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Hidden Spaces of the Nichols House Museum

Explore the Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St. from behind-the-scenes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Peek into rooms and spaces not usually on view, take the back stairs and explore over 200 years of this old house’s secrets.

Visit www.nicholshousemuseum.org/programs-and-events for more information and tickets (Member: $12 | Non-member: $17).

MOS: Sci-Fi Book Club

The Science Fiction Book Club for adults will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday June 21 to discuss Holdout by Jeffrey Kluger.

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

Summer Evening on the Terrace

Join local favorite Jeremy Bell and period-costumed Otis House guides from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 to celebrate the start of summer by spending an evening on the front terrace of Historic New England's Otis House, 141 Cambridge St. where Harry and Sally Otis were known to be some of the best hosts in late 19th-century Boston. (Rain date: June 22)

Presented in collaboration with the Beacon Hill Civic Association, currently celebrating their centennial year. Must be 21 years old. Advance tickets required.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/13912/hgo-terrace for more information and tickets (Members: $40 | Nonmembers: $50).

Lessons Learned About the Future of Aging In America

Aging and old age have changed in recent decades, but the social and health care systems have, more often than not, failed to keep up.

Join Dr. Louise Aronson – geriatrician, educator and author – as she uses the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study to explore the ageism and racism built into the communities as well as the often-ignored resilience and potential of older people.

This presentation will use photos, newspaper headlines, scientific journals, literature, tweets and more to challenge thinking about aging and provide suggestions for how individuals and members of organizations can improve aging and older lives for all Americans.

This virtual program will be presented in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Living Well Ending Well series from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

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

The Boston Festival of New Jewish Music: Nat Seelen

Hosted by BackRoom at The Boston Synagogue, co-presented by JArts, The Boston Festival of New Jewish Music will feature the premiere of clarinetist and composer Nat Seelen's song cycle, "The Wedding | Di Khassene."

The concert will be performed live at and live-streamed from The Boston Synagogue, 55 Martha Rd. from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-boston-festival-of-new-jewish-music-19-nat-seelen-tickets-169807076537 for more information and registration (Donations welcome).

Virtual Film Screening and Talkback: ‘A Crime on The Bayou’

The Boston Athenæum, in partnership with the Philadelphia Athenæum, will host a virtual screening of A Crime on The Bayou, followed by a talk with Lolis Elie from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

The documentary tells the story of a lasting bond formed between an unjustly arrested Black man, Gary Duncan, and Richard Sobol, his young Jewish attorney. In 1966, 19-year-old Duncan faced the white supremacist court system in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, for daring to touch a white boy’s arm. Standing united, the pair takes Duncan’s case all the way to the US Supreme Court to fight for the rights of all Americans to a fair trial.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Parks Summer Fitness: Frog Pond Yoga

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

Black Hole Symphony: Presented by Multiverse Concert Series

The Black Hole Symphony is a symphonic journey through spacetime, performed by a live chamber orchestra under the dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

Composer David Ibbett has sonified the light of black hole galaxies as musical notes and chords, woven into a dramatic electro-symphonic score set to immersive 3-D visuals from the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

Experience the wonders of the distant universe through art, science and music and be a part of their world premiere at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

Visit mos.org/events for more information and registration ($20).

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.

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.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

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

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).

Brewer Fountain Plaza open – food, music, fun (updated)

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, will be open for their 10th year. Plaza visitors can enjoy food trucks, tables, chairs and umbrellas through October.

The tables, chairs and umbrellas are set out daily around the fountain for the public to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  seven days a week. Live solo piano performances by Berklee College of Music students can be enjoyed Monday through Friday from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.

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

Visit https://friendsofthepublicgarden.org/our-parks/the-common/brewer-fountain-plaza for more information.

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).

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.

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.

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 Monday through Saturdays (Summer 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.

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.