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Perform-a-thon on May 30

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) will host its sixth annual Perform-a-thon for Music Scholarships and Educational Programs all day on Saturday, May 30 through Zoom.

NEMPAC will schedule back-to-back performances throughout the entire day and are encouraging every student to participate. This Perform-a-thon online event is open to the public and will include raffles, silent auctions and special hosts.

Students and faculty participants of the Perform-a-thon are collecting pledges through the “Pledge Me” campaign.

All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the NEMPAC Youth Scholarship Fund; help retain exceptional faculty; expand and sustain the school’s programs; and maintain tuition costs that are lower than any other community music school in and around Boston.

The NEMPAC Youth Scholarship Fund provides need-based tuition assistance to students from North End, Charlestown and surrounding neighborhoods of Boston. Students are given awards to pursue artistic studies in private music lessons, summer programs, or an after-school program of their choosing.

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For more information about this event, contact Educational Programs Director Allie Meek-Carufel at or call 617-227-2270 or visit online at

Book discussion: ‘The Dutch House’

Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual discussion of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 1.

Email for information on how to join.

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Careers in animal care

Interested in working with animals but not sure where to start?

Join representatives from the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter and the Last Hope K9 Rescue among others to discuss potential careers in animal care from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

These panelists will discuss their career paths and current jobs as well as answer questions from participants.

This program is intended for teens, 13 years of age and older. Registrants will receive a link to the program on the day of the event.

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Curator Conversations: Angles on ‘Bending Lines’

The many ways that maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth come under scrutiny in “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception,” a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opened with an immersive, "digital first" exhibition on Wednesday, May 27.

Viewers are invited to explore the online show and join the interactive program series hosted Leventhal Center’s Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship Garrett Dash Nelson and the guests who give context to the exhibition's themes and content from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

Angles on Bending Lines: Curator Conversations

June 3: “Twisted Districts: The History and Future of Gerrymandering”

June 10: “Persuasive Cartography”

June 17: “What You See is What You Get – or is it?”

These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and then archived on YouTube.

Visit for more information. Registration is required to receive a link to the event.

‘Boston Harbor for All’ Summit’

Join the conversation about realizing the greatest opportunities for developing a welcoming and resilient harbor, waterfront, and islands from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4.

Boston Harbor Now, along with public, private, and nonprofit partners, invite you to join the second biennial symposium: Boston Harbor for All.

You’ll hear from local and national leaders during a day-long series of interactive panel discussions, virtual tours, and a keynote town hall about creating inspiring, inclusive, and protected waterfront parks and public open spaces.

Visit for more information, including a list of panelists, the schedule and the link to register ($50/$30) for this virtual event.

‘The Superwoman: How a Progressive Era Journalist Helped Women Get the Vote’

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss her new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 hosted by the Boston Public Library.

One of the earliest female journalists in San Francisco in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a suffrage activist and a bestselling author of feminist fiction like “The Superwoman,” a novella that inspired the “Wonder Woman” comics.

Harrison-Kahan's talk will address Michelson's upbringing in Virginia City, Nevada, during the Gold Rush; her influence on Progressive Era politics; and her relevance to contemporary movements like #MeToo.

Visit for other details, including registration. The registrants will receive the remote meeting details.

NEMPAC Sing-a-long Series

The North End Music & Performance Center (NEMPAC) will host a sing-a-long series from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays via Zoom.

June 4: Disney Sing

June 18: Broadway Showtunes

Although these programs are free, a suggested donation can be made via Venmo @Nempac-Boston.

Visit for other information, including Lyric Sheets and the Zoom Link/Password.

Author Talk: ‘THE DEVIANT'S WAR’

In collaboration with Boston Pride, The Gay and Lesbian Review, the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, and the Harvard Book Store, the Boston Public Library present an author talk with Dr. Eric Cervini as he talks about his new book THE DEVIANT'S WAR: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

From a young Harvard and Cambridge-trained historian, the secret history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall.

In 1957, at the height of the Space Race, a government astronomer named Frank Kameny received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual. And for the first time, a homosexual fought back.

Based on firsthand accounts, recently declassified FBI records, and forty thousand personal documents, The Deviant’s War unfolds over the course of the 1960s, as Kameny built a movement against the government’s gay purges. It traces the forgotten ties that bound gay rights to the Black Freedom Movement, the New Left, lesbian activism, and trans resistance. Above all, it is a story of America (and Washington) at a cultural and sexual crossroads; of shocking, byzantine public battles with Congress; of FBI informants; murder; betrayal; sex; love; and ultimately victory.

