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Introduction to Astrology for Teens

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are welcome to join the Boston Public Library for an online class on astrology with Jenn Marcos from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

Have you ever wondered how your zodiac sign is determined? Do you want to know the different between your moon sign and your sun sign? Are you curious what your signs says about you? Learn the answer to all of that and more.

Visit for required registration and other information. Connection information will be sent to registered participants.

WBUR Town Hall: Combating misinformation about COVID-19

"Coronavirus was bioengineered in a Chinese lab."

"The conditions in New York City have been exaggerated to take away our freedoms."

How do we counter these myths and conspiracy theories?

Endless Thread podcast co-hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson speak with Harvard Professor Joan Davidson, who specializes in media manipulation, the effects of disinformation campaigns and adversarial media movements from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

This live-streamed event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested at

Link to YouTube live stream will be emailed to registered guests at 4 p.m. on the date of the event.

Want to submit questions before the event? Go to and enter event code #WBURVTH7

BPL Book Group for Adults on the Spectrum

Join the monthly Boston Public Library online book discussion group for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions or who identify as such from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

The event is hosted by the Boston Public Library and the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE).

The group will read and discuss Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary.

The link to join the meeting is available at

For more information, contact K. Devine at or Stephanie Birkdale at

For more information, visit

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group

The Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group will meet online from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

The group will read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

This BPL group which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month is geared toward young adults in their 20s and 30s.

You can find the book on via the BPL website.

Visit for required registration and other information. An email with the video chat link will be sent out prior to the event.

'The Grimm Escape: A virtual escape room for teens'

The Boston Public Library has partnered with the popular escape room company Puzzle Break to transport its teen patrons to “The Grimm Escape,” their 100 percent virtual escape room experience. Teens, ages 13 through 18, will venture together from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 to a fantastic land which has fallen under the spell of a sinister witch. Only by banding together can they hope to break her curse in the 60 minutes before the land is forever hexed.

Visit for required registration and Zoom information.

Library Supper Club

Join Chef Dave Nevins live in the kitchen from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. Cook along with the Chef de Cuisine at Grand Tour.

To have some fun visit for the You Tube link to join BPL Supper Club.

Facebook Live: Reader’s Corner

The next Facebook Live Reader’s Corner broadcast (for children, ages 6 through 12) will be held from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at www.facebookcom/BPLchildren.

True Lies False Facts: Fort Point Edition .

You know what they say, the truth is stranger than fiction and Boston By Foot tours put that notion to the test. Boston by Foot is hosting a shortened version of their “Virtual True Lies False Facts Tour” of the Fort Point Neighborhood from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Register at

Once you register they'll send you a scorecard to keep track of which stories are true and which are false. Compete with your friends, compete against yourself or just sign in to hear some amazing stories in the neighborhoods you know so well. Some of them will even be true!

‘Youth empowerment through arts’

Youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited to a virtual miniseries focused on empowering and encouraging them to pursue creative fields and to express themselves through art from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31.

Over the three day conference, the group will engage in a Q&A panel, interactive workshops, and amazing performances. There will also be daily raffle drawings for prizes, such as gift certificates from Roche Bros, Bon Me, Blick among others.

This conference is hosted by the BCNC’s Youth Center. For more information, contact them at and make sure to check out their Instagram page @yeaconference.

Register at The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants a few hours before the event.

NAMIWalks goes virtual

The NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2020 will go Virtual on May 30.

NAMIWalks is a fun, family-friendly event to help promote awareness of mental health and reduce stigma by sharing and stories and walking together; to raise funds for NAMI’s mission of advocacy, education, support and public awareness; and to build community and let people know they are not alone.

Help make a difference.

Visit for more information, including ways you can help make this year’s event a success.

Free Friday Workshops

Join peers from around the world online to experience General Assembly’s most popular workshop (ranging from $60 to $200 in value) for free on Fridays through June.

