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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 bostonharbornow.org.
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 bpl.org/events 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 bpl.org/events 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 Boston Public Library 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 bpl.org/events 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.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information, including registration.
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: www.hoopladigital.com/title/13312155.
Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.
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 email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series
The Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month in June, July and August via Zoom to introduce the benefits of walking the Labyrinth to one’s health and well-being.
Each 45-minuite session includes a presentation, a Guided Mindfulness/Breath Meditation and time for Q&A.
June 27: Labyrinth Walking: As a Self-Care Tool
July 25: Labyrinth Walking: The Power and Health Benefits of Active Mediation
Aug. 22: Labyrinth Walking: Connection Between Movement and Wisdom
This program is held in collaboration with the Greenway Fitness Program.
Pre-registration is required.
Visit www.AmenianHeritagePark.org to register for one or more sessions.
Calling all history-nerds, gamers, puzzlers, and amateur sleuths: Can you help uncover the truth behind one of the most significant events of Old North’s past?
Join the Old North Church and their Society of Unsung Heroes for their new digital game, Two if By Sea: The Case of the Lantern Holders, and help them get to the bottom of a centuries old history whodunnit!
Dive in to investigate the famous events of April 18, 1775 and assess persons of interest, review case files, “case the joint,” and examine primary and secondary sources to help discover exactly who held the two lanterns in their steeple that launched the American Revolution.
Designed for anyone who loves history and the satisfaction of solving a twisty mystery, Two if By Sea is a fun and dramatic brain-teaser of a game suitable for all ages.
The cost to play is $5 and all proceeds support their continued educational and digital programming. Buy and plan at oldnorth.com/games.
‘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 Mondays and 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 bpl.org/events 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 www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events 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 (twitch.tv/BPLts) 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 VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.
Facebook Live: Pajama Story Time
Let's have a pajama party! Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal, and join Librarian Rebecca at the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed Pajama Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
#BringTheGreenwayHome with Namastay Sober
Join Namastay Sober from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Fridays via Instagram Live @RoseKennedyGreenway.
These classes will challenge your ability to move from high intensity (HIIT) to meditation and back again. Whether you’re focused on lowering stress, increasing fitness or staying cool in a crisis, @EquilibriOM.Fitness and @NamastaySober can help you perform at your absolute best. All levels welcome.
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 bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
Paul Revere House Radio
Visit paulreverehouse.org 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.
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: massart.edu/springmarket2020
For more information: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the Boston Public Library 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 bpl.org/events 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 bpl.org/events for registration and more information.
At-home activities in music, theatre, dance
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has a host of music, dance and theatre activities, the NEMPAC Faculty Playlist and a list of resources for families to enjoy.
Visit nempacboston.org for more information, including the links.
Virtual Boston Harbor
The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their You Tube, website and social media you can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages.
Here are a few video suggestions:
Watch “Haul Away Together” and sing a sea shanty with them;
Make your own lobster craft when you watch the “Lobster Fun” video;
Watch “this Dolphin is Bananas” and turn a regular banana into lots of fun;
Hear the story of a special fish with “Shine Like a Rainbow Fish” video.
You can also find links to their partners with more fun, virtual activities.
Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information, including links to these fun videos.
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.
Support the Mission Forward Fund to keep their mission going (Donation link is on website).
Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins:
BPL To Go
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 www.bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
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’ are also available.
Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.
Boston Public Pop-Up Outdoor Market
The Boston Public Market’s Outdoor Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Plaza (along Surface Road) at 100 Hanover St. by Haymarket Station. Check for updates via Instagram each of those mornings.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service,
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including links to these options.
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.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
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/summer 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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com 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.