Welcome to our updated Boston Homes Virtual Neighborhood. Since we are now in a virtual world during these days when we need to stay at home, we have selected interesting virtual events and activities from many different places.

Since we are now in a virtual world during these days, Boston Homes has selected interesting virtual events and activities from many different places. If you have any you would like to add, contact Wayne Braverman at wbraverman@gannett.com. For more events in Boston, check linkbostonhomes.com.

This week's categories to choose from include:

• Events from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3 (One Day Only)

• Short Term Events

• Fundraisers for Non-Profits (Date Related)

• Family Events (Ongoing)

• Body, Mind and Spirit – Well-being Events (Ongoing)

• Aquariums, Farms, Zoos, Sanctuaries (All Things Animals – Some with Live Cams)

• Museums, Galleries and Other Educational Venues

• Family Activities (Anytime Fun)

• Positivity Moments and Opportunities

• Performing Arts (Theater and Music Anytime)   

• Other Interests (Events and Activities)

• Civil Rights

Note 1: More events can be found in Boston Homes' neighborhood notes. Check linkbostonhomes.com.

Note 2: Isolation is hard. You are not alone. Please visit the Health Related Section on the Kindness Page for a listing of programs that offer mental health, emotional support, violence and suicide prevention via phone, text and social media platforms. Many of these resources are available 24/7/365.


The Fine Art of Pencil Illustration & Drawing (One Day - Recurring)

Express yourself in this fun and relaxing drawing class from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 26 presented by Artisan's Asylum at Artisan's Asylum in Somerville.

Whether you are a professional artist or looking to try your hand at illustration for the first time, this weekend session will guide you through the basics of pencil drawing. In this class, participants will learn the basic techniques and advanced students can gain additional insight on how to improve their artwork. Students will have a completed drawing to share and many take-away skills to complement their own work. An image from nature will be provided for the online class.

Visit artisansasylum.com for more information and registration ($15).

BSA Architecture/Design College Fair

The BSA Architecture/Design College Fair will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. High school and undergraduate students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from architecture programs across the country.

A virtual marketplace will allow students to interact with representatives from schools. In addition to the college marketplace, the event will feature a series of workshops and panels from design professionals and educators to help students define their path toward an architecture career.

This year's virtual marketplace will be hosted on REMO to allow students to visit the table of each school to ask questions and discuss opportunities. Chat with different colleges on what life might look like, discuss portfolios and get excited about what design schools can offer to your future.

Visit architects.org/events for more information and required preregistration.

Boston Shorelines & Skylines - 'On-Site, Online, On Foot'

On this tour Boston By Foot will visit five of Boston’s waterfront districts. At each stop, you will see the shoreline and skyline behind it. And you will hear the story of how both have changed over the centuries from colonial times. Like the buildings in the skyline, the land along the shoreline is man-made. Stops include the Charles River Basin, the Lost Half Mile, East Boston, South Boston, and the Central Waterfront. Join the group on this journey through space and time from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Visit https://bostonbyfoot.org/september-2020-virtual-experiences for more information and registration (0-$8).

Jug’s World + Sanctuary Collage Workshop

Artist and storyteller Elise R. Peterson of Jug’s World encourages children to consider the relationships between themselves, nature, and the concept of home, inspired by the CAAM exhibition Sanctuary in a family program slated from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Participants gather everyday objects from home—as well as leaves, sticks, pods, petals and other things found in nature—and transform them into a world of their own through collage.

Visit eventbrite.com for more information and registration to receive the Zoom instructions.

Power to the Peaceful

Massachusetts Peace Action’s Annual Movement Building Event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 via Zoom.

As the reactionary, racist, and militaristic Trump administration seeks to hold on to power by any means necessary, Massachusetts Peace Action will gather to discuss their plans and to celebrate those who have made a difference for peace and justice in the political arena — this year and over the long term.

Massachusetts Peace Action will present the 2020 Peace Leadership Award to author Stephen Kinzer and hear his thoughts on the possibility for a change in foreign policy under a Biden administration. (Read Kinzer’s Aug. 7 Boston Globe column, “On the ballot: An End to Forever Wars.”)

They will enjoy music by Zama and auction off peace movement memorabilia.

They will present Peacebuilder Awards to individuals and organizations whose leadership and determination has made a difference to the movement for peace and justice, in the past year and over the long run.

As they work to increase the pro-peace contingent in Congress and the State House, Massachusetts Peace Action has increased their activity in political campaigns this year. Funds raised will support Massachusetts Peace Action and may be used for political purposes. (Or, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund.)

Visit masspeaceaction.org/event/power-to-the-peaceful for more information and registration (Tickets: $10-$50).

We Are the Change! Rally & March

The Order of St. Martin de Porres and Rev. Jacob Urena invite everyone  to come and join them for a socially distanced rally and march from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 on Boston Common Parkman Bandstand, 139 Tremont St.

People must make sure that the movement towards justice does not become stagnant and that everyone continues to advocate for systemic change.

Learn more at www.eventbrite.com/e/we-are-the-change-rally-march-tickets-120071451945.

Theatrical Presentation: 'The Art of Forgiveness'

The theatrical presentation of the “Art of Forgiveness” will be streamed live on Zoom from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

“The Art of Forgiveness” is presented by Jewish Women’s Theatre, one of the best live theater groups on the west side of Los Angeles. The virtual theatrical presentation is a powerful compilation of stories, plays, poems and performance art that asks what it means to forgive, and why it’s so darn hard to do. These and more stories will make you laugh, cry and, perhaps, even lead you to forgiveness.

This is a multi‐synagogue virtual benefit to support Cape Cod Synagogue, Falmouth Jewish Congregation and AmHaYam (Cape Cod Havurah). Ticket purchasers will have an option to choose which of the three Cape Cod synagogues they wish their ticket purchase to support.

Visit www.jewishboston.com/events/theatrical-presentation-the-art-of-forgiveness for more information and registration ($20).

‘International Observe the Moon Night’

NASA Planetary Missions Program celebrates International Observe the Moon Night at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 with a live planetarium show and interviews with Planetary Scientists.

This fun and informative program is hosted by Marshall Space Flight Center's Planetary Missions Program and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Event can be watched on Facebook live and on YouTube.

Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative Concert (Virtual)

The Community Church of Boston (565 Boylston St.) will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a virtual event featuring Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative Concert at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. A special rebroadcast will be held at 7 p.m.

The musical talent and jazz acumen of vocalist and music director Fulani Haynes has electrified audiences in clubs, cabarets, theaters, and other performance venues in the Boston area for more than four decades. Fulani’s creative drive inspired her own production company, And the Beat Goes On. She performs solo and with Sisters In Harmony, a three woman historical jazz group who sing and transform themselves into the personas of female jazz artists of the '20s, '30s and '40s. Fulani also sings regionally with Four, a trio of well-known jazz musicians.

To learn more, visit http://www.communitychurchofboston.org/home/sundays-more.

Shark expert chats with kids

Want to know what it is like to swim with 50 sharks?!

Check out a free virtual chat from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 when Rachel Graham tells kids why she loves sharks and how she helps protect them.

Graham, known as the aquatic Jane Goodall, champions kids to explore marine life and strengthen their connection with the sea.

This event is a Fig & Wally "Kids Get Inspired Series" presentation.

Visit www.eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

Feinberg: a nation’s coronavirus victim's compensation fund?

Attorney Ken Feinberg was the Special Master for U.S. Victim's Compensation Funds after Sept. 11th and again following the bombing at the Boston Marathon. He will share his thoughts on whether the nation can expect a coronavirus victim's compensation fund in a virtual lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28.

Visit campusce.net/brookline for more information and registration ($10). People from all communities are welcome to attend.

Mass Audubon’s 'Climate Café: Climate, Community and Connection'

Stories are powerful tools that allow us to understand and communicate climate change in a tangible, impactful way. The crisis isn’t a future problem for communities across the world – but something afflicting us here and now.

Join Mass Audubon’s "Climate Café: Climate, Community and Connection" for a judgement-free conversation on climate justice – using the power of stories and imagery to guide our understanding of and ability to talk about real climate impacts borne disproportionately by marginalized populations.

This event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Visit massaudubon.org for more information and registration.

Monuments and Public History

Public historian and former BBF Docent Katie Schinabeck will give a virtual lecture on public history and monuments for Boston By Foot Volunteers and Members from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

What is public history? How can it help us better understand monuments and their place in our society? Schinabeck will discuss strategies for analyzing and understanding monuments, both in the moment (like when giving a tour) and when there’s time for more in-depth research. She is a PhD Candidate in Public History at NC State University, a former BBF docent and current educator at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Virginia.

Go to www.eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

‘Varicose Veins: A Guide to Vein Disease Symptoms’

“Varicose Veins: A Guide to Vein Disease Symptoms” will be presented at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 by Dr. Aaron Shiloh, interventional radiologist, USA Vein Clinics. The online seminar will cover the range of vein disease symptoms and advances in treatment options. Register at https://bit.ly/2ZgXZVu.

Vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency, affects 20 percent of the population. It is the underlying cause of painful varicose veins. Symptoms of venous disease include enlarged, swollen, knotted clusters of purple veins, edema (swelling in the legs); aching or a sensation of heaviness in the legs; itching skin above the affected veins; skin discoloration and ulcers on the inner aspect of the ankles (in advanced cases).

USA Vein Clinic is a national network of minimally-invasive vein treatment clinics. Their team of experienced cardiovascular surgeons and interventional radiologists (including 1208B VFW Pkwy. in West Roxbury), perform a variety of minimally invasive treatments to meet individual patient needs, including endovenous laser therapy, Clarivein®, and sclerotherapy treatments. For more information, visit www.usaveinclinics.com.

The Mindful Podcast: Suicidal Thoughts

Every year, 800,000 people die by suicide across the world. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control reported that suicides have increased by 30 percent since 1999. Many more people live with suicidal ideation or thoughts of suicide.

Breaking the stigma means talking openly and being transparent about suicide and its impacts. Many people have to unpack their own assumptions and judgements about folks who may or try to take their own lives.

Join WOYM (What’s On Your Mind) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 for a talk about suicidal ideation on @WOYMINC Instragram Live. Many of the WOYM Team have dealt with this issue/concern themselves. Questions welcome.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. The line is open 24 hours and is available in Spanish for Spanish-speakers.

Go to www.woyminc.org for more information.

'Work Without Limits' Virtual Career Fair

The seventh annual "Work Without Limits" Career Fair will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. This online fair connects job seekers with disabilities with leading employers who want to hire. Network with leading employers. Learn about available internships and job opportunities.

Employers Recruiting include: AllWays Health Partners, American Tower Corporation, Brandeis University, Brown Brothers Harriman, Boston University, Citizens Bank, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Dell, Eastern Bank, Eversource, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, National Grid, New England HERC, PwC, Raytheon, Reliant Medical Group, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners Healthcare, State Street, TD Bank, TJX Companies, Inc., Tufts Health Plan and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Visit workwithoutlimits.org for more information and registration.

'Lift Your Voice: Herstory of Black Girl Scouts'

Black Girl Scouts have a long herstory of making an impact in Girl Scouting and in the world beyond. Join the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA) in a safe online space to learn about the legacy of Black Girl Scouts that continues today. Through age-appropriate stories, activities, and discussions, participants will learn the stories of strong women throughout the Girl Scout Movement on Saturday, Oct. 3 as follows:

- 9:30-10:30 a.m. for Adults

- 11 a.m. to noon for Daisy/Brownie/Junior (and guests of that age range)

- 11 a.m. to noon for Cadette/Senior/Ambassador (and guests of that age range)

You matter, your voice matters and Black lives matter. This is the fourth event of "Lift Your Voice," a series of conversations, events and spaces GSEMA created to address the impact of racism in our communities and our country.

These events are free and open to the public. Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Olympic Gold Medalist and National Swim champ Breeja Larson chat

She counts time at fractions of a second. Come chat with Olympic Gold Medalist and National swim champ Breeja Larson from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 - hosted by Fig and Wally.

Larson has been in the water since she was four years old and has been swimming competitively since she was 17. She is a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2013 World Champion, a three-time NCAA Champion and nine-time American record holder. In this chat, kids learn to think like an Olympian.

Larson also works with children teaching them mental tools on how to create an Olympic mindset. She believes everyone has the ability to strengthen their "mental muscles" to help them grow into the best versions of themselves and be excited about their ability to progress to bigger heights.

Go to www.eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

Monday, The Job Seekers Toolkit (One Day – Recurring)

Everyone is looking for a job now. Begin to build a community, share your challenges, listen to others, and learn real strategies for search.

Join JobssNow for a free workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on most Mondays via Zoom.

Visit eventbrite.com for more information and registration; registration closes three to four days prior to each event.

Monday Job Seekers at Harvard Ed Portal (One Day – Recurring)

Connecting with other job seekers can make all the difference in the world between exhaustion and enthusiasm. Join other job seekers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays for mutual support, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment in your job search. Job Seekers Connection energizes and motivates participants by teaching valuable career search strategies and techniques.

People are invited to exchange job leads, business cards, resumes, networking techniques and interviewing tips. The topics addressed each week are based on input from the group. Sessions are held online via Zoom.

Visit edportal.harvard.edu for more information, including list of weekly topics and registration.


Doing Good Together Volunteer Opportunities

Doing Good Together has a list of opportunities for families (or individuals) to be in service in Boston. Read through the listings and see which opportunities inspire you. Take action and sign up for a volunteer opportunity – or try one of DGT’s at-home projects. You’ll be helping you and/or your family grow in kindness while helping others out.

Visit www.doinggoodtogether.org/family-volunteering-boston for more information, along with other helpful and fun resources.

Bring in the New Year: A Virtual Family Yom Kippur Celebration

Experience all that the High Holidays have to offer with virtual, interactive programs from the Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture and JCC Greater Boston. Celebrate and welcome the New Year as follows:

Erev Yom Kippur, Sunday, Sept, 27 Tishrei 10, 5781

3-3:45 p.m. - The incredible, goofy, fun-loving Wayne Potash (back by popular demand) joins them for an interactive service designed for preschool and elementary school aged children.

Yom Kippur, Monday, Sept, 28 Tishrei 11, 5781

9:30-10:15 a.m. - What's it like to have a "Very Bad. No Good Day"? Cantorial student Allie Henke explores this and so much more in an interactive session designed for preschool and elementary school aged children.

7:15 p.m. - Join the Vilna community to end the High Holidays together with Havdalah and break fast.

Visit vilnashul.org for more information and Zoom registration (Suggested Donation: $36/family per holiday).