From coding, to data and marketing, to UX design and career development, explore the tech skills that will keep you in demand and in the know.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Data 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.*

- Intro to Data Analytics Livestream – May 29 1 to 5 p.m.*

- Data Visualization and Intro to Tableau – June 26

-SQL for Beginners – June 5

Marketing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Social Media Strategy Mapping – June 19

- Intro to Google Analytics Bootcamp – June 12

- Digital Marketing: Key Metrics and Concepts – June 26

Business 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Project Management Workshop – May 29

- Intro to Agile and Scrum – June 19

Career Development 11 a.m. to noon

- Digital Interviews: Presenting Your Best Self Online and Over the Phone – May 29

- Networking Best Practices – June 5

- Public Speaking: Finding Your Authentic Voice – June 12

- Interview on Your Terms: Crafting Stories That Impress – June 19

- Prepping for Behavioral -Phone Interviews – June 26


- Programming for Non-Programmers: The Basics – June 5 11 - 1

- Intro to Coding: HTML and CSS Livestream – June 19 11 – 3

UX Design 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Customer Journey Mapping – May 29

- User Research Methods – June 12

For more information, including descriptions and registration, go to

‘See You Yesterday’

Together Apart will present “See You Yesterday” through Sunday, May 24.

Nineteen Cambodian performers utilize their extraordinary physical skills, including acrobatics and circus arts, to travel back in time and shatter a legacy of silence. Performed by second-generation survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, “See You Yesterday” explores the fragmented narratives these young artists have inherited from their parents and grandparents.

Since 2012, Global Arts Corps – whose celebrated work brings together people from opposite sides of violent conflicts – have collaborated with these young Cambodian artists as they grappled with the painful history of their country's genocide. While details of the four-year horror have largely gone unexplored by younger generations of Cambodians, the cast of See You Yesterday interviewed their elders (and even a former Khmer Rouge child soldier) to build a stunning performance that is both beautiful and cathartic. The final result, “See You Yesterday,” is a visually striking theatre experience and its Boston engagement marks the show's U.S premiere. Face the past, see you yesterday.

Visit to watch this and other programs in the series.

Maker Mondays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Maker Mondays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 1 (except May 25) in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Take a look at projects of the librarians own design, get ideas for at-home crafts, or learn how to make stuff online… all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Lunch Break Yoga

Lunch Break Yoga – brought to you by the Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 26.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

You can also get the link at events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Gamer Tuesdays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Gamer Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 2 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Discuss the latest release, trends, and strategies of every system on the map, or participate in some light online gaming… all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Families Cooking with Miss Debbie

Join Miss Debbie as she bakes and cooks a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and side dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 9.

Let Miss Debbie show you that cooking can be a family activity. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision via Zoom.

Registration is required at A link to the meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.

Visit for other details.

Twitch Remote Gaming for Teens

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Twitch Remote Gaming from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through June 4 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Anime Wednesdays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Anime Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 3 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Discuss and share tastes, trends, and experiences with all things anima an manga with certified otaku… all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; (for ages three through five) from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays; and (for ages 5 to 9) from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through June 11.

The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.

Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships, and developing a connecting with themselves.

Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions, and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.

Visit for Zoom registration and other relevant information.

Bollywood Funk Online

Bollywood Funk Online will be held from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Thursdays through June 4.

Bollywood Funk is a high-energy dance with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk fused with the hottest Bollywood beats and moves.

Join dance instructor, Chavi Bansai, and be ready to sweat, smile and have a lot of fun.

Class is fit for all levels, no prior experience required, but is intended for children and teens.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Jackbox Thursdays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 4 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Want a little funny in your bones? This chat room will run live during BPL Teen Services’ weekly Jackbox Twitch stream, at … laugh with them from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Facebook Live Storytime: PJ Storytime

Let's have a pajama party! Join Librarian Rebecca from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays for a live-streamed Pajama Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers at www/ children.

