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This is the West Canton Street Child sculpture in Hayes Park by Kahlil Gibran. It is one of many statues by Gibran that can be found throughout Boston.

Kimberleigh Holman: Common Circus | Boston Dancemakers Residency Showcase

Common Circus is a three-ring exploration of the mundane, in which common tasks and notions will be shown through a lens of performance and spectacle.

Throughout this immersive work, audience members are invited to notice and celebrate the mundane bits of their own lives in the midst of a high performance environment.

In-Person Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the BCA Plaza Theatres, 539 Tremont St. ($25).

Virtual Performance can be accessed online from Monday, June 13 through Monday, June 27 (free).

Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/kimberleigh-a-holmans-common-circus-boston-dancemakers-residency-showcase for more information and tickets.

Watercolor Painting Workshop

Practice landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop series, hosted by a local artist from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 11 at Ringgold Park, 10 Ringgold St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

SoWa Health & Wellness Fitness Pop-Up Event

SoWa Health + Wellness will host a free fitness pop-up event from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 11 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave. that includes:

8 a.m. - HIIT Bootcamp with MoveStudios | 9 a.m. -Yoga with Gina Molinari | 10 a.m. - 305 Dance with Jess Edwards | 11 a.m. - Kickboxing with Alejandra Bethermyt

A DJ will provide the perfect energy for the class. A healthy snack and beverage will be available, as well as lockers for storage. Please bring a mat and towel.

Visit https://sowahealthandwellness.com for more information and registration.

‘The Inheritance’ A Play in Two Parts

The SpeakEasy Stage Company South End will present “The Inheritance” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA through Saturday, June 11. The play will be shown in two parts on select dates and times.

Content Advisory: “The Inheritance” contains sexual content, nudity, violence and graphic language, and is recommended for ages 16+.

Visit www.speakeasystage.com/shows/2022/04/the-inheritance for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Minni Community Drop-Ins

Minni Community Drop-Ins – designed for the entire family to enjoy creative play and messy materials in Minni’s spacious studio at 71 Thayer St. – will be held in half hour increments from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Rotating themed projects will focus on open-ended play, material exploration, and a variety of art processes.

Minni Community Drop-Ins are free or pay-what-you-can to give back to the community, one creative project at a time.

Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and registration.

Minni Marbling Workshop - Leather Coasters

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcome to Minni Marbling Workshop – Marbled Leather, an evening of crafting marbled leather coasters using the meditative and engaging Suminagashi water marbling technique.

A Minni instructor will guide participants through process of gently and slowly creating unique patterns and swirls using water and vibrant Sumi inks on natural leather. Each participant will bring home two sets of unique marbled coasters made of a thick, natural leather. Unwind and let your creativity flow from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and registration ($60).

Peter Krasinski, Organ • International Sonic Artist

Peter Edwin Krasinski will perform works by Franck, Bach, Tournemire, and Couperin, as well as a four-movement Symphonic Fantasy on the Boston Cathedral's 1975 E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings organ of over 5,000 pipes.

This event will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St. Mr. Krasinski will also improvise during the 5.30 p.m. service.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/peter-krasinski-organ-international-sonic-artist-tickets-296291896037 for more information and tickets ($0 to $25).

South End Garden Tour

The annual South End Garden Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

Thread through alleys and walkways for a self-guided, behind-the-scenes look at gardens ranging from intimate, informal, and even quirky spaces designed by resident gardeners, to the work of noted landscape designers - many of which are open to the public only on the day of this tour. All proceeds support the Trustees gardens and educational programming throughout Boston.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/71790 for more information and advanced-timed entry tickets (Member: $28 | Nonmember: $35).

SoWa Open Market fun

SoWa Open Market, 450 Harrison Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through October.

Stop by to enjoy a celebration of local makers at the Farmers Market, Arts Market, Vintage Market, Container Bar, Pop-Up Cafe, Permanent Artist Studios, Galleries and Retail Shops as well as interactive art and lawn games and a rotating selection of global DJs.

Website: www.sowaboston.com/sowa-open-market.

Parks Summer Fitness: Zumba with Z Spot

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1, including Zumba with Z Spot from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Blackstone Square, 1535 Washington St.

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

Immersive Yoga

South End yoga instructor Julianne Lenehan will bring a sense of calm and community to SoWa, teaching a Yoga Flow class suitable for all levels from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28 at SoWa's new pop-up events space, EVE, along Thayer St. (460 Harrison Ave. next to the SoWa chalk wall). 

