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Troops for Fitness Running Club

Parks Events Troops for Fitness is sponsored by Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Join a free running class taught by US Navy Veteran Gary Forziati. Cancellations will be posted on Facebook.com/BostonParksDepartment and Twitter.com/BostonParksDept. Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Neighborhood: North End. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM. 90 Canal Street 90 Canal St Boston, MA 02114.

Public Facilities Department Designer Selection Committee Public Meeting

City Clerk Detailed Agenda Attached: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityclerk/docs/SKMBT_42014121523170-e29c07.pdf. Phone: 617-635-0412. Contact: Tanya Cabral. MBTA: State Street Station. Type of Event: Public Meeting / Hearing. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Conference Room 11A 26 Court St Boston, MA 02108.

Baby/Toddler Play Group

Adams Street Baby/toddler play group is the perfect time for young children and their caregivers to play and socialize. Developmentally appropriate toys, crafts, and activities will be available for families with children ages 3 and under. Library: Adams. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Early Literacy. Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Adams Street Dorchester, MA 02122.

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Public Event Fri & Sat: 10:00AM - 10:00PM Sun: 10:00AM - 8:00PM A Festival of Native Arts & Cultures from Around the World. We feature Native artisans and performers, fairly traded products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Enjoy "world" music performances, meet our guest artisans, travel the world in one place. Cultural Survival offers several free admission events this holiday season. Each event provides you with direct access to thousands of items, handmade by Indigenous artisans from around the world. Every item has a deeper story from the projects it supports, to the artisans who made them. Learn about our work in partnership with communities around the world. Together we work to defend Indigenous rights, lands, languages, and cultures. Promo Video: http://youtu.be/xRKch6HeFTM. Cost: Free admission. Audience: All Ages. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Concerts / Live Music. Feasts & Festivals. Visual Arts. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The Shops at Prudential Center, Belvidere Arcade 800 Boylston St Boston, MA 02116.

CANCELED - Baby Playgroup

Central Library Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

ESL Conversation Group

Central Library Practice speaking English with other ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. If you have questions about these groups please call 617-859-2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

ESOL Conversation Group

Honan- Allston Library: Honan-Allston. Neighborhood: Allston. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Honan-Allston Branch Boston Public Library 300 North Harvard Street Allston, MA 02134.

Music and Movement

Charlestown Join Mr. Sean from Baby Wiggles for music and fun. Sing-along, shake maracas, and wave a scarf with your little one. Library: Charlestown. Neighborhood: Charlestown. Type of Event: Performing Arts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM. Event Room Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library 179 Main Street Charlestown, MA 02129.

Baby/Toddler Music Time

Egleston Square Sing, dance, read, and play with the children's librarian in this musical story time designed for children ages 0-2. Library: Egleston Square. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 2044 Columbus Avenue Roxbury, MA 02119.

Lapsit Story Time

Fields Corner Join Miss Cindy as she reads books and shares rhymes, stories, and songs parents and caregivers can use at home. For families with children ages birth to three. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Early Literacy. Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02122.

Preschool Films

Grove Hall Enjoy short films about families just right for preschoolers. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Friday Preschool Films

Lower Mills Children will enjoy short animated films. December 5: The Snowy Day. December 12: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. December 19: A Charlie Brown Christmas. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Preschool Story and Craft Time

Mattapan Weekly story time with stories, songs and craft time. For children ages three to five years old, accompanied by an adult. December 19 - Christmas. Library: Mattapan. Neighborhood: Mattapan. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Holiday Celebration. Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126.

Preschool Story Time

Codman Square Every week we read three books on a particular theme,do finger plays, and sometimes make crafts. Library: Codman Square. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Newbury Handmade Market

Ongoing Pop-up shop independently organized by Etsy artists. Shop runs Black Friday through Xmas eve. Newbury Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco-conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams, jewelry for men and women, handmade clothing, pottery, candles, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists every Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11-7 daily. Close at 3p on xmas eve. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Hynes Convention Center or Copley. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 301 Newbury Street 301 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115.

Art and Architecture Tour

Central Library The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. The full schedule of Art & Architecture tours is available online at http://www.bpl.org/tours. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: free. Audience: College Students. Adults. Seniors. Visitors. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Parent and Child Yoga

Dudley Parents and caregivers, enjoy a fun and engaging yoga practice with your little ones. If you can, please bring your own yoga mat. Supplies are limited. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Seniors. Families. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119.

Preschool Films

Codman Square Come watch three films for preschoolers every week in our auditorium. Camp groups and preschools are welcome. Library: Codman Square. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

FNC Baby Playgroup

Grove Hall Network with new parents this winter and learn all about your baby with the Family Nurturing Center, Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Guided Imagery Meditation with Polly Fletcher

West End Want more energy and focus? Join Polly Fletcher, Get Your Vibe On Coach and Occupational Therapist, for Guided Visualization Meditation. Strengthen your Mental Focus and transform limiting thoughts to reduce stress and improve overall health. Library: West End. Neighborhood: Bay Village. Beacon Hill. Downtown. North End. West End. Type of Event: Nature. Talks & Lectures. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM. West End Branch of the Boston Public Library 151 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114.

Classic Christmas Film: White Christmas

Lower Mills White Christmas, 1954, G – 120 min. Friday, December 19, 1 p.m. A successful song-and-dance team joins forces with a sister act to save the failing Vermont Inn of their former commanding general. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Visitors. Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Community Room Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Committee on Education Public Hearing

City Council Detailed Agenda Attached: Docket #0719 http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityclerk/docs/SKMBT_42014120323041-ca8364.pdf. Phone: 617-635-3041. Contact: Juan Lopez. MBTA: State Street Station. Type of Event: Meeting / Hearing. Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:30 PM. City Hall, Iannella Chamber, 5th Floor 1 Cambridge St Boston, MA 02108. For more info visit www.cityofboston.gov.

Knitting Group for Tweens and Teens

Roslindale Children ages 12-18. Learn or practice making a scarf with help from an experienced knitter. Library: Roslindale. Neighborhood: Roslindale. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Children's Room Roslindale Branch Boston Public Library 4246 Washington Street Roslindale MA 02131.

Teen Book of the Month

Central Library This month, we will be reading Born of Illusion by Teri J. Brown. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Book Group. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. McKim Exhibition Hall Teen Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

East Boston Citi Performing Arts Center presents an interactive reading of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer involving props, singing, and acting out the story. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: Holiday Celebration. Cost: Free. Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Noir Fridays

South End December 5:  Written on the Wind with Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack. December 12: Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden. December 19: My Darling Clementine with Henry Fonda and Victor Mature. December 26: No Film. Library: South End. Neighborhood: South End. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. South End Branch of the Boston Public Library 685 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118.

Friday Films

Mattapan After a long week at school, come relax in the Mattapan Teen Room with Friday Films. Every Friday afternoon come kickoff your weekend with a great movie. Library: Mattapan. Neighborhood: Mattapan. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126.

Friday Film: Elf

Uphams Corner Get in the holiday spirit with this hilarious film about the magic of Christmas. Library: Uphams Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Holiday Celebration. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 500 Columbia Rd Dorchester, MA 02121.

Anime Club for Teens

Central Library Watch an episode of anime, learn some Japanese and play Wei Qi. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Friday, December 19, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. McKim Exhibition Hall Teen Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Lego Club

East Boston Come create, build, and imagine at Lego Club. Ages four and up. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Friday, December 19, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Kids Crafts: Sugar Cube Igloo

Lower Mills Make an igloo using glue and sugar cubes. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Friday, December 19, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

The Finance Commission Public Hearing

City Clerk Detailed Agenda Attached: http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityclerk/docs/SKMBT_42014121204110-b0cf00.pdf. Phone: 617-635-2202. Contact: Matthew Cahill. Type of Event: Public Meeting / Hearing. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM. Curley Confence Room, 2nd Floor 43 Hawkins St Boston, MA 02114.