Mindfulness Meditation with Crayola

Mindfulness Meditation with Crayola, a certified mindfulness meditation teacher will offer free classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 through the Saugus Public Library via Zoom.

This is a great opportunity to learn about mindfulness, meditation, the practice of gratitude, how to incorporate mindfulness meditation into your daily life, and practice self-care. Classes are open to beginners and experienced practitioners and everybody is welcome.

Visit www.blyssfulmindinfo.wordpress.com for more information and registration.

2020 National Book Festival

The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held online from Friday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27, with more than 120 best-selling authors, novelists, historians, poets, and children's writers participating.

Authors will make presentations on virtual stages based on the following themes: Children; Teens; Family, Food & Field; Fiction; Genre Fiction; History & Biography sponsored by Wells Fargo; Poetry & Prose sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts; Science and Understanding Our World.

In addition, PBS stations will broadcast “The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity,” featuring some of the nation’s most renowned authors and literary voices, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 (check local listings). The television special will be hosted by Hoda Kotb of NBC News’ “TODAY.” It will also be available for on-demand streaming online and through the PBS app. To create the broadcast, the Library collaborated with PBS Books, a national programming initiative produced by Detroit Public Television.

In this program, a diversity of best-selling authors join thousands of book lovers across the country to celebrate American ingenuity—what it means to them, how it fires their minds and imaginations and why books are so important to us in these times. The 2020 National Book Festival broadcast will feature a variety of presentations and interviews by two dozen of the nation’s most beloved literary voices who will give us a glimpse of their minds and hearts.

Visit loc.gov/events/2020-national-book-festival for more information.

Energy Justice: Protect Your Electric Account

The City of Boston’s Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space is hosting a webinar on how you can protect your electric account from aggressive and deceptive energy marketers and scammers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29; Thursday, Oct. 1; Tuesday, Oct. 6; and Thursday, Oct. 8. They want to help you make the energy decisions that are best for you, your family, and your business.

Residents frequently receive door-to-door solicitations, mail and telemarketing calls from marketers trying to sign them up for electricity contracts. Most residents pay more for electricity once bound by a contract. In this webinar, they’ll discuss where your electricity comes from, how to avoid common pitfalls and how to make the energy decisions that are best for you. They will also highlight an upcoming city program (“Community Choice Electricity”), which will offer a new opportunity to meet your electricity needs. The webinar will include a presentation followed by Q&A.

Visit the City of Boston’s Protect Your Electric Account webpage for more information and updates.

This event will be hosted online, using Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To register for the webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in English with Cantonese interpretation, ASL, and CART provided, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-justice-protect-your-electric-account-tickets-116557838633.

To register for the webinar on Thursday, Oct. 1 presented in English with Spanish interpretation provided, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-justice-protect-your-electric-account-tickets-116558025191.

To register for the webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 6 presented in English with Vietnamese interpretation provided, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-justice-protect-your-electric-account-tickets-115240262728.

To register for the webinar on Thursday, Oct. 8 in English with Haitian Creole interpretation, ASL, and CART provided, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-justice-protect-your-electric-account-tickets-116557694201.

Crew: Climate Preparedness Week 2020

CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather) will be hosting virtual events, focusing around the intersections of climate resilience, racial justice and social resilience, as follows:

Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. – The Economics of Climate Change with Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD

Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. – How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture

Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. – The Linked Fight for Racial Justice and Climate Justice

Go to www.climatecrew.org/prep_week for more information, including a description of and a link to register for each event.

Wonders of Fall-Online

Autumn is really when New England shines. The changing leaves, crisp breezes, and preparing wildlife inspires the world to flock to here. Join Mass Audubon Education Center for a virtual and sensory-friendly introduction into the science of autumn from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

They'll discuss the many ways that plants change during the fall (including why leaves change color and fall off of so many trees) and the interesting ways plants spread their seeds. People will also learn strategies animals use when it starts to get cold outside and investigate which local animals migrate, sleep or stay active. Can you guess where some insects go when it's too cold? After the first online class, people can do universally-designed observation activities on their own. People will share their discoveries together during the second online class.

Visit massaudubon.org for more information and registration (Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25).

100 Years of Women Voting: 2020 Symposium

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society invites you to attend its 2020 Annual Symposium, 100 Years of Women Voting from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 3.

Over six weekly virtual sessions, distinguished speakers will discuss the impact of women in American government and public life over the last century.

Oct. 1: Closing Keynote

100 Years of Women Voting is co-sponsored by the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and made possible by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information and required registration for each session visit Eventbrite.com.

Virtual Monterey Jazz Festival

The Virtual 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring exclusive new and previously unreleased archival performances, will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 27 on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s YouTube Channel.

The lineup includes jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, a tribute to Quincy Jones, Dianne Reeves, and Jamie Cullum among many others.

Although the event is free, all of the online contributions from each day of the Virtual Festival will be donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to the featured jazz artists.

Visit montereyjazzfestival.org/2020-virtual-monterey-jazz-festival for more information, including a lineup of performances.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thons

Join the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) for a series of virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thons to help strengthen the quality of the world's largest online encyclopedia and improve the searchability of historic public radio and television collections in the AAPB. During these scheduled meet-ups, attendees will learn how to make historic content in the AAPB more searchable through Wikipedia by creating a Wikipedia user account and editing Wiki pages using common conventions.

This webinar series hosted by WGBH will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19 via Zoom.

Visit wgbh.org/events for more information and registration.

Recovery Learning Community speaker series

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network (PSAN) will hold a business meeting and speaker series with Q&A from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The speaking series is co-sponsored by the Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community.

- Oct. 15: Presentation on parenting with a mental illness.

Parenting video will be shown with speakers Jackie Martinez, Anne Whitman and Sandra Whitney-Sarles.

- Nov. 19: Paul Ottenstein and Pat Pesa from HEAP Homeless Empowerment Advisory Project and Friends of Metro Boston speak on the programs of both HEAP and the Friends of Metro Boston. HEAP has meetings at the Lindemann Inn and in connection with Friends of Metro Boston offers many activities for people with lived experience and also does advocacy work.

- Dec. 17: Research from the Center of Excellence at MGH

Speakers: Valeria Chambers, Sandra Whitney-Sarles & Anne Whitman

Contact Howard Trachtman for more information at hdt@mit.edu.

Virtual Fitness with SOMA

Join Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30 for a live fitness class via Zoom. The type of workout changes from week to week.

Weekly Recreation Themes have included Sports Safety, Bingo, Fit 5, Good Hygiene, Live Fitness Wednesday, Virtual Summer Games Challenges, Hydration, Nutrition, Strong Minds, and more.

Visit specialolympicsma.org for more information, including a list of classes and the Zoom link.

Virtual Stories at the Statue

Stories at the Statue celebrates its 64th year this summer, continuing a beloved legacy of sharing fairy and folk tales and music in NYC's Central Park – and this year, it's online.

The stories are appropriate for children six years and up and fun for adults as well. All the stories presented by the Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center will be live online at 11 a.m. on Saturdays as follows:

Sept. 26: The Ugly Duckling’s Birthday Party! with Laura Simms, Peninnah Schram, Rolf Stang, and Simon Brooks

Beauty abounds in stories – serve cookies and milk!

These stories can be enjoyed at https://facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter.

Visit http://www.hcastorycenter.org for more information.

JArts Live

JArts Live – is a new series of virtual cultural experiences – with art at noon on Mondays, music at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and food at 4 p.m. on Fridays. Meet some of Boston area talents, telling their Jewish story through art via Zoom.

Coming Up:

- Monday, Oct. 5 at noon – Artist Audrey Markoff appears on JLive Art.

- Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. – Music producer and award-winning composer Jacques Pardo is featured on JLive Music.

- Friday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. – JLive Food, featuring a panel of Boston-area chefs and restaurant owners, in conversation with Michael Leviton.

- Monday, Nov. 2 at noon – Newton-based photographer Leann Shamash joins JLive Art.

- Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. – JLive Music with concert pianist Donald Berman, Piano Department head at the prestigious Longy School of Music.

- Friday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. – Cultural anthropologist Ellen Rovner, who has led JArts’s sold-out Jewish heritage tours of Chelsea, joins JLive Food.

Visit jartsboston.org for more information and registration.

SpeakEasy Professional Development Seminars

Attention students, theatre makers and all those interested in learning more about the arts. Join the SpeakEasy staff and Boston artists for a series of professional development seminars aimed at providing an inside look at how their administrative office operates, all the steps that go into bringing a show to production and what kinds of careers exist in the theatre industry.

The Professional Development Seminar Series will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom.

Each session will consist of a 30-minute information session, diving deep into a focused topic, and a 45-minute artist forum and discussion, applying the lessons learned into the real world, with time for questions and conversation in both parts of the session. Participants can attend any or all eight weeks.

Sept. 29: Running a Company & Planning a Season

SpeakEasy Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault will explain the role of an Artistic Director, talk through his priorities and goals as the founder and head of SpeakEasy Stage, and explain the season selection process. He will then be joined by Dawn M. Simmons (Front Porch Arts Collective), Courtney Sale (Merrimack Rep), and Louise Hamill (Fresh Ink) for an Artistic Director’s forum.

Oct. 6: Exploring the Production Process

Learn how to take a piece from conception to production with a crash course from Production Manager Paul Melone and Associate Manager of Production & Operations Dominique Burford. They will then be joined by Costume Designer Miranda Kai Giurleo, Lighting Designer Karen Perlow, Sound Designer Anna Drummond, and Scenic Designer Baron E. Pugh to delve further into the tech and production process.

Oct. 13: Building Community & Putting Equity/Anti-Racism into Action

Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault will share SpeakEasy’s Equity & Anti-Racism Action plan, explain the importance of accessible and inclusive work, and comment on how the organization has adjusted during the pandemic. SpeakEasy Community Programs Manager Alex Lonati will also explain the necessary practice of community engagement and outreach, outlining SpeakEasy’s programs and best practices for making sure your work is reaching its widest audience, both in person and virtually. They will then be joined by Olawumi Akinwumi (Hibernian Hall) and Candelaria Silva (Huntington Theatre Company) for a Community Engagement forum.

Oct. 20: How to Speak to Audiences – All About Marketing

Explore the basics of building a marketing campaign, creating a cohesive vision, speaking with audiences, and building your community with Director of Marketing & Communications Jim Torres and Creative Services Manager Evan Turissini. They will then be joined by Temple Gill (Huntington Theatre Company), Nick Peterson (Central Square), and Kelly Ransom (Hibernian Hall) for a Marketing forum.

Oct. 27: Fundraising, Relationship Building and Developing Your Community

Join Director of Development Cathi Ianno and Development Coordinator Frankie Concepcion for an introduction to the world of fundraising, including creating an annual fund strategy, relationship building with donors, applying for grants, and planning special events. They will then be joined by Andrew Russell (Museum of Science) for a Development forum.

Nov. 10: Creating Something New – Play Development & Dramaturgy

Dive into SpeakEasy’s new play development program, The Boston Project, with Community Programs Manager Alex Lonati. Learn what it takes to take a play from an initial idea to a fully formed production. She will then be joined by educator/dramaturg/director Pascale Florestal, playwright MJ Halberstadt, and playwright Eliana Pipes for a dramaturgy and playwriting forum.

Nov. 17: From the Page to the Stage: All About Directing

SpeakEasy’s Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault returns for a look inside the rehearsal room, outlining his process as a director. He will explore every step of the process – from the very first concept meeting to the tech process to the final curtain call. He will then be joined by other veteran Boston directors M. Bevin O’Gara and Maurice Emmanuel Parent for a director’s forum.

Nov. 24: Now for the Job Search: All You Need to Know about Job Hunting

SpeakEasy’s Production team Paul Melone and Dominique Burford will return for a crash course on all things related to getting a job in the theatre industry – resume building, interviewing, tax forms, and everything in between. Rather than a forum, this session will end with the opportunity for networking with other emerging theatre leaders attending the session.

Go to www.speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-university for more information and registration. The sessions are “Pay What You Can” (suggested donation of $5-20 per session).

'Memory, Social Justice and Mindfulness'

"Memory, Social Justice and Mindfulness" will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 29.

This four-week series from the Harvard Ed Portal builds off of Dr. Angel Acosta's 400 Years Project, which centers contemplative practice around the history of inequality in the US.

The goal of this workshop is to engage with, acknowledge, and awaken ourselves to the dynamics of racism and oppression at all levels. Each session will have a mix of practices, including:

- Mindfulness and compassion practices

- Walking through the 400 Years Timeline

- Guided storytelling and reflection

By understanding how history lives in each person and the systems which surround us, everyone can begin to heal the wounds of historical trauma, both individually and collectively.

Please note: As this is a cumulative workshop, attendance is strongly encouraged at all four sessions to help build a safe space for discussion and trust.

Visit edportal.harvard.edu for more information and Zoom registration.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood donations are at an all-time high these days. University Station, University Ave. in Westwood will host a blood drive series in partnership with the American Red Cross this September.

The drive will be located inside the space near Ulta Beauty by appointment only following health and safety protocols. Register at RedCrossBlood.org/give and enter the sponsor code UniversityStation.

Blood drive dates are the following:

Monday, Sept. 28 from 1 to 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for the COVID-19 antibody. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Visit ShopUniversityStation.com for more information.

A Sail Through Time

For most of Boston's history, the harbor was the center of the city, and urban life was dominated by sailing ships.

Step aboard the schooner, Liberty Clipper, and into that era with experiences recorded by those who lived it: a mother, merchant, sailor, poet, preacher, privateer, diplomat, cabin boy, and others from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 11.

The cruise follows the paths of ships like the Flying Cloud, Astrea, and Columbia, exploring how their voyages shaped Boston and developed the growing nation. Under sail (feel free to help the crew hoist the sails!), away from sirens and jackhammers, maritime history comes alive. Your guide is a docent from Boston By Foot who shares his/her knowledge of harbor history as you see Boston and its skyline from a whole new perspective.

Depending on the weather, the 90-minute sail follows the harbor channel out to Castle Island or the shorelines of East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. Meet your guide at the Liberty Fleet dock next to the Boston Aquarium at 1 Central Wharf.

Visit www.libertyfleet.com/boston-sailing/all-sailing/a-sail-through-time for registration (Adults $43; Children (2-12) $29; Under Two Free)

Visit bostonbyfoot.org for more information.

'Celebrating What Unites Us!' virtual cooking series

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

Oct. 7: Native American Cuisine with Chef Sean Sherman

During each session a chef will show you 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 us connected, coming together.

Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

Huntington @ HomeSchool

Created by the Huntington Theatre Company’s Education Department, Huntington @ HomeSchool is an online learning program for all ages (five years to adult) with a variety of courses and panel discussions led by Huntington educators and artisans.

Classes currently open for registration:

- Acting 101 for the Very Young – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 *Open to ages 7-12

- The Actor's Warmup – 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29

- Shakespeare and Race: "This thing of Darkness I Acknowledge mine..." – 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1

- Teacher Talks: Approaching School Year 21 in a Pandemic – 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2

*Open to teachers grades 7-12 anywhere in the USA

Classes are free for students under 18; $15 per session for 18 and older to help sustain the program.

Visit huntingtontheatre.org for more information, including a description of classes and additional resources for teachers and educators, and registration.

Calling All Shutterbugs

Got a great photo of wildlife, landscapes, or people enjoying the nature of Massachusetts? Enter it in the Mass Audubon 2020 Photo Contest.

Submission deadline is Sept. 30

For more information, including contest guidelines and rules, visit Massaudubon.org/news-events.

SMILE Mass Fun

Join SMILE Mass for multiple online activities for kids, teens and adults to enjoy. The varied schedule changes weekly. A flat fee ($5 to $25) will get you all the activities for the week.

Small Miracles in Life Exist (SMILE Mass) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families raising children or adults with disabilities enjoy happy, health memories through vacation and recreation experiences. The suggested donation continues their mission to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

Visit www.smilemass.org for more information, including the weekly schedule and links to join.

Free Happy Birthday Videoconferencing Singing Telegrams

Boston's five-star children's entertainer and musical ventriloquist Kevin Driscoll will entertain children, ages 2 to 102 – the young and young at heart.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Driscoll Productions is currently offering free Happy Birthday videoconferencing Singing Telegrams to any New England resident having a birthday. If you know anyone in a nursing home/assisted living facility or children now at home with a parent or guardian, please spread the word.

A parent or adult caregiver is requested to call/text/facetime Kevin any time at 617-901-6232 to schedule your date and time.

Visit www.driscollproductions.com for more information.

Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting Short Term

The Boston Climate Action Network is working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level in Boston.

The BCAN Action Team meeting is a great way to get directly involved in the effort to combat climate change in the era of Trump. They gather from 6 to 8 p.m. twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday through Dec. 10.

Come meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team, and other dedicated climate campaigners to learn how you can help them build support for green buildings in Boston and plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign.

Curious to learn more about Community Choice Energy? Check out their video on YouTube.

While the meeting begins at 6 p.m., the Zoom room will be open at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to swing by early to get a feel for the tech or just to say hi to your BCAN buddies.

Join by online video or by phone: 312-626-6799. At the prompt for a Meeting ID, enter 657 895 958.

Contact the organizer at bostonclimateaction@gmail.com with any questions.

Register at www.communitychoiceboston.org or go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-climate-action-network-action-team-meeting-tickets-90456199929


MBCC’s Against The Tide Virtual Fundraiser

Swim, walk, run, paddle or kayak Against the Tide 2020 will be held virtually on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Each event day offers a four-day window (Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 or Sept 24 to Sept. 27) to participate, and event components include one-mile recreational or competitive swims, ½-mile recreational swim, 5K or 10K runs, three-mile walk, ½-mile stand-up paddleboard and two-mile kayak. For participants who are looking to challenge themselves, there is an Aquathon option, consisting of a competitive one-mile swim followed immediately by either a 5K or 10K run.

Registration fees are $40 for an individual participant, and $100 for a family registration (up to five family members).

To learn more about all of the registration options or to make a pledge, visit the MBCC website at www.mbcc.org/swim or phone 1-800-649-MBCC (6222).

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is the state's leading breast cancer organization dedicated to preventing the environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy. All proceeds will support MBCC’s work towards Breast Cancer prevention, locally and nationally.

30th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids (virtual)

The Rodman Ride for Kids will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26. Rodman for Kids is dedicated to support the 40 youth-based Massachusetts social service organizations that work to give children the opportunity to dream and to succeed.

Rodman for Kids is making this year’s ride extra special with tons of incentives and challenges, and no fundraising minimum. Walk, run, ride – or choose your own adventure – you decide.

Visit rodmanforkids.org for more information. The website includes links to great ideas as alternatives to riding, some fun ideas to increase your fundraising, a list of charities to support and the link to register. Register or donate now, the kids need your help more than ever.

2020 Virtual Run to Home Base

The Annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26. This virtual 5K/9K event supports Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program.

The funds raised from this year’s Run to Home Base will support their Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program and the 2-week Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) for Families of the Fallen.

Visit http://www.runtohomebase.org for more information and registration.

Virtual Harbor to the Bay Ride 18

Taking the ride off the 125- or 68-mile roads and into our own living rooms, backyards, and bike trails, Ride 18 will occur as a virtual engagement with new changes this year:

- Everyone is invited and encouraged to engage in accessible activities that challenges themself and promotes health – i.e. several short bike rides, doing 125 jumping jacks, or dancing for 68 minutes.

- Registration fees will be lowered to $18 (adjustments made) to cover your Harbor to the Bay swag, personalized fundraising page, and processing fees.

- Fundraising minimums have been eliminated – fundraise what you can to support the work of their beneficiaries. Incentives for reaching certain fundraising goals will still be offered.

- Ride 18 will take place during the month of September, culminating on the original ride date of Sept. 26 when they will be sharing selfies, stories, and more via social media to keep their community engaged and connected.

Visit Harbortothebay.org to register and/or donate. 100 percent of fundraising goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.

Samaritan Virtual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention

The Samaritan Virtual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention will create a space for us to come together to celebrate and remember your loved ones.

All proceeds help fund Samaritans’ lifesaving services, including their 24/7 helpline, suicide prevention workshops, and grief support services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Because of events like the 5K, Samaritans is able to make these vital services available to the community free of charge.

Join them for a virtual event experience, then walk or run with your family, teammates or on your own. They'll provide a playlist and podcast that you can listen to while you walk or run and encourage you to wear either your 5K t-shirt you receive with registration (they'll mail it to you) or a team shirt.

Race day schedule: Program starts at 10 a.m.; Virtual 5K begins at 10:15 a.m.; Closing program is at noon.

They will also have a virtual ribbon wall and memorial scrapbook. If you would like to submit a loved one's name, please do so at here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Samaritans5K.

Visit samaritanshope.org/events for more information and registration.

The Society Ball: A Virtual Soirée

The Handel and Haydn Society will host The Society Ball: A Virtual Soirée on Saturday, Sept. 26. The VIP Virtual Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Public Livestream will start at 7 p.m.

Join in for a fun, joyous evening of great musical entertainment by and exclusive conversations with your favorite H+H stars, celebrated together with your fellow music lovers. Proceeds support the educational and artistic programs of the Handel and Haydn Society.

Join for free through their live stream or purchase a Virtual Pass for additional exclusive access to performances, a cocktail hour with H+H musicians, and a VIP gift box. You can also make a gift at any level to support the music you love.

Visit handelandhaydn.org/support/the-society-ball for more information and registration.

Catie's Closet Virtual 5K

With poverty growing every day as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19, Catie’s Closet needs help funding new sneakers for students in need to start school.

You can give a child confidence to stay in school and chase after their dreams by joining Catie's Closet for a virtual 5K. Each participant’s entire registration fee of $30 will be used to purchase a brand-new pair of sneakers for one of these children.

With the virtual race format, you can walk or run the 5K distance anywhere you would like –

around your neighborhood, on your favorite trail, on a treadmill or somewhere new –

anytime you like – from Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Go to www.catiescloset.org/fill-the-bus-2020 to sign up, go the distance and submit your time.

September BARCathon

Love working out with your pup? Join the Boston Animal Rescue Collaborative for their first ever (virtual) BARCathon taking place through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Set your own fitness goals for you and your pet and sign up to track your progress for the month. The entry fee is $25.

The first and second place prizes will go to the fundraising teams that raised the most money for the event. The first-place winner will receive a virtual group session with Kate Perry Dog Training and the second-place winner will receive a goodie bag filled with swag from BARC and some of the event sponsors. There will also be prizes for all participants.

There will also be random lottery prizes and virtual seminars throughout the event.

Be sure to post a picture of you and your pet exercising and tag them each week for a chance to win treats, toys and other things.

Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Boston/BARCFallPetFitnessChallenge for more information and registration.

Fill the Bus for Kids in Need

Help support underprivileged students during a difficult back-to-school season by supplying their basic needs of clothing and toiletries during Catie’s Closets’ fifth annual Fill the Bus event taking place through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, Catie’s Closet has 55,000 students (in Boston, Merrimack Valley, and Springfield) to serve, and with poverty growing at an accelerated pace, the number keeps growing.

Here are a few ways you can help: host a Clothing Drive, clean out your closet, purchase new clothing items from their Amazon Wish List, and sign up for their first ever 5K walk/run virtual race.

Join Catie’s Closet as they uplift their economically disadvantaged youth and give them confidence to start the new school year with hope. Visit catiescloset.org for more information.

'Moving Day Boston:' A virtual walk for Parkinson's

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything they do, they build on the energy, experience and passion of the global Parkinson's community all while moving towards a cure.

Join the Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 3 for "Moving Day Boston: A walk for the Parkinson’s." The activities will start at 10 a.m. The ceremony and walk will be virtual.

 Tune in on your phone or computer to hear people share their stories of living with Parkinson’s, loving people with Parkinson’s and working to beat Parkinson’s. In between those emotional and inspiring stories, local fitness experts will facilitate mini-workout sessions right to your living room. A new Moving Day app will track of your steps as you do your own walk in your neighborhood.

"Moving Day" is an inspiring and empowering annual fundraising walk event that unites people around the country living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their care partners and loved ones to help beat PD. "Moving Day" is more than just a walk. It’s a celebration of movement – proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms.

Visit www.MovingDayBoston.org for more information and registration.

Virtual Walk to End Bladder Cancer

The Bladder Control Advocacy Network (BCAN) will host the Fall Virtual Walk to End Bladder Cancer at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The event will be shown live on BCAN’s social media channels and include videos from members of our community, including patients, caregivers, doctors and more. Everyone is welcome to participate.

BCAN is committed to increasing bladder cancer awareness, supporting those living with this disease and raising funds toward a cure. Visit bcan.org for more information on ways you can help: register to walk, fundraise/donate and more.

Emaill walk@bcan.org with any questions.

Ride for Food, Off the Beaten Path

Bike, spin, walk, run or hike for hunger on your own time and on your own path, now extended through Sunday, Oct. 18.

When you register for the virtual Ride for Food – Off the Beaten Path, you’ll be able to join one of the hunger relief organizations or you can “create a team” for you, your friends and family which supports one of the hunger relief organizations in Boston and the Greater Boston area. Every dollar raised through the Ride for Food supports 25 Boston and MetroWest area hunger-relief partners and 250,000 people who are in need of their help.

Visit ThreeSquaresNE.org for more information and registration.

Nuestras Raíces: A LatinX Heritage Month Fundraising Virtual Concert for NEMPAC

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center invites you and your family to join us them from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 for a fundraising virtual concert that features LatinX members of the NEMPAC Faculty performing music from Latin America and celebrating these heritages in song.

Performing in this concert are NEMPAC Faculty Artists Jhon Alvarado, classical guitar; Josaphat Contreras, tenor; Alexandra Dietrich, mezzo-soprano; and Jose Soto, piano with special guest vocalist, Maria Amalia Quesada Chavarria.

To learn more about the performing artists, how to dedicate a personalized message with a song, and what this concert will benefit, along with tickets, visit nempacboston.org/nuestras-raices-a-latinx-concert.

For tickets go to nempacboston.networkforgood.com/events/23331-nuestras-ra-ces. The virtual link will be available with the ticket purchase.

'Walk Your Way Jimmy Fund Walk'

The "Walk Your Way Jimmy Fund Walk" for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4.

This year, the walk will occur virtually from a location of your choice. Walk your neighborhood, a local hiking trail or in your backyard – the options are endless. Walkers have a choice of walking (or running) a 5k, 10k, ½ marathon or full marathon.

Your help is needed to stay the course in the fight against cancer. Walk to support the critical funding needs of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Although the 2020 Walk will look different this year, we are all together, wherever, against cancer. Adults are asked to raise a minimum of $100, kids under 12 are asked to raise $25.

The new Charity Miles mobile app will allow you to train and track your miles, check out important news and information about the Walk, connect with your walk team and share your progress on social media.

Visit danafarber.jimmyfund.org for more information and registration ($5).

‘Funny Women…Serious Business’ Online Benefit for Rosie’s Place

The annual "Funny Women…Serious Business" event, will stream online at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 exclusively for ticketholders and sponsors.

This event will feature past speakers and special friends of Rosie’s Place and include Piper Kerman and Loung Ung with special messages for the community.

Proceeds will benefit the vital programs and services that Rosie's Place provides to 12,000 women each year. And with the demand for their services increasing in the wake of COVID-19, your support is more critical than ever in ensuring that Rosie's Place remains a place of hope and sanctuary for their guests.

Visit www.rosiesplace.org for more information and tickets.

Spaghetti Dinner: 'Equity – Our Vision for the Future'

The Women’s Lunch Place will host its annual fall gala spaghetti dinner – "Equity - Our Vision for the Future," virtually on Friday, Oct. 30 to ensure the health and safety of their community.

"Spaghetti Dinner: Equity – Our Vision for the Future," will feature Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Chief of Equity for the City of Boston and honor WLP’s Heroes in Action.

The fundraising auction will showcase items at a range of values to ensure that all guests can enjoy bidding on this entertaining part of the evening. Donations are needed for merchandise, gift certificates, or exclusive one-of-a-kind items.

Donations will be prominently featured at the event and receive pre-event recognition on their social media and website as well as featured in the event program.

The WLP Young Professionals will host a virtual cocktail party on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Featuring a cocktail class and networking, the spaghetti dinner pre-party will be a fun way to introduce yourself to Women’s Lunch Place and the Young Professionals community and meet other up-and-coming YPs in the Boston area.

*Please note: all spaghetti dinner ticketed guests are invited to join the pre-party and do not need to buy additional tickets to attend.*

This event raises funds to help Boston’s most vulnerable women find hope and community. 

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nancy Armstrong at nancy@womenslunchplace.org.

Chez-Vous fundraiser

The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St. in Dorchester) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.

The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March, has recently (August) established a crowdsourced Gofundme fundraiser to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open. Any amount (no matter how large or small) is greatly appreciated.

