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Suffolk Fashion: decorate your mask
Suffolk Fashion at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University,120 Tremont St. #5, presents Wear Your Face Mask, But Make It Fashion! Join them in decorating your face mask on Monday, Oct. 26. Two classes will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Anyone from the Suffolk community is welcomed regardless if you are a member of Suffolk Fashion or not. All supplies will be provided.
Participants must wear a face mask at all times. NO EXCEPTIONS.
They ask people to register before attending due to safety reasons.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/suffolk-fashion-decorate-your-mask-tickets-125192719795?aff=ebdssbdestsearch for more information and registration.
Building brands people love
Making people care is hard. Making them care about your brand is even harder. GA Boston is bringing together some of their favorite companies to hear how they created brands people love from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Join the group to learn, debate and craft the building blocks of creating a brand that people will fall in love with. You'll hear about tips, tools and advice you need to craft your own brand story and ensure you're building a brand that connects with your audience.
Go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/building-brands-people-love/online/151912 for more information and registration.
Climate action for everyone: A learning circle
Concerned about climate change? Want to understand and respond to this challenge? The Boston Public Library will host a seven-week online series, “Climate action for everyone: A learning circle,” (based on the University of Michigan’s “Act on Climate”) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 4.
A key objective of this learning circle is to identify individual, community and political actions people can pursue to effectively address climate change and help create a more just and sustainable future. The weekly themes are as follows:
Oct. 28: Action Plans – This discussion will focus on the action plans participants have developed using what they've learned over the previous five weeks.
Nov. 4: Wrap Up – This final session will focus on participants’ reflective experience; collecting feedback on the format and content and discussing how to carry our learning forward into the future.
This program is presented as part of Climate Preparedness Week 2020, an initiative of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and everyone is welcome.
Visit bibliocommons.com/events for more information and registration.
Adulting 101: ‘Marie Kondo’ your life
Does your life spark joy? Or are you feeling crushed by the existential weight of work, life and obligations? A little organization can help streamline things and give you the space to breathe again.
Join GA Boston from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 for this workshop as part of their Adulting 101 series, where they’ll be discussing all things tidy. Color code that calendar, alphabetize those files, and bring out your inner Marie Kondo.
Reorganizing can be a great stress relief and can help you feel more in control. Attendees will leave the adulting workshop with the tools to completely reorganize and redesign their lives.
This workshop is presented by Phoebe Cusack, KonMari™ Certified Consultant, Spark Joy Boston.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/adulting-101/online/148777 for more information and registration.
‘Lighting the way: Exploring lantern stories in Boston’s Chinatown’
Lighting the way: Exploring ‘Lantern Stories’ in Boston’s Chinatown, features a conversation between artist Yu-Wen Wu and Greenway Conservancy Director and Curator of Public Art, Lucas Cowan from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Lantern Stories consists of 30 lanterns suspended over the central plaza of Chin Park that portray Chinatown’s history of immigration, culture and resiliency. Focusing on each individual lantern created for this exhibit, the artist will guide the audience through her vision and creative process. Learn more about the narratives, themes and design of Lantern Stories through documentation, video, and conversation.
Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/lighting-the-way-exploring-lantern-stories-in-bostons-chinatown-tickets-63701820861.
Bright Lights film series
The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College will present the Bright Lights Film Series Fall 2020 at 7 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
Oct. 29 – Bright Lights: Councilwoman
Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, union members, grandmothers, and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island.
Nov. 5 – Bright Lights: Cured
Incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material – much of it unseen for decades – CURED takes audiences inside this riveting narrative to chronicle the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights.
Nov. 12 – Bright Lights: A Woman's Work
Football and feminism collide in this feature documentary that follows two former NFL cheerleaders who file class-action lawsuits against their teams and the league alleging wage theft and illegal employment practices.
Nov. 19 – Bright Lights: Dope Is Death
In 1973, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America.
Dec. 3 – Bright Lights: The Condor & The Eagle
In the midst of the burning of the Amazon, the mega-fires in Australia, and the global climate strikes, this award-winning documentary documents the ongoing collective climate awakening and the imperative of urgent change.
Dec. 10 – Bright Lights: Queering The Script
In 2016, a record number of queer women died on fictional shows, which broke the hearts of queer fans and launched a successful fight for better, more diverse LGTBQ2S+ representation.
All virtual screenings are free and open to the public. Tickets will become available at noon on the day of the film screening.
Go to https://websites.emerson.edu/brightlights for more information and Zoom registration.
Celebrity Series of Boston at Home
The Fall 2020 Edition of Celebrity Series at Home features a diverse lineup of classical music, modern and classical dance, jazz, folk, world music, family music and multi-media performances at 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
Oct. 29: Abilities Dance Boston
Nov. 5: Cellist Aristides Rivas and Vocalist Meena Malik
Nov. 19: Soul Yatra Trio: Folk Tunes and New Works
Dec. 3: Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet: "Global Inspirations"
Dec. 10: Devin Ferreira: “Seeds of Greatness”
Dec. 17: Verónica Robles: "A Mexican Christmas: Songs and Stories"
Visit celebrityseries.org for more information and registration including Sunday Performances,.
