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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).

Appreciating culture

Join staff from hostels around the world as they share an aspect of their culture in celebration of the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hi-usa-30268700044 for more information and registration.

CraftBoston: Instagram live studio visit with Porcelain and Stone

Join Society of Arts + Crafts for a live tour with Kimberly Huestis of Porcelain and Stone at noon on Monday, May 24 on Instagram to explore her studio and her unique technique of making jewelry out of porcelain.

Huestis’ background in rock carving and years as a professional building design architect and environmental consultant inform her design choices. Porcelain's strength and longevity are a nod to her Taiwanese/Scottish heritage, just as working with her hands has always centered her to push normal expectations.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/instagram-live-studio-visit-with-porcelain-and-stone-tickets-147849677365 - (Donations welcome).

BDC Spring Market 2021

The Boston Design Center (BDC) will host a spectacular virtual spring market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26 featuring Keynote panels and showroom events.

The Keynote panels will include: Landscape & Garden Panel; A New Door Opens: Fournir Collections Relaunches Beloved Furniture Brands; Building a Best Seller with Jesse and Mara Carrier; Social Media Etiquette; and Design Remix and Wrap Up with Corey Damen Jenkins

Visit www.bostondesign.com/events/springmarket2021 for more information and Zoom registration.

BSA/SCUP: The New Education Ecosystem

Two college presidents will discuss how the new education ecosystem provides a pathway toward equality in higher education from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.

Go to www.architects.org/events/313123/2021/05/25/bsa-scup-the-new-education-ecosystem-accelerating-institutional-transformation for more information and registration.

Sketchup Bootcamp: Get solid with Sketchup

 

Learn tips and tricks from an expert to help avoid common beginner pitfalls and boost proficiency at the BSA SketchUp Bootcamp from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.

Watch how to harness the power of the Solid Tools, which help rapidly model complex objects by combining or cutting one shape with another. Imagine punching through thick walls, trimming the top of a fence or creating roofs with different angles with just a few clicks.

Need a quick way to combine or cut multiple objects? The Intersect Faces tool can help cut lines where dormers meet the roof or where the walls meet the ground, or even use it to create contour lines from any mesh.

Learn how to use the Scrapbook to put symbols such as drawing names and scales, section cuts, elevation marks, door tags, etc., with ease.

Visit www.architects.org/events/313134/2021/05/25/sketchup-bootcamp-get-solid-with-sketchup for more information and registration (BSA Members - Free | General Admission - $10).

‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking series                                          

The “Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

– May 26 – Mediterranean Cuisine

During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.

Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club                               

Join Boston Public Library for a lunchtime crossword puzzle from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.

Together, the group will collectively solve a crossword puzzle that focuses on different news- or media- related topics. Put your crossword puzzle skills to the test while also learning something new along the way.

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

John Singleton Copley & the Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will welcome special guest, Tamar Avishai, the creator and host of the popular art history podcast, “The Lonely Palette” for this webinar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.

Boston’s John Singleton Copley is often referred to as the finest portrait artist of colonial America. He painted the likenesses of many of the “patriot heroes” including Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Mercy Otis Warren, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren, although he mostly chose to stay politically neutral.

Visit www.bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-museum for more information and Zoom registration ($15).

Beyond Boston: Old South’s Global Construction

For nearly 300 years, the Old South Meeting House has stood in Boston as a testament to its construction and preservation. While the building itself is at the epicenter of America’s founding stories, the history of its construction is far more global.

Revolutionary Spaces will present “Beyond Boston: Old South Meeting House’s Global Construction” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 29. The panelists will engage in discussions on the global materials economy in the 18th century, the role of slavery and servitude in the construction of New England’s most iconic buildings, and the emergence of a domestic regional style born from international influence.

Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2021/05/04/old-south-construction for more information and Zoom registration.

At the Table: Lift Every Voice Finale Concert                                      

Boston Children's Chorus will present the culminating concert of the season, Lift Every Voice: At the Table at 4 p.m. on Sunday May 30 at live.bostonchildrenschorus.org.

In a nation formed out of the stories and labors of people with varied backgrounds, people reflect on the strength and love achieved through unity and take a closer look at what it means to Belong in America.

Go to www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/calendar/event/lift-every-voice-at-the-table for more information and registration (donations welcome).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.