Today is Monday, August 12 and if you’re looking for an affordable cup of coffee to kick off your week, be sure to check out Boston’s 4 top spots for inexpensive coffee including some North End hot spots.

Here’s what you need to know for the week ahead…

6:00PM Summer Fitness Series: Zumba. Stop by Christopher Columbus Park for the free summer fitness series. Today’s class will be Zumba in the park, see additional details and a full call schedule here.

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6:30PM Public Meeting for the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan Zoning. In April 2018 Secretary Beaton approved the Downtown Boston Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP). The Secretary’s decision requires that the BPDA modify existing zoning to reflect the approved MHP. The BPDA reviewed and updated a draft zoning amendment for consistency with the MHP. Stop by the Piedmonte Room in City Hall for a public meeting regarding the plan, and read a draft of the amendments here.

Notable News:

Gov. Charlie Baker eyes high-priced luxury lanes to fix traffic woes

MassDOT is taking the next year to analyze the feasibility of implementing the luxury lanes on highways in Greater Boston in hopes of battling Boston’s traffic issues, read more on the Boston Herald.

North End History Lesson:

Plan your events with the Community Calendar:

Tuesday, August 13

10:30AM Summer Story Time. Join Librarian Lin at 25 Parmenter Street for stories, music, and more! This story time is for babies, toddlers, and children 0-5 years old with caregivers.

11:00AM Auction Open House for 2 Garden Street. Stop by 2 Garden Court for an Auction/Open House for the brick row house, see additional information here.

5:30PM Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Free Lighthouse Tour. Stop by the World Trade Center dock where Save the Harbor will be hosting a free cruise around Boston Harbor to see the different lighthouse stations, see additional information and sign up here.

6:15PM Mirabella Pool Swim Meet. The BCYF Mirabella Pool will be hosting a swim meet for ages 4 – 16, see additional information and register here.

6:30PM FOCCP Monthly Meeting at Mariner’s House. Stop by 11 North Square for the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend monthly meetings, where the group plans upcoming events and recap recent Park news, see additional information here.

Wednesday, August 14

12:00PM Public Hearing on Requirements for Tree Preservation. Stop by the Iannella Chamber in City Hall for a hearing regarding the expansion of city development requirements with a focus on achieving baseline tree preservation and total tree capacity on a development site, see additional information here.

3:30 LEGO Club. Stop by the North End Library and work together or independently to build whatever you can imagine using the library’s LEGO collection. For kids ages 6-12.

4:30 Tea & Tranquility. Stop by Armenian Heritage Park for a late afternoon summer series for those working, living and visiting downtown Boston to meet & greet, walk the labyrinth and relax on a bench while enjoying refreshing MEM Ice Teas.

5:30PM PLAN: Downtown Public Alleys Walking Tour. Meet at the Old State House and join the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) for a walking tour of Downtown Boston’s public alleys. This walking tour will provide an opportunity to learn more about PLAN: Downtown, the BPDA’s ongoing planning initiative for Downtown Boston, see additional information here.

6:00PM Central Artery Parcel 2 Park Design Kick-off Meeting at the Courtyard Marriott Boston. A kick off meeting to discuss the eight-month design process that will culminate in the construction of a new park at Parcel 2, see additional information here.

7:00PM North End Movie Nights: Ratatouille. Movies will be shown on Wednesdays in July and August at The Gassy / DeFilippo Playground on Prince Street. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. and movies begin at dark, see additional information here.

7:00Pm Dorothy Curran Concert Series: Disco Night with Tavares. The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series returns to City Hall Plaza for another great season of outdoor music to entertain music fans of all ages on City Hall Plaza with a tribute to Chicago, the classic soul of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, an evening of Motown funk, and the grand finale featuring the legendary Tavares.

7:30PM Annual Green Concert. North End photographer David Arnold will present his climate comparison photographic essay on the Jumbotron at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell as part of the Annual Green Concert, see additional information here.

From the Community:

Free Screening of “Glory” on Boston Common

The Partnership to renew the Shaw 54th Memorial invites the community to a free screening of ‘Glory’ on the Boston Common on Tuesday, August 13 from 7:45 p.m. to 11 p.m., continue reading.

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