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Children’s author at library

Author Alison Goldberg will be the guest speaker from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 22 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St. Goldberg is the author of “I Love You for Miles and Miles.” She will host a special preschool story time filled with movement, crafts and vehicles galore. Groups must email rfox@bpl.org to register. Families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Mozart serenade

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will present Circa Harmonie Boston in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. The Boston based period chamber ensemble will perform a Mozart Serenade on copies of old instruments that sound similar to the original instruments for which their repertoire was written. A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians. Visit www.kings-chapel.org or call 617- 227-2155 for more information.

Author talk

Mary Norris will be the guest in conversation with Gregory Maguire at noon on Tuesday, April 23 at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St. In her new book “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen,” Norris delivers a wise and witty paean to the art of expressing oneself clearly and convincingly, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek. The book is an unforgettable account of both her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. She explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Maguire has written several dozen books for children and another dozen novels for adults. His best known work is “Wicked,” which inspired the musical now in its 15th year on Broadway. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are required as space is limited, at www.bostonathenaeum.org or by calling 617-227-0270.

Life of Allan Rohan Crite

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “Allan Rohan Crite: Grandaddy of the Boston Art Scene” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Docent Fritz Holznagel will host an introduction to the work of Allan Rohan Crite, the great African American painter called “the granddaddy of the Boston art scene” by the Boston Globe not long before his death at 97 in 2007. The tour will focus on Crite’s paintings exhibited on the Athenaeum’s first floor, including a discussion of his life and association with the Athenaeum, and African American life in Boston during his active years Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, at www.bostonathenaeum.org or by calling 617-227-0270.

Chinese imperial wares

The China Students’ Club of Boston, America’s oldest ceramics study group, will host a free lecture at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St. Robert D. Mowry, curator emeritus of Chinese art at the Harvard Art Museum, will explore “Porcelains of the Emperor: Chinese Imperial Wares of the Song, Ming and Qing Dynasties.” All are welcome. Refreshments will be served preceding the talk. For more information, visit www.chinastudentsclub.org.

Esplanade cleanup

The Esplanade Association is seeking volunteers to help clean up along the Charles River from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27 as part of the annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. Volunteers are needed to pick up and spruce up the park and help with leaf raking and general cleanup. All ages are welcome. The association is encouraging volunteers to bring their own rakes if possible or buy an inexpensive rake and donate it to TEA. To sign-up or for more details, call 617-227- 0365 or email esplanadeinboston@gmail.com.

Swan boats return

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 13 to June 20 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 20 through Labor Day. For more information, visit www.swanboats.com or call 617-522-1966.