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The Partisans is a 1979 aluminum sculpture by the Polish-American sculptor Andrzej Pitynski. He shows the Polish anti-communist “cursed soldiers.” The statue is dedicated to freedom fighters from around the world. It has been on exhibit in Boston since 1983. It is located in the Seaport District near the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art.

Creating Home: Found Object Family Workshop

Let’s get making! Spend some time creating, making and dreaming of things that remind us of our own homes.

Artist and art educator Mae-Chu O’Connell will lead a Pao Arts Center workshop from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15 where participants will create their own sculptural pieces from objects found at home. All-ages welcome with adult supervision recommended for children.

Register at https://www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/creating-home (donations welcome).

Saturday Salon: International influence on Boston architecture                        

Historical context and reference are a very important aspect in understanding architecture.

Presented by Boston by Foot guide Rob Anderson, this three-part series, slated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays, will focus on past international influences on Boston architecture through visual comparisons and connections as follows:

– May 15: Boston City Hall

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saturday-salon-architecture-of-boston-city-hall-registration-142990683985 for more information and registration ($0-$8).

GA’s Data Week

General Assembly Boston will host a weeklong festival of free workshops, speaker sessions and panel discussions around leveraging data to drive business decisions, productivity and career growth. The events will take place at various times from Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 21.

Check out the full schedule at https://generalassemb.ly/hit-play-tech-conference-2021/data-week.

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).

Puppets Story Time: ‘Literacy & Libraries’                                            

Through Me To You Puppetry invites everyone to join Newton and his puppet friends for some story time fun – reading stories and singing songs – from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

On May 18, Newton and his puppet friends will read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, At The Library and Mae Among The Stars.

At the end of the show, the kids will be invited to “unmute” and say hi to Newton. This is geared toward kifd, ages 3-7, but all are welcome.

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

Author talk: ‘Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them’                  

As Boston approaches its 400th anniversary, it still maintains its historic character despite constant development.

Join City Archeologist Joe Bagley for a guided tour of 50 buildings that pre-date 1800 and illustrate Boston’s early history. The majority of the buildings are located within the downtown area of Boston along the Freedom Trail and within easy walking distance from the core of the city but also include examples from various neighborhoods.

The buildings span multiple uses from homes to churches and warehouses to restaurants. Bagley's easy-to-follow narrative will cover historic preservation and significance and will appeal to architectural enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in Boston history.

This event will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, hosted by NABB and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, hosted by the Boston Public Library.

Visit www.nabbonline.org and/or https://www.bpl.org for more information and Zoom registration.

CraftBoston: Demo with Laura Wood

Craft artist Laura Wood welcomes everyone into her Asheville, NC studio live on YouTube at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 20 to explore her vibrant, colorful jewelry pieces.

Wood’s creative practice began in dance and shifted to contemporary jewelry in college, at the University of Georgia where she was introduced to jewelry and metalsmithing.

A performative arts background continues to influence her work. Sculptural forms are thoughtfully engineered for the body and are intended to contribute to a daily experience.

The Society of Arts + Crafts produces CraftBoston™ to showcase inspirational craft and its creators (Donations welcome).

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-demo-with-laura-wood-tickets-147826676569 ($0-$25).

Chinese medicine: Acupuncture – What do you know about it?                        

Acupuncture is popular all over the world.

How does acupuncture work? What diseases does acupuncture treat? Does acupuncture have any side effects? How do you feel when receiving acupuncture treatment? How do you do "finger acupuncture" by yourself?

This Boston Public Library talk/lecture, slated from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, will be in both English and Chinese. 

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

Hostel Trivia - Do you know your HI USA locations?

Celebrate the May re-opening of HI USA hostels with trivia about their hostel locations from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.

They've collected interesting (and obscure) facts about their locations across the US and they’d love for you to test your knowledge.

Enter an optional raffle to win two nights for two people at HI San Francisco Downtown or HI Chicago. Raffle Tickets ($25 for 1 entry; $150 for 10 entries).

Awards will be announced during their HI USA Virtual Tour of Chicago event at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 (need not be present to win).

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-event-hostel-trivia-do-you-know-your-hi-usa-locations-registration-151586093085?aff=ebdsoporgprofile for more information, registration and raffle tickets.

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: White Wisteria

Take time to relax, create and meditate with Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. Develop brush skills by outlining wisteria in this workshop hosted by the Pao Center.

The White Wisteria are beautiful white blooms that cascade from vining stems and emit a sweet scent reminiscent of lavender and honey.

While this plant is a climbing vine, it can be trained into a tree-like shape, with a wavy trunk and a flattened top. It blooms in late spring or early summer.

Visit https://www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/white-wisteria for more information and registration ($15 without supplies; $35 pickup supplies).

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.

Bike Seaport: Weekly check-ups                                                                           

Calling all city bikers. The Seaport TMA has teamed up with Amazon and Landry’s Bicycles to offer complimentary bike check-ups.

Join them from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays on Seaport Common and enjoy treats from local businesses to thank you for commuting sustainably.

Registration is required at http://seaporttma.org/bikecheckup.

Seaport Sweat online/onsite                                                             

Seaport Sweat will offer classes at various times throughout the week through Friday, Oct. 29.

Join in-person on Seaport Common or at @seaportbos on IG Live.

All classes are free and all levels of fitness are welcome.

Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz/seaport-sweat to view the schedule and sign up for the classes.

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.

Boston Children’s Museum is open

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays in May 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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

‘(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.

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.

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.