ICA kids virtual play date: Infinity and beyond
Explore artworks in the ICA's exhibition, 'Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama' through artmaking, observation and movement. What is infinity? How can we explore time, presence and the power of illusion? Work with the visiting artists on a quest through infinity and beyond.
ICA will host workshops by theatre and play experts, The Gottabees and socially engaged multimedia artist, Elisa Hamilton on Friday, Oct. 30 as follows:
Little Play Date: For kids, ages five and under + their grownups
- 10 to 10:45 a.m. | Play with The Gottabees
Play Date After School: For kids of all ages and their grownups
- 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. | Exploring Art with Brooke Scibelli
- 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. | Art-making with Elisa Hamilton
- 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. | Play with The Gottabees
Advanced registration required. All workshops held online on Zoom. Participants must supply their own materials.
Visit icaboston.org/events/virtual-play-date-infinity-and-beyond for more information and registration.
Do you like making art? Are you currently in sixth, seventh or eighth grade? Do you want to learn more about contemporary art with other creative young people? If so, then join ICA for Art (Co)Lab, a new eight-week virtual program for youth in grades 6 to 8 focused on visual arts, inspired by current installations in the Bank of America Art Lab. The group will meet virtually from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 3 (except Nov. 26).
The group will explore the themes and materials present in Threads of Connection by Boston-based artist Merill Comeau. The program will be led by ICA staff and teaching artists with special workshops led by guest artists. Participants will explore various art materials, methods, and ideas to grow as artists and create a creative online community.
Advanced registration required. Free for BPS students / $168 for members / $210 for nonmembers. Materials will be provided and scholarships are available.
Email Jessie Miyu Magyar at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visit ICAboston.org for other information.
Seaport Sweat 2020 Virtual and on Seaport Common
Boston’s biggest free workout series, Seaport Sweat will be offering classes on Seaport Common (following COVID guidelines) and virtually @seaportbos on IG Live through Friday, Oct. 30.
Join in as they bring a variety of new fitness classes and new instructors.
5:30 p.m. Broncore Bootcamp
6:30 p.m. Flow with Aly Raymer
5:30 p.m. Mat/Barre Fusion with Jenn Azarian
6:30 p.m. Sculpt that sASS with Alanna Perry
5:30 p.m. Kick It by Eliza (Virtual Only)
6:30 p.m. Vinyasa Yoga with Blair Flynn
5:30 p.m. Zumba with Calvin Braxton
6:30 p.m. Athletic Conditioning with Michael Soares
Noon: Align N’ Flow
Sweat for a Cause: Boston Seaport will donate $1 to The Boston Resiliency Fund for every person who RSVPs via Eventbrite for Seaport Sweat throughout the summer.
Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information, including the schedule and the link to Eventbrite.com to Sweat for a Cause.
Voter registration and census surveys at ICA
Leading up to the November 2020 election, the ICA will offer voter registration and census surveys on site during Free Thursday Night and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Census surveys will be available through Oct. 31.
Bike Seaport: Tune Ups
Join Boston Seaport and Seaport TMA every week for complimentary bike tune-ups by Landry’s Bicycles and receive a voucher during the morning sessions for a free bagel and coffee from Better Bagels as a thank you for commuting sustainably.
Morning and afternoon sessions will alternate each week on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., respectively, in Seaport Common through Oct. 30.
Sign up for a free bicycle check-up on Wednesdays and save your slot for a 15-minute appointment at bostonseaport.xyz.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
Online Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.
Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
Waterfront Bingo 2020
Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.
Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.
Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.
Visit bostonharbornow.org/waterfrontbingo2020 for more information.
YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview
The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.
Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.
All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year (*Due to limited capacity, one clinic and lesson per child, per session). Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.
For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.
Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Greenway Open Market
The Greenway Open Market, operated by New England Open Markets, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and the first and third Sundays of the month through Oct. 31 at the Rings Fountain on The Greenway.
The Greenway Open Market is an open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters and independent designers displaying and selling art, locally-produced products and more.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 17.
This outdoor farmers’ market offers farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs.
Dewey Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
ICA Virtual Harbor Market
ICA’s most popular artisan market moves online to connect people with local makers, with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) vendors and creators.
Visit icaboston.org to view and purchase these summer delights.
‘Love letters to Boston Chinatown’
Help celebrate and strengthen the API (Asian and Pacific Islander) community of Chinatown and Greater Boston by sharing a love letter to Boston Chinatown. Create a poem, story, or illustration inspired and dedicated to Boston Chinatown to help uplift their neighborhood during these difficult times.
Pao Arts Center will translate these letters (in English and Chinese) and post them around the neighborhood as they receive them to empower this community through creativity and kind messages.
