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Holiday in Chinatown


The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour Chinatown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Chinatown Gate on Harrison Avenue and Beach Street.


Neighbors can enjoy an afternoon with Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa and his elves. Festivities will include the tree lighting, pictures with Santa, singing, dancing, refreshments, gifts and games for the children.


Visit for more information.


Rebels and admirers


The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present “Rebels and Admirers: Poets of the Old South, 1700s to Today” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.


The evening will include a mini lecture on “Poets of the Old South Through the Centuries,” then readings of selected poems from 18th, 19th and 21st centuries by a bevy of local poets, plus an open mic audience participation opportunity with a poem from the 1877 collection “Poems of the Old South.”


Following the readings, guest poets will lead small discussion sessions on featured poets of the evening. The program will culminate with a poem written on the spot for the event by Allison Adair of Poetry on Demand.


Guest readers will include Adair, Regie Gibson, Serina Gousby, January Gill O’Neill, Anna Ross, Sandra Storey and Lloyd Schwartz.


Registration is requested for this free program; at Call 617-482-6439 or visit for further details.


Local author to visit


Author Vincent Lee will be the guest of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.


Lee’s second book is “The Tamago Stories,” a collection of eight riveting, contemporary Asian American short stories spanning a multitude of genres from crime-action to family drama, legal and medical situations, romance comedy and even sci-fi. The Asian American characters are a blend of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Thai to show Asian American intersectionality in storytelling.


Though there will be a small number of books on hand, it is recommended that attendees buy “The Tamago Stories” or Lee’s first novel, “The Purple Heart” beforehand for it to be signed. Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.


Black-owned businesses


The September Boston Black-Owned Business pop-up market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the heart of the Seaport area at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.


The community is encouraged to shop and support local black owned businesses while enjoying raffles, music and community building.


Further information can be found at


Advent concert


A 40-member ensemble of choir and instrumentalists will present “The Thrill of Hope: A Celebration of Prayers, Readings and Poems” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Paulist Center, 5 Park St.


The music features innovative settings of familiar carols and beautiful contemporary compositions. Holiday hospitality is offered after each performance.


A children’s pageant with drama, dance and music will precede the Sunday concert.


Tickets in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-17 and are available at the Paulist Center, 5 Park St., by calling 617-742- 4460 or sending an email to Sponsorships are available at $50, $100 and $150 levels. Tickets at the door will be $15 for adults and $10 for children.