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Neighborhood Notes (9)

Dr. Seuss’ birthday


The community is invited to a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 2 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.


Stories will begin at 10:30 a.m. then at 11 a.m. Dylan from Little Groove will visit the library for a concert that is fit for the Cat in the Hat himself. There will be lots of goodies to take home and enjoy later. Admission is free. Caregivers must accompany children.


Call 617-227-8135 for further information.


Astor Estates


I Am Books, 189 North St., will welcome author Curt DiCamillo, author of “Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. William Waldorf Astor, the world’s richest man in the early 20th century, was a sensitive and cultured man who immersed himself in art, architecture and literature. This illustrated lecture by historian DiCamillo will feature Astor’s most magnificent houses: his English country estates Hever Castle and Clivenden and his London home, Astor House.


But the house that meant the most to him was his villa on the Amalfi Coast, an Italian landmark with a rich history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire, which he turned into a paradise of art, beauty, architecture and exquisite gardens.


For more details, call or call 857-263-7665.


Irish pub challenge


Boston’s 10th annual Irish pub challenge will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at more than 15 different local pubs and restaurants, including Ned Devine’s and Clarke’s at Faneuil Hall, Congress Street. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can register as individuals and be assigned to a team, join a specific team or create a team of 50 people. Volunteers will guide participants throughout the day. Participants will visit pubs while taking part in a scavenger hunt, having fun, trying some specialty drinks, grabbing a bite to eat and solving a clue. At the end of the day, the team with the most points will win.


Tickets are $30 and will include a T-shirt, hats, prizes, drink specials, challenge maps and more. VIP and MVP packages are available for $50 or $75.


Proceeds will benefit the Boston Police Foundation and Tedy’s Team. Visit for more details and to purchase tickets.


First international star


The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will welcome guest speaker Martha Vicinus, professor emerita of English, women’s studies and history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.


Vicinus will introduce Boston’s own actress, Charlotte Cushman, (1816-1876) who triumphed against all expectations in America and Britain. She grew up in the North End and at 16 launched her career at the Tremont Theatre where her powerful interpretations of tragic heroes and suffering heroines drew crowds from every social class. This talk will examine why Cushman became so famous and how she managed a career marked by repeated theatrical success and complicated personal failures.


Admission is free. Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-8135.


Fun at the library


The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a series of free, fun activities for children during February and March. For more information, call 617-227-8135.