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This is the season to enjoy a sleigh ride. This one is in the North Conway area of New Hampshire.

Since Massachusetts is under another COVID-19 surge, many events are being moved to virtual again. We are continuing to provide a selection of interesting virtual events and activities gathered from a variety of venues for those who are looking for interesting activities to do from home. 

Virtual categories to choose from include:

• Events from Jan. 14 through Jan. 22 (One Day Only) 

• Short Term Events

• Fundraisers for Non-Profits (Date Related)

• Family Events (Ongoing)

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

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EVENTS FROM  JAN. 14 THROUGH JAN. 22 (One Day Only)

This is the view of St. Mary’s sanctuary from the beautiful Woodberry and Harris organ.

Saturday Science with Sandy Workshop

A free virtual Saturday Science with Sandy workshop designed for families with young children

(5-11 years old) will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. or from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Visit https://www.sciencebysandy.com for more information and Zoom registration.

A Testament of Hope: A Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Museum of African American History (MAAH) and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) come together each year to celebrate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This collaboration is a unique partnership of history and music that highlights the words of Dr. King and the musicians of BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra.

On this special day, the MAAH and BYSO have traditionally come together in person to embrace Dr. King’s transformative words along with the young musicians of BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra performing inspiring music that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit.

Due to the current climate, the BYSO and MAAH had to cancel the in-person celebration however they produced a video Tribute in 2021 that they are delighted to share again with the community. 

According to the groups, “Together we are proud to recognize Dr. King’s enormous impact on our lives. Through the spirit of this day, we celebrate his dream as we acknowledge that the work is not done. MAAH and BYSO recognizes the universal role of music in the African American experience and its impact across race and ethnicity to advance the message of freedom, hope, past, present and future.”

The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abAReIWeasY.

To learn more about the Museum of African American History, visit https://www.maah.org.

To Learn more about the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, visit https://www.bysoweb.org.

MLK Celebration Featuring Freedom Fighters

The East Harlem Repertory Theater will present Freedom Fighters hosted by the Children’s Library Discovery Center in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Watch from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 at https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.

It’s the time of year when hearts glow.

'Futures We Dream' Film Premiere and Talk

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What do we dream of? A new film series called Futures We Dream answers this question by showcasing stories of hope and resilience from everyday people making a difference across the country.  

Created for the Futures exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arts + Industries Building, the eight shorts depict themes of urban greenspaces, prison abolition, mutual aid, climate optimism, birth justice, indigenous futurism, and liberation. 

Join from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 for a virtual afternoon screening of inspirational and uplifting storytelling, audience talkbacks, music from Amikaeyla Gaston and discussion with the award-winning filmmakers behind the work.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/futures-we-dream-film-premiere-and-talk-tickets-227366257597 for more information and registration.

52nd annual Boston Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast 

The 52nd annual Boston Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast – featuring keynote speaker Annette Gordon-Reed, historian, Harvard Law professor and author of On Juneteenth – will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17. 

This year’s theme is From Resistance to Representation: Black Women Proving the Dream – A tribute to Black women in the struggle for social justice.

The MLK Breakfast regularly attracts an audience of prominent business, civic, community and religious leaders, as well as advocates from educational and community organizations.  

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/52nd-annual-mlk-memorial-breakfast-tickets-190524272227 (donations to support of scholarships and grants welcome).

Martin Luther King Jr Day – Imprinted: Illustrating Race

Illustration has been at the forefront of significant, defining events in America from the Civil War and Reconstruction Era to the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and today. 

Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, co-curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Imprinted: Illustrating Race, will discuss her thesis and preview the exhibition focusing on widely circulated published imagery, produced over the course of four centuries, which has impacted public perception about race in America.

This presentation with Q&A will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

Visit https://www.nrm.org for more information and Zoom registration.

History Alive! Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Last Five Years

Honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with living history interpreter John W. McCaskill (adorned with period attire for the 1960’s Civil Rights period) as he chronicles the last five years of King’s life and shares other stories of the individuals who fought to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States.

Watch the presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, sponsored by the African American History and Culture Museum, at https://video.ibm.com/channel/zCPF4U3hFPc

Progress, Not Perfection: An MLK Celebration

Unity welcomes everyone to an online conversation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 with Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Rev. Sunshine Daye and Ester Nicholson about the teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., embracing “the other,” and how our spiritual practices can help us make progress individually and collectively.

True acceptance of ourselves and others can be a journey, but people must remember that the aim is not perfection but progress - every day, every month, every year. With progress, not perfection, people can learn to embrace each others' differences and work toward a community that serves us all.

They’ll discuss the idea of oneness, ways to keep the circle big enough to include everyone, and how to engage with the world from our soul level while enjoying special music from Ester Nicholson.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/progress-not-perfection-an-mlk-celebration-tickets-223422170727 for more information and Zoom registration.

‘I Have A Dream’ MLK Day Mobile

Join DreamBank from 5 to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 to create an "I Have a Dream" mobile in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dream Curators Kerterika and Megan will guide people step-by-step in making this craft and exploring their child's dreams, all while learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and why we honor his memory and lasting impact.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-i-have-a-dream-mlk-day-mobile-registration-224912006867 for more information and registration.

Webinar: Coping with Loss When Death Is Stigmatized

Dr. Kenneth Doka pioneered the concept of “disenfranchised grief,” giving a name to the reality in which mourners feel they don’t have the right to express their loss openly or fully because of the cultural stigma about how the person died. For example, those mourning a death by suicide or drug overdose may often feel that others are judging the choices and behaviors of the person who has died, or the actions taken (or not taken) by those who are grieving.

Join Dr. Doka for a compelling conversation about how survivors can cope with loss when facing these difficult situations and how professionals can better understand and support them.

This webinar will be presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coping-with-loss-when-death-is-stigmatized-tickets-185969849827.

Creating Public TV Shows with Roberto Mighty

Join filmmaker Roberto Mighty from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18 for a session in which he will talk about the process of creating and producing his three new TV shows that are airing nationwide on public television. Learn why World’s Greatest Cemeteries, getting dot OLDER and Legacy of Love are all labors of love for this former college professor and former Newton resident.

