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Naples during WWII

Author Carmine Vittoria will be the guest speaker from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Vittoria will discusses his book, “Bitter Chicory to Sweet Espresso: Survival and Deliverance from WW II in the Naples, Italy, Area 1940-49,” which relates events of World War II as witnessed by a child and his family are recounted in detail.

Admission is free.

Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Giant manta rays

The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will screen the award-winning film “Kerstin and the Giant Manta Rays” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The film features Peruvian marine scientist and social entrepreneur Kerstin Forsberg and her pioneering efforts to protect giant oceanic manta rays in Peru. She and her team at Planeta Oceano got the help of local fishing communities, government officials and international organizations, as well as engaging teachers and schoolchildren in raising awareness and appreciation for these gentle giants as the flagship species of Peru.

A Q&A will follow the film.

The lecture is free, but registration is required and can be made at or by calling 617-973-0235.

Banned books bingo

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host Banned Books Bingo in honor of Banned Books Week from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Kids, teens and families are invited to celebrate Banned Books Week through a rousing game of Bingo. There are prizes to be won and lots of snacks to eat. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-227-8135 or visit

Musical fundraiser

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center invites supporters and friends to a very special evening of music, “Grandest Hits for Cello and Piano,” with world-renowned cellist Francesco Mastromatteo and acclaimed pianist Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 at the North Bennet Street School, 150 North St.

The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. with a pre-concert reception with wine and a dessert bar and performances by NEMPAC youth competition winners.

The concert by Mastromatteo and Wright- Invanova will start at 8 p.m. They will perform a program with works by Italian, Polish and Argentinian composers including Piazzola’s “Grand Tango,” Piatti’s “Rimembranze del Trovatore di Verdi” and Chopin’s “Sonata for Piano and Cello.”

Tickets are $25 with sponsor options beginning at $50.

Visit or call 617-227- 2270 to purchase tickets and for further details.

Family film

Boston Pride will host a family movie night at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Congress Street. Pre-show activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk.

The featured film is “Love, Simon” starring Nick Robinson and Jennifer Garner, the 2018 comedy about a gay teen’s experiences coming out to his family and friends.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at

North End tours

Boston by Foot will present “Gateway to Boston,” guided walking tours of the North End, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now to mid-October. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets.

The oldest neighborhood in Boston, the North End comprises narrow streets and markets and has Boston’s largest collection of colonial buildings.

The tour will take 90 minutes and showcase the Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the Paul Revere House, Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children, ages 6 to 12 years, in advance or $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased from the guide.

For more information, visit or call 617-367-2345.

Boston by Little Feet

Boston by Foot is hosting guided walking tours especially geared for children at 10 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Oct. 28. Walkers should meet at Congress Street in front of Faneuil Hall at the Samuel Adams statue.

This tour presents a child’s eye view of the Freedom Trail architecture and history and is especially designed for young walkers, ages 6 to 12. A free explorer map is included. Tickets are $12, $10 if purchased online, free for children under 6 and members. Reservations are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Further information can be found at 617-367- 2345 or online at