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These two cormorants relax on the rocks at Castle Island. These birds can be found along coastal rocks and are known for their very large appetite.

Lawn on D bands

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

– On Saturday, June 19: Closing Time Boston

One of Boston’s most acclaimed bands playing legendary sets of high energy rock, top 40 and pop and country.

– On Sunday, June 20: Band: Chicken Slacks

– On Saturday, June 26: Unity

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

– On Sunday, June 27: Closing Time New England

One of Boston’s most acclaimed bands playing legendary sets of high energy rock, top 40 and pop and country.

Visit www.signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d/calendar for more information.

HarborFit: TRILLFIT Cardio Dance at Carson Beach                          

Grab a friend and get outside for a free TRILLFIT Cardio Dance class from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays from June 20 through Oct. 10 with stunning views of Boston Harbor. Meet near Carson Beach at the Ed McCormack Bathhouse.

Enjoy TRILLFIT's signature dance class blends Beyonce-worthy choreography with multiple rounds of HIIT to sweat your way to a tighter, more toned body.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-trillfit-cardio-dance-at-carson-beach-registration-157107327245 for more information and registration.

Creative Music Series outdoor concert

Creative Music Series will host an outdoor concert featuring Eric Rosenthal (drums, percussion), Forbes Graham (trumpet, electronics), Andrew Neumann (synthesizer) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 at A street at the Iron Street Plaza.

Celebrate Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice with the sounds of Free-Form, Electronic Improv ala Creative Jazz-beyond-Jazz as dictated by the moment, musicians, listeners, environment, atmosphere, everything, everybody present. Free (donations gratefully accepted).

For more information, go to www.creativemusicseries.com/events.

First Day of Summer Story Time        

Join the Boston Public Library librarians from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 21 for a virtual story time featuring all things summer. The group will be reading and singing about beaches, warm days, and creatures you might find in the garden.

Visit pbl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration a few days prior to the event.

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.

Kanopy Club: ‘Chinatown’ (1974, R)                    

The Kanopy Club at the Boston Public Library will follow the June Reading Together theme of an Award winner as they discuss Chinatown from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 24.

Watch the film on Kanopy prior to the discussion.

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

‘some assembly required’ exhibition

“some assembly required” brings together an intergenerational cohort of queer artists enmeshed in the Greater Boston arts ecosytem. The exhibition, presented by the Boston LGBTQAI+ Artist Alliance (BLAA), will be on view at the Distillery Gallery, 516 East 2nd St. through Friday, July 23.

Intentionally brought into community, the works selected for this show touch upon modes of assemblage across various media and contexts, from the subversion of liminal identities to the conditional nature of memory and place.

To find out more, visit www.distillerygallery.com/2021.

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 Oct. 25 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.

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. 

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.

‘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 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 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.

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

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.