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Among the musicians entertaining guests at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. are, from left to right, Alex Gill, Eddie Atkins and Hall Kirkham. This was part of the MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) ministry. This is a ministry “of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston.” Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information.

ICA Harbor Market

The ICA Harbor Market, an artisan takeover brimming with local makers, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

Shop handmade goods, discover talented artisans and enjoy live, local music.

Visit icaboston.org/events for more information.

Seaport Summer Market

The Seaport Summer Market - an outdoor retail market that showcases and celebrates local entrepreneurship, craftsmanship and artistry - will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, June 12 in the parking lot located at 85 Northern Avenue, directly adjacent to Seaport Common.

Visit www.themakersshow.com/the-seaport-summer-market for more information.

Changemakers: A History Slam

Join Revolutionary Spaces for its first-ever History Slam – a night full of raucous history presentations, music, drinks and snacks… and a little friendly competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org/history-slam for more information.

King Boston: Embrace Ideas Festival 2022

Rooted in racial equity, healing, wellbeing and joy, the theme of Embrace Ideas 2022 is “Building A New Boston Together” brimming with music, art, culture, ideas, joy and community beginning at 9 a.m. as follows:

– Monday, June 13 at The Boston Foundation: It’s Not a Zero-Sum Game

– Tuesday, June 14 at the Harvard Medical School: Healing from Racialized Trauma

– Wednesday, June 15 at ICA Boston: The Saving Power of Culture + Jazz Reception at Klaviyo from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (free with reservation)

– Thursday, June 16 at GBH: Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations

– Friday, June 17 at MassArt: Equity, Freedom, and the Future + Free Juneteenth Block Party at Nubian Square from 4 to 9 p.m.

Visit EmbraceIdeasFestival.org for more information and registration (All-week pass: $75 | One-day ticket: $25).

Donate Blood at 125 High Street

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 at 125 High St.

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

Parks Summer Fitness: Strength & Conditioning

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1 including Strength & Conditioning from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Eliot Norton Park, 295 Tremont St. in Chinatown.

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

The CEO Soak Boston

The CEO Soak engages corporate leadership to get soaked at Rings Fountain on Rose Kennedy Greenway while raising awareness for ALS and The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter. All are welcome to participate from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 to show their support for this important cause.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/the-ceo-soak-boston for more information and registration.

Donna Summer Disco Party 2022

Get your groove on at the eighth annual summer disco party honoring five-time Grammy winner and Boston native Donna Summer from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 at Copley Square.

This annual event, which honors her life and celebrates her music and legacy in Boston, will feature: music provided by DJ Vince 1; a special tribute performance by Mary Gaines Bernard, Donna's sister and longtime backing vocalist; and appearances by her nephew, O’Mega Red, and other members of Donna Summer's family.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/donna-summer-disco-party-2022 for more information. 

‘An Object’s Promise: The Magical Thinking We Attach to Our Stuff’

“An Object’s Promise: The Magical Thinking We Attach to Our Stuff” by Adrienne Shishko and Suzanne Moseley will be on view at Assemblage Art Space, 70A Sleeper St. through Thursday, June 16.

Visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.

2022 BLO Street Stage Performance

Boston Lyric Opera will perform at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Rowes Wharf Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Visit https://blo.org/streetstage for more information.

Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

The 12th annual Building Momentum Breakfast - a fundraiser for Bikes Not Bombs - will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Devine Golf Course Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Dr. in Franklin Park.

Go to https://bikesnotbombs.org/calendar for more information and registration.

Chinatown Farmer’s Market

A new farmers market at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18; July 9 and July 23; Aug. 6 and Aug. 20; Sept. 10 and 17; Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.

Local vendors will offer fresh produce, Chinese vegetables, bakery items and fresh seafood.

This market is produced by Chinatown Main Street in collaboration with the City of Boston Food Access Program. Boston residents receiving unemployment benefits can quality for a Chinatown Farmers Market coupon booklet worth $25.

For more information, visit www.chinatownmainstreet.org.

Juneteenth: ICA Free Admission

The ICA will offer free museum admission for all from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Juneteenth, Sunday, June 19 with advanced timed tickets - available at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18.

Admission to Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms at the Watershed in East Boston is always free - tickets are not required for entrance. Timed tickets are required to board the ICA Water Shuttle boats, which are included with general admission to the ICA in the Seaport.

Visit www.icaboston.org/events for more information and tickets.

CraftBoston™: Animal Attraction

For those on the prowl for fine handmade crafts inspired by critters with fur, feathers, scales or tails, hop on over to CraftBoston: Animal Attraction.

The Society of Arts + Crafts proudly presents this six-week online exhibition and sale featuring animal-inspired crafts by the finest makers in New England and beyond through Sunday, June 19. Shop the artists’ handmade wares to support individual makers and the Society, or tune in for a virtual educational event streamed from their studios.