Shear Madness

Ongoing "Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. Phone: 617.426.5225. Contact: Shear Madness Box Office. Cost: $50. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Businesses. Visitors. Neighborhood: Downtown. Type of Event: Performing Arts. Theatre. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Charles Playhouse 74 Warrenton St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.shearmadness.com.

WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Ongoing For this its 12th season, WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is exploring the rich music, singing and dance that crossed over from Ireland and Scotland to the new world to become Appalachian old-time, country and bluegrass. Celtic-music aficionado and storyteller, Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic and traditional American music worlds and beyond! Cost: $25 - $85. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Downtown. MBTA: Green Line at Boylston Street, Orange Line at Chinatown, or Red Line at Park Street. Type of Event: Concerts / Live Music. Holiday Celebration. Performing Arts. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Cutler Majestic Theater 219 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.wgbh.org.

Troops for Fitness Boot Camp

Parks Events Troops for Fitness is sponsored by Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Join a free running class taught by US Marine Veteran Justin Plaza. Cancellations will be posted on Facebook.com/BostonParksDepartment and Twitter.com/BostonParksDept. Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Roslindale. West Roxbury. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM. BCYF Hyde Park Community Center 1179 River St Hyde Park, MA 02136.

Gentle Yoga

South Boston Join us every Saturday for a beginner’s gentle yoga class taught by local instructors. Comfortable clothes, a water bottle, and a towel or yoga mat are recommended (we have mats if you don't have one). Drop-ins are welcome. Library: South Boston. Neighborhood: South Boston. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Seniors. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 646 East Broadway South Boston, MA 02127.

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Public Event Fri & Sat: 10:00AM - 10:00PM Sun: 10:00AM - 8:00PM A Festival of Native Arts & Cultures from Around the World. We feature Native artisans and performers, fairly traded products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Enjoy "world" music performances, meet our guest artisans, travel the world in one place. Cultural Survival offers several free admission events this holiday season. Each event provides you with direct access to thousands of items, handmade by Indigenous artisans from around the world. Every item has a deeper story from the projects it supports, to the artisans who made them. Learn about our work in partnership with communities around the world. Together we work to defend Indigenous rights, lands, languages, and cultures. Promo Video: http://youtu.be/xRKch6HeFTM. Cost: Free admission. Audience: All Ages. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Concerts / Live Music. Feasts & Festivals. Visual Arts. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The Shops at Prudential Center, Belvidere Arcade 800 Boylston St Boston, MA 02116.

Public Improvement Commission

City Clerk Detail Agenda Attached....... http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityclerk/docs/SKMBT_42014121703510-428e01.pdf. Phone: 617-635-4960. Contact: Todd Liming. MBTA: State Street Station (City Hall Exit). Type of Event: Meeting / Hearing. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM. Boston City Hall, Rm. #801, 8th Floor 1 Cambridge St Boston, MA 02108.

City-Wide Friends Holiday Book Sale

Central Library Last minute shoppers can find a special holiday gift  at the City-Wide Friends' book sale. All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Book Sale. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Businesses. Visitors. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Cushman Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Math 101

Central Library Come in and learn about numbers, counting, and basic math concepts. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Children's Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Laptop Class Fall/Winter

Mattapan Laptop Classes are held every Saturday in Study Room 3. Please call ahead for more information or visit the Mattapan Branch for a schedule of topics for each class. Please call 617.298.9218 for more information. Call the Mattapan Branch library at 617.298.9218, to reserve your seat for the laptop class. Space is limited. If no space is available you will be placed on a wait list. Please check before the class date to see if a place has become available. Library: Mattapan. Neighborhood: Mattapan. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Seniors. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126.

Year's-End Book Sale

South Boston The Friends of the South Boston Branch present their final book sale of the year, with lots of used books and audio-visual items available for sale at ridiculously low prices. Make this your last stop holiday shopping for the book lovers on your list, and give your wallet a break, too. All proceeds from the sale benefit the South Boston Branch of the BPL. Library: South Boston. Neighborhood: South Boston. Type of Event: Book Sale. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 646 East Broadway South Boston, MA 02127.

Egleston Farmers Market

Farmers Markets Phone: 617-669-4891. Contact: Kate Peppard. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain. MBTA: Orange Line - Stony Brook Station. Type of Event: Farmer's Market. Payment Types Accepted: $$$. Bounty Bucks. EBT. SNAP. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. 29 Germania Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For more info visit eglestonfarmersmarket.org.

Like Water for Chocolate Viewing

Honan- Allston Join us for a viewing of Like Water for Chocolate. Library: Honan-Allston. Neighborhood: Allston. Type of Event: Book Group. Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Honan-Allston Branch Boston Public Library 300 North Harvard Street Allston, MA 02134.

Newbury Handmade Market

Ongoing Pop-up shop independently organized by Etsy artists. Shop runs Black Friday through Xmas eve. Newbury Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco-conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams, jewelry for men and women, handmade clothing, pottery, candles, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists every Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11-7 daily. Close at 3p on xmas eve. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Hynes Convention Center or Copley. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 301 Newbury Street 301 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115.

Art and Architecture Tour

Central Library The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. The full schedule of Art & Architecture tours is available online at http://www.bpl.org/tours. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). College Students. Adults. Seniors. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. McKim Lobby Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Parent and Child Yoga

Dudley Parents and caregivers, enjoy a fun and engaging yoga practice with your little ones. If you can, please bring your own yoga mat. Supplies are limited. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Adults. Families. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119.

The Santa Clause

Fields Corner Need a break from the holiday festivities? Come watch The Santa Clause (rated PG) in our meeting room. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son, Charlie, begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. Did we mention it also features Bernard the Arch-Elf? This is a family program for all ages. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Families. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:35 PM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02122.

Homework Help

Central Library Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. Open to students in grades K-8. No registration required.  Homework Help is not available on BPS holidays, early-release days, or long weekends. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Homework Help. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Spanish/English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español

Connolly English speakers can learn Spanish and Spanish speakers can learn English in this fun, informal conversation class. Hablantes de español pueden aprender inglés y hablantes de inglés pueden aprender español en esta clase divertida e informal de conversación. Library: Connolly. Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM. Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library 433 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

ESL Conversation Group

East Boston Come practice speaking English with our conversation group. These groups are free and open to the public. No registration needed. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Boston Children's Theatre Presents: The Velveteen Rabbit

Public Event Join BCT for this magical production back for a 6th smash season! Based on the favorite children’s book and adapted for the stage by BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is a story about a very special friendship between a young boy and his stuffed rabbit- a friendship that will warm your heart during the holiday season. Ideal for the entire family, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is loved by all generations and has become one of Boston’s most cherished holiday traditions. Phone: 617.424.6634. Contact: Toby Schine. Cost: N/A. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Close to Orange and Green Line T Stops. Type of Event: Theatre. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The Benjamin Franklin Institute 41 Berkeley St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit bostonchildrenstheatre.org.

Chess and Checkers with Charlie Cleary

Hyde Park Learn to play chess or checkers with expert instructor Charlie Cleary. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 5-13 years old. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Children's Room Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue 02136.

Into the Woods: the Stephen Sondhiem classic

Hyde Park Artists-at-Large presents a screening of the original Broadway cast version of a Stephen Sondhiem classic of the 1988 Tony award winning musical. All are welcome. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Menino Hall Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue Hyde Park, MA 02136.

Winter Movie Matinee - Frozen

Mattapan Come on in to the library to get warm while watching our favorite chilly movie...Frozen. Feel free to sing along to your favorite songs and enjoy some delicious hot chocolate. It's going to be a beautiful day in Arendelle. Library: Mattapan. Neighborhood: Mattapan. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Families. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126.

WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Ongoing For this its 12th season, WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is exploring the rich music, singing and dance that crossed over from Ireland and Scotland to the new world to become Appalachian old-time, country and bluegrass. Celtic-music aficionado and storyteller, Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic and traditional American music worlds and beyond! Cost: $25 - $85. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Downtown. MBTA: Green Line at Boylston Street, Orange Line at Chinatown, or Red Line at Park Street. Type of Event: Concerts / Live Music. Holiday Celebration. Performing Arts. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. The Cutler Majestic Theater 219 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.wgbh.org.

WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Ongoing For this its 12th season, WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is exploring the rich music, singing and dance that crossed over from Ireland and Scotland to the new world to become Appalachian old-time, country and bluegrass. Celtic-music aficionado and storyteller, Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic and traditional American music worlds and beyond! Cost: $25 - $85. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Downtown. MBTA: Green Line at Boylston Street, Orange Line at Chinatown, or Red Line at Park Street. Type of Event: Concerts / Live Music. Holiday Celebration. Performing Arts. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Cutler Majestic Theater 219 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.wgbh.org.

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Public Event Fri & Sat: 10:00AM - 10:00PM Sun: 10:00AM - 8:00PM A Festival of Native Arts & Cultures from Around the World. We feature Native artisans and performers, fairly traded products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Enjoy "world" music performances, meet our guest artisans, travel the world in one place. Cultural Survival offers several free admission events this holiday season. Each event provides you with direct access to thousands of items, handmade by Indigenous artisans from around the world. Every item has a deeper story from the projects it supports, to the artisans who made them. Learn about our work in partnership with communities around the world. Together we work to defend Indigenous rights, lands, languages, and cultures. Promo Video: http://youtu.be/xRKch6HeFTM. Cost: Free admission. Audience: All Ages. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Concerts / Live Music. Feasts & Festivals. Visual Arts. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The Shops at Prudential Center, Belvidere Arcade 800 Boylston St Boston, MA 02116.

Newbury Handmade Market

Ongoing Pop-up shop independently organized by Etsy artists. Shop runs Black Friday through Xmas eve. Newbury Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco-conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams, jewelry for men and women, handmade clothing, pottery, candles, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists every Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11-7 daily. Close at 3p on xmas eve. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Hynes Convention Center or Copley. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 301 Newbury Street 301 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115.

WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Ongoing For this its 12th season, WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is exploring the rich music, singing and dance that crossed over from Ireland and Scotland to the new world to become Appalachian old-time, country and bluegrass. Celtic-music aficionado and storyteller, Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic and traditional American music worlds and beyond! Cost: $25 - $85. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Downtown. MBTA: Green Line at Boylston Street, Orange Line at Chinatown, or Red Line at Park Street. Type of Event: Concerts / Live Music. Holiday Celebration. Performing Arts. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. The Cutler Majestic Theater 219 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.wgbh.org.

Homework Help

Central Library Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. Open to students in grades K-8. No registration required. Homework Help is not available on BPS holidays, early-release days, or long weekends. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Homework Help. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Boston Children's Theatre Presents: The Velveteen Rabbit

Public Event Join BCT for this magical production back for a 6th smash season! Based on the favorite children’s book and adapted for the stage by BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is a story about a very special friendship between a young boy and his stuffed rabbit- a friendship that will warm your heart during the holiday season. Ideal for the entire family, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is loved by all generations and has become one of Boston’s most cherished holiday traditions. Phone: 617.424.6634. Contact: Toby Schine. Cost: N/A. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Close to Orange and Green Line T Stops. Type of Event: Theatre. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The Benjamin Franklin Institute 41 Berkeley St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit bostonchildrenstheatre.org.

Art & Architecture Tour

Central Library Boston Public Library offers free public tours highlighting the celebrated art and architecture of the Boston Public Library’s McKim Building (1895), a designated National Historic Landmark. The hour-long tours explore the work of architect Charles Follen McKim and murals by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Edwin Austin Abbey. Led by volunteer tour guides, the art and architecture tours begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. For more information and a full schedule of public tours, visit www.bpl.org/tours. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

A Bach Christmas

Public Event Back Bay Chorale Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett takes the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus on a journey through Christmas past, from medieval plainchant to the 18th century. Corelli’s popular Christmas Concerto is one of many highlights in a creative program also featuring J.S. Bach’s joyous Cantata 40 and Cantata IV from the Christmas Oratorio. Scott Allen Jarrett, conductor Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus J.S. BACH Cantata IV from Christmas Oratorio J.S. BACH Cantata 40, Dazu ist erscheinen der Sohn Gottes CORELLI Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8, Christmas Concerto SCHÜTZ Ach Herr, du Schöpfer aller Ding VULPIUS Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen SWEELINCK Hodie Christus natus est. Phone: 617 266 3605. Contact: boxoffice@handelandhaydn.org. Cost: Varies. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Fenway-Kenmore. MBTA: Symphony. Type of Event: Concerts / Live Music. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough St Boston, MA 02115. For more info visit handelandhaydn.org.

WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Ongoing For this its 12th season, WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is exploring the rich music, singing and dance that crossed over from Ireland and Scotland to the new world to become Appalachian old-time, country and bluegrass. Celtic-music aficionado and storyteller, Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic and traditional American music worlds and beyond! Cost: $25 - $85. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Downtown. MBTA: Green Line at Boylston Street, Orange Line at Chinatown, or Red Line at Park Street. Type of Event: Concerts / Live Music. Holiday Celebration. Performing Arts. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The Cutler Majestic Theater 219 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.wgbh.org.

Christmas Week

Sanitation Holidays No trash or recycling collection will take place in all sections of the City on Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25) Christmas Week: Regular collection schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday  in all sections of the City. Regular trash collection schedule in the North End, Beacon Hill, Bay Village, Chinatown, Fenway South End, Mission Hill. Section of Roxbury, who have trash collection on Tuesday and Friday, no delay Thursday and Friday recycling and trash collection delayed a day in Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, South Boston, Jamaica Plain*, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. *If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up 2 times per week [Monday, Thursday], Thursday collection day is cancelled.  Back Bay, Roxbury and your trash and recycling is picked up on Monday and Thursday, Thursday’s collection is  also cancelled, not delayed Report Missed Pickup. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:00 AM – Saturday, December 27, 2014, 5:00 PM.

Troops for Fitness Boot Camp

Parks Events Troops for Fitness is sponsored by Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Work out for free during the calorie-burning Boot Camp taught by Navy Veteran Gary Forziati of Beantown Bootcamp. Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Neighborhood: North End. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM. Nazzaro Center 30 N Bennet St Boston, MA 02113.

Dress to Express at Boston Children's Museum

Ongoing Express yourself. Put on a costume, mix and match, and strut down the runway. Dance to the music. Use your imagination and pretend. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday 9-5 Fridays 9-9 pm and weekends 10-5. Phone: 6174266500. Contact: info@bostonchildrensmuseum.org. Cost: $14, on Friday nights only from 5-9 pm $1. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Neighborhood: Seaport. MBTA: Red line (South Station). Type of Event: Attractions & Museums. Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Boston Children's Museum 308 Congress St Boston, MA 02210. For more info visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Computers for Beginners, Week 4

Fields Corner Learn to use the mouse, the keyboard, how to search and organize files, and how to cut and paste. This four-week course is for those with little or no computer experience. Registration is required, please call 617.436.2155. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Computers/Technology. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Seniors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02122.

Toddler Time

Central Library Children ages 2-4 are invited us to join for stories, rhymes, and songs. Siblings are welcome. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Early Literacy. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Children's Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Preschool Story Time

Faneuil Stories, songs and fingerplays that encourage early literacy for preschoolers, ages 2-5 years, and their caregivers. Includes a simple craft. Library: Faneuil. Neighborhood: Brighton. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library 419 Faneuil Street Brighton, MA 02135. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Films for Preschool Children

Roslindale Preschool films are for children ages 3 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or cancelled. Library: Roslindale. Neighborhood: Roslindale. Type of Event: Film. Cost: free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Roslindale Branch Boston Public Library 4246 Washington Street Roslindale MA 02131.

