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April 2022 CenterNews

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April 2nd is the 14th annual World Autism Awareness Day, as designated by the United Nations. 

An Earth Day Celebration is being planned for April 22nd, but details are still being worked out, so keep an eye out for details.

Rainforest Reptile Shows
Reptiles Rock!

Friday, April 22, 2022
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
West End Branch

Rainforest Reptile Shows will be bringing along their scaly friends for Reptiles Rock!`23

Baroque Style Musical Performance
Saturday, April 23, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
West End Branch

Join West End Branch for the musical stylings of Janet Fink on recorder, and Miyuki Tsurutani on harpsichord. This Baroque recital will focus on the sonatas by John Loeillet and Paulo Benedetto Bellinzani.

Earth Day Boston 2022 Events
See all the many ways you can participate
(click on the link)

Red Sox Home Opener!
Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
Friday, April 15, at 2:10PM

John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo and Number Pick-Up 
will take place this year
at the Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston Street)
 April 15-17.  
If you love running, you couldn't ask for a better reason to arrive a few days early before the race. 


The 126th Boston Marathon
Monday, April 18th
The 26.2 mile run takes it place back on Patriots day!



These sweet and fruit-full pastries can be served anytime and anywhere, thanks to their convenient portability.

PREP. 30 mins
BAKE. 18 to 20 mins

8 hand pies


  • 2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, cold


  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
*For frozen berries, use 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 


  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sparkling sugar, for garnish


  1. To make the pastry: Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the butter, working it in to make a coarse/crumbly mixture. Leave most of the butter in large, pea-sized pieces.

  2. Add the sour cream, and stir until the mixture starts to come together in chunks. Turn it out onto a floured work surface, and bring it together with a few quick kneads.

  3. Pat the dough into a rough log, and roll it into an 8" x 10" rectangle. Dust both sides of the dough with flour, and starting with a shorter end, fold it in three like a business letter.

  4. Flip the dough over, give it a 90° turn on your work surface, and roll it again into an 8" x 10" rectangle. Fold it in three again.

  5. Wrap the dough, and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.

  6. To make the filling: If you're using fresh berries, rinse and drain well. Place fresh or frozen berries in a saucepan. Whisk the cornstarch or ClearJel with the sugar, and pour over the berries. Add the salt and lemon juice, stirring to combine.

  7. Place the saucepan on a burner set to medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until the small amount of liquid in the bottom of the pan comes to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked berries to a bowl and let cool to room temperature. It's fine to make the filling ahead of time, and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.

  8. Preheat the oven to 425°F; place a rack on the middle shelf. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  9. To assemble the pies: Roll the dough into a 14" x 14" square. With a straight edge and pastry wheel, or a 3 1/2" square cutter, cut out sixteen 3 1/2" squares.

  10. Divide the filling among eight of the squares, using about a heaping tablespoon for each; a slightly heaped tablespoon cookie scoop works well here. Brush some of the beaten egg along the edges of each filled square.

  11. Use a knife to cut a vent into each of the remaining eight squares; or use a decorative cutter of your choice.

  12. Top each filled square with a vented square, and press along the edges with the tines of a fork to seal.

  13. Brush the top of each pie with the remaining beaten egg, and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Transfer the pies to the prepared baking sheet. Note: If at any time during this process the pies become sticky and hard to work with, simply refrigerate them for about 20 minutes, until firm.

  14. Bake the pies for 18 to 20 minutes, until they're a light golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

  15. Store pies, lightly wrapped, at room temperature for a couple of days; freeze for longer storage.

It’s April
While there might be April showers, that means May flowers are around the corner!
There is a lot happening this month!  It’s Autism Awareness month, tax day, Earth Day, the Boston Marathon claims it’s usual spot on Patriots Day, we have Easter, Passover and Ramadan, and so many other things!

Look out for information about our Spring Hunt which will happen in May!

West End Children’s Festival will be Saturday, August 20th.  Stay tuned for more!  If you’d like to get involved, email us at

We wish you light, happiness, peace, love and togetherness!

Be safe & be kind ❤️

  ~The West End Community Center

Pepin Lecture: Green with Milk and Sugar
Friday, Apr 01, 12:00p - 1:00p

Boston University 
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 124 

You are welcome to register to attend in person or via zoom. Zoom registrants will receive a Zoom link one day before the program. 

Today, Americans are some of the world’s biggest consumers of black teas; in Japan, green tea, especially sencha, is preferred. These national partialities, Robert Hellyer reveals, are deeply entwined. Tracing the trans-Pacific tea trade from the eighteenth century onward, Green with Milk and Sugar shows how interconnections between Japan and the United States have influenced the daily habits of people in both countries. 

New Wines, Who Dis? Wine Tasting
Friday, Apr 01, 5:00p - 8:00p

The Wine Emporium on Tremont 
607 Tremont Street 

It's that time! We have some new wine and can't wait to introduce you to them. Once a month we dedicate a wine tasting to new wines we have brought in over the past couple of weeks. Never the same twice, don't miss out on trying some wines that WOW'D us enough to bring them into the wine cellar.

Boston Public Library Book Sale
Saturday, Apr 02 , 10:00a -4:00p

The Boston Public Library 
700 Boylston Street 


Book sales are on the first Saturday of each even-numbered month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square. Book sales are on the lower level of the McKim Building. The best entrance is via Dartmouth Street.

