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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.

Celebrate Boston Pride                    

Celebrate Boston Pride Month this June.

The LGBTQ+ event series’ mission is to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of community.

Some events include:

– Pride Illumination throughout the month of June

– 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

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

‘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 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). 

BDC Sample Sale

Visit the Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, for a showroom wide sample sale from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18.

Visit www.bostondesign.com for more information, including a list of Participating Showrooms.

Working Nine-Five: How to feel great at work

Picture it, it’s Monday, you’ve hit snooze again for the second (maybe fifth) time. You struggle out of bed, stumble to the kitchen, yawning, stretching, trying to come alive.

This is it, just another (manic) Monday.

Working every day can be a real slog. Join expert career coach Charlene Deleon-Jones online from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 to find out how to feel great at work.

Register at https://generalassemb.ly/education/working-nine-five-how-to-feel-great-at-work/boston/188665.

‘Age of Phillis’ on film panel discussion

The award-winning book The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers works to transform people’s understanding of 18th century Boston by imagining the life and times of Phillis Wheatley Peters, the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry.

Revolutionary Spaces has commissioned a series of short films featuring Boston-based actors performing excerpts at the Old South Meeting House and Old State House, sites linked to the poems.

Directed by John Oluwole ADEkoje and produced by Patrick Gabridge, these films capture the stories of figures such as Wheatley Peters, Crispus Attucks, the first to fall at the Boston Massacre, and Mum Bett, whose petition for her freedom helped end slavery in Massachusetts.

This online panel at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 brings together ADEkoje, Jeffers and Gabridge to discuss the films and the relevance of these Revolutionary-era figures today.

Register at www.revolutionaryspaces.org.

Meet the Rotch Traveling Scholars – Emerging Projects

Founded in 1883 in honor of Benjamin Smith Rotch, the Rotch Travelling Scholarship is the oldest of its kind in the United States and is an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar, traveling the world for at least six months’ time, studying architecture and documenting observations that are archived in the MIT Rotch Library.

Preliminary finalists and finalists in recent years have conceptualized accessory dwelling units, exhibition displays, outdoor classrooms and data processing centers – exploring spatial and social relationships of architecture in and around Boston. Scholars have gone on to travel and research architecture in every corner of the globe and also elevate their careers through this honor.

The pandemic has delayed the exhibitions and travels for the 2020 and 2021 Scholars. Join the BSA from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 for presentations by recent Rotch Scholars David Costanza (2020) and Kyle Barker AIA (2021) on their competition process and plans for future work.

Visit www.architects.org/events/315863/2021/06/15/meet-the-rotch-traveling-scholars-emerging-projects for more information and Zoom registration. Free and open to the public – great for design enthusiasts.

‘The Green Book’: Traveling without Fear

Due to Jim Crow era segregation, place to stay, eat or even stop for gas and use the restroom could turn in to racist experiences for Black travelers. From 1936 to 1966, “The Negro Motorist Green Book” was used to help Black Americans travel without fear and embarrassment. The book gave recommendations for friendly places that could be utilized during the trip.

Join HI USA from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 as they share some information about the book and open discussions to what it means to travel in fear and how we can work together to ensure every traveler can enjoy the benefits of travel, regardless of race or background, without fear.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-green-book-traveling-without-fear-registration-157260186451.

Noir You Should See: ‘The File on Thelma Jordon’ (1950)        

Join Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, for an online film discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 about The File on Thelma Jordon (1950).

About the film: Assistant District Attorney Cleve Marshall falls for the mysterious Thelma Jordon when she seeks help solving the robberies of her aunt's estate. Directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, and Paul Kelly. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

The film is available for viewing on YouTube prior to the conversation.

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

Future-Decker RFI Sketch Night

The BSA and iLab presents Sketch Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

Bring thoughts, site information and any examples of what you’d like to see and they will match you with someone who can bring it to life digitally or on paper.

They will be working with Boston artists, architects and designers to create images for your RFI idea. This is an opportunity to get one-on-one time in a break out room to talk through proposals while the other person sketches it out in real time.

While they sketch away, join in for a virtual Triple-Decker Trivia session in the main zoom-room with questions inspired by their Past, Present, Future-Decker Online Exhibition.

This will be a casual evening designed to bring out the joy in the process.

Visit www.architects.org/events/318207/2021/06/16/future-decker-rfi-sketch-night for more information and Zoom registration.

GA Alumni Stories 

Learn more about General Assembly's courses and discover what it's like to be a GA student. Listen to several alumni of GA's programs talk about their experiences before, during and after their classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

Alumni's online live stream stories will cover such topics as: why they decided to take the class they took at GA; what went into their decision; what the experience was like taking a course online; what is has been like finding a new career post-course; and answer questions from event attendees.

Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/ga-alumni-stories/boston/188556 for more information and registration.

‘Lost Treasures and Mysteries of the Harbor Islands’ 

Bug Light, murals on Georges Island, graffiti on Rainsford that Edward Rowe Snow recorded, the buried treasure on Lovells, the sumptuous home of Julia Arthur on Calf – all these are treasures of the islands that have vanished, yet live on in collective memories. And there are islands that have disappeared – Noodle, Apple and Governor’s.

Author Stephanie Schorow will present images and other information on the lost treasures and mysteries of the islands and challenge her viewers to help solve some of the mysteries at the FBHI Web Lecture Series from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, hosted by Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands.

Visit www.nps.gov/boha/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for more information and registration. All the presentations will be recorded and posted on the FBHI website, adding to the anecdotal knowledge of the islands.