Set to a backdrop of inspiring music, soft lighting and gorgeous digital landscapes, this weekly event will tap into our collective energy and set the scene for personal revitalization.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wednesday-evening-immersive-yoga-tickets-324156850867 for more information and registration ($25/session).

Crafternoons at the South End

Calling all crafters! Whether you scrapbook, quilt, or cross-stitch, the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St. is offering a creative space to work on projects from 3 to 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.

This is not a class, but a space to socialize, share current projects and get inspired.

Bring friends, ideas and conversations. All crafting levels are welcome.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

FSG: History is No Mystery

Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave. Suite 2 will exhibit Shea Justice’s “History is No Mystery” through Sunday, June 26.

In this solo exhibition, Justice explores U.S. laws and customs and traces their impact on African Americans from their inception to this day.

An artist talk is slated from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

Visit www.fsfaboston.com/upcoming-exhibits 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.

Immediate Need: Type-O Positive + Negative Blood

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a critical shortage of blood and especially needs Type-O positive and negative blood donors.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

‘Common Ground Revisited’

This riveting and intricately woven world premiere play brings Boston’s history to life in the 1960s and ’70s, culminating in three families’ experiences in court-mandated busing. Diverse in both race and class, what can these families’ experiences say about this own time?

The Huntington will present “Common Ground Revisited” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA through Sunday, June 26.

Showtimes: matinee and evening performances on select days

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

Bromfield Gallery: Alexandra Sheldon + Susan Morrison-Dyke Exhibitions

“Holding On: Collages for Current Times” by Alexandra Sheldon and “Modern Artifacts” by Susan Morrison-Dyke (abstract paintings) will be on view at Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, June 26.

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information.

Mary Lang’s “Farandnear: Photographs” + Elif Soyer “Yellow”

“Farandnear: Photographs” by Mary Lang (landscape photography in the Main and Center Galleries) and “Yellow” by Elif Soyer (mixed media in The Kingston Project Space) will be on view at the Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 through Sunday, June 26.

Visit www.kingstongallery.com for more information.

LaiSun Keane: John Baker x Jameel Radcliffe

The works of John Baker (collage) and Jameel Radcliffe (paintings) will be on view at LaiSun Keane, 460C Harrison Ave., C8A from through Sunday, June 26.

Visit www.laisunkeane.com/john-baker-and-jameel-radcliffe for more information and reservations.

Boston Sculptors Gallery: Cori Champagne + John Anderson

The solo works of Cori Champagne and John Anderson will be on exhibit at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, July 10.

– Cori Champagne: “Let’s never do this again”

Clothing is our first home. It projects identity, produces comfort, offers protection. As the world imposes more and constant change, she creates clothing for conditions no longer comfortably futuristic. Garments convert to shelters; clothing anticipates climate issues. What can be worn can become the architecture of sanctuary.

– John Anderson

Anderson blends new and found materials to emphasize life’s ephemeral and transitory nature. Glue, joinery, saw marks and mistakes are all celebrated in the final sculpture. Anderson violently smashes objects into fragments which he uses to create new forms. This process grew out of a need to make his work reflective of the destruction suffered by war torn countries around the world.

Visit bostonsculptors.com for more information.

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery:  ‘I’ll See You Again Soon’

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. #C7 will showcase “I’ll See You Again Soon,” featuring the works of Mishael Coggeshall-Burr, Susan Murie, Wilhelm Neusser, and Natalia Wróbel through Sunday, July 17.

Go to www.abigailogilvy.com/exhibitions for more information.

Beacon Gallery: ‘A Delicate Balance’ Group Show

“A Delicate Balance,” a group show featuring artists Domenic Esposito, Nicci Sevier-Vuyk, and Sharon Whitham, will be on view at Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. through Sunday, July 17. 

The works are composed in three different media with very diverse approaches. Yet, together, these two and three-dimensional works and installations create a shared strength in message, representing the layers and aspects which may be found within all of us in shaping the reality of our human fragility.

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

Laconia Gallery: Robert Rovenolt ‘Unrestricted’

‘Unrestricted’ by Robert Rovenolt will be on view at Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, Aug. 14. For Rovenolt, "when lost objects find him, he ponders their prior life and function and then sets out to make them whole again."

