Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes

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Operation ABLE

Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (Fifth Floor) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.

All services at Operation ABLE are being conducted remotely, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services. Class enrollments are open for computer skills training and Health Care and Social Services training, among others.

Visit operationable.net for more information and registration.

Downtown Holiday Magic

“Downtown Holiday Magic” will bring light, art and joy to downtown crossing through Sunday, Jan. 31.

“Stage Windows” boasts unique storefront displays commissioned from some of Boston’s top performing arts organizations. Installations by Boston’s Black Math celebrate Winter Solstice along Washington Street. Festive decorations and a socially-distanced Santa create a fun, safe place for families.

The “Stage Windows” project includes:

- Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will install a projection-based design for an audio performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Location: 467 Washington St.

- Boston Ballet will create a one-of-a-kind infinite jewel box design highlighting the sets and gorgeous handmade costumes that make its version of “The Nutcracker” one of the country’s biggest and most popular. 101 Arch Street; viewable at the corner of Summer and Hawley Streets

- Huntington Theatre Company will build a forward-looking, fantasy New Year’s Eve installation festooned with clocks and calendars. 481 Washington St.

- Cambridge’s legendary Revels troupe will bring an international, fantastical twist to a Winter Solstice theme, with a scene that includes some of the group’s iconic props, costumes and music. 395 Washington St.

The Black Math designs features:

Black Math, the Downtown Boston-based design firm will transform the Downtown Crossing floral kiosk into a glowing, three-dimensional lantern that will light up the intersection of Winter and Washington Streets, in celebration of the Winter Solstice and turn the Downtown Crossing Steps on Washington Street into a 3-D tableau of the harvest sun, with iconic and mythic figures heralding the arrival of winter. Both sites are planned with augmented reality experiences, including photo filters and digital stickers that encourage social media posting and participation.

Boston BID beautifications showcase:

The streets will dazzle with lights, holiday flora, wreaths, and more. Along Summer Street, 24 holiday trees, topping 8 feet each, will twinkle to guide viewers along the pedestrian plaza which will complement the Macy’s Christmas tree and window decorations.

Tasteful Boston public art series:

“Tasteful Boston,” a recently installed public art series, features utility boxes throughout the District painted with fresh, colorful imagery celebrating the unique history of Boston’s culinary scene. A map of the sites is available at www.tastefulboston.com.

A visit with Jolly Old St. Nick:

Kids eager to put their toy lists in with Santa Claus can visit the jolly old elf himself throughout the holiday season, live, in person, and taking orders from noon to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20 at the Primark store windows on Washington Street.

Go to www.downtownboston.org for more information.

Chinatown presents: ‘Finding Home’

In a video series of interviews and poetry readings, Poet Chen Chen explores issues of home, identity, immigration and coming out. Each poetry reading will be accompanied by interpretive choreography by Chavi Bansal, IJ Chan and Flora Kim.

Catch the release on Pao Arts Center’s YouTube Channel from Monday, Dec. 7 through Thursday, Dec. 31.

Bulfinch Crossing projection

Pamela Hersch’s piece ‘Float’ is a digital artwork that seamlessly integrates on the beams and ceiling of the underpass at Bulfinch Crossing with the images projected. This project transforms the space by bringing animal-inspired animated artwork through engaging slow movement, color changes and shifting shapes.

In addition to Hersch’s visuals, the second iteration of the Underpass Projections features music created by musician and fellow Berklee alumna, Ella Joy Meir. Meir worked closely with Hersch to create a one-of-a-kind, site-specific piece of music to accompany the visual artwork. The music starts and ends with ambience Hersch recorded at the underpass. The street noise morphs into a lush and ethereal landscape: layers of synths, Meir’s voice, animal sounds, train honks and ocean waves.

To enjoy the full experience, viewers can listen to Meir’s piece while viewing Hersch’s artwork by following QR codes located on site.

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.

People can also view on their website. Learn more at www.bulfinchcrossingprojections.com.

Workplace Innovation Summit 2020

The Design Museum Foundation will present its fifth annual summit, a five-day virtual design expo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 11.

This five-day webinar will consist of thought leadership around the future of how and where we work, including virtual keynote presentations, workshops and networking opportunities.

Let’s disrupt the workplace paradigm. The pandemic has accelerated the disruption – it’s not something to plan for, it’s here. It’s a chance to take advantage of this moment to create something new. A workplace that works for everyone.

