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Experience Chinatown Arts Festival 2020

See, hear, create and connect. Together, celebrate the rich cultural fabric of Boston Chinatown through free creative activities for all.

Throughout September, enjoy unique events and pop-up happenings through virtual and physical platforms, allowing for social distancing and leisurely enjoyment. This event is a part of the We Love Boston Chinatown resiliency campaign, a partnership with community organizations, businesses, and residents that is working together to uplift the community and support local businesses.

Discover a new take on Asian American cultures as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13

- Run for Chinatown

Run or walk for to show your support of Chinatown. Join the virtual 5K or 1-mile Run/Walk.

Thursday, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 - noon to 1 p.m.

- Take Out Thursday + Music at Chin Park

Enjoy fresh air, support local restaurants, and live music for lively lunchtime experience Thursdays in September.

Saturday, Sept. 26 - 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

- Enjoy fresh air and performances while supporting local restaurants.

Mondays through Sunday, Sept. 27

- Installations at storefront sites

Create your own self-paced tour with their interactive map.

Visit for more information.

‘Getting paid fairly: Using data to negotiate a better job offer’

In a workshop slated from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 hosted by General Assembly Boston, Sayce William Falk - CEO of Earner, will share some key data-based insights and effective negotiating tactics to help you increase your compensation

Most people hire an expert to help them buy a house, but try to negotiate for a job on their own. Earner thinks people should have someone on their side for one of the most impactful moments of their career. Sayce will give a short presentation and then take questions, both in advance and live, to help people work through their specific situations.

This session is ideal for anyone who works in tech, knows how impactful effective negotiation can be, and wants to get better at it.

Some takeaways: Understand what a recruiter can and can’t do, and how to adjust your negotiating approach accordingly; Evaluate how to improve a current or recent offer with a structured, systematic, and comprehensive approach; Have the tools to increase your compensation by thousands of dollars per year.

Go to for more information and Zoom registration.

Talking Taste: Chef Daniel Bojorquez

Join Owner and Executive Chef of Somerville’s La Brasa, Daniel Bojorquez, for a live cooking class to learn how to make a specialty dish from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14. The event is hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.

Pre-registration is required to receive a link to this free virtual experience on Zoom.

Visit for more information and registration – Tickets: $10 | Free for ICA members.

How to: Zoom like a voice actor

At this moment people are dependent on videoconferencing more – and for a wider variety of uses – than ever before.

Most people are unused to relying on their voices so extensively to communicate their tone, intention and expertise; the experience can be uncomfortable and discouraging. As a professional voice actor with 20 years of experience, Claire Fry understands the value of being heard and understood.

Join Fry in a fun and interactive workshop hosted by General Assembly Boston from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Participants will learn about the four actions of speech and how to quickly and effectively warm up their voice and prevent vocal fatigue while practicing live voice acting exercises with real audition scripts.

Go to for more information and registration.

Building One Waterfront: A Speaker Series

The Trustees’ Boston Waterfront Initiative, One Waterfront, will be host a speaker series to bring together open-space visionaries, resilience experts, and champion of equity, to share lessons learned with Boston stakeholders, and the communities they share at 6 p.m. as follows:

Sept 15: Designing For Equity and Engaging Diverse Communities will examine real-world examples of practical, effective, and thoughtful community engagement during open space development and programming. This is a virtual event – a link to attend will be provided for all registered participants.

Oct. 22: Funding a Resilient, Sustainable Waterfront For Future Generations will bring together experts from the public and private sectors to share best practices and resources for funding resilient solutions for our cities and communities. This event will be held at Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St.

Dec. 9: Green Solutions For a Waterfront City will feature stories and examples of innovative green solutions being used to protect waterfront cities and communities from the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels. This event will be held at Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St.

Visit for more information and registration.

BSA virtual auction fundraiser

The BSA virtual auction fundraiser – filled with art, culture and love for the BSA’s mission to build a better Boston – will be held from Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 17.

Each day, the BSA will feature special items up for grabs – including photographs, paintings, and unique décor – and bidding will be open throughout the event.

The event will culminate with a Final Day Soiree from 5 to 6 pm. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Hear from BSA staff, supporters, board members, and volunteers about how they have shifted their focus to meet the needs of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s on the horizon for 2021.

Contact Michela Davola, Senior Development Manager, at with questions.

Visit for more information, including a preview of auction items and a link to register a bid.

Visual art & writing for teens at ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is hosting a series of visual arts and writing workshops for teens from 4 to 5 p.m. on select Wednesdays through Sept. 30 via Zoom.

Reimagine multimedia art experiences. Make art with recycled and accessible materials. Share ideas rooted in self-expression.

