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Winter Wander

 

Boston Harbor Islands will host a Winter Wander from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 on Peddocks Island. The ferry will depart from Long Wharf at 11:30 a.m.

 

Visitors will wander the trails in search of winter tracks and traces. They can enjoy a guided walk, play in the snow and warm up by the fire and enjoy s’mores on the beach. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes, lunches, binoculars and cameras to enhance the day and should dress in warm layers for a day outdoors.

 

Walking is on easy terrain appropriate for all ages and families are welcome. The ferry is heated and refreshments can be purchased onboard.

 

Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors, $15 for children and free for kids under age 3.

 

For more details and to register, visit www.bostonharborislands.org or call 617- 223-8666

 

History social

 

The Friends of Cutillo Park will host a social and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St.

 

While it is too cold to work in the park, members would like to gather some of the unwritten history of the area as well as discuss ideas for the future of Cutillo Park and Morton Street.

 

There will be historic maps, photos and articles. Attendees should bring photos, stories, ideas and opinions.

 

Visit northendwaterfront.com/2019/02/cutillo-park-history-social-luncheon-february-23 for more details.

 

Boston Ballet story time

 

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

 

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

 

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

 

Great American songbook

 

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will present “Great American Songbook,” a concert in the Faculty Performance Series, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

 

The Great American Songbook is the canon of the most important and influential American popular and jazz standards from the early 20th century. Instrumental music will highlight some of the most famous composers the songbook has to offer, such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers.

 

The free concert will feature Nicholas Brown on clarinet and Jaime Castellanos on piano. All ages are welcome.

 

For more information, call 617-227-8135.

 

Hollywood blacklist

 

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will screen films made by blacklisted Hollywood directors and writers from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during March.

 

Featured will be the crime drama “The Sound of Fury” by Cy Endfield on March 1; the war story “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” by Dalton Trumbo on March 15; the romantic comedy “Roman Holiday,” also by Trumbo, on March 22 and the Oscar-winning “A Place in the Sun” written by Michael Wilson on March 29.

 

Admission is free.

 

For more details, call 617-227-8135.

 

Photography tours

 

PhotoWalks will offer a walking tour of the North End from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays during February and March, meeting at the intersection of Hanover and Cross Streets.

 

The North End welcomed waves of immigrants seeking the American dream. Today, it is a popular hot spot famous for its busy restaurants, quaint cafes and crowded pastry shops. Highlights include Paul Revere’s house, Old North Church, Hanover Street, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and some hidden gems off-the-beaten-path.

 

Participants can learn how to take photographs with instruction on creative composition and getting the most out of a digital camera. Historical commentary on the sites will also be given.

 

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youths, ages 10 to 17. Advance reservations are required.

 

Call 617-851-2273 or visit www.photowalks.com for more details and to purchase tickets.

 

Tunnel of love

 

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park turned Columbus Park’s well-known trellis into a Tunnel of Love in honor of Valentine’s Day. The trellis will be decorated for the entire month of February with cupids and lighted hearts.

 

Each end of the trellis will become a heart-shaped entrance, with five-foot-tall, handmade “conversation hearts” lining the walkway. Visitors who venture into the Tunnel of Love should expect a few surprises as well. The park is located at 110 Atlantic Ave.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Valentine’s Day visitors are invited to tag @foccp in their Columbus Park Valentine’s Day photos. #lovefoccp. Post your best photos on Instagram for a chance to win four tickets to the August Sunset Cruise.

 

Winter tours

 

Old North Church, 193 Salem St., is hosting winter tours now to Feb. 15. Tours will be held at 10:10 and 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 1:10, 2:10 and 3:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 1:10, 2:10 and 3:10 p.m. on Sundays.

 

Visitors to Old North will have the chance to reflect on Old North’s history with an in-depth exploration of the church. They will be brought into the church for an introductory talk exploring the history and legacy of the Old North Church, followed by a Behind-the- Scenes tour, where they will climb a third of the way up into the tower to explore the bell-ringing chamber.

 

The tour will then descend down into the historic crypt, where visitors will learn about why and how 1,100 individuals were interred below the church.

 

Tickets are $10 for adults, with discounts for children, seniors, active military and students.

 

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 617-858-8231 or visit www.oldnorth.com.

 

Nature films

 

The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, is presenting three films at 10 a.m. and 1, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. from now through March 31 in the IMAX Theater.

 

The films include “Oceans: Our Blue Planet,” “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” and a new film “Pandas!” All will be presented in 3-D.

 

For more information, visit www.neaq.org or call 617-226-2149.