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Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit for more information and registration to this free 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. – HIIT by Healthwork – through Sept. 28 (Rowe Wharf Lawn)


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

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Yoga and Meditation with Jason Denham and Namastay Sober – Sept. 23 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)

Visit for more information, including a description of each class and any added or canceled classes throughout the season.

New parent group (on Zoom)

Looking for a way to meet other parents with infants? Need support from experts while navigating new challenges? Have questions about childhood development, parenting, and early literacy? Join Boston Public Library’s new parent group.

The group will meet on Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.
The group will open with an opportunity to connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from your librarians. Then a guest speaker will present a topic of interest, such as diapering, napping, feeding, early communication, and general wellness for parents and infants.

On Sept. 22, after introductions and conversations, the guest speaker, Sheryl White of Baby Kneads will speak at 1:30 p.m. about early communication and signing with your infant.

Visit for more information and registration for this drop-in program.

Climate changing lecture series

The 2020 Lowell Lecture Series presented by the Paul Revere House in partnership with Revolutionary Spaces and Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission will focus on three distinct time periods to explore how climate patterns have changed around Boston, how humans interacted with, contributed to and adjusted to such changes, and what the implications of these actions were for Boston and New England.

The lecture series will take place from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on select Thursdays as follows:

Sept. 22: Frozen Over: Boston’s Nineteenth Century Ice Age

The Boston area became a key center of ice production and trade in the nineteenth century. As ice became a pervasive commodity, it remade everyday life in important ways. Andrew Robichaud, (Assistant Professor of History, Boston University) explores those transformations in and around Boston in what was Boston’s economic and cultural “ice age,” and considers its lasting implications.

Sept. 29: Panel Discussion: “Where We Are, and Where Do We Go from Here?”

A panel discussion featuring Zoe Davis (Boston’s Climate Resilience Project Coordinator), Amy Longsworth (Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission), and Nina Zannieri (Executive Director, Paul Revere Memorial Association) will allow for an instructive reflection on how Boston arrived at this particular climatological moment, where policies may go from here, and the past and future impact of such policies on historic sites.

This series will be presented on and

‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking series

“Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on select Wednesdays as follows:

Sept. 23: Breads with Andrew Janjigian

Oct. 7: Native American Cuisine with Chef Sean Sherman

Oct. 21 Mexican Cuisine with Chef Colton Coburn-Wood & Friends

During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.

Visit to register for Zoom link, recipes and other details.

Climate Change Series at BPL

Concerned about climate change? Want to understand and respond to this challenge? The Boston Public Library will host a seven-week online series, “Climate Action for Everyone: A Learning Circle,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from Sept. 23 through Nov. 4.

Learning circles are lightly-facilitated groups for people who want to learn together in a collaborative, peer-led, supportive environment. A key objective of this one is to identify individual, community, and political actions you can pursue to effectively address climate change and help create a more just and sustainable future.

The BPL will base the series on the University of Michigan’s “Act on Climate” course, which covers several topics, including food, energy, transportation, and the built environment (cities), and action plans.

Participants will read and view course content prior to each online meeting. Notably, the learning circle will include material about Massachusetts and each session will feature a local expert sharing insights and experiences as part of the discussion.

This program is presented as part of Climate Preparedness Week 2020, an initiative of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and everyone is welcome.

Visit for more information and registration.

Kanopy Club: ‘Boy’

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Boy on and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

About Boy: Acclaimed director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) presents a creative coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed "Boy" (James Rolleston). With his mother dead and father AWOL, Boy becomes the head of a household full of kids when his Nana leaves town for a funeral.

Out of nowhere, Boy's Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his "gang," and turns Boy's life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights and falling-outs as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago.

Visit for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to people who register.

Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

Visit for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Build It! (on Zoom)

Children, ages 5-12, and their families are invited to join librarians Patty and Rebecca from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 to tackle a monthly building challenge.

They'll use supplies found in your homes, principles of engineering, and a lot of ingenuity.

Email Librarians Patty and Rebecca ( to register and receive the link to their Zoom room.

HarborFit Restore

Start the day at Christopher Columbus Park for a restorative fitness class using restorative yogic principles as the guide. Trillfit Restore will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Oct. 3.

Visit for more information and registration

Spectacle Island Half Price Fridays

Enjoy Spectacle Island for half price every Friday through Oct. 9 – courtesy of Boston Harbor Now and funding from the Highland Street Foundation.