Here is a list of the workshops:

Sept. 16: Mind Mapping through 3D – Come with a topic and explorative openness to create a 3-dimensional mind map.

Sept. 30: Narrative Screen Printing with Natural Materials – Using objects found in nature, construct a visual narrative that is exhibited on natural material.

Visit for more information and registration.

‘Reflecting Attucks’ digital events

Revolutionary Spaces will host a slate of digital events related to Reflecting Attucks, a virtual exhibit that explores the memory of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to die at the Boston Massacre - an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution.

They will delve into Attucks’s world and look at how generations of Americans have seen their own reflection in the image of Attucks standing in the face of fierce opposition. By remembering him as a martyr, leader and courageous fighter, they fueled freedom movements that changed the course of history.

Panel discussions will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 20 on Zoom as follows:

Sept. 16: Attucks: A Man of Many Worlds

Sept. 22: Attucks and the Politics of Liberty & Sovereignty in 18th Century New England

Sept. 29: Remembering Attucks

Oct. 8: Jared Hardesty: Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds (Members' View Event only)

Oct 15: David Silverman: This Land Is Their Land (Members' View Event only)

Oct. 20: Demanding Freedom: Attucks and The Abolition Movement

Community conversations will continue on their social media platforms.

Visit for more information, including registration, tickets to the Museums, and membership opportunities.

Tai Chi for Wellness

Join the Boston Public Library for Tai Chi for Wellness from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Oct. 8 via Zoom.

This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China that consists of gentle and flowing postures. 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.

Visit for more information and (early) registration.

How to re-create workplace culture after Covid-19

Covid-19 has dramatically altered both our global economy and how we work. This seismic shift is likely to last well into the future.

General Assembly Boston will speak with corporate leaders from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 on how the pandemic altered their workplace and how they responded to continue maintaining and building culture in the workplace.

They will also look to the future and discuss how companies will need to evolve to changing workplace dynamics. With more employees predicted to work remote in the future, they will look at how companies are prioritizing strong communication, flexibility, and technology to drive employee engagement and productivity.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

DJ Night: Virtual Picó Picante

The ICA welcomes back Riobamba, Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, cultural activist and friend of Boston, to bring Picó Picante, live virtually from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 17.

Picó Picante is an inclusive, joyous space that celebrates and centers BIPOC artists and communities.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration. Although this digital program is free, please consider a $5 donation to support the event.

Celebrity Series of Boston at Home

The Fall 2020 Edition of Celebrity Series at Home features a diverse lineup of classical music, modern and classical dance, jazz, folk, world music, family music and multi-media performances at 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

Sept. 17: Shaw Pong Liu, violin and erhu

Sept. 24: Débo Ray, singer-songwriter

Oct. 1: Unita Ensemble

Oct. 8: Regie Gibson, poet, musician, and educator

Oct. 29: Abilities Dance Boston

Nov. 5: Aristides Rivas and Meena Malik

Nov. 19: Soul Yatra Trio: Folk Tunes and New Works

Dec. 3: Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet: "Global Inspirations"

Dec. 10: Devin Ferreira: “Seeds of Greatness”

Dec. 17: Verónica Robles: "A Mexican Christmas: Songs and Stories"

Visit for more information and registration.

Design Night LIVE

Join Design Museum from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 for Design Night LIVE,

a night filled with inspiring company, hands-on demonstrations and prizes.

Design Night LIVE will feature design sketches, games, familiar faces, a silent auction and more. During this interactive virtual event, attendees will come together to celebrate design, community and innovation.

The hosts will be sharing the vision and impact of Design Museum Everywhere and hearing from designers from around the world about the designs they can’t live without.

Visit for more information and registration. Registrants will receive ZOOM login information to join 24 hours before the live stream virtual event.

Shofar/tashlich family ceremonies

Join Chabad of Downtown Boston and get into the High Holiday spirit and celebrate with a brief Rosh Hashanah family-friendly celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20. Services are open to all and are free of charge.

All services will be held outdoors following all MA health guidelines as follows:

9:30-10 a.m. – Shofar ceremony at Copley Place (on the stairs of the Boston Public Library)

The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and brief holiday inspiration.

5:30-6 p.m. – Shofar and Tashlich ceremony at the Public Garden (at the swan boat dock)

The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and tashlich ceremony, when people symbolically throw their mistakes in the water.

Reservation appreciated (but not required).

Visit for more information.

Greenway fitness season

The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – How to Backflip with HUB Parkour – Sept. 26 (Dewey Square 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 – Sept. 14 (Dewey Square Plaza)


6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – Sept. 23 (North End)

Visit 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 for more information, including the schedule and the link to to Sweat for a Cause.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga

Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ Chair Yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 via Zoom.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. People will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for people to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance and move easily through daily activities. Participants will need an upright chair and computer or phone for the session.