You can attend from anywhere in the world and learn from the experts, and become an expert by engaging in meaningful conversations to develop your during-and post-COVID workplace strategy.

All attendees will receive the digital edition of their Design Museum Magazine special workplace innovation issue.

Visit https://designmuseumfoundation.org/event/workplaceinnovationsummit2020 for more information and registration.

Coat Boston

City Mission is collecting new, unused coats in all children’s sizes and all teen sizes (including adult men’s and women’s) that will be given directly to Boston schools and organizations that serve low-income families.

Coats can be donated in one of the following ways:

– Buy a coat and deliver it to your organization’s coat drive then dropped off at the Coat Collection Center

– Order online and send directly to the Coat Collection Center (See Wish Lists)

The address is: Coat Collection Center, First Parish Westwood, Attn: City Mission, 252 Nahatan St. Westwood, MA 02090.

Go to citymissionboston.org/coat-boston for more information.

Dating in The Digital Age

Dating apps can be the catalyst for long-lasting love and relationship. This is possible through consciously understanding how to use online dating technology to cultivate the connection that we all want in our lives.

Laurie Gerber (EVP & Head Coach, Handel Group) and Harry Uddoh (Relationship and Dating Coach) will present a fun and informative session from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 where they'll discuss how dating apps are revolutionizing modern day relationships and participants will learn how you can get in on the action hosted by GA Boston.

Go to generalassemb.ly/education/dating-in-the-digital-age/boston/164253 for more information and registration.

LGBTQ in the profession

Join the LGBTQ Network as Boston Society for Architects (BSA) host a few local leaders in the AEC industry who identify as part of the community. Listen and learn as they discuss their careers, what it was like when they started in the industry, how the profession has evolved to be more accepting of the LGBTQ community, as well as where the profession still has to evolve. Following there will be a moderated discussion including submitted questions from the audience, an open Q&A session, and a group discussion about the current state of the community, and how people can help uplift each other and educate others for a more equitable and just profession.

All are invited and welcome to the discussion slated from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Go to www.architects.org to register. The join information will be included in your confirmation email.

Take a break: Mental wellness in tech

Mental health has always been an important topic, but with the 2020 health, economic and job market crisis, it is more important and prevalent than ever. During these unprecedented times, it is important to set aside time to take care of yourself.

Take a break from the day to hear some tips and tricks from GA Boston’s mental health experts on how to boost your mental health.

During this event from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, participants will hear from four speakers who will give four tips on managing mental health and how to be proactive in self-care.

Visit generalassemb.ly/education/take-a-break-mental-wellness-in-tech/boston/162994 for more information and registration.

‘Networking Remotely’

Tapping the hidden job market through networking takes more planning and intention than simply submitting an application for a new job online, but it’s much more effective if done right.

Networking does make a lot of people nervous. 'What is my story? How can I get a new job, in another city, state or country? How can I attract something better than what I have?'

This webinar – “Networking Remotely” – has been designed to address those specific concerns and more. People will leave this webinar – slated from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 - not only having a game plan for networking experiences, but also feeling more confident.

Go to generalassemb.ly/education/networking-remotely/boston/165950 for more information and registration.

BSA/SCUP: Holiday Gathering: Tis The Season—Sparking Joy!

In the spirit of Marie Kondo's book Sparking Joy, join Boston Society for Architects (BSA) for a holiday gathering to bring joy to the end of a difficult year.

Participants will share two to three slides showing an aspect of their professional practice that sparks joy. This could be a compelling architectural or design solution, a landscape solution, a technology solution, an engineering or sustainability story, a student success story, a campus-based initiative, or anything else that brings joy to the higher education community.

All are welcome - whether you choose to share slides or not. Dress in your holiday attire, bring a favorite holiday spirit or holiday treat, and join this informal Webinar gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 to meet with friends and share some joy

Go to www.architects.org to register. The join information will be included in the confirmation email.

Tea Talk # 7: The making of a reenactment

In honor of this tradition since 2012, and in commemoration of the 247th Boston Tea Party anniversary, join members of the production team at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a special behind-the-scenes look at the process of researching, planning, creating, producing and reenacting one of the most iconic moments in American history.

This LIVE presentation takes place on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 9.