To learn more about this family-fun establishment, visit chezvousrollerrink.com. For more information, phone 617-825-6877.

The 2020 Get Uranus Moving Run/Walk Challenge

Runners, walkers and joggers of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels are invited to join the Moon Joggers group in the Uranus Running and Walking Challenge and Get Uranus Moving in 2020.

It’s a 1.6 billion-mile journey to Uranus and all the miles accumulated, not only benefit the individual as you move up the Moon Jogger rankings, but also the group as a whole.

Each year this group chooses a different charity to donate a portion of the registration fees from their virtual races. This year they have chosen Operation Underground Railroad. Their goal is to donate $10,000 to O.U.R. by the end of 2020.

Visit https://www.virtualrunevents.com/2020-uranus-challenge for more information, including registration.


Matt Heaton Virtual Sing-a-Long

Enjoy a Facebook Live sing-a-long with Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys at 10 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Interactive songs will have kids jumping, dancing and singing together with Matt.

Remember the Tip Jar links and survey form. Check Heaton's website for more information.

Virtual Wacky Wednesdays

Children, ages 2 to 102, are invited to join the free interactive Facebook Live fun and drum along virtually with the Driscoll Drumming Dummies... using anything at home that you hit, shake or scrape to make sound... at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays during the pandemic.

Experience musical terms including tempo, dynamics, crescendo, and more. Parents or older children are encouraged to ask questions online about the Irish Bodhran, Tahitian Toere, Trinidadian mini-steel drum or the many other percussion instruments.

Visit DriscollProductions.com or call/text 617-901-6232 to learn more.

Free Chess Games for Kids

The New England Chess School in Newton is offering free virtual chess games for youth, ages 6 through 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Students will see and hear the teacher, the event moderator, and their friends over live video. In addition, the moderators will be able to review and comment on games live as the game is progressing.

This is a great way to practice and play the game of chess in an interactive virtual classroom. All skill levels welcome.

Visit https://chessne.com/sundaygamesfree for registration and more information.

Seventh Inning Stretch

After completing 120 consecutive daily live shows on July 23, Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor will, for the duration of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, move his “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show to 3 p.m. on Mondays.

So tune in live at Facebook Live and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs.

Although the show and fun is free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Free Virtual Family Music Concert

"Catch a free Baby in Tune" music concert, hosted by award-winning family musician Vered, takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30.

Sing along to favorite original kid-friendly songs, dance, shake, and jump during this fun-filled 30-minute concert series on facebook.com/babyintune.

Alex Makes Art

Crafternoons on Zoom will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Join Alex as she makes art using household items to create project that are modifiable for all ages.

Go to www.alexmakesart.com for descriptions and pictures plus a link to register for each class ($10 or by donation).

Once you register, you will receive a Zoom ID Login + Password and a materials list.

Camp Bonkers Live Show

Welcome to Camp Bonkers Live Show – a show where kids are encouraged to embrace their uniqueness, try new things and take part in fun imaginative activities with friends.

At Camp Bonkers, every day is different. It’s an opportunity to learn, create and explore.

New videos premiere on YouTube at 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

- Make it Monday: Follow along as your favorite Camp Counselors lead kids through all sorts of creations from classic camp treats, to imaginative crafts, slime-making and more.

- What-a-World Wednesday: Curious how different animals sleep, or how to compost? What about turning trash into treasures? Campers will be amazed as we explore all the mysteries that make-up our wonderful world!

- Fun-Time Friday: Fun is the focus with a chance to learn some new dance moves, play a silly game or improvise a story.

Visit https://www.campbonkers.com for more information, including Bonkers downloads.

Punk Rock Aerobics for Kids & Adults

Punk Rock Aerobics, the original DIY workout which took the nation by storm in 2000, continues celebrating its 20-year anniversary with special virtual exercise classes for kids and adults from Boston this fall.

Co-creator Hilken Mancini will host Punk Rock Aerobics, the original DIY workout, for “grown-ups” at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays on Facebook and Instagram live, and for kidzzz and families at 4 p.m. on Thursdays via Zoom through Thursday, Oct. 1.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Girls Rock Campaign Boston, a non-profit co-founded by Mancini to empower girls, women, and those in marginalized communities.

Visit punkrockaerobics.com and/or Eventbrite.com for more information and registration ($12 per household).

The Original Paint Nite Party

A variety of Original Paint Nite by Yaymaker virtual family and/or adult paint parties will be held via Zoom.

Grab the kids or not and unleash your inner artist. You’ll all go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own with plenty of laughs along the way. You'll be guided by a talented and entertaining artist who will walk through all the steps so you and your little ones can create your masterpieces.

Visit www.yaymaker.com for registration and other information, including pictures of the featured paintings your perusal enjoyment and selection, the class schedule, the age range of the participants (6+, 13+, 21+) the class is geared towards, the price range of each class ($15 per person and up), and a list of supplies needed for the class.

History at Play

Visit @HistoryAtPlay on Facebook Live, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays to meet the influential women of History At Play™, LLC: Deborah Sampson; Suffragist Lucy Stone; WWII heroines, including SOE leader Vera Atkins and SOE operative Virginia Hall; Challenger: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe, exhibiting the achievements of the beloved Teacher In Space; and Hollywood’s Technological Phenom Hedy Lamarr are just a few of the women to meet.

These 30-minute Facebook Live meet-ups are conducted in period attire, based on primary-source research, and offer a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to have your questions answered live by historic women who overcame insurmountable challenges.

Visit www.HistoryAtPlay.com or www.facebook.com/HistoryAtPlay for more information, including the weekly schedule.

Live Virtual Baking Classes for Kids & Teens by Teens

Join Ash (14) and Taran (6), hosts of free weekly virtual baking classes from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 27.

They have lots of fun trivia and other special things during the Zoom sessions. Any kid, teen, or adult can join and have a great time.

Go to https://www.Facebook.com/pg/TreatsByAshleen/events for more information, including an Ingredients List, Supply List and the Zoom Baking Session Link.

You can also register at www.eventbrite.com.


Boston Yoga Online

Boston Yoga Online has a list of virtual yoga classes taught by local instructors.

View the Google calendar at bostonyogaonline.com for a daily schedule of classes offered and information on how to join each one.

While many classes are available for free or donation, please be respectful of individual teacher payment policies.

Project31 Virtual Dance Studio

Project31 Dance Company will teach an Adult Beginner Class at 7 p.m. on Mondays Live on Zoom. All adults are welcome to join.

They will be accepting "pay what you can" donations in lieu of class fees.

Go to project31dance.org for more information, including the links to join.

Lululemon free Workout Classes, Meditations and Mindfulness Practices

Lululemon has a variety of digital workout classes, meditations and mindfulness practices from some of their favorite people to help you stay connected, harness collective energy and maybe even make new friends along the way.

Go on, unleash that natural high. These workouts and practices require little room and no equipment to release energy and stress. Bonus: you might sleep better.

View all free classes at https://shop.lululemon.com/story/community-carries-on.

The Phoenix Virtual and Live Streamed Classes

The Phoenix is a free sober active community that fosters human connections in mental, physical and spiritual fitness to rebuild wounded bodies and spirits and restore hope. The only membership fee is 48 hours of continuous sobriety…

To help everyone transition through these difficult times, the Phoenix is providing high quality live-streamed and on demand programs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily via Zoom/The Phoenix – including meditation, social hour and a variety of fitness programs such as yoga, functional movement and CrossFit training.

Access schedules here.

Virtual Summer Fitness Series

The Virtual Boston Fitness Series sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Boston Public Health Commission will be held via Zoom through Oct. 3 as follows:

- Yoga with Malaika at 6 p.m. on Sundays

- Dance Fit with K-Energy Fitness at 5 p.m. on Mondays

- Salsa with Metamovements at 6 p.m. on Mondays

- Strength Training with Body Prime Fitness at noon on Tuesdays

- Line Dancing with Boston Rhythm Riders at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

- Zumba with Z-Spot at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

- Chair Yoga with Ivor at 11 a.m. on Thursdays

- HIIT with Ella at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays

- Bootcamp with G-Fit at 8 a.m. on Saturdays

Visit boston.gov/summerfitness for activity description and class registration.

Virtual Special Olympics Massachusetts Programs

Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) offers a variety of sports and fitness programs and other fun activities throughout the year for individuals with special needs.

Visit specialolympicsma.org/events/calendar for more information.

Tai Chi Class

Join the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview, 123 Antwerp St. Ext., Brighton for an outdoor Tai Chi class from 8 to 9 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Masks are required.

Visit www.edportal.harvard.edu for more information.

NAMI @home

NAMI @home is a Support Group with a Difference. On the first and third Thursdays of the month NAMI offers a facilitated support group. On the second and fourth week of the month NAMI offers an education program with time for Q&A. Topics have included stress reduction, telemedicine and de-cluttering among others.

These groups, free and open to everyone over the age of 18, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month via Zoom.

Register for these groups at www.eventbrite.com. They’ll send you a link to the event shortly before it happens.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays online. These Connection Support Groups are free, peer-led support groups for adults living with mental health and/or substance use/abuse issues.

The groups follow a structured model to ensure you and other in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. The groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have been there.

Wednesday: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89479943623

Thursday: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89309104412

Visit www.namimass.org for more information.


POWER FLOW Yoga is held at 11 a.m. on Saturdays via instagram @coachjag.singh or Zoom.

This hour-long presentation conists of meditation, flows that target strength and mobility through the whole body, and plenty of variations to challenge anyone from a workout warrior to an eager beginner.

Visit www.trainresonate.com/freezoomfitness for more details.

Jean Appolon Expressions Livestream

Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is committed to building caring communities by creating hope and healing through Haitian Folkloric dance.

JAE will offer a variety of drop-in dance classes with Jean Appolon and Company Dancers on Facebook as follows:

– Noon to 1 p.m. on Monday - AfroCuban with Nadia Milad Issa

– 7 to 7:20 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Power Workout with Jean Appolon

– 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday: African Dance Workout with Mcebisi Xotyeni

– 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday: Creative Dance for Kids with Meg McGrath and Jean Appolon

– 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday: Haitian Folklore with Jean Appolon

Classes are free. Donations are welcome.

Visit https://jeanappolonexpressions.org for more information and links.

NamaStay Connected

NamaStay Connected is an online series created by the people at NamaStaySober in order to keep you feeling connected and supported.

Among the offerings are a variety of yoga classes, mindfulness and meditations, community conversations, women’s circle and a book club.

These classes are free with a suggested donation of $5 per class/$20 a week. 50 percent of all donations will go to the instructor leading the class. They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. After your transaction is processed, you will receive an email confirmation that will serve as a receipt.

Visit https://www.namastaysober.com/news-and-events for more information and registration for the Zoom and Instagram Live links.

Virtual Cha-boom

The Arc of Bristol County will present Cha-boom for young adults and adults (18+) with disabilities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Sept. 28 and for youth and teens with disabilities from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30.

Cha-boom is chair and regular Zumba combined. You will hear some of your favorite songs and get to dance along with your friends or new-to-be-friends virtually via Zoom.

For more information and registration, visit www.arcnbc.org/get-involved/event-calendar.html/calendar/2020/7 or contact Kelly Ledoux kledoux@arcnbc.org 508-226-1445.

Live: 305 At-Home

305 Fitness is offering free classes on their YouTube page at noon every day. Deejays make one-of-a-kind theme mixes so you’ll never do the same workout twice. Dance like no one is watching.

They also have free workshops, daily meditations and community events to stay connected while social distancing.

Check it all out at 305fitness.com.

2:50 – 10 minutes of daily meditation

Let’s stop and take a deep breath together at 2:50 p.m. every day of the week…

– Because ongoing stress can lower the immune response;

– Because physical distancing can cause feelings of isolation;

– Because the things on your plate can probably wait 10 minutes.

Launched at MIT and now spreading through the greater Boston community, @2:50 has been and continues to convene daily since March 12 for 10 minutes of group silent reflection.

Visit at250.mit.edu for other information, including a link to participate in this ZOOM webinar.

Eating Disorder Hope Online Support Groups

Eating Disorder Hope (EDH) offers hope, information, and resources to individual eating disorder sufferers, their family members, and treatment providers. EDH promotes ending eating disordered behavior, embracing life and pursuing recovery. Their mission is to foster an appreciation of one’s uniqueness and value in the world, unrelated to appearance, achievement or applause.

EDH online support groups will be held online as follows:

- Binge Eating Disorder Online Support – 3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month

- Anorexia Nervosa Online Support – 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month

- Bulimia Nervosa Online Support – 3 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month

For more information and registration, visit eatingdisorderhope.com.

Inclusive Dance Party

Join Alex Maslow, Jewish life coordinator at Jewish Family & Children’s Service for a weekly dance party from 4 to 4:30 on Thursdays through Dec. 31.

The sessions are designed for individuals of all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities and/or mental health challenges, but other community members are welcome as well.

Email jewishlife@jfcsboston.org to register.

Visit jewishboston.com for more information.

Body Weight Burn

Body Weight Burn will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays via Zoom.

Body Weight Burn is 45 minutes of muscle strengthening, sweat-inducing, calorie-burning goodness. There will be a five-minute full body warm up; three circuits targeting the upper body, core and lower body; plenty of variations to challenge anyone from a workout warrior to an eager beginner.

Visit www.trainresonate.com/freezoomfitness for more details, including Zoom log-in link.

‘Get a Helmet’ Guided Meditation

"Get a Helmet" is a quick breath, movement and meditation reset to help get you and your body on the same team.  

Free guided meditations can be found on their YouTube page to enjoy at your convenience.

YogaHub Virtual Mat Practice

YogaHub Founder and CEO Ali Singer will present a free virtual yoga practice from 5:15 to 6 15 p.m. on Mondays via Zoom in hopes of inspiring peace and calm during these challenging times.

To join, sign up through their website at www.yogahub.life/lemonade to receive the meeting link.

ZOOMBA with Dawn

A virtual zumba/dance cardio workout with Dawn Morris will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 28 via Zoom.

The classes are free; donations will be accepted via Venmo @DawnDawn-Morris or at Eventbrite.

Visit eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

Live Online Meditation Drop-Ins

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (Cambridge) is offering free live online meditation drop-ins from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. Each session consists of both meditation and discussion.

There will be a different topic to explore together as a group for each session. The exploration of these topics will help us deepen our practice & relate to daily life challenges in a different way.

No registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join.

Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/179935105; Meeting ID: 179 935 105

Visit www.chacmc.org/meditation-dropins for more information.

