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Boston Open Market at Copley Square

The Boston Open Market at Copley Square at 560 Boylston St. - featuring 85 local artists, crafters, designers, makers and vintage dealers - will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 24.

Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com for more information.

Simone Dinnerstein & Bach

Widely known for her distinctive musical voice and inventive interpretations of Bach, pianist Simone Dinnerstein will make her Emmanuel Music debut in a captivating Bach program held at and livestreamed from Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

Visit www.emmanuelmusic.org/performance-info/simone-dinnerstein-and-bach program information and tickets (pay what you wish).

BSRA: Holland and West Germany in 1993                                                                                 

The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. (BSRA) will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4

for a short business meeting followed by an entertainment program: Holland and West Germany in 1993. Everyone is welcome to attend this online gathering.

Visit www.thebsra.org for more information, including program synopsis, and Zoom registration.

Annual Members Juried Exhibition

The annual Members Juried Exhibition will be on view at the Guild of Boston Artists at 162 Newbury St. through Saturday, June 4.

Visit www.guildofbostonartists.org for more information.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1.

Here are the virtual classes:

– Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

– Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

– Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

– Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays

– Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

– Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

– Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Barre en français

French instructor Chloé Mizuta will guide participants in a barre class that focuses on strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture and breathing from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, June 6 and June 20 via Zoom. All levels of French and barre are welcome.

Visit frenchculturalcenter.org for more information and Zoom registration. (Member: $8; Non-member: $12).

Hidden In Plain Sight: Remembering Queer Nightlife

Danny Harris, Elite's Gay Club; Jackson Davidow, Tufts University; Georden West, Emerson College; and Indee Mitchell, co-director, Last Call will discuss their memories of Queer nightlife in Boston as well as the ways they have used artistic mediums to bring these spaces back to life.

This hybrid event will be held on Monday, June 6. The in-person reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

Visit masshist.org/events/hidden-plain-sight-remembering-queer-nightlife for more information and registration.

Unlearn Diet Culture through a Queer Lens - online

Join the Boston Public Library for an evening with Raine Gmoser, Queer & Anti-Diet Personal Trainer, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, June 6 to kick off Pride Month with community and movement.

Exercise spaces tend to be over-gendered and fatphobic. People who want to exercise, but haven't felt comfortable in mainstream fitness spaces, this is the right place. Ditching diet culture and feeling good takes care and commitment to rebuilding trust with oneself. 

After a 30-minute discussion, Gmoser will demonstrate some low-impact, equipment-free movements that people can do anywhere. There will be time for questions.

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

Wear Your Pride! Tutu Craft for Teens

Are you a teen? Is your wardrobe tutu ready? ......NO!?

Teen Central at the Central Library in Copley Square will host “Show Your Pride Tutu” craft hour for teens at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, June 14 and June 21. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Ann Leary with ‘The Foundling: A Novel’

Author Ann Leary’s new novel The Foundling is based on a discovery she made while researching her own family’s history: an entry in the 1930s census that shed light on the realm of eugenics. 

Leary will talk with disability advocate and historian Alex Green from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 about the facts and fiction that still surround the American eugenics movement of the early 20th century, presented by the American Inspiration Author Series.

Visit www.americanancestors.org/events/ann-leary-foundling-novel for more information and registration.

2022 PreserGAYtion Chatter

Join the Young Advisors in celebration of National Preservation Month and Pride Month from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave.

Unlike their usual chatters, this event will focus specifically on the people and places integral to Boston’s LGBTQ+ history.

Enjoy several lightning talks by a variety of presenters while enjoying snacks and drinks in a local gay bar. Ticket holders will receive one drink ticket each. Cash bar is available for additional tipple. Light appetizers will be provided.

Visit www.bostonpreservation.org/Presergaytion for more information and reservation ($30).

Lowell Lecture - Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.

Author and Princeton professor Dr. Glaude in conversation with Boston Public Library President David Leonard will confront the nation’s history, shedding new light on the complexities of race and democracy.

This hybrid event will be held in person at the Central Library in Copley Square and on Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

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

The Pen of Justice: William Apess and his Eulogy on King Philip

Explore the powerful words of Pequot activist, author and minister William Apess and his fight for Native rights with author Drew Lopenzina

Partnership of Historic Bostons will host this online book club discussion followed by a Q&A from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pen-of-justice-william-apess-and-his-eulogy-on-king-philip-tickets-325724971157 for more information and registration.

