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Boston Mosaic Concert

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Orchestra will present a Boston Mosaic Concert from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

Interact with the musicians, ask questions about the music, and get a chance to play an instrument at this free, fun, fresh and educational musical experience.

To learn more, visit

Santa and the North End Christmas parade

Santa Claus will arrive by helicopter at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave.

Santa will join the North End Christmas Parade, lined with marching bands, TV characters, clowns, and lots of colorful balloons, from 1 to 3 p.m. starting on Commercial Street near the Coast Guard station.

In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Dec. 22.

Superfood Society Chats

Superfood Society Chats with Jennifer Hanway will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays in the KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

The topics will include “Revive – Restful Routines for Restorative Sleep” on Dec. 15.

Visit for more information and registration at this Lightest Brightest You Lecture Series.

‘Understanding History through Reproduction’

The Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St. will host “Reading Craft: Understanding History through Reproduction” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.

Panelists from Current Projects and North Bennet Street School – representing the worlds of traditional woodworking and craft bookbinding – will explore the significance of their work in conjunction with the “Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library” exhibition: a full-scale replica of a unique Colonial Revival bookcase, a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century “bookpress,” and leather-bound books emulating those in the historic King’s Chapel Library. The exhibition will be on view through Mar. 14.

Visit for more information and required registration. Members are $15 and Non-members are $20.

Holiday Toy Drive

The annual Holiday Toy Drive in memory of Mark Frattaroli to benefit the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain is accepting donations through Dec. 17.

Drop off new, unwrapped toys and art supplies for boys and girls, ages 4 through 14 to one of these locations: Filippo Ristorante at 283 Causeway St.; Ducali Pizzeria & Bar at 289 Causeway St; Ristorante Lucia at 415 Hanover St.; Ristorante Lucia at 11 Mount Vernon St. in Winchester; and/or Cunard Tavern at 24 Orleans St. in East Boston.

To learn about the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain visit

Plant-based cooking

Market Test KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., will hold a demo and tasting event from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, presented by the Trustees.

Learn about the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet with Nutrition Educator Adriana Bambino. Adriana will teach you how to make delicious, easy to prepare, and budget friendly recipes.

RSVP at to ensure a seat and enough samples for everyone.

Christmas Dinner/NYs Day Brunch

The Mariners House, 11 North Square in the North End will be hosting Christmas Dinner and New Year’s Day Brunch for all eligible men and women who work(ed) at sea (active duty service or retired status with 20 years of service).

For more information, call 617-227-3979 or visit

Steriti ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Memorial Rink at 561 Commercial St., North End will be open for free public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sundays from 3 to 6:50 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 3:50 p.m. and 7 to 9:50 p.m.; Saturdays from 4 to 9:50 p.m.; with public stick time from 10 to 11:50 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Phone 617-523-9327 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg is played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) throughout the year at the North End Branch Library, 27 Parmenter St.

All adults of all ages are welcome to join the American-style variant of this tile-based game that originated in China and requires skill, strategy and calculation. Beginners are welcome. No sign up is required.

For more information, visit or phone 617-227-8135.

Senior programs at Nazzaro CC

The Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. will offer free senior (55+) programs as follows: walking group from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, knitting and crocheting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and chair yoga from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

For more information, phone 617-635-5166 or visit

Dark side of Boston

Boston by Foot is currently presenting guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, across from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reservations are not required.

Visitors will hear the stories of misery, misfortune and murder based on true, historical events, such as the Great Influenza, the vandalizing of the Royal Governor’s House, the Molasses Flood and the infamous Brink’s robbery, all against the backdrop of Boston’s oldest neighborhood.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children if purchased online in advance and free for members. Add $2 for tickets purchased from the guide on the day.

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

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K- 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 28 at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit