Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
World Ocean School Dockside
Step away from your screen and get on board. World Ocean School Dockside brings families of all ages aboard the beloved tall ship schooner Roseway at the Moakley Federal Courthouse Dock in Boston's Seaport.
Choose from a selection of nautically-themed lessons, from knot-tying and navigation to water quality testing and simple machines. These fun, safe, hands-on sessions are led by World Ocean School's fantastic Deckhand Educators.
Classes are offered on the hour (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through Monday, Aug. 10, following COVID guidelines. Each session is 45 minutes long and free of charge.
They ask that your registration serve as your commitment to your time slot so they can ensure all groups’ need are met.
As they aim to make this program as inclusive as possible, this experience will be free to you and your family. With that said, if you are able, they will happily accept a donation to support this work they are doing as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can make a cash donation while you're onboard or visit their website to make a contribution.
Learn more and pre-register for a time slot at https://worldoceanschool.org/get-on-board/student-programs/dockside.
Master Linkedin And Get That Job
Brooke McCord, a certified coach at Ama La Vida will present “Master Linkedin And Get That Job” livestreaming from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10 - hosted by General Assembly Boston.
Many people have created a LinkedIn profile and have since forgotten all about it. However, 95 percent of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find candidates for their open roles, so it is a place people should prioritize in their job search.
In this workshop, learn how to create a great looking LinkedIn profile that is optimized for recruiter searches.
Then learn how to utilize LinkedIn to connect with the right people within the organizations you're targeting. LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to bump your resume to the top of the pile during a job search.
- Refresh your LinkedIn profile so it is appealing and optimized for your target roles
- Go above and beyond the basic profile so you can truly stand out
- Ensure you're set up to be found by recruiters
- Learn to utilize LinkedIn as a tool to connect with people in your target organizations
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/master-linkedin-and-get-that-job/boston/135687 for more information and registration.
Wellness Together: Movement with Afro Flow Yoga
Join the ICA as they host Movement with Afro Flow Yoga from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Afro Flow Yoga infuses electrifying dance movements of the African Diaspora with a meditative yoga sequence. Deeply connect with soulful rhythms of live drums in a heart opening, inclusive and non-judgmental environment. Feel renewed, grounded and peaceful.
Pre-registration is required at icaboston.com to receive a link to this free virtual experience.
ICA Virtual Teen Night
Join the ICA Teen Arts Council for an unforgettable Virtual Teen Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13.
Organized by teens for teens, this online event features art-making activities, youth performances, and a dance party.
Visit icaboston.org for registration. Free for teens.
Greenway fitness season
The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Awaken: a Practice by Down Under School of Yoga – Aug. 15 (Dewey Square Lawn)
11 a.m. to noon – Cardio Dance by TRILLFIT – Aug. 8 and Aug. 29 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
11 a.m. to noon – Sculpt by TRILLFIT – Aug. 15 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
11 a.m. to noon – “Fight the Power” Boxing Bootcamp by TRILLFIT – Aug. 22 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – How to Backflip with HUB Parkour – Sept. 26 (Dewey Square Lawn)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – HIIT by Healthworks – through Aug. 31 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
6 to 7 p.m. – Zumba by Wang YMCA – through Sept. 21 (Chin Park)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – BollyX with Tom Hall – Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 (Dewey Square Plaza)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – HIIT by Innercity Weightlifting – Aug. 18 (Dewey Square Lawn)
5:30 to 6:05 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square Lawn)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Self-Defense by UFC Gym Boston – Aug. 16 (Dewey Square Lawn)
6 to 7 p.m. – Moonlight Yoga by PEACE IN BOSTON (a monthly Yoga Series on the evening of the full moon) – Sept. 2 (Dewey Square Lawn)
6:20 to 6:55 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square Lawn)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 (North End)
Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for more information, including a description of each class and any added or canceled classes throughout the season.
Seaport Sweat 2020 Virtual and on Seaport Common
Boston’s biggest free workout series, Seaport Sweat will be offering classes on Seaport Common (following COVID guidelines) and virtually @seaportbos on IG Live through Friday, Oct. 2.
Join in 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
5:30 p.m. Mat/Barre Fusion with Jenn Azarian
6:30 p.m. Sculpt that sASS with Alanna Perry
6:30 p.m. Lululemon Run Club
5:30 p.m. Kick It by Eliza with Eliza Shirazi (Virtual Only)
6:30 p.m. Vinyasa Yoga with Blair Flynn
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.com to Sweat for a Cause.
New England Aquarium/Simons Theatre is open
The New England Aquarium has re-opened following safety guidelines and a timed-ticketing system for all visitors, including members and children under three.
Come in and meet the animals and explore the exhibits.
Now showing at the newly renovated Simons Theatre is “Backyard Wilderness” and “Great White Shark.”
The summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 2, at which time they will transition to their fall/winter hours.
The Aquarium will continue to host virtual events and post at-home projects and activities.
Visit neaq.org for more information, including a video walk-through of what to expect and tips for a safe visit.
2020 Sundance Film Festival
The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour “Virtual Edition” is an 82-minute program of six short films selected from this year’s festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years, the Short Film Tour includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, giving new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers.
Note: There is some mature content, animated nudity and a strobe effect one film.
Stream available via Vimeo On Demand on select dates through Friday, Aug. 21.
Visit icaboston.org for more information, including films and link to view.
Virtual Hangout: ‘Threads of Connection’ Quilting Bees
Inspired by the current Art Lab installation, Threads of Connection, a project by artist Merill Comeau, ICA Kids will be hosting weekly virtual Quilting Bees from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays through Aug. 26 on Zoom.
Open to kids, ages 6-12, these live virtual workshops will focus on a different technique while sewing, collaging, and crafting.
Each participant will create a “quilt” square and have the option of submitting it for the chance to be featured in the ICA digital community tapestry.
Advanced registration required and space is limited. Participants must supply their own materials.
Visit icaboston.org for more information and registration (free).
Fall into Art & Design: Call for Events
The Boston Design Week’s “Fall into Art & Design” will be held from Wednesday through Saturday of each week from Sept. 30 through Oct. 18.
For those who would like to host a fine art or design event from anywhere in the world using any platform, live or pre-recorded, all event proposals and details must be complete by Friday, Aug. 28.
For more information, including registration, visit bostondesignweek.com.
For questions or to brainstorm ideas, email BostonDesignWeek@fuscofour.com or contact Tony Fusco & Robert Four at Fusco & Four/Ventures, LLC, 617-363-0405.
A&C CraftBoston 2021 applications
Applications for the CraftBoston Spring and Holiday 2021 are being accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 9. The application fee is $10. (One application and one fee for both shows)
Both Craft Boston events are produced by the Society of Arts + Crafts to support and celebrate craft makers and their creativity.
CraftBoston Spring Show Dates: May 14 through May 16; CraftBoston Holiday Show Dates: Dec. 10 through Dec. 12. Both shows will be held at the Cyclorama.
Visit juriedartservices.com and/or societyofcrafts.org for more information and application.
‘New Futures’ exhibition at FPAC
Stop by The Gallery at the Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St. to view the “New Futures” show on display until Friday, Sept. 25.
The theme for this exhibition is Adapting in Crisis; the show explores ideas and speculations of local artists in the Boston area of what the future may hold.
Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Saturdays
For more information, visit fortpointarts.org.
ICA Virtual Harbor Market
ICA’s most popular artisan market moves online to connect people with local makers, with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) vendors and creators.
Visit icaboston.org to view and purchase these summer delights.
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 via Zoom to introduce the benefits of walking the Labyrinth to one’s health and well-being. You will be invited to walk the labyrinth at the Park on your own as an active walking meditation experience.
Each 45-minuite sessions includes a presentation, a Guided Mindfulness/Breath Meditation and time for Q&A.
Aug. 22: Labyrinth Walking: Connection Between Movement and Wisdom
This program is held in collaboration with the Greenway Fitness Program. You will be invited to walk the labyrinth at the Park on your own as an active walking meditation experience.
Visit www.AmenianHeritagePark.org to pre-register for one or more sessions.
‘Our Harbor, Our Home: A Celebration of Our Waterfront and Islands’
Boston Harbor Now presents “Our Harbor, Our Home: A Celebration of Our Waterfront and Islands” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. This unique virtual experience will treat guests to an exciting program highlighting the work of Boston Harbor Now.
Sponsors will enjoy a gourmet meal delivered to their home the day of the event along with a curated gift bag. Kick off the evening in their VIP cocktail reception with opportunities for networking and connection; then head to their virtual program complete with inspiring stories about their work, a special tribute to The Nolan Family (Boston Harbor Cruises), and a lively musical performance from Veronica Robles and her All Female Mariachi Band!
Sponsors and ticket buyers enjoy a delicious meal delivered* to your home the day of the event by their friends at Max’s catering.
