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A woman on the fire escape of an apartment house in the North End hangs laundry on a clothesline while a man in a suit and cap stands in front of Boston Fire Department, Engine 6 in 1925. To learn more, visit Historic New England at www.historicnewengland.org.

Boston Pops Concert

Let's come together and enjoy the Boston Pops Esplanade Brass Quintet performance, featuring selections from classical to jazz, traditional Pops repertoire to Top 40 hits.

Traveling in style on their "Rolling Recital", the musicians will be arriving either by Boston Duck Tour or Boston Trolley for their 20+ minute performance at Armenian Heritage Park at noon on Wednesday, June 2. (Rain date is Thursday, June 3.)

For more information, please visit armenianheritagepark.org.

Check the Mic Practice Session/Performers series for teens  

JR Mahung from Grub Street will present a three-part series – two practice sessions from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 and June 10 with an open mic on June 17 – for beginners and experienced writers/performers.

Teens, ages 12 to 19, can participate in one, two or all three events. And any teen can perform during the open mic event, whether or not they’ve attended the practice sessions.

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

Source to Sea: The Charles River Navigation Project

Beginning in beautiful Echo Lake, Cameron Salvatore, a local freelance director and all-around adventure-seeker, paddled, portaged, and pushed his way through every leg of the 80-mile journey to Boston Harbor in 2020, solidifying the first and fastest recorded unsupported source-to-sea navigation of the Charles.

Join the Charles River Water Association at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 as Salvatore shares his story – a story of human endurance, of creeping urbanization around a storied Bay State waterway, of environmental threats and drought, and of parts of the beloved Charles that few have ever seen.

But the talk is only the beginning. Any and all potential adventurers should tune into the event for a sneak peek of how to follow in Cameron's paddle strokes.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0odO2sqjIvG9xxiRO-16sfnsEPtqOkBBAD.

ASP Summer Youth Intensive ‘Much Ado about Nothing’   

For their 11th annual Summer Youth Intensive, the Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) youth will create, design, rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado about Nothing at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

Ages 13-19: Youth actors, stage managers, designers and technical crew are all welcome and encouraged to apply.

The youth ensemble will develop the production, guided by ASP company members and experienced teaching artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 1. Tech rehearsal: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.

Public performances will be the culmination of a month-long intensive collaboration among teens from a variety of Boston-area communities at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31; Strike Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1

Visit www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/project-education/youth-programs/summer-youth-intensive-2021 for more information and registration (Tuition: $1,600; sliding scale scholarships available).

Celebrate Boston Pride

Celebrate Pride Month this June. Outloud: Raising Voices, a live global pride celebration being held at the Los Angeles Colosseum will be streamed on Twitch from Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6. This LGBTQ+ event series mission is to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of community.

Visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar for a listing of this and other virtual events being held in and around: Boston.

‘contour and counterpoint: Reich & Shostakovich’

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present “contour and counterpoint” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 5. The concert will be available to stream on-demand through Saturday, June 12.

Patterns, phases, motifs and monograms come together in Chameleon’s audacious season finale. Reich transforms the function of rhythm, Nørgård channels the king of counterpoint and Shostakovich brings power, intensity and dazzling technique to a landmark of the string quartet repertoire.

Ticket holders will additionally be able to watch exclusive artist interviews, download PDF program books and enjoy much-loved essays on the music.

Go to https://chameleonarts.org/virtual-concerts/songs-of-solitude for more information and tickets ($15).

Tea & Tranquility

The Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway and MEM Tea Imports will host Tea & Tranquility at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9. This month’s Theme is Celebrating What Unites Us!

Walk the Labyrinth. View the Abstract Sculpture. Tie a Ribbon on the Wishing Tree.

Please RSVP by emailing hello@ArmenianHeritagePark.org.

For more information, please visit armenianheritagepark.org.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘The Poet X’                     

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 to discuss the free verse novel The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to Twitch.

Half Price Fridays

Boston Harbor Now will offer half price fares to Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park on Fridays through June 18. 

Get tickets at: https://www.bostonharborislands.org/ferry-tickets.

Free Kite Fridays

Visit Spectacle Island on Fridays through Sept. 3 and receive a free kite as you board the ferry! Kites are limited to one per group or family unit and available while supplies last.

Learn more at https://www.bostonharborislands.org/spectacle-island.

Fun and scenic ferry rides to the islands

Enjoy a fun and scenic ferry ride to Spectacle or Georges Island.

Ferry service will connect Boston to Spectacle Island on Fridays through Sundays through June 20.

Expanded summer season service to both Spectacle and Georges Islands will begin Friday, June 25 and run seven days a week through Monday, Sept. 6.

Visit https://www.bostonharborislands.org/ferryschedule2021 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Game Time!                                                                                      

Children and teens of all ages are invited to play games and make friends in a Zoom room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 25, hosted by the Boston Public Library. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to access the Zoom room.

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).

Greenway Artisan Market

The Greenway Artisan Market will be open at the Rings Fountain, Milk St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Sunday, Oct. 31.

The Greenway Artisan Market is a vibrant open-air market run by Somerville Flea featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers showcasing and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and much more.

Visit https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/greenway-artisan-market for more information.

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.

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.

Food program donations                                                                             

Donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health, (332 Hanover St., Waterfront and 15 Tufts St., Charlestown) during this long, wintry season.

More than 100 families per month are being served, including children from the Eliot School, among others.

For details, call 857-238-1176.

Paul Revere House                                                                                     

To stay up-to-date on “all things Revere,” check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog, or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

The Revere House is also open for winter hours: Thursdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.

New England Aquarium onsite/online

The New England Aquarium has reopened following safety guidelines.

They will continue to offer Virtual Visits with activities and webcams as well as Virtual Programs (Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters) so people can visit their favorite animals from home.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists.

Go to neaq.org for more information.

Old North Gift Shop onsite/online

The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.

Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.

Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home                                                                              

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor 

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

Help preserve Old North history and legacy

The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site and in classrooms across the nation.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their onsite/online visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come – especially at this crucial time when the site is closed as 95 percent of their funding comes from tourism.

Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.