ED Recovery Group for Women via Zoom

Cambridge Women’s Center offers a peer group for women experiencing disordered eating (including restricting, bingeing, purging, over-exercise, etc.) from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. This group approaches recovery from a nonjudgmental, body-positive perspective. Each month focuses on a topic.

For more info and the meeting link, contact Devyn: feministEDrecovery@gmail.com.

Visit www.cambridgewomenscenter.org to learn more.

Julie Kaufmann Dancin' Virtual

Julie Kaufmann, hostess and primary instructor, invites everyone to her virtual Line and Healthy-Step dance classes.

Push back the couch, roll back the rug, move the kitchen table and get ready to dance. To get everyone moving and entertained while everyone also practices “social gathering at a distance,” she’ll be teaching and reviewing some new dances, along with some oldies but goodies.

Sunday Drop-In: 6:15 p.m. - Chat & Zoom help; 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Beginner hour; 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Improver+ hour

Thursday Intermediate Drop-In: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – mostly reviews and dancing – all welcome.

Sliding scale donations are gratefully accepted. If you are income-impacted in any way, please enjoy the dancing free-of-charge and without guilt; otherwise if you can donate there are three options: $5 (all I can afford); $10 (regular price); $20 (a little extra) at www.jkdance.com/donations.

Visit https://jkdance.com for more information.

Virtual Dance Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA)

Join Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) from 7 to 9 p.m. on select Fridays for their virtual themed dances via Zoom.

Oct. 24: Halloween

Nov. 21: Sports

Dec. 19: Holiday

Visit specialolympicsma.org for more information and registration.

Remote Individual and Family Grief Support

Talking about such a tremendous loss as a loved one through suicide can be overwhelming for some. Samaritans, Inc. offers support via Zoom video calls or phone calls, in place of their Survivor-to-Survivor Network home visits.

Visit samaritanshope.org for more information.

Virtual Grief Support Group

The Samaritans, Inc. hosts SafePlace Meetings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. For the time being, they are being held via Zoom.

These meetings are open for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss.

Visit samaritanshope.org for more information, including a link to register.

Deep Thoughts Discussion Group

A Deep Thoughts Discussion Group is held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays through Dec. 30. The group is led and moderated by Robert Berend, J.D., Ph.D., who has been offering this group at different locations around the world for more than 20 years.

This is an inclusive discussion group open to all people and opinions. Their goal is to meet with a new topic (humor, travel, therapy, what rules do you live by, privacy, etc.) at each gathering, and hold an open discussion for engaging conversation and sharing of ideas.

Visit facebook.com/deepthoughtslex for more information, including a list of weekly topics and link to Zoom.

Zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 392-906-8802 Password: BOSTON

‘Talk About Real Things’

Lauren Muriello LPC, founder of Well Being Therapy Center, will host “Talk About Real Things” for teens, ages 13 through 17 at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays via Instagram: @talk.about.real.things.

Teens, when you join the live stream, no one will be able to see or hear you; you can submit anonymous questions that their Teen Mentors will answer live.

Read about the program and register at www.talkaboutrealthings.com.

Feel It Speak It: 'Inside Out' Virtual Open Mic

The 'Inside Out' Virtual Open Mic will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays to keep the 'if you can Feel it, you can Speak' Open Mic Movement vibe alive while they figure out the long-term impact COVID will have on the way they gather.

This is Boston's only monthly open mic movement dedicated to voices and experiences of the LGBTQ+ communities of color.

When possible, they'll live stream on FB, but you can always find them on zoom (and will have to connect via zoom if you want to bless the mic)!

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/d41d8cd9/inside-out-virtual-open-mic/1457243277768217.

Tame Stress and Eliminate Reactivity

Art Burns will present “How to Tame Stress and Eliminate Reactivity in Less Than Eight Weeks” from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 25.

During this free event, you’ll discover:

– A deep understanding of the stress response in your body and what causes it to happen

– How stress operates and how it impacts our emotions and our thought process and hijacks our day

– Four simple practices you can use immediately to reduce your stress and reactivity

A full Q&A session will be held before the end of the presentation until all questions have been answered to give you the most value possible.

Visit eventbrite.com for more information, including registration and the Zoom link to the Sunday of your choice.

Unity Recovery Groups Online

Unity Recovery + WEconnect + SOS Recovery + Alano Club are offering free virtual recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic as follows:

For Individuals – 7 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily

For Family and Loved Ones – 8 p.m. daily

For LGBTQ+ – 11 a.m. on Wednesdays

For Women Only – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Unity Recovery supports all pathways and programs of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders and is open to anyone.

Visit unityrecovery.org for more information, including links to Zoom.


Atlanta Zoo (Georgia)

The Atlanta Zoo is one of the four zoos in the US currently housing giant pandas.

Watch the pandas live in their enclosures at Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta.

View other animals and listen to the reading of animal tales on the Zoo’s YouTube page.

Visit www.zooatlanta.org for more information.

Bronx/Prospect Park Zoos and New York Aquarium (New York)

The Bronx Zoo – the largest urban zoo in the country featuring 4,000 animals representing more than 650 species – along with the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo is bringing the animals to you via their "Virtual Zoo” page.

Watch live streaming webcams between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a chance to see some favorite creatures up close, including feeding time.

Visit www.bronxzoo.com and/or Facebook and Instagram for more information, including zookeepers talks, kids’ activities, videos, and latest updates.

Buttonwood Zoo (New Bedford)

ZooKeeper Chats are on Facebook Live Learner at 11 a.m. daily. Spend time with their keeper staff and animals, ask questions and learn from home.

You can also find them along with many more videos on their YouTube channel.

Check Facebook, Instagram or Twitter daily for a variety of Nature Connection activities.

Visit www.bpzoo.org for more details.

Canadian Farm Tours

Immerse yourself in 11 Canadian farm and food tours from minks, sheep, pigs and cows to apples, eggs and oats at Farmfood360.ca.

Chengdu Panda Base (China) – Watch Panda Cub And Nanny’s “War”

Watch Panda Meng Lan try to “help” nanny’s cleaning work in Cheng du Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding at https://youtu.be/CpK1lZJmbJY.

Chengdu Panda Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals, is located in Chengdu, Sichuanm, China.

Visit panda.org.cn to learn more.

Christine’s Critters Rescue and Rehabilitation Mission

Christine's Critters rescues and rehabilitates more than 250 birds each year. For the “rescue rehabilitate release” video, along with other videos, go to christinescritters.org.

Every weekday while schools and libraries are closed, Christine will come to you LIVE on Facebook with a different program. You will meet hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, snakes, lizards, frogs and more. Like her page and you will receive a notification when they go live each day.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Ohio)

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the US.

Join them for a Home Safari Facebook Live at 3 p.m. each weekday where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.

All Home Safari videos will be posted to You Tube channel and cincinnatizoo.org as well.

Farm Sanctuary (Upstate New York)

Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York is a national nonprofit rescue, education and advocacy mission that operates homes for farm animals that have been rescued from cruel and abusive conditions.

Meet George, a tiny piglet who has a big life ahead of him and Rita, a young calf who lost so much yet finds her way home, and others who have interesting rescue and recovery stories.

Tune into the calm of the sheep barn and other animals on live cams.

Check out the Sustainable Future Curriculum geared for middle and high school.

Visit Facebook LIVE for their programming schedule for enjoy animal tales, sanctuary sing-a-longs and puppet shows, art classes and other fun activities.

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing thousands of animals and representing several thousand species, all of which reside in10 million US gallons of marine and salt water. It was the largest aquarium in the world until it was surpassed by Marine Life Park in Singapore.

View live Webcams: UnderSea Voyager Aquarium Webcam; Beluga Whale Cam; California Sea Lion Cam; African Penguin Cam; Jellyfish Cam; Otter Cam; Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef Cam; Pirranha Cam (feedings); Underwater Puffin Cam.

Hey kids: they’re not squiddin you – create an aquarium piece of art and they’ll feature it on their website; looking for something to octopi your time? Color one of their new coloring pages with Dive Deep: A Coloring Collection.

Global Shark Tracker (and other animals, too)

Use the Global Shark Tracker to learn about where great white sharks hang out and why. Can you find Grizz? Fitzy? Fletcher? What about Emily the sea turtle? Are there any sharks near Honduras? Puerto Rico? How about Massachusetts?

People can also track alligator, dolphin, seal, turtle and whale traveling all over the world.

Heal the Bay Aquarium Live

Heal the Bay Aquarium goes live on Facebook at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, offering virtual visits with baby sharks and a look at its new exhibit.

Sea life fans can get a glimpse of the Aquarium's marine animal ambassadors and learn more about wildlife habitats off the coast of Southern California.

Visit healthebay.org for more information regarding the series.

New England Aquarium –Virtual Tours, Videos and Activities

The New England Aquarium is now open. All of their virtual visits from their temporary closure – including presentations from aquarists and behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium – can be found on their website. You can also watch live views from inside the New England Aquarium and find fun activities to try from home. Visit their YouTube page for new videos.

Visit neaq.org for more information.

Roger Williams Park Zoo – School Zoo (Rhode Island)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at their animals and explore a fun activity you can do at home on youtube.com at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visit www.rwpzoo.org for more information.

Unity Farm Sanctuary (Sherborn, MA)

Unity Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 2018. Meet the residents: alpacas and llamas, dogs and donkeys, horses, ponies as well as minis, bulls and cows, goats, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters and wildlife on the live cams.

All are welcome to tune into their daily Facebook Live meet-and-greet with their animal residents. Check their Facebook page for the weekly schedule and special events, including their Animal Tales preschool book reading and their featured Animal-of-the-Week series.

They update all of their social media pages frequently, so be sure to follow them to keep in touch with all of your animal friends at Unity.

Visit www.UnityFarmSanctuary.org for more information, along with links to cams and social media pages.

Zoo New England (Franklin Park & Stone zoos) – #ZooToYou

Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. each day for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.

Create your own animal masks, draw all types of animals with dot-to-dot illustrations, or learn something new like how to make your own compost pile! A full list of activities can be found here: www.zoonewengland.org.

Visit www.facebook.com/stonezoo/videos/2852652514814882 and/or zoonewengland.org for more information.

Learn more about the Franklin Park Zoom by clicking here.

Zoos Victoria Virtual Keeper Talks and Live Cams (Australia)

G'day from the animals Down Under!

Zookeepers from Zoos Victoria – Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo – offer talks about their resident animals, such as elephants, koalas, and baboons, lions, hippos, and gorillas, Wombat, Tasmanian devils, and platypus and the environment they live in.

New talks are posted Monday mornings (which is Sunday afternoon/evening in US time zones).

In addition, the zoos offer live 24/7 webcams of the penguins, zebras, snow leopard cubs, giraffes and lions.

Visit www.zoo.org.au for more information.


Arts & Culture Google

Arts & Culture Google offers online tours and exhibits of hundreds of museums around the world, including several in Boston that are also listed under specific neighborhoods. Links to view ALL, A-Z and Map are included.

American Museum of Natural History (NYC)

The American Museum of Natural History (NYC) is making its previously recorded tours of the museum halls available on Facebook Live every day at 2 p.m. throughout its closure. The virtual tours, which are led by museum guides, take viewers through collections in the museum’s Hall of African Mammals, Hall of the North American Forests, Hall of Meteorites, among others.

A collection of the museum’s educational materials (for children and adults) is also available for free. Discover scientific articles and videos on topics including climate change and human health as well as science classes, games and quizzes for kids on the museum’s website.

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 for more fun activities. Visit their website at https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour for more information.

Boston Tea Party Museum

Enjoy webisodes from the Boston Tea Party Museum. Learn more about that famous event that forever changed the course of American History. Get more insight on historic artifacts, meet the colonists, explore the ships and more.

Visit the website to experience museum virtually with interactive maps.

California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)

Explore deep sea, deep space and everything in between at the California Academy of Sciences, all from your living room.

Stay curious with Academy @ Home. Cozy up with a curated array of webcams, games, videos, and DIY activities. Start Exploring.

Hungry for science? Tune into the Academy Breakfast Club for live streamed lectures served by an all-star cast of Academy scientists. Stream On.

Clara Barton National Historic Site (Maryland) 360-degree Virtual Tour

A U.S. Patent Office clerk turned field nurse, Clara Barton, was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross. Her life and legacy are celebrated at Clara Barton National Historic Site, the Glen Echo, Maryland house that was her home for the last 15 years of her life, as well as the national headquarters of the American Red Cross, a dormitory for staff, and a warehouse for relief supplies.

In a virtual tour, explore the house’s many rooms and hallways, including 12 restored rooms. Hear the “voice of Clara Barton” provide descriptions in her own words and navigate the tour with your mouse to see 360-degree views. Younger virtual visitors can enjoy educational, interactive learning activities, and print out a personalized certificate upon completion.

Commonwealth Museum

The Commonwealth Museum brings the story of Massachusetts to life with state of the art interactive exhibits. You can visit online exhibitions such as The Acadian Exile in Massachusetts, Black People in Massachusetts during the Civil War, Irish Immigration and more at www.sec.state.ma.us.

Davis Museum at Wellesley College

On the Davis Museum’s website, visitors can explore three exhibitions via the museum’s virtual platform.

One virtual show looks at artists’ interpretations of Mary Magdalene’s identity, revealing their perspectives on women, devotion, and the divine, and their artistic choices have, in turn, influenced the lives of women.

Additionally, the Davis Museum offers an exhibition of the work of artist Yu-Wen Wu, and a look Portraits of Women in its collection.

Discovery Museum presents 'Discovery at Home' Activities

The Discovery Museum is ready to help keep your kids busy while they are at home with Discovery At Home. This guide provides favorite at-home fun-and-learning activities such as science-based activities focused on the outdoors and nature, simple engineering challenges, “kitchen chemistry” and messy-sensory activities, and ideas specifically for young children. Content will continue to be added to the site.

Discovery at Home can be found at www.discoveryacton.org/education/discovery-home.


The Ecotarium in Worcester is a “hands-on” place to learn about science and the natural world. You can also learn about its animals with free educational content on its website.

Discover more at www.ecotarium.com.

EMK Institute on You Tube

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.

While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on You Tube, links to a variety of activities and exhibits can be found on their website.

Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.

Visit emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to YouTube and the activities and exhibits.

Eustis Estate Virtual Tour

If you haven't been to Historic New England's Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts, or you've been meaning to visit again, you can do it from your computer or mobile device.

Explore the elaborate Aesthetic Movement interiors of the 1878 mansion and tour its Blue Hills-adjacent landscape on the Eustis Estate app.

Visit http://eustis.estate for more details.