Go to https://newtonfreelibrary.libcal.com/event/8491297 for more information and Zoom registration.

This photo of Julia Child and her husband Paul was taken outside of a market in New Hampshire during a summer in the early 1990s. In the market, Julia didn’t buy even one frozen food dinner.

Matt Heaton Family Singalong

Matt Heaton brings an infectious energy to his sing-a-longs. Peppered with well-known classics and a few soon-to-be classics, and performed with panache on guitar & banjo, Heaton makes music for parents and kids alike.

Join him on Zoom from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Visit https://newtonfreelibrary.libcal.com/event/8681912 for more information and Zoom registration.

This robin looks for food in the snow. It’s much easier to eat during the warmer seasons of the year.

Heart Hunger: Transforming Emotional Eating 

Heart hunger is sometimes sensed as an emptiness or longing.

When asked what the heart is hungry for, people say connection, love, affection or touch. And yet it is often food that people use to satisfy these needs. While food cannot fill the hole in their heart, eating can provide some nourishment to this part. That people go to food sometimes for comfort or to calm or distract them is not necessarily a bad thing.

The beauty of mindfulness is the creation of space around eating so that people may know that they are eating out of sadness, frustration or loneliness, rather than eating unconsciously. Only when people notice are they able to begin to address their nner challenges which are often masked by eating or yelling at themelves about eating.

In this one-hour workshop at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 with Priya Patel, learn how heart hunger may be driving food choices and what steps can be taken to transform it.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heart-hunger-transforming-emotional-eating-tickets-239944218617 for more information and registration.

Houseplants 101

Many people who have purchased indoor plants during the pandemic know how hard it is to keep them healthy. 

Lynn Ackerman, greenhouse manager at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses, will present a virtual talk followed by Q&A at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 sharing the best growing strategies for house plants. Learn what types of flowers thrive indoors and the right plants for specific conditions. Understand how light, temperature, potting mixes, disease and insect control all affect the life of your plants. 

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/houseplants for more information and registration (Tickets are free; donations are encouraged). 

Finding Calm: Meditation for Teens

With so many stressors in our everyday lives from school to relationships to a pandemic, take this time to reconnect to your breath and learn to meditate from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19. 

To login go to http://queenslib.org/3eP1ObT and use password "Breathe" 

This art by Daniel Gordon showing lobsters and ferns can be seen on the Rose Kennedy Greenway at Dewey Square on Atlantic Avenue across from South Station. This large piece of art will be on display until May 2022. n

A Photographic Tour of Boston's Most Innovative Places

Scott Kirsner, author of the recently-published book Innovation Economy and a longtime Boston Globe business columnist, will take people on a photographic tour of 11 places in the Boston area that have given birth to world-changing inventions, from the telephone to COVID vaccines to robots that living room vacuum. He'll also discuss a concept that is developing for an "Innovation Trail" in the Boston area, similar to the Freedom Trail. 

Watch this Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation Mill talk from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYY_35dtdSc.

Healthy Schools | Electrification & Accountability

Join Mothers Out Front for Webinar Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Jan. 19 to learn about their fight for Healthy Schools focusing on their fight for clean air in and near schools in regards to Electrification of their school bus fleet. 

Let’s protect schools and ensure their Mom Agenda is met federally and implemented justly locally.

Register at https://www.mothersoutfront.org/events/healthy-schools-electrification-accountability.

This sea gull is resting on the hood of a car, perhaps hoping to be fed.

DREAM BIG: Pursuing Your Elephant-Sized Dreams

Do you have a dream that feels so big, it’s almost like looking up at an elephant?

Join Mary Helen Conroy, life coach and strategist, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 to discover exactly what it means – and what it takes – to break big ideas down into achievable, small tasks until the big dream is accomplished.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dream-big-pursuing-your-elephant-sized-dreams-registration-204080469177.

This Boston Common resident is checking out the view from the top of one of the tombstones in the Central Burying Ground. This cemetery was established in 1756.

Portals to the Past: History and Preservation of Cemeteries

The New England landscape is home to many burial grounds. Both multi-acre sites and small, confined plots are invaluable cultural resources that provide a wealth of knowledge and deserve to be preserved. 

Join Christina Pokwatka, Historic New England's North Shore preservation manager, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, as she delves into the general history of these places while covering topics such as materials, iconography, monument styles, the need for preservation and best preservation practices.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/past-cemetery for more information and registration (Tickets are free; donations are encouraged). 

Finding Calm: Yoga for Teens

Join Queens Library for a gentle yoga flow from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. Learn some basic yoga poses, learn to connect to your breath and get your Zen on. 

Join the program at http://queenslib.org/3scPrOM and use password "Breathe" or email teenprograms@queenslibrary.org for more details. 

‘Terezin: Children of the Holocaust’ Film Screening & Cast Discussion

Lappin Foundation invites the community to a discussion with the cast of “Terezin: Children of the Holocaust” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20.

The film follows a day and night in the lives of six children imprisoned at Terezin during the Holocaust. Everyone who registers for the Zoom discussion will receive a link to view the film anytime from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20. The film is not recommended for young children.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pd-6orDgiE9VuO0p1U3t6fOuft0oQHemQ.

Beatrix Potter: The Woman Behind the Rabbit (adult program)

Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin fans take note – Betsy Bray, an international authority on Beatrix Potter, will present a lively look at Potter’s remarkable life from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20.

She’ll discuss Potter’s many roles, from author/illustrator of 23 children’s books to her later life as sheep farmer, land conservationist, entrepreneur and community activist. Bray has been a member of The Beatrix Potter Society for 36 years and is the first overseas trustee in the London based Beatrix Potter Society. 

Register at https://westfordlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-beatrix-potter-the-woman-behind-the-rabbit.

Pa Kettle didn’t really get around to fixing much of anything. He was usually motivated to eat and sleep, but not work. Ma and Pa Kettle movies were very popular in the late 1940s and ‘50s. Pa was played by Percy Kilbride and Ma was Marjorie Main. This photo is from imgflip.com, which has a lot of very creative work.

Keep your New Year’s Resolutions with Laura Miranda           

North Reading's Laura Miranda, LMHC will give a virtual presentation on how to stay motivated and on track with New Year’s Resolutions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. 

