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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.

 

Massacre reenacted

 

The 249th anniversary of the Boston Massacre will be commemorated with a series of events from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Old State House on the corner of State and Washington streets.

 

Historic interpreters portraying colonial Boston citizens will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to talk to visitors about the tumultuous period of British occupation.

 

There will also be children’s “history hunter” events at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. for kids, ages 5 to12, and their families.

 

At 6 p.m., downtown Boston will transform into its colonial past as the citizens of the city gather outside the Old State House. Attendees will hear from patriots, loyalists and moderates who lived through the events that sparked the Revolution.

 

The Boston Massacre Reenactment will be held at 7 p.m. in front of the Old State House, when visitors can see local reenactment groups portray the events of 1770 that led up to this important turning point in the nation’s history. Admission is free.

 

For more information, call 617-720-1713 or visit www.bostonhistory.org.

 

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.

 

Restaurant week

 

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 3 through 8 and 10 through 15.

 

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

 

Several restaurants in Downtown are participating, including Back Deck, Boston Chops, Pabu, the Oceanaire Seafood Room, the Q Restaurant, the Palm Restaurant and more.

 

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, King Boston.

 

For more information and reservations, visit www.bostonusa.com/visit/dineoutboston.

 

Gardening workshop

 

The Trustees of Reservations will host a workshop “Start Your Own Seeds” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at the Boston office, 200 High St.

 

Starting vegetable, herb and flower seedlings allows gardeners to get the exact varieties they want, save money and see the whole life cycle of the plants. This workshop will show participants what they need to grow thriving seedlings and get gardens off to a healthy start. Topics will include seed selection, soil mix, containers, lighting and timing. After going over the information, they will get their hands dirty planting some seeds to take home.

 

Admission is $9 for members and $15 for non-members.

 

Call 617-542-7696, ext. 2115 or visit www.thetrustees.org or to register and for more information.

 

Calligraphy across cultures

 

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will offer a calligraphy workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 7, 14 and 21.

 

Students will learn how to shape words, language and culture in this three part series with Arabic, Chinese and English language calligraphers. Materials will be provided.

 

This series is “pay what you can.” The center supports the arts and enriches the community and any contributions go to support a fair wage for the teaching artists, materials and facility costs as well as other students.

 

Registration is required, by calling 617-863- 9080 or online at www.bcnc.net.

 

Karaoke fundraiser

 

The Bamboo Circle of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center will host a karaoke evening fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the Limelight Stage and Studios, 204 Tremont St.

 

Participants will enjoy singing and socializing. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit BCNC’s Youth Center.

 

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

 

Visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-863-9080 for tickets and further information.

 

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.