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Eighth Annual Artemis Circle Spring Luncheon

Artemis Circle, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s women’s leadership group, will come together virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 12 to support Club members and families this spring.

Join them for a virtual Club tour, hear from inspiring speakers and connect with like-minded women.

Visit https://www.bgcb.org/artemislunch for more information, including sponsorships, donations and tickets.

Matt Heaton Themed Concert - Numbers                        

Celebrate together with cheerful musician Matt Heaton. A themed concert focusing on numbers will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13 on the Chinatown Branch Library’s Facebook page.

For more information about the concert, a quick link to the Facebook page, and book recommendations, visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/605e431e91f3f53a00baf23d.

Introduction to grants research

With more than 30,000 nonprofits in Massachusetts, competition for funding is high.

Philanthropy Massachusetts will host an introductory program – ideal for those who are new to the grants process or would like a brush up – from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14.

It will cover the beginning, middle and end of the grants research process.

Go to https://philanthropyma.org/events/introduction-grants-research-1 for more information and Zoom registration ($20 Member Fee | $30 Base Fee).

Bright Lights: 'Generation Green New Deal'

For decades, the American political system has seemed incapable of taking on climate change at the scale necessary to address the growing crisis. In November 2018, the youth-led organization Sunrise Movement and the youngest Congresswoman-elect in history, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez occupied Nancy Pelosi’s office. Their demand: a “Green New Deal.” It set off a firestorm, birthing both an ascendent political movement and intense opposition. 

Generation Green New Deal looks at the revolutionary political idea and the people behind it.

Film viewing window: Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. through Thursday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

Join for a live 45-minute moderated discussion with director Sam Eilertsen and activists. Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform. Audience members are also welcome to join directly on Zoom to participate and submit questions.

Go to https://emersontheatres.org/Online/default.asp?menu_id=7F7A1B11-1848-431B-BB98-B589E821BCE5 for more information and tickets (available at noon on April 14).

Instagram Live Tour of Metalwerx

Join Society of Arts + Craft/CraftBoston on Instagram from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 for a live tour of Metalwerx. They’ll explore their shops, equipment and learn about the work that goes into the pieces. 

Metalwerx promotes the art of jewelry and metals through exceptional classes, workshops, studio space, outreach programming and events for professional and personal enrichment within a supportive community of artists and learners.

Visit https://societyofcrafts.org/calendar/facebook-live-as-we-tour-metalwerx for more information and registration.

Pricing your worth: How to charge what you're really worth

Would you like to raise your rates and provide better service to your clients - existing and future? Whether you’re a freelancer, a consultant or running a service business, there’s one thing holding back your growth: your fees.

Why are some people offered huge sums whilst others struggle to get by? How come they're always in demand, attract the best clients and retain their creative freedom?

It’s not luck. It’s not about their portfolio. It’s not even that they’re the most skilled. It’s because they know what they're worth and how to get it.

In this practical session from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 with experienced career and financial coach Stacey Lowman, participants will discover the step-by-step system she used to go from being uncomfortable talking about money to raising her rates and delivering more value for more clients.

Learn how to address the “elephant in the room,” gain confidence and charge what you’re really worth.

Go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/pricing-your-worth-how-to-charge-what-youre-really-worth/boston/186669 for more information and registration.

‘Spring Awakening’

Emerson Stage will present the virtual production of Spring Awakening live streamed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 18.

Based on Frank Wedekind's play of the same name, Spring Awakening depicts a dozen young people making their way through the thrilling, complicated, and mysterious time of sexual awakening.

Visit https://emersontheatres.org/Online/default.asp for more information and tickets ($12 - General Admission | $8 - Emerson).

Immigrant Opportunity Job Fair 2021

BCNC (Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center) will host a virtual job fair targeted towards English language learners from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16.

Many diverse companies will be available to offer positions and opportunities to ESOL students in the Greater Boston area.

Immigrants and English language learners bring a wide range of skills and experience to the workforce, including language skills in some of the most commonly spoken languages in Boston: Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese and French.

Visit https://bcnc.net/events/bcncjobfair2021 for more information and registration.

‘The Wonder Ball Gala’                                                                  

Boston Children’s Museum will host their seventh annual fundraising gala, “The Wonder Ballstreamed” online beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.

All donors will be sent a link to access the event, which will include a program and a live trivia game. Those who have purchased tickets or sponsorships before Sunday, May 9 will also receive a custom party box, which includes a Museum designed activity kit, yummy snacks and provisions to toast the Museum.

This re-imagined virtual spin on this magical night will help ensure that every child, regardless of their physical, developmental or economic challenges, has the opportunity to visit the Museum or access the resources from home during this challenging time.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/support/wonder-ball for more information, tickets and sponsorships.

