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Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series
The Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month in June, July and August via Zoom to introduce the benefits of walking the Labyrinth to one’s health and well-being.
Each 45-minuite session includes a presentation, a Guided Mindfulness/Breath Meditation and time for Q&A.
June 27: Labyrinth Walking: As a Self-Care Tool
July 25: Labyrinth Walking: The Power and Health Benefits of Active Mediation
Aug. 22: Labyrinth Walking: Connection Between Movement and Wisdom
This program is held in collaboration with the Greenway Fitness Program.
Pre-registration is required.
Visit www.AmenianHeritagePark.org to register for one or more sessions.
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.
When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Basics of Improv for Teens
Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.
This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.
Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.
Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you watch your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.
The registration fee is $20.
All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now. Register and learn more at www.bostonharbornow.org.
Kanopy Club: ‘Midsommar’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “Midsommar” on Kanopy.com/video/midsommar, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.
“Midsommar” is about a couple who travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed.
Celebrate 4th of July with USS Constitution & Museum
To safely celebrate Independence Day, the USS Constitution will host a series of presentations on July 4th, using Facebook Live.
The full series of live events will run approximately three hours and will include a 21-gun salute, tours of the ship, climbing demonstrations, boarding pike drills, 19th-century gun drills and a public trivia contest, giving viewers a chance to win one of 21 saluting battery rounds fired from the ship.
The event will be hosted by the ship’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial.
The USS Constitution Museum will offer special digital experiences for July 4, including videos and family-friendly activities where online visitors learn how to fold an American flag, fire a miniature cannon and more. Information will be available on the Museum website at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
Get more information about the Navy from US Navy facebook (www.facebook.com/USNavy) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/usnavy).
For more news from USS Constitution, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution.
‘Gold Rush:’ A Virtual Escape Room for Teens
The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.
BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays through July 7.
In “Gold Rush,” up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.
Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A Live Animal Crossing Twitch Stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island - known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. This is free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space.
Drop in anytime to chat with them live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game, drop a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.
Opera from the Balcony
The “Opera from the Balcony at Tresca’s Table 77” series is a gift to the community from NEMPAC and Tresca as they have joined together to share the joy of music, and continue to spread calmness and positivity in Boston’s North End, every Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. during this time of social distancing due to the pandemic.
Come and listen in person (wearing a mask) or online on NEMPAC’s Facebook Live stream.
Visit www.nempacboston.org for more information, including schedule.
Boston Calling block party
Boston Calling Block Parties are open to the public and feature local bands, beer and wine, lawn games and more. This is a free 21+ event occurring every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays during the summer on Dewey Square on The Greenway.
Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Paul Revere House Radio
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.
Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020
The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.
Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses
For dial-in information: massart.edu/springmarket2020
For more information: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.
Greenway Fitness Season
The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:
9 to 9:45 a.m. – Labyrinth Walking: As a Self Care Tool Series – June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22 (Armenian Heritage Park)
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Cardio Dance by TRILLFIT – from July 18 through Aug. 29 (North End)
6 to 7 p.m. – Moonlight Yoga by PEACE IN BOSTON (a monthly Yoga Series on the evening of the full moon) – July 5, Aug. 3 and Sept. 2 (Dewey Square)
6 to 7 p.m. – Zumba by Wang YMCA – from July 6 through Aug. 31 (Chin Park)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – BollyX with Tom Hall – July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 (Dewey Square)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – from July 8 through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square)
6 to 7 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – June 24, July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 (North End)
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. – Lunchtime Flow by Body Lingua Yoga – July 2 through July 30. (North End)
Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for more information, including a description of each class and any added or canceled classes throughout the season.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com with questions or concerns or for other information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Calling all history-nerds, gamers, puzzlers, and amateur sleuths: Can you help uncover the truth behind one of the most significant events of Old North’s past?
Join the Old North Church and their Society of Unsung Heroes for their new digital game, Two if By Sea: The Case of the Lantern Holders, and help them get to the bottom of a centuries old history whodunnit!
Dive in to investigate the famous events of April 18, 1775 and assess persons of interest, review case files, “case the joint,” and examine primary and secondary sources to help discover exactly who held the two lanterns in their steeple that launched the American Revolution.
Designed for anyone who loves history and the satisfaction of solving a twisty mystery, Two if By Sea is a fun and dramatic brain-teaser of a game suitable for all ages.
The cost to play is $5 and all proceeds support their continued educational and digital programming. Buy and plan at oldnorth.com/games.
‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit
“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.
The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.
Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe social distancing).
More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.leopoldgallery.com.
Kanopy Club: ‘First Reformed’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “First Reformed” on Kanopy.com/video/midsommar, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.
About “First Reformed:” Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary parish pastor at a small church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. The church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life.
When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past and equally despairing future.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed.
Book discussion: ‘Convenience Store Woman’
Join The Boston Public Library’s online book discussion from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13.
The Group will discuss Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.
The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling more than 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of 36-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of 18, she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life.
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
For information on how to join and to register for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information.
Greenway Open Market
The Greenway Open Market, operated by New England Open Markets, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays (and the first and third Sundays of the month) through Oct. 31 at the Rings Fountain on The Greenway.
The Greenway Open Market is a vibrant open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers displaying and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and more.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
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.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be opening for the season soon with a limited Friday to Sunday schedule.
In the meantime, 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.
At-home activities in music, theatre, dance
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has a host of music, dance and theatre activities, the NEMPAC Faculty Playlist and a list of resources for families to enjoy.
Visit nempacboston.org for more information, including the links.
Virtual Boston Harbor
The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their You Tube, website and social media you can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages.
Here are a few video suggestions:
- Watch “Haul Away Together” and sing a sea shanty with them;
- Make your own lobster craft when you watch the “Lobster Fun” video;
- Watch “this Dolphin is Bananas” and turn a regular banana into lots of fun;
- Hear the story of a special fish with “Shine Like a Rainbow Fish” video.
You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.
Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information, including links to these fun videos.
New England Aquarium – Virtual tours, videos and activities
The New England Aquarium invites you to join them for live presentations from aquarists, behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium, and fun activities to try from home. New videos will be updated daily at 11 a.m.
Support the Mission Forward Fund to keep their mission going (Donation link is on website).
Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins:
BPL to Go
As of June 22, patrons can pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.
Using the library website, phone line, or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.
The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit www.bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
Augmented Reality (AR) Public Art on the Greenway
The Greenway Conservancy has launched a new at-home augmented reality (AR) public art installation that allows anyone to explore contemporary art and historic images of the Greenway without leaving their homes through the Hoverlay app.
Each week, new content will be released that shows the growth and change along the Greenway throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
This new virtual experience builds off of the Greenway’s exhibit last summer that featured 16 locations along the park where you could hold up your phone to see historical images from that spot. That exhibit is still on display and people are encouraged to visit the sites.
Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.
Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.
Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.
Harbor At Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.
NBSS offers hands-on activities
The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.
Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.
Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.
Craft activities for kids’ are also available.
Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.
Boston Public Pop-Up Outdoor Market
The Boston Public Market’s Outdoor Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Plaza (along Surface Road) at 100 Hanover St. by Haymarket Station. Check for updates via Instagram each of those mornings.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service,
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including links to these options.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Tuesday, Nov. 17.
This outdoor farmers market offers farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs.
Dew Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.