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HarborFit: TRILLFIT Restore                                          

Start your day at Christopher Columbus Park with a restorative fitness class using restorative yogic principles as the guide from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays from June 19 through Oct. 9 overlooking spectacular views of Boston Harbor. Each class is taught by an instructor from TRILLFIT. 

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-trillfit-restore-at-christopher-columbus-park-tickets-157102891979 for more information and 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).

Boston Yoga Day 2021 - Hybrid Event

YogaHub invites families and friends enjoy the practice that elevates the mind, body and spirit from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 21.

Join them at Norman B. Leventhal Park in Post Office Square. They will also stream the event online.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-yoga-day-2021-hybrid-event-tickets-157413069729 for more information and registration.

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.

Animal care for teens                                                          

The Boston Public Library will host representatives from Gifford Cats and Last Hope K9 Rescue from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 to discuss how teens can get involved in volunteering or working with animals.

They will also discuss tips and tricks for helping family pets adjust to the fact that their humans are starting to go back to work and school after more than a year of staying at home. 

Plus, they promise plenty of cameos from kittens and dogs.

Visit pbl.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.

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 www.eventbrite.com/e/one-love-one-caribbean-georges-island-boat-cruise-tickets-156333847747 for more information and tickets ($20 to $50 includes: Ferry Ticket, Meal, games and entertainment).

Independence Day celebration

An early celebration of America’s Independence Day will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave. Among the afternoon fun for children of all ages will be a magician and storyteller. Free and open to all.  

Schedule of events will be posted to: www.foccp.org/events.

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.

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).

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

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).

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).

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 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.

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.