Miranda will tie in tips and tricks learned from professional organizer and productivity coach Eileen Reed.

Go to https://flintmemoriallibrary.org/event-calendar for more information and Zoom registration.

Ask The Expert: Arthur Author Marc Brown 

Bestselling author and illustrator Marc Brown will be the featured guest of GBH’s virtual Ask the Expert series at noon on Friday, Jan. 21.

Brown is the author and illustrator of the beloved children’s book series about the most popular aardvark in the world, Arthur Adventures. He is executive producer of its television adaptation, Arthur, a GBH Kids production, celebrating its 25th season next month.

Visit https://wgbh2.force.com/events/s/lt-event?id=a7E3q0000000W9iEAE for more information and Zoom registration.

This sea gull is resting on the hood of a car, perhaps hoping to be fed.

Gray and Grayer: Winter Gulls – Online

Gull identification can be daunting: plumages change with age and season and there are several species to consider, especially in winter. Rise to the challenge by learning a systematic approach to identifying the common gulls of New England. 

This online presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 will cover tips for identification, gull behavior and population dynamics, and compare and contrast our common wintering gulls. People can get comfortable with the many shades of gray, from nearly black to nearly white. What're more, people can often study gulls from the warmth of their car – it's the perfect birding challenge to tackle this winter.

Go to https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/80627-gray-and-grayer-winter-gulls-online for more information and registration for the Microsoft Teams link (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).

New Year Creativity Workshop

The new year welcomes a refreshed outlook on life and the possibilities around us. 

Join Angela Johnson, professional artist, creativity coach and educator, from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 in this interactive workshop as she guides people through mindfulness exercises to help cultivate personal creativity and inspire everyone to start the year strong.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-crafting-new-year-creativity-workshop-registration-205688689407.

Daniel Shays' Honorable Rebellion: An American Story

On January 25, 1787, in Springfield, Massachusetts, militia Major General William Shepard ordered his cannon to fire grapeshot at a peaceful demonstration of 1200 farmers approaching the federal arsenal. The shots killed four and wounded 20, marking the climax of five months of civil disobedience in Massachusetts where farmers challenged the states authority to seize their farms for flagrantly unjust taxes.

Join author Daniel Bullen from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 as he tells the history of the crisis from the protesters’ perspective. 

Join this Springfield Armory National Historic Site presentation via Zoom.

5th Annual Banboche

The 5th Annual Banboche will be held on Zoom from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

This year's theme is Kiltirèl Conexiones and the company performance will bring together Jean Appolon’s Haitian folkloric roots with Gerardina Halloran’s Dominican heritage. 

Kiltirèl Conexiones, or Cultural Connections in Haitian Kreyol and Spanish, is Jean Appolon Expressions’ (JAE) latest effort to highlight and celebrate the similarities between Haitian and Dominican people, cultures, and historic experiences.

JAE will also host the Banboche Marketplace on Instagram Live for the first time ever on Thursday, Jan 20 and Friday, 21. 

Go to https://jeanappolonexpressions.org/events for more information and registration (prices vary).

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There are not many people taking out boats into Boston Harbor this time of year. This is the Harbor view from Seaport.

Doing Good Together Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

Storms eventually gives way to the brightness of better times ahead.

Colorful Conversations

This group of international women gather from 3 to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month for a lively conversation while they color, draw, or doodle. Some just come for the conversation, but all must be visible on camera.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorful-conversations-tickets-117824912485 for more information and registration.

Belmont World Film Family Festival: Where Stories Come Alive!

This hybrid festival – taking place from Friday, Jan. 14 through Saturday, Jan. 22 – offers films for kids (ages 3 to 12) that provide a window into the lives of children around the world as well as filmmaking workshops that will entertain and enrich your children’s lives.

Since most films are based on international children’s books and feature subtitles, it helps children develop a love of books and helps increase reading fluency.

Feature films - $14, Shorts programs - $10, Festival passes - $40 (includes admission to all 13 film programs), Model making workshops - $20

Visit https://bwffamilyfest2022.eventive.org/welcome for more information, tickets and passes.

This is the altar at the Old North Church. Founded in 1723, the Old North Church in the North End is the oldest standing church in the City of Boston, made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride and, “One if by land, two if by sea.”

Arlekin Theater: ‘Witness’

WITNESS, the latest project from Arlekin's Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, is a new documentary theater piece about Jewish immigration in the face of antisemitism. WITNESS brings actors and audience together from around the world for a shared immersive experience set on a boat in digital space.

The piece is inspired by the journey of the MS St. Louis, which left Hamburg in 1939 with over 900 Jewish people on board and headed to Cuba only to be turned away, leaving the passengers stranded with nowhere to go and no escape. WITNESS shares stories of Jewish immigrants from around the globe through an interactive virtual theater experience at the nexus of film, theater and video games.

This original play will be performed virtually through Sunday, Jan. 23. Each performance will be followed by a post-show talkback with members of the cast and creative team.

Go to https://www.zerogravity.art for more information, including the performance schedule, and tickets ($25).

Support Group for Caregivers of Adults 16+ with Developmental Disabilities  

Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston will host a four-session support group for caregivers of adults (16 years old and older) with developmental disabilities from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays through Jan. 27 via Zoom.

The group aims to provide support to caregivers by creating an opportunity to share experiences and tips with other caregivers educating on the importance of self-care for those in the caregiver role providing ideas to improve communication and behaviors, to improve well-being, and to navigate care systems. Participants do not need to be a patient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to join in. 

Email caregiversupportid@bwh.harvard.edu for more information and to RSVP.

This is a business card from W.W. Stall back in the late 19th or early 20th century. W.W. Stall bought, sold and exchanged bicycles in the South End. To learn more, check the South End Historical Society online at www.southendhistoricalsociety.org.

CraftBoston Holiday Online

Artists will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces perfect for gift-gifting, including ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, toys, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios through Sunday, Jan. 30 at https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-holiday-online-2021.

January Monday Mindfulness & Meditation Series

Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar. Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body.

