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Art class

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will offer “Dancing with Colors” art class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

This course introduces contemporary use and techniques of Chinese ink and watercolor. Materials will be provided.

This series is partially funded to provide affordable arts classes to the community. This is a pay-what-you-can class. The suggested contribution for each class is $50 to cover the expenses, however participants are invited to pay what they can afford.

Contributions will support arts programming and Asian and Pacific Islander American artists.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit

Concerts in the park

The Norman B. Leventhal Park summer acoustic music series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, June 26 and 28 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.

Rick McWilliams will entertain on Tuesday and blues bassist Rick Maida will perform on Thursday.

Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Science magic

The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will host “Science Magic” at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27.

An educator from the Museum of Science will help children investigate the science behind several classic magic tricks, such as snatching a tablecloth without disturbing the dishes or use electromagnetism to defy gravity. The program is best for children, ages 6 and older.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 617-807-7186 to register and for more details.

Celebrating independence

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present Fourth of July programs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday, June 29 to Wednesday, July 4.

Children can become history detectives with interactive maps and fun scavenger hunts, hear “Old South Stories” about the building’s storied past, learn about colonial Boston as a port town and more.

Activities are free with museum admission.

For a complete schedule of programs, call 617-482-6439 or visit

Sketches and illustrations

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will display “From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations” by Grace Lin from June 30 to Sept. 22.

An opening celebration with the artist will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. There will be a live musical and storytelling performance by Broadway and Boston actor Lisa Yuen and Friends.

With line and vibrant color, these illustrations by beloved children’s book author Lin appeal to audiences of all ages.

Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit

Oyster Fest

The Boston Public Market Association will host an Oyster Fest and Block Party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 at 100 Hanover St.

Oyster lovers can enjoy freshly shucked oysters with a beverage in hand. Highlights will include four types of Massachusetts oysters, beer and wine cash bar, live music by Reggie Lett and special Boston Public Market vendor offers and promotions. Oysters are $2 each.

Visit or call 617-973-4909 for more information.

Sons of Boston

Boston by Foot will sponsor guided walking tours from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.

The morning tour is inspired by Esther Forbes’ award-winning novel “Johnny Tremain.” It relives the young apprentice’s adventures in Colonial Boston as he gets caught up in the events that led up to the Revolutionary War. Walkers will visit Copp’s Burying Ground, the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church. Participants will meet at 60 State St.

The tour, “Benjamin Franklin: Son of Boston,” will begin at 3 p.m. Participants can celebrate and learn about the life of Franklin by walking among the sites of his homes and haunts in colonial Boston. This tour will start at the corner of School and Washington streets.

Tickets are $15 general, $8 for children or $5 for members and can be purchased online or from the guide. Reservations are not required.

Call 617-367-2345 or visit for more information.

Textile exhibitions

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “The Cover Up,” artwork by Donna Rhae Marder, and “Infinite Vibration,” works by Niho Kozuru, at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Marder creates textiles using resurrected garments from her own family. In this solo exhibition, her work reverberates with issues of identity, tradition, authority and comfort. This exhibition will close on Aug. 18.

Kozuru’s buzzing resin sculptures and wall pieces feature layers of visual intrigue created by glossy materials and high-key color. This exhibit is open until Sept. 29.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Reinventing Boston

Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays during June and July. Participants will meet the guide at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets, at the Government Center MBTA station.

From the first subway to Long Wharf through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Tour-goers will discover all the layers of the city and look at how and why it changed – to accommodate a growing population, the needs of industry, public and private transportation and public health and safety.

Tickets purchased online are $13 for adults and $8 for children or $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased on the day. Members are free.

To purchase tickets, call 617-367-2345 or visit

New exhibition, performance

Fort Point Theatre Channel is hosting “Her Story Is,” an exhibition and presentations, now through June 27 at Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St.

“Her Story Is” supports artistic conversations, exchanges and creation among female U.S. and Iraqi artists. This project continues work begun in The Basra-Boston Project, which presented exhibits and performances in 2016.

Visit for more details.

New art exhibition

On With Living and Learning, the Midway Gallery and Fort Point Theatre Channel are collaborating on a new art exhibition “More Than a Docket Number: Still Life” from now until June 29 at the Midway Artist Studios, 15 Channel Center St.

This exhibit features the work of incarcerated artist Lisa Wisor-Serratore. The art is accompanied by messages of hope from the incarcerated women represented in many of the works on display.

Visit for more details.

Boston’s literary scene

Boston by Foot will offer tours featuring Boston’s literary scene from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during June and July. Participants will meet at the plaza at School and Washington Streets.

By the 19th century, Boston had earned the nickname “The Athens of America”, as an important center for literature and as home to many of the country’s greatest writers. It was the launch pad of American Romanticism, Transcendentalism, the Fireside Poets and American Realism.

This literary tour will highlight the homes and haunts of such prominent writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Charles Dickens and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These great minds gave rise to philosophical discussions that greatly influenced not only their own literary work, but also 19th century society at large and our culture today.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.

Visit or call 617-367-2345 for more details.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.