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Holiday decorating

 

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will sponsor two days of decorating Beacon Hill from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, hosted by the Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge St.

 

On Saturday, volunteers will begin preparing the garland and bows and start decorating the 1,000 plus gas lamps in the neighborhood, finishing the decorating on Sunday. Participants can help for a few hours or one day or both. Hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and snacks will be available all day. All volunteers are invited to the pizza party at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Visit www.bhcivic.org or call 617-227-1922 for further information and to volunteer

 

Jolly jaunt

 

The Massachusetts Special Olympics will host the 14th annual Jolly Jaunt, a 5K run or 1K walk fundraiser at Boston Common, starting at the intersection of Charles and Beacon streets, on Saturday, Dec. 1. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

 

Participants can register as runners or walkers and are encouraged to dress up in festive holiday attire. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded. Registration is $35 in advance or $40 on the day.

 

All proceeds help support the Special Olympics athletes through athletic competition, health screenings and educational programs.

 

For more information, call 508-485-0986 or visit specialolympicsma.donordrive.com.

 

Flat of Beacon Hill tour

 

Boston by Foot will offer a tour of the Flat of Beacon Hill from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Walkers will meet at the Charles/MGH MBTA station.

 

The Flat of Beacon Hill is built on 19th century made land along the Charles River. The Flat is geologically part of Back Bay and culturally part of Beacon Hill with the architecture of both.

 

This walking tour is inspired by Samuel Eliot Morison’s childhood memoir, “One Boy’s Boston.” Walkers will discover Morison’s neighborhood on this tour through one of Boston’s least known yet most delightful areas.

 

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased from the guide.

 

Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617- 367-2345 for more details.

 

Living legends

 

The Museum of African American History will host the 2018 Living Legends Awards Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St.

 

The evening will commemorate the legacy of champions such as Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart by honoring contemporary heroes who have followed in their footsteps through the pursuit of equality, education and justice for all Americans.

 

This year’s honorees are Living Legend Eric Holder, the first black Attorney General of the United States, and Legacy Legends Sarah- Ann Shaw, Hubert (Hubie) Jones and Melvin H. King.

 

A reception and Living Legends Awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Festivities will include cocktails, an elegant buffet reception, live auction and live music.

 

Visit www.maah.org or call 617-725-0022, ext. 223 for more information.

 

Holiday celebration

 

The community is invited to the annual Friends of the West End Branch Library holiday party being held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

 

The evening will feature live music by vocalist Will McMillan accompanied by Joe Reid on keyboard. This show features songs such as “Winter Wonderland,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night,” “Happy Holiday” and “White Christmas.” Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

 

For more details, call 617-523-3957 or visit www.bpl.org.