Gibson House Museum Virtual Tours

Catch up on blogs, take a virtual tour and learn more about its history at www.thegibsonhouse.org.

The Museum’s latest blog post on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre can be found at thegibsonhousemuseum.blogspot.com.

Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge)

The three Harvard Art Museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler) are filled with incredible works of art from around the world.

Learn more about their various pieces through their social channels or online gallery at www.harvardartmuseums.org.

Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston

Explore contemporary art with videos and audio recordings, including exhibition previews, artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators on the ICA website. Some of the ICA’s digital offerings include studio visits with artists such as Tschabalala Self, Helga Roht Poznanski and Lavaughan Jenkins, along with recordings of past talks and other exhibition materials.

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information.

Isabella Stewart Gardner – #MuseumFromHome

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is filled with recorded concerts; video and audio content featuring curators, conservators, and artists; and information on collections and horticulture that can bring the Gardner to you until you can visit them again in person.

#MuseumFromHome includes online stories, inspiration from founder Isabella, photos, exhibits and audio guides.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for additional information.

JFK Library and Museum – Digital content and curriculum

Learn more about the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of interactive experiences created by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Through Google Arts & Culture, you can explore the institution’s exhibitions and/or visit the JFK Library and Museum’s website to explore its online archive.

The Museum adds a weekly digest of digital content including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.

Visit www.jfklibrary.org for more details.

MAAM at home

While the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) staff is working from home they want to bring MAAM to you.

Enjoy behind-the-scenes content from our current exhibitions; artmaking activities for all ages; highlights from past exhibitions; and a few surprises along the way!

Visit https://maam.massart.edu for more information.

Massachusetts Historical Society virtual tours

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. (while temporarily closed) is offering virtual tours.

Founded in 1791, The Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures.

As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of daily lives.

Visit www.masshist.org for additional details.

Massachusetts State House virtual tour

The Massachusetts State House isn’t just the seat of political power in the Commonwealth; it also serves as a museum that reflects the history and development of Massachusetts from colonial times to today.

Take a virtual tour and check out the Great Hall, Senate Chamber, office of the Speaker of the House and more. The tour describes nine historic spaces and highlights paintings, sculpture, artifacts and decorative arts commemorating the people and events that helped to shape the Commonwealth and nation.

Visit www.malegislature.gov to enjoy your virtual tour.

The Museum of African American History: An Online Exploration

The Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket is the largest institution of its kind in New England. MAAH is dedicated to sharing the rich legacy of African American accomplishments. Through Google Arts & Culture, you can learn about the abolitionist movement in Boston or take a virtual tour of the Black Heritage Trail.

Visit Facebook @maah.org and/or www.maah.org for more information.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston – #MuseumFromHome

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.

Follow #MuseumFromHome for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.

Each day the MFS will be highlighting various pieces of art over social media with descriptions, podcasts and commentary.

And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.

Visit www.mfa.org for other details.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (NYC) offers Free Online Arts Classes

MoMA NYC has launched a series of free classes for those interested in better understanding the 91-year-old museum’s collection via the online teaching platform Coursera at www.coursera.org/moma.

Covering contemporary art, fashion and photography, the comprehensive beginner courses with corresponding readings and exercises will take anywhere from 12 to 38 hours to complete.

Designers, historians, manufacturers and other style experts discuss 70 different garments and accessories in “Fashion as Design” while “Seeing Through Photography” will use photos from the last 180 years to explore the difference between seeing and understanding an image.

Visit moma.org for a virtual tour of their collections.

Museum of Science – #MOSatHome

Check out what’s new on #MOSatHome with new

– Virtual exhibits to explore

– Thought-provoking Pulsar podcasts (with topics from outer space to the prehistoric) to listen to

– Sparks of Science videos to watch

– Family STEM activities for you to take part in at home

– Adult Programs after Dark in SubSpace (include free live events, music performances, conversations; art experiences and gaming, among others

Visit www.mos.org and/or #MOSatHome for more information.

Museum of the American Revolution (Philadelphia, PA) Virtual Tour

Families can visit the Museum of the American Revolution virtually any time of the week and explore their immersive galleries through 360 degree panoramic image.

From the early stirrings of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of independence, and from signing of the Declaration of Independence to the creation of the American Republic, the Museum’s core exhibition explores the ideas events, and legacies of American’s revolutionary beginnings.

Click here to begin the tour.

Visit www.amrevmuseum.org to learn more.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Interactive Virtual Tour

As the capital of the 19th century whaling industry and a safe haven along the Underground Railroad, as well as the home to legendary figures such as Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park preserves, protects, and interprets cultural resources within the “city that lit the world.” Located in downtown New Bedford, the park spans over 13 blocks, and includes a whaling museum, a waterfront visitor center, a custom house, and more.

Take a video tour or interactive virtual tour of the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, not normally open to the public, provided by the National Park Service and the New Bedford Historical Society. Owned by Nathan and Mary “Polly” Johnson, free blacks living in New Bedford, the house welcomed and assisted those traveling along the Underground Railroad. The house was even the first residence of Frederick Douglass after his escape from slavery in 1838.

Newport Mansion Virtual Audio Tours (Rhode Island)

Take a virtual 360o tour inside the Newport Mansions – Marble House, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, The Elms, the Elms Servant Life, Chateau-Sur-Mer, and Chepstow along with the John James Audubon and Tiffany Exhibitions.

Visit newportmansion.org for more information, including the links.

Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA)

The Norman Rockwell Museum has curated experiences that collect related images, photography, video, audio and history relating to the Museum’s renowned collection of Normal Rockwell’s original paintings, his Stockbridge Studio, as well as the Museum’s vast collection of art.

You can explore the world of Project NORMAN, a gateway to 20,000 works by more than 250 artists; watch hundreds of videos – nearly a thousand hours of content – spanning every facet of illustration art; and find lessons and activities for all ages at the MRM Curriculum Lab.

Visit Virtual NRM 24/7.

Old Colony History Museum fun

The Old Colony History Museum (Taunton) always says “History Happens Here” and now their staff has curated some awesome educational resources, including historical how to’s, challenges, and activities, so you can “Make History” from home.

Learn how to make berry ink, butter, ice cream and thaumatropes; become a photo detective; turn your house into your very own museum of your family’s treasures; these are just a sampling of some fun activities.

Follow the links at www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/kidsmakehistory and have fun exploring.

Share your results with them @oldcolonyhistory and #kidsmakehistory.

Paul Revere House – Listen now and visit later

Visit paulreverehouse.org to listen to a new episode of Revere House Radio and enjoy a preview of living history presentations, music, and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming soon.

Peabody Essex Museum #PEMfromHome (Salem, MA)

The Peabody Essex Museum has one of the most unique collections in Massachusetts. Take a virtual 360-degree tour to learn about the stories behind the changing exhibitions and artists. Find art projects for kids, and check out their podcast.

Visit www.PEM.org and social media channels for more information and links.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX)

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is helping families find alternative educational outlets that can expand their children’s curiosity in science while encouraging them to “Amaze Your Brain At Home.”

Families can watch their favorite scientific concepts come to life by using common household objects and supplies to explore nature and science at home and in their backyards.

This free content is categorized for parents to easily select the most appropriate projects – chiefly geared toward kids, ages 5 through 12 – and includes weekly lessons focused on different STEM topics (first up, physics!) with corresponding, informative fun-fact videos and activities that will allow children to have fun while still teaching them relevant educational topics.

There are also resources for teachers, daily trivia, quizzes and an interactive Google Hangouts for kids, ages 5 and under.

Plimoth Plantation: History @ Home

Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth’s virtual workshops. They’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning education programs out of the 17th century and going online. Join engaging, interactive virtual workshops and thought-provoking discussion from home and discover the powerful stories of people who actually lived along these shores of change 400 years ago. Perfect for families.

For a complete list of virtual programs, visit www.plimoth.org/learn.

Revolutionary Spaces = Old South Meeting House + Old State House

Watch videos of their Education Associates giving virtual talks on the people and stories that have shaped the ongoing American Revolution at www.revolutinaryspaces.org.

Salem Witch Museum | Witch Trials Online Tour

The Salem Witch Museum online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to view locations around Essex and Middlesex counties and a few key sites in and around Boston that are related to the events of the year 1692.

You may select a town or city to view pictures (where available) and read about the sites in these locations. This section contains descriptions of the sites from the witchcraft trials which can still be seen today, including original houses, foundations, grave sites, and sites marked by historic markers. Sites in Boston include King’s Chapel Burying Ground – the oldest cemetery in Boston, established in the year Boston was founded, 1630; Copp’s Hill Burying Ground – the second oldest cemetery in Boston, established in 1659; and Granary Burying Ground – the third oldest cemetery in Boston, established in 1660.

To give you an idea of the proximity of one site to another, they have also included the approximate locations of the homes of key figures that are no longer standing and have provided additional information about the roles these people played in 1692.

Visit the websites or call ahead to historic sites for admissions information, if/when you plan to visit. Many locations are private residences and are marked accordingly. Please treat these locations with respect and note they are not open to the public.

Visit https://salemwitchmuseum.com/witch-trials-online-tour for more information.

USS Constitution & Museum Virtual Tours and Activities

The USS Constitution and USS Constitution Museum are online.

- Take a virtual tour of the USS Constitution on Facebook Live at 10 a.m.

- Download the “Old Ironsides” Activity Book

- Play Mini Games

- Discover the USS Constitution’s history; Explore major voyages and events

- Browse the online collection of artifacts

The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website and social media channels.

Visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution; ussconstitutionmuseum.org; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Waterworks Museum Virtual Tour

The Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill will live stream a tour of the virtual model of their Museum at 12: 30 p.m. each Wednesday on Facebook.com/MetroWaterworks.

Visit www.waterworksmuseum.org for more information.


Activist, You! And other Kids Listen Podcasts

Activist, You! is a brand new Kids & Family podcast focusing on social justice. Every episode features an interview with different youth activists talking about their dedicated social justice topic and how and why they became activists. One of the episodes features a teen racial justice activist. Within this link are other Kids Listen podcasts as well.

Adventures in Chemistry

The American Chemical Society has a collection of fun activities, puzzles and games. Try out some experiments such as “Colors on the Mooove!” or “Time for Slime” and play some games such as “Bugs on the Run” or “Outer Space Molecule Chase.”

Watch some videos and learn about the Coronavirus vaccine or what’s in the smell of first rain.

There are some classroom science activities for teachers, too.

All this and more at https://www.acs.org.

Art for Kids Hub

Rob and his family – which includes four kids – have been uploading art lessons to YouTube every weekday for several years and have the 2.65 million YouTube subscribers to prove how fun they are! You can find the Art for Kids YouTube channel here. The biggest challenge will be choosing what to draw!

Authors Everywhere

Authors Everywhere is a YouTube Channel created and run by children's book writers and illustrators.

On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. They hope to offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this troublesome time.

Barnes & Noble Virtual Storytime

Barnes and Noble keeps the story going with weekly virtual storytimes on Saturdays at Youtube.com/Barnesandnoble.

Storytime read-alongs also have activity sheets at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/free-activities to help bring the Storytime to life.

B&N also offers additional materials such as activities, crafts, recipes and more for all ages fun.

Visit https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/bn-storytime for more information.

Bob Ross 'Joy of Painting' Shows

All the “happy little paintings” that you enjoyed on every season of The Joy of Painting is on Bob Ross’s YouTube page. There are more than 400 painting tutorials to choice from – some are short clips while others are full 30 episodes.

Just pick an episode – perhaps a painting featuring mountain, a lake in front of a mountain or a wooded trail leading up to a mountain – and re-create it as your own.

All you need is paint, a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind to get started, as Ross used to say. And remember, there are no mistakes, “only happy coincidences.”

Bob Ross first started showing viewers how to wield their “unlimited power on canvas” through The Joy of Painting on PBS in 1983. While the show ended in 1994, Ross remains a cultural icon and source of tranquility for many to this day.

Boston Harbor Island Junior Ranger

Did you know that you can become a Boston Harbor Islands Junior Ranger from anywhere?

By becoming a Junior Ranger, kids learn about the Boston Harbor Islands through hands-on experiences and can even earn an official Junior Ranger badge. Download resources online at bostonharborislands.org - kids and family and/or www.nps.gov – be a junior ranger and start your exploration today.

Boston parks coloring pages

Looking for activities to do while staying safe at home? The Mayor's Mural Crew has created a series of coloring pages based on scenes from some of Boston's most beloved spaces.

See if you can recognize all 10 scenes in these downloadable coloring pages.

Celebrity Story Time

Check out Storyline Online's digital library for a special story time with celebrities like Oprah, Betty White, Sean Aston, Michelle Obama and Allison Janney among others. Each book is paired with an activity guide for educators and caregivers. Here's how your family can get in on the fun!


This nonprofit foundation's website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources, apps, and even local schools that teach coding. Be sure to watch the inspirational video on the main page. The current iteration features some of the biggest names in tech talking about how they got started in coding.

Colorize Your World with Coloring Pages

Coloring is a great way to relax and get creative, so dig out your supplies (markers, gel pens, coloring pencils, and more) and try your hand at a few new line art pages – all free. Just download, print and color.

For adult coloring pages that are full of detailed whimsical designs go to www.art-is-fun.com

For Mandalas & Art Therapy; Nature, Travels, Art, History & Stories, Special Events among others visit www.justcolor.net

Coloring pages for kids including Animals; Thematic Pages; Art Masterpieces; characters from Films, Movie, Animation Cartoons, TV, Superheroes; Books, Video Games, Animes and Mangas go to www.justcolor.net.

For educational coloring pages (for kids and adults) including Doodle Art, Mandalas, Magic Coloring, Labyrinths, Wordplay and Zentangles can also be found at www.justcolor.net.

Coloring pages for adults and children, including Characters, Disney, Plants and Animals, Places, Seasons, Words and Letters, as well as Activities and DIY crafts can be found at Crayola.com.

Connect to Nature

Find out what Mother Nature has in store for the coming weeks with Mass Audubon’s monthly guide to the natural world. Check out the Program Catalog to find lots of online and onsite programs and special events.

Visit massaudubon.org to learn more.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Start each morning with Cosmic Kids Yoga to help everyone get centered for the day. Each 15-minute-long video features a cute theme and simple yoga moves that are great for toddlers and older kids alike.


Creativebug has more than 1000 online art and craft classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Visit Creativebug Television (CBTV) where you can get a deeper look into the processes, studios, and daily lives of your favorite artists. Check out their exclusive documentaries, HD versions of their Live Facebook videos, mesmerizing timelapses, and more. All content is free and shareable.

