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Greenway fitness season

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

Saturdays:

9 to 9:45 a.m. – Labyrinth Walking: As a Self Care Tool Series – Aug. 22 (Armenian Heritage Park)

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Cardio Dance by TRILLFIT – through Aug. 29 (North End)

Sundays:

6 to 7 p.m. – Moonlight Yoga by PEACE IN BOSTON (a monthly Yoga Series on the evening of the full moon) – Aug. 3 and Sept. 2 (Dewey Square)

Mondays:

6 to 7 p.m. – Zumba by Wang YMCA – through Aug. 31 (Chin Park)

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – BollyX with Tom Hall – Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 (Dewey Square)

Wednesdays:

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square)

6 to 7 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 (North End)

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

Virtual Revolutionary Spaces

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House (temporarily closed) 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.

2020 Sundance Film Festival

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour “Virtual Edition” is an 82-minute program of six short films selected from this year’s festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years, the Short Film Tour includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, giving new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers.

Note: There is some mature content, animated nudity and a strobe effect one film.

Stream available via Vimeo On Demand on select dates through Friday, Aug. 21.

Visit icaboston.org for more information, including films and link to view.

Virtual Hangout: Quilting Bees

Inspired by the current Art Lab installation, Threads of Connection, a project by artist Merill Comeau, ICA Kids will be hosting weekly virtual Quilting Bees from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays through Aug. 26 on Zoom.

Open to kids, ages 6-12, these live virtual workshops will focus on a different technique while sewing, collaging, and crafting.

Each participant will create a “quilt” square and have the option of submitting it for the chance to be featured in the ICA digital community tapestry.

Advanced registration required and space is limited. Participants must supply their own materials.

Visit icaboston.org for more information and registration (free).

Harborwalk Sounds

The ICA’s annual summer concert series Harborwalk Sounds goes virtual this August with a series of weekly online concert events created in collaboration with Berklee College of Music.

With performances spanning from R&B to pop to Latin to soul, Berklee’s talented musicians will bring the party right to your home at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 27.

Visit icaboston.org for more information. Although these concerts are free, please consider making a donation to support the event.

Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers

To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.

Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.

World Ocean School Dockside

Step away from your screen and get on board. World Ocean School Dockside brings families of all ages aboard the beloved tall ship schooner Roseway at the Moakley Federal Courthouse Dock in Boston's Seaport.

Choose from a selection of nautically-themed lessons, from knot-tying and navigation to water quality testing and simple machines. These fun, safe, hands-on sessions are led by World Ocean School's fantastic Deckhand Educators.

Classes are offered on the hour (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through Monday, Aug. 10, following COVID guidelines. Each session is 45 minutes long and free of charge.

They ask that your registration serve as your commitment to your time slot so they can ensure all groups’ need are met.

As they aim to make this program as inclusive as possible, this experience will be free to you and your family. With that said, if you are able, they will happily accept a donation to support this work they are doing as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can make a cash donation while you're onboard or visit their website to make a contribution.

Learn more and pre-register for a time slot at https://worldoceanschool.org/get-on-board/student-programs/dockside.

Seaport Sweat 2020

Boston’s biggest free workout series, Seaport Sweat goes virtual through September.

Join @seaportbos on IG Live as they bring a variety with new fitness classes and new instructors.

Mondays:

5:30 p.m. Broncore Bootcamp with Bron Vonley

6:30 p.m. Flow with Aly Raymer on Mondays

Tuesdays:

5:30 p.m. Mat/Barre Fusion with Jenn Azarian

6:30 p.m. Sculpt that sASS with Alanna Perry

6:30 p.m. Lululemon Run Club

Wednesdays:

5:30 p.m. Kick it Back Eliza with Eliza Shirazi

Thursdays:

5:32 p.m. Zumba with Calvin Braxton

6:30 p.m. Athletic Conditioning with Michael Soares

Fridays:

Noon: Align N’ Flow with Dr. Jess Moy

Sweat for a Cause: Boston Seaport will donate $1 to The Boston Resiliency Fund for every person who RSVPs via Eventbrite for Seaport Sweat throughout the summer.

Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information, including the schedule and the link to Eventbrite.com to Sweat for a Cause.

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 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.

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.

'A Celebration of Our Waterfront and Islands'

Boston Harbor Now presents “Our Harbor, Our Home, A Celebration of Our Waterfront and Islands” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. This unique virtual experience will treat guests to an exciting program highlighting the work of Boston Harbor Now.

Funds raised through “Our Harbor, Our Home allow Boston Harbor Now” to offer free and low cost access for underserved communities to enjoy the Islands and waterfront, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and support Boston’s working port.

For additional information please contact Meredith Lynch, Manager of Special Events, mlynch@bostonharbornow.org or 617-223-5401.

Visit bostonharborislands.org for more information, including links to purchase Sponsorships and Single Tickets.

Ferry service to Spectacle Island resumes

The public ferry service to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park has returned and tickets to Spectacle Island from Long Wharf in downtown Boston can be booked online or picked up at the kiosk (through Oct. 12).

Spectacle Island boasts some of the most magnificent vistas of the Boston skyline and is only a 20-minute ferry ride away from downtown Boston.

Restrooms, hiking trails, the swimming beach, moorings and the marina will be available for public use while the visitor center will remain closed.

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

Visit bostonharborislands.org for more information.

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.

Health and safety guidelines will be implemented and followed.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is open

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, 306 Congress St. has re-opened with modified tours of the Museum and Abigail’s Tea Room following the safety guidelines.

The gift shop is open.

Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.

ICA is open

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 100 Northern Ave. 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. First *Friday of every month: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

There will be no in-person events at the ICA this summer. ICA will continue to host virtual events.

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

Current exhibitions will remain on view through the summer with the exception of Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, which is undergoing further safety assessments.

The ICA Watershed will not be open this summer, continuing to be used as a food distribution site.

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” has been postponed until summer 2021.

Visit icaboston.org for more information.

New England Aquarium is open

The New England Aquarium has re-opened following safety guidelines and using a one-way travel path. To comply with reduced capacity requirements, the Aquarium has implemented a timed-ticketing system for all visitors, including members and children under three.

During the initial reopening period, all interactive exhibits have been suspended. The Shark and Ray Touch Tank will be a view-only experience. The Simons Theatre will also be closed. The gift shop will be open while the photo station and the café will remain closed.

The summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 2, at which time they will transition to their fall/winter hours.

The Aquarium will continue to host virtual events and post at-home projects and activities.

Visit neaq.org for more information, including a video walk-through of what to expect and tips for a safe visit.

Summer camp in your backyard

SummerCamp2u is a unique, at-home program that brings the experience of camp into people’s backyards or nearby park while practicing physical distancing.

They connect people to their coaches and specialists who share their expertise. Through their unique programs, they not only teach skills and drills, they boost your kids' confidence and allow them to thrive.

They offer sports, art or enrichment activities mixed with traditional camp games. They welcome groups of four to eight kids, ages 5 through 11 and serve Eastern MA, Southern NH and Southern Maine. Weekly sessions run through Aug. 7.

Learn more and register at their website: www.summercamp2u.com.

ICA Free Thursdays Night

General admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 100 Northern Ave. is on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process.

Go to icaboston.org/visit for more information.

Voter registration and census surveys at ICA

Leading up to the November 2020 election, the ICA will offer voter registration and census surveys on site during Free Thursday Night and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Voter registration forms will be available through Oct. 13 and census surveys will be available through Oct. 31.

Support ICA

If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.

BCM’s Big & Little Podcast

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. This podcast is hosted by Boston Children’s Museum President and CEP Carole Charnow.

Visit bostonchildfrensmuseum.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 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.

Activist Group:

The Activist Group uses community organizing to make Boston a safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bike. Join them if you like doing outreach and connecting with people about issues they care about, working on campaigns, planning direct actions and/or being part of a group to bring about change. Join them if you are interested in helping the BCU lead strategy for improving streets and passing policy.