The topics are:

- Jan. 24: Movement Meditation

- Jan. 31: Chakra Meditation (Chakra Meditation is made up of relaxation techniques focused on bringing balance and well-being to the seven chakras (centers of energy and spiritual power in the body).

RSVP at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0-hD8A54TvyFdQZXEmHUuw.

This series is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

Sessions are recorded and made available on Memorial Hall Library's website.

No need to get cold at the Sip Café in the Norman B. Leventhal Park on Congress Street.

Virtual Winter Warmers

Puppet Showplace classics will be presented live over Zoom, featuring a Q&A with the artist at 3 p.m. on Sundays as follows: 

– Jan. 16: Sock Monkey Circus by Good Hearted Entertainment 

It's time to monkey around with the silliest circus ever seen. Join "Funny Honey" as she guides her team of clever monkeys through dazzling circus acts, from tight-rope walking to the flying trapeze. Juggling, jokes, magic and a very silly chicken complete the fun. This performance features Honey's masterful handcrafted marionettes, lots of laughs,and plenty of interactive fun.

– Jan. 30: Snow White and Other Tales by Perry Alley Theatre

Three fairy tales come to life in this witty, imaginative production by award-winning puppeteers. See “Little Red Riding Hood” as it might have been performed in ancient Rome, play pranks with the medieval puppet cast of “The Princess and the Pea,” and get a taste of Dad’s unusual sense of humor in a dinner-table retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Live music, visual gags, and masterful puppetry make this a true delight for all ages.

– Feb. 13: Judy Saves the Day by Sarah Nolen, Puppet Motion

After being pushed around for over 200 years, the famous hand puppet heroine Judy has had enough! Cheer her on as she goes on a quest for respect, justice, and a well-deserved nap. This modern interpretation of the traditional "Punch and Judy" show is a hilarious, timely, hand-crafted farce that the whole family will enjoy.

Go to https://www.puppetshowplace.org/mainstage-shows for more information and tickets ($15).

Lights and snow can make a pretty combination.

The Wonder of Winter Series

This series will introduce and explain some amazing seasonal phenomena, including winter weather, the night sky, and what happens to wildlife when the temperatures dip. Join Mass Audubon for one, some or all from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

- Jan. 20: Weather & Climate

- Jan. 27: Winter Crow Roosts

- Feb. 3: Under Ice & Snow

- Feb. 10: Stars & Constellations

- Feb. 17: Wildlife Adaptations

Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/80602-the-wonder-of-winter-series-online for more information and registration (six-session series: Members - $75; Nonmembers - $100 | Individual session: Members - $15; Nonmembers - $20).

‘Opening Doors: Race, Conversation and Song’ 

Opening Doors is a music and interview series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church’s Anti-Racism Team.

The series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and discussing issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Guest musicians are paid a guarantee by the church and, additionally, split online donations with an advocacy/charity organization of their choice.

The shows will stream live on Facebook and YouTube at 8 p.m. on select Sundays as follows:

- Jan. 23: Tom Prasada-Rao & Lea Morris

D.C.-based friends and frequent collaborators Tom Prasada-Rao and Lea Morris share a penchant for socially-conscious and deeply spiritual songcraft. Tom has been a stalwart of issue-based songwriting on the national folk scene for decades. His song “$20 Bill,” a stunningly powerful tribute to George Floyd, was one of the most covered tunes at coffeehouses and folk stages across America last year. Lea’s songs are particularly well-known to members of Unitarian Universalist churches and other progressive spiritual communities around the country. The organization to which Prasada-Rao and Morris will donate half of the online proceeds from their show will be announced soon.

- Feb. 20: SaulPaul & Shine

Two of the leading lights on the national family music scene, SaulPaul and Shine (of Shine and the Moonbeams) are helping to change the public perception of what music for kids looks and sounds like. Singer-songwriter, rapper, inspirational speaker, and social entrepreneur SaulPaul is an artist who speaks and sings from the heart. His TEDx Talks about his origin story and winding life path are required listening for kids and parents everywhere. Featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Shine and the Moonbeams bring a refreshing blend of soul and jazz to the family music scene — and Shine will sing the paint right off your house. Half of the online proceeds from this show will benefit Family Music Forward, a children’s music racial equity collective, of which SaulPaul, Shine and Alastair are all deeply involved.

Guests for March, April and May will be announced soon.

Visit https://moockmusic.com/openingdoors for more information.

The boats along the Charles River are covered up for the winter.

Winter Neighborhood Naturalist Series – Online

Discover your inner neighborhood naturalist by learning about the natural phenomena taking place in the backyard and beyond. Explore nature questions and uncover hidden connections throughout the world with this online natural history series focused on winter happenings. People study winter ecology and overwintering practices with the Audubon Education naturalists and learn the tools and tricks to get the most out of adventures outdoors, including how to contribute to community science projects. 

Each topic will include an online presentation; two weeks to complete optional challenges using what has been learned; and a follow-up session for discussion and questions before to the next presentation. Beginners and experienced naturalists are welcome.

The series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday as follows: 

- Jan. 19 and Feb. 2: The Science of Winter

- Feb. 2 and Feb. 16:  Overwintering Strategies

- Feb. 16 and March 2: Tracks & Signs

- March 2 and March 16: Winter Botany 

Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/80646-winter-neighborhood-naturalist-series-online for more information and registration for the Microsoft Teams link (Members: $75 | Nonmembers: $90). 

The World According to Sound Winter Listening Series 2022

The World According to Sound will stream spatialized audio straight to the headphones of people listening together, all around the world at 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Attendees will be mailed an eye mask and listening instructions for how to tune into shows made with new and reimagined work by a variety of musicians, radio producers, and sound artists, featuring a mix of archival material, field recordings, compositions and found sound, typically followed by live discussion with people who made the audio. 

Here is the 2022 Lineup:

– Jan. 20: Time

What is time these days anyway? György Ligeti and John Cage skip rope with Tony Schwartz’s niece, while a man in England details a year's worth of eating. This evening has a whole day in one spot in sub-Saharan Africa, a song that lasts hundreds of years, and more metronomes than you can shake a stick at. Live Q&A with Leah Reid.

