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December 2021 CenterNews

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For the first time, The West End Museum will be hosting a holiday pop-up shop
featuring crafts and food from local vendors.

The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The WEM and will
feature local entrepreneurs and crafts people. Vendors include: Sandra Dudek, local illustrator;
Mei Mei, specialty dumplings; Sweet Treats by Maria Rose; Wildflower Apothecary, beauty
products; Salt Circles and Square Knots, macramé products; and Sky Candles.

We are excited to add to the cheer of the holiday season by hosting this inaugural 

Family Fun Chanukah Celebration
Sunday, Dec 5th at 11:00 am
(Email to RSVP)
Join us at this JOYFUL celebration for families!
A wonderful spirit is alive at The Boston Synagogue! We are a warm, small, neighborhood shul. Come celebrate the Festival of Lights in our Family Chanukah party.
Kids will enjoy:
  • Arts & crafts activities, Dreidels & games, LIVE music from our amazing friends at the New England Conservatory of Music, Great food: latkes, sufganiyot, applesauce, gelt, & much more,
  • Chanukah mocktails for kids & our signature Chanukah cocktail for adults
  • Lots of fun & great company

Levyosn's Lullaby Project
(In-person & on Zoom)
Sat. Dec. 11, 7:00 pm
Register at:

An exciting event that brings together three rising stars of the Boston area Jewish music scene: Yiddish singer/songwriter Adah Hetko, violist/violinist/vocalist and world music aficionado Lysander Jaffe, & fiery klezmer accordionist & vocalist Kaia Berman Peters.

Join us for an engaging and fun evening! Followed by refreshments & Open Bar.

Free. Suggested Donation that goes directly to the artists is appreciated: $10-20. Venmo available at the door or to our Klezmer Jam PayPal

NOTE. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
We are a warm, friendly, pluralistic community in Downtown. Welcome to people of all Jewish denominations-- singles, couples,  as well as interfaith couples & LGBTQ
NOTE. All attendees 12 & older need to show proof of vaccination & all attendees must be masked.The synagogue COVID protocols are guided by the CDC, state & city guidelines. 

The Boston Synagogue
55 Martha Rd. Boston
in Charles River Park near TD Garden, Red & Green Line
First Night Boston 2022

First Night returns!
Details are still coming,
but there is a schedule
Holiday Pops Returns!
December 2 - 24

Rejoice as the Boston Pops return for performances filled with holiday music favorites, the jubilant Pops sing-along, and a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Started in 1973 by Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, these concerts take place in the magical atmosphere of world-famous Symphony Hall, beautifully decorated to evoke all the magic and charm of the season.

Concert length: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Doors open: 1 hour before concert time

**Symphony Hall COVID Protocols

Please note that all visitors to Symphony Hall must present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter, and CDC-approved masks are required while in the hall. A negative COVID-19 test must either be a PCR test taken within the last 72 hours or an antigen test taken within the last 24 hours.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace will not be hosting Blink! this year, but here is a line up of some Holiday Entertainment!

Saturday, December 4th, 3 – 5 pm: Performers on the Go (South 4, by Wagamama)

Sunday, December 5th, 3 – 5 pm: Jukebox Dancers (South 4, by Wagamama)

Monday, December 6th, 11 am – 1 pm: Harvard Marching Band (West End)

Saturday, December 11th, 11 am – 1 pm: Winchester High School Chorus (South 4, by Wagamama)

Sunday, December 12th, 3 – 5 pm: Jukebox Dancers (South 4, by Wagamama)

Sunday, December 19th, 11 am – 1 pm: Jukebox Dancers (South 4, by Wagamama)

It's December!
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And now it's December!
The last month of this year!  While these past few years have not like any other we've experienced, it's hard to believe another year has passed.  There have been a lot of ups and downs, but we hope there have been some bright moments!  We look to the next year with hope, for all of us!  What will you remember about 2021?  What do you hope for 2022?

We've added tree lightings, shows, holiday gatherings, a children's wish list, a little something sweet, and so much more!

We are looking for volunteers to help with this year's West End Children's Festival!  Please email us if you are interested in  helping!

Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, & Happy New Year!
We wish you light, happiness, peace, love and togetherness!

Be safe & be kind ❤️

  ~The West End Community Center

Three Boston College Seniors would like for you to take a quick survey about how you feel about the West End green spaces!  Click on the picture to view the flyer.  

