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Charles River Swimming Day: City Splash + Afterparty

The Charles River Conservancy will host the Charles River Swimming Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. (RD June 19).

The public is invited to participate in the 6th Annual City Splash and enjoy land activities, games and food trucks at the DCR’s Fiedler Dock on the Esplanade.

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/city-splash-2022-tickets-260577362907.

After taking the river plunge, join the CRC for an Afterparty from 4 to 6 p.m. at the nearby Night Shift Brewing Owl's Nest.

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/city-splash-2022-afterparty-tickets-323433707927 ($30).

Celebrate la Fête de la musique with a Live Piano and Voice Concert

Join French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 for a musical excursion between France and the U.S. to celebrate la Fête de la musique.

This piano-voice concert (for kids 7+ and adults) will mix a variety of American and French classical composers. Sonia Jacobson, the Center’s librarian and classical singer, will be accompanied by Michael Gold at the piano (in English and French). Light refreshments will be offered.

Visit https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events/celebrate-la-fete-de-la-musique-with-a-live-piano-and-voice-concert for more information and registration (Members: $18 | Non-members: $28).

Pride Month: Charlie Gibson’s Queer Boston

Explore the Gibson House and the gay subculture of early 20th century Boston through Charlie Gibson's eyes. The story of the museum's founder is one of legacy and family history, of the fading grandeur of Victorian-era Boston, and of Boston's LGBTQ history.

Tours will be offered at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 19; 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

Visit www.thegibsonhouse.org/events for more information and tickets ($10-20).

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 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).

MHS: Reflecting on the Work of Robert Gross (hybrid)

Robert Gross and a panel of scholars will reflect on the book, The Transcendentalists and Their World, as well as the career and impact of Robert Gross’ work on Monday, June 20.

The in-person reception at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. will start at 5:30 p.m. and the hybrid program will begin at 6 p.m.

Visit www.masshist.org/events for more information and registration (Virtual: Free | In person: $10; Free for MHS Members or EBT Cardholders).

Annette Gordon-Reed with ‘On Juneteenth’

For historian Annette Gordon-Reed, also a proud Texas native and descendant of Texas slaves, the story of Juneteenth has special resonance. On Juneteenth presents the saga of a frontier defined as much by the slave plantation owner as the mythic cowboy, rancher, or oilman.

Gordon-Reed will talk with Lisa Baldez about her research process, her childhood in Texas and the circuitous path to national recognition of the Juneteenth holiday from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 20, presented in the American Inspiration Author Series in partnership with the Boston Public Library, the State Library of Massachusetts, and GBH Forum Network,

Register at wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/3016517770887/WN_agBpOhdFSVSiy4-eZS5RnQ.

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 21 and Jun 28. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Michael Alfano: Of Many Minds

Join Navy Yard Garden & Art as they celebrate the start of a family-friendly public sculpture exhibit by Co|So Artist Member Michael Alfano from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

The celebrations will take place in the Amphitheater at Shipyard Park in the Charlestown Navy Yard with music, food, a magician performance, introduction of special guests and a performance by Continuum Dance Project.

Visit https://copleysociety.org/events/michael-alfano-many-minds for more information.

Baseball and the Media: The Transition from Radio to Television

Join The Gibson House for a lively virtual discussion filled with stories about the "good old days" of baseball, from World War II to the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" of 1967 with an emphasis on how the game transitioned from radio to TV.

Baseball historian Donna Halper will lead the discussion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, highlighting key, and mostly local, baseball personalities past and present, including Jim Britt, Curt Gowdy, Ned Martin and Joe Castiglione.

She will also discuss sports-talk radio and how the rise of the Internet and social media changed the business of baseball forever.

Visit www.thegibsonhouse.org/events.html for more information and registration (Free; Donations encouraged).

Meet the Author: ‘Worth the Risk’ by Dr. Kris Lee

Celebrate the release of Worth the Risk with a reading by behavioral science clinician, research educator and author Dr. Kris at Trident, 338 Newbury St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

For more information and registration, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-author-worth-the-risk-by-dr-kris-lee-tickets-322141171917.

Anniversary of the Four Courts Fire in Dublin

Centuries of Irish history were lost in the 1922 Four Courts Fire in Dublin. Learn about the history leading up to the battle at the Four Courts, discover why the destruction of these records has made researching in Ireland so difficult, and find out what alternatives are available from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

Visit www.americanancestors.org/events/anniversary-four-courts-fire-dublin for more information and registration.

Film Club: The Thomas Crown Affair

Join The Mass Historical Society’s head historian Peter Drummey, to discuss 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

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

Guided history tour on the Esplanade

Join the Esplanade Association for a fascinating tour on the history of the Esplanade and the Charles River from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

Guided walking tours will cover roughly a mile of the Esplanade and more than 150 years of history.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-history-tours-on-the-esplanade-tickets-266128295897

for more information and registration (Suggested donation: $10).

Olmsted's Boston Landscapes Trivia Night

What do you know about Frederick Law Olmsted and his legacies in Boston landscapes?

Join Leventhal Map & Education Center with the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and Friends of Fairsted for a trivia night on all things Olmsted at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Newsfeed Café, at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Trivia rounds will feature a geographic scavenger hunt using Atlascope, knowledge about Olmsted's projects, life and more.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/olmsteds-boston-landscapes-trivia-night-tickets-316842202557 for more information and (optional) registration.

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.

Artist Demo: Kim Gorrasi

Kim Gorrasi will give a portrait painting demonstration, using a live model dressed in beautiful Bulgarian attire from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 in the gallery at the Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-demo-kim-gorrasi-registration-344280431037 for more information and registration.

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group

Geared toward young adults in their 20s and 30s, the Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group at the Central Library in Copley Square will meet online via a video chat platform from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 to discuss All Boys Aren't Blue by George M., following their monthly theme of "banned books."

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

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).

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. 

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.

Co|So Juried Summer Members Show ‘Horizons’

The Copley Society's 2022 Juried Summer Members Show "Horizons" will run through Saturday, July 2 in the Upper 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.

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 Saturday, July 2.

Visit copleysociety.org 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.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – at Arlington Street Church, 20 Arlington St.

The Tiffany Center is currently open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for self-guided tours and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with guides.

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

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.

Friday Night Trivia

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

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.

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.