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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 www.facebook.com/events/1140716773105941.

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).

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 www.paoartscenter.org/events 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/boatbike-salem-tickets-157847908343 for more information and reservation ($30).

The Science of Space and Time in the Marvel Universe 

Hear about many of the different ways that Marvel movies use (and break) the rules of science to take us into their universe from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29.

Once Assembled, four professional astrophysicists will walk-through the science behind some of the favorite Marvel movies including: the habitability of planet systems, the formation of stars. Galaxies and their stellar populations, and the physics of massive interstellar objects such as neutron stars and supermassive black holes.

Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/astronomers-assemble-the-science-of-space-and-time-in-the-marvel-universe/boston/188998 for more information and registration.

Noir You Should See: Discussion of ‘The Killing’ (1956)

Join the Boston Public Library and Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College for an online film discussion about The Killing (1956) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30.

Watch the film on Tubi prior to the conversation.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including film synopsis, and Zoom registration.

ICA Watershed opening debut                                                       

The ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St. will open with a monumental commission by acclaimed artist Firelei Báez on Saturday, July 3. 

In her largest installation to date, Báez reimagines the Watershed’s gallery space as the site of an ancient ruin, as though the sea had receded from the floor to reveal the archeology of human history in the Caribbean. An art project by artist Stephen Hamilton exploring traditional uses of indigo will occupy the Harbor Room. 

The Watershed will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays through Monday, Sept. 6.

ICA member preview days will be on Wednesday, June 30 through Friday, July 2.

Visit www.icaboston.org/ica-watershed for more information.

Chinatown Farmers Market

The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug, 21, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18 at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.

This outdoor market will feature local vendors offering fresh produce, Chinese vegetables, bakery items, and fresh seafood.

This market is produced by Chinatown Main Street in collaboration with the City of Boston Food Access Program. Boston residents receiving unemployment benefits can quality for a Chinatown Farmers Market coupon booklet worth $75. 

Visit www.chinatownmainstreet.org for more information.

Lion Dances at Chinatown Gate

Celebrate Chinatown from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.

Please join Chinatown Main Street, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, and the City of Boston, for Lion Dances starting at the Chinatown Gate.

Learn more at www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events.

Boston Harborfest 2021                                                                  

A public announcement with the Acting Mayor of Boston Kim Janey, the director of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Martha Sheridan, and others will help kick off Boston Harborfest 2021 at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 1.

Roving reenactors and staff from the USS Constitution will attend the event and engage with visitors, while live performances will fill Downtown Crossing until 8 p.m.

HarborFest will continue through Sunday, July 4 with other activities, including an Arts and Crafts Market, Macy’s Fashion Show, Classic Car Showcase as well as roaming performers and entertainers.

An Independence-themed parade of creatively-decorated motorboats designed to create a festive coming-out splash on Boston’s breezy Inner Harbor on Saturday evening.

The festivities will culminate with the City of Boston’s 254th Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 4 with flag raising ceremony and parade with wreath laying and the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Visit www.bostonharborfest.com/schedule for more details.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl                                                 

The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be held virtually from Thursday, July 1 through Tuesday, Aug. 31 to keep the Scooper Bowl spirit alive and spread sprinkles and smiles across Greater Boston while keeping everyone safe.

Purchase a Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl in a box ice cream kit from one of several locations around Greater Boston to enjoy with your family or pod. Each kit will include samples from some of the country's favorite creameries – plus some fun surprises.

Visit jimmyfund.org for more information, including details on kits and pick up locations.

Bedsheet Mitigations exhibition

Bedsheet Mitigations – art on discarded bedsheets – painted by Peter Schumann (Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater’s founder and artistic director) will be on view at the Midway Gallery, 15 Channel Center St. from Thursday, July 1 through Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Gallery hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn more at midwaygallery.org. 

Virgil Abloh ‘Figures of Speech'

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the genre-bending artist and designer Virgil Abloh (b. 1980, Rockford, IL). Abloh pioneers a practice that cuts across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers, and architects.

The exhibition will be on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA) from July 3 through Sept. 26. 

Visit icaboston.org for more information.

Career Change: Meditation + Affirmations 

Start the day with a meditation session, kicked off by inspirational affirmations from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7. This event will focus on powerful meditation techniques that have an everlasting effect on a person’s body, mind and soul.

Yvonne Druyeh Dodd – Life, Business and Career Coach, will share tangible steps to take to incorporate meditation and affirmations into daily morning routines.

Takeaways: Practice intention setting; Learn how to build strength and resilience; and Manage anxiety and stress levels related to career change.

Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/career-change-meditation-affirmations/boston/190630 for more information and registration.

Lighthouse cruises                                                   

Delve into history while traveling to the edge of Boston Harbor on an exciting two-hour cruise and encounter three iconic lighthouses, and enjoy onboard narration provided by the Boston Harbor Islands park staff and volunteers from the United States Coast Guard.

Learn about the maritime traditions of Boston Harbor, enjoy unforgettable views of the park and city, and experience one of the most unique and historically significant ports in the country.

– Sunset cruises at 5:30 on Friday, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10

– Lighthouse tours at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11

Visit www.bostonharborislands.org/lighthouse-tours for more information and reservation (Ticket prices vary).

Summer of play

Let's get back to the joy and wonder of play this summer.

Join the Boston Children Museum for a summer of fun, making, creating, playing and learning. Some activities will be held at the Museum while others are available to do at home.

Remember to keep a journal or memory book of how you played during the Summer of 2021.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/summerofplay for more information.

Seaport Farmers Market

The Seaport Farmers Market (at Sea Green Park. 21 Stillings St. near Boston Wharf Road) will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 28.

The Seaport Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits.

Learn more at https://seaportfarmersmarket.org.

BCYF Summer Programs and Classes                                          

Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 www.bostonbyfoot.org 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 rosekennedygreenway.org for a schedule and links to register.

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.

Website: www.downtownboston.org.

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 www.bostoncameraclub.org or connect with the BCC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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 www.paoartscenter.org/events/2020/homeonourbacks for more information.

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 will be available to view on demand through Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m.

Go to https://artsemerson.org/Online for more information and reservations ($10).

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.

This film will be available to view on demand through Sunday, June 27 at 10 p.m.

Go to https://artsemerson.org/Online for more information and reservations ($10).

‘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, operabox.tv.

Visit https://blo.org/desert-in for more information and registration ($30).

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’                          

The Walking Plays are 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 while exploring the private moments that we experience in public.

The six plays include 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.

Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.

‘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 operabox.tv.

Go to https://blo.org/usher for more information.

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).

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 www.bostonseaport.xyz/seaport-sweat 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 http://seaporttma.org/bikecheckup.

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 through Dec. 15.

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.

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 boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center is currently offering all services remotely, including webinars, coaching, and employment services.

Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org 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 operationable.net 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.

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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel 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.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org 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 www.icaboston.org 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 ymcago.org 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 bostonteapartyship.com 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 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.

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.

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.

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 www.stpaulboston.org 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 missions@parkstreet.org, email home@parkstreet.org or visit www.parkstreet.org.

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 stfrancishouse.org 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 www.icaboston.org for more information.