Neighborhood Roundup

City to Resume Daytime Street Sweeping Program on Beacon Hill on Friday, March 1

The City of Boston will resume its Daytime Street Sweeping Program in the Beacon Hill, North End, and South End neighborhoods on Friday, March 1. For all other neighborhoods, the project will resume on Monday, April 1.

For more information on the program, visit

WEM Seeking Volunteers for Spring and Summers Seasons

The West End Museum is now seeking volunteers for the spring and summers seasons.

Volunteer opportunities include in-person openings on Wednesday-Sunday mornings and afternoons for greeter, event assistant, exhibit attendant, social media creator, and special projects assistant.

For more information, contact the WEM volunteer coordinator via email at [email protected].

Upcoming Programming Sponsored by West End Museum

The West End Museum will offer ‘The West End: 400 Years of Urban Development’ – a talk on the history of urban development in Boston’s West End – on Thursday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m., both in-person at the Hub on Causeway Community Room at 52 Causeway St. (located along the alleyway next to Hub50House, across from the Tip O’Neill Building). Visit to purchase tickets for the in-person event, or to purchase tickets for the virtual event.

On Wednesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m., join the museum for a night of brain-teasing questions and friendly competition and put your Boston history knowledge to the test at the next trivia night, held at Causeway Restaurant and Bar.

 To purchase tickets and for further information, visit

On Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m., the museum will offer ‘West End Women: A Walk Through History.’

Intellectuals, abolitionists, suffragists, artists, authors, and athletes – the women of Boston’s West End played an important role in shaping the history of their neighborhood, Boston, and the world. Join the West End Museum on a walking tour in honor of Women’s History Month.

Tickets for the walking tours cost $10 each. Visit to purchase tickets for the March 20 event; and to purchase tickets for the March 23 event.

On Saturday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., the museum presents ‘Destruction and Rebirth: Barber and Beethoven’ at The Hub on Causeway Community Room at 52 Causeway St. (located along the alleyway next to Hub50House, across from the Tip O’Neill Building).

Join the museum for an artistically sublime experience as we project photographic images from the Edgell and Frani Collections (which chronicle life before, during, and after urban renewal) alongside a live performance of two of classical music’s most emotive string quartets, both possessing tonal qualities that convey the ideas of transformation and explore the complex social dynamics that underpin both the destruction and rebirth of the West End neighborhood.

Tickets for this event cost $15 each and can be purchased by visiting

Upcoming Programs Sponsored by The Vilna Shul

The Vilna Shul, located at 18 Phillips St., will offer sponsor “Israel Beyond the Headlines: Medical Clowning as Trauma Therapy’ – a free, virtual conversation with Rotem Goldenberg, a medical clown in the Dream Doctors Project in Israel – on Thursday, Feb. 29, from noon to 1 p.m.

Clowns of the Dream Doctors Project are dedicated to crisis intervention during times of emergency. In this talk, Rotem will shed light on the unique experience of being a Medical Clown in Israel and describe the clowns’ work with evacuees during the regional war in recent months.

Upcoming ongoing programming sponsored by The Vilna include ‘Israel Through the Filmmaker’s Lens,’ with Dr. Shayna Weiss, on Wednesdays though March 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 18 Phillips St.

This course will explore questions about Israeli life and identity in a global context. Dr. Shayna Weiss will examine contemporary Israeli film and what these movies teach about Israel today, covering timely topics including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mizrahi-Ashkenazi relations, ultra-Orthodoxy, Holocaust memory, and more.

The cost of admission is $120 per person for all five sessions, including dinner, along with an approximately $30 materials fee (for film viewing, paid directly to screening platforms [e.g. Netflix]).

The Vilna also presents ‘Climate Change and Tikkun Olam:  A Poetry Journey,’ with Professor Deborah Leipziger on Wednesdays through March 13 and on April 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 18 Phillips St.

This course will look at climate change through a Jewish lens, like what does Jewish tradition teach us about how to cope and respond to this environmental and humanitarian challenge?; and how can poetry and creative endeavors help build resilience while cultivating hope, empathy, and action? Professor Leipziger is a sustainability expert who is also a poet and co-founder of the New England Jewish Poetry Festival.

The cost of admission is $120 per person for all five sessions, including dinner.

Visit for more information for more information on The Vilna’s upcoming programming.

Boston Ward 5 Dems Committee to Host Caucus on Saturday, March 2

The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee will host the 2024 Boston Ward 5 Democratic Caucus to elect delegates and alternates for the 2024 Massachusetts Democratic Convention on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., in Copley Square.  Participants may sign in beginning at 9 a.m.

This event is open to the public. However, only those persons who reside in Ward 5 and have previously registered to vote as Democrats, or are 16 years of age by Thursday Feb. 15, and have pre-registered to vote as Democrats, will be eligible to vote and be elected as delegates, or alternates, during the Caucus. 

Ward 5 includes Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Bay Village, the Fenway, and parts of Chinatown and the South End.  For more information, and to check your voter registration status (and whether you live in Ward 5), go to

FBHW Winter Cruise Set for March 2

Join the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk (FBHW) for a two-and-a-half hour cruise around Boston’s inner harbor on a multi-deck, heated vessel on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m.

At this time, FBHW tour guides will discuss the history of the city, its harbor, and how much the waterfront neighborhoods and the harbor continue to evolve – nearly 400 years after the city’s founding.

The tour departs from and returns to Long Wharf on a Boston Harbor City Cruises’ marine vessel. Boarding begins at 9:45 a.m., and the ship will depart at 10 a.m., sharp, returning at approximately 12:15 p.m. Specific dock location and boarding information will be sent out days prior to the tour.

The cost of admission is $20 per person. Register in advance at

WECA Meeting Set for March 14 at Amy Lowell Apartments

The West End Civic Association (WECA) will hold its next meeting in person on Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Amy Lowell Apartments at 65 Martha Road.

The guest for this meeting will be Mayor Michelle Wu.

Masks are encouraged for attendees.

Annual Gardeners’ Gathering Set for March 16 at NU

The 48th  annual Gardeners’ Gathering  takes place on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at  Shillman Hall and The Egan Center at Northeastern University .

The event, which is free to attend and open to all, brings Boston-area growers of all kinds together for a day full of informative workshops, engaging exhibitors, networking, and inspiration. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Mel King’s Massachusetts Gardening and Farm Act, the Gathering will focus on celebrating our invaluable legacy gardeners, taking a look back on the incredible community growing work in Boston over the last half a century.

Be sure to pre-register for the event at

Beacon Hill Books to Welcome Two Authors on April 18

Jeanne Blasberg, whose third novel ‘Daughter of a Promise’ is due out soon, will be joining Julie Carrick Dalton, author of the upcoming novel, ‘The Last Beekeeper’ and a new resident to the neighborhood, on Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. at Beacon Hill Books at 71 Charles St.

Charles River Cleanup Set to Return April 19-20

Join the Esplanade Association for the 25th annual Charles River Cleanup – one of the largest Earth Day cleanups in the nation – on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20.

Registration is now open for individual and corporate/large groups; sign up for one or both days online at

Free Lessons in American Mahjong Offered at West End Branch Library

The Friends of the West End Library will be offering lessons in American Mahjong to new and experienced players at no cost.

The group meets on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Community Room of the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

To sign up or for more information, email Audrey Tedeman ([email protected]) or Julia Forbes ([email protected]).

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