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‘contour and counterpoint: Reich & Shostakovich’

The latest Chameleon Arts Ensemble concert “contour and counterpoint” 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).

Lawn on D bands

The Lawn on D will feature live music from 1 to 4 p.m. this weekend as follows:

– On Saturday, June 12: Redline

A modern seven-piece band with a fresh energetic vibe that makes people want to stop the clock and dance all night plays current Rock, Pop, Top 40/Dance and more.

– On Sunday, June 13: Unity

This band’s objective is packing the dance-floor with music for everyone. Fusing the hippest vintage repertoire with the best current dance party music.

Website: www.signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d/calendar/2021/6.

Living Room Conversations for Young Adults: Mental Health             

Most people want to reduce the stigma around mental health issues so that individuals and families are more inclined to seek help. Many people look to traditional medicine for answers to mental health problems.

There is also a growing interest in exploring other ways to support people facing mental health challenges. The value of meditation, exercise and mindfulness show great promise. What does it mean to recover from a mental health problem and is it even possible?

Join the Boston Public Library’s facilitated living room conversation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.

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

Turning the Wheel annual fundraiser                               

Racial justice and reconciliation. Addiction and recovery. Public health and community healing.

MW Productions/SPOKE activates art and artists to address urgent social challenges.

Turning the Wheel will hold their annual (virtual) fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

Visit https://mwponline.org/wordpress for more information and a chance to ensure they can continue to do their work.

Kanopy Club: ‘A Man Called Ove’ (2015, PG-13)           

Kanopy Club at the Boston Public Library will follow the year-long Reading Challenge's June theme of “An Award Winner” as they discuss A Man Called Ove from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

About the film: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as unlikely friendships develop with his boisterous new neighbors. Based on the bestselling novel.

Watch the film on Kanopy prior to the discussion.

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

Juneteenth Celebration                                                         

Juneteenth was long celebrated as a regional holiday, but now is being celebrated across the country and as an official holiday right here in Boston. Not sure what Juneteenth is?

Join Librarian Maija as she shares a brief explanation and a booklist. She will also share a story and a treat to celebrate Juneteenth. 

This program will be livestreamed on the Children's Library Facebook page from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

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.

daisyface flow at Pleasure Bay Beach

Morgan of daisyface flow will offer one-hour classes at Pleasure Bay Beach on:

– Saturdays at 10 a.m. – Weekend Warrior Flow

– Sundays at 5 p.m. – Sunday Serenity Flow

– Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. – Feel Good Flow

– Fridays at noon – FriYAY Flow

Visit https://daisyfaceflow.com/beach-yoga-1 for more information and registration ($10 per class).

Ecstatic dance on Pleasure Bay

Come one, come all to Castle Island on Pleasure Bay for an evening of ecstatic dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. Ecstatic dance is about expression through movement, dancing without worry, fears or judgment.

Snag a pair of silent disco headphones – stretch, dance and meditate – watch the sun set over the Boston Skyline – and listen to their weekly live DJ play tunes to uplift and energize you for the week ahead.

For more information on what ecstatic dances are, refer to EcstaticDance.org or check out their website at EcstaticDanceMA.com. $20 – Use promo code BOSFAM for $$$ discounted ticket.

Seaport Sweat online/onsite                                                             

Seaport Sweat will offer a variety of 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.

South Boston Farmers Market 

The South Boston Farmers Market will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays through October at 446 West Broadway (in front of the municipal parking lot, between Bank of America and East Boston Savings Bank). 

Vendors accept cash, cards, SNAP and HIP.

Peace by Piece online                                                                       

Peace by Piece (hosted by the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St.) will be held online from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (except for holidays).

Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program – facilitated by Rev. Katie Cole and the Peace by Piece Team – is open for all adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations around the Greater Boston area – all are welcome.

Visit fourthboston.org/peace, phone 617-701-6281, call or text at 919-924-1170, or email peace@fourthboston.org for more information, including the Zoom information.

BPL’s New Parent Group                                                                           

The Boston Public Library’s New Parent group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.

It’s a great way to meet other new parents and learn from guest speakers.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and Zoom registration.

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.

Parks Fitness: Zumba with Z Spot                                                            

Zumba with Z Spot will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at M Street Park (Flag Pole). 775 E 1st St.

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

‘Hearts, Hugs & Hope: Virtual Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group’

Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias isn’t easy. But it is helpful to share concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you are going through. Participants will also learn about proven strategies to help better care for family member.

The Compass Memory Support Neighborhood® at Standish Village and Compass on the Bay will host a virtual support group meeting on Zoom at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month through Dec. 18.

Register at https://bit.ly/3lD3fwV.

Lawn on D fun

There is always something to see, do or experience at The Lawn On D, 420 D St. Open daily during designated hours, The Lawn on D offers an assortment of games such as bocce and ping-pong, the infamous swings, interactive art exhibitions, live music, food/drinks, free Wi-Fi and more.

Visit www.signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d/calendar for more information, including special events.

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.

Registration open for Boston Parks Summer Sports Centers  

Registration is open for summer Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Garvey Park in Dorchester and M Street Park in South Boston.

Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. All Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. The summer programs will be held from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, Aug. 20 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.

Visit www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers for more information and registration. 

‘Imagine Van Gogh’

“Imagine Van Gogh,” more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, is making its debut in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave.

The exhibition – spanning more than 24,000 square feet – brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid and spectacular way. The audience will enter the artist’s world of dreams as visitors are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

The exhibition, which will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, is a contactless experience, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, adhering to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.

Visit www.imagine-vangogh.com for more information and tickets (starting at $33.99).

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.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

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.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston  

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.

Please consider donating food, gift cards or toiletries to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Phone their administrative offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.

Visit www.ccab.org for more information, including a list of places that they service.

Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry                          

The Good Samaritan Ministry (which encompasses the Peace Ministry, Recovery Ministry, and Food Security Ministry) at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

During this chaotic crisis, St. Monica’s Kitchen continues to offer groceries and provide the monthly Peace Breakfast to those in need. They anticipate the problem of hunger to increase as many more of their neighbors experience a food emergency.

To make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.

Support South Boston Neighborhood House (The Ollie)    

The South Boston Neighborhood House is the oldest continuously-operated community based non-profit in South Boston, and they’ve been going strong for 115 years! As a settlement house, they look to meet the needs of the community and offer programs for everyone in South Boston: infants, children, teens, families, and seniors.

Financial Impact of COVID on SBNH is significant – and they are working hard to bridge the gap: Tuition revenue decreases (due to serving fewer children); Expense increases (cleaning supplies, PPE, additional staff to handle new protocols); Fundraising more challenging and limited due to the economy.

Please support The Ollie’s efforts by making financial/supplies donations and by volunteering your time and talents (there are countless ways to do so).

Visit sbnh.org for more information, including the links to donate and a list of volunteer opportunities.

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.

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.

SB Neighborhood Aid Network launches new projects

The core mission of the SB Neighborhood Aid Network is to help South Boston residents get connected to the established services and programs and to provide immediate assistance, when needed.

South Boston residents in need of help or information can access the Aid Network in the following ways: Call or text the Hotline at 617-221-7594 (leave a voicemail); Submit an online form at bit.ly/sbnan-help-request; Email SBNeighborhoodAid@gmail.com.

Visit sbneighborhoodaid.com and/or their Facebook page for more information, including links to donate and volunteer.