BCNC Lantern Festival Gala                                             

Everyone is invited to the online Lantern Festival Gala from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, hosted by the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). The event will honor the BCNC students and participants.

-          5:30 p.m. Reception – Network with friends and engage with exclusive performances and interactive demonstrations

-          6 p.m. Program hosted by Janet Wu, Bloomberg – Learn about how Asians and new immigrants have been impacted by the pandemic, hear inspiring participant stories, and experience premier artistic performances from Chinatown locations. 

Ticket (program only): $50 | Sponsorships: $1,000 and up | Ads: $250 and up 

Donations are tax-deductible and will support family-centered programs for Asian and new immigrants, including childcare, youth leadership, adult English classes and workforce development, mental health counseling and parent support groups, arts and culture.  

Go to https://bcnc.net/events/2021gala for more information and registration.

‘CROSSING CULTURES: Family, Memory and Displacement’ exhibition

Crossing Cultures is a photo-based art exhibit about family, memory, displacement and identity from the point of view of four visual artists with roots in four continents: Europe (Germany), Asia (India), South America (Peru) and North America and the Caribbean (Mexico and Cuba). Through the use of vintage family photographs and different mediums: photography, mixed media and video, these artists uncover their family stories and create complex, multidimensional narratives to reflect upon what they have left behind while shifting countries and at the same time honoring and remembering family traditions and vanishing ways of life.

The exhibition will be on view at FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St. and online at www.fortpointarts.org through Thursday, April 15.

Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Explore it – April Adventure Week

The Boston Children’s Museum will host April Adventure Week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23.

The Museum will be closed to visitors. Staff will guide full-day, in-person, week-long experiences for curious learners in grades K-2. Participants will be able to engage in hands-on STEAM activities, explore the Museum and make friends and memories.

The program will be staffed by Boston Children’s Museum’s educators, and safety and fun will be top priorities.

Visit https://exploreitsummercamp.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/april-adventure-week for more information and registration ($600/week).

CraftBoston: ‘Studs + Drops’

The Society of Arts + Crafts (SA+C) will present four new themed CraftBoston shows that include workshops, artist studio tours and informative blogs along with a diverse selection of gift-centric works.

The first of the events is “Studs + Drops,” a show that focuses on the ancient art of earrings. This online event will be held through Friday, May 28.

Visit https://societyofcrafts.org for more information.

Shop AFH

Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.

Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase their artworks. Reduced shipping rates are available.

You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.

Bank of America Museums on Us

Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA) during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us. 

Visit https://www.icaboston.org for more information.

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ – two more available                                      

The Walking Plays is a new free audio play series of six short plays by Boston-based playwrights which unfold on a continuous route around the Back Bay, Downtown and Theatre District neighborhoods.

The Walking Plays explore the private moments that we experience in public. Rediscover Boston through new eyes as you walk alongside intricate characters or experience these intimate stories in the comfort of your home.

The first four plays – On Paying Attention by David Valdes; Monster in the Sky by Ginger Lazarus; Kill the Dogs, Knock Them Over! by Liana Asim; and In Any Face by Miranda Austen ADEkoje – are available to stream with two more being released later this spring.

Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                                 

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center is currently offering all services remotely, including webinars, coaching, and employment services.

Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.

Operation ABLE                                                                              

Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.

All services at Operation ABLE are being conducted remotely, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services. Class enrollments are open for computer skills training and Health Care and Social Services training, among others.

Visit operationable.net for more information and registration.

Boston Sustainability Breakfast

Net Impact Boston will host a virtual informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion and moral support from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month through June.

It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! 

Go to www.netimpactboston.org/events/2020/9/16/boston-sustainability-breakfast-edceb-shjjc for tickets.

Chinese Mandarin Conversation Group for Beginners                                       

A Chinese Mandarin Conversation Group for (Adult) Beginners will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 28. This is a fun, casual environment for Chinese Mandarin learners. 

To join the group, register at https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/6054e7aa1eedf024007fb713.

ICA Art (Co) Lab

Art (Co) Lab is a weekly virtual program for youth in grades 6-8 focused on contemporary and visual art making. Inspired by installations and projects in the Bank of America Art Lab, participants will explore various art materials, methods, and ideas to grow as artists and create a creative online community. 

Create art and work with ICA staff, teaching artists and assistants, along with special guest artists from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 26 (13 sessions; no class on April 21).

An art materials kit will be provided and scholarships are available. 

Visit icaboston.org for more information and registration (Free for BPS students with code BPS2020 | $168 for members | $210 for nonmembers).

ICA Free Thursday Night

The ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Tickets for Free Thursday Nights will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 a.m. on that Thursday morning.

Pajama Storytime with the BPL Children’s Room          

Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Julia and special guest BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) Teaching Artist Lydia for end-of-day stories, songs and movement – that are opera-themed.

This story time, which takes place from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays through April 29, is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.

