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Here is a beautiful sunset after a storm.

During the past two years throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Boston Homes have been happy to bring to you this Virtual Neighborhood with a variety of listings of (virtual) events and activities from not only Boston, but from many places near and far.

Now that Boston, like most of the country, has been reopening with many in-person events returning, we will no longer be adding events to this page. Events already listed here will remain until they expire.

For those who wish to continue to attend events from near and far, there are many places that will continue to host virtual and hybrid events. Should COVID-19 surge again, we will once again update the Boston Homes Virtual Neighborhood. 

In the meantime, please enjoy the array of local in-person/hybrid/virtual events that we have listed/detailed in the Neighborhood Notes found at https://www.linkbostonhomes.com.

Spring means nature comes back to life. There’s plenty of beauty to enjoy.

Virtual categories to choose from include:

Honoring the Ukraine

• Events (One Day Only) 

• Short Term Events

• Fundraisers for Non-Profits (Date Related)

• Family Events (Ongoing)

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

Note: More events can be found in Boston Homes’ neighborhood notes. Check linkbostonhomes.com for all the latest Boston real estate news and columns.

HONORING THE UKRAINE:

Thousands of people rallied in Boston on Feb. 27 to show support for Ukraine, which is under attack from Russian forces. According to WCVB, more than 5,000 people were estimated to have attended the demonstration, which was expected to only draw hundreds of people.
The large crowd marched for two hours from Boston Public Garden through the Back Bay and ended up at the Massachusetts State House.

The Ukraine National Anthem is considered to be one of the most inspiring among nations. It was formally adopted after the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The lyrics take on extra meaning today after the massive attack by Russia.

The lyrics say:

“The glory and freedom of Ukraine has not yet perished

Luck will still smile on us brother-Ukrainians.

Our enemies will die, as the dew does in the sunshine,

and we, too, brothers, we'll live happily in our land.

“We’ll not spare either our souls or bodies to get freedom

and we’ll prove that we brothers are of Kozak kin.”

Here are two very different videos of the Ukrainian National Anthem worth watching. The first is from the Ukraine, filmed with children and adult musicians and singers enjoying better days around 2018. It shows the beauty of the country and the singing is very inspiring.

Watch this version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hmE02eRU2c.

This video is from the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concert on Feb. 27, conducted by Maestro Benjamin Zander. The concert opened with opening remarks from Zander followed by the orchestra's heartfelt performance of the Ukraine National Anthem. Watch the emotions on the faces of the young musicians and their conductor. Visit https://www.bostonphil.org for more information about the orchestra. Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u2h1tjCAZk.

And here is a Ukrainian song - "Марш нової армії" [English Translation] Slava Ukraini!

This video came from the Ukraine. It shows the soldiers marching and fighting. The modern text was adopted in 2017 and honors the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who fought and died in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone during the War in Donbass. The original was written by Oles Babiy in 1929 and was first adopted in 1932 by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and is referred to as a patriotic song from the times of the uprising.

Watching this video will show just how strong a will to unite against Russia there is in the Ukraine. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3FTIfcQlNM.

This is licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of 2017 KrainaMriy); Broma 16, and 4 Music Rights Societies/

Next is an update remix by Andriy Khlivnyuk (Boombox) of a Ukrainian folk song “Oyu luzi chervona kalyna.” This Ukrainian video includes recent scenes from the current invasion by Russia. Khlivnyuk was on tour in the United States when the Russian invasion began. He canceled the rest of his tour to help defend the Ukraine from Putin’s forces.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi7rG4_wgi4. This video is licensed for YouTube by Interstreet Recordings (on behalf of Kiff Records); Interstreet Publishing.

And there is this recent remake of “We Are the World.” It mixes scenes from the war in Ukraine with the original “We Are the World” recording by U.S.A. for Africa. The mix creates a strong message and reminds us how far from peace the world really is. It is also an invitation to work to make the

You can watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-JvpeoVpB4.

This was licensed for YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of USA for Africa); Audiam Canada, ASCAP, LatinAutor - SonyATV, LatinAutor - UMPG, UMPI, Sony ATV Publishing, SOLAR Music Rights Management, CMRRA, Audiam (Publishing), LatinAutor - PeerMusic, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA - UBEM, UMPG Publishing, LatinAutorPerf, and 14 Music Rights Societies.

EVENTS (One Day Only)

This message was true when Jimi Hendrix said it during the Woodstock music festival in 1969 and it is true today. Hendrix got it from William Gladstone, who in the 1800s said, “We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

• SHORT TERM EVENTS

Spring in Copley Square is always nice when the flowers are back.

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.

This seagull is waiting for something to eat as crew members unload their boat on the Boston Fish Pier.

Parked at Home

Travel through the sites that make up Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park connecting with park staff from important sites along the way. Over the course of six virtual chats from 7 to 8 p.m. on select Thursdays, they’ll share unexpected connections and tips for finding your park: 

– April 14: Cotton

A conversation about cotton and coerced labor, from Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI to a plantation in Florida. Featuring: Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve 

Visit https://www.nps.gov/blrv/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for more information about each program. Register for one or all.

This swan enjoys a peaceful swim on a calm afternoon.

Birdwatching Basics Series – Online

This online series from 7 to 8 p.m. on select Thursdays will introduce people to the birdwatching basics, from how to identify different bird families to various tools and resources at your disposal.

Find out what makes birds unique in the animal kingdom; where and how to locate birds in urban, suburban and rural communities; and learn about basic bird biology and behavior. Learn from the experts at Mass Audubon to join one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America.

– April 14: Bird Conservation

– April 21: Reflections, Questions, and Answers

Optional, self-directed birdwatching exercises will be suggested in between topics each week. People will have an opportunity to share images and stories from their weekly birdwatching experiences and adventures in the final class meeting.

Join them for one, some or all – eight session series: Members $90; Nonmembers $120 | Individual session: Members $15; Nonmembers $20 

Register at https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/81363-birdwatching-basics-series-online.

These bees were hard at work visiting flowers last year. It won't be long before we start to see nature spring back to life this year.

Love Yourself: A Five-Part Series on Radical Self-Love

The longest and most important relationship in your life is with yourself – but people are conditioned to think that taking time for their well-being is an act of luxury. The more people feed into that belief, the more likely they are to face burnout and lower self-esteem, potentially putting their overall health at risk.

Join Mental Health Therapist Kyira Wackett for a five-session course designed to help people understand the importance of self-love. Together, the group will break down what self-care looks and feels like, how to love yourself and create a foundation to deepen your love for yourself today and tomorrow. It’s time to make self-care non-negotiable.

Core topics to be explored: Understanding what self-love actually is and what gets in the way – including our shame, negative self-talk and pressure to be busy and productive all of the time. | Discussing the role of forgiveness, for ourselves and others, to make peace with our past and allow us to shift the way we engage with our lives now. | Clarifying who we indeed are, what is important and where we want our lives to go, so we can let go of our performance selves and show up wholly and entirely to our lives.

The sessions will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 and May 5.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dream-big-love-yourself-a-five-part-series-on-radical-self-love-registration-243697916027.

There’s will soon be plenty of spring colors to enjoy this season.

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:

– 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).

It’s the time of year when hearts glow.

2022 Eco-Film Series: We All Belong  

The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust will host a Virtual Watch Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays for the 2022 Eco-Film Series “We All Belong.” During and after the film, they’ll share thoughts and comments and enjoy group discussion. Films will begin at 7 p.m. as follows:

– April 26: 2040

In a world where many people are experiencing anxiety about our climate and natural resources, Damon Gameau sets out to create a positive vision of the future – one that can give us hope. The film is presented as a visual letter to his daughter, and illustrates how our future could look if we embraced the best environmental solutions that we have today.

– May 3: 40 Days at Basecamp

40 Days at Basecamp explores a different side of Mt. Everest expeditions in which a mountain considered sacred by locals becomes a business enterprise. As more climbers attempt to summit this mountain, they witness the effects of its commercialization and face new challenges presented by climate change.

– June 28: Piano to Zanskar

Piano to Zanskar conveys a familiar message about the power of music through a powerful story. The film is about Desmond O’Keefe, a retired piano tuner from London, who decides to deliver a piano to a Himalayan school in an isolated settlement after finding inspiration from one of his customers.

Go to https://lowelllandtrust.org/what-we-do/eco-film-series for more information and registration.

Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The Discovery Museum Speaker Series – with an emphasis on science, nature and play – will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as follows:

– Wednesday, April 27: “Helping Kids Understand Climate Change and How to Make a Difference” with Stacey Clark, author of Planet Power and Christy Mihaly, author of Water: A Deep Dive of Discovery

– Thursday, Sept. 22: “Playgrounds vs. Playpens: Coding, Computational Thinking, and Robotics in Early Childhood” with Marina Umaschi Bers, PhD, Professor, Tufts University

– Wednesday, Nov. 16: “The Art of Storytelling” with Joseph Sarosy and Silke Rose West, authors of How to Tell Stories to Children

Visit https://www.discoveryacton.org/education/discovery-museums-speaker-series for more information and registration.

There’s always time to enjoy delicious meals, including yummy cakes, pies and cookies. This chef is using rotten bananas as one of the ingredients in his very special all-occasion pie that somehow usually ended up in the face of some unsuspecting hungry guest.

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)

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

• FAMILY EVENTS (Ongoing)

These pigeons are spending a relaxing afternoon on the Brewer Fountain in Boston Common.

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.

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.

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

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.

This classroom of girls was working at the Lyman School in East Boston in 1892.

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.

Age Strong virtual classes

Boston’s Age Strong Commission will offer virtual classes on Zoom led by certified

instructors through June 22 as follows:

– Chair Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m. on Mondays

– Meditation: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays

– Latin Dance: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays

– Yoga: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

– Zumba: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and the links to attend.

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.

The magnolia trees will soon be in bloom in Boston, including along Commonwealth Avenue.

Moving Meditation: Online Qigong Class with Kyra Cavanaugh   

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.

This is a moving meditation class based on the traditions of Qigong and Tao Healing – perfect for people all ages and abilities. Classes are offered four times per week at 11 a.m. on Saturdays; at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays; and at 9 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.

Dancing from Your Heart and Soul                                             

Everyone has a dance within their heart and soul. When connecting with this dance and allowing it to express authentically, it can release great joy. It can also bring powerful healing to hearts and souls, minds and bodies.

Join Tao Dance Master Teacher Shunya Barton from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to experience the power and joy of The Dance of Your Heart and Soul. Beginners are very welcome.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dancing-from-your-heart-and-soul-tickets-142225796185 for more information and registration.

The recent full moon brightened the sky behind the woods with clouds rolling in fast.

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.

It’s time to go out and enjoy the beauty of the beach.

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.

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.

It won’t be long before Boston comes alive with the beauty of flowers.

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.

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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.

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).

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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.

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.

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.

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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.