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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.”

Outdoor Comedy Show

Karl Xie will present an outdoor family-friendly comedy show from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27 at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.

Shows are free but reservations are required at www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-comedy-show-at-the-christopher-columbus-waterfront-park-tickets-163403475193.

ARC Blood Drive at  Langham Boston Hotel                                

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov 22 at The Langham Boston Hotel, 250 Franklin S.

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

Give Thanks Story Time

Join the Boston Public Library librarians from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 as the group reads stories and sings songs all about being thankful.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

2021 Annual Trellis Lighting

Christopher Columbus Park (110 Atlantic Ave.) will once again be transformed into magical light garden for the holiday season when the 260-foot of trellis is set aglow with 50,000 blue lights along with 14 decorated trees near Tia’s, the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and throughout the park at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22.

This family-friendly event will include NEMPAC children singing classic holiday hits and a visit from Santa Claus plus cookies, hot chocolate, and clam chowder.  

Go to www.foccp.org/events/2021-annual-trellis-lighting for more information.

Crypt and church tours                                                                                           

Take a walk-through history.

The Old North Church and Historic site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Old North is the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the City. Take a self-guided tour through the church; staff will be available to answer questions.

See what lies beneath the Old North Church – 15-minute guided tours of the historic crypt will be offered on the half hour as well.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information ($5 per person | Children, ages five and under free | Crypt/Admission combo ticket: $10).

Critical Shortage - Donate blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center           

Help save a life by donating 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.

The Greenway Carousel open and accessible – fall/winter hours

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl and harbor seal. There is also a wheelchair accessible spot.

The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present an EBT card for up to four free rides.

The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel for more information and tickets.

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.

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.

Paul Revere House online/onsite                                                     

To stay up-to-date on “all things Revere,” check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog, or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

The Revere House is also open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.

New England Aquarium onsite/online

The New England Aquarium has reopened following safety guidelines.

They will continue to offer Virtual Visits with activities and webcams as well as Virtual Programs (Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters) so people can visit their favorite animals from home.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists.

Go to neaq.org for more information.

Old North Gift Shop onsite/online

The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.

Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.

Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home                                                                              

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor 

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

Help preserve Old North history and legacy

The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site and in classrooms across the nation.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their onsite/online visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come – especially at this crucial time when the site is closed as 95 percent of their funding comes from tourism.

Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.