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Boston Children’s Museum re-opens

Boston Children’s Museum will be open to the public in May on Saturdays and Sundays and then with an expanded schedule of Wednesdays through Sundays beginning on June 2. 

Timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two new time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All exhibits will be open (some with small modifications or changes). PlaySpace will require a separate, free reservation in addition to an admission reservation. Bubbles and Peep’s World will be open (smocks will not be provided).

Our Summer of Play will offer families a range of fun, hands-on and social activities that include access to all Museum exhibits, including the New Balance Foundation Climb, a new Fantastic Forts exhibit, PlaySpace, the new Turtle Tank and everyday hands-on activities involving science, art, music and more. The Museum is also offering its first-ever Explore It Summer Camp during the month of July.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/reopening for more information and reservations.

Boston Home Center Virtual Homebuying Expo

The Boston Home Center will host free virtual classes from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 to help people buy their first home.

– 9 to 9:30 a.m. – Opening the Day

Initial remarks and overview of the day.

– 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. – Introduction to Homebuying

The class will discuss the pros and cons of homeownership, preparing finances and the first steps of buying a home in Boston. This class is ideal for anyone interested in buying a home immediately or in the next three to six months.

– 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. – City of Boston First-Time Homebuying Programs Explained

Learn about all the Boston Home Center’s Homebuying programs, including the ONE+Boston Homebuying Program, the expanded Financial Assistance Program, the First-Generation Program, and home lotteries.

– 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – Be a Credit Cruncher! Learn About Getting and Keeping a Strong Credit Score

Learn how credit scores are determined, how they impact homebuying and how you can get and maintain a strong credit score.

– 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. – How to Assemble Your Homebuying Team

Learn about the professionals needed on a homebuying team, what role each professional play in the homebuying process and how these roles differ depending upon the type of home you want to purchase.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-homebuying-expo-registration-150207387339 for more information and registration.

‘The Wonder Ball Gala’                                                                  

Boston Children’s Museum will host their seventh annual fundraising gala, “The Wonder Ball” streamed 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 1 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.

Mothers out Front Roundtables

Share your thoughts on how to build a mother movement. Mothers out Front will host two round tables:

– Monday, May 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. - Electrification & Air Quality

They will dive into what Electrification & Air Quality means in different communities and how it impacts everyone. Come prepared to share stories about GAS locally and how it impacts the Mother Movement locally.

– Wednesday, May 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. - Comfort at Home |Utility Justice

They will dive into what Utility Justice & Cost of Comfort and what it means in different communities. Come prepared to share stories about high utility costs, energy efficiency costs and upgrades. They will also talk about energy companies who target people locally and share how it impacts the Mother Movement.

Visit https://www.mothersoutfront.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Puppets Story Time

Through Me To You Puppetry invites everyone to join Newton and his puppet friends for story time fun from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4.

Newton and his friends take turns reading stories and singing songs with the kids. Newton loves animals, so he is going to read three books about animals: The Napping House, Mouse Paint, and Owl Babies. At the end of the show, the kids are invited to “unmute” and say hi to Newton. This is geared toward ages 3-7, but all are welcome.

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

Demo with 2Roses

Learn how John and Corliss Rose of 2Roses invented Corlite and how they use it in their jewelry-making work from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6.

This event is part of CraftBoston: Studs + Drops, a nine-week online celebration of earrings and their makers.

To join them live on YouTube, register at www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-demo-with-2roses-tickets-147806267525 (donations welcome).

Do It Yourself Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dr. De-Guang He, Lic. Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & Qigong Master, will give a talk on Chinese herbal medicine from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.

Chinese herbs have been utilized in Asian cultures for more than 5,000 years. The fundamental idea of living in harmony with nature and the environment forms the basis for the use of Chinese herbs as well as the traditional Chinese approach to health. Knowledge of the healing power of Chinese herbs and herbal remedies has been passed down from generation to generation, and today represents one of China's greatest gifts to mankind. 

The lecture will be in both English and Chinese. 

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

BCNC Lantern Festival Gala                                             

You are cordially 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.

Opera Night at the BPL: Opera and Jazz

Listen to Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle, musician and scholar, discuss the storytelling power of jazz, soul, R&B and its legacy and fusing with opera to communicate powerful narratives through music - particularly as they are rooted in Black American experience, excellence, and expertise. From a deep history, Dr. Kernodle focuses on contemporary opera in the late 20th century and the intersectional identities in these operas that reveal the complex stories of this time.

BLO artists will perform excerpts in this one-hour lecture performance from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, presented by Boston Lyric Opera in support of the Boston Public Library’s “Repairing America: Racial Equity and Recovery” initiative.

Register at https://blopera.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_68Dv8h6dRoa0z091DDG12A

Boston Design Week 2021                                                               

The 8th annual Boston Design Week will be held through Monday, May 9. This is a great opportunity to explore and appreciate all aspect of design and the vital role design plays in our lives,

This annual 12-day festival will include a wide array of one-day programs featuring panel discussions and exhibitions presented by design industries and organizations culminating in the presentation of the Design Awards on Friday, May 7 on Zoom.

The 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, Master Furniture Maker and President Emeritus of North Bennet Street School and The Producers' Choice Award will be presented to The Society of Arts and Crafts.

There will also be ongoing and multi-day events (at Museums in and around Boston) and guided and self-guided walking tours (public art displays in and around Boston).

Visit www.bostondesignweek.com for more information, including a calendar of events and registration.

Mother’s Day Peace Breakfast Take Out

Monica’s Kitchen at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston will serve a Take-Out Peace Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.

The Good Samaritan Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices, and healthy food nourishes the body. All are welcome.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.

Multilingual Storywalks                                          

A multilingual StoryWalk® series will be held through Monday, May 10. This is a fun way for families to read stories in nine languages while enjoying the outdoors in 10 parks across the city.

Participate in the StoryWalk and enter to win one of five grand prizes of a Kindle with a three-month Kindle Unlimited subscription, courtesy of Xfinity.

Visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/storywalks for more information, including the participating parks.

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ 4:6 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

– 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

– ICA online Store is open

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

The Greenway Carousel open                              

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.

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.

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.

‘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 plus The Best of the Ghost Light Series One Hour Special are available to enjoy.

Visit bochcenter.org for more information.

‘(un)Confined: The Artists of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio’

“(un)confined: The Artists of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio,” a collection of work by 17 printmakers, painters and sculptors will be on view at The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (FPAC) through Thursday, June 3.

The exhibit explores feelings caused not only by the pandemic quarantine, but also by figurative and literal boundaries. The artists are members of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio, a community of colleagues who have supported each other through the Covid-19 epidemic.

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

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 on the Museum YouTube Page.

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.

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.

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 https://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.

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.

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