Go to virtual.bostonteapartyship.com/collections/tea-talks/products/tea-talk-7-the-making-of-a-reenactment for more information and reservations ($15).

'i’m your’s: Encounters with Art in Our Times' exhibition

ICA members are invited to virtually celebrate the opening of i’m your’s: Encounters with Art in Our Times, a new major exhibition reveling in the power of experiencing art in person at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Hear from all four curators in conversation about the exhibition and their experience curating in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest.

I’m yours is presented within a dramatic, raw architectural space as a series of small galleries, each offering a different artistic perspective to emphasize that the stories museums may tell through art are never fixed but always in process.

Go to icaboston.org for more information, including membership opportunities and registration.

2020 Christmas Shop

Christmas Shop needs support to help bring hope and joy to those most in need during the holiday season.

– People can provide new gifts and clothing (no food items) to individuals and families in need in Boston - View Wish List online

– People can volunteer to help with sorting items and packing them for recipients (adults only).

Go to citymissionboston.org/christmas-shop for more information.

Fun, freelance & philanthropy: How passion projects can create change

Personal projects are more than just extra work. They can be a method of self-care. They can be your voice for a cause. They can help you find your style. They can kick start or pivot your career. Most of all, they can be fun.

Join Abi Solberg (Digital designer, America's Test Kitchen) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 as she explores passion projects from the past and digs into how and why they were fruitful.

Participants will learn how to get started and how to make them work towards your goals.

Visit generalassemb.ly/education/fun-freelance-philanthropy-how-passion-projects-can-create-change/boston/163565 for more information and registration.

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:

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:

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.

PE/VC Leadership 'Breakfast'

The 27th annual PE/VC Leadership “Breakfast,” the premiere annual event that supports the United Way, will be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

Meet incoming United Way CEO Bob Giannino as he and other special guests discuss the evolving issues in the communities, what they doing, what’s next and the many ways people can bring help and hope to families and children in need.

For more information about the PE/VC Leadership Breakfast, contact Samantha Hanman, Director of Individual Giving, Affinity Groups, at shanman@supportunitedway.org or 617-624-8277.

If you can’t attend, you can still help those in need by making a donation using the link at

https://unitedwaymassbay.org/get-involved/events/pevc-leadership-breakfast.

‘Unsung Heroes’ panel discussion

The Chinese Historical Society of New England will present “Unsung Heroes, Book of Remembrance,” which serves to recognize and honor the contributions of our Chinese American World War II Veterans at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 12.

The three speakers will be William S. Chen, Dan Luke, Mong Luke (author of “Unsung Heroes”)

To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/tunney-f-lee-lecture-2-unsung-heroes-book-talk-and-panel-discussion-tickets-129583791609 (minimum donation $1).

There you will also find information on the three speakers, a link to the suggested pre-reading, and a link to purchase the book.

This is LCHSNE’s second seminar for the Tunney Lee Lecture Series.

‘Boston Harbor, a Teapot Tonight!: The Boston Tea Party Story'

This December commemorates the 247th anniversary of the event that was described by John Adams as, “The most magnificent movement of all.”

Join members of the Creative Team of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 as they discuss the dramatic details of the Boston Tea Party and the lasting legacy of this iconic event.

Go to bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-museum for more information and Zoom registration ($15).

CraftBoston Holiday Online

In a world of sameness, craft illuminates difference.

CraftBoston Holiday Online, presented by The Society of Arts + Crafts, celebrates craft artists and the work they make. The online festival will be held through Thursday, Dec. 31.

Shop fine handmade goods at the SA+C store and explore artists' profiles to get to know the people who make the treasures. Learn how the work is made – and make your own – with demonstrations and workshops.

They have a jam-packed schedule of events and you do not have to miss any of the fun. Check out the links for:

All the Artists: Visit artist studios and see the artist videos

Cra(ahhhhh)ft: Start your day with meditative, mesmerizing videos of the making process.

Demos: Go behind the scenes with your favorite artists to learn about the materials and processes they use.

Workshops: Make your own fine craft and art!

Mix + Mingle: Each week, a handful of artists will chat informally about their work, studios, and more.

All this and more can be found at https://societyofcrafts.org.

‘A Winter’s Evening’

An intimate concert A Winter’s Evening featuring rising soprano Gabriella Reyes makes her Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) debut alongside pianist Brett Hodgdon. Hosted by reigning Miss Massachusetts Sabrina Victor, this recital was recorded live at The Crane Estate in Ipswich.