– Jan. 27: Transposition

Just a fancy way of saying that we’re going places. This episode will visit Cairo in the 30s, Berlin in the 40s, New York City in the 50s, an iceberg in Antarctica, the deepest place on earth, Alvin Lucier’s room and a curious parade of forest elephants in the Dzanga Bai. Q&A with Hildegard Westerkamp.

– Feb. 3: Kronos Quartet

This is a night with the Kronos Quartet—the music, sonic experiments and sounds that inspire its work, beginning with the chord from Beethoven that got the whole group started. Q&A with David Harrington.

– Feb. 10: Birds

Birds. Quiet birds. Loud birds. Birds that never existed. Birds heard by Tiresias, Greek bird-interpreter par excellence. Birds that mimic people. People that mimic birds. From the falcon-headed deity Horus to phoenixes rising from the ashes—humans are bound to the bird. They’re teaming up with BirdNote for an evening of all things ornithological.

–  Feb. 17: Bodies

There are a lot of ways to make a body produce noise. Jacob Kirkegaard knows all about that. The sound artist meticulously recorded an autopsy and a body decomposing. They’re celebrating the whole range of the live human body too: there’s a musical tooter, popping knees, throbbing brain arteries and grunts aplenty. Q&A with Jacob Kirkegaard.

–  Feb. 24: Bill Fontana

An evening with a pioneer in sound-sculptured sensoria. Listen through the expanse of Bill Fontana’s career, from the sonic landscape of Australia during a solar eclipse to the Acqua Vergine aqueducts underneath Rome. Through Fontana’s work, get an experiential education in sound recording, projection and listening. Q&A with Bill Fontana.

–  March 3: Radical Radio Documentary

One of the most ambitious NPR documentaries ever made has a lot to say about cult leaders, but also about journalism and objectivity. The subject of this evening is a first-person account of Jonestown delivered by a person who wasn’t there at all. Afterwards, stalwart public radio journalists Chris and Sam will talk with an NPR producer from the network’s early days about the state of American journalism, and why public radio has forgotten that format—and not just content—matters if you want to make something meaningful. Q&A with Deb Amos.

–  March 10: Solitude

Alienation, loneliness, solitude—different sides of a common coin. The mating call of the last remaining bird of its kind. Music made in a cave. There will be a contrapuntal train trip up into Canada’s frozen north, along with a journey deep inside the fjords and glaciers of the Scandinavian Arctic Circle. Q&A with Melissa Pons.

–  March 17: Matmos

The only pure music show in the series, brought by two electronic musicians who make melodies from hospital apparatus and washing machines and bovine uteri. An original work made for The World According to Sound. Q&A with Martin and Drew.

–  March 24: Sounds of The Firesign Theatre

Five decades of The Firesign Theatre’s satirical, surreal comedy and drama, all through sound. Listen to how they used microphones from the 1930s, and put listeners inside giant arenas and car chases and futuristic dystopias. A night of quadraphonic recordings (stereo is so passé), bozos, dear friends and a dwarf with a pair of pliers. Live Q&A with The Firesign Theatre members Philip Proctor and David Ossman.

Full season and half season passes are available for the entire series in addition to individual tickets.

Visit https://www.wbur.org/events/738500/the-world-according-to-sound-winter-listening-series-2022 for more information and tickets/season passes.

This exterior view shows the back and one side of the Pierce House in Dorchester during the winter of 1938.

Art Burns Coaching Winter Workshop Series

Art Burns will present Cozy Mindfulness and Compassion Workshops for Chilly Afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on select Saturdays through April 2. All that is need are paper and pen.

The group will begin with a grounding and cozy guided meditation designed around the theme of the week and then move to an interactive lecture about a given topic as follows:

– Jan 15: Journaling for Self-Discovery and Authenticity 

– Jan 22: How to Meditate

– Jan 29: How to Practice "Off the Cushion"

– Feb 5: How to pay Attention

– Feb 12: Working with Morning and Evening Routines

– Feb 19: Authenticity and Connection

– Feb 26: Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

– March 5: Forgiveness

– March 12: Using Mindfulness to Work with Anxiety

– March 19: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

– March 26: Mindful Parenting

– April 2: Understanding Generational Cycles of Trauma

At the conclusion of each workshop, participants will be provided any written instructions necessary and the full support of your coach, Art. Suggested donation: $15 per session/ $150 for whole series.

Register (once for any or all workshops) on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlf-mtqzwsH9OhG_R2ASLmy5aTx6vhatQg.

Spring 2022 JLive

JLive is JArts's online series of bite-sized cultural events, bringing you the best talent with Boston connections at noon on Fridays:

– Jan. 14: JLive with Joel Moskowitz (art)

– Jan. 28: Liron Pergament-Gal (food)

– Feb. 18: Leslie Starobin (art)

– March 4: Rachel Hammerman (art)

– March 11: Joshua Jacobson (music)

– March 18: Jason Slavick (theater)

– April 1: Deborah Leipziger (poetry)

– April 29: Rachel Linsky (dance)

– May 13: Alex Salsberg (film)

– May 20: Roy Ben Bashat (music)

– June 3: Rachel Sundet (food)

– June 10: Beverly Sky (art)

– June 17: Rosa Leff (art)

Visit https://jartsboston.org/events for more information and registration (pay-what-you-can - suggested $20).

Pies are better for eating than wearing. At this particular camp, it was an annual tradition that someone being “honored” would have a special pie made by a “world-renowned” chef.

SMILE Mass Fun

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

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

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

Free Happy Birthday Videoconferencing Singing Telegrams

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

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

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

Visit https://www.driscollproductions.com for more information.

• FUNDRAISERS FOR NON-PROFITS (Date Related)

Here’s an old card from the late 19th century. These cards were used for advertising. Learn more at www.digitalcommonwealth.org. Photo from/Boston Public Library

The Winter Walk

The Winter Walk is an initiative that believes ending homelessness is within reach. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds towards that goal and to support organizations in Greater Boston that are working on prevention, support, and care for our homeless community. All of the funds raised will be distributed to those select non-profits.

The 6th annual Winter Walk will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This year they will have their live event, along with a hybrid interactive program that allows for meaningful participation by all.