Visit for more information and (early) registration.

Bike Seaport: Tune Ups

Join Boston Seaport and Seaport TMA every week for complimentary bike tune-ups by Landry’s Bicycles and receive a voucher during the morning sessions for a free bagel and coffee from Better Bagels as a thank you for commuting sustainably.

Morning and afternoon sessions will alternate each week on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., respectively, in Seaport Common through Oct. 30.

Sign up for a free bicycle check-up on Wednesdays and save your slot for a 15-minute appointment at

Contact for more information.

Visit Boston National Historical Park sites

Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail. In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.

In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.

Visit 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 for more information.

Waterfront Bingo 2020

Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.

Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.

Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.

Visit for more information.

Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Boston Harbor Now and their partners present “Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt” running through Oct. 12 in Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston, South Boston and Spectacle Island.

Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. People can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.

To play, visit and/or

Select your hunt, participate as much or as little as you’d like and enter to win a prize.

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 and/or 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 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. 26.

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 for more information.

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 to view and purchase these summer delights.

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 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 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.

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.

Visit and/or follow their social media accounts 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 Thursday through Sunday.

Abigail’s is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 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 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.; *Member Mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on weekends; *Play Dates last Saturday of the month

All on-site programs, activities and events, including group tours, are suspended until further notice.

ICA will continue to host virtual events.

Current exhibitions: Sterling Ruby through Oct. 12; Nina Chanel Abney through Jan. 3, 2021; Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama through Feb. 7, 2021.

Visit for more information.

Old State House/Old South Meeting House museums open

Revolutionary Spaces has reopened the Old State House (206 Washington St.) and Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) museums following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The museums hours: Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Timed tickets can be purchased online.

The museum shops at both sites will open at a later date.

Reflecting Attucks at the Old State House is a temporary exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to fall in the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. This exhibit will be on view through March, 2021.

To learn more about exploring Freedom Trail official historic sites, including what to expect and requirements, please visit

Visit for more information.

Virtual Revolutionary Spaces

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House 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 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.

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 for more information, including pass applications.

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 and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.

Greenway Fountains

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 and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.

Bulfinch Crossing projection

From dusk to dawn, the underpass is illuminated by 23 projectors shooting 345,000 lumens out onto the beams of the underpass, mapping out the custom created art produced by highly regarded and Boston based visual artist, Zebbler.

Inspired by a local flower store, Zebbler’s animation titled “City Bloom” grew from a single projection to a building-wide video texture over the course of the last year. With verdant bursts of flowers, vines and branches slowly growing over the concrete underpass of the Government Center Garage, City Bloom is designed to bring an illuminated spark of joy to Boston, with its animation playfully exploring the boundary between a static fine art installation and a VJ performance.

Given the current climate, this installation will be made available as a “drive through” art installation where viewers are encouraged to drive, bike or walk through the underpass to experience this epic art piece in person.

Learn more at

‘New Futures’ exhibition

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

‘Know Need’ exhibition

Facing the reality of climate change can bring up so much terror and guilt that the people with the resources to create a solution are informed, but paralyzed. How can people awaken others to these urgent concerns without losing them to hopelessness?

Artist Adrienne Shishko aims to create an energizing reprieve from this darkness; a space that draws people in and asks them to be joyous creators instead of soulless consumers.

Shishko says, “the textiles I use in my sculptures and wall hangings are primarily recycled, gleaned from my community. The sheer volume of material I have access to is harrowing; the clothing industry is a major contributor to physical pollution, and fast fashion is compelling proof of how this insidiously toxic mindset begets overt destruction. The work builds awareness by forcing us to consider what happens after we buy things we don’t need, but it doesn’t punish or shame the audience.

“Instead, it embodies a solution; the pieces are whimsical characters who reclaim and transform trash. Each one alone is expressive and inviting; all together, they make an immersive and evocative world with more room for hope than despair. This exhibition is a way for art to stimulate problem solving in the community. If you’re given permission to laugh when the world is falling apart, you have that much more mental energy to change your own habits. If you have this experience in a public space, like an art gallery, you have the opportunity to connect with people about creative solutions and collective action.”

Shishko’s “Know Need” exhibition will be on view through Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Assemblage Art Space, 70A Sleep St.

For more information, visit

New artwork on The Greenway

New artwork has been recently installed on The Greenway by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, featuring works by Mexican American master folk artist Calalina Delgrade-Trurk and British artist Yirka Shonihare.

Artwork will be on display for one-year and will join three others already on display.

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 to learn more, including links to support their mission.

The Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) 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 three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at

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 and/or for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.

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.

BPL To Go and more

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.

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 to learn more.

Support ICA

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.