Chair Yoga for Older Adults

Yoga Hub will facilitate an online chair yoga class for older adults from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 and June 16, hosted by the Boston Public Library.

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

Sammarco: ‘Kenmore Square and the Fenway of Boston Through Time’

Anthony Sammarco will discuss his latest book Kenmore Square and The Fenway of Boston Through Time which chronicles the history and development of an area of the city of Boston that only began in the early nineteenth century.

The event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Central Library in Copley Square.

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

Reading the Rainbow LGTBTQ Book Group: ‘The Subtweet’

Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10 for a lively discussion of Vivek Shraya's The Subtweet, a contemporary novel about two female musicians whose transformative friendship explodes into an internet firestorm of drama.

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

Ciné-Club de l’Alliance: Le Grand Jack Screening and Discussion

Cinéphiles and adventurers, join filmmaker and director Herménégilde Chiasson to watch and discuss his movie, Le Grand Jack from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St. (In French and in English)

Did you know that Jack Kerouak was a French native speaker? And that March 12 marked his 100th birthday?

Visit https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events for more information and registration (Members: $10 | Non-members: $16 (includes a glass of wine).

Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital

Celebrating its 20th year, the Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Walkers at the DCR Hatch Shell will enjoy a two- or six-mile walk along the Charles River, family activities, entertainment, a cookout and more.

Walkers elsewhere can walk any route, any distance, anytime and join the virtual celebration. Register for free at childrenshospital.org.

Ukulele Workshop with Matty Powell of Little

Kids, ages 7-12, are invited to join the six-week ukulele workshop series, taught by Matty Powell of Little Groove from 4 to 5 p.m. on Mondays through June 13 at the Central Library in Copley Square. Ukulele’s will be provided.

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

Book Club: ‘Deephaven’

Celebrate summer and Pride month with a discussion of the 19th century novel Deephaven by Sarah Orne Jewett from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 hosted by the Nichols House and Gibson House museums.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/book-club-deephaven-by-sarah-orne-jewett-tickets-301063397727 for more information and Zoom registration (Members: Free | Nonmembers: $12).

Community Boating on the Charles River 2022

Rent a kayak or paddleboard at Community Boating Boston, 21 David G Mugar Way and explore the Charles River Basin and Frederick Law Olmstead esplanade lagoon system while enjoying breathtaking views of historic Back Bay, Beacon Hill, MIT and the Zakim and Longfellow bridges. Sailing for all since 1946.

Visit www.community-boating.org/rentals/welcome for more information.

BPDA's Model Room

The BPDA's model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston's downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston waterfront.

Visit the model room on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall at One City Hall Square – open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Visit www.bostonplans.org/about-us/model-room for more information.

Lyric Stage: ‘The Light’

On the night of their engagement, Genesis and Rashad’s relationship splinters as a gift of concert tickets forces them to reveal long-buried secrets, threatening their future happiness. “The Light” asks what - and who - are people willing to fight for.

Lyric Stage Company of Boston will present “The Light” at 140 Clarendon St. through Sunday, June 26.

Showtimes: matinee and evening performances on select days

Go to lyricstage.com for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Co|So Juried Summer Members Show ‘Horizons’

The Copley Society's 2022 Juried Summer Members Show "Horizons" will run through Saturday, July 2 in its main art gallery at 158 Newbury Street. 

The thematic juried show depicts the artists various interpretations of new horizons - literal, figurative or imaginative - and how those interpretations of horizons are experienced, impact and shape us. The show features a range of styles and mediums including painting, photography, watercolor and porcelain.

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

Courtyard Crafternoons

Kids, ages 6 and up, are invited to drop-in to the courtyard at the Central Library between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. on Fridays for crafting fun. Join in for a new craft every week.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

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

BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open

A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.

Go to Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration for more details and registration.

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).

Swan Boat Rides

Take a leisurely lagoon ride aboard the iconic Swan Boats while immersing in the blooming botany of Boston’s famous Public Garden.

Spring Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily through June 20 (weather permitting)

Summer Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 21 to Labor Day, Sept. 5 (weather permitting)

Visit https://swanboats.com for tickets (Adults: $4.50 | Seniors: $4 | Children, ages 2 to 15: $3 | Under 2 yrs.: Free) and other details.