This family-friendly two-mile walk through the streets of Boston during the coldest month of the year will begin and end on Copley Plaza. Participants, housed and unhoused, will walk together and then share a meal while hearing real stories of Boston’s homeless population. 

For those who prefer, they can participate in their own walks during the week before the live event and join in for a short virtual presentation on Feb. 13.

Visit https://www.winterwalkboston.org for more information and registration.

• FAMILY EVENTS (Ongoing)

Here’s the snow people version of what happened in Bethlehem on the first Christmas.

Urban Sketchers

Join USk Talks at 10 a.m. on Sundays live on Urban Sketchers YouTube channel and be prepared to get inspired, learn and connect with other sketchers from around the world through storytelling and drawing, art history, sketching challenges, tool demos and much more. Visit http://www.urbansketchers.org for more information.

Fridays with Matt                                                                

Sing-a-long with Matt Heaton from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays via Facebook. Interactive songs will have kids jumping, dancing and singing together with Matt and Friends.

Visit http://mattheatonmusic.com for more information.

Jeffrey Thomas was the director of Camp Aldersgate in Rhode Island for many years. He’s now minister of the St. James Baptist Church in Woonsocket, RI.

Virtual Wacky Wednesdays

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

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

Visit https://driscollproductions.com or call/text 617-901-6232 to learn more.

This clown is always in a good mood, regardless of the weather.

Tunefoolery livestream concerts/open mic nights

Tunefoolery will present interactive online concerts from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and will host Open Mic nights from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays via Zoom.

All of their online concerts are recorded and available for later viewing on their Facebook page.

Tunefoolery Music is a unique and courageous community of more than 60 musicians in mental health recovery. Their mission – changing perceptions note by note – is to bring quality music, along with an inspiring message of recovery and hope, to their peers and to the world.

Visit https://www.tunefoolery.org for more information and the links to join.

Free Chess Games for Kids

The New England Chess School in Newton is offering free virtual chess games for youth, ages 6 and older, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Chess Lessons are a great way to learn chess, but what about practice? Sure, classes are interesting, but how about just fun and social event where kids can meet and play the great game of chess in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

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

This boat isn’t going anywhere until the ocean rolls back in.

Sea Chantey Sing-Along

Cooped up in one place with the same people? That was the life of sailors on long voyages back in the day. And just like sailors of yore, you can break the monotony with a rousing sea chantey sing-along.

NYC's South Street Seaport Museum's monthly Chantey Sing returns — virtually from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. Join the round-robin of shared songs, featuring members of the New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear.

Register in advance for the Zoom invite at https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteysing.

Seventh Inning Stretch

Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the "one-year-iversary" (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021 which continues to air at 4 p.m. on Mondays.

So tune in live on Facebook and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs as well as some special guests.

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

Michaels Kids Club Online

Michaels hosts free craft class for kids on Zoom from 5 to 6 p.m. on select days.

For more information, visit https://www.michaels.com/onlineclasses?category=Kids#curated_tours_list_name=Michaels_Kids_Club_Online.

Mr. Frog lives on the Boston Common along with his wife, Mrs. Frog. The two bronze statues were created by David Phillips.

Alex Makes Art

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

Family Craft Nights, Adult Craft Nights and other programs are also available at select times.

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

Once registered, you will receive a Zoom ID login + password and a materials list.

Some people can get very creative with spoons. Bruce Fischer could get a lot of spoons to stick to his face without any sticky help.

Camp Bonkers Live Show

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

At Camp Bonkers, every day is different. It’s an opportunity to learn, create and explore – to play games, go on adventures, sing songs, make fun food, conduct cool science experiments and so much more.

New videos premiere on YouTube.

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

The Original Paint Nite Party

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

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

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

History at Play – Pay-Per-HAP Season 2021

Pay-Per-HAP is a livestream episodic Living History Series produced by History At Play™, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women who changed society. Every episode is conducted in authentic historical attire, with vintage props, and professionally designed sets.

Pay-Per-HAP streams at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Episodes are approximately 90 minutes and include a real-time audience Q&A. Pre-program music begins at 7:15 p.m.

Each Pay-Per-HAP episode is offered at a Pay-What-You-Can rate of $10-$25 per viewer or purchase an annual pass.

Visit http://www.historyatplay.com or https://www.facebook.com/HistoryAtPlay for more information, including the 2021 weekly schedule.

• BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT – WELL-BEING EVENTS (Ongoing)

There’s always something interesting to see looking out on the water.

Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CHA CMC)

As a growing and vibrant center, CMC has a number of mindfulness and compassion-based programs for all facets of life. Many of their programs are open to all members of the community, with certain programs specific to professionals, CHA staff or CHA patients.

The Center will continue to offer current and spring programs live-online via Zoom.

Visit https://www.chacmc.org/program for more information and registration.

Senior Planet

Senior Planet is a distinctive, diverse collection of people, ages 60 and older who are busy changing the way they age by embracing opportunities to reshape their lives, connect with and help one another, and change the world for the better – all while learning, growing and having fun.

Senior Planet offers a wide range of activities from several satellites – New York, Colorado, Maryland, California and Texas – including fitness and wellness programs, museum tours, creative creations, finance and technology, among others.

Visit https://seniorplanet.org for more information, including the activity schedule and Zoom registration.

ProjectFind

Project Find offers a range of activities, including health and wellness programs, concerts, movie matinees, nutrition, gardening, discussion groups and technology, among others, from four New York centers.

Go to https://www.projectfind.org/senior_centers for more information, including the activity schedule and Zoom registration.

Parks Virtual Winter Fitness Program Series

Boston Parks will host a series of virtual fitness programs through April as follows:

– Dance Fit: 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays

– AfroBeats Dance  6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays     

– Chair Yoga:11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays   

– Zumba: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays

– Chair Meditation: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays

– Strength Training: 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays

Visit https://www.boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

The (Virtual) Yoga Experience

A free, basic yoga class with Lisa Poto, ideal for beginners and other levels, will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, hosted by the Saugus Library. 

This 45-minute slow flow class opens with a brief meditation, followed by a gentle warmup, some core strengthening, standing postures and flexibility poses, winding down with deep relaxation.

Visit https://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org for more information and registration.