Preschool Music with Baby Wiggle

South End During our preschool story time, join us for music, singing, and great fun with our dav performers from Baby Wiggle & Little Groove. Library: South End. Neighborhood: South End. Type of Event: Performing Arts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. South End Branch of the Boston Public Library 685 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118.

Toddler Story Time

South End Nursery rhymes, songs, story, and a simple craft and play time for toddlers. Library: South End. Neighborhood: South End. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. South End Branch of the Boston Public Library 685 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118.

Newbury Handmade Market

Ongoing Pop-up shop independently organized by Etsy artists. Shop runs Black Friday through Xmas eve. Newbury Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco-conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams, jewelry for men and women, handmade clothing, pottery, candles, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists every Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11-7 daily. Close at 3p on xmas eve. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Hynes Convention Center or Copley. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 301 Newbury Street 301 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115.

Films for Children

North End On Mondays, come and watch children films at the North End Branch. Please call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or canceled. Library: North End. Neighborhood: North End. Type of Event: Film. Cost: free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. North End Branch of the Boston Public Library 25 Parmenter Street Boston, MA 02113.

Tai Chi

Fields Corner Please join us for an 8-week course in Tai Chi taught by Kevin Leblanc. Mr. Leblanc is a practitioner of Yang Style Tai Chi. He is a student of Vincent Chu, son of Gin Soon Chu, founder of the Gin Soon Chu School located in Chinatown. Participants are encouraged to wear loose clothing and flat foot wear. Please bring a towel and water bottle if desired. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information please contact the library at 617.436.2155, or Kevin at kevleb72@gmail.com. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. Seniors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02122.

ESL Conversation Group

Central Library Practice speaking English with other ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. If you have questions about these groups please call 617-859-2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 22, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Commonwealth Salon Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Art and Architecture Tour

Central Library The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. The full schedule of Art & Architecture tours is Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.; Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: free. Audience: College Students. Adults. Seniors. Visitors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street.

Teen Wii Gaming

Central Library Play Naruto or Mario Kart Galaxy. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Monday, December 22, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. McKim Exhibition Hall Teen Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

ESL Conversation Group

Fields Corner Practice speaking English with other ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. If you have questions about these groups please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, 02122.

Homework Help

Adams Street Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. Open to students in grades K-8. No registration required. Homework Help is not available on BPS holidays, early-release days, or long weekends. Library: Adams. Brighton. Charlestown. Codman Square. Connolly. East Boston. Egleston Square. Faneuil. Fields Corner. Grove Hall. Honan-Allston. Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Lower Mills. Mattapan. North End. Parker Hill. Roslindale. South End. Uphams Corner. West Roxbury. Type of Event: Homework Help. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Adams Street Dorchester, MA 02122. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

BTU Homework Help

Central Library Teachers from the Boston Public Schools offer free, drop-in tutoring for students in all grades. Library: Adams. Brighton. Central Library. Charlestown. Codman Square. Connolly. Dudley. East Boston. Honan-Allston. Hyde Park. Lower Mills. South Boston. West Roxbury. Neighborhood: Allston. Back Bay. Brighton. Charlestown. Dorchester. East Boston. Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Roxbury. South Boston. West Roxbury. Type of Event: Homework Help. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Practice Speaking English

South End Join our English Conversation Group. Practice speaking English in a friendly setting with native English speakers. Library: South End. Neighborhood: South End. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. South End Branch Library 685 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118.

Gumdrop Garlands

Uphams Corner Make colorful and tasty gumdrop garlands to decorate your tree or wear as eatable jewelry for your sweet tooth. Best for ages 8 and up since we will be using needles to thread the candy. Library: Uphams Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Holiday Celebration. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 500 Columbia Rd Dorchester, MA 02121.

Crafty Mondays

Hyde Park Join us for make and take seasonal crafts. Free and open to the public. December 1 – Christmas Countdown Paper Chain. Each day you can tear one strip off the chain, and before you know it, Christmas Day will be here. December 8 – Snowy Owl. This cute owl on a will look great hanging on your front door this winter. December 15 - Paper Menorah for Hanukkah. Assemble a paper menorah for the holidays. December 22 – Gingerbread Men Tree Ornaments. These sweet smelling ornaments are made by rubbing a cinnamon stick on sandpaper. December 29 – Happy New Year Hat. Create a festive hat just in time for the big night. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Monday, December 22, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue Hyde Park, MA 02136.

Feature Film: Unaccompanied Minors

Lower Mills Unaccompanied Minors, Monday, December 22, 5:30 p.m. PG – 90 min.  A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the Midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Community Room Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Discover Boston Public Schools Information Session

Connolly Learn about Boston Public School registration and the Home Based Assignment Plan. Library: Connolly. Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain. Type of Event: Talks & Lectures. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library 433 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

ESL Conversation Group

West Roxbury Come practive speaking English with our conversation group at the West Roxbury Branch. This group is free and open to the public. No registration needed. Library: West Roxbury. Neighborhood: West Roxbury. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library 1961 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA 02132.

ESL Conversation Group

Brighton ESL conversation group.Come practice your language skills with other new English speakers. Library: Brighton. Neighborhood: Brighton. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library 40 Academy Hill Road Brighton, MA 02135.

ESL Conversation Group

East Boston Come practice speaking English with our conversation group. These groups are free and open to the public. No registration needed. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Visitors. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM. East Boston Branch Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Troops for Fitness Zumba

Parks Events Troops for Fitness is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented by the Boston Parks and Recreatioin Department. Participants are invited to workout to the high energy Zumba class taught by US Military Veteral Meissa Jones. Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. Seniors. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Mattapan. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Perkins Community Center 155 Talbot Ave Dorchester, MA 02124.

Math Power

Dudley Improve your math skills & your understanding of Common Core Math Standards. Lessons cover Pre-K math through Algebra 1. Register online by going to www.mathpower.neu.edu. Click Math Games and then click Register Here. This program is funded by the Fellowes Trust Fund. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM. Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119.

Preschool Films

Dudley Bring your child to the Dudley Branch for a preschool film. Be sure to call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or canceled. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury MA.

CANCELED - Toddler Story Time

East Boston Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Preschool Stories and Songs

Grove Hall Join Ms. Maija for stories and songs about winter animals and hibernation. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Preschool Story Time

Hyde Park Join us on the Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for stories and a paper craft. Appropriate for ages 2-5. No registration required. Free and open to the public. December 2 & 3 - Cookies. December 9 & 10 - Kittens and Cats. December 16 & 17 - Too Many Toys. December 23 & 24 - Welcome Winter. December 30 & 31 - Happy New Year. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue 02136.

Reading Readiness: Snowy Day Numbers

Jamaica Plain We'll read The First Day of Winter and other stories full of snowy numbers. We'll also decorate three little snowmen. Reading Readiness is an early literacy program for children ages 2 through 5 that combines participatory activities with reading aloud, with the goal of reinforcing key concepts that children need to learn in order to develop their pre-literacy skills. The Reading Readiness program typically meets for 6-8 weeks of participatory storytelling sessions. Each session incorporates stories, rhymes and songs focusing on a different concept: Numbers, shapes, colors, etc. Library: Jamaica Plain. Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Early Literacy. Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library 12 Sedgwick Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Story Time

Lower Mills Join Ms. Angela for Story Time. We will read stories, sing songs, and play. This program is appropriate for children ages 5 and younger. Large groups must sign up in advance. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Tuesday Morning Baby and Toddler Story Time

Roslindale Babies through two-year-olds and their adult companions are invited to join music therapist Sharin Horvitz in song and dance each week. Library: Roslindale. Neighborhood: Roslindale. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library 4246 Washington Street Roslindale, MA 02131.

Preschool Story Time

Uphams Corner We will sing songs, read books, and make crafts together as we strengthen early literacy skills. Best for ages 3-6. Library: Uphams Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Early Literacy. Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 500 Columbia Rd. Dorchester, MA 02125.

