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The Old North Church in the North End is the oldest standing church in Boston. It was made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride and “One if by land, two if by sea.”

Independence Day Celebration

An Independence Day Celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Christopher Columbus Park

Wear red, white and blue, decorate your strollers and wagons to walk in the parade, and get ready for a fun day. The Color Guard from the USS Constitution will lead the children’s parade through the park. Sesame Street characters will sing and dance with the children. Jennie the Juggler and Peter the Magician will also participate - there will be bubbles galore and so much more.

Visit www.foccp.org/foccpevents for more information.

Paul Revere House: The Art of Spinning

The art of spinning is best learned by the young, and Zoe Lawson has been practicing the craft of spinning by drop spindle and on a wheel since childhood. She will share her techniques while in 18th century garb while illuminating the various methods colonists used to produce their own textiles from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at The Paul Revere House, 19 N Square

Go to www.paulreverehouse.org/events for more information and tickets (Event included with admission).

Boston Dance Theater with Yoni Battat

Boston Dance Theater and Boston-based musician Yoni Batta will perform live music and dance that celebrates multiculturalism and resilience from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at the Rings Fountain on The Greenway.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/boston-dance-theater-with-yoni-battat for more information.

Labyrinth Walking Wellness

Walk the labyrinth at Armenian Heritage Park and listen to an introduction to the health benefits at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.

Go to www.armenianheritagepark.org for more information. RSVPs appreciated.

Carmen Marsico & Zafarán: Music from the Mediterranean

Carmen Marsico & Zafarán will explore music from the Mediterranean with a focus on the region of Basilicata as well as Gypsy migration patterns from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at I AM Books, 124 Salem St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/carmen-marsico-zafaran-music-from-the-mediterranean-tickets-314718340027 for more information and tickets ($15).

Donate blood at Big Night Entertainment Group

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 and Tuesday, July 12 at Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St.

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

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Join Librarian Ashley at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. on Wednesday, June 29 to sign-up for summer reading and watch the first family movie of the summer, "Moana." This event is intended for children, ages 5 to 12. Sign-up begins at 1 p.m. The movie starts at 1:30 p.m.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

The Gothic World of Daphne du Maurier Series

Join Doreen Marshall, a dancer, costume designer, and aficionado of the films of the Golden Age of Hollywood, at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. to view and discuss movie adaptations of the works of Daphne du Maurier from 2 to 4 p.m. on select Fridays:

July 1: My Cousin Rachel (1952) | July 15: The Birds (1963)

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Paul Revere House Happenings      

The Paul Revere House, 19 N Square will host the following events:

– Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 2

In the guise of itinerant musicians, Al Petty & Deirdre Sweeney perform popular 18th-century tunes such as “Mr. Isaac’s Maggot” and “Jack’s Health” on the penny whistle, flute, fife & other instruments.

– Hammered Dulcimer Concert from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9

Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels, and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed.

– Patriot Fife and Drum 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16

Enjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Sue Walko provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform.

Go to www.paulreverehouse.org/events for more information and tickets (Events included with admission).

Kids' Movie Mondays

As part of An Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program, the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. will host Movie Mondays for children and families at 1:30 p.m. as follows:

July 11: Raya and the Last Dragon | July 18: Bernie the Dolphins | Aug. 1: The Little Mermaid | Aug. 8: Finding Nemo | Aug. 15: Finding Dory | Aug. 22: The Goonies

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Coolidge at The Greenway: Tremors

A screening of Tremors presented on 35mm will be shown at the Greenway’s Wharf District Park (located between Milk and India streets) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. (RD 7/14)

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

Under the Raspberry Moon

Meet and greet at the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway from. 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.

Walk the raspberry moonlit labyrinth, tie a ribbon with your wish on the wishing tree and enjoy the Hye Guys Ensemble and sparkling seltzers and desserts,

Go to www.armenianheritagepark.org to RSVP.

Midday Music 

The Friends of Post Office Square will host Midday Music from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square through Sept. 1.

Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org/calendar for a list of musicians and more details.

Weekly Chess Club

Join your neighbors for weekly chess games and instruction at the North End Branch Library from noon to 1:30 p.m. on (most) Mondays. 

No prior chess experience is necessary. The Chess Club is designed for adults and will feature a volunteer instructor. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Parks Summer Fitness: 305 Dance

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1, including 305 Dance from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Atlantic Ave.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

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.

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).

2022 Exhibition Guided Tours

Featuring displays of typical objects, tools, and materials from the North Bennett Street School career-training programs at 150 North St., the 2022 Exhibition is a behind-the-scenes look at the craft and care of making. Part science exhibit and part gallery show, the displays offer insight on how craft- and tradespeople create objects that last - be it a chair, a necklace, a book, a lock, a building or an instrument - revealing how the act of making matters in everyday lives.

The exhibition is open to the public through Friday, Aug. 26. Guided tours: 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, 4 p.m. on Thursdays, and 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Self-guided tours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-exhibition-guided-tours-tickets-324179899807 for more information and registration.

Dewey Square Farmers Market

The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway (Federal Reserve Plaza at 600 Atlantic Ave.) is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 17.

Products include farm fresh produce; poultry and eggs; cheese and dairy; meat and fish; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods and drinks, including several “grab-and-go” lunch options.

Vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP and Farmers Market Coupons.

Visit https://bostonpublicmarket.org 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.

Donate Blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center                    

Help save a life by donating 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.

Old North: Tours and More

The Old North Church and Historic site - the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the city - offers a variety of tours and other fun.

– Take a self-guided tour of Old North Church's sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last ticket sold will be at 3:45 p.m.      

– Have fun with the new family scavenger hunt, Prince's Pew Pursuit, which is included free with your self-guided tour. 

– Take a guided Crypt tour beneath the church where 1,100 bodies are buried at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m.

– Take a (new) guided tour to the sanctuary's balcony to learn about the experiences of early Black congregants and to see the church's beautiful pipe organ and carved 17th-century angels. Gallery tours will run at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/admission-pricing for more information and tickets (Admission: $5 | Add-on Crypt and Balcony: $5 each | Children, ages 5 and under: free).

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.

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.

Paul Revere House Online/Onsite                                                   

To stay up-to-date on “all things Revere,” check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog, or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

The Revere House is also open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.

New England Aquarium Onsite/Online

The New England Aquarium has reopened following safety guidelines.

They will continue to offer Virtual Visits with activities and webcams as well as Virtual Programs (Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters) so people can visit their favorite animals from home.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists.

Go to neaq.org for more information.

Old North Gift Shop Onsite/Online

The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.

Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.

Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home                                                                              

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor 

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.

People can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.

NBSS Offers Hands-on Activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

Help preserve Old North History and Legacy

The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site and in classrooms across the nation.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their onsite/online visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come - especially at this crucial time when the site is closed as 95 percent of their funding comes from tourism.

Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.