Neighborhood Roundup

Tour Festive Nichols House Museum During December

The Nichols House Museum at 55 Mt. Vernon St. is decorated for the holiday season during the month of December. Each of the museum’s rooms is bedecked with trimming inspired by Nichols family traditions and the styles of the turn of the 20th century. The museum can be viewed by guided tour Thursday through Sunday at 10 and 11 a.m., and at noon.

For more information and to schedule a tour, visit​

Upcoming Events at The Vilna Shul

The Vilna Shul at 18 Phillips St. will offer “Exploring Sephardi Culture” on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

​Explore the history of Sephardic Jews through music, film, and literature. Experiment with the ancient Jewish language of Ladino, spoken by Jews in Spain and throughout the Ottoman Empire beginning in the 15th century. No background experience is required.

​Additionally, The Vilna will offer “American Jewish Women in Television” on Wednesdays, Jan. 10 and 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

​During this course, which costs $120 per participant, attendees will analyze the ways in which contemporary American television is establishing a new take on Jewish female identity that challenges the stereotypes of Jewish femininity proliferated on television since its inception. Register online at

​For more information on The Vilna Shul, visit or call 617-523-2324.

‘Art for a Woman’s Soul’ Coming Jan. 11 to West End Branch Library

The Friends of the West End Public Library are sponsoring a free program, “Art for a Woman’s Soul,” on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Library at 151 Cambridge St.

At this time, Mikki Zeitouni will present a 10-minute meditation to release the day’s stress followed by a fun gathering for women to do art and socialize.

There is seating for 20 people and registration is required. 

R.S.V.P. and sign up early by emailing Mikki at [email protected].

Coffee Hours for City’s Beacon Hill-Back Bay Neighborhood Liaison

Maggie Van Scoy, the city’s neighborhood liaison for Beacon Hill and Back Bay, will hold Coffee Hours on Friday, Dec. 29,  from 10 to 11 a.m. at the West End Branch Library.

Second Back Street Neighborhood Project Meeting to be Held Virtually on Feb. 1

The Esplanade Association will hold its second Back Street Neighborhood Project Meeting to discuss ongoing safety projects at Esplanade entrances on Back Street. The meeting will take place via Zoom on Thursday,  Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.

​During this gathering, EA representatives will review progress made to-date, hear neighborhood feedback, and discuss proposed plans for additional safety improvements. Your presence and insights will greatly contribute to the success of the meeting, and the project.

Register for the meeting via zoom at

​To learn more about the project, visit; and to learn about other pathway safety initiatives, visit

Free Lessons in American Mahjong Offered

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 info, email Audrey Tedeman ([email protected]) or Julia Forbes ([email protected]).

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