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After winning a race to get a ball, this dog takes time to enjoy his prize at the Carleton Court Dog Park in the South End.

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 for more information and advanced-timed entry tickets (Member: $28 | Nonmember: $35).

Minni Family Workshop - Ice Cream Shop

In Minni Family Workshop - Ice Cream Shop students (1.5 to 3 years of age) and caregivers will whip up creative sweet treats with a variety of toddler-safe art materials for a summery sundae Saturday.

A Minni instructor will guide students as they explore creamy textures, pastels and plenty of playful activities including ice cream sculptures, a sundae making station and even popsicle chalk. Expect a sweet morning of colorful creations and crafty cones.

Workshops will be held at Minni, 71 Thayer St. from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

Visit for more information and registration ($35).

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 for more information.

Kanopy Klub: Cloudburst

The Boston Public Library will celebrate Pride Month with the 2011 Canadian-American comedy-drama Cloudburst. Watch the film on Kanopy and join their virtual discussion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

Visit more information, including movie synopsis, and Zoom registration.

Keith Maddy ‘Inner Flight’

The “Inner Flight” exhibition by Keith Maddy will be on view at the Howard Yezerski Gallery 460 Harrison Ave. Suite A16 through Saturday, July 30.

An Opening Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

Go to for more information.

Boston New Works Festival

Moonbox Productions will present the first annual Boston New Works Festival celebrating seven

original plays - LATE, Queens, for the fish, Silt, Rocky Relationships, The Prince & The Painter, Sister School - by local playwrights.

Performances will be held on five different stages at the BCA/Calderwood Pavilion at various times from Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26.

Visit for show times and details and tickets (Single Ticket: $25 | Day Pass: $50 | Festival Pass: $125 | PWW tickets).

Radical Reads: ‘Under the Udala Trees’ (2015)

Radical Reads is a book club focusing on literature that critiques and challenges current feminist topics and will meet online from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 for a vibrant discussion of Chinelo Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees.

The novel set amid the Nigerian Civil War, follows Ijeoma as the war displaces her and she falls in love with another girl from a different ethnic community.

Visit for more information and registration.

Gallery Kayafas: ‘Ongoing Work’ + ‘Sundial’

The colorful photography of Caleb Charland’s “Sundial” and the black and white photography of “Ongoing Work” curated by Gus Kayafas will be on view at Gallery Kayafas, 37 Thayer at 450 Harrison Ave. through Saturday, July 9.

A Reception is slated from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

Visit for more information.

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.


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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 through Sunday, June 26.

Visit for more information and reservations.

Boston Sculptors Gallery: Cori Champagne + John Anderson

Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. will present Cori Champagne’s “Let’s never do this again” and John Anderson’s “It’s Only Temporary” through Sunday, July 10.

Taking cues from recent US events such as wildfires, Champagne presents hand-made ensembles which resemble streetwear, for life in an unstable environment while Andersen presents a reconstructed history of impermanence.

Visit 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 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 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 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, and/or 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 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 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 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 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 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 for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

– Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

– Visit 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 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 and nearly 400 musical videos on 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 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 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 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 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