Preschool Story Hour

West End Stories, songs, rhymes, movement and crafts for children ages three to five accompanied by an adult. Library: West End. Neighborhood: West End. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. West End Branch of the Boston Public Library 151 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114.

Reading Readiness

West End Reading Readiness is an early literacy program for children ages 2 through 5 that combines participatory activities with reading aloud, with the goal of reinforcing key concepts that children need to learn in order to develop their pre-literacy skills. The Reading Readiness program typically meets for 6-8 weeks of participatory storytelling sessions. Each session incorporates stories, rhymes and songs focusing on a different concept: Numbers, shapes, colors, etc. Library: West End. Neighborhood: West End. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. West End Branch of the Boston Public Library 151 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114.

Preschool Story Time

Adams Street Join us every Tuesday morning at Adams St. Library for stories, action songs, fingerplays, and more. Create your own story-inspired craft to take home. This program is recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Library: Adams. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Adams Street Dorchester, MA 02122.

Winter Play Hour

Charlestown Drop in for informal play and socializing with other caregivers and children ages 0-5. Find out about great books and resources for infants, toddlers and preschool children. Sign up for structured classes this winter. Library: Charlestown. Neighborhood: Charlestown. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Event Room Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library 179 Main Street Charlestown, MA 02129.

Mayor's Office - Boston Neighborhood Jobs Trust

City Clerk Detail Agenda Attached...... http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityclerk/docs/SKMBT_42014121802470-4ab35a.pdf. Phone: 617-918-5279. Contact: Kimberly Burson. MBTA: State Street Station (City Hall Exit). Type of Event: Public Meeting / Hearing. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 11:00 AM. Boston City Hall, Rm. #934, 9th Floor 1 Cambridge St Boston, MA 02108.

Newbury Handmade Market

Ongoing Pop-up shop independently organized by Etsy artists. Shop runs Black Friday through Xmas eve. Newbury Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco-conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams, jewelry for men and women, handmade clothing, pottery, candles, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists every Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11-7 daily. Close at 3p on xmas eve. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Hynes Convention Center or Copley. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 301 Newbury Street 301 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115.

Email Basics

Lower Mills Set up an email account with Google or Yahoo and learn how to send emails to friends.  Please register in advance to attend workshops and ask about individual trainings to fit your schedule. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Computers/Technology. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Beginning Internet Classes

Brighton Mystified by the net? Don't know how to surf? Help is available on a one-on-one basis to get you started. Please call the Brighton Branch for an appointment and ask for Alan. Library: Brighton. Neighborhood: Brighton. Type of Event: Computers/Technology. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Seniors. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library 40 Academy Hill Road Brighton, MA 02135.

Starring Olivia de Havilland Adult Film Series

South Boston Vintage Hollywood actress Olivia de Havilland stars in 5 films: December 2: Captain Blood, co-starring Errol Flynn (1935/119 min./B&W). December 9: They Died with Their Boots On, co-starring Errol Flynn (1941/140 min./B&W). December 16: The Adventures of Robin Hood, co-starring Errol Flynn (1938/102 min./color). December 23: A Midsummer Night's Dream, co-starring James Cagney (1935/133 min./B&W). December 30: Murder is Easy, co-starring Bill Bixby (1982/120 min./color). Library: South Boston. Neighborhood: South Boston. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Seniors. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM. South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 646 East Broadway South Boston, MA 02127.

ESL Conversation Group

West End Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting with other ESL students and new English speakers. Groups are led by a native English speaker. Library: West End. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Bay Village. Beacon Hill. Charlestown. Downtown. North End. Seaport. West End. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Businesses. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. West End Branch of the Boston Public Library 151 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114.

Chess and Checkers with Charlie Cleary

Hyde Park Learn to play chess or checkers with expert instructor Charlie Cleary. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 5-13 years old. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Children's Room Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue 02136.

Teen Wii Gaming

Central Library Play Naruto or Mario Kart Galaxy. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. McKim Exhibition Hall Teen Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Yoga for Seniors

West End Low-impact yoga for seniors. Classes are led by Tatiana Nekrasova, a certified yoga instructor. Library: West End. Neighborhood: Beacon Hill. West End. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Cost: Free. Audience: Seniors. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM. West End Branch of the Boston Public Library 151 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114.

D.I.Y. Holiday Crafts

Dudley Each week, work on a different do-it-yourself project that can be special treat for yourself or a great gift for someone else. We'll learn how to make sugar body scrub, personalized mugs, cookie-recipe jars, and more. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. Seniors. Families. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119.

Drop-in Winter Crafts

Egleston Square Make creative winter-themed crafts with the children's librarian. Library: Egleston Square. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 2044 Columbus Avenue Roxbury, MA 02119.

BTU Homework Help

Central Library Teachers from the Boston Public Schools offer free, drop-in tutoring for students in all grades. Library: Central Library. Faneuil. Fields Corner. Mattapan. South End. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Brighton. Dorchester. Mattapan. South End. Type of Event: Homework Help. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

DIY Gingerbread-House Party

Fields Corner Come to the Meeting Room for a Holiday Gingerbread-house construction party.  We'll provide the space, the graham crackers, the frosting, the candy decor and the music. Local artist Leslie MacWeeney will be here to help guide participants in construction and design.   Contact the library at 617.436. 2155 to register. Session is limited to 20 families. Please include the number of family members that will attend. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Holiday Celebration. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Families. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, 02122.

Quiz Show

Grove Hall Show off your brain power and win some prizes. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

ESOL Conversation Group

Honan- Allston Library: Honan-Allston. Neighborhood: Allston. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM. Honan-Allston Branch Boston Public Library 300 North Harvard Street Allston, MA 02134.

FITCAMP with FIT BODY SQUAD #Operation100

Ongoing FITCAMP with Fit Body Squad GOES DOWN EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY at 6PM FITBODYSQUAD Health Coaches...will be ready for the HEALTHY TURN UP!!! Come ready to put in WERK and HAVE FUN!!! We meet at Madison Park Village.. 122 DeWitt Drive Boston, MA 02115. Bring yourself...a friend...and water (Bring a mat if you have one-not required) FitBodySquad in FULL affect with a fun warmup and some amazing circuits to start your day off powerfully! FREE! Fun and full of Fitness! Be there and bring your HAPPY HEALTHY TURNNNNNNN UP! Post Nutrition Talk right after to fuel your muscles and make the FAT FALL OFF!!! FitBodySquad@gmail.com or Text 857.264.1799 This is for ALL fitness levels, ALL ages...come ready to get in the bst shape of your life... Health is a life long journey and fitness is a piece of the puzzle. Phone: 857.264.1799. Contact: Katia Powell. Cost: FREE. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Roxbury. MBTA: Ruggles Station. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Social Networking. Sports. Walks & Races. Workshops & Classes. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Madison Park Village 122 Dewitt Dr Boston, MA 02120. For more info visit fitbodysquadfitcamp.eventbrite.com.

Art and Architecture Tour

Central Library The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: free. Audience: College Students. Adults. Seniors. Visitors. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Winter Holiday Tea

Faneuil Children and families are invited to celebrate the winter holidays with seasonal stories, hot tea and a decorate your own cookie craft. Library: Faneuil. Neighborhood: Brighton. Type of Event: Holiday Celebration. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Families. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library 419 Faneuil Street Brighton, MA 02135. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Snowy Day Story Time

Grove Hall Enjoy the classic story and songs to celebrate snow at 10:30 a.m. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

All Boston Public Library locations open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Central Library Library: Adams. Brighton. Central Library. Charlestown. Codman Square. Connolly. Dudley. Dudley Literacy Center. East Boston. Egleston Square. Faneuil. Fields Corner. Grove Hall. Honan-Allston. Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Lower Mills. Mattapan. North End. Parker Hill. Roslindale. South Boston. South End. Uphams Corner. West End. West Roxbury. Neighborhood: Allston. Back Bay. Bay Village. Beacon Hill. Brighton. Charlestown. Chinatown / Leather District. Dorchester. Downtown. East Boston. Fenway-Kenmore. Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Mattapan. Mission Hill. North End. Roslindale. Roxbury. Seaport. South Boston. South End. West End. West Roxbury. Cost: Free. Wednesday, December 24, 2014. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Wood Ship, Iron Men: December School Vacation Week

Arts & Culture Gather together your crew this school vacation week and come visit the USS Constitution Museum. Hands-on exhibits, interactive programs, and creative crafts introduce explorers of every age to meet the heroic crew that sailed USS Constitution in the War of 1812. Daily, 10 am – 5 pm Admission by donation Handicap accessible 617-426-1812 Ussconstitutionmuseum.org. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – Sunday, January 4, 2015, 5:00 PM. USS Constitution Museum Building 22 Constitution Rd Boston, MA 02129.