‘Celebrating What Unites Us: Cooking with Oldways’

Join the special at-home “Celebrating What Unites Us!” program at 10 a.m. on Fridays through June 5 to keep us all connected, coming together.

Each week a Chef from Oldways will show you how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond. Mediterranean, African, Latin America, Asian, and Vegetarian/Vegan themes will be featured.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway.

Visit to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

Bouncing Babies Livestream Storytime

The Boston Public Library will host Bouncing Babies Storytime for two year olds and younger, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays through May 29.

Please have a scarf, washcloth, cloth napkin, receiving blanket or other small piece of cloth handy for storytime scarf songs.

Story time will be streamed live on their Facebook Page and the video will be available for a while.

Visit for other details.

Finding grants using foundation directory online

Foundation Directory is a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects.

Normally patrons would only have access to Foundation Directory within the main branch of the Boston Public Library. During the current health crisis the BPL is offering remote access to Foundation Directory Online Essential from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays through May 29.

Patrons will need a library card and pin number to access Foundation Directory. If you do not have one you can apply for an eCard online.

Visit for registration and other details.

‘Shake it Out’ Youth Dance Program

Join the BPL for eight weeks of dancing led by Oliver Arias a member of the Floorlord, the longest running hip hop dance troupe in the US from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through July 3.

Each week you will learn new dance moves which will get difficult and the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.

This class is intended for teens, ages 13 and older. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision. This program will occur on Zoom.

After registration at, a link to the meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.

Music Fridays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Music Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 5 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Can’t catch a tune…? This chatroom will feature music lovers and players of a number of genres and instruments. Come to listen, discuss, and play, all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library –from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand To Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

You can also get the link at events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Friday Family Dance Jam

Children of all ages and their caretakers are welcome to tune into this family dance jam, hosted in collaboration with Boston Children's Museum from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. on the last Friday of every month via Instagram Live @UrbanityDance.

Suggested donations of $10+ are gratefully accepted and help pay dance teachers.

Visit for other information, including the link to donate.

Virtual Ginormous Climb

The 7th annual Ginormous Virtual Climb to fight child abuse and exploitation will take place on Saturday, June 6.

Each year, nearly 2,000 children are referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County to talk about abuse and violence in their lives. Their courage is heroic and they inspire all of us.

Participate your way: Climb 1,700 steps at your home or walk 8,700 strides in your neighborhood.

Get started on your Ginormous Climb and register today. Rally the support of family, friends and colleagues to help you reach your goal. Along the way, you’ll be helping kids feel safe, cope with trauma, seek justice and heal.

Go to for registration and more information.

Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from June 13 through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.

The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families: Register and learn more at

Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020

The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.

Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses

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Greatest Party on Earth – new date Oct. 2

The 15th annual Greatest Party on Earth slated for Friday, June 19 to celebrate Artists For Humanity's 29 years of creative youth employment, social justice, and sustainability which directly supports paid employment in art and design for more than 325 Boston teens at Artists for Humanity has been rescheduled for Oct. 2.

Visit for other information.

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Boston Public Market at Dewey Square

The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 26 through Nov. 17.

This outdoor farmers market offers farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs.

Dew Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.

Visit for more information.

ArtsEmerson – ‘Together Apart: Explore New Worlds’

ArtsEmerson has launched its newest digital initiative, “Together Apart: Explore New Worlds from Your Home,” a curated series of previously presented performances as well as new video conversations with” bold and imaginative artists associated with those creations.

The digital series will offer regularly posted content via Visit for more information.

Boston Children’s Museum offers free resources

The Boston Children’s Museum’s has free resources that inspire creativity and fun at home.

Among the resources is 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.

Follow them on Instagram @BostonChildrensMuseum and submit a photo of your own creation as part of their first ever CreatedBy Make-A-Thon.

Visit for other details.

Boston Children’s Museum Virtual Tour

Although the Boston Children’s Museum is temporarily closed until further notice, children home from school can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.

Visit to view the virtual tour via Google Maps.

