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‘The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’

The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is being organized, energized and driven primarily by poor and directly impacted people through the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

A two-hour program will be broadcast at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 and again at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. It will include the stories, solutions and songs of movement leaders and artists.

Organized by each state’s coordinating committee of the Poor People’s Campaign, the digital stage is being built for the “plight, flight and insight of poor, dispossessed and impacted people, joined by moral leaders, advocates and artists to present to the nation and the world… interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.”

The organizers believe that “we have to root out and rectify the same enmeshed evils that have kept people down for centuries.”

Visit to tune in.

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Online Pride Story Time with drag performers

Celebrate Pride Month with a virtual story time with local drag performers Just JP and Nüqueer Power from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

This story time will feature picture books affirming diverse families and queer identities. The stories will be best enjoyed by kids, ages 3through 5, but all families are welcome to attend.

Please register at to participate in the live Zoom story time. Participants can choose if they would like to participate with or without video.

‘The Pineapple Project’

In honor of Pride Month, the Boston Public Library will host “The Pineapple Project,” an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22 and Thursday, June 25.

“Boys can’t be princesses!” As a non-binary person and theatre artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement made by their niece. Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt created this play for children, ages 3 to 8, to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity.

This class will be held virtually via Zoom video conferencing. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.

Visit for information, including registration. People will receive instructions via email on how to logon to the Zoom conference 24 hours prior to the start of the program.

Author event with Brandy Colbert

Teens are invited to join the BPL for a conversation with author of books for teens, Brandy Colbert from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22 via Zoom.

She will discuss themes of her books as well as her path to becoming an author.

Visit for more information, including the Zoom access information.

School busing: Past and future impact

The Boston Public Library will present “School Desegregation in Boston and the United States: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

Farah Stockman is an American journalist who has worked for The Boston Globe and currently reports for The New York Times. In 2016, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in recognition of a series of articles examining the effects of busing on Boston schools. During this talk, Stockman will discuss her experiences reporting on busing in Boston as well as the past and future impact of this monumental moment in Boston and Unites States history.

Join Stockman and Boston Public Library President David Leonard for this virtual conversation about this significant time in Boston history.

This conversation is part of the Lowell Lecture Series. The event is free to the public.

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Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Online Book Group

The Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group at the Boston Public Library's Central Library is geared toward young adults in their 20s and 30s and meets every fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. They cover a wide variety of genres. Come explore and share your love of fantastic books!

The June 23 read will be Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal.

They will be meeting online using a video chat platform. Email the group leader to get the video chat link.

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305 Live Dance Workout for Teens

Teens, ages 13-17, are invited to join a virtual 305 Fitness private party from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, hosted on Zoom by the Boston Public Library.

305 Fitness is a dance-cardio meets HIIT workout with in-house, DJ curated mixes. In this time of uncertainty and social distancing, 305 Fitness is finding ways to keep people connected and spirits lifted. 305 is all about the live connection, the fun, the silliness with 45-minutes of non-stop movement, laughing and sweating followed by a fun TikTok dance tutorial.

To learn more, check out a #305LIVE class or check them out on Instagram and YouTube.

Email Celia at to register.

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‘1774: The Long Year of Revolution’

Join the Massachusetts Historical Society and Mary Beth Norton (Cornell University) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 as she gives us a preview of her new book, ‘1774: The Long Year of Revolution’ a narrative history of the “long year” of 1774, or the months from December 1773 to April 1775, which have tended to be overlooked by historians who focus instead on the war for independence. But John Adams, who lived through that era, declared that the true revolution took place in the minds of the people before a shot was fired at Lexington.

The year 1774, Norton argues, was when that revolution occurred.

Visit for more information, including registration. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join this online program.

‘Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’

Hear from this New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary filmmaker bout his most recent book, Rivals Unto Death, a vivid retelling of the Hamilton-Burr rivalry from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr faced off in American’s most famous duel. They are the focus in Lin Manuel Miranda’s breakout Broadway play, Hamilton, which is coming to the small screen from Disney in early July. What is not generally known is what really prompted the sitting Vice President of the United States and the former Treasury Secretary to settle their differences with guns blazing.

Rick Beyer’s Rivals Unto Death explores the intricate 30-year rivalry that led to their deadly encounter, following them through battlefields, courtrooms, bedrooms and arguably the wildest presidential election in history – all the way to their day of destiny in Weekhawken, New Jersey.

Visit to register for this American Inspiration Author event by American Ancestors in partnership with the Boston Public Library.

Online Book Discussion Club

The Online Book Discussion Club at the Boston Public Library will meet on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 to discuss In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (2017).

