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Among the musicians entertaining guests at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. are, from left to right, Alex Gill, Eddie Atkins and Hall Kirkham. This was part of the MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) ministry. This is a ministry “of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston.” Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information.

2021 Greenway Fitness Season                                          

A variety of fitness classes will be offered throughout the week at various spots along the Greenway. All classes will require pre-registration.  

Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for a schedule and links to register.

‘Crossing: Stories of Immigration’

Continuum Dance Project (CDP), in collaboration with visual artist Myrna Balk, will present a new evening-length dance/theatre work examining contemporary stories of immigration, culminating in a series of livestreamed performances in partnership with Pao Arts Center.  

The immigrants they interviewed are originally from Columbia, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, The US Virgin Islands, and Vietnam. 

The Premiere of “Crossing: Stories of Immigration/Meet the Artists” will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 4.

The concert series will take place from 8 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 and from Thursday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19 and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.

Visit www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/crossing-stories-of-immigration for more information and registration (Sliding Scale $5-$25).

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 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.

Other events include:

– Pride Illumination throughout the month of June

– Mayoral Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 7

– Pride Lights at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 – Honoring Those We Lost to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Virtual)

–  Pride Night @ Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 10

– Trans Resistance March and Vigil at Franklin Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12

–  Express Your Pride Campaign on Sunday, June 13 Online – Instagram

–  Plymouth Pride from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 26 at Brewster Garden in Plymouth

Visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar for more information.

Fight the NEU Luxury Dorm Rally at City Hall Plaza

Join Fight the NEU Luxury Dorm, Boston Socialist Alternative and Boston Democratic Socialists of America from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 7 at the Rally at City Hall Plaza in the fight to create a city that benefits students and working people.

They demand:

1. Stop gentrification: Northeastern administration and President Aoun should halt the plans to build a luxury dorm at 840 Columbus Ave.

2. Build more affordable housing: the Boston Planning and Development Agency and Mayor Kim Janey should construct a high quality, union built, publicly affordable housing complex for Roxbury residents at 840 Columbus Ave.

3. Make dorms affordable: no student should have to pay luxury prices; all dorms should be affordable to all students.

4. Implement rent control and tax corporations and the big universities to fund high quality public affordable housing for all.

Learn more at www.facebook.com/811576162828110.

GA's Pride Summit

General Assembly’s Pride Summit, a weeklong festival of free workshops, speaker sessions and panel discussions focused on looking at the world through a more inclusive lens with a spotlight on queer creators, founders and organizers will be held from Tuesday, June 8 through Thursday, June 17.

Check out the schedule at https://generalassemb.ly/hit-play-tech-conference-2021/pride-summit.

Michael Liu: ‘Forever Struggle’                                         

The Boston Public Library will host an online author talk with Michael Liu about Forever Struggle: Activism, Identity and Survival in Boston's Chinatown, 1880-2018 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 moderated by BPL President David Leonard, as part of the BPL's Repairing America Series.

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

Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club                                                        

Join Boston Public Library for a lunchtime crossword puzzle from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 23.

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.

Conversations on preservation, resilience and cultural philanthropy

Two distinguished women: Elizabeth Diller, one of the world’s leading architects whose acclaimed cross-genre work on cultural and civic projects includes The High Line, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Public Spaces and Infoscape, and the latest MOMA expansion in New York, The Broad in Los Angeles, ICA Boston, and Moscow’s Zaryadye Park, and Susan Whiting, who leads the evolution of The National Women’s History Museum to include its first location in Washington, D.C., and served as vice chair of the largest global research company, will share their thoughts on the challenges of building cultural centers, the power of design to inspire participation, and the process that leads to successful projects at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9. 

Register at HistoricNewEngland.org/LeadingVoices (Tickets are free; donations are encouraged).

‘Suk Suk (Twilight Kiss)’

ArtsEmerson presents Projecting Connections: Chinese American Experiences: Suk Suk.

Suk Suk presents the story of two closeted married men in their twilight years. One day PAK, 70, a taxi driver who refuses to retire, meets HOI, 65, a retired single father, in a park. Despite years of societal and personal pressure, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet in that brief initial encounter, something is unleashed in them which had been suppressed for so many years. As both men recount and recall their personal histories, they also contemplate a possible future together.