Boston Licensing Board - Weekly Meeting

City Clerk Re: Weekly Voting Session. Phone: 617-635-4170. Contact: Jean Lorizio. MBTA: State Street Station (City Hall Exit). Type of Event: Meeting / Hearing. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:00 AM. Boston City Hall, Rm. #809, 8th Floor 1 Cambridge St Boston, MA 02108.

Children's Films

Connolly Short, fun films for young children. Groups welcome. Library: Connolly. Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library 433 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Story Time

Dudley Bring your child to the Dudley Branch for story time. Pre-registration is required. Be sure to call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or canceled. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119.

Bilingual Sing Along

Faneuil Young children are invited to our bilingual sing-along featuring songs, fingerplays and action rhymes in English and Spanish. Library: Faneuil. Neighborhood: Brighton. Type of Event: Early Literacy. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library 419 Faneuil Street Brighton, MA 02135. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Preschool Films and Fun

Fields Corner Preschool fun for kids ages 2 and up. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, 02122.

Preschool Story Time

Hyde Park Join us on the Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for stories and a paper craft. Appropriate for ages 2-5. No registration required. Free and open to the public. December 2 & 3 - Cookies. December 9 & 10 - Kittens and Cats. December 16 & 17 - Too Many Toys. December 23 & 24 - Welcome Winter. December 30 & 31 - Happy New Year. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue 02136.

Circle Time

Lower Mills Bring your toddlers to the Lower Mills Branch for Circle Time. Children will listen to short stories, move along to fun songs, and play together. Appropriate for children three and younger, but all children are welcome. Large groups must sign up in advance. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Preschool Story Time

South End Stories, songs, and a craft based on seasonal themes. During September and October, we will focus on skills for reading readiness,  especially for preschoolers ages three to five. Library: South End. Neighborhood: South End. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. South End Branch of the Boston Public Library 685 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118.

Toddler Story Hour

West End Stories, songs, rhymes and movement for children 18 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult. Library: West End. Neighborhood: West End. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. West End Branch of the Boston Public Library 151 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114.

Newbury Handmade Market

Ongoing Pop-up shop independently organized by Etsy artists. Shop runs Black Friday through Xmas eve. Newbury Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco-conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams, jewelry for men and women, handmade clothing, pottery, candles, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists every Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11-7 daily. Close at 3p on xmas eve. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Neighborhood: Back Bay. MBTA: Hynes Convention Center or Copley. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 301 Newbury Street 301 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115.

Art & Architecture Tour

Central Library Boston Public Library offers free public tours highlighting the celebrated art and architecture of the Boston Public Library’s McKim Building (1895), a designated National Historic Landmark. The hour-long tours explore the work of architect Charles Follen McKim and murals by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Edwin Austin Abbey. Led by volunteer tour guides, the art and architecture tours begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. For more information and a full schedule of public tours, visit www.bpl.org/tours. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Mommy and Me Story Time

Hyde Park This story time is for little ones ages 1- 4 years old accompanied by an adult. Enjoy stories, a song, and a papercraft. Free and open to the public. No registration required. December 3 - Cookies. December 10 - Kittens & Cats. December 17 - Too Many Toys. December 24 - Welcome Winter. December 31 - Happy New Year. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue Hyde Park, MA 02136.

Boston City Council - Weekly Meeting

City Council NO MEETING (Christmas Holiday). Phone: 617-635-3040. Contact: Central Staff. MBTA: Government Center. Type of Event: Meeting / Hearing. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:00 PM. Boston City Hall, Iannella Chambers, 5th Floor 1 Cambridge St Boston, MA 02108. For more info visit www.cityofboston.gov.

ESOL Conversation Group

Honan- Allston Library: Honan-Allston. Neighborhood: Allston. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Honan-Allston Branch Boston Public Library 300 North Harvard Street Allston, MA 02134.

Midweek Midday Matinees

Honan- Allston Film: The Apple Dumpling Gang. Library: Honan-Allston. Neighborhood: Allston. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM. Honan-Allston Branch Boston Public Library 300 North Harvard Street Allston, MA 02134.

Make and Take Drop-in Crafty Afternoon

Grove Hall Make a holiday craft to take home and celebrate the season. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Teen Movie

Grove Hall We'll kick back with snacks and a movie. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Study Break

Dudley Take a break from your work. We’ll make a snack in the kitchen, then hang out in the auditorium – a food-allowed, drinks-allowed, noise-allowed space. You can work while you eat, play music, watch videos, or just talk with your friends. For teens ages 12-18. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Community Meeting. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Auditorium Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119.

Cotton Ball Snowman

Lower Mills Drop in to make a snowman using a plastic bottle and cotton balls. For children ages 6 and older. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Free Night at the Museum of Fine Arts

Arts & Culture Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). Phone: (617) 267-9300. Cost: Free (Voluntary Contribution). Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Fenway-Kenmore. MBTA: Green E Line: Museum of Fine Arts. Type of Event: Attractions & Museums. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 4:00 PM – 9:45 PM. The Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115. For more info visit www.mfa.org.

Troops for Fitness Zumba

Parks Events Troops for Fitness is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented by the Boston Parks and Recreatioin Department. Participants are invited to workout to the high energy Zumba class taught by US Military Veteral Meissa Jones. Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. Seniors. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Mattapan. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Perkins Community Center 155 Talbot Ave Dorchester, MA 02124.

Shear Madness

Ongoing "Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. Phone: 617.426.5225. Contact: Shear Madness Box Office. Cost: $50. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Businesses. Visitors. Neighborhood: Downtown. Type of Event: Performing Arts. Theatre. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Charles Playhouse 74 Warrenton St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.shearmadness.com.

Christmas Day (City Holiday)

Holidays City offices closed. Sunday parking rules in effect. Boston Public Libraries closed. BCYF Community Centers are closed. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Free Night at the ICA

Ongoing FREE for all every Thursday from 5 to 9 pm during ICA Free Thursday Nights. Phone: (617) 478-3100. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Seaport. South Boston. MBTA: Red Line: South Station. Type of Event: Attractions & Museums. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Institute of Contemporary Art 100 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02210. For more info visit www.icaboston.org.

FITCAMP with FIT BODY SQUAD #Operation100

Ongoing FITCAMP with Fit Body Squad GOES DOWN EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY at 6PM FITBODYSQUAD Health Coaches...will be ready for the HEALTHY TURN UP!!! Come ready to put in WERK and HAVE FUN!!! We meet at Madison Park Village.. 122 DeWitt Drive Boston, MA 02115. Bring yourself...a friend...and water (Bring a mat if you have one-not required) FitBodySquad in FULL affect with a fun warmup and some amazing circuits to start your day off powerfully! FREE! Fun and full of Fitness! Be there and bring your HAPPY HEALTHY TURNNNNNNN UP! Post Nutrition Talk right after to fuel your muscles and make the FAT FALL OFF!!! FitBodySquad@gmail.com or Text 857.264.1799 This is for ALL fitness levels, ALL ages...come ready to get in the bst shape of your life... Health is a life long journey and fitness is a piece of the puzzle. Phone: 857.264.1799. Contact: Katia Powell. Cost: FREE. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Roxbury. MBTA: Ruggles Station. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Social Networking. Sports. Walks & Races. Workshops & Classes. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Madison Park Village 122 Dewitt Dr Boston, MA 02120. For more info visit fitbodysquadfitcamp.eventbrite.com.