Visit https://societyofcrafts.org/animal-attraction for more information.

Fitness on the Greenway Series

A variety of fitness programs will be held at various days and times on the Greenway through Sunday, Oct. 2.

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

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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. 

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 Summer Camp Listings

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

BPDA's Model Room Open

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.

ICA Watershed is Open for the Season

A new exhibition that features immersive installations by six international artists, “Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms,” will be on view at East Boston’s ICA Watershed at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina on Marginal through Sept. 5.

Entry to the Watershed is free. Timed tickets are required for ICA Water Shuttle between the ICA and the Watershed and can be purchased in advance at icaboston.org.

‘The Collective Imaginary’

“The Collective Imaginary,” part of the New Narratives, will be on view at the Pao Arts Center Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Friday, July 22.

Visit www.paoartscenter.org/events/2022/newnarratives-thecollectiveimaginary for more information.

Seaport Sweat

Seaport Sweat will take place daily on Seaport Common through Thursday, Sept. 29.

The community driven series will offer a variety of new classes and instructors along with returning favorites plus special weekend classes. All fitness levels welcome.

Go to www.bostonseaport.xyz/seaport-sweat for more information and registration.

Bridging Creativity: Art Lab from Home to Here

Join ICA for the latest installation of the Bank of America Art Lab, Bridging Creativity: Art Lab from Home to Here. Through looking and art-making, engage with the work of four Boston-based artists who are connected in their ability to spread joy through creativity.

Activities are drop-in and first-come, first-serve from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through June 11.

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information and tickets (Free with admission; youth, ages 18 and under - always visit free).

SaturPLAY

Kids are invited to drop by the Mary Soo Hoo Park from 1 to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month through Oct. 29 for games, crafts and activities with high school youth from A-VOYCE.

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

Bike Seaport: Tune Ups

Join Seaport Boston and Seaport TMA for a complimentary bike tune-up by Landry’s Bicycles on Seaport Common from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28.

Sign up for a 15-minute slot at www.seaporttma.org/bike-seaport.

Kids' Story Hour

Beloved storyteller Doria Hughes will be at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition, 50 Liberty Dr. at 10:30 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month to read to the community. 

Children of all ages welcome, no RSVP required.

Visit www.portersquarebooks.com/category/event-category/storytime for more information.

Books Discussion Group

The Chinese books discussion group will meet in-person at the Chinatown Branch Library and on Zoom from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome to share their own monthly readings.

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

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.

Greenway Play Session

Free play sessions in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park by the Greenway PlayCubes featuring books, games and more will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 29.

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

FPAC Classroom Series: Six-Week Art Class

The Fort Points Community will offer a six-week art course with FPAC Boston artist Jose Santos at the FPAC Assemblage Gallery, 70 Sleeper St.

The three Intro to Drawing and three Intro to Painting classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through June 22.

Suggested age groups: adults, young adults and mature teenagers; students will need to bring their own supplies for this course.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/fpac-classroom-series-6-week-art-class-with-artist-jose-santos-registration-311340496807 for more information and registration. ($60).

BPM Happenings

Check out the Boston Public Market at 100 Hanover St. at Haymarket Station for monthly classes, events & happenings - all supporting their local, small business vendors.

Early spring hours: Mondays - Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: bostonpublicmarket.org/happenings.

Downtown Boston Arts Market

The Downtown Boston Arts Market will feature 20+ vendors selling handcrafted products ranging from jewelry to sculptures to clothing and more on Summer Street Plaza from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 28.

Additional programming, such as live music and entertainment, will be held at various times.

Visit www.downtownboston.org for more information.

Greenway Artisan Market 

The Greenway Artisan Market, operated by Somerville Flea, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and the first and third Sunday of each month through Oct. 31.

Continue the adventure with spinning on the Greenway Carousel, splashing in the Rings Fountain and strolling along to see the art.

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

Boston By Foot tours – Open for the Season

Boston By Foot 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).

Massacre & Memory Tour

Join a member of the Revolutionary Spaces Visitor Experience team in exploring the area surrounding Old State House and Old South Meeting House through the lens of the Boston Massacre. Find out how it happened, what happened next and what it has meant to the people of Boston and America since.

This 75-minute, half-mile tour also includes general admission all day to Old State House and Old South Meeting House. The tour will begin at Old State House at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Sept. 4.

Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2022/03/09/massacre-memory for more information and reservations (Free to $22).

Critical Blood Shortage – Donate at the 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Greenway Carousel open and accessible

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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.

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 singer – are translated into music.

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

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 will be open on select days and times and will hold periodic virtual events as well.

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.

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.

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.

Help 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.

Help Support 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.