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, from whom he was separated in the crowds and chaos during their journey across the sea. Moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West, he is driven back again and again, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen-and his exploits turn him into a legend.

In the Distance is available in eBook form on Hoopla:

Visit for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.

Tai Chi for Wellness

Tai Chi for Wellness will be held online from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.

This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China, which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

Eddie is a Tai Chi (Taijichuan) instructor who has studied martial arts for the past 25 years. His training includes studying White Crane Kungfu and Qigong under Grandmaster Woo Ching, as well as Yang Style Taijichuan and Taiji Ball under Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming.

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Pride Month documentary discussions

In honor of Pride month, join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of the documentaries, “Paris Is Burning” and “The Cockettes” with Fayette Hauser, co-founder of The Cockettes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. These films explore the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in different eras.

Fayette Hauser is an artist, actress, costume designer, author and co-founder of the Cockettes. The Cockettes were a psychedelic drama troupe comprised of male, female, Black, white, American Indian, straight, queer, cis and trans members who pushed the norms and limits of gender and sexuality.

The documentary is available to watch with a BPL card via Kanopy.

“Paris is Burning” chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latinx, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The documentary is available on YouTube.

Registration is required. To register, email

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Virtual Tour of Jackson Homestead and Museum

Join the Massachusetts Historical Society and Clara Silverstein for an online tour of the Jackson Homestead and Museum, a federal-style house built in 1809 for Timothy Jackson and his family from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

Located in Newton, Massachusetts, the Jackson Homestead and Museum is one of two historic house museums that comprise Historic Newton and is now home to exhibitions on the history of food, farming, and family life; slavery and anti-slavery; and notable people and events in Newton. This tour will focus specifically on the complex legacy of slavery and abolitionism at the homestead, including its history as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Visit for more information, including registration. Registrants will receive an email with links and instructions on how to join this online program.

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

For dial-in information:

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Emmanuel Music

Emmanuel Music, an Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church at 15 Newbury St. continues to share recordings from their Bach Cantata Series online.

During this time of high anxiety and uncertainly, they hope that people will find solace, meaning and beauty through the music of J.S. Bach.

Over the coming weeks and months, their staff looks forward to engaging people further through complementary online resources, including video interviews, written reflections, program notes and translations.

Visit for more information.


As of June 22, patrons can pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.

Using the library website, phone line, or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.

The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.

All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.

Visit to learn more.

Gold Rush: A Virtual Escape Room for Teens

The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.

BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30.

In “Gold Rush,” up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives.

A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.

Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.

Visit for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at

Visit for more information.

Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A Live Animal Crossing Twitch Stream

For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island - known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. This is free to all.

Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel ( to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space.

Drop in anytime to chat with them live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game, drop a line in their Discord by emailing and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.

Buddha’s Belly Book Group – on line via Zoom

Buddha’s Belly – the Buddhist Book Group – meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.

The group discusses issues of spiritual practice from a Buddhist perspective. Members come from many different faith traditions and religious practices. All are welcome.

For more information, visit

Meditation and Conversation – on line via Zoom

The Arlington Street Meditation Center group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.

The gathering includes seated and walking meditations, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversations. A walk in the Public Garden (dress for the weather) is optional. Beginner and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none) are warmly welcomed.

For more information, visit

Twitch Remote Gaming for Teens

Join the Boston Public Library’s teen librarians for a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through July 2. If you’re in the 6th through 12th grade, come join the games and conversations in Twitch.

Visit for more information.

Virtual Jazz Coffee House

The Virtual Jazz Coffee House, featuring the Willie Sordillo Ensemble, will be live streamed from the Old South Church in Boston from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at

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.

Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’

Join the BPL for a discussion of A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.

In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.

When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.

Visit for more information and required registration.

Basics of Improv for Teens

Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.

This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.

Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.

Visit for registration and more information.

Book group for adults on the Spectrum

Join the monthly 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 Tuesdays hosted by the Boston Public Library and the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE).

On June 30 the attendees will be reading a novel, short story, memoir, self-help book, essay, etc. of their choice and report back to the group. The idea is to get suggestions as to what other books or reading material may be interesting to read.

Visit for more information and the link to Zoom.

Copley Square Farmers Market open

The Copley Square Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 24.

The Copley Square Farmers Market is Boston's biggest and busiest farmers market. Located in the heart of Back Bay's commercial and cultural hub, the Copley Square Farmers Market features more than two dozen Massachusetts farmers offering a vibrant selection of local and delicious produce and meat.

Copley Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP/Nutrition Vouchers for all eligible products.