BLO In Conversation: ‘desert in’

Join BLO’s Engagement team as they gather “In Conversation” to discuss their new opera series “desert in” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

This 45-minute zoom gathering is a space to share reflections, questions and musings as part of the BLO community in a relaxed, casual environment. Free and open to the public.

They recommend that participants have already watched the eight-episode series on operabox.tv.

Visit https://blo.org/event/desertin-inconversation for more information and Zoom registration.

Live On Social

Learn how to properly prepare, organize and streamline a solo social media live production from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

As a producer, show-runner and host of your social platform, you'll acquire pre-production planning tips, on-air talent best practices, and a few industry standards that will help take your content to new levels.

They'll cover engagement methods that increase audience attention, social media tools that aid in content creation, and how to measure your efforts.

Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/live-on-social/boston/188743 to register for this online presentation.

Amplify in Action for Solidarity 

Being a changemaker is more than a label. It’s about the willingness to commit to act and amplify with and for others in pursuit of creating equity. Set the stage with important background information and definitions; Explore a framework to better understand what allyship looks like in action;

To register for this event being held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/amplify-in-action-for-solidarity/boston/188726.

From Trauma to Triumph: CMM Annual Fundraiser               

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries of Greater Boston will host their annual fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, celebrating 55 years of service towards an inclusive American narrative.

With remarks from Kim Janey, Mayor of Boston, speakers will include: Thomas W. Porter, Jr., Boston University Lecturer & Co-Director, Program on Religion and Conflict Transformation (Retired); Rev. Kelly Fassett, Executive Director of UniteBoston; and Rev. Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, Boston University Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership. 

Go to CMMannual2021.eventbrite.com for more information and Zoom registration.

Did Gravity Save the Universe from God?

The exhibition Did Gravity Save the Universe from God? by artists Joseph Moore, Mark J. Stock, and Lara Loutrel will be on view through Thursday, July 22 at FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St.

A virtual opening reception will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Visit fortpointarts.org for more information.

‘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” was held on Friday, June 4.

The concert performances will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19.

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

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 through Thursday, June 17.

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

Boston Public Market on The Greenway 2021                 

The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway (700 Atlantic Ave. across from South Station) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 18.

Products include farm fresh produce; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty foods.

SNAP/EBT/HIP accepted. Learn more at https://bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal

‘Activism, Identity and Survival in Boston’s Chinatown’

Chinatown has a long history in Boston. Though little documented, it represents the city’s most sustained neighborhood effort to survive during eras of hostility and urban transformation. It has been wounded and transformed, slowly ceding ground; at the same time, its residents and organizations have gained a more prominent voice over their community’s fate.

In writing about Boston Chinatown’s long history, Michael Liu, a lifelong activist and scholar of the community, charts its journey and efforts for survival from its emergence during a time of immigration and deep xenophobia to the highway construction and urban renewal projects that threatened the neighborhood after World War II to its more recent efforts to keep commercial developers at bay.

Chinatown has a lot to teach people about neighborhood agency, the power of organizing and the prospects of such neighborhoods in rapidly growing and changing cities.

Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) will host this Tunney F. Lee Memorial Lecture Series Program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Go to www.chsne.org/events for more information and registration.

Women Traveling Solo Workshop

Join HI USA and travel expert Willa Rosen from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22 for a virtual workshop that will provide the inspiration and confidence to start (or continue) traveling solo.

A dedicated HI USA volunteer for more than 10 years, Rosen has traveled to 86 countries and knows traveling alone as a woman can be a powerful, emboldening experience. However, safety is always a consideration and some prep work before going will help make the most out of your journey.

In this presentation, Rosen will cover resources to help navigate budgeting, accommodations, safety, language and cultural customs. This workshop will be interactive and during registration, attendees will be asked to share their own travel experience and answer a few questions in advance to incorporate into the workshop.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/women-traveling-solo-workshop-registration-156559350231.

Arts and Culture Open Exchange

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.

BCYF Community Center offerings                      

The BCYF community centers are offering a limited menu of programs and classes for pre-registered participants. They will continue to expand the menu of offerings in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Boston By Foot tours and Architectural Cruises resume

Boston By Foot has resumed their in-person public walking tours as well as the popular 

Architecture Cruises, presented in partnership with the Charles Riverboat Company.

Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org for more information, including a full schedule and list of tours/prices.

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.

Parks Fitness: Tai Chi with Joseph

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

Elliot Norton Park, 295 Tremont St.

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

A cruise to Boston Light                  

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a cruise to Boston Light from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 aboard the Bay State Cruise Company's Provincetown II (boarding from the Seaport at 4 p.m.).

Hosted by The Revels, complete with a steel drum band, harbor narration and much reveling – the event will feature David Coffin, Revels Artist-in-Residence & Harbor Narrator; Ron Reid and the SunSteel Quartet; Sally Snowman, Boston Light Lightkeeper; and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay – Meet the Crustaceans activities for kids.

Visit www.revels.org/shows-events/summer-solstice-cruise for more information and reservations ($60 per person | Kids under 18 free with adult ticket purchase | Pre-ordered light supper boxes available for purchase with ticket purchase: $30pp).

‘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

Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club

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

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’                          

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 six plays – On Paying Attention by David Valdes; Monster in the Sky by Ginger Lazarus; Kill the Dogs, Knock Them Over! by Liana Asim; In Any Face by Miranda Austen ADEkoje; Living Water by Melinda Lopez and Micah Rosegrant; and Monstrat Viam by Patrick Gabridge – are available to stream.

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.

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 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. Face masks required if not fully vaccinated.

– 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.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– 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, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to 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 www.icaboston.org for more information.