The performance will premiere on Monday, Dec. 21 on BLO’s operabox.tv streaming service and will be available to operabox.tv subscribers two days earlier, on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Visit blo.org for more information.

SNOWPORT | Winter Wonder Walks

Escape to a winter wonderland filled with safe, seasonal daily activities. Follow the trail of festive holiday trees, try your hand at curling and other complimentary winter games on Seaport Common, and keep an eye out for Seaport’s newest friend, Betty the Yeti.

And there is no better time to experience the magic than during their Winter Wonder Walks from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Experience it all at #SNOWPORT, all season long through Saturday, Dec. 19.

Go to eventbrite.com/e/snowport-winter-wonder-walks-tickets-126100045631 for more information and registration.

Donate blood for chance to win an OLE

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. through Tuesday, Dec. 15 for a chance to win an outdoor living experience – Details at rcblood.org/comfort.

The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800¬-RED CROSS (1-800¬-733-2767).

Toys for Tots collection

New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at the following places:

- Brookline Bank, 31 State St. through Tuesday, Dec. 15. (See brooklinebank.com for hours);

- Echelon Seaport, 133 Seaport Blvd. (24 hours daily) through Tuesday, Dec. 15;

- Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, 600 Washington St. from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 15; and

- Zipcar, 35 Thomson Place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 14.

Donations via check can be sent to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.

Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate.

Faneuil Hall Holiday Marketplace

Although the annual tree lighting and Blink! program has been cancelled for this year, the merchants are getting into the spirit and are decking the halls with festive lights and other adornments to enjoy.

Please support the local merchants at Faneuil Hall Marketplace this holiday season by picking up a gift for that special someone or treating yourself. The Marketplace is full of stores and pushcarts selling unique gift items.

Visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more information, including updated hours.

Shop AFH

Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.

Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase their collections. Reduced shipping rates are available.

You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.

Macy's Christmas Tree Lighting & Christmas Windows Unveiled

Macy's (450 Washington St.) will light up Boston's Downtown Crossing through Saturday, Jan. 2 when the festive evergreen trees on the Summer Street side of the store light up and the store's famous holiday window displays are unveiled.

Future-Decker conversation series

Join the Boston Society for Architecture for a virtual conversation series as a part of the upcoming exhibition, Future-Decker. The series will feature discussions with residents, architects, designers, and other practitioners as they share and learn from one other about the past, present, and future of the iconic building type: the three-decker.

Speakers and participants will build upon the architectural, economic and ultimately social value of triple and future deckers in the City of Boston and the region.

The events will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

Dec. 16: Affordable Futures: Financing for Small-Middle Scale Housing and Exhibition Closing

Programs are free and open to the public.

Visit architects.org for more information and Zoom registration.

BHN scavenger hunts

“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will be running through winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.

Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.

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/events for more information.

Old State House/Old South Meeting House museums

The Old State House (206 Washington St.) and Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) museums have closed for the season for walk-up visits.

Visit revolutionaryspaces.org for more information, including virtual experiences.

Virtual Revolutionary Spaces

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House have a new website and will offer virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances.

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.

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Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.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.

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. 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.

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 Thursday, 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

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.

‘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.

‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times’

On view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 23, 2021, i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times celebrates the power of experiencing art in person. This exhibition, which borrows its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, is conceived as an invitation to visitors to create a personal connection with works of art.

Collaboratively and virtually organized in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, i’m yours is presented within a dramatic, raw architectural space as a series of small galleries, each offering a different artistic perspective to emphasize that the stories museums may tell through art are never fixed but always in process.

Comprising unique encounters with new acquisitions and iconic works from the ICA’s collection, the exhibition’s groupings, or scenes, address a range of topics, including ideas of home and history, social and material transformation and frames of identity in portraiture and sculpture.

Including works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kader Attia, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Simone Leigh, Doris Salcedo and many others, i’m yours sparks wonder, encourages questions, challenges assumptions and provides a space for reflection.

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 from 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 and limited programming will be offered. 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.

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.

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 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.

Louis Figueroe was one of the people raising money in the past for the Salvation Army. He doesn't just ring a bell outside of Macy's in Downtown Crossing - he also plays a tambourine and dances to very upbeat music.