This project, inspired by Wing on Wo & Co’s Love Letters to Chinatown, will be ongoing through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Visit https://bcnc.net/events for more information, including the link to submit your creation and to view other people’s submissions.
‘Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns’
The exhibition “Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns” will be on view at the Pao Arts Center through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Walk through this 3D online exhibit and enjoy an audio tour from Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s podcast as part of the Homeward Bound virtual experience. Curated by queer Chinese American scholars, organizers and artists Mei Lum, Diane Wong and Huiying B. Chan, it centers narratives of home, community and intergenerational resistance.
The exhibition contains multimedia content from written text, video, audio, along with the artworks.
The installation uses photographs, oral histories and multimedia archives to highlight stories of migration, displacement and everyday resilience in Chinatowns around the world. This exhibition is the first of its kind to honor, preserve and build on the history and present-day issues of Chinatowns through community-led and curated narratives from residents globally.
Visit paoartscenter.org/events to learn more.
ICA exhibition: ‘The Visitors’
A massive sound and video installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, “The Visitors” cobbles together an hourlong composition from footage of folk-gospel musicians performing within quarantined rooms of the same sprawling farmhouse. Kjartansson, for instance, is seen strumming his guitar in the bathtub.
This exhibition will be on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through Aug. 15, 2021.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth - 18 years of age and under - through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
AFH Social Distance Gallery
Each day Artists for Humanity (100 W 2nd St.) shares an image from their collection – one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – and they hope that this art uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and AFH’s mission.
Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase the art work.
You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
Boston Children’s Museum is open
The Boston Children’s Museum has re-opened following health and safety guidelines.
Museum hours: Wednesdays through Sundays with two time slots for visits: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
Most exhibits will be opened with a few exceptions. The Art Lab will be open with familiar and new programs. The Shop at BCM will be open during Museum hours.
TJX $1 Friday night will be back in the future.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.
Visit Boston National Historical Park sites
Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail.
In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.
In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.
Visit www.bostonusa.com/listings/boston-national-historical-park/11563 for more information.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum update
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, 306 Congress St. is open Thursdays through Sundays following the safety guidelines:
Tours are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The gift shop and Abigail’s Tea Room is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
ICA is open
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 25 Harbor Shore Drive has reopened following new health and safety protocol and visitor guidelines. Advance time-tickets will be required.
Typical hours – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: *10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; *Thursdays and *Fridays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
*Free Thursdays Night: 5 to 9 p.m.; *First Friday of every month: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; *Member Mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on weekends; *Play Dates last Saturday of the month
All on-site programs, activities and events, including group tours, are suspended until further notice.
ICA will continue to host virtual events.
Current exhibitions: Nina Chanel Abney through Jan. 3, 2021; Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama through Feb. 7, 2021.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
Old State House/Old South Meeting House museums open
Revolutionary Spaces has reopened the Old State House (206 Washington St.) and Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) museums following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The museums hours: Saturdays only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31.
Timed tickets can be purchased online.
The museum shops at both sites will open at a later date.
Reflecting Attucks at the Old State House is a temporary exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to fall in the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. This exhibit will be on view through March, 2021.
To learn more about exploring Freedom Trail official historic sites, including what to expect and requirements, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org.
Visit revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
Virtual Revolutionary Spaces
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House have a new website and are offering virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances. Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on social media.
Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 1 following COVID guidelines.
You can also download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home and explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
When the summer fun is heating up, cool off in one of the iconic water fountains while exploring the 1.5 miles of Greenway. All the Greenway fountains – North Canal Fountain, South Canal Fountain, Split Dodecahedron Sculpture, Labyrinth Fountain, Rings Fountain, Harbor Fog Sculpture, and Chinatown Stream – will be turned on from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
Bulfinch Crossing projection
From dusk to dawn, the underpass is illuminated by 23 projectors shooting 345,000 lumens out onto the beams of the underpass, mapping out the custom created art produced by highly regarded and Boston based visual artist, Zebbler.
Inspired by a local flower store, Zebbler’s animation titled “City Bloom” grew from a single projection to a building-wide video texture over the course of the last year. With verdant bursts of flowers, vines and branches slowly growing over the concrete underpass of the Government Center Garage, City Bloom is designed to bring an illuminated spark of joy to Boston, with its animation playfully exploring the boundary between a static fine art installation and a VJ performance.
Given the current climate, this installation will be made available as a “drive through” art installation where viewers are encouraged to drive, bike or walk through the underpass to experience this epic art piece in person.
Learn more at www.bulfinchcrossingprojections.com.
New artwork on The Greenway
New artwork has been recently installed on The Greenway by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, featuring works by Mexican American master folk artist Calalina Delgrade-Trurk and British artist Yirka Shonihare.
Artwork will be on display for one-year and will join three others already on display.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. continues to welcome 400 guests a day for emergency refuge services. Since they cannot utilize volunteers at this time, and are relying on extra outside paid services, they are spending an extra $10,000 a day to keep the place up and running.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.
- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.