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Roxbury tour hails area’s black history

February 6, 2011

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Boston’s African-American community once was centered in the North End, then Beacon Hill, the South End, and the highlands of Roxbury. Tour three centuries of African-American neighborhoods on Feb. 12, during one of the city’s many events celebrating Black History Month. The Black History Trolley Tour departs Roxbury Heritage State Park (183 Roxbury St.) at 12:30 p.m. and Hotel 140 (140 Clarendon St.) at 12:50 p.m., and runs until 3 p.m. You will visit historic churches, hear about local struggles during the civil rights movement, and learn about Boston’s African-American art scene and most prominent figures. Tickets $25; one child under age 10 free with a paying adult. 617-417-1006, www.discoverroxbury.org

Cranmore child-centered

Buy two full-price adult lift tickets at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, good through Thursday and March 14-25, and your child can attend one free Penguin or Adventure camp the same day. The full-day ski and snowboard instruction is geared to ages 4 to 14, and typically runs $115. Tickets are valid Mondays through Thursdays within the eligible period; you must reserve in advance by phone and mention the Midweek Penguin special when booking. Adult lift prices run $59. Add children’s rental equipment for an additional $10 per person, per day, for the child attending the camp. 800-786-6754, Ext. 4, www.cranmore.com

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KARI BODNARCHUK