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This is what the Children’s Room at the North End Branch Library looked like in 1914.

Let’s Dance Boston! 

Join Celebrity Series of Boston for Let’s Dance Boston! – a five-day social dance extravaganza will be held at 7 p.m. through Sunday, May 15 at Rowes Wharf Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

For each evening, professional dance instruction from nationally known teachers will be followed by 90 minutes of public dance with live music from acclaimed musicians.

– May 14: Salsa Night with Edwin Perez and His Orchestra

– May 15: Garba event with Garba360, alongside Kashyap Jani & Friends

No previous dance experience is required – just a sense of fun and a desire to spend a joyous night out. 

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/calendar for more information.

Free Yoga Class - Preview of P.O. Fitness

A free yoga class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the Norman B. Leventhal Park, Post Office Square at l30 Congress St. (RD: May 19).

Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org for more information.

Social Innovator Showcase

Hear eight dynamic nonprofit leaders present their solutions to the region's most challenging social issues from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at State Room, 60 State St. 33rd floor.

They will have an audience of 200 foundation leaders, donors, next-gen donors and community leaders interested in helping these organizations achieve their visions and expand their impact.

The speaking program will run for 1.5 hours; there are opportunities to network before and after.

Visit www.socialinnovationforum.org/events for more information.

Tea & Tranquility & Introduction: Walking the Labyrinth

Meet and greet at Armenian Heritage Park and walk the labyrinth from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Share ice tea and luscious desserts. Enjoy an introduction to the health benefits of labyrinth walking as a mindfulness activity.

Learn more about Armenian Heritage Park at www.armenianheritagepark.org.

Community Resource Fair

Get connected with organizations that offer education opportunities, job training and critical resources. This free virtual resource fair will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

This event is part of a series of CORI-friendly events presented by the City of Boston's Project Opportunity and partners. All are welcome.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/community-resource-fair for more information, including a list of participating organizations.

Donate Blood at Big Night Entertainment Group

A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St.

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

How TNC is Advancing Offshore Wind in New England

Tricia Jedele, Atlantic Coast offshore wind policy manager at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will talk about the state of the offshore wind in New England, how TNC is working to advance the siting of offshore wind turbines and some of the rapid changes expected because of recent federal investments in offshore wind.

Join this conversation on this Nature Connects webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at tnc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tOibReT-R-KDl2LE7W3R2g.

In the Making: Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based multidisciplinary artist who uses social collaboration in response to timely and site-specific issues. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, Luger connects performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity-through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, new media, technology and repurposed materials. This work provokes diverse audiences to engage with Indigenous peoples and values, and often presents a call to protect endangered lands.

Join North Bennet Street School in speaking with Luger from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 to learn more.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-making-cannupa-hanska-luger-registration-325222177287 for Zoom registration.

Boston Summer Camp listings

For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit https://bostonsummercamps.com.

Boston By Foot tours

Boston By Foot has opened for the season.

BBF offers a variety of daily tours throughout the neighborhoods for adults, little ones, and/or families.

Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org for the schedule and tickets ($8 to $17).

Critical blood shortage - donate 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.

Old North: Tours and more

The Old North Church and Historic site - the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the city - offers a variety of tours and other fun.

– Take a self-guided tour of Old North Church's sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last ticket sold will be at 3:45 p.m.      

– Have fun with the new family scavenger hunt, Prince's Pew Pursuit, which is included free with your self-guided tour. 

– Take a guided Crypt tour beneath the church where 1,100 bodies are buried at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m.

– Take a (new) guided tour to the sanctuary's balcony to learn about the experiences of early Black congregants and to see the church's beautiful pipe organ and carved 17th-century angels. Gallery tours will run at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/admission-pricing for more information and tickets (Admission: $5 | Add-on Crypt and Balcony: $5 each | Children, ages 5 and under: free).

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.

Food Access and Resources Information                          

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

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

– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or 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.

People 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.