Visit CreativeBug.com to learn more.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s fun stuff

Check out illustrator Debbie Ohi's Youtube channel where she's got tons of drawing videos along with illustrated book.” You’ll also find “Ask Me To Ask” interview series in which children’s book creators answer a question they have chosen themselves, Debbie’s Doodles, and Read-Alouds.

Doing Good Together

Doing Good Together empowers families to raise caring, engaged children by offering unique programs and events, valuable services, and fun activities that promote kindness and giving. Go to www.doinggoodtogether.org for more information.

Draw So Cute

This website has lots of fun free activities, coloring pages, games, fan art and cute drawing videos for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Find them all at www.drawsocute.com.

Educational Escape Rooms

BreakoutEDU is an online "Escape Room" with puzzles for K-12 students. A selection has been made free with games that incorporate math, science, and history into topics like carnival games, cooking, and dino digs.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy – activities, music, tours and more

Visit the Conservancy's website at www.emeraldnecklace.org for printable scavenger hunts and activities for kids, audio of The Emerald Necklace symphony, and mobile tour guides you can use while getting in your exercise. The Emerald Necklace parks have been open continuously, providing a much needed space to relax and connect with nature.

Family Activity Book

Catholic Charities USA created family activity books for families (in English and in Spanish). People will find activities, games and recipes. Fun for all ages.

Visit ccab.org for a list of local agencies, programs and other resources.

Fruit of the Spirit Music Video Series

Enjoy the Go Fish Guy's Fruit of the Spirit video series. Lively and colorful – music mixed with positive messages to live by.

Fun Learning for Kids

Make learning fun with tons of engaging and effective learning activities, experiments and free printables at funlearningforkids.com.

Genealogy for the next generation

Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at https://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.

These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life. Have fun!

Girl Scout fun for everyone

Join girls from all over Eastern Massachusetts for at home fun. The GS Council is adding virtual badge activities, programs, and resources for girls and families to engage with from home every day.

Girl Scout membership is not necessary to participate, so you can get a chance to experience Girl Scouts for free. Check back often!

For more information about the Girl Scouts, visit www.gsema.org/athome

Greenway Carousel Coloring Book

Greenway Conservancy invites you to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creatures home by downloading a free sample of their Greenway Carousel Coloring Book Artist palette at https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org.

Guinness World Record Weekly Challenge

What are you accomplishing during your stay-at-home time? The Guinness World Records reminds us that spending time indoors doesn’t mean we have to be bored.

In fact, with the extra time, we can all aspire to do great things, including becoming a Guinness World Records title holder with the new weekly #GWRchallenge hosted across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

The guidelines for each weekly challenge are posted on the website, as well as on the GWR social channels, as a reference for anyone who needs them.

All attempts utilize household materials, or include no materials at all, so anyone can take part from within their home.

Recently posted challenges include brick-by-brick Lego records, fastest right-rope walker in high heels, and a limbo skate under 10 extremely low bars.

Visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com for more information, including podcasts and other fun activities.

Happy Hooligans Fun

Meet Jackie – she’s helping kids explore their world through art, crafts and good old-fashioned play. You’ll find lots of links with step-by-step instructions to enjoy – art, crafts, activities, recipes, parenting tips, home daycare info, and much more – at happyhooligans.ca.

Harbor at Home

Boston Harbor Now/WhatWeDo/Play 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.

Harlem Globetrotters at Home

The Harlem Globetrotters are looking to bring their ambassadorial spirit, and the smiles that go with it, directly to their fans with their new online “Globetrotters at Home” video content programming.

Globetrotter players are delivering everything from motivational messages to a "how-to" style gym class with basketball skills lessons, and even a few geography lessons where possible (they have played in 124 countries and territories, after all!).

ICA has DIY projects/Virtual Harbor Market and more

The Institute of Contemporary Art features craft projects for kids and adults to make together; video and audio recordings including artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators; plus in-depth information about individual artworks in the ICA’s permanent collection.

ICA also is hosting a Virtual Harbor Market to connect you with local makers, with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) vendors and creators.

Visit icaboston.org for details.

Khan Academy

Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations and more. Its latest addition is a partnership with Pixar, which gives users a chance to learn how Pixar artists do their jobs.

Kitchen Table Classroom

The Kitchen Table Classroom has a variety of arts and craft projects with step-by-step instructions, videos, and printables for kids, adults and teachers, too.

LEGO Building & Imagination 30 Day Challenge

Are you ready for a LEGO Challenge?

Build a rocket for NASA; Design and build your dream bedroom; Create something that represents the Webelos; Make your favorite food and see if someone can guess what it is; Create a pattern; Fill a rectangle with Legos without going over the edges.

You can print these challenges (and more) or just write them out and explore!

These brick building ideas will help spark kids of all ages’ imagination without showing or telling them exactly what to build.

Doing one a day makes incorporating daily STEM activities a fun learning experience plus it get kids (and adults) off the iPad or computer.

Go to https://thestemlaboratory.com/lego-challenge-cards; or visit thatbricklife.com for variations on the calendars – i.e. 3 Days of Play Calendar; 31 Day Cub Scout LEGO Calendar; 31 Spring LEGO Calendar

LeVar Burton Reads

In every episode, host LeVar Burton (best known for roles in Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life and dive into a great story.

LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring more than 80 stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and others to life. So, when you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath… and listen at levarburtonpodcast.com.


Everyone’s favorite children’s musician has music and a variety of entertaining (and teachable moment) videos on MamaSteph/YouTube.

Mindfulness Activities & Meditations for Kids and Parents

Practicing mindfulness can boost kids' well-being and empower them to meet their challenges with resilience.

At Mindful.org, people will find guided meditations for kids at various developmental stages along with Mindfulness activities for kids as well as mindful parenting tips.

NASA @ Home

Explore NASA STEM @ Home Resources for activities that families can do together.

Learn about their Missions or the Solar System and Beyond. Watch their videos and Live TV programs.

Listen to the NASA Crew members read books from the space station and/or perform a science experiment that goes along with concepts mentioned at storytimefromspace.com.

Visit www.NASA.gov to learn more.

National Geographic Kids

Explore the world without leaving home with a little help from National Geographic Kids.

From animals and geography to science, nature, and history, there are so many amazing facts just waiting to be discovered.

Ocean Science After School Program at Piers Park Sailing Center

Find lots of activities and resources for at-home learning from the Ocean Science After School Program. Visit piersparksailing.org to learn more, including videos and downloadables.

Patriots fun

Test your knowledge with a variety of trivia games and challenges. You can also find Patriots themed coloring pages, word search, crossword puzzles and more all at www.patriots.com/fans/quizzes-trivia.

PBS fun

PBS and PBS Kids have lots of fun crafts and experiments, coloring pages and printables, games and videos as well as recipes, parenting resources, tips and advice.

Peep and the Big Wide World

The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science and math to preschoolers. Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures.

Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.

Check out peepandthebigwideworld.com to enjoy a variety of games, videos, printables and other family fun. Be sure to check out the links for parents and educators, as well.

PEM at home

Looking for museum-inspired activities you can create at home? They’ve got you covered with origami video tutorials, fun finger puppets and downloadable coloring pages from PEM's children's book Piece by Piece.

Share your creations on social media and tag @peabodyessex so they can see what you make!

Visit PEM.org for more information.

Scholastic – Read, Play, Connect

Scholastic and Kids.scholastic has lots of resources for kids, parents and educators.

People can find lots of fun activities and printables along with a list of entertaining books to read. Check out the programs and contests along with book clubs and book fairs. It’s a great resource for educators offering classroom curriculum and how-to videos along with free books and resources, as well.


Designed by MIT students and aimed at children, ages 8-16, Scratch is an easy-to-use programming language that lets kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they are virtual Legos.

It's more than just a coding guide; it's a vibrant online community of programmers who swap ideas and inspiration.

Stop Motion Movies

Stop motion movies are made by piecing together a LOT of photographs (like a lot, a lot). In this video, Boston Children's Museum shows you how to create your own stop motion movie at home with help from the app Stop Motion Studio.

Story Seeds Podcast

Story Seeds Podcast: This show captures the magic that unfolds when kids, ages 6 to 12, collaborate with beloved storytellers who grow original stories inspired by their story ideas!


At Storycorps, the storytellers span all generations, allowing teen listeners (and others) to tune in to other points of view.

Visit www.storycorps.org to learn more about how you, too, could be a part of their storytime collections, because “every story matters and every voice counts.”

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Do you like learning about history? Try the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast. As its title suggests, this podcast delves into lesser-known historical facts and figures. From the greatest to the strangest, the hosts explore interesting tidbits from the past.

Swift Playgrounds

Designed by Apple for the iPad, Swift Playgrounds is a much more sophisticated-looking version of Code Combat, with the added benefit of being free.

Kids solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let users explore many unique coding experiences. It requires an iPad with iOS 12.0 or higher.

The Gottabees

The Gottabees is a Boston-based ensemble that, for the last seven years, has been happily making “super fun theater for the whole family.”

They know that, right now, you’re all spending a lot of time as a “whole family." So, they’re giving you a few moments out of your day – an excuse to giggle, gasp, cheer and play together – to enjoy some of their videos anytime.

Visit http://www.bonnie-duncan.com/trythisathome for more information.

Tipspoke Family Fun Activities

Tipspoke.com has a variety of fun activities for the family, including:

Art Projects & Fun Activities at Home – https://tipspoke.com/fun-at-home

Cool Science Experiments – https://tipspoke.com/science-experiments

Family Games – https://tipspoke.com/family games

Magic Tricks – https://tipspoke.com/magic-tricks

Tumblehome Book: Free Digital Book Offer

I Just Keep Wondering by Larry Scheckel is a 5-star non-fiction book filled with 121 kid-friendly questions and answers ranging from the highly technical to the more lighthearted.

Some examples: How are galaxies made in the cosmos? What do scientists do for fun?

When you get your hair wet, why does it look darker? And “What causes tap water to taste more chlorinated some days than others?

If you like science, and are a curious person at heart, I Just Keep Wondering is a book for you. Reading it could make you much more interested in the world around you.

Get a free digital copy at https://tumblehomebooks.org/readersclub. Offer good till Dec. 31. (Regularly $17.95).

Tumblehome Books are known for producing high quality supplemental educational materials, specifically focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Virtual Boston Harbor

Save The Harbor is connecting community to the Harbor through Virtual Boston Harbor, a series of fun and educational video programming, including activities, crafts, lessons and songs for kids and community members of all ages.

Wally the Green Monster and Friends Home Fun

The 2020 MLB season for the Red Sox is on! It may be an unusual season, but Wally the Green Monster is making the most of it and you can, too.

To help young (and not-so-young) fans stay connected this season, Wally and his sister Tessie offer a variety of printable activity pages and an online comic book on their new website, Home Fun. Kids are also invited to join Summer Slugger, where they can design their own baseball cards and practice math & literacy skills with baseball-themed fun.

Wally encourages fans of all ages to try out MLB's Cheer at the Ballpark, which adds your boos, cheers and applause to the sounds of the game.

Visit www.mlb.com/redsox/fans/kids for more information.

‘What if World’

For a fun podcast for ages 5-10, check out “What if World,” where the narrator spins comic tales out of kids’ questions, such as “What if Santa were an elephant?” or “What if sharks had legs?”

Visit www.whatifworldpodcast.com for more details.

‘Write. Right. Rite’ with Jason Reynolds

Join award-winning author Jason Reynolds in his video series "Write. Right. Rite." The series invites kids to creatively engage with Reynolds’ passion for storytelling while discussing topics like creativity, connection and imagination.


Zooniverse.org is an online citizen science project and the largest platform for people-powered research. Teens and adults can sign up and volunteer to help classify wildlife, transcribe historical texts, identify celestial bodies, and more, all without leaving your tablet or computer.


- “Be respectful of other’s opinions and beliefs; especially if they are different than your own.”  – From PassItOn.com

- "We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." – Maya Angelou

Silver Linings

Let’s face it: Life is really tough right now. But we can all look for silver linings during this uncertain time.

Read about and/or share your silver linings – Personal Blessings, as well as favorite Quotes, Songs, Movies, Books, Favorite Games, Podcasts, Question of the Day at #PandemicPositivity.

1 Million Acts of Kindness Challenge

Join the Kindness Movement – a super simple concept. Organizations, groups and individuals are all coming together to make their act of kindness count towards making 1 million acts in 2020.

They want to show not only the power of kindness but also that when we unite together we have the power to change the world.

It's so simple to be a part of the 1 million. You can post your acts of kindness to www.sunshinepeople.org.uk and 'Be 1 in a million'.

But if you feel a little shy to share, why not take a free ticket and commit to doing your act of kindness - they trust you.

Visit sunshinepeople.org.uk for more details.

'1812 Overturn" - Boston Pops - July 4th, 1976

This is rare footage of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops at their July 4th, 1976 Bicentennial concert at the Hatch Shell. Around 50,000 people were expected to attend – but the actual crowd was estimated to be 650,000 to 750,000. This clip includes the "1812 Overture."

800 musicians from 55 countries

This is a very impressive video of the Worldwide Virtual Choir and Orchestra performing “Nearer, my God, to thee.” This includes 800 musicians from 55 countries who combined to create an absolutely stunning virtual video.

Beach Boys in Concert

No summer concerts in the US this year. So, here are the Beach Boys in concert in Knokke, Belgium on July 21, 1987.

One of the most memorial rock performances at Tanglewood came in July 21, 1970 when Chicago performed. This was during their days when they were more of a real hard rock band and less Top 40. Watch guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered to be one of the best in the world of rock. Even the great Jimi Hendrix said Kath was better than him. Earlier in 1970, the group releases its second album – Chicago II. You can watch the entire concert on YouTube.

Chicago at Tanglewood - 1970 concert

One of the most memorial rock performances at Tanglewood came in July 21, 1970 when Chicago performed. This was during their days when they were more of a real hard rock band and less Top 40. Watch guitarist Terry Kath, who was considered to be one of the best in the world of rock. Even the great Jimi Hendrix said Kath was better than him. Earlier in 1970, the group releases its second album – Chicago II. You can watch the entire concert on YouTube.

6,000 strangers sing 'Heroes'

More than 6,000 strangers from 45 countries this year submitted a video in three days to sing one song “Heroes,” made famous by David Bowie. This is dedicated to “all the frontline heroes who are keeping us safe.”

'I Dare You"

This is a wonderful international virtual performance of “I Dare You” – a Global Virtual Performance Video with Kelly Clarkson.