Moving Meditation: Online Qigong Class

Learn simple energy practices to calm your mind, melt away stress, feel lighter, brighter and more relaxed.

Unlike other forms of marital arts or Tai Chi, there are no complex sequences to remember. Familiar movements take on new significance as people learn, through this gentle, guided practice, ways to open energy channels, promote healing and relieve stress.

Qigong - Perfect for all ages and abilities. Classes are offered four times per week from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays; from 9 to 9:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays; and from 9 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays through Dec. 31.

For more information and registration, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-meditation-online-qigong-class-tickets-120283460067.

Mindful Muscle Method Online Class, ‘Learn How To Move Again, Pain Free’

Mindful Muscle Method is based on the principles of Kinesiology (the study of movement), Mindfulness (intention & breath), & Self Love (challenging yourself while respecting your bodies limitations and feedback).

Each movement is specifically created to isolate a muscle or set of muscles that work together to decrease the body's temptation for compensation (using other muscles instead of the ones targeted) which often leads to pain.

These online classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays and 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindful-muscle-method-online-class-learn-how-to-move-again-pain-free-tickets-146642290037 for more information and registration.

Find Happiness through Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation

Experience ancient practices of breathing and meditation in an informal virtual setting. Discover secrets to increasing happiness in everyday life and learn ways to make it grow each day. No previous experience required.

Sessions will be led by mindfulness, yoga and meditation teacher Janhavi Wadwhani from 7:15 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month through June.

Visit https://newtonfreelibrary.libcal.com/event/8586056 for more information and Zoom registration.

Lunchtime Yoga

Start feeling happier and healthier with this relaxing, body-strengthening yoga session with yoga instructor’s Keena and/or Brittany.

Breathe and flow through poses specially designed to help you achieve a renewed attitude of mindfulness and gratitude. Yoga newbie? No worries. The instructors will alternate weeks, teaching you the basics from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit https://www.amfam.com/making-a-difference/dreambank/events for more information and the Eventbrite links to join these ongoing events.

Weekly Meditation

Whether meditation is something you've been curious about or a staple in your self-care routine, join Anita McHugh for midweek tranquility and renewal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on https://www.facebook.com/lawrencelibrary.

Qigong with Dvora Eisenstein

Dvora Eisenstein focuses on gentle and easy movements to help improve balance and calm the mind for any age and any level of ability.

Programs are offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Go to https://lawrencelibrary.org for more information and the Zoom registration.

Sylvan Speakers meetings online

The Sylvan Speakers Toastmasters Club is a great place to enhance your speaking and leadership skills while meeting interesting people, making new friends and having lots of fun.

Sylvan is one of the most respected Toastmasters clubs in Massachusetts. Members include people of all ages and backgrounds and everyone is welcome to join.

Sylvan Speakers meet every Wednesday on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://sylvanspeakers.toastmastersclubs.org or email the vice president of membership at vpm-2753@toastmastersclubs.org.

Boston Yoga Online

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

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

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

You can go out and enjoy the beauty of the coast any time of year. Just make sure to stay safe – COVID-19 has not disappeared yet and many people in Massachusetts still need to be vaccinated.

Lululemon free Workout Classes, Meditations and Mindfulness Practices

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

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

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

The Phoenix Virtual and Live Streamed Classes

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

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

Access schedules here.

Home Yoga for all Levels

MixPose Live Stream Online Yoga is a livestream platform specifically devoted to yoga and fitness classes. MixPose offers a unique AI pose-tracking technology that provides feedback to instructors and users, creating a more interactive and specialized experience for virtual yoga.

MixPose offers a variety of free online yoga classes, from beginner to intermediate and advanced levels – incorporating classical Pilates flow with yoga stretches, from top online yoga instructors available multiple times a day and welcome all ages and levels of experience to join.

See more information about their live stream yoga platform and sign up for free yoga classes at https://mixpose.com.

Pilates with Lisa Kleiman

Join RevelEleven and fitness enthusiast Lisa Kleiman for a workout that improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance and posture from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pilates-with-lisa-kleiman-tickets-107244370800 for more information and registration.

Meditation and Mindfulness from Freer Sackler

Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude.

To contribute to a sense of calm in this uncertain time, the National Museum of Asian Art is offering free 30-minute online meditations at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, led by DC-based meditation teachers.

These sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners and include a variety of mindfulness practices. All are welcome! No previous experience is required.  

Register for Zoom at https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g.

People usually have an easy time finding a bench to sit on in Copley Square this time of year.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston

The Kadampa Meditation Center Boston in Cambridge – in conjunction with their sister-center, Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford and Meditation in Maine (a branch of KMC) – offers a multitude of varied and inspiring classes that allow people to learn meditation, bring real meaning to life and access the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings.

Whether you have practiced meditation before or are brand new, you will find a range of classes and courses to choose from.

All programs are posted weekly. Prices vary; free for members.

Kadampa Meditation Center Boston is a non-profit entity; donations are welcome. Visit meditationinboston.org for more information.

Sahaja Meditation

Sahaja Meditation is a simple, time-honored technique. It helps reduce stress and increase wellness. It brings better focus and helps people become more centered and better balanced. By practicing Sahaja Meditation, you will become more positive and productive and the importance of your life will become clear. Anyone (kids and adults) can do it. It’s also free.

Sahaja Online offers a variety of guided meditation sessions to fit your specific needs. These free sessions are led by expert instructors and streamed live to make it easy to practice from home or anywhere else on any device. Classes are offered at various times throughout the day and evening.

Most of the sessions address the need of first-time attendees, but it is always useful for people new to Sahaja meditation to attend an introductory program first.

Visit https://sahajaonline.com/meditate-online for more information, including class schedules and links to join the classes.

This fishing boat heads in as the sun rises off the coast of Scituate.

EPIC Virtual Programs

EPIC offers virtual programs to support youth with disabilities across the Commonwealth of MA. Some of these programs are specifically for current and past EPIC Service Warriors, while others are open to any young person with a disability.  

Visit https://www.epicleaders.org/copy-of-youth-support-groups for more information and registration.

Virtual Special Olympics Massachusetts Programs

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

Visit https://www.specialolympicsma.org/events/calendar for more information.

Sunday Morning Yoga

Join RevelEleven at 11 a.m. on Sundays for beginning yoga to soothe the mind, body and soul.

This hour-long yoga class with Seattle instructor Tina Templeman (and associates) is accessible for all levels of yoga.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-morning-yoga-all-levels-tickets-101741920824 for more information and Zoom registration.

NAMI Connection Support Groups

NAMI Connection is a free, peer-led support group for people who are concerned about their mental health. Groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there. NAMI Connection groups allow you to talk about your experiences in a safe and confidential setting. The groups encourage empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. People will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others.

The NAMI Connection Support Groups are currently offered remotely – online or by conference call – at various times throughout the week. You are welcome to attend any group that works for you.

Visit https://namimass.org/nami-connection-recovery-support-groups for more information including a list of groups with Zoom/phone links to attend.

It’s not a great night to be sailing, but certainly an interesting time to observe the ocean scene.

Jean Appolon Expressions Livestream

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

JAE offers a variety of dance classes with Jean Appolon and Company Dancers  throughout the week online and onsite.  

Visit https://jeanappolonexpressions.org for more information and registration (fees vary).

NamaStay Connected

NamaStay Connected, created by the people at NamaStaySober, is designed to keep you surrounded by a wellness-focused community (yoga + meditation classes, community conversations and book club) wherever you go.

Visit https://www.namastaysober.com/memberships for more information and registration for live virtual and in-person weekly schedule. (Free; donations welcome).

MIT@2:50 – 10 minutes of daily meditation

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

– Because ongoing stress can lower the immune response;

– Because physical distancing can cause feelings of isolation;

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

Launched at MIT and now spreading through the greater Boston community and across the world, @2:50 has been and continues to convene daily since March 12, 2020 for 10 minutes of group silent reflection, accompanied by a backdrop of beautiful scenery and peaceful music.

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

Accessible Recreation

Easterseals Massachusetts provides recreation programs, including Camp, Martial Arts, and Swim for individuals with disabilities.

Visit https://www.easterseals.com/ma/our-programs/recreation for more information and registration.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) programs

Through an integrated portfolio of more than 40 programs, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) focuses on meeting the needs of new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse.

Visit https://www.jfcsboston.org for more information.

Youth Leadership Network

Looking for something to do during this time of social distancing? Join Easterseals Massachusetts for an online Youth Leadership Network.

Through the support of Mass Rehab Commission, the Youth Leadership Network (YLN) promotes self-advocacy and self-awareness for teens and young adults with disabilities ages 16 to 21 with opportunities for youth, ages 14 to 26. This is a state-wide initiative with meetings and events held in Boston, Springfield, Worcester, and East Bridgewater. This is an opportunity for youth to make friends in their local communities and within the larger Network group.

All groups and events feature fun, interactive discussions about communication, teamwork, community service, disability rights, career interests and employment skills.

Go to https://www.easterseals.com/ma/get-involved/events for more information and registration.

Boston Ujima Project

The Boston Ujima Project is building cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem, by and for Boston’s working-class Black, Indigenous and communities of color.

All are welcome to attend #UjimaWednesday workshops from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit https://www.ujimaboston.com for more information and the Zoom registration.

Here is Charlestown decorated for a very snowy Christmas time. Learn more about Charlestown’s history from the Charlestown Historical Society at www.facebook.com/CharlestownHistoricalSociety.

Ancient Wisdom for Stress-Free Living

 Discover how to attain calmness, clarity and purpose in today’s challenging environment.  A unique opportunity to think about life, your approach to it and finding true peace, purpose and fulfillment. 

This knowledge is derived from the ancient eastern philosophy of Vedanta (Veda: Wisdom, Anta: End) which literally means the ultimate wisdom. 

Go to https://www.vedantausa.org/online-weekly-lectures for more information, including the schedule and Zoom registration.

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Let’s Laugh Today

It’s a good time to try something new and take care of our mental and emotional health. Let’s Laugh Today will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays free on Zoom. You can sit or stand the entire time. All ages are welcome.

In these challenging times, there is nothing like a good belly laugh to help release stress and anxiety. These laughter and deep breathing exercises help to bring more fresh oxygen into the body and brain helping you feel more energetic and healthier. It's a great way to connect with other people through eye contact while remaining socially distant and it is thoroughly up-lifting and immunity-boosting. Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainers and Laughter Ambassadors, Linda and Bill Hamaker.

Visit http://www.letslaughtoday.com for more information and the link to join.

Remote Individual and Family Grief Support

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

Visit https://samaritanshope.org for more information.

Virtual Grief Support Group

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

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

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

Deep Thoughts Discussion Group

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

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

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

None of the waterfalls in New England, including this one in the White Mountains, are suffering from a lack of water this year. It makes them all that more impressive to enjoy.

Peace of Mind Virtual Community

Members of the OCD and related disorders community can connect online with members of the IOCDF and with each other to share their stories, educate themselves, and support each other. These are some of the programs being offered:

JUST, Ethan! and Town Hall

IOCDF National Ambassador Ethan Smith leads an hour-long discussion and Q&A with the OCD and related disorders community at JUST, Ethan and moderates a panel of experts on a given topic at Town Hall. These two events are held at noon on alternating Tuesdays.

Live with Liz/ Lunch and Learn with Dr. Liz

Live with Liz is an open forum that allows people to ask IOCDF National Ambassador Dr. Liz McIngvale questions and discuss OCD topics they want to learn more about while Lunch and Learn with Dr. Liz is a series *for professionals* to learn more about OCD and related disorders. Dr. Liz and a guest will have clinical discussions about various topics. These two events are held at noon on alternating Wednesdays.

IOCDF Trivia Night Live!

IOCDF Trivia streams live on Twitch at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month. It’s free to play; no teams necessary. Come for the laughs and the chance to win IOCDF store gift cards.

Go to https://iocdf.org/peaceofmind for more information and links to participate.

Unity Recovery Groups Online

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

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

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

For LGBTQ+ – 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and 7 p.m. on Mondays

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

HRW All Recovery Meeting – 1 p.m. on Fridays

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

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