displaying a variety of paper-made works ranging from stunning cut paper to charming miniatures. Viewers are invited to discover how the craft of making paper by hand is being carried on by artists today and to see how makers are using the medium to produce a massive variety of forms.

 

The Spotlight Gallery features metal sculpture, collage and more by New York City-based artist Rebecca Welz. She draws inspiration from Japanese design and aesthetics, as well as her experiences of scuba diving in clear, turquoise water.

 

Admission is free.

 

Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617- 266-1810 for more information.

 

Asian American art

 

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Beyond Expectations,” now through March 30.

 

Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, this exhibit showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art.

 

The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian immigrant cultures and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. A variety of artistic media are represented.

 

Admission to the exhibition is free.

 

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

 

Tax help

 

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash St., the JVS Center for Economic Opportunity, 75 Federal St., and ABCD: Robert M. Coard Building, 178 Tremont St., are hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

 

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

The BCNC is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and the JVS is open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call ABCD at 617-348-6583 for an appointment.

 

The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

 

Further information can be found at http://www.bostontaxhelp.org.

 

Library fun

 

The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during March.

 

Mother Goose on the Loose for babies and toddlers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays.

 

This interactive story time uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Artsy Afternoons will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. when children, ages 3 and older, can explore culture and art through activities and projects.

 

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, kids, ages 2 to 5, can listen to STEAM stories – stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

 

Adults must accompany children. Call 617- 807-7186 for more information.

 

Carousel is open

 

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through February.

 

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

 

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.

 

Made in Fort Point

 

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

 

Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.

 

Library tours

 

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week.

 

For tours by appointment, call 617-536- 5400.