Visit https://blo.org for more information and reservations.

Free ICA admission for families

When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under and 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). 

Go to https://www.icaboston.org for more information.

The Greenway Carousel                                                                                         

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 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.

The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present your EBT card for up to 4 free rides.

The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.

Visit https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel for more information and tickets.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your 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.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.

ICA onsite/online                                          

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. has reopened following safety guidelines and with advanced timed tickets.

ICA will continue to provide virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families as well as online shopping at the ICA Store.  

Go to https://www.icaboston.org for more information.

Black Seed Writers Group + ‘The Pilgrim’                                                          

The Black Seed Writers Group meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage.

The Pilgrim literary magazine features the works of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers. 

Visit www.stpaulboston.org and/or www.thepilgrim.org for more information.

Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings                                           

The Park Street Church offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.

The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.

The Cafes meet virtually to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during these challenging times. The participants meet in a large group for worship, bible study and/or and fellowship and then break up into a variety of small groups, including ones for newcomers.

For more information, visit www.parkstreet.org or email cafe@parkstreet.org.

College Worship Communities                                                

Gather with fellow undergraduates at the Park Street Church as they stream church services together and then spend time in fellowship, reflection and prayer. Students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome.

Join the morning community to stream the 11 a.m. (traditional with choir & organ) or the evening community to stream the 4 p.m. (Contemporary with Sunday Night Band). The groups hope to grow together in wisdom as they develop a deeper understanding of who God is on an intellectual and personal level.

Visit parkstreet.org/ministries/college for more information, including other college student-related events and groups.

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’                                                    

BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) moves from stage to screen for this brand-new, cinematic version of Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the spellbinding, short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

William is summoned by his desperate friend Roderick to visit him and his dying sister Madeline in their mansion. A shroud of murder, deceit and the supernatural covers everything in this disturbing story inspired by a Boston family and their gothic home.

An opera in two acts with libretto by Arthur Yorinks, this reimagined version will be available through Wednesday, June 30 exclusively on operabox.tv.

Go to https://blo.org/usher for more information.

Ghost Light Series

All previously recorded episodes of the Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light, are available to enjoy, including The Best of the Ghost Light Series One Hour Special which premiered at 7 p.m. on March 13 on NECN.

Visit bochcenter.org for more information.

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.

Bulfinch Crossing projection ‘Float’         

“Float” is a visual animation (with color, light and sound) that seamlessly integrates onto the beams and ceiling of the underpass of Bulfinch Crossing (Government Center Garage underpass at 1 Congress St.), transforming the underutilized space into an art exhibit.

The art installation can be viewed on foot, bike or from the safety of your car from dusk to dawn through Spring 2021. All visitors should practice city and state recommendations on social distancing. 

Additional information can be found at: www.bulfinchcrossingprojections.com.

‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times’

On view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 23, i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times celebrates the power of experiencing art in person. This exhibition, which borrows its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, is conceived as an invitation to visitors to create a personal connection with works of art. 

Comprising unique encounters with new acquisitions and iconic works from the ICA’s collection, the exhibition’s groupings, or scenes, address a range of topics, including ideas of home and history, social and material transformation and frames of identity in portraiture and sculpture.

Including works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kader Attia, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Simone Leigh, Doris Salcedo and many others, i’m yours sparks wonder, encourages questions, challenges assumptions and provides a space for reflection. 

Wen-hao Tien: ‘Home on Our Backs’

Through five works, Pao Arts Center’s Artist-In-Residence Wen-hao Tien explores concepts of nomad and home in-flux through the lens of past, present and future. Do they exist all at once?

Tien’s year-long research, community conversation and reflection cumulate in a body of poetic work that will continue to evolve post residency.

With this exhibition, inspired by local Asian American history, Tien and the Pao Arts Center welcome community conversations during this unprecedented time. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 26.

Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2020/homeonourbacks for more information.

Meet the Instruments series

Join the New England Philharmonic and the Boston Children’s Museum for their annual Meet the Instruments series – virtually!

In this virtual series, kids learn about the different families of musical instruments and how those instruments fit together to make an orchestra. Each segment will introduce to a new family of instruments – strings, brass, and woodwinds – as the talented musicians from NEP share their instruments and their passion for making music.

Visit the Boston Children’s Museum YouTube Page to enjoy the series.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information                              

Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

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

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources

Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.

Among the resources are BCM Home Edition weekly activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.

The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts 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 bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Help Support MANNA Community Program at Cathedral Church of St. Paul          

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 the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information.

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.

The group is requesting donations of winter clothing (sizes M, L and larger) such as sweaters, jackets and boots for men and women.

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, contact missions@parkstreet.org, email home@parkstreet.org or visit www.parkstreet.org.

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 gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund

- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.

- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.

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.

Support ICA                                                                         

If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.