The gallery will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Fridays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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

SoWa is Open year-round                                                                                                               

The art studios, galleries, shops, showrooms and restaurants at SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) including the SoWa Art Guild (450 Harrison Ave.) and the SoWa Vintage Market (lower level of 450 Harrison Ave.) will be open year-round.

– Each venue has its own set hours and are open by appointment.

– SoWa Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– First Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m.

Meet the artists in person, view their new work and buy direct.

Visit www.sowaboston.com, http://facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild and/or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

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.

Urbanity Dance Onsite/Online

Urbanity Dance, 725 Harrison Ave. is a nonprofit arts organization that provides a diverse range of high-quality dance and movement experiences to students of all ages, levels of experience and backgrounds.

Urbanity partnerships with schools, health centers, local arts institutions, enrichment camps, and juvenile detention centers through its three flagship programs: Urbanity in the Community, which provides dance curriculum to Boston Public School students who otherwise would not have access; Dance with Parkinson’s, which uses movement to improve the mobility, balance, and coordination of those with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders; and Movement Mends, which uses movement to empower and inspire those who have experienced incarceration, homelessness, or violence.

Visit urbanitydance.org for more information, including the class schedules, and Zoom registration.

Social Fridays

IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción - will host a social hour from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays via Zoom to spend quality time with their neighbors. Virtual Bilingual Bingo will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Go to www.ibaboston.org/events/social-fridays for more information and Zoom 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.

MFA Playdates at Home                                                      

Enjoy MFA Playdates through 15-minute videos posted online every couple of weeks. Toddlers and caregivers enjoy story time, look at art together, and participate in an art-making activity led step-by-step by a museum educator.

Each MFA Playdate focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children, ages 4 and under, with adults. Art-making activities use materials commonly found at home. In addition to watching the video to see exactly how to make the art project, people can download the art-making instructions or read them online.

Visit mfa.org/programs/kids-and-family-programs/mfa-playdates/mfa-playdates-at-home for more information.

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.

MTW Book/Textile Donations and Online/Onsite Purchases

More Than Words stores accepts donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities, including at 242 East Berkeley St., or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.

People can also shop online or onsite for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.

All donations are fully tax deductible. Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth.

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and links to purchase items.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home   

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”

BGMC has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music; among them are 

eight new videos at bgmc.org and nearly 400 musical videos on www.youtube.com/BGMC1982 that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.

Help the Friends Help the Boston Homeless                     

The Friends of Boston’s Homeless supports Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Boston's Long Island Shelter) in Boston’s South End.

Three ways to help:

– Participate in the Operation Sock Drop

– Create Housewarming Baskets

– Make a financial donation

The Friends serves more than 800 people experiencing homelessness every day by providing safe dignified care and basic emergency services (a nutritious meal, hot shower and a warm bed). The Friends also support solution-oriented programs that help people move beyond shelter to live peaceful, stable lives in our community including vocational training and employment services and transitional and permanent affordable housing.

Go to https://fobh.org/ways-to-help for more information.

Give to Rosie’s Place

Rosie's Place, 889 Harrison Ave. is a multi-service community center that offers women emergency shelter and meals, and so much more: a food pantry, ESOL classes, legal assistance, wellness care, one-on-one support, housing and job search services, and community outreach. 

They hope you will consider making a gift today so that they can continue to provide critical services and compassion to all who seek their help.

You can support Rosie’s Place with a monthly donation, tribute gift, events, or donated items. 

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

Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has continued to use food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.

The non-profit organization operates the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community at the Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café, Catering, TEP, TBK, and Arts & Culture programming at 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

The Haley House accepts in-kind donations (see list of needed items) and money and uses volunteers to help fulfill their mission.

Visit https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind for more details.

Help keep BGMC’s Mission Alive                                                             

Individual and corporate contributions fulfill the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’ mission of creating musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate diversity. Your gifts allow BGMC to perform in great concert halls and theaters, serve our community, tour to new places, and support their volunteer members. Your donation - in whatever amount is appropriate for you - is greatly appreciated.

The power of their voices will amplify the value of your gift many times over, helping to create a world that values its LGBTQ citizens.

Visit www.bgmc.org for ways to make your tax-deductible donations.

South End Neighborhood Aid Network

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through www.humannetworkinitiative.com.