Neighborhood Round Up

April 28, 2011
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TONIGHT: ‘Retirement and Income Planning Strategies’ lecture

Hertel & Konish Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors invites you and your spouse or guest to attend “Retirement and Income Planning Strategies for the Road Ahead” at the Court Yard Restaurant at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served, and seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to Bonnie French at 617-289-9512.

‘What to Do When Your Child Needs Emergency Care’ seminar

Hill House presents a seminar entitled “What to Do When Your Child Needs Emergency Care” at the Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon St., on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Unit Chief of Mass. General Hosptial for Children Emergency Medicine Ari Cohen, M.D., will cover what to do when your child requires emergency care. Dr. Cohen will discuss and take questions on a range of topics, including, but not limited to, when is a trip to the emergency room is necessary, how to stop major bleeding or tend to a serious wound at home, when to call for an ambulance, what to do if your child goes into shock, head traumas, what to do with broken bones and sprains, and much more.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

Beacon Hill Village informational meeting

Learn what Beacon Hill Village (BHV) is all about at an informational get-together at the home of BHV members

Muffin and Junie O’Brien, 90 Commonwealth Ave., on

Thursday, April 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy delicious appetizers and a glass of wine with friends and members of Beacon Hill Village. For more information and to register, visit www.beaconhillvillage.org or call 617-723-9713. The event is free and open to the public.

Family Matters’ lecture at Kingsley Montessori

Kingsley Montessori School Community Speaker Series presents “Family Matters:  Raising Healthy Children in Challenging Times” with Dr. Dr. Rob Evans at 26 Exeter St. on Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Parents, neighbors, colleagues and friends are welcome. This event is free of charge. R.S.V.P. to karen_d@kingsley.org or 617-226-4932.

‘Literary Houses’ lecture at Gibson House

The Gibson House Museum, 37 Beacon St., presents Boston University Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies Melanie Hall for a lecture entitled “Literary Houses, Their Role and Purpose, Yesterday and Today,” an exploration of British and American house museums devoted to authors and their works, on Thursday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. The cost of admission is free for Gibson House Museum members and $10 for non-members. R.S.V.P. to 617-267-6338 or info@thegibsonhouse.org. Space is limited.

NABB’s ‘Back Bay Alley Rally’ returns April 30

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) will sponsor the “Back Bay Alley Rally” at the Clarendon Street Playground, located at Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, on Saturday, April 30. Volunteers can enjoy coffee, juice and doughnuts from 8:30 to 9 a.m. before they are divided into teams. A picnic for volunteers will take place at the playground at noon. The annual cleanup is held in conjunction with Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s “Boston Shines” event. For more information, e-mail Ellen Rooney at parnell3@verizonnet.

Hill House pajama drive to benefit Home for Little Wanderers

During the month of April, Hill House is collecting new, unworn pajamas and sleepwear for children in The Home for Little Wanderers’ programs. Preferred sizes are for children from 3 to 18 years old. Drop off donations until April 30 at the Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon St.

City gardening workshop

First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., presents a city gardening workshop entitled “City Garden Ideas: Expert Advice and Practical Tips to Beautify Small Urban Spaces” on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of admission is $25. Register at http://citygardenideas.eventbrite.com.

Room to Grow breakfast fundraiser at the Liberty Hotel

Join Room to Grow for breakfast on May 5, at 8 a.m. at the Liberty Hotel to celebrate inspirational mothers who nurture children, strengthen families and help build our community. Room to Grow is a nonprofit organization that provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items during their children’s critical first three years of development.

At this special breakfast, a Room to Grow mom will share her story, and guests will be encouraged to pay tribute to the exceptional moms in their lives. Tickets cost $75. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to R.S.V.P., e-mail

melissam@roomtogrow.org or call 617-859-4545.

Tutors needed

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts invites prospective volunteers to one of its informational orientations on May 5 and June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Boston. Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with students for two hours per week for a minimum of nine to 12 months at mutually convenient times in public places. LVM trains volunteers to tutor adult learners in either Basic Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). LVM volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. For more information, visit www.lvm.org or call 617-367-1313.

Annual Duckling Day Parade returns to the Boston Common

The Friends of the Public Garden will celebrate Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day Parade on Sunday. May 8. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the parade will begin at noon. Prior to the parade there will be plenty of family entertainment including a face painter, balloon artist and a magician. Mayor Menino will greet families at the end of the parade and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will do a dramatic reading from the book. A donation of $25 per family is requested for all participants and each family who registers will receive a special goodie bag filled with Duckling Day toys and treats.

For more information about Duckling Day, visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org, or call Regina Norfolk at 508-494-6630 or Harron Ellenson at 617-267-7366.

Back Bay Chorale  presents Verdi’s ‘Requiem’

The Back Bay Chorale, directed by Scott Allen Jarrett, performs Giuseppe Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” in Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $35 and $50 (seniors/students $5 discount), and are available at www.bbcboston.org or by calling 617-648-3885.

French Cultural Center book sale

French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will hold a book sale on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. French classics and contemporary novels – both fiction and non-fiction – start at $1. Enrich your bookshelves and the French Cultural Center’s book budget. Call the library at 617-912-0417 for more information.

NABB City Services Committee meeting

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) City Services Committee will hold its meetings at the NABB office, 337 Newbury St., on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

Hill House Little League registration

Little League registration is now at www.hillhouseboston.org for a new season of Hill House Little League baseball. Join Hill House for another exciting season of T-Ball for 5-year-olds, AA for 6- and 7-year-olds, AAA for 8- and 9-year-olds and Majors for 10- to 12-year-olds.

Hill House’s free    playgroups

Meet new families at the Hill House Firehouse, 127 Mt. Vernon St., on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. for a casual playgroup. Playgroups are free and open to the public.

Also, stop by the Hill House Firehouse for open art and playgroup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Art and playgroups are free and open to the public.

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.

Religious services

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, 210 Massachusetts Ave., holds worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (English) and noon (Spanish). No evening services take place in July and August. Sunday School takes place at the same hours for young people up to the age of 20. Wednesday Testimony Meetings take place at noon and 7:30 p.m. (English) and 6 p.m. (Spanish).

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