The Mindful Mutt (First Floor) 
16 Harvard Ave 
Allston, MA 02134


Do you like puppies? GREAT! Join us for 2-hrs of puppy playtime with some of Boston's cutest puppies to support Ukrainian relief efforts. 

Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise
Join this 3 hour whale watching cruise that departs from One Long Wharf, to spot many whale and dolphin breeds off the coast of Boston.

Monday- Wednesday.  7:00 am — 9:00 pm

Thursday - Saturday    7:00 am — 11:00 pm

High Street Place 
100 High Street 
Boston, MA 

High Street Place, the much anticipated food hall poised to revolutionize dining in Downtown Boston will officially open to the public on Wednesday, March 2. High Street Place debuts with a lineup of 20 exciting vendors, featuring some of Greater Boston’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, brewmasters, cocktail experts, coffee roasters, and more. 

View full schedule of events at High Street Place here


Blackbird Doughnuts (fresh doughnuts & coffee) 
Bubble Bath (a champagne focused wine bar) 
Daiquiris & Daisies (inventive cocktail creations) 
Dive Bar (seafood & raw bar) 
The Farmacy Cafe (locally & organically sourced foods) 
Fuji at High Street Place (Japanese rolls & drinks) 
Gorgeous Gelato (all-natural gelato & inventive desserts) 
Gracenote Coffee (one of Boston’s most beloved coffee experiences) 
EGO Convenience (all essential items) 
Haley Jane’s (fried chicken concept) 
Hum’Oveh (inspired by Middle Eastern street food) 
Kutzu (Asian-inspired concept) 
Mamaleh’s Delicatessen (bagels, pastrami, pastries) 
Mike & Patty’s (specializing in breakfast sandwiches) 
Mother Juice (organic, cold-pressed juice shop) 
Newburyport Brewing (award-winning premium beers) 
North East of the Border (authentic Mexican food & frozen margaritas) 
Pennypacker’s (porchetta sandwiches & roast meats) 
Tenderoni’s (70s and 80s inspired pizza & grinder shop) 
Wheelhouse (award-winning burgers) 

Courtyard Tea Room at Boston Public Library

Open • Today, 11:00a - 3:00p ▼
Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022 11:00a -  
Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 3:00p

Boston Public Library Tea Room 
Boston Public Library 
Boston, MA 


A hidden jewel steeped in history overlooking the beautiful Italianate Courtyard at the Boston Public Library providing a sanctuary in Boston's Bay Bay. 

West End Tree Boston

Be watching your community postings for a few events with WE Tree Boston. Students from Boston College will present their research on improving green spaces in the West End. Speak for the Trees will be coming to tag ‘ new trees’ in the West End that need adopters. Speak for the Trees will be planting some new trees on Thoreau Path to replace some of the many lost recently. And WE Tree Boston will recruiting people to adopt street trees to help keep them alive
Concerts & Sports are Back!

TD Garden
 Celtics Games
Bruins Games

Agganis Arena
April 6 All Elite Wrestling Presents: AEW DYNAMITE-RAMPAGE
April 14 Alt-J & Portugal. The Man
April 17 Jack White
April 22-24 Sesame Street Live
April 30 Stars on Ice Tour

The Wilbur
Apri 1 Chris Rock
April 2. Steve Hackett
April 5 One Night of Queen (Rescheduled from 8/27/2020, 2/19/2021)
April 6. Serena Kerrigan
April 7. Joe Gorga
April 8.  James Murray
April 9  Colin Hay (Rescheduled from 4/11/2020, 4/10/2021)
April 10  Colin Hay
April 16. Marc Maron
April 18. Doctor Mike
April 19. Melvin Seals
April 20. Saints, Sinners and Serial Killers
April 21. Undertale
April 22.-24 Jim Gaffigan
April 26. The Moth
April 29. Brian Posehn
April 30  Tracy Morgan (Rescheduled from 4/18/2020, 4/16/2021, 11/6/2021)

 The Emerson Colonial Theater

April 1-2. Freestyle Love Supreme
April 3. Trixie & Katya
April 11. Diana Krall
April 15-16. Hannah Gadsby
April 29. Neil Gaiman
April 30. Yotam Ottolenghi

The Orpheum Theater

April 9. Kip Moore w/ Lori McKenna

April 11 Daryl Hall and the Daryl's House Band with Special Guest Todd Rundgren

April 12. The Script - Greatest Hits Tour 2022
Calum Scott

The Wang
April 2-7 Shen Yun
April 12-13. Lorde
April 15. Pod Save America: (A)live And On Tour
April 23. Dane Cook
April 28-May 1. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


New England Revolution
April 23. Monster Energy SuperCross

Symphony Hall

April 1-2.Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Britten's War Requiem
April 7-9. Anna Rakitina conducts Tchaikovsky, Ellen Reid and Sibelius featuring pianist Alexandre Kantorow
April 10. Boston Symphony Chamber Players
April 14-16. Alan Gilbert conducts Bernard Rands, Debussy and Beethoven featuring Joshua Bell, violin
April 14. “What I Hear” (Free and Open to the Public)
April 21. Andris Nelsons conducts an all-Strauss program featuring Lise Davidsen, soprano
April 22-26. Andris Nelsons conducts an all-Strauss program
April 23. BSO/ BYSO Family Concert
April 28-30. Andris Nelsons conducts Saint-Saëns and Strauss with Blaise Déjardin, cello

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