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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.

Live NEMPAC IG community classes

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is offering free weekly 30-minute live-stream classes of Music, Theatre, Dance or Movement for all ages and abilities on Instagram with one of their NEMPAC instructors or special guests.

The classes are offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

100 percent of the suggested donations ($5-$10) will go directly to the teacher leading the class.

Visit for more information, including a weekly flyer (schedule) and links.

Homework help online

The Boston Public Library offers free online homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through June 18.

No registration is required as students will be helped on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 15 students at one time.

Homework Help can be accessed during the scheduled times at:

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

For questions about Homework Help email Lina Raciukaitis at

All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.

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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 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.

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‘With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People’

Poets are inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary others around them. How does poetry reveal new and surprising ways to communicate and connect?

“With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People” will be held from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Mondays through June 15.

In these workshops, facilitated by Aaron Devine, the groups will read and write to deeply encounter loved ones, communities, and lineages. No prior writing experience is required.

Devine is a poet, community activist, and translator in Dorchester. He co-created Write on the DOT, a neighborhood poetry reading series and literary platform.

To register, email:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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 19 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.

‘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 through June 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.

NEMPAC Open Mic Night

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is hosting a free Open Mic Community Night from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays via Zoom.

This event is open to all ages and abilities. Watch in the audience or sign up to perform by emailing

Join Zoom Meeting: https: //us04web.zoom. us/j/804381225

Password: NEMPAC 2020

For updates, visit and/or follow NEMPAC on social media @NEMPACboston.

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

Roslindale Online Adult Book Group

Join the Roslindale Online Adult Book Group from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 as they discuss the e-book Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson

Visit for information, including registration and link to join.

Greenway Virtual Marketplace

The Greenway Conservancy partners at New England Open Markets has created the very first Greenway Virtual Market, featuring more than 60 of the area’s top makers, artists and designers.

Support the artists, small businesses, and creatives you know and love all from the safety of your home from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays until the Greenway Open Market falls into place.

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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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Augmented Reality (AR) Public Art on the Greenway

The Greenway Conservancy has launched a new at-home augmented reality (AR) public art installation that allows anyone to explore contemporary art and historic images of the Greenway without leaving their homes through the Hoverlay app.

Each week, new content will be released that shows the growth and change along the Greenway throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Currently on display in the app is “Dewey Square, 1905 South Station Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Company collection,” and Car Park X, a contemporary art work by Will Pappenheimer.

This new virtual experience builds off of the Greenway’s exhibit last summer that featured 16 locations along the park where you could hold up your phone to see historical images from that spot. That exhibit is still on display and people are encouraged to visit the sites.

Harbor at Home

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor At Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids’ videos will be coming along soon.

Visit for these and other fun projects.

New England Aquarium – Virtual tours, videos and activities

The New England Aquarium invites you to join them for live presentations from aquarists, behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium, and fun activities to try from home. New videos will be updated daily at 11 a.m.

Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins:





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 Tuesday, 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.

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Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market (although their doors have temporarily closed until further notice) continues to be a community resource for fresh local food.

Several vendors will be outside on the plaza (along Surface Road) selling products. You can also browse items online and stock up through delivery.

Boston Public Market says, “Thank you for your emails, words of encouragement, and most importantly, for making purchases and supporting our small business vendors. We wish everyone well and look forward to greeting our community again in our usual vibrant and bustling Boston Public Market.”

Visit for more information, including links to these options.

I AM Books Emergency Fund

I AM Books, 189 North St. in the North End, a small Italian family-owned and run (Italian) bookstore needs your help to stay afloat through these trying times.

You can purchase books and/or gift cards on line and have them delivered; you can also donate $5 or $10 (or more) to their campaign to help pay for their rent and employees.

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T-Shirts for a Cause

The North End Feasts Societies has created an All Saints t-shirt to raise money to benefit the neighborhood’s food insecurity programs run by the ABCD Neighborhood Service Center and North End Waterfront Health Center.

These programs ensure fresh groceries and prepared meals are available to lower income families and seniors in the North End and Boston neighborhoods during the ongoing public health crisis.

The All Saints shirts will be sold online only and shipped directly to you.

Visit to purchase your special edition shirts.

BPL updates

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

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

Paul Revere House Radio

Visit to listen to a new episode of Revere House Radio and enjoy a preview of living history presentations, music, and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming soon.

Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents

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” meals for Boston residents in need.

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.