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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.

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 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).

Lyric Stage: ‘The Light’

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

“The Light” asks what - and who - are people willing to fight for.

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

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, Jun 28. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

‘This Ain't Normal’ Partial Screening and Panel Discussion

A partial screening of the documentary film “This Ain't Normal” and a panel discussion about the impact violence has on youth in Boston will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Visit bpl.org/events 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. Johnson, following their monthly theme of "banned books."

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration

‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Documenting Queer Stories in Archives’

Tripp Evans, Wheaton College; Heather White, Harvard Divinity School; and Jen Manion, Amherst College, will present “Hidden in Plain Sight: Documenting Queer Stories in Archives.” This hybrid event will be held at and livestreamed from the Massachusetts Historical Society from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

Visit masshist.org for more information and 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.

Co|So Juried Summer Members Show: Horizons + Small Works: Encounter New England

Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury St. will showcase the 2022 Juried Summer Members Show "Horizons" featuring a range of styles and mediums including painting, photography, watercolor and porcelain in the Upper Gallery.

A thematic art exhibition featuring small works by Copley Society artist members will be on view in the Lower Gallery.

These exhibitions will be on view through Saturday, July 2.

Visit copleysociety.org for more information.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops orchestra, guests Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums at the Hatch Memorial Shell to celebrate the Fourth of July on the Charles River Esplanade from 8 to 11 p.m. on Monday, July 4. The event will finish with the fireworks spectacular and 1812 overture.

The concert will be broadcast live nationally on Bloomberg TV and Radio, and locally on WHDH-TV channel 7. (The July 3 rehearsal will be closed to the public.)

Go to www.bso.org/boston-pops-fireworks-spectacular for more information.

Donate Blood at Boston Park Plaza + Old South Church

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on

– Tuesday, July 5 at Boston Park Plaza, 64 Arlington St.

– Wednesday, July 20 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Fit on the Garden

Instructors from Under Armour will lead free high-energy fitness classes at Prudential Center South Garden, 800 Boylston St. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 23.

Go to https://underarmourevents.com/fitonthegarden2022/PRU for more information and registration.

Summer Yoga at the BPL

A relaxing yoga class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from July 5 through Aug. 30 at the Central Library in Copley Square

In this yoga class, expect a beginner one-hour yoga flow with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels, sponsored by the Hands and Heart Center.

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

Meet the Author: ‘The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer’

Celebrate the paperback release of The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer with a conversation between authors Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at the Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St.

Go to www.tridentbookscafe.com/event for more information and registration.

Global Jazz Club Presents: Ciara Moser

An exceptional musical performance featuring a wildly talented female jazz quartet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St. followed by a Global Jazz Club's signature Jam Session from 9 to 11 p.m.

Visit https://globaljazzclub.com for more information and tickets ($5 to $20).

Women in the Gilded Age: Two Authors’ Insights

Even in an era of extravagance – wealth, glamour and greed – some women stand out by virtue of their family, their treasure or their talent. Hear the stories of such women during the Gilded Age, including Consuelo Vanderbilt, the darling of that time, and the powerful Mrs. Frank Leslie, “empress of journalism,” who left scandals and fortune in her wake.

American Inspiration/American Ancestors NEHGS will present authors Laura Thompson and Betsy Prioleau from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 7.

RSVP at wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/2116523767361/WN_PfigInKlTVOUIhJYGgrctw.

MHS: Boston Historical Reception

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. will hold its sixth annual reception for history buffs and representatives of local organizations to mingle, share recent accomplishments and talk about the great projects on which they are working on Thursday, July 7.

The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visit masshist.org for more information and registration.

Breathing Through Trauma

Join the Boston Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 for a 30-minute conversation with Boston Area Rape Crisis Center mental health clinician, Sharon, to learn about trauma and self-care followed by a 30-minute optional guided mindfulness and breathing exercise with Headspace, an online app that is free with a BPL card.

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

Reading the Rainbow LGTBTQ Book Group: ‘Boyfriend Material’

Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8 for a lively discussion of Alexis Hall's Boyfriend Material, a heartfelt fake-dating, opposites-attract romcom novel.

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

Film Screening: The Marriage of Maria Braun

A film screening of The Marriage of Maria Braun will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 at the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-the-marriage-of-maria-braun-tickets-297228336957 for more information, including film synopsis, and registration.

BSRA: ‘Car Barns and Other Facilities of The Boston Elevated'

The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. (BSRA) will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9* for a short business meeting followed by an entertainment program: “Car Barns and Some Other Facilities of The Boston Elevated in Charlestown, Everett, Malden and Somerville.”

Visit www.thebsra.org for more information, including program synopsis, and Zoom registration. (*note date change to accommodate holiday weekend) 

Family Flicks at Prudential Center

Enjoy free, family-friendly movies on Prudential Center’s South Garden on Saturdays in July and August as follows:

July 9: Encanto | July 16: Shrek | July 23: The Parent Trap | July 30: Luca | Aug. 6: Space Jam |

Aug. 13: Tangled | Aug. 20: Sing 2 | Aug. 27: Trolls: World Tour

All movies will start at dusk. Picnic blankets and low beach chairs are welcomed. 

Go to www.prudentialcenter.com/experiences/events/family-flicks for more information.

Bill Griffeth with ’Strangers No More: A Memoir’

Retired CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth will look at identity and family and how DNA testing has forced people to rethink the meaning of these words in a moderated discussion with journalist and author Libby Copeland from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.

Visit www.americanancestors.org/events for more information and Zoom registration ($45 - includes signed copy of the book).

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.

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 offers a variety of daily tours throughout the neighborhoods for adults, little ones, and/or families.

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.

Summer Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through 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 open for self-guided and guided tours

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 themselves 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.

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 Classes

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.

Visit www.ascboston.org for more information and Zoom link ($10).

Lunchtime SF/FAN Short Story Club

The Boston Public Library lunchtime discussion 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. 

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 will host a Trivia Night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays.

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.