Virtual 'Les Misérables'

Theaters around the world are mostly closed, which means no summer plays this year. The West End theater group in London was going to perform “Les Misérable,” but since they can’t, they did virtual performances of a few of the songs. Here’s 70 of the West End performers virtually singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?”

And the Barricade Boys have a very moving virtual performance of “Bring Him Home.” It includes many former cast members of ''Les Misérables.''

Members of “Les Misérables” companies from 1987 to the present returned to the virtual stage in April to share “One Day More” – an anthem of hope in these challenging times “until stages around the world light up once more.”

Virtual 'Back to the Future'

The world premiere of “Back to the Future - The Musical” took place not too long before the virus struck. The cast was led by Roger Bart as Doctor Emmett Brown and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, with a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B Goode". Enjoy the cast singing a virtual version of “The Power of Love.”

‘So Many Heroes’

“So Many Heroes,” a national tribute to our frontline workers, is performed by 75 students representing 16 theatres across the country. Join them in saluting those who have made significant sacrifices during this unprecedented time while you enjoy this performance.  

Learn more at www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org.

Boston Children’s Chorus – ‘Rise Up’

The Boston Children's Chorus, in collaboration with the Denver Children's Choir, the Children's Chorus of Washington DC, the Gondwana Choirs of Sydney and the Cincinnati Boychoir, presents "Rise Up" by Andra Day. They do a wonderful job spreading a message of hope and unity in a time when it is really needed.

Camden Voices – ‘True Colors’

Need to be uplifted? Check out this version of “True Colors” with the Camden Voices virtual chorus from Great Britain.

From Our Homes to Yours – Everything Possible –Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus released a virtual chorus video where members sang from their homes all over New England and dedicated it to health care workers, first responders, grocery store employees, emergency childcare providers, janitors and everyone else working daily to keep us healthy and safe.

They are thankful for your courage and commitment. As the song says, “the only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.” And may each of you “dream all the day never reaching the end of everything possible for you.”

See it here.

Teddy Bear Hunt

Stuffed animal scavenger hunts are making life bear-able for bored kids.

Stuffed animals are appearing everywhere along the streets and in the windows all across the world in the global “Teddy Bear Hunts” for children – uniting neighborhoods and giving children an exciting, social distancing safe scavenger hunt activity during shelter-in-place.

The hunts are inspired by the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (1989) – reading, another family-friendly activity to share.

South Shore Children’s Chorus

Here is the South Shore Children's Chorus’s virtual version of “Beautiful City” from “Godspell.” This was recently recorded. Learn more at www.southshorechildrenschorus.org.

‘Together, at Home’ – online concerts

“Together, at Home,” is a new series of online concerts presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen that aims to “unite humanity at a time when many may feel isolated at home and inspire people to take meaningful action” to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Together, at Home” will continue to feature livestream shows from a number of musical artists throughout the duration of social distancing protocols via social media channels.

Visit globalcitizen.org for more information, including links to listen.

Virtual ‘Lockdown Waltz’

The “Lockdown Waltz” by the Corona Orchestra came together with 121 tracks recorded by 75 musicians in 11 countries on three continents playing virtually. 

Learn more at www.facebook.com/muzikids and www.facebook.com/bertdecock.

Virtual ‘Ode to Joy’

There are a few virtual versions of “Ode to Joy” now available. This one with the musicians from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best. These musicians, who are self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic, came together to record a virtual, collaborative performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from their homes.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is an ode to humanity, to peace over desperation, to universal kinship and, of course, to joy.

‘What can we do for our country?’

“In a time when the nation must come together to protect the most vulnerable among us, President Kennedy’s call to ask ‘what can we do for our country’ couldn’t be more relevant. He believed deeply that each of us can make a difference and everyone should try. Never has that been more true than right now. Thanks to everyone for helping your family, community, the country, and the world.”

Message from the JFK Library and Museum.

‘What if’ with 2,292 virtual singers

This is not new, but this version of “What if” from “Paradise Lost” is just as meaningful and uplifting now as it was when Eric Whitacre and 2,292 young singers from 80 different countries joined together to create a special Virtual Youth Choir film for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of a unique partnership with UNICEF. 

Singers, ages 18 and under from around the globe, recorded and submitted videos to be part of Whitacre’s first-ever Virtual Youth Choir. According to the group, “parents, older siblings, friends and teachers helped children as young as two rehearse and record in bedrooms, living rooms and rehearsal halls at the far reaches of the Earth so they could sing in the VYC. In many cases, the voice of just one child represents an entire country, proving that one person can help change the world for the better. These global singers came together to be part of something momentous – to support UNICEF to help save and change children’s lives around the world. Together we can #putchildrenfirst.”

‘What the World Needs Now’ – Virtual Orchestra

What started as an idea on a student’s flight home from Berklee College ended in collaboration with some of the most incredible people.

Visit www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/what-world-needs-now-student-made-video or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QagzdvzzHBQ&feature=emb_share for a little something special to brighten your day.

Share it with other to help promote positivity and optimism while we need it the most.

• PERFORMING ARTS (Theater and Music Anytime)

Boston Ballet Online

Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, performance clips, and articles on www.bostonballet.org along with exclusive, ballet videos at: www.facebook.com/bostonballet and www.instagram.com/bostonballet.

Support the Boston Ballet here.

BSO and Pops at home/Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival

The BSO and Boston Pops at Home is designed to entertain, enlighten and engage audiences around the world with special online and radio content. Each day of the week brings a different activity.

Enjoy a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.

Watch video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind-the-scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, a series of digital offerings, includes both free-of-charge archival offerings as well as newly created content available for purchase. Video and audio streams on www.tanglewood.org.

Visit www.bso.org for more information.

H+H Listening Room

Handel and Haydn Society continues to keep people entertained until their new season starts in the fall.

Listen and watch live recordings of past H+H performances in the H + H Listening Room.

Enjoy a wide-ranging collection of music form the Handel and Haydn Society, including selections from the Orchestra, the Chorus and other recordings from their musicians at H + H Radio.

The podcast series “Tuning In” gives listeners a unique look at some of the most famous pieces in classical and baroque music.

For more information, visit HandelandHaydn.org.

#NECMusicHub & Monday Videos

There is beauty, community and optimism inherent in making music, even in these challenging times. The New England Conservatory of Music musicians are sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe. Follow the online series at #NECMusic Hub.

In addition, NEC is releasing new concert videos every Monday.

Visit necmusic.edu for more details.

Play at Home

Play at Home brings joy and connection of live theatre to your own home. Play at Home aims to keep playwrights working while inspiring creativity and community.

Numerous theatre organizations have come together to create Play at Home, a collection of free short plays that have been commissioned to only be performed in people’s homes.

Visit www.playathome.org for more information, including a list of plays (with links to download) to enjoy at home.

Shakespeare on the Common: Encores

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents “Shakespeare on the Common Encores” Series featuring artists who have performed on the Shakespeare on the Common stage.

Join them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @commshakes to see who will show up next with a reprise of a piece of their performance – a little reminder of those starry, peaceful summer nights – on the Common until they return live next summer.

Visit https://commshakes.org/production/shakespeare-on-the-common-encores for more information.

• OTHER INTERESTS (Events and Activities)

‘Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England’

"Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England" is an online exhibition that reflects what it is about New England – its architecture, landscapes, towns, and people – that imbues the region with a unique sense of place. The paintings date from the 1730s to today and are arranged by theme. "Land & Sea," in the first gallery, highlights the region’s geography. "At Home in New England," in the second gallery, considers where and how people have lived here. "New England’s People," in the third gallery, introduces an array of intriguing men and women. "The Wide World," in the fourth gallery, demonstrates the ways New Englanders have experienced places and cultures elsewhere. Curated by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, and Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections at Historic New England.

This online exhibition also includes historical photographs, additional content provided by the curators, and a chance to see some video of conservation work. This online preview is a complement to "Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England," that opens in the exhibition galleries at the Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Ave., Milton this fall.

Visit http://eustis.estate/location/artful-stories for more information.

Celebrating Artists of Color

Gateway Arts presents Celebrating Artists of Color, an online and in-store exhibition that aims to amplify the voices and perspectives of Black People and People of Color.

This group exhibition features the work of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx artists who work or have worked in the studios of Gateway Arts, a studio art center for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, we gain understanding through hearing these individuals’ unique voices. The works on view depict a range of subjects as distinct and idiosyncratic as their makers, from Jamilah Monroe’s anthropomorphized animals in her collages, to Darryl Richards’ exquisite Ice Cube rendered in fibers on cardboard. The ongoing struggle for justice and equality for Black People in America is a thread gleaned throughout, and especially in the courageous work of Ashley Barbour in Ruby Bridges and Breonna Taylor, and Jordana Simpson’s Untitled work.

This exhibition, which runs through Sept. 30, is a buy-off-the-wall show, with new works added on a rolling basis, held in The Gateway Store by one-at-a-time appointment only: Tuesdays - Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. as well as online at gatewayarts.org. To make an appointment, contact Loel at westermannL@vinfen.org.

Urban Ponds: Essential Ecosystem for the Enjoyment and Discovery of Nature

In Shakespeare’s time, four elements were considered essential to life – earth, air, fire, water. In our own lifetime, we have discovered just how essential these elements are. The fourth, water, takes on the role of beauty, reflection, discovery, joy, even metaphor, in this exhibition by photographer, Bruce Wilson.

Urban Ponds: Essential Ecosystems for the Enjoyment and Discovery of Nature through Oct. 11, brings the aesthetic and elemental properties of water, within the circumscribed arena of the city, to the Arnold Arboretum. Three ponds in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection, Faxon, Dawson, and Rehder, are alive with fauna and flora, beckoning visitors who relish a connection to nature and water in an urban community.

An integral component of the Arboretum’s ecosystem and landscape, these ponds (as well as in an urban pond in Newton)—named for former Arboretum staff—entice Wilson to bring his artistic eye to the discovery of shadows, reflections, and visitor enjoyment. His pond images complement the trees, emphasize the subtle or saturated colors of water, and capture interactions between visitors and scenes of rich pond life. Water is our source of life; its essence can calm and nurture each of us during this year when we look for nourishment of the body and spirit. Wilson has captured moments for all of us to share and savor.

He takes his cue from Frederick Law Olmsted “The root of all my good work is an early respect for, regard and enjoyment of scenery.”

While a relative newcomer to serious photography, Wilson’s images belie his short history of working with the original “raw material” in the initiating image, and then his post-production work to bring out interesting geometry, color, or the overlooked beauty of some part of nature.

View this online exhibition.


At this time when thousands of people across this country and other countries have come together in protest every day since the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25, it is worth remembering that the struggle for Civil Rights has been going on for a long time.

Here are some short videos worth watching from the Civil Rights movements from the 1950s and ’60s:


A campaign to register African American voters was launched during the Civil Rights Movement at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham by Martin Luther King, Ralph David Abernathy and Fred Shutterworth. One of the ugliest, most hateful crimes committed during that era was the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 15, 1963. That bombing resulted in the murder of four children and injuries to many other people.

“Birmingham Sunday” is a haunting song beautifully written and sung by Richard Fariña. It was recorded in the summer of 1965. The four girls who were murdered were getting ready for a church school lesson that morning called, “The Love That Forgives.” According to the notes with this song, the bombing was “a watershed moment for the Civil Rights movement at the time. The video has a still of the Ku Klux Klan member who allegedly planted the bomb. In October 1963, he was charged with possessing a box of 122 sticks of dynamite without a permit, for which he received a hundred-dollar fine and a six-month jail sentence. It took until 1977 for Robert Chambliss to be indicted for first-degree murder. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison where he died eight years later.

This song was recorded solo for the Singer Songwriter Project album. It demonstrates Fariña's growing talent and hints at the greatness he might have achieved but for his untimely death in 1966.”


One of the most important events happened in Alabama in 1965. There were three protest marches from Selma to Montgomery that year. These marches were to demonstrate the wish of Blacks to exercise their right to vote in defiance of segregationist repression. The marchers were to travel 54 miles as part of a wider voters’ right movement. Alabama State Troopers brutally attacked the unarmed, peaceful Civil Rights demonstrators on a bridge outside Selma on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. TV coverage put on display the horrible beating the marchers received from the police. The marchers went from Selma to Montgomery on March 21-25, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

Later that year, the Voting Rights Act passed Congress and was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. In 2013, the Supreme Court weakened the law, opening the door for the return of voter suppression in a growing number of states today.

- This video shows the march to Selma, set to “Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” – performed by The Roots. It is a very powerful video.


- Here is another version of “Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” showing video from the Civil Rights movement overall. This is also a excellent look back at the events of that era.

- This is a very moving version of “Oh Freedom!” by The Golden Gospel Singers. It’s made more powerful with the backdrop of the historic photos.

- Here is another view of the Civil Rights movement set to “Freedom Highway,” sung by The Staple Singers in 1965. Included is Rosa Parks, who on Dec. 1, 1955 refused to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her courage inspired many people to stand up for equal rights. She is considered to be "The First Lady of Civil Rights" and "The Mother of the Freedom Movement."


Joan Baez was one of the singers to perform at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963. She sang "We Shall Overcome." The most remembered part of that protest gathering – one of the biggest in US history - was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream” speech.

Also there that day was Bob Dylan. Here is a 1964 video of him singing “The Times They Are a Changin’.” The song is just as meaningful today as it was in the 1960s.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. The crowd of 250,000 people who traveled from across the country to attend this rally was much larger than anyone expected. This version, highlighting the second half of the speech, is mixed with music composed by Ben Rothbard.

- Here is a portion of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “We Shall Overcome” speech, given at the Temple Israel of Hollywood in 1965. His words are just as relevant today as they were back then.

- This is MLK’s final speech, given on April 3, 1968 in Memphis. As with many of his other speeches, this one is just as important and relevant today as it was in the 1960s. Dr. King was assassinated the next day.


“… there was no out, there was just in.” Before the 1960s, almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, led by Black and Brown transgender women like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, as well as other queer people of color including Stormé Delarverie, is a milestone in the quest for LGBTQ+ civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.

Now a National Monument, people can visit the Stonewall Inn online at the colorful Stonewall Forever virtual monument, where visitors can manipulate a crystalized rainbow to discover nuggets of history and add their own voices to the conversation.

While visiting Stonewall Forever virtually, be sure to stream the documentary of the same name, which is most appropriate for teens and up.

Visit the websites for more information, including resources.

-  “Unity does not mean sameness. It means oneness of purpose.” Priscilla Shirer, Author