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‘I Give You My Home’

The Guerilla Opera and the Nichols House Museum present “I Give You My Home,” a site-specific chamber opera inspired by the life of Rose Standish Nichols, pacifist, suffragist, garden designer and museum founder.

The immersive opera plays within the rooms of the Nichols House at 55 Mount Vernon St. at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.

Each performance concludes with a tea reception in honor of the tradition of hosting salons, which was started by Rose Standish Nichols and her mother.

Opening night on June 3 concludes with a special reception and champagne toast to Guerilla Opera’s 15th Anniversary Season.

Visit www.nicholshousemuseum.org for more information and tickets (pay what you can).

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. 

Black Heritage Trail Tour

Join a Park Ranger from the National Parks of Boston to explore the rich history of Beacon Hill's 19th century Black community.

The guided walks will be held at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 4. Meet at Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial, 24 Beacon St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/black-heritage-trail-tour-tickets-153151587521 for more information and registration.

BHV: Conversations With… Kevin Kenny of Wolf Hollow

Beacon Hill Village will present "Conversations With… Kevin Kenny of Wolf Hollow" at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 6.

Wolf Hollow is a state and federally licensed 501c3 nonprofit gray wolf sanctuary and educational facility located in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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

‘People Love Dead Jews’ Book Talk

In her latest book, author Dara Horn explores a pointed question: Why do far too many people seem to love dead Jews, but ignore the living ones? The event will begin with a welcome reception on the patio followed by a lively discussion and book signing inside.

The event will be held at and live-streamed from the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips St. at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.

Visit vilnashul.org for more information and registration ($18).

Operation ABLE ‘Virtual’ Breakfast

Celebrate 40 years of Operation ABLE at their annual virtual breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Guests will include The Honorable Edward J. Markey, United State Senate and Alice Sweeney, Director at the MassHire Department of Career.

This special event is in support of Operation ABLE's job training programs which prepare job seekers and students on their Path to Employment.

Go to https://operationable.net for more information, including sponsorships and tickets, and a link to make a donation. 

Criminalized Cross-Dressing: Policing Gender Expression

The current trend of criminalizing trans issues is nothing new - the first major wave of anti-trans legislation started in the 1840s lasted for more than a century.

In this virtual talk at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, Dr. Susan Stryker will briefly survey this history, starting with the first prosecutions for cross-gender expression in the early colonial period, including seventeenth-century New England.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/13846/gender-expression for more information and registration (Free; Donations are encouraged).

‘A Play for the End of the World’ with author Jai Chakrabarti

Join author Jai Chakrabarti virtually from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 as he discusses his new book A Play for the End of the World, an unforgettable love story, a provocative exploration of the role of art in times of political upheaval, and a deeply moving reminder of the power of the past to shape the present. 

Visit vilnashul.org for more information and registration (Suggested price - $18).

MOS: Book Club for the Curious                                                  

The Book Club for the Curious – a reading group designed especially for those who are interested in science and technology and how it impacts our society – will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 to discuss The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Ocean by Cynthia Barnett.  

Visit www.mos.org/public-events/book-club-for-the-curious for more information and Zoom registration.

Parks Summer Fitness: Frog Pond Yoga

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1, including Frog Pond Yoga from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Boston Common Frog Pond, 38 Beacon St.

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

‘An Intriguing Conversation with Karen Brooks Hopkins’

Punctuate 4, Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, and the Suffolk University Theatre Department will present “An Intriguing Conversation with Karen Brooks Hopkins,” President Emerita, Brooklyn Academic of Music at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

For three decades, through her leadership at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hopkins was at the forefront of bringing a diverse creative and non-profit arts community together to turn Brooklyn into a cultural mecca and one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world.

Hopkins will share her story of successful community investment sprinkled with the ups and downs of enlisting the help of an incredible range of celebrities from Princess Diana and Pina Bausch to LL Cool J and David Byrne.

Admission is free; reservations are required at ci.ovationtix.com/34432/performance/11073881.

Virtual Book Talk: ‘Who Killed Jane Stanford?’

Richard White will talk about his latest book Who Killed Jane Stanford? A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org/events for more information and Zoom registration (Members: Free | Visitors: $5).

Boston Festival Chamber Series: The Super Trio

​From the ultra-romantic, to the wild and unhinged, this concert combines four movements from four different iconic Piano Trios (violin, cello, and piano) to create the ultimate Super Trio.

