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Watercolor exhibit

 

The New England Watercolor Society is presenting its 2019 signature members’ show and sale at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., now through March 4. Gallery hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

 

A gallery talk with Kristin Stashenko will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

 

The New England Watercolor Society was founded in 1885 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious watercolor societies in America.

 

For more information, visit www.newenglandwatercolorsociety.org.

 

Jewish food festival

 

Jewish Arts Collaborative Boston will host the 10th annual Jewish Food Festival at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St.

 

Boston’s hottest chefs will bring a modern twist to global Jewish cuisine. Attendees can sample dishes from over 15 local restaurants, including Area Four, Mei Mei, La Morra, Mamelah’s, Bonapita, Our Father’s Deli and many more. There will also be a selection of beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

 

Tickets are $36 in advance or $42 on the day and can be purchased online at www.jartsboston.org or by calling 617-531-4610.

 

Thriller writer at the library

 

Author Lauren Wilkinson will be the guest speaker from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

 

Wilkinson is the author of “American Spy,” the gripping tale of a young FBI agent tasked with bringing down a charismatic Communist leader in Burkina Faso.

 

Inspired by true events, the thriller knits together a spy thriller, a family drama and a passionate romance, and takes readers on an emotional journey from Queens to West Africa to Martinique.

 

Admission is free.

 

Call 617-536-5400 for more information.

 

Introduction to genealogy

 

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a New Visitors Day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

 

This free orientation and tour will introduce resources available at the NEHGS research facility, home to more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs and records to help research family histories. Tour attendees are welcome to use the resources following the tour. Registration is not required.

 

Further information can be found at www.americanancestors.org or by calling 888-296-3447.

 

Jefferson’s daughters

 

Author Dr. Catherine Kerrison will be the guest speaker from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St.

 

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson was a father to three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings.

 

This talk will explore the different life paths the sisters chose, both the possibilities and the limitations for women and people of color as a result of the American Revolution and reflect on the personal and political legacy of one of the most fascinating of the Founders. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.

 

Admission is $30.

 

Visit www.americanancestors.org or call 888-296-3447 to register and for more details.

 

International Women’s Day

 

The annual International Women’s Day celebration to honor local immigrant women leaders will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave.

 

This year’s honorees are Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a computational geneticist and professor at Harvard University; Monica Grewal, Esq., intellectual property attorney honored by NASA for her work with the Johnson Space Center and Hubble Telescope repair mission; and Christina Qi, hedge fund manager named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in 2018.

 

Channel 7 news anchor Amaka Ubanka will emcee the event.

 

Further information and tickets are available at www.iine.org or by calling 857-334-2873.

 

Bach cantatas

 

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting its 42nd season of the J. S. Bach Cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays now through May 20.

 

The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by Ryan Turner.

 

For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit www.emmanuelmusic.org.