Shear Madness

Ongoing "Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. Phone: 617.426.5225. Contact: Shear Madness Box Office. Cost: $50. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Businesses. Visitors. Neighborhood: Downtown. Type of Event: Performing Arts. Theatre. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Charles Playhouse 74 Warrenton St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.shearmadness.com.

CANCELED - Troops for Fitness Running Club

Parks Events Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Neighborhood: North End. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM.

Baby/Toddler Play Group

Adams Street Baby/toddler play group is the perfect time for young children and their caregivers to play and socialize. Developmentally appropriate toys, crafts, and activities will be available for families with children ages 3 and under. Library: Adams. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Early Literacy. Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 26, 2014, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Adams Street Dorchester, MA 02122.

CANCELED - Baby Playgroup

Central Library Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

A Snowy Day Stories and Crafts

Grove Hall Make a fun snow-themed craft and listen to stories that will warm your heart at 10:30 a.m. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Preschool Films

Grove Hall Join Ms. Maija for films about families at 10:30 a.m. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Children's Activity Room Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Celebrate the December Holidays Magic Show

Hyde Park Magician Debbie O’Carroll’s Celebrate the December Holidays Show captivates all with mystifying stage magic, zany comedy and enchanting holiday lore. The audience will actively participate in Debbie’s magical, merry celebration of Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, St. Stephen’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Los Posadas, Diwali, Three King’s Day and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Holiday Celebration. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Families. Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue 02136. For more info visit www.debbieocarroll.com.

Disney's Frozen

Lower Mills Children will enjoy popcorn and a movie. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Families. Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Preschool Story Time

Codman Square Every week we read three books on a particular theme,do finger plays, and sometimes make crafts. Library: Codman Square. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Art and Architecture Tour

Central Library The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. The full schedule of Art & Architecture tours is available online at http://www.bpl.org/tours. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: free. Audience: College Students. Adults. Seniors. Visitors. Friday, December 26, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Preschool Films

Codman Square Come watch three films for preschoolers every week in our auditorium. Camp groups and preschools are welcome. Library: Codman Square. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Friday, December 26, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 690 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

FNC Baby Playgroup

Grove Hall Network with new parents this winter and learn all about your baby with the Family Nurturing Center, Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Library: Grove Hall. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Friday, December 26, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library 41 Geneva Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121.

Guided Imagery Meditation with Polly Fletcher

West End Want more energy and focus? Join Polly Fletcher, Get Your Vibe On Coach and Occupational Therapist, for Guided Visualization Meditation. Strengthen your Mental Focus and transform limiting thoughts to reduce stress and improve overall health. Library: West End. Neighborhood: Bay Village. Beacon Hill. Downtown. North End. West End. Type of Event: Nature. Talks & Lectures. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM. West End Branch of the Boston Public Library 151 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114.

Kwanzaa Celebration

Dudley Bring your family and friends to learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa with local artist, Wyoma. For all ages. Library: Dudley. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Holiday Celebration. Performing Arts. Visual Arts. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Friday, December 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library 65 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119.

Classic Christmas Film: A Christmas Carol

Lower Mills A Christmas Carol, 1984, PG – 100 min. Friday, December 26, 1 p.m.  An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Friday, December 26, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Community Room Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Frozen

East Boston Take a break from building a snowman and join us for a showing of Frozen. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Families. Friday, December 26, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Friday Films

Mattapan After a long week at school, come relax in the Mattapan Teen Room with Friday Films. Every Friday afternoon come kickoff your weekend with a great movie. Library: Mattapan. Neighborhood: Mattapan. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Friday, December 26, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126.

Anime Club for Teens

Central Library Watch an episode of anime, learn some Japanese and play Wei Qi. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Friday, December 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. McKim Exhibition Hall Teen Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Lego Club

East Boston Come create, build, and imagine at Lego Club. Ages four and up. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Friday, December 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Kids Book Club Reads Esio Trot

Lower Mills This month we will read Roald Dahl's Esio Trot. Mr. Hoppy's loves Mrs. Silver, his neighbor but is to shy to confront her. Mr. Hoppy's plans to win her affection with 140 tortoises, an ancient spell, and some magic. Kids Book Club is open to children in grades 3 through 5. Library: Lower Mills. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Book Group. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Friday, December 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library 27 Richmond Street Dorchester, MA 02124.

Glass Fridays

Public Event Are you 21+ and interested in trying new things!? On the last Friday of every month Diablo welcomes you to an evening full of glass and wine! This event is perfect for a night out with friends, a fun date, or a way to meet new friends. Spend three hours in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in either glassblowing ($95) or bead-making ($75). Have fun learning new skills, making a glass keepsake of your own. Afterwards, you are invited to watch a glassblowing demonstration by our talented glass artists while socializing with the other attendees and a glass of wine! 6:30 – 9:00 Workshop (You play with glass!) 9:00 – 9:30 Glassblowing demonstration with wine and talk. Space is limited! Call now to reserve your spot! Phone: 6174427444. Contact: Doris Martinez. Cost: $75-$95. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). College Students. Adults. Seniors. Visitors. Neighborhood: Mission Hill. MBTA: Roxbury Crossing (train stop and 66 bus). Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Performing Arts. Visual Arts. Food & Dining. Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Diablo Glass School 123 Terrace St Boston, MA 02120. For more info visit www.diabloglassschool.com.

Shear Madness

Ongoing "Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. Phone: 617.426.5225. Contact: Shear Madness Box Office. Cost: $50. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Businesses. Visitors. Neighborhood: Downtown. Type of Event: Performing Arts. Theatre. Friday, December 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Charles Playhouse 74 Warrenton St Boston, MA 02116. For more info visit www.shearmadness.com.

Troops for Fitness Boot Camp

Parks Events Troops for Fitness is sponsored by Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Join a free running class taught by US Marine Veteran Justin Plaza. Cancellations will be posted on Facebook.com/BostonParksDepartment and Twitter.com/BostonParksDept. Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Roslindale. West Roxbury. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM. BCYF Hyde Park Community Center 1179 River St Hyde Park, MA 02136.

Laptop Class Fall/Winter

Mattapan Laptop Classes are held every Saturday in Study Room 3. Please call ahead for more information or visit the Mattapan Branch for a schedule of topics for each class. Please call 617.298.9218 for more information. Call the Mattapan Branch library at 617.298.9218, to reserve your seat for the laptop class. Space is limited. If no space is available you will be placed on a wait list. Please check before the class date to see if a place has become available. Library: Mattapan. Neighborhood: Mattapan. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Seniors. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126.

Egleston Farmers Market

Farmers Markets Phone: 617-669-4891. Contact: Kate Peppard. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain. MBTA: Orange Line - Stony Brook Station. Type of Event: Farmer's Market. Payment Types Accepted: $$$. Bounty Bucks. EBT. SNAP. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. 29 Germania Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For more info visit eglestonfarmersmarket.org.

Art and Architecture Tour

Central Library The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. The full schedule of Art & Architecture tours is available online at http://www.bpl.org/tours. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). College Students. Adults. Seniors. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. McKim Lobby Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Spanish/English Language Exchange / Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español

Connolly English speakers can learn Spanish and Spanish speakers can learn English in this fun, informal conversation class. Hablantes de español pueden aprender inglés y hablantes de inglés pueden aprender español en esta clase divertida e informal de conversación. Library: Connolly. Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM. Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library 433 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

ESL Conversation Group

East Boston Come practice speaking English with our conversation group. These groups are free and open to the public. No registration needed. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Chess and Checkers with Charlie Cleary

Hyde Park Learn to play chess or checkers with expert instructor Charlie Cleary. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 5-13 years old. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Saturday, December 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Children's Room Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue 02136.