BFO Artistic Director Alyssa Wang will take attendees through a classical music journey designed to inspire new listeners, classical music veterans and everyone in between at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Harvard Musical Association (Marsh Room) at 57 A Chestnut St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-festival-chamber-series-the-super-trio-tickets-218554411127 for more information and tickets (free).

New England Synth Fest

The New England Synth Fest, featuring Metal Tiger with visuals by Anagram, Jade Rose & Jame Coyne, and Violet Nox with visuals by DebStep, will be held at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

Visit www.mos.org/explore/subspace/summer-thursdays for more information and tickets ($10).

Donate Blood at Big Night Entertainment Group

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 10 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.

Small Group Tour of The Vilna

Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips St. will host a private tour of their renovated space and historic sanctuary from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10

The program will begin on their outdoor patio over light refreshments and mingling with executive director Dalit Ballen Horn, followed by a guided tour brimming with history.

Visit vilnashul.org/events/event/small-group-tours for more information and registration ($15).

25th Boston Dyke March

The Boston Dyke March will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. (Rain or shine)

Musical acts precede and follow the march; there will also be speakers, community announcements and a fire eating ritual. All are welcome.

The Boston Dyke March offers a non-commercial, intersectional and fundamentally grassroots alternative to Boston’s Pride celebration. More than a celebration, they strive to elevate voices marginalized in society and within the queer community by speaking up and fighting back to demand a better society.

Visit www.bostondykemarch.com to learn more.

Macbeth: A Restoration Drama

Members of Seven Times Seven (STS) join the Henry Purcell Society of Boston and conductor Ian Watson in a semi-staged performance of the incidental theatre music from William Davenant's Restoration-era production of Macbeth.

This collaboration includes works by Eccles, Locke, Purcell and more, along with traditional Scottish and Scottish “inspired” music from the same period. This production features actors, dancers, and an original script by Laurence Senelick with Dan Meyers, Matthew Wright, and longtime STS friend Joy Grimes, fiddle.

The performance will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. 

Go to www.seventimessalt.com/concerts for more information and tickets (Tickets support the Shakespearean fundraiser).

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).

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.

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.

Registration is Open for Hill House Summer Programs

Hill House, 27 Mt. Vernon St. is offering a range of week-long camps and programs from June 13 through Aug. 19.

Registration is open for Kiddie-Kamp, Day Camp and Leadership in Training (LIT).

Visit www.hillhouseboston.org for more information and registration.

The Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel is Open

The Carousel will be open for the spring, summer and fall seasons daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit bostonfrogpond.com/frog-pond-carousel for more information ($4/ride | $30/10 Ride Card).

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).

West End Walking Tours

The West End Museum will host a walking tour of the West End neighborhood covering the area's history from settlement through to modern times at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday and 11 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/west-end-walking-tours-tickets-257891740137 for more information and registration ($8-$12).

Free Tai Chi

Free Tai Chi classes led by coach Stephanie Orme will be held near the bandstand on Boston Common from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays through November (weather permitting).

Visit https://daoistgate.com for more information.

Colonial Society of Massachusetts Open House

Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 87 Mount Vernon St. will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.

Take a tour of the interior of a house that was designed and built by Charles Bulfinch in 1807, one of the earliest Beacon Hill mansions. Collections on view include 19th-century furniture and decorative arts.

A short program on the history of the Society, the house and collections, and the elegant neighborhood will begin at 2 p.m.

Visit www.colonialsociety.org for more information.

Tuesday Recitals at King’s Chapel

The King's Chapel, 58 Tremont St. will hold recitals at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays – both online and in person – through June 28.

They feature a wide variety of performing artists ranging from local students to traveling performers. The 30- to 40-minute performances range from jazz and folk music from numerous ethnicities to classical music from medieval times to the present.

​Visit www.kings-chapel.org/tuesday-recitals.html for more information and schedule (Suggested donation: $5, given to the performers).

King’s Chapel History Tours 

The King's Chapel History Program is open for guided (on the hour) and self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturdays (Spring Schedule). ​

Discover more than 330 years of history at King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St. with a 40-minute guided tour of the historic sanctuary and church crypt containing 21 tombs.