Programming Group:

It can be fun to be at Boston Cyclists Union events such as the Boston Bike Winter Socials, the Winter Solstice Ride and the Spring Bike Wash. Interested in helping develop their bike repair education programs such as Bike to Market or reaching out to help local businesses be more bike-friendly? Join the group that’s making it all happen.

The three board committees support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly:

Development Committee:

This committee covers all aspects of building a strong community of support around the Boston Cyclists Union, from writing grants to ensuring that members feel engaged and involved. Committee chairs and other info available on their website.

Finance and Operations:

This committee oversees the financial and everyday operations of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in non-profit management, accounting, non-profit law, this may be your bag.

Governance:

This committee oversees the governance (board and committees) of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in governance, organizing, or non-profit management, this may be your cup of tea.

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.

The Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday following COVID guidelines.

You can also download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home and explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.

For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.

Greenway Fountains

When the summer fun is heating up, cool off in one of the iconic water fountains while exploring the 1.5 miles of Greenway. All the Greenway fountains – North Canal Fountain, South Canal Fountain, Split Dodecahedron Sculpture, Labyrinth Fountain, Rings Fountain, Harbor Fog Sculpture, and Chinatown Stream – will be turned on from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.

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.

Boston Public Market at Seaport

The Boston Public Market at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 2.

The Market features more than 20 local producers selling an array of products that include farm fresh produce; poultry and eggs; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several “grab-and-go” lunch options.

Visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal 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.

Follow the Boston Children’s Museum’s social media accounts or check their website at www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour for more information.

‘Color Me Essentials’

“Color Me Essentials” is a new coloring book created by Artists for Humanity. It features their Boston Terrier Mascot Bahk-Bahk and pays tribute to our community heroes.

Find their coloring pages and other information on www.afhboston.org; share your coloring pages on their social media pages.

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 uplift you and deepen 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.

ICA DYI crafts

The Institute of Contemporary Art has DIY craft projects for kids and adults to make together;

Visit icaboston.org for details.

CraftBoston Spring 2020

The Society of Arts + Crafts has posted on their website the names and websites of artists accepted into the CraftBoston Spring 2020 show (that was unfortunately canceled).

The SA+C invites you to look at, support and purchase some of their fine work. 100 percent of the sales dollar benefits the artist directly.

The SA+C, as a small way to show their thanks, appreciation and support, is not taking any commission on these sales.

SA+C has also started a blog, and asked their artists to talk about some of the things that they think about, both in the busy and the not-so-busy seasons.

That, too, is on their website at www.societyofcrafts.org.

Support FPAC

Just $5 will keep Fort Point Arts Community healthy this year. Donations will allow staff to create programs that support artists, artisans, performers, and musicians through project stipends during this difficult.

Visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information, including the link to donate.

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.

Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry

The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.

Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.

Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial/food/supplies donation to support these ministries, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at www.sbscatholic.org.

Boston Design Week

Nominations for three BDW 2020 Design Awards – Mentor of the Year (co-sponsored by the Over My Shoulder Foundation), Innovator of the Year, and the Social Impact Award – will remain open indefinitely.

The recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award is Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School. The Producers Choice Award goes to The Society of Arts and Crafts.

Selected nominees will be invited to attend the awards’ event, which is co-sponsored by Artists for Humanity.

To learn more about the awards and how to take part, visit www.bostondesignweek.com/awards.

The official Boston Design Week 2020 Guidebook is online for your perusal. A festival such as this requires the work of hundreds of individuals, participating organizations, Sponsors and others, and they hope that you will thank them and continue to support them once this crisis has passed.

Next year’s annual Boston Design Week is slated for April 7 through April 21, 2021.

For more information and updates about the plans for Boston Design Week programs, visit www.bostondesignweek.com.

Visit Boston Design Week on Facebook.com to explore the innovation and diversity of Boston’s design community.

Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.

Visit 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 food@boston.gov with questions or concerns or for other information.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

BPL To Go expands again

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.

BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.

Using the library website, phone line or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.

All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.

Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.

This is the famed 40-foot-tall giant Hood milk bottle that sits next to the Boston Children's Museum across the Fort Point Channel. In 1930, Arthur Gagner built the milk bottle next to his store to sell his homemade ice cream in 1930.