Here is the link to the survey
Concerts & Sports are Back!

TD Garden
 Celtics Games
Bruins Games

December 7  Dan + Shay
December 11 Andrea Bocelli
Agganis Arena
BU Hockey Games
December 5 Rauw Alejandro
December 23 - January 2 Disney on Ice- Mickey's Search Party

The Wilbur
December 14-17 Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour
December 18th Countess And Friends Christmas Show
December 19 Paula Poundstone
December 28-29 Bob Marley Comedian
December 30-21 Andrew Schulz: The INFAMOUS Tour

The Emerson Colonial Theater
December 17 Kenny G-The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2021
December 21-26 Fiddler on the Roof
January 1The Hip Hop Nutcracker 
The Orpheum Theater
December 1-4 Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Wang
December 3-4 Brett Eldredge
December 5 Straight No Chaser
December 10-19 A Christmas Story: The Musical
December 10-12 (Shubert)Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 18-21 (Shubert) Urban Nutcracker
January 13 Dancing With The Stars: Live!


December 1-3 MIAA State High School Football Championships
December 26 New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

The Boston Children's School 

& enrolling for the current school year!
for more information,
please contact Judy Langer at 617-367-6239
or go to their website 
Our Annual Holiday Wish list 

We are joining forces with Kathleen Flaherty at Bay Cove Human Services for the 3rd year to help fulfill some children's wish lists, because every child deserves a present for the holidays!

Bay Cove Human Services, located at 66 Canal Street helps parents who have been in recovery for over a year.  Most of them have their family intact and a few are in the process of reunification.  This agency is the primary source of where these families get their services; ie group therapy, individual counseling etc.  Kathleen Flaherty, Program Director of Family Support, has personally been working with families for six years and has seen many of the families on a weekly basis.  These parents have a solid foundation and are serious about their program. 
They also help families with children who have been diagnosed with a disability; special needs, Autism etc.  For many of my families, Bay Cove is their lifeline but there are no funds to help with families with gifts.  Some of the kids may be between 12 and 15 but cognitively are much lower than their actual age. 

Bay Cove's Family Support Program serves over 300 families but are closely involved with about 100, as some reach out more than others.  Kathleen and her staff know the situations these families are in and what resources they have outside of their agency.   Her program sends workers that go into homes, take them to appointments, etc., and the goal is to take some of the weight off of the families who are caring for their children at home; some of whom have significant issues.

The West End Community Center Wish List is based off the parents and families who don't have a lot of support from other programs or are incapable of advocating for themselves. 

If you can, please help put some smiles on children's faces this holiday season!

Check out the Holiday Wish List HERE!
December 2nd, 6pm
The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden.
December 7&8 at City Winery
December 9th
Kat Edmonson and her band (piano, guitar, acoustic bass, and drums) have recorded a jazz Christmas album harkening back to your favorite 1950s and '60s holiday tunes. 

Light up Seaport
December 3, 5-9pm
Celebrate the season in Seaport on December 3rd, from 5:00pm-9:00pm, with holiday tunes, a celeb appearance by Betty the Yeti, and more. Enjoy special offers and sparkling surprises throughout our local neighborhood businesses as part of the holiday stroll.

Sat Dec 18, 8:00 PM
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road

NAT KING COLE CHRISTMAS is a special new holiday concert celebrating one of America's greatest music legends. 
How about some easy NO Cook Recipes!

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears

2 red pears
8 slices prosciutto
1/2 cup baby arugula
4 Tablespoon pomegranate arils
1/2 teaspoons olive oil
black pepper

Wash and dry pears, then slice them into 1/2 inch wedges (about 6-8 slices per pear). Cut away any pieces of the core from the slices.
Toss the arugula and pomegranate with olive oil and pepper in a small dish.
Cut each slice of prosciutto in half long ways and lay them flat on a cutting board or plate.
Lay a pear slice and a small bunch of the arugula mixture on top of one slice of prosciutto.
Carefully wrap the prosciutto around the arugula salad, just tight enough so that the salad doesn't easily fall out. Repeat until they're all wrapped and lay on a small serving platter.
Sprinkle with extra pepper and pomegranate arils if desired.

Honey Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Spread

8oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons orange zest

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well. THAT’S IT! Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with crackers and/or pretzels.
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