Hill House’s Photos with Santa Claus
Hill House, Inc. located at 127 Mount Vernon St., welcomes the big man in red to Beacon Hill on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Bring your wish list, and get ready for an afternoon of merriment before the Beacon Hill Business Association’s Holiday Stroll. Infinity Portrait Design will be on hand to take photos of your family. Register online today for your time slot at https://bit.ly/2WUtSku Walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, but participants are encouraged to sign up electronically first.
Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill to host acclaimed photographer Bill Brett for book signing of ‘Game Changers’
Acclaimed photographer Bill Brett will be at Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill at 46 Charles St. on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. signing his newest book “Boston: Game Changers.”
Brett’s sixth book “Game Changers” is about the people in Boston who are doing great things, making a difference, and leading the city into the future. Featuring a mix of black-and-white and color photographs, his portraits include quiet volunteers and those doing cutting-edge medical research.
Handel’s ‘Messiah’ comes to Church on the Hill
In 1818 the “Messiah” had its first full performance in Boston. Also, in that year, the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem/Church on the Hill was founded.
Come join Church on the Hill, located at 140 Bowdoin St., in celebration of its 201st year on Beacon Hill on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.
The special guest conductor will be Dr. Jamie Kirsch, leading the vocal soloists and orchestral musicians in a sing-along performance of Handel’s magnificent music, including “Part I” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Join in the singing or be part of the audience; bring your copy of the musical score or purchase one at the door.
Tickets cost $19 each, and the entire box office and donations will go to support underprivileged young musicians. This venue is handicap accessible. For more information, call 617-523-4575 or visit http://churchonthehillboston.org. You may also purchase tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4423515.
Holiday exhibition at Hidden Art Gallery
The Hidden Art Gallery at 25 Myrtle St. presents a Small Artworks Holiday Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 5 p.m.
Visit thehiddenartgallery.com for more information.
King’s Chapel’s Tuesday Recitals
King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., presents its Tuesday Recitals. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at 12:15 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes; for more information, call 617-227-2155.
Programming includes Pioneer Singers of Lynnfield, with Steven Bloom, director, performing holiday favorites on Dec. 10; and Emily Bieber-Harris (soprano), Jennifer Webb (alto), Andy Troska (tenor) Heinrich Christensen (organ) performing Handel’s “The Half-Hour Messiah” on Dec. 17.
Hill House 2020 Flag Football League registration open
Hill House, Inc. located at 127 Mount Vernon St., will open registration for its 2020 Boston NFL Flag Football League is now open. Register until Dec. 30 to receive the early bird rate of $125/per person. This league sees over 150 children from across the city participate and is open to children in Grades K-7. All players will receive a reversible NFL-team-branded jersey and an NFL Flag belt. The season will be nine weeks long, and teams will have a chance to practice, as well as play games at Clemente Field in Boston. Don’t wait to register to receive the discount. Registration will be open for individuals and teams. The fall league starts Sept. 8, 2020.
Business networking on the Hill, Jan. 22
The Beacon Hill Network is sponsoring an open business-networking event at 75 Chestnut on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. These events are open to anyone who would like to do business networking in our local community.
BSNJ Community Children’s Chorus
The Boston Society of The New Jerusalem (BSNJ) Community Children’s Chorus is a comprehensive musical training program for children in the third through seventh grades.
Your child will be participating in a program that promotes: the love of music, expressive singing, teamwork-cooperative learning, building new friendships, self-assessment and the fun of being in an outstanding program.
The group meets at 140 Bowdoin St. on Saturday mornings. Tuition is free for any child with a Greater Boston-area address. All levels of singing ability are welcome. To register, contact Carlton Doctor at 617-523-4575 or visit www.churchonthehillboston.org (click on “music.”)
BSNJ/The Church On The Hill sponsors this initiative, but we are not promoting any religious ideology.
MGH seeking volunteers
The Massachusetts General Hospital Volunteer Department is seeking volunteers to help families connect with loved ones after surgery. Candidates must have the ability to walk extensively, and to push a person in a wheelchair. Shifts are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 2 to 6 p.m.
Contact Kim Northrup at 617-724-1826 for more information.
‘Coloring for Adults’ at the West End Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., presents “Color Your World: Coloring for Adults“ on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m.