- Orange Ginger Turmeric Marinated Sea Bass, Green Olive Lemon Salsa
- Pink Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Parsley
- Roasted Cabbage Steak, Crispy Chickpeas, Toasted Garlic Sauce
Each meal includes the following:
- Burrata & Arugula Salad
- Iggy’s Dinner Rolls
- Grilled Fingerling Potatoes and Shaved Cauliflower with Fennel and Roasted Beets
- Red Velvet Cake Pops
Funds raised through “Our Harbor, Our Home” allow Boston Harbor Now to offer free and low cost access for underserved communities to enjoy the Islands and waterfront, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and support Boston’s working port.
* Meal delivery is for Greater Boston area residents. Other residents should contact Meredith Lynch, Manager of Special Events, email@example.com or 617-223-5401for alternative information.
For Tickets: Purchase Sponsorships and/or Purchase Single Tickets
Visit bostonharborislands.org/ourharborourhome for more information.
Ferry service to Spectacle Island resumes
The public ferry service to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park has returned and tickets to Spectacle Island from Long Wharf in downtown Boston can be booked online or picked up at the kiosk (through Oct. 12).
Spectacle Island boasts some of the most magnificent vistas of the Boston skyline and is only a 20-minute ferry ride away from downtown Boston.
Restrooms, hiking trails, the swimming beach, moorings and the marina will be available for public use while the visitor center will remain closed.
Physical distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will remain in place while on the island and onboard the ferries.
Visit bostonharborislands.org for more information.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee:
Volunteer working groups meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The Activist Group uses community organizing to make Boston a safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bike. Join them if you like doing outreach and connecting with people about issues they care about, working on campaigns, planning direct actions and/or being part of a group to bring about change. Join them if you are interested in helping the BCU lead strategy for improving streets and passing policy.
It can be fun to be at Boston Cyclists Union events such as the Boston Bike Winter Socials, the Winter Solstice Ride and the Spring Bike Wash. Interested in helping develop their bike repair education programs such as Bike to Market or reaching out to help local businesses be more bike-friendly? Join the group that’s making it all happen.
The three board committees support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly:
This committee covers all aspects of building a strong community of support around the Boston Cyclists Union, from writing grants to ensuring that members feel engaged and involved. Committee chairs and other info available on their website.
Finance and Operations:
This committee oversees the financial and everyday operations of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in non-profit management, accounting, non-profit law, this may be your bag.
This committee oversees the governance (board and committees) of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in governance, organizing, or non-profit management, this may be your cup of tea.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday following COVID guidelines.
You can also 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.
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.
Greenway Open Market
The Greenway Open Market, operated by New England Open Markets, will be 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.
AFH Social Distance Gallery
Each day Artists for Humanity (100 W 2nd St.) shares an image from their collection – one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – and they hope that this art uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and AFH’s mission.
Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase the art work.
You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
Boston Children’s Museum is open
The Boston Children’s Museum has re-opened following health and safety guidelines.
Museum hours: Wednesdays through Sundays with two time slots for visits: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
Most exhibits will be opened with a few exceptions. The Art Lab will be open with familiar and new programs. The Shop at BCM will be open during Museum hours.
TJX $1 Friday night will be back in the future.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org 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.
BCM’s Big & Little Podcast
The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences. This podcast is hosted by Boston Children’s Museum President and CEP Carole Charnow.
Visit bostonchildfrensmuseum.org for more information.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is open
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, 306 Congress St. has re-opened following the safety guidelines.
Tour Entries are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sunday.
Abigail’s is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
The gift shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
ICA is open
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 25 Harbor Shore Drive has reopened following new health and safety protocol and visitor guidelines. Advance time-tickets will be required.
Typical Hours – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; *Thursdays and *Fridays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
*Free Thursdays Night: 5 to 9 p.m.; *First Friday of every month: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no in-person events at the ICA this summer. ICA will continue to host virtual events.
All on-site programs and activities, including group tours, are suspended until further notice.
Current exhibitions will remain on view through the summer with the exception of Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, which is undergoing further safety assessments.
The ICA Watershed will not be open this summer, continuing to be used as a food distribution site.
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” has been postponed until summer 2021.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
ICA Free Thursdays Night
General admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 100 Northern Ave. is free on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.
ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process.
Go to icaboston.org/visit for more information.
Voter registration and census surveys at ICA
Leading up to the November 2020 election, the ICA will offer voter registration and census surveys on site during Free Thursday Night and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Voter registration forms will be available through Oct. 13 and census surveys will be available through Oct. 31.
ICA DYI crafts
The Institute of Contemporary Art has DIY craft projects for kids and adults to make together;
Visit icaboston.org for details.
If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.
Virtual Revolutionary Spaces
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House (temporarily closed) have a new website and are offering virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances. Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on social media.
Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
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.
Free summer ‘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 expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
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 and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.