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SoWa is Open Year-Round                                                                                                            

The SoWa Artists Guild will kick off the July 4th weekend with SoWa First Friday at 450 Harrison Ave. in the South End of Boston on July 1 from 5 to 9 p.m.

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.), are 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. (next dates are July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 450 Harrison Ave. in the South End.

– First Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m.

Meet the nearly 100 artists in person, view their new work and buy direct.

Visit https://www.sowaboston.com, http://facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild and/or https://www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

Friends of Hayes Park Picnic

The Friends of Hayes Park in the South End will be hosting their annual Summer Picnic in the Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7.

Bring the family, friends and a dish to share. Pizza will be provided. There will also be live music by Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band.

For more information, visit https://www.hayespark.org.

Tito Puente Latin Music Series: Gorzarsa + Latin Logic

Join the fun with Salsa music and dancing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 with Gorzarsa and July 14 with Latin Logic at O’Day Playground, 75 West Newton St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Minni Community Drop-Ins

Minni Community Drop-Ins - designed for the entire family to enjoy creative play and messy materials in Minni’s spacious studio at 71 Thayer St. - will be held in half hour increments from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.

Rotating themed projects will focus on open-ended play, material exploration, and a variety of art processes.

Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and registration (donation).

Boston Lyric Opera outdoor performance

Join Boston Lyric Opera for free live, outdoor opera performances at Plaza Betances in Villa Victoria, 100 W. Dedham St. presented in partnership with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA Boston) at 5 p.m. on June 30. Bring low chairs and blankets for seating.

Visit blo.org/events for more information.

Eco Friendly Aqua Resin Workshop

During this beginner workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at Wyllo, 65 Thayer St., participants will make their own home decor - choosing an oval trinket tray or rainbow decor mold - to take home.

With a variety of colors to choose from and techniques to learn, Reanna, founder of Gluesticks & Polaroids, will help guide them through the process from start to finish, with plenty of time for questions and learning more about this art form and its many applications.

Go to www.shopwyllo.com/pages/workshops for information and registration ($50).

Festival Betances 2022

Festival Betances, the longest-running Latino Cultural Festival in New England, will be held at Plaza Betances, 100 W. Dedham St. at noon on Saturday, July 16.

This family-friendly event will include a parade, traditional cuisine, arts & crafts, a greased pole competition, children’s activities such as face painting and inflatables, and other treats that highlight the diversity of Latino culture.

Visit www.facebook.com/festivalbetances for more information and reservations.

Bromfield Gallery: ‘The Long View’ 

“The Long View” - What Do You See (Do You See Me!) will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. from Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday, July 31.

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

Napoleon Jones-Henderson curated the featured artwork by Ekua Holmes, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Bryan McFarlane, Chandra Dieppa Méndez-Ortiz and Hakim Raquib.

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information. 

FSG: ‘Melange’

“Melange" - which features the work of Marie Craig and Mary Marley who employ abstraction, bold color and novel combinations of artistic media with each resulting piece a vibrant mix -will be on view at the Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2 from Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday, July 24.  

SoWa First Friday Art Walk is slated from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 1.

Go to www.fsfaboston.com for more information.

Kingston Gallery: Nat Martin ‘Untitled Afternoon’ + Brett Poza ‘Plywood Forest’

The Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, No. 43 will exhibit the works of Nat Martin and Brett Poza from Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday, July 31.  

Opening receptions will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 1.

– Nat Martin: Untitled Afternoon (in the Main and Center Galleries) is a collection of small objects made outside the studio, within the orbit of his family.

– Brett S. Poza: Plywood Forest (in the Kingston Project Space) displays more than twenty small works depicting trees that are burned into the surface of wood blocks or plywood using a variety of techniques.

Visit www.kingstongallery.com for more information.

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 www.gallerykayafas.com for more information.

LaiSun Keane ‘STITCH!’

The Textile and Fiber Art Show featuring LoVid, Mary Tooley Parker, Michael C. Thorpe and Stacey Lee Webber will be on view at LaiSun Keane, 460C Harrison Ave., C8A from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, Aug. 21.

Go to www.laisunkeane.com for more information.

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 bostonsculptors.com 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.

A closing reception followed by a panel discussion with artists and mental health specialists on the role of arts in mental health awareness will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

Visit https://beacongallery.com 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 www.abigailogilvy.com/exhibitions for more information.

Howard Yezerski Gallery: 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.

Go to www.howardyezerski.com 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 https://laconiagallery.com 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.

Website: www.sowaboston.com/sowa-open-market.

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 boston.gov/fitness 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/wednesday-evening-immersive-yoga-tickets-324156850867 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 bpl.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.

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 www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

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 www.sowaboston.com, http://facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild and/or www.sowaartists.com 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 www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 urbanitydance.org 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 www.ibaboston.org/events/social-fridays 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 ymcago.org 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 mfa.org/programs/kids-and-family-programs/mfa-playdates/mfa-playdates-at-home 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 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.

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 mtwyouth.org 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 bgmc.org and nearly 400 musical videos on www.youtube.com/BGMC1982 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 https://fobh.org/ways-to-help 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 rosiesplace.org 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 https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind 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 www.bgmc.org 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.

Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.