Copley Square Farmers Market

The Copley Square Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 12. The market sits across from the Boston Public Library at 139 James St.

The Copley Square Farmers Market – Boston’s biggest, busiest and longest running market – will feature more than three dozen Massachusetts farmers and good producers offering a vibrant selection of produce, proteins, baked goods, ready-to-eat meals, alongside a host of other locally made products.

Vendors accepts cash/credit/debit cards/WIC/Senior coupons/EBT cards/HIP incentives.

Visit www.massfarmersmarkets.org/copley for more information.

Co|So Small Works: Encounter New England

A thematic art exhibition featuring small works by Copley Society artist members will be on view in the Lower Gallery at the Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury St. through Thursday, July 7.

Visit copleysociety.org for more information.

Future Readers Book Club/Events

The Boston Public Library hosts the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.

Register at bpl.org to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at bostonpl.beanstack.org.

In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration for each event.

Monday Mettā                      

Join Rev. Kim at the Arlington Street Church at noon on Mondays for a half hour of loving kindness meditation. She will give brief instructions, and the group will join in sending loving kindness to ourselves and to the world. No meditation experience necessary.

Join with video at https://zoom.us/j/8958866876 or participate by phone by dialing 929-436-2866. For either option, the meeting ID is always 895 886 6876.

Trident Writing Group

The Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St., will host a drop-in writing group from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

Each meeting will start with brief introductions, followed by time to write independently and the option to share work at the end.

Bring a piece you're working on or try something new – all writers and genres of writing are welcome. Kindness above all rules. No hate speech, slurs or sexually explicit language. 

Visit www.tridentbookscafe.com/event for more information.

The Buddhist book discussions and meditations

Buddha's Belly and Arlington Street Meditation Center (feel free to go to one or both) will meet via Zoom on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

– Buddha's Belly at 6 p.m.: a book discussion group that explores a variety of books from Buddhist teachings. All are welcome.

– Arlington Street Meditation Center at 7 p.m.: these gatherings include seated meditation, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversation. Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none) are warmly welcome.

Visit www.ascboston.org for more information and links to attend.

Kundalini Yoga Class

Experience fun exercises and poses, breathing techniques, chanting, meditation and deep relaxation in this unique class at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Moving energy through your body brings positive change and growth. All are welcome.

There is a $10 charge that goes to the Arlington Street Church.

Email office@ascboston.org for Zoom access. 

A Safe Space for People of All Colors

If you identify as a person of color, Old South Church invites you to a time of connecting, a moment of breath, a reprieve from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The group is open to people of all ages.

Visit www.oldsouth.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Lunchtime SF/FAN Short Story Club

Want to read more, but don't have time for a whole novel? Having trouble fitting a book club into your schedule?

Join the Boston Public Library lunchtime discussion group for speculative short fiction. People can come every week, once a month or whenever there is time.

This group will read and discuss short stories published in 2021 in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres with the aim of nominating the best selections for the 2022 Hugo Awards. They will vote weekly on what to read next. 

Discussion will take place online from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 30 on the Boston Public Library's Discord server. Eating while typing is welcome. 

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

Virtual Jazz Coffee House                                                              

The Virtual Jazz Coffee House, featuring the Willie Sordillo Ensemble, will be livestreamed from the Old South Church in Boston from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at www.oldsouth.org/jazz.

Bonsai Bar

Trident Booksellers and Café, 338 Newbury St. will host a two-hour bonsai class at 7 p.m. on Thursdays that teaches about the art of bonsai and lets people create their own bonsai tree.

Every attendee will be able to select their own bonsai tree and pot and be provided with the tools to prune, pot and design the tree under the instruction of a bonsai expert

Visit www.tridentbookscafe.com for more information and reservations ($65).

​Friday + Saturday Night Trivia

Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St will host a Trivia Night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The event will feature seven rounds of general knowledge trivia with a few wildcards along the way (follow on Instagram to get a sneak peak of the evening's categories) and excellent prizes for the top three teams. 

Visit www.tridentbookscafe.com for more information.

LGBTQ Catholics Unite monthly meetings (hybrid)                                           

LGBTQ Catholics Unite meetings will be held in the St. Cecilia Church Community Room, 18 Belvidere St. and on Zoom at 1 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month.