At this time, the library will supply coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons, or bring your own supplies if you prefer. Feel free to drop in between these hours.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
Spanish/English Language Exchange
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., presents the Spanish/English Language Exchange/Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m.
At this time, English speakers can practice Spanish and Spanish speakers can practice English in this fun, informal conversation class.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
BSNJ Community Children’s Chorus
The Boston Society of The New Jerusalem (BSNJ) Community Children’s Chorus is a comprehensive musical training program for children in Grades 3 to 7.
Your child will be participating in a program that promotes: the love of music, expressive singing, teamwork-cooperative learning, building new friendships, self-assessment and the fun of being in a well organized program.
The rehearsals take place at 140 Bowdoin St. on Tuesday afternoons. Tuition is free for any child with a Boston address. All levels of singing ability are welcome. To sign up, please contact Mr. Doctor at 617-523-4575 or visit www.churchonthehillboston.org (click on “music”).
The Church on the Hill sponsors this initiative but we are not promoting any religious ideology.
ESL conversation group resumes meeting at West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., welcomes the English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group every Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Come and practice your English language skills with other newcomers and a facilitator.
West End Playgroup meets Tuesday mornings
The West End Community Center, located at 1 Congress St., welcomes the West End Playgroup on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. through the fall and winter.
This is a free drop-in time to let kids play and adults chat with one another. Small toy donations are welcome.
Get homework help at the West End Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., offers homework help every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Get help from a Boston Public Schools teacher. No appointment necessary; simply drop in with your homework.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
Compassionate Friends group reaches out to bereaved parents and families
The Boston Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) meets at Trinity Church on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
TCF is a national self-help, mutual-assistance organization offering friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents and their families. Call 617-539-6424 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
West End Food Pantry seeking donations
The West End Food Pantry needs help to continue serving its more than 120 clients per month. They welcome donations to replenish the supply of food that they give out to hungry residents in the neighborhood.
The pantry is located in the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library and is staffed by volunteers from ABCD’s North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center. Non-perishable (canned and boxed) items are being sought, including rice, pasta, canned tuna, canned chicken, chili, beans, vegetables, cereal, soups, cup of noodles, etc.
Donations can be left at the library, 151 Cambridge St., on Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteers needed for hot meal program
The North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC), located at 1 Michelangelo St., serves a hot, fresh, home-cooked lunch to seniors in the neighborhood Mondays and Fridays, and is looking for two volunteers to help with shopping, food preparation, cooking, serving and clean-up. The non-profit providing services and programs to low-income residents of the North End, West End and Beacon Hill is looking for volunteers who can assist with the whole meal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a Monday and/or Friday, but can make arrangements to fit your schedule.
Contact Maria Stella Gulla, director, at 617-523-8125, ext. 201, via e-mail at [email protected] for more information.
Introduction to laptops, eReaders and iPads at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., offers an introduction to laptops, eReaders and iPads by appointment only. Get the most out of your eReader or Laptop. Receive tips and guidance during these one-on-one sessions. Call Branch Librarian, Helen Bender at617-523-3957 or e-mail [email protected] to set up an appointment.
Yoga for seniors at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., presents yoga for seniors every Tuesday from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Classes are led by Tatiana Nekrasova, a certified yoga instructor.
Volunteer at Spaulding Rehab
Stay active, meet new people and be connected with your community by volunteering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Staff members will match your skills and interests to a volunteer opportunity. The hospital is currently recruiting volunteers, ages 18 and up, for two- to three-hour-a-week shifts for a minimum of six to 12 months commitment. Visit www.spauldingnetwork.org for more information.
After-work tai chi group at the West End Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., welcomes after-work tai chi group every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Come and try this low impact energy exercise with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soo-Hoo.
Be a friend to elderly in need
FriendshipWorks seeks caring people to offer help and support to isolated elders in the Boston area. Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and assist elders with tasks such as reading, organizing, or going for a walk – lend an hour each week and gain a friend and a new perspective. Volunteers also needed to escort elders to and from medical appointments. No car is needed and hours are flexible. For more information or to apply online, visit www.fw4elders.org or call 617-482-1510.
Join the Downtown Boston Rotary Club
The Downtown Boston Rotary Club, the first new Rotary Club in Boston in 100 years, holds meetings at the UMass Club in the Financial District on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 7:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.dbrotary.org or call 617-535-1950.