ICA DYI Crafts

The Institute of Contemporary Art has DIY craft projects for kids and adults to make together;

Visit for details.

CraftBoston Spring 2020

The Society of Arts + Crafts has posted on their website the names and websites of artists accepted into the CraftBoston Spring 2020 show (that was unfortunately canceled).

The SA+C invites you to look to at, support and purchase some of the fine work being done across the country. 100% of the sales dollar benefits the artist directly.

The SA+C, as a small way to show their thanks, appreciation and support, is not taking any commission on these sales.

SA+C has also started a blog, and asked their artists to talk about some of the things that they think about, both in the busy and the not-so-busy seasons.

That, too, is on their website at

Support FPAC

Just $5 will keep FPAC healthy this year. Donations will allow staff to create programs that support artists, artisans, performers, and musicians through project stipends during this difficult.

Visit for other information, including the link to donate.

Support St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. continues to welcome 400 guests a day for emergency refuge services.

Since they cannot utilize volunteers at this time, and are relying on extra outside paid services, they are spending an extra $10,000 a day to keep the place up and running.

At this time they are providing disposable box breakfast and lunches along with purchasing items to create emergency clothing kits, since they currently cannot accept clothing donations.

Visit to learn more, including ways you can make a financial donation.

Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry

The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.

Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.

Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial/food/supplies donation to support these ministries, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at

Boston Design Week

The official Boston Design Week 2020 Guidebook and the event listings (that were canceled) are online for your perusal. A festival such as this requires the work of hundreds of individuals, participating organizations, Sponsors and others, and they hope that you will thank them and continue to support them once this crisis has passed.

Nominations for three BDW 2020 Design Awards will remain open indefinitely: Mentor of the Year (co-sponsored by the Over My Shoulder Foundation), Innovator of the Year, and the Social Impact Award.

The recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award is Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School. The Producers Choice Award goes to The Society of Arts and Crafts.

Selected nominees will be invited to attend the awards’ event, which is co-sponsored by Artists for Humanity.

To learn more about the awards and how to take part, visit

Next year’s annual Boston Design Week is slated for April 7 through April 21, 2021.

For more information and updates about the plans for Boston Design Week programs, visit

Visit Boston Design Week on to explore the innovation and diversity of Boston’s design community.

Greenway Conservancy/Rose Kennedy Greenway fun

– Download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home.

– Explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.

– Check the Greenway Food Truck Program schedules; for specific updates follow them on Twitter.

– Practice appropriate physical distancing and stretch your legs with a walk or run along their 1.5 miles of Greenway.

– Explore the Conservancy’s online plant list to identify the first spring blooms.

– Discover their current public art, including their Augmented Reality Installation throughout the park.

– Unwind with a good book on their organically maintained lawns.

– In the evening, enjoy the color of their Light Blades through The Greenway Color Commons program.

– Take a deep breath and the time you need to connect with nature and the world around you

– Check the online calendar for the latest details.

– Check out what their partners are offering during this time in our latest blog post, Support the Greenway Community.

– Follow the Greenway’s story digitally on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog post to learn more.

For more information and updates, visit or reach out to

Old State House and Old South Meeting news

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House (temporarily closed) have a new website.

Visit for information, including new exhibits and programs that will be waiting for you (hopefully) soon.

Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.

For a list of meal sites, visit or

Phone 617-635-3717 or email with questions or concerns or for other information.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Boston Public Library resources

The Boston Public Library has an online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

Other details and links to remote library services can be found at

For more information, email


“Who? What? Why?” The LI+TLE Lab at Emerson College, 216 Tremont St. wants to learn more about question-asking in young children. Bring your 3-, 4-, or 5-year old to their lab for some fun games and activities – at the end of the visit, your child will receive a small prize and parents will be offered a $40 Amazon gift card and reimbursement for travel. The lab visits last about 2.5 hours.

Visit to learn more and/or email to arrange a visit.

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)

Anyone can take a book and leave a book.