The meetings provide an opportunity for LGBTQ Catholics and friends to gather and openly discuss relevant topics, scripture, and current events and share faith experiences, thoughts, beliefs and feelings.

Hosted by the St. Cecilia Rainbow Ministry, they hope that all LGBTQ+ Catholics will know that “God loves you, God created you, God is on your side, Jesus cares about you, and the church is your home.” All, including allies, are welcome.

Email stceciliarainbowministry@gmail.com for more info on how to connect via Zoom.

Poetry Open Mic Night

Join Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St. for a fun evening of open mic poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Bring your own works and perform them in front of a supportive crowd; or read someone else’s work (give credit where due). There's no better place to find your voice and share it with the world. Sign-up list opens at 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.tridentbookscafe.com/events for more information.

Tiffany Stained-Glass Window Tour

Experience the resplendent beauty and history of the 16 Tiffany opalescent stained-glass windows – the largest collection of its kind in any one church – on a self-guided tour with an audio guide or on a docent-led tour at Arlington Street Church, 20 Arlington St.

The Tiffany Windows Education Center will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays). Group tours are also available.

Visit www.asctiffany.org/visit for more information.

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.

Give blood at MGH Blood Donor Center

The Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Donor Center, 55 Fruit St. (GRJ 120) will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit www.massgeneral.org/blood-donor/contact for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Genealogy for the Next Generation                                               

Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.

These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life.

Big Sister Mentoring                                                                                    

Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.

The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister and Little Sister’s family.

To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit www.bigsister.org.

Boston Ballet Videos                                    

Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, virtual choreography, performance clips, and articles on www.bostonballet.org along with exclusive, ballet videos posted Mondays through Fridays at www.facebook.com/bostonballet and/or www.instagram.com/bostonballet.

Support Boston Ballet at www.bostonballet.org/Home/Support/Donate.

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.

Friday Night Supper Program – Needs Help

The Friday Night Supper Program (FNSP) at the Arlington Street Church – the longest running program in Boston – has served more than 13,000 meals a year to more than 130 guests from all over Boston since 1984.

FNSP offers seated, family-style dinners at the church at 5 p.m. on Fridays or hot to-go meals for those who prefer or if room reaches its limited capacity due to the pandemic.

The Clothing Closet will also be opened every other Friday.

Donations make a difference in the lives of people in need, whether through philanthropic dollars or individual gifts of money, clothing, toiletries and gift cards.

FNSP is also looking for help to serve the onsite and “to go” meals.

Visit www.Fridaynightsupper.org for more information.

Support The Boston Parks 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign   

Help support three transformative projects in all three parks by making a donation to the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign.

Donations will support enhancements that will invite and inspire visitors to the Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall and Boston Common for years to come.

Go to friendsofthepublicgarden.org/50th for more information and donation links.

Support BostonWarm/Common Art and Common Cathedral

The drop-in center, BostonWarm; the art program, common art; and common cathedral, all under the umbrella of Ecclesia Ministries at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.), needs partners to help them serve the increasing number of homeless and underserved during this critical time.

There are three specific ways that you can help make a difference:

1) Purchase supplies from BostonWarm and common art Amazon wish lists.

2) Donate individually wrapped homemade or purchased sandwiches, soft fruits, granola bars and water.

3) Donate your time, your treasures (donations) and your prayers – they are always welcomed and valued.

Visit www.commoncathedral.org for other information, including links to keep this mission alive.

Support Women’s Lunch Place                                         

Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St. continues to serve women while maintaining all three of their core services areas – healthy meals, direct care and advocacy.

WLP is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday through Saturday serving breakfast and lunch along with essential care packages.

Women’s Lunch Place needs donations – money, gift cards, toiletries, underwear and other basic necessities – to keep their mission going.

Visit www.womenslunchplace.org for more information.

Support the Esplanade Association                       

The Esplanade is the stretch of public green space that extends for three miles one way along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University (BU) Bridge.

In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, recreational facilities and more than five miles of pathway for walking, running or biking.

Please consider making a donation to the Esplanade Association to help keep the green space thriving and the activities alive. All donations are tax deductible and people can use any means to send their support, including Donor Advised Funds.

Visit esplanade.org for more information and links to donate.