The market will be different this year – with masks, gloves, handwashing stations, new layouts and social distancing protocols – all to create a safe shopping environment for everyone.

Visit for more information, including how to schedule your visit/how you can help and shoppers guidelines/what to expect at the market.

To receive market alerts: text “CENTRAL” to 833-409-0774.

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Boston Ballet online

Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, performance clips, and articles on along with exclusive, ballet videos at


Support Boston Ballet at


The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. online store remains open.

Stand by for the status of the July meeting.

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‘Garden State’

The Lyric Stage of Company of Boston has commissioned “Garden State” a short play by Sam Hamashima.

“Garden State” is a delightful, pun-filled tale of a lost bee who must find her way home with the help of two fireflies. She gains a new perspective from the fireflies and learns that her garden is much bigger than she originally thought.

“Garden State” is one of several short plays available at Play at Home.

Visit to watch this and other short plays.

Visit for information regarding their 2020-2021 performance season.

Genealogy for the next generation

Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at

These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life.

Huntington @ Home

Huntington @ Home, a series of new programs to connect with their audiences, includes:

- Special online performances and messages from artists;

- One-on-one phone calls with staff – they’ll bring you a short monologue about past productions or a conversation about how the theatre created one of their plays or musicals;

- Huntington@HomeSchool for distance learning and short classes, educational resources and virtual performance opportunities for students and other artists

Visit for more information.

Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen

The Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen BBMSK (“Bumsk”) is a group of young adults who minister to the homeless on the streets of Back Bay. They take sandwiches, fruit, socks and Rosaries to distribute, and take time to listen to the stories of the men and women they encounter.

The group meets Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the front steps of the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St.

They are always looking for volunteers to help and donations (money/gift cards, toiletries, socks, and supplies) to help prepare and package the food.

Contact Eli at 703-638-2019 or visit and/or for more information.

Covid device donation

Please consider donating any iPads/phones and chargers not in use to Covid hospital floors to allow loved ones to be in touch with patients.

People can donate these items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cabot and Company, 213 Newbury St. in Boston. Items should be placed in a plastic baggie with your name and phone number.

Please e-mail for device clearing instructions.

Ecclesia Ministries and Manna Programs needs help

Common Cathedral and Boston Warm programs under the umbrella of Ecclesia Ministries at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.) in partnership with their sister Ministry, MANNA, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St.), needs partners to help them serve the increasing number of homeless and underserved during this critical time.

There are three specific ways that you can help make a difference:

1) Donate masks, socks, underwear, hand sanitizers and phone chargers from their Amazon wish lists.

2) Donate lovingly prepared homemade or purchased food such as individually packaged mac and cheese, chicken salad or BLTs, soft fruits and granola bars.

3) Volunteers to share your time, your treasures (donations) and your prayers that are always welcomed and valued.

Donations can be dropped off for the

1) Boston Warm/Common Art Day Center programs outside the Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with prayer service at 11 a.m.

2) MANNA Programs at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays

3) The Common Cathedral Outdoor Service at the Brewer Fountain on the Common – a simple meal is served at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. service.

Visit and/or and/or for more information, including links to volunteer or ways to make financial and/or other donations.

Friday Night Supper Program spring emergency appeal

The Friday Night Supper program (FNSP) at the Arlington Street Church – the longest running program in Boston – has served 13,000 meals a year to more than 130 guests from all over Boston since 1984.

Your donations make a difference in the lives of people in need, whether through philanthropic dollars or individual gifts of money, clothing, toiletries and gift cards. Help fill the gap with their Spring Emergency Appeal so they can continue their mission.

Visit to make a donation.

Trident Bookseller & Café offerings

Here are several ways that Trident Bookseller & Café, 338 Newbury St. can help you enjoy a good meal and escape in the pages of a book:

Delivery and Take Out: The kitchens open for food pick up or delivery (UberEats and Grubhub have good deals); New on Menu: Brunch for Two available all day

Book Delivery: Shipping anywhere in the US

Audio Books from Libro.FM: For a limited time, get a 2-for-1 membership for $14.99 with CODE

Gift Cards: It's an easy way to support their independent business

Visit for more details.

Support Women’s Lunch Place

Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St. remains open and continues to serve women every day. Their new hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

They are continuing to maintain all three of their core services areas – healthy meals, direct care and advocacy.

Each day they provide one take out package that contains a nutritious breakfast and lunch with extra snacks to sustain their guests.

Women’s Lunch Place is looking for donations, including money, gift cards, toiletries, underwear and other basic necessities to keep their mission going.

Visit for more information.