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‘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. through Saturday, June 19.

Visit for more information and registration (Sliding Scale $5-$25).

‘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 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 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).

GA's Marketing Week

GA's Marketing Week, a weeklong festival of free workshops, fireside chats and panel discussions focused on reimagining the world of marketing, media, technology and creative industries, will be held from Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25.

Learn new skills, gain insight into other industries, and inspire others to drive change. 

Check out the full schedule at

‘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:

Sketchup Bootcamp: Blooming Sketchup

Looking for an easy way to get better at SketchUp?

Learn from an expert at an online session of the next BSA SketchUp Bootcamp from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22. All user levels are welcome, from new users to pros.

Some of the lessons to learn: The difference between Groups and Components, and which one to use and when; Techniques using the Divide tool and making Arrays with the Move tool; How to use Extensions (Plug-ins) to place objects evenly along a path, or bring that orchard of trees down to meet the landscape. As always, how to start with SketchUp’s basic toolset and work your way up to more complex geometry.

Bring questions and get help to streamline the process to master SketchUp.

Visit for more information and registration (BSA members: Free | General admission: $10).

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

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.

Visit for more information.

The Mel King Institute 12th Annual Virtual Breakfast

Join the Mel King Institute for Community Building from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23 to celebrate their 12th year of learning, innovating and networking across the Massachusetts community development field. The event will be centered around the theme of "Celebrating Community Resilience."

The keynote speaker will be Marietta Rodriguez, President & CEO of NeighborWorks America.

During the breakfast, learn about their programs, partnerships and accomplishments over the past year. As they continue to grow, support is critical to help them provide the programming community development professionals need to build thriving and equitable communities.

Go to for more information and registration (Free; Donations welcome).

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 for more information and Zoom registration.

Network members and allies social gathering

Join Grantmakers of Color (GOC), the Social Justice Funders Network (SJFN), Emerging Practitioners of Philanthropy (EPIP) and New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBiP) from

3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 as the group seeks to build and strengthen community as well as the networks’ capacity to impact social change efforts in Greater Boston.

This virtual social event, hosted by Philanthropy MA, will have light programming to inform and engage current and interested individuals. They hope this event will serve as an opportunity for network members to re-engage as it has been two years since their last gathering of this kind.

This event is for anyone and everyone who is involved in SJ, GOC, EPIP, NEBiP or another funder affinity group/network in the Greater Boston Area such as HIP or AAPIP.  

Visit for more information and registration.

Tea Party Tonight!

Tea Party Tonight! returns at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 with more smart guests, more stupid games and more Rob Crean.

Join Revolutionary Spaces during the all-important corridor between Father’s Day and Independence Day for their third episode. They make no legally binding promises, but it will definitely be the most important and hilarious thing that has ever happened on the internet.

Visit to register for the YouTube and Facebook premiere.

Shared Stories: A Tale of Three Chinatowns @RoxFilm

A Tale of Three Chinatowns explores the survival of urban ethnic neighborhoods. Specifically examining Chinatowns in three American cities, the film looks at the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them. The film profiles Chinatowns in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston and features the voices of residents, community activists, developers, government officials and others who have a connection to this ubiquitous neighborhood. Through these perspectives, the film presents the present-day pressing topic of urban development and gentrification through the eyes of those on the frontlines.

Chicago’s Chinatown is a story of growth where the Asian-American population has increased and its borders have expanded. In contrast, Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown has dwindled to an estimated population of 300 residents of Chinese descent. The Chinatown neighborhood in Boston finds itself somewhere in between these two extremes as various groups fight for the land on which it sits.

This film premieres at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 and will be available to view on demand through Sunday, June 27 at 10 p.m. A post-film conversation with filmmakers will follow after the premiere.

Go to for more information and reservations ($10).

Shared Stories: ‘Reckoning in Boston @RoxFilm’

A White filmmaker comes into a Black community looking for transformation in the lives of low-income adults enrolled in a night course in the humanities. As he spends more time with the students, he’s awakened to the violence, racism and gentrification that threaten their very place in the city.

This film premieres at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 and will be available to view on demand through Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m. A post-film conversation with filmmakers will follow after the premiere.

Go to for more information and reservations ($10).

Play Date: Summer Stories Series

ICA is excited to partner with the Boston Public Library for virtual play dates at 10 a.m. on Fridays as follows: 

– June 25: Summer Stories: Chapter 1

– July 30: Summer Stories: Chapter 2

– Aug. 27: Summer Stories: Chapter 3

Be inspired by visiting artists and authors during interactive Zoom workshops, and explore the rich world of storytelling. Dive deeper with downloadable activities designed by artists to do on your own time.

Ready to visit the museum safely as a family? Explore the galleries with self-guided activities available on-site with free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, July 31 and Aug. 28. 

Visit for more information and Zoom registration (free; $5 donation to support the event appreciated).

Hello Harbor: Summer Kickoff

Join Boston Harbor Now at Long Wharf from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 for a summer season celebration featuring live music, origami instruction, a capoeira and a TRILLFIT fitness class.

For more details go to

One Love, One Caribbean Georges Island Boat Cruise                          

June marks the 16th year since the proclamation of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (NCAHM), the nationwide commemoration of Caribbean American contributions to this great country.

Join the One Love, One Caribbean Georges Island Cruise in support of Saint Vincent Volcano Disaster Effort from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. It’s a family affair – all welcome.

Enjoy games, entertainment, singing and dancing, food and a tour of the island.

The cruise leaves from Boston Harbor Cruise Line, 1 Long Wharf.

Visit for more information and tickets ($20 to $50 includes: Ferry Ticket, Meal, games and entertainment).

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults series: Morning Glories

Relax, create and meditate with Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 with the Pao Center.

A wild growth that rambles up structures and trees, most morning glories, bloom in the early morning. The flowers start to fade later in the day, only to return the next morning. The vibrant sunrise flowers that bloom each year are unmistakable and truly a sight to behold.

Create a beautiful painting with these beautiful morning glory blooms.

The other two classes in the series will be held on July 24 and August 28.

Classes will be taught Online in Mandarin; English-friendly. Supplies can be picked up at Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St. or delivered for an additional price.

Visit for more information and registration ($15 per class).

boat+bike Salem                                                                               

Join Alice Brown, Boston Harbor Now’s “Ferry Faerie” (and Chief of Planning and Policy), for a boat ride from downtown Boston to the “City of Witches” Salem followed by a five-mile bike ride around Winter Island and the Willows, and a trip to the ice cream store on Monday, June 28.

The adventure will start at 5:15 p.m. at Long Wharf North (boat departs at 5:30 p.m.) and will return to North Station by 9 p.m. (earlier trains are available).

Visit for more information and reservation ($30).

Downtown Boston Arts Market

Browse, shop and enjoy Downtown Crossing (Summer Street Plaza) where numerous local vendors will be showcasing artisan products such as jewelry, woodcarvings, metal sculptures, clothing and more from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 29.


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 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 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 for a schedule and links to register.

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.

For more information on club activities and membership, visit 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, is available on BLO’s streaming service,

Visit 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 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 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 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

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 for tickets.

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

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 for more information and registration.

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 for more information.

‘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

Go to 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 for more information.

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 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 meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit 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 for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

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

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 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, email or visit

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 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 for more information.