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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.

‘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).

Labyrinth Walking Wellness Series

The 2021 Labyrinth Walking Wellness Series, a program of Friends of Armenian Heritage Park in collaboration with The Greenway Conservancy Fitness program, will be held at the Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway at 2 p.m. on Sundays as follows:

– June 13: Labyrinth Walking: A Mindfulness Tool

An introduction to mindfulness practices and how labyrinth walking can be used as a mind quieting tool. The labyrinth at the Armenian Heritage Park is a welcome oasis in the middle of the busy North End of Boston and our busy lives.

– July 11: Labyrinth Walking: A Self-Discovery Journey

A walk and conversation about the self-discovery process to help you tap into your inner wisdom and increase confidence. This time will focus on exploring a movement-oriented mindfulness practice that you can do anywhere.

– Aug. 1: Labyrinth Walking: A Wellness Practice

A walk and conversation that centers on self-compassion and community connection. As we connect more mindfully with ourselves, we are able to create deeper and more meaningful relationships with those around us.

The events will be co-facilitated by Kristin Asadourian, MSW – Leadership Coach, Founder of Living Become, LLC and Katrina Pichler, CWC, LMT – Wellness Coach, Founder of Living from Center.

Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.org for more information and reservations.

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.

‘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.

Teen Open Mic: ‘This Is Not the End of Us’        

The annual Teen Open Mic will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

In a supportive environment, teens, ages 12 to 19, will gather to celebrate their creativity and speak their words out into the world and cheer each other on. They’ll also celebrate with random giveaways and treats.

Hosted by JR Mahung, beginners and experienced writers/performers are welcome to share their work or have their work presented by a moderator. Other teens are welcome to join in the celebration as well.

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

Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘The Cooking Gene’

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 for a moderated discussion of The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty. 

The winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for culinary writing, The Cooking Gene explores the influence of enslaved African people and their descendants on the traditional cooking of the American South. 

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

‘Juneteenth: Opera in the Key of Freedom’                                 

NEMPAC Opera Project will celebrate its 10th season with the premiere of Juneteenth: Opera in the Key of Freedom featuring the works of William Grant Still, Scott Joplin, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges and a world premiere commissioned piece for the North End Music & Performing Arts Center by Mason Bynes live streamed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

This virtual streaming presentation will celebrate the holiday of Juneteenth when the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1865 in Texas to the final groups of enslaved people marking the end to slavery in the United States.

Through a variety of music from Black composers across three centuries, they will celebrate Juneteenth with the themes of freedom, triumph and joy. These works will be performed by leading Black Musicians of the Greater Boston Arts scene and filmed at the African Meeting House on Boston’s Black Heritage Trail.

Register for a free livestream ticket at https://nempac-opera-project.ticketleap.com/juneteenth (donations appreciated).

Music for Food concert series                                                         

In this time of crisis, neighbors who experience food-insecurity are among the hardest hit. In lieu of their regular concerts, Music for Food is presenting online performances to support multiple food pantries.

A weekly series of videos will be released at noon on Fridays on MFF’s YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCyL1hGegB4nbh71mB0tC_Lg). Each video features MFF Artists and friends from all over the world.

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.

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.

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).

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 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 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).

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).

Adult Book Discussion Club: ‘Conviction’ (2019)

The North End Branch Library book group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 to discuss Conviction by Denise Mina.

An upper-class Edinburgh housewife who enjoys listening to the sordid details of true-crime podcasts has her world turned upside down when a new podcast turns out to have connections to her own dark past.

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

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 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.