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Gallery talk and tour

 

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

 

Docent Clive Martin will lead a gallery talk in “Athena at the Athenaeum,” a look at the Goddess of Wisdom’s presence in the library and her place in the ancient world, focusing on the towering sculptures of Athena and Sophocles and the monumental head of Zeus that grace the Athenaeum’s first floor.

 

Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, by calling 617-227-0270 or at www.bostonathenaeum.org.

 

Wine and dine

 

The community is invited to the annual Hill House celebration and evening of fine dining from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the ReelHouse, 6 New St., East Boston.

 

Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

 

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 617-227-5838 or visit www.hillhouseboston.org.

 

Ceramics and porcelain

 

The China Students’ Club of Boston, America’s oldest ceramics study group, will host a free presentation at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

 

In “Bits and Pieces,” the audience is invited to bring an object for discussion. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served preceding the talk.

 

For more information, visit www.chinastudentsclub.org.

 

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 taller than 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available.

 

Skate rentals are $6 for children, ages 13 and under, $13 for 14 and older. Lockers are also available.

 

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit www.bostonfrogpond.com.

 

West End photographs

 

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord.”

 

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

 

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more details, call 617-416-0781 or go online to www.thewestendmuseum.org.

 

Coloring for adults

 

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays 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 further details, call 617-523- 3957.

 

Picturing Douglass

 

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through February.

 

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

 

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

 

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at www.maah.org.

 

Chamber music

 

The Chamber Orchestra of Boston will continue its 2018-2019 season with “a play of light and shadows” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

 

The program will examine contrasts of light and dark by way of Mozart’s “Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola and piano;” Olivier Messaiaen’s atmospheric “”Le Merle Noir” for flute and piano; Thea Musgrave’s “Night Windows” for oboe and piano; and Gabriel Faure’s “Piano Concert No. 1 in C minor.”

 

Visit www.chamberorchestraofboston.org or call 617-266-1626.

 

Collections tour

 

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

 

Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS.

 

The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS.

 

Further information can be found at www.masshist.org or by calling 617-646- 0560.