Spectacle Island boasts some of the most magnificent vistas of the Boston skyline, easy walking trails, and a swimming beach and the convenience of restrooms.

As things start to cool down, the island will showcase the earthy colors of fall and Gourmet Caterers will offer hot chocolate and apple cider donuts as part of their new fall menu, available Friday through Sunday.

The ferries will continue to run from Friday through Sunday through Oct. 12.

Physical distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will remain in place while on the island and onboard the ferries.

Visit for more information and tickets.

‘Shape of Play’ multimedia public art

Commissioned by the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and curated and produced by Now + There, the Shape of Play, a temporary art installation, features an ambient multi-channel soundtrack and sculptures made of pieces reflective of children’s wooden building blocks. The exhibit poses the question: Do you feel free to play? and invites visitors to reflect on the connections between play and the universal search for freedom.

The team studied the sounds and structures of neighborhood playgrounds, and then used tones, textures, shapes, and rhythms to conjure the playfulness, nostalgia, and life-affirming experiences that are often connected with these play spaces.

The exhibit is on display through Oct. 31 on the lawn between the rose garden and the trellis at Columbus Park. The sixteen-minute soundscape plays daily, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., twice an hour.

Read more about the artwork and the artist at

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, five years old and younger, are invited to join Boston Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for an interactive and informal program that includes playtime, songs, conversation, and early literacy information.

Visit for more information, including required registration. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

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 Oct. 27 at

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Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 28 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Visit for more details, including registration.

Facebook Live: Story and a craft

What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at www/

Visit 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 for more information, including pass applications.

Garden of Hope in Columbus Park

Visit the Garden of Hope in Columbus Park throughout the summer and fall seasons through Oct. 15. It's a winner of the 2020 Mayor's garden contest. Enjoy a sea of colorful annual flowers, attracting bees and beautiful butterflies.

Visit for more information, including upcoming events.

NEMPAC open mic nights

North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) will host free virtual open mic nights at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 (Halloween themed) and Nov. 6 (special faculty open mic) featuring musicians of all levels locally and across the world.

Watch in the audience or sign up to perform by emailing by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event.

Visit for more information and the Zoom link.

Help preserve Old North history and legacy

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their virtual visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

Visit for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.

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.

Mini-courses for adult and distance learners

Has it been awhile since your high school history classes? Have you been watching too many historically inaccurate movies or TV shows? Or maybe you’re just looking for some old-fashioned intellectual stimulation? Check out the Old North Church and Historic Site’s mini-courses.

Each month, Old North will offer a new mini-course on a variety of topics for all the couch-based learners out there. What’s not required: registration, a specific digital platform, hours of your time, quizzes, or grades. What is required: a love of reading, an interest in or curiosity about historical topics and an open mind.

Visit for current (and archived) topics.

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.

Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House (and gift shop), 19 North Square will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays following health and safety guidelines.

To stay up-to-date on all things Revere, check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

Visit for more information.

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 Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker, Backyard Wilderness and Great White Shark.

The Aquarium will continue to host virtual events and post at-home projects and activities, although the daily 11 a.m. presentations have been discontinued. Previous presentations can still be found on their website and social media platforms.

The fall/winter hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends through June 30 (excluding select holidays).

Visit for more information.


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 play at

For the curious mind… ‘99 Percent Sure: The Web Series’

99 Percent Sure is a video series where people can take a deeper dive into the history, people and events that made Old North the legendary historic site as it is known and loved. Watch Season 1 as Old North’s Education Manager and intrepid public historian TJ Todd explores some of the most frequently asked question and shares some of his favorite stories and facts about Old North. History and research can be tricky business, but they’re 99 Percent Sure that everything shared in this series is true.

Episode 1: Who Held the Lanterns In The Steeple Of Old North?

Episode 2: Interpreting Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride”

Episode 3: Who Built Old North?

Episode 4: Is That Original?

Episode 5: The Curious Case of General Gage

Episode 6: The History of Old North’s Crypt

Episode 7: The Atlantic Logwood Trade

Dive in at or check out the episodes on YouTube.

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.

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 a vibrant open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers displaying and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and more.

Visit and/or for more details.

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.

Virtual Boston Harbor

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their YouTube, 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 for more information, including links to these fun videos.

The Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays 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.

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 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 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.

Dewey Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.

Visit for more information.

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.

‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit

“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.

The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe social distancing).

More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at