General admission includes self-guided exploration of the chapel’s ground level, access to a selection of mobile tours, and informal interpretive programs offered by their team of Historic Site Educators.

General admission - available for purchase on-site: $0 to $5.

Guided Tours - available for purchase on-site and online: $0 to $10.

Visit www.kings-chapel.org/plan-your-visit.html for more information.

‘MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness’ (Hybrid)

The Beacon Hill Friends, 6 Chestnut St. will host “MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. This facilitated spiritual practice with Quaker flavor and an experimental ethos is open to everyone. This hybrid event will also be held on Zoom.

Go to bhfh.org/midweek for more information about the facilitators and the practices they offer along with program details and Zoom registration. These closed-captioned programs are free, although donations to support their work are welcome.

Art and Architecture Tours onsite/online

Join a Boston Athenæum docent for an onsite or online tour focused on the history of the Athenæum, its iconic building and its special collections at 10½ Beacon St.

Whether visiting for the first time or as a member who frequents the building, the stories are sure to fascinate people as they walk through the historic library.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org/calendar for more information and registration (Members: Free | Visitors: $5).

Online ESOL conversation groups and classes                            

The Boston Public Library offers a variety of elementary, intermediate and advanced ESOL conversation groups and classes on select days and times throughout the week. Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. The groups are led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Visit bpl.org/events 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.

Operation ABLE                                                                                                     

Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds. 

All services, including distance learning, coaching and wrap-around services, are being conducted remotely, including a new remote employee skills training program for Massachusetts residents, ages 55 and up.

Visit operationable.net for more information and registration.

Brewer Fountain Plaza open – food, music, fun

Brewer Fountain Plaza in the Boston Common, located near Park Street Station, a vibrant and welcoming community space programmed by the Friends of the Public Garden, has reopened for their 10th year.

Be sure to visit this iconic space anytime, enjoy the magic of having lunch under an umbrella while listening to beautiful piano music with the Brewer Fountain flowing in the background. Berklee students will play during the weekday lunch hours.

Five new food trucks will rotate through two spots on Brewer serving diverse cuisine seven days per week during the lunch hours.

Visit friendsofthepublicgarden.org/2022/03/14/brewer-plaza-re-opening-april-2022 for more information.

MOS Experience Online/Onsite

Highlights of your visit to the Museum of Science can include permanent and temporary exhibits and a variety of shows in the Planetarium and newly refurbished Mugar Omni Theater.

MOS at home also offers an array of programs and events. Schedules change weekly and may include a weekly STEM challenge, virtual planetarium visits, live animal visits, science stories, science-related question and answer panels, and Sub-space events.

Visit www.mos.org for more information and reservations.

Boston Athenæum Online/Onsite                                       

Boston Athenæum offers many activities online (some free of charge), serving their members, the Boston community and beyond. They also offer tours of the first floor of their landmark building and artworks from the special collections.

Admission is free for all on Second Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org/visit/hours-admission for more information.

Museum of African American History Online/Onsite                  

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

Visit www.maah.org for ticket and scheduling information along with virtual programs and events.

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 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.

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.

Support The WEM as They Rebuild

Please consider supporting The West End Museum as they work to rebuild after flooding destroyed the Museum on Jan. 15. 

The Museum has worked for more than a decade to preserve the story of the West End, foster community for the displaced and current residents of the neighborhood, and ensure that the lessons of Boston’s urban renewal program are not forgotten. They make sure that the memory of Boston’s most ethnically diverse and dynamic neighborhood survives as a guide for the next generation of planners, urbanists and community builders across the world. 

Please help them reopen by making a gift today. Your contribution will support their efforts to rebuild the Museum as an even more effective space for learning and community. Every little bit helps.

Go to thewestendmuseum.org for more information and the link to donate.

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.

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.

Old West Church Community Dinners

The Old West Church at 131 Cambridge St. will serve a community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays – rain or shine and holidays, too. While these meals primarily serve people who are housing insecure or elderly, it’s for anyone.

During the pandemic, the meals will be served to go. Everyone is welcome to come by and grab a hot meal to takeaway.

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

Wednesday Night Supper Club – ‘Takeout Meal in a Sack’

The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place. At this time, they have shifted to a “takeout meal in a sack.”

The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal. The program has been running for more than 50 years. 

Visit www.paulistcenter.org to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donate supplies, food or money; etc.) or for more information.