Art & Architecture Tour

Central Library Boston Public Library offers free public tours highlighting the celebrated art and architecture of the Boston Public Library’s McKim Building (1895), a designated National Historic Landmark. The hour-long tours explore the work of architect Charles Follen McKim and murals by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Edwin Austin Abbey. Led by volunteer tour guides, the art and architecture tours begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. For more information and a full schedule of public tours, visit www.bpl.org/tours. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Families. Visitors. Sunday, December 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Drop-in Kwanzaa Craft

Uphams Corner Celebrate Kwanzaa by making a fun and colorful paper plate kinara, or candle holder. Library: Uphams Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Holiday Celebration. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Monday, December 29, 2014. Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 500 Columbia Rd. Dorchester, MA 02125.

New Years Week 2015

Sanitation Holidays Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday December 29th, 30th, and 31st: Regular trash and recycling for all sections of the City. Bay Village Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Fenway, Leather District, Lower Roxbury, Mission Hill, North End, South End, and Sections of Back Bay: regular schedule, no delays. Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, Roslindale, South Boston, West Roxbury: Delayed a day on Thursday, and Friday. *If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up 2 times per week, do not delay. Neighborhood: Allston. Back Bay. Bay Village. Beacon Hill. Brighton. Charlestown. Chinatown / Leather District. Dorchester. Downtown. East Boston. Fenway-Kenmore. Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Mattapan. Mission Hill. North End. Roslindale. Roxbury. Seaport. South Boston. South End. West End. West Roxbury. Monday, December 29, 2014 – Saturday, January 3, 2015. City Hall 1 Cambridge St Boston, MA 02108.

CANCELED - Troops for Fitness Boot Camp

Parks Events Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Neighborhood: North End. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM.

Dress to Express at Boston Children's Museum

Ongoing Express yourself. Put on a costume, mix and match, and strut down the runway. Dance to the music. Use your imagination and pretend. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday 9-5 Fridays 9-9 pm and weekends 10-5. Phone: 6174266500. Contact: info@bostonchildrensmuseum.org. Cost: $14, on Friday nights only from 5-9 pm $1. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Neighborhood: Seaport. MBTA: Red line (South Station). Type of Event: Attractions & Museums. Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Boston Children's Museum 308 Congress St Boston, MA 02210. For more info visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Toddler Time

Central Library Children ages 2-4 are invited us to join for stories, rhymes, and songs. Siblings are welcome. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Early Literacy. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Children's Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Preschool Story Time

Faneuil Stories, songs and fingerplays that encourage early literacy for preschoolers, ages 2-5 years, and their caregivers. Includes a simple craft. Library: Faneuil. Neighborhood: Brighton. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Faneuil Branch of the Boston Public Library 419 Faneuil Street Brighton, MA 02135. For more info visit www.bpl.org.

Films for Preschool Children

Roslindale Preschool films are for children ages 3 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or cancelled. Library: Roslindale. Neighborhood: Roslindale. Type of Event: Film. Cost: free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Roslindale Branch Boston Public Library 4246 Washington Street Roslindale MA 02131.

Toddler Story Time

South End Nursery rhymes, songs, story, and a simple craft and play time for toddlers. Library: South End. Neighborhood: South End. Type of Event: Story Time. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. South End Branch of the Boston Public Library 685 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118.

Films for Children

North End On Mondays, come and watch children films at the North End Branch. Please call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or canceled. Library: North End. Neighborhood: North End. Type of Event: Film. Cost: free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Monday, December 29, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. North End Branch of the Boston Public Library 25 Parmenter Street Boston, MA 02113.

ESL Conversation Group

Central Library Practice speaking English with other ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. If you have questions about these groups please call 617-859-2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Adults. Monday, December 29, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Commonwealth Salon Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Family Movie

Egleston Square Get the full cinema experience with popcorn, snacks, and a hit family movie for everyone to enjoy. For children ages 4-12 and their families. Library: Egleston Square. Neighborhood: Roxbury. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Families. Monday, December 29, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library 2044 Columbus Avenue Roxbury, MA 02119.

Art and Architecture Tour

Central Library The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. The full schedule of Art & Architecture tours is Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.; Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Tours. Cost: free. Audience: College Students. Adults. Seniors. Visitors. Monday, December 29, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street.

Teen Wii Gaming

Central Library Play Naruto or Mario Kart Galaxy. Library: Central Library. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Games / Gaming. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Monday, December 29, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. McKim Exhibition Hall Teen Room Central Library in Copley Square 700 Boylston Street Boston MA 02116.

Preschool Films

East Boston Short films featuring some favorite characters. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: Back Bay. Type of Event: Film. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Families. Monday, December 29, 2014, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM. East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

ESL Conversation Group

Fields Corner Practice speaking English with other ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. If you have questions about these groups please call 617.859.2446 or email mmurray@bpl.org. Library: Fields Corner. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: All Ages. Monday, December 29, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, 02122.

Practice Speaking English

South End Join our English Conversation Group. Practice speaking English in a friendly setting with native English speakers. Library: South End. Neighborhood: South End. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Monday, December 29, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. South End Branch Library 685 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118.

Crafty Mondays

Hyde Park Join us for make and take seasonal crafts. Free and open to the public. December 1 – Christmas Countdown Paper Chain. Each day you can tear one strip off the chain, and before you know it, Christmas Day will be here. December 8 – Snowy Owl. This cute owl on a will look great hanging on your front door this winter. December 15 - Paper Menorah for Hanukkah. Assemble a paper menorah for the holidays. December 22 – Gingerbread Men Tree Ornaments. These sweet smelling ornaments are made by rubbing a cinnamon stick on sandpaper. December 29 – Happy New Year Hat. Create a festive hat just in time for the big night. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 0-5). Children (Ages 6-12). Monday, December 29, 2014, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue Hyde Park, MA 02136.

ESL Conversation Group

West Roxbury Come practive speaking English with our conversation group at the West Roxbury Branch. This group is free and open to the public. No registration needed. Library: West Roxbury. Neighborhood: West Roxbury. Type of Event: Workshops & Classes. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library 1961 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA 02132.

ESL Conversation Group

East Boston Come practice speaking English with our conversation group. These groups are free and open to the public. No registration needed. Library: East Boston. Neighborhood: East Boston. Type of Event: ESOL. Cost: Free. Audience: Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. College Students. Seniors. Visitors. Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM. East Boston Branch Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street East Boston, MA 02128.

Hyde Park Pageturners

Hyde Park A monthly book discussion group for children in grades 3-5. Books will be available one month in advance at the Hyde Park Branch. December 29th - Poppy by Avi. Library: Hyde Park. Neighborhood: Hyde Park. Type of Event: Book Group. Cost: Free. Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue Hyde Park, MA 02136.

Winter Art Workshop: Icebergs, Penguins, and Polar Bears

Brighton Visions - Artistic Expressions: A fun, free arts and crafts program for children ages 5 -10. Supplies are limited. Registration is required. Register with the children’s librarian or call 617.782.6032. Taught by Michele Brooks. Library: Brighton. Neighborhood: Allston. Brighton. Type of Event: Arts & Crafts. Cost: Free. Audience: Children (Ages 6-12). Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library 40 Academy Hill Road Brighton, MA 02135.

Troops for Fitness Zumba

Parks Events Troops for Fitness is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Parks Association and presented by the Boston Parks and Recreatioin Department. Participants are invited to workout to the high energy Zumba class taught by US Military Veteral Meissa Jones. Phone: 617-635-4505. Contact: Lauren Patrick. Cost: Free. Audience: Teens (Ages 13-18). Young Adults (Ages 20-34). Adults. Seniors. Neighborhood: Dorchester. Mattapan. Type of Event: Health / Fitness. Park Event. Workshops & Classes. Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Perkins Community Center 155 Talbot Ave Dorchester, MA 02124.