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ArtsEmerson: Roxbury International Film Festival 

ROXFILM - celebrating people of color around the world - will run through Saturday, July 2.

Four screenings will be held through Wednesday, June 29 at Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/roxbury-international-film-festival for a list of shows/showtimes and tickets ($13-$15 per film).

Summer in the City: Music + Movies

Enjoy live entertainment and al fresco dining at the 23rd annual Summer in the City Entertainment Series from Thursday, June 14 through Friday, Aug. 26 at the Harborwalk Terrace and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille as follows:

– Pop Soul Tuesdays (6 to 10 p.m.):

July 5: Soul City | July 12: Mystique | July 19: SweetBeats | July 26: Ray Greene | Aug. 2: SugarBabies | Aug. 9: Concetta | Aug. 16: World Premier Band | Aug. 23: Virtue Band

– Rat Pack Wednesdays (6 to 10 p.m.):

June 29: Mike Dutra | July 6: Rich Dimare | July 13: Rico Barr | July 20: Vince – Sinatra | July 27: Mike Dutra | Aug. 3: Alex MacDougall

Aug. 10: Partick Tobin | Aug. 17: Vince – Sinatra | Aug. 24: Rich Dimare

– Blues Barge Thursdays (6 to 10 p.m.):

June 30: Racky Thomas | July 7: Fat City | July 14: Gracie Curran | July 21: James Montgomery | July 28: Racky Thomas | Aug. 4: The Gravel Project | Aug. 11: Gracie Curran | Aug. 18: Racky Thomas | Aug. 25: Jeff Pitchell

– Movie Night Fridays (Movies begin at dusk):

July 8: Sing | July 15: Grease | July 22: Wizard of Oz | July 29: Luca | Aug. 5: Crazy Rich Asians | Aug.12: Guardians of the Galaxy | Aug. 19: Encanto | Aug. 26: Dune

Visit www.bostonharborhotel.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/24164923/SITC-2022-Music-Movies-Schedule.pdf for more information.

Deep Dive Workshop: Emotional Intelligence for Start-Ups + Entrepreneurs

Learn how emotional intelligence can help you become a better entrepreneur and founder from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Ave.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/deep-dive-workshop-emotional-intelligence-for-start-ups-entrepreneurs-tickets-332261281437 for more information and registration.

In The Studio Startout X Innovation Studio: LGBTQ+ Founders Panel

Learn how LGBTQ+ founders from across industries have been able to embrace their identities and succeed in the entrepreneur ecosystem. A panel discussion with Q&A will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 at District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Ave.

Visit https://innovationstudio.org/programs/programs-in-the-studio for more information.

‘Into The Wild: Answering Why the Wild Things Are’ + Opening Reception

The exhibition “Into the Wild: Answering Why the Wild Things Are” by Cliff Notez will be on view at the Assemblage Art Space, 70A Sleeper St. from Thursday, June 30 through Thursday, Aug. 11.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

Visit fortpointarts.org for more information.

Boston Harborfest

Boston Harborfest is a 41-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s maritime and revolutionary history. Featuring hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend - Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4 - at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment, and much more.

Visit www.bostonharborfest.com/schedule for more details.

First Fridays: Caribbean Catwalk

Dress to impress and strut to First Fridays: Caribbean Catwalk from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1 at ICA Boston.

CooI off with a seaside sip, a musical performance, dancing, and a carnival costume presentation and fashion show from Boston Caribbean Fashion Week. Plus, explore the ICA galleries on this night to remember (21+ event).

Visit www.icaboston.org/calendar for more information and tickets ($25 | Free for ICA members).

Morningstar Access at Boston Children’s Museum         

To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Children’s Museum will offer two different versions of the Morningstar Access Program for all staff and visitors, ages two and older:

– All Masks On! from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2.

– Mask Exceptions Considered! from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar-program-registration-form for more information and registration.

Chinatown Main Street Festival

The Chinatown Main Street Summer Festival featuring a street fair with vendors, Lion dance, Martial arts and other performances will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.

Visit www.chinatownmainstreet.org/post/get-ready-for-summer-festival for more information.

Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee College of Music at the ICA (hybrid)

A summer classic returns live at and streaming on Vimeo from the ICA at 6 p.m. on Thursdays from July 7 through Aug. 25.

Grab a drink, enjoy the cool ocean breeze and hear some of Berklee College of Music’s outstanding musicians perform on the waterfront.

Visit www.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. on Friday, July   8 through Sunday, July 10 in the parking lot at 85 Northern Ave. adjacent to Seaport Common.

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

ICA Summer Sessions

Join the ICA on the waterfront from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays from July 8 through Aug. 26 for an evening of art and live music.

Grab your friends and enjoy contemporary art, critically acclaimed musicians and breathtaking views - all in one evening. Explore the galleries, the ICA Store, and kick back on the harbor with cocktails and live musical performance. 

Visit www.icaboston.org/events for more information and tickets (Members: Free | Non Members: Free with museum admission).

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, July 9 and July 23; Aug. 6 and Aug. 20; Sept. 10 and Sept. 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.

My Caribbean One World Expo

Join the Authentic Caribbean Foundation for the ninth annual My Caribbean One World Expo from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at the Rowes Wharf Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Visit www.mycaribbeanoneworldexpo.com and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

Amtrak: Staying on ‘track’ with America’s Railroad

In this one-hour virtual workshop at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, attendees will learn about the history of Amtrak, tips for using the train and be inspired for their next trip.

For more information and registration, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/amtrak-staying-on-track-with-americas-railroad-tickets-328318608797.

Sunset Lobster Clam Bakes on Spectacle Island

Cruise to Spectacle Island for a classic New England lobster clambake with Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, sip a drink, walk on the beach, enjoy lawn games and let the ocean breeze and sunset transport you from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, Aug. 18, Aug. 25 and/or Sept. 1.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/sunset-lobster-clam-bakes-on-spectacle-island-tickets-345153131307 for more information and reservations ($99; drinks extra).

New Narratives Series: Past and Present

Performances featuring Cynthia Lin, Lani Asuncion, Subdrift Boston, and others will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Mary Soo Hoo Park (near Chinatown Park) at the Greenway. (RD: July 17)

Visit www.paoartscenter.org/events/visionsvoicesyearofthetiger 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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

BPM Happenings

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

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.

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays; timed tickets 

(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 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.