Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
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.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want 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 watch 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. Register and learn more at www.bostonharbornow.org.
Brick and Mortar Reimagined
To survive and thrive in the post-coronavirus world, stores, restaurants and hotels must fundamentally change how they operate. Unless brick and mortar spaces offer consumers a compelling value proposition, store traffic – which was already thinning in pre-coronavirus times – is predicted to slow to a trickle. Building for flexibility is the cornerstone
Join GA Boston from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29 as they talk to innovators that are at the forefront of retail's evolutionary renaissance. They will dig into the mix of technology, safety, architecture, visual merchandising, and marketing that come together in balance to create a holistic experience from web to brick and mortar, putting the customer at the center.
In this livestream webinar, people will learn:
- What an omnichannel approach is
- How to transform retail experiences post COVID
- Dig into new consumer purchasing behaviors
Visit www.generalassemb.lyeducation for required registration.
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 such as them would remain hidden forever.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Camera basics series
The Boston Photography Workshops (15 Channel Center St. #102) will present the Camera Basics Series at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
- Tuesday, June 30 - Part 1: Shutter Speed
- Wednesday, July 1 - Part 2: Aperture
- Thursday, July 2 - Part 3: ISO
Visit bostonphotographyworkshops.com for more information, including registration. Each session is $40.
Virtual ICA Gala
Join the Institute for Contemporary Art for a virtual evening honoring Virgil Abloh and Sterling Ruby, two of the most influential artists of our time, each breaking boundaries and redefining the worlds of art, fashion, and design.
Enjoy special performances from 2020 Grammy nominee Tank and the Bangas and experimental pop and performance artist serpentwithfeet. Hear tributes from renowned artist, director, and cinematographer Arthur Jafa and former New York Times chief fashion critic and editor-at-large for New York Magazine’s The Cut Cathy Horyn as well as appearances from their ICA teens. Join in for inspiration and conversation with the honorees themselves.
Are you an ICA superfan? Send them a video explaining why in 30 seconds or less to email@example.com. They’ll select a few standouts to be featured on their social platforms and in their Virtual Gala alongside Virgil Abloh and Sterling Ruby at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.
The event will be streaming on YouTube Live, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and on their Website. This is free and open to the public; all ages welcome. Donations welcome.
Visit www.icaboston.org for more information.
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, go to https://calendar.massart.edu.
Greenway Fitness Season
The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:
9 to 9:45 a.m. – Labyrinth Walking: As a Self Care Tool Series – June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22 (Armenian Heritage Park)
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Cardio Dance by TRILLFIT – from July 18 through Aug. 29 (North End)
6 to 7 p.m. – Moonlight Yoga by PEACE IN BOSTON (a monthly Yoga Series on the evening of the full moon) – July 5, Aug. 3 and Sept. 2 (Dewey Square)
6 to 7 p.m. – Zumba by Wang YMCA – from July 6 through Aug. 31 (Chin Park)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – BollyX with Tom Hall – July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 (Dewey Square)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – from July 8 through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square)
6 to 7 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – June 24, July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 (North End)
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. – Lunchtime Flow by Body Lingua Yoga – July 2 through July 30. (North End)
Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for more information, including a description of each class and any added or canceled classes throughout the season.
‘Surveys, Customer Interviews and Snooping Online: Customer Research’
You might have heard that personas are a must if you want to market effectively… and then realized that a list of demographic data is just not that useful.
Ready to go beyond “My ideal client has 2 dogs” and get into his/her head to understand the way they think about your products of services – and what can persuade them to work with you?
Register for this online event to learn how to use surveys, customer interviews and online research to get content ideas, uncover real problems your customers are experiencing, find out how to market to them, and improve your website copy from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 hosted by General Assembly Boston.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/surveys-customer-interviews-and-snooping-online-customer-research/boston/120018 for more information, including registration for this online livestream class.
Seaport Sweat 2020
Boston’s biggest free workout series, Seaport Sweat goes virtual through September.
Join @seaportbos on IG Live as they bring a variety with new fitness classes and new instructors.
5:30 p.m. Broncore Bootcamp with Bron Vonley
6:30 p.m. Flow with Aly Raymer on Mondays
5:30 p.m. Mat/Barre Fusion with Jenn Azarian
6:30 p.m. Sciupt that sASS with Alanna Perry
6:30 p.m. Lululemon Run Club
5:30 p.m. Kick it Back Eliza with Eliza Shirazi
5:32 p.m. Zumba with Calvin Braxton
6:30 p.m. Athletic Conditioning with Michael Soares
Noon: Align N’ Flow with Dr. Jess Moy
Sweat for a Cause: Boston Seaport will donate $1 to The Boston Resiliency Fund for every person who RSVPs via Eventbrite for Seaport Sweat throughout the summer.
Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information, including the schedule and the link to Eventbrite to Sweat for a Cause.
Join GA Boston online from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 6 for the Mindful Monday.
Come for an evening of mindfulness activities – such as meditation and yoga. Start the week off right, clear your headspace and recharge for the rest of your work week.
Visit www.generalassemb.lyeducation for required registration to this Livestream event.
When the summer fun is heating up, cool off in one of the iconic water fountains while exploring the 1.5 miles of Greenway. All the Greenway fountains – North Canal Fountain, South Canal Fountain, Split Dodecahedron Sculpture, Labyrinth Fountain, Rings Fountain, Harbor Fog Sculpture, and Chinatown Stream – will be turned on from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be opening for the season soon with a limited Friday to Sunday schedule.
In the meantime, download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home and explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
Greenway Open Market
The Greenway Open Market, operated by New England Open Markets, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays (and the first and third Sundays of the month) through Oct. 31 at the Rings Fountain on The Greenway.
The Greenway Open Market is an open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters and independent designers displaying and selling art, locally-produced products and more.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.
Dewey Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Boston Public Market at Seaport
The Boston Public Market at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 2.
The Market features more than 20 local producers selling an array of products that include farm fresh produce; poultry and eggs; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several “grab-and-go” lunch options.
Visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children 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..
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 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 the Boston Children’s Museum’s social media accounts or check their website at www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour for more information.
‘Color Me Essentials’
“Color Me Essentials” is a new coloring book created by Artists for Humanity. It features their Boston Terrier Mascot Bahk-Bahk and pays tribute to our community heroes.
Find their coloring pages and other information on www.afhboston.org; share your coloring pages on their social media pages.
ICA DYI crafts
The Institute of Contemporary Art has DIY craft projects for kids and adults to make together;
Visit icaboston.org 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 at, support and purchase some of their fine work. 100 percent 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 www.societyofcrafts.org
Just $5 will keep Fort Point Arts Community healthy this year. Donations will allow staff to create programs that support artists, artisans, performers, and musicians through project stipends during this difficult.
Visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information, including the link to donate.
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.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.
- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
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 www.sbscatholic.org.
Boston Design Week
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 www.bostondesignweek.com/awards.
The official Boston Design Week 2020 Guidebook is 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.
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 www.bostondesignweek.com.
Visit Boston Design Week on Facebook.com to explore the innovation and diversity of Boston’s design community.
Old State House and Old South Meeting news
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House (temporarily closed) have a new website.
Visit RevolutionarySpaces.org for information, including new exhibits and programs that will be waiting for you (hopefully) soon.
Free 'grab-and-go' meals for children and adults
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 (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.