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The Old North Church in the North End is the oldest standing church in Boston. