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Mary Soo Hoo Park 10th Anniversary Celebration

Join the Soo Hoo Family, the Greenway Conservancy, and the friends, family and connections of Mary Soo Hoo to celebrate her memory and this space from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

A speaking program will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by a lion dance by the Kwong Kow Chinese School. Activities will be provided by Chinatown Main Street and the Greenway Conservancy. Light refreshments will be provided.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/mary-soo-hoo-park-anniversary-celebration for more information.

Emerson Stage ‘Marie Antoinette’

Emerson Stage will present David Adjmi's “Marie Antoinette” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Tufte Performance and Production Center, Greene Theater, 10 Boylston Place.

This revolutionary take on the life and downfall of the Queen of France displays the vapid early days of her monarchy and its deterioration as the revolution brews in her country, all while providing the richest insight to one of history’s most potentially misconstrued events.

Visit www.emersonstage.org/marie-antoinette for more information and tickets ($12 – general admission | $8 – Emerson).

Global Arts Live presents Raphael Xavier

Known for his “artful and mesmerizing” approach to hip-hop and Breaking, Raphael Xavier has explored Breaking as social, physical and mental “movement” for more than 20 years. Utilizing live jazz as a backdrop, Xavier’s: The Musician & The Mover highlights the traditions of freestyle and improvisation of both Breaking and jazz.

Xavier and two other Breakers will be joined on stage by four jazz musicians to create a transcendent mix of poetry, movement, and music at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at ICA.

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information and tickets (Members: $44 | Nonmembers: $48).

‘Zoo Motel’

A lot can happen at a magical hotel. Zoo Motel gives people the keys.

Welcome to the Zoo Motel. They hope people find their rooms comfortable and their amenities… unique. 

In this live digital performance, theatre director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips and artist Steven Dufala transport viewers into a magical hotel room where time stops, objects come to life and stories begin to emerge from across the globe that all illuminate themes of human existence.

The live digital performances will be shown through Sunday, Nov. 21 with evening and matinee show times.

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/zoo-motel for more information and virtual tickets ($35).

Exhibition Tour: Deana Lawson

Join ICA’s Graduate Student Lecturers Aubrey Beam and Kevin Cervantes for a tour of Deana Lawson. Deepen your understanding of the artist, her photographic practice and exhibition themes through guided close looking and discussion.

Cervantes will be leading tours at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 and at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. Beam will be leading tours at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Go to www.icaboston.org for more information and registration (Free with admission).

Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure

Dino Safari is a walk-thru dinosaur exhibition with more than 30 realistic and scientifically-accurate animatronic creatures. Get up close and personal with these giant ancient creatures in a thrilling experience. People will learn where on earth they lived, how they behaved and how they evolved over time.

Dina Safari will be open from Friday, Nov. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 30 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - 4 S Market St. Time Slots and ticket prices vary.

Go to https://dinosafariboston.com for more information and reservations.

Wolf product demonstration                                                           

Planning a kitchen project? Thinking about a griddle or charbroiler? Induction or gas surface? See what each of these Wolf options, and more, have to offer. A Clark chef will demonstrate several of Wolf’s unique cooking appliances to help build a kitchen that complements your lifestyle.

Demonstrations will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23; from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Clarke – Boston, 7 Tide St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-product-demonstration-tickets-168480964099 for more information and registration.

Wolf convection steam oven demonstration                                  

Join Clarke – Boston, 7 Tide S. for a demonstration as the in-house culinary team bring to life the various cooking modes and features of the Convection Steam Oven.

They will share some tips and techniques to help people get the most from new appliance, or learn all about it if considering a purchase. This class will boost confidence and enthusiasm for preparing daily meals with steam.

Demos will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/wolf-convection-steam-oven-demonstration-tickets-168478314173 for more information and registration.

Virtual Play Date: Family Flicks

Create a Play Date from home from Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28.

Explore exhibitions The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection, Raúl de Nieves: The Treasure House of Memory, 2021 James and Audrey Foster Prize, and Deana Lawson with your family from home through downloadable activities and a virtual cinema. 

Get free admission for families from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Go to www.icaboston.org for more information, registration for virtual activities and reservations for admission tickets.

‘The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical’

“The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical” will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St.

“The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical” is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves.

Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by Visit www.bochcenter.org/events/all the splendor of the season for more information and tickets (starting $29.95).

Boston Ballet: ‘The Nutcracker’

The Boston Ballet will perform the classical ballet – “The Nutcracker” – set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky – at the Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St.

Evening and matinee shows will be held on select days from Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 26.

Visit www.bostonballet.org for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Holiday Ship Lighting in Martin's Park

The first annual Holiday Ship Lighting in Martin's Park, 64 Sleeper St. will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Join the Friends of Martin Park to welcome Santa who will be arriving by boat and enjoy some hot cocoa, caroling, and other holiday fun.

Go to www.boston.gov/calendar/holiday-ship-lighting-martins-park for more information.

SNOWPORT w/ Holiday Market + Light Up Seaport + Menorah lighting

A European-style holiday market, showcasing more than 60 small businesses, a festive menu from Tuscan Kitchen and Breezy Hill Orchard (served in heated tents), and a colorful array of holiday décor will join SNOWPORT, complete with large-scale winter games, the Seaport Tree Market and Light Up Seaport.

– The Holiday Market at SNOWPORT, located at 88 Seaport Blvd. at the corner of Fan Pier Blvd. will feature a dramatic canopy of more than 2,000 twinkling lights, a 3-D backdrop of gifts, and a Winter Wish Wall (a 30-foot interactive chalkboard where guests can share their holiday wishes).

The Holiday Market will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 2. The market will extend its hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Friday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 24.

– SNOWPORT at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave. will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays through Monday, Feb. 28.

This interactive winter wonderland will offer outdoor play for all ages: iceless curling, light-up Bocce, and large-scale versions of classic games such as Battleship, Jenga, KanJam, and more. The North End Curling Club will also provide complimentary Learn to Curl classes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on select Saturdays with reservations.

– The Tree Market at SNOWPORT, 65 Northern Ave., will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 24.

The Tree Market will sell Christmas trees, wreaths, kissing balls, as well as tree stands and lights. Shoppers will be able to bale and load trees directly into their vehicles, or they can schedule EverGreen Delivery to deliver trees right to their homes via bicycle.

– Light Up Seaport & Holiday Stroll will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave.

The event will begin with the lighting of the 54-foot Norway Spruce tree adorned with 10,000 white lights and performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus and other local entertainers. 

The tree lighting will be followed by a holiday stroll throughout the neighborhood where more than 40 Seaport retailers will be offering one-night-only promotions and goodies.

– Seaport will celebrate Chanukah at a Menorah lighting celebration with Chabad Boston from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 at One Seaport Courtyard, 60 Seaport Blvd. Guests will be treated to traditional kosher jelly donuts and chocolate gelt.

Visit https://www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information and reservations.

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.

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution tours will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in November.

Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org/tours/Beacon_Hill for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

ARC Blood Drive at  Boston Blood Donation Center                   

Donate blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. (inside the Tufts Medical Center) to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross:

– Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

– Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8:15 p.m.

– Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

– Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

AFH's virtual/onsite open studio

In addition to their popular and inspiring, in-person monthly open studio, Artists for Humanity also has a new, virtual open studio platform. Travel through their studios and event venue - meet their teen artists and designers, hear from AFH mentors, view teen artwork and their recent client commissions.

Designed in partnership with Northeastern University students, new content will be updated periodically, allowing people to return for a new experience at https://afh-open-studios.vercel.app/studios/painting-studio.

Art Lending Showcase

Stop by The Gallery at the Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. to view the latest art exhibit in partnership with FPAC, Art Lending Showcase, on display through Dec. 10.

Artist participating in Art Lending are FPAC members working in a range of media, materials and styles.

For more information visit fortpointarts.org.

Embodied Identities exhibit at POA Arts Gallery

Embodied Identities – part of the New Narratives – will be on view at the Pao Arts Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Dec. 17. 

Curator: Leslie Anne Condon – Artists: Maria Fong, Eugene La Rochelle, Brenda Lau, Mel Taing and Jennifer Okumura

Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/embodied-identities-opening for more information.

Singing Tree Concerts at The Rocks

The Seaport Singing Trees will sing in concert from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays at The Rocks at Harbor Way.

A new audio installation – powered by PlantWave and sponsored by Delta Air Lines – will transform ordinary trees into master musicians. Listen as the biorhythms of several Sugar Maples – and a few Sassafras backup singers – are translated into music

Learn more at www.bostonseaport.xyz/venue/rocks-harbor-way.

Arts and Culture Open Exchange

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through Dec. 15.

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.

MA: Climate Action Call

Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 for more information and registration.

DivorceCare

If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.

Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.

If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing divorcecare@parkstreet.org to receive the link for the meeting.  

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

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

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

ICA onsite/online perks                                                                   

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.

– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us

– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to www.icaboston.org for more information.

Old State House and Old South Meeting House open                 

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.

Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                         

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email office@stjosephboston.org or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email and a list of items needed or availability to serve.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to serving individually-packaged meals at the Monday Lunch Program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., they are also serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays to a larger number of people in need which comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this 30-year program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.

Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)    

From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, visit www.parkstreet.org/events/home.

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

– Make a monetary donation

–  Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.