This virtual experience takes place on demand from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 through 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. Q&A with filmmaker will follow the screening (Captioning available).

The show lasts 92 minutes and is meant for ages 13+. Mature Content: Sexual scenes and references, mild language in Cantonese with English subtitles.

Go to https://artsemerson.org/online/default.asp for more information and tickets (This show is Pick Your Price, from $0-25). 

Parks Fitness: Tai Chi with Joseph

Tai Chi with Joseph will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. on Thursdays from June 10 through Sept. 30 at

Elliot Norton Park, 295 Tremont St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

MA Arts Funders' Network Meeting

The Massachusetts Arts Funders' Network bi-monthly meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

With COVID related restrictions easing up in Massachusetts, this session will focus on what arts and culture organizations are facing, planning and implementing as they anticipate reopening. 

After presentations by and discussion with their guest speakers, they will move into funder-only small groups based on discussion topics of interest.

Go to https://philanthropyma.org/events/ma-arts-funders-network-meeting-5 for more information and Zoom registration.

Community Meditation Night

A Community Meditation Night, led by Gena Bean of Mindful Boston, will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

This online event will include: a discussion about meditation and mindfulness; instructions on how to meditate; and a 15-minute meditation experience.

Register at www.melkinginstitute.org/event/6197.

Children's Trust: ‘Celebrating Fatherhood’

The annual Children's Trust "Celebrating Fatherhood" event will be held virtually at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 12.

This unique online event will include a short panel discussion on the important role of fathers and how people can help them be successful while supporting the Fatherhood Initiative. The event will also include access to a virtual magic show for kids.

They will also recognize Michael F. Collins, MD, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, with the Governor Paul Cellucci Fatherhood Award.

Visit https://childrenstrustma.org/giving-events/upcoming-events/celebrating-fatherhood for more on the Children's Trust and the Fatherhood Initiative along with the Zoom link.

A 250-foot-long photo exhibition at Fan Pier

The Boston Camera Club invites the public to view 88 large-scale photographs displayed in a series at the intersection of Northern Avenue and Marina Park Drive at Fan Pier on the Public Green in Boston’s Seaport District. The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views will be on view through November.

One image from each participating member’s submissions was selected and expertly sequenced by curator Emily Belz. Each image speaks to the next by subject, color, composition or use of light to form a bridge, creating a compelling visual experience, honoring each individual’s view as well as that of the collective whole.

Visit the exhibition website – www.BostonCameraClub.photos – to learn about each

photographer and explore content from greater Boston area Community Partners – including: Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Boston Latin Academy Photography Club; Boston Latin Academy 7th Grade English Language Arts class; Mission Hill Women’s Writing Group; Never Too Late to be a Poet; Rehearsal for Life and Zumix.

For more information on club activities and membership, visit www.bostoncameraclub.org or connect with the BCC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

‘desert in’                                                      

Lost souls are found, love is rekindled and secrets are exposed at a mysterious motor lodge in the American West.

Commissioned and produced by Boston Lyric Opera, as well as produced in association with Long Beach Opera, desert in, a groundbreaking, new eight-part opera miniseries that reveals a supernatural story of love, loss, and the price of memories, which debuted on Thursday, June 3 on BLO’s streaming service, operabox.tv.

Visit https://blo.org/desert-in for more information and registration ($30).

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ – 6:6 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 last two plays are now available:

Living Water by Melinda Lopez and Micah Rosegrant and Monstrat Viam by Patrick Gabridge.

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 still available to stream as well.

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).

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.

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.

‘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.

‘Who am I? An exploration of identity’

Michael and Maylis from WE CREATE SPACE will share their own personal stories as well as host a panel discussion with other queer professionals about becoming more authentic, compassionate and impactful leaders or change-makers.

The conversation will center around the roles that we play in society, the masks that we can sometimes wear to survive, and the lived experiences that have informed who we are, or who indeed we want to become.

Takeaways: Use the safe space to discuss, learn and get curious; Feel empowered to take control of life and help normalize the discussion of heavily stigmatized issues.

The second session of this two-part program will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22.

Register for Part 2: https://generalassemb.ly/education/who-am-i-an-exploration-of-identity-part-two/boston/187744

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.

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.

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 onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Museum is also offering its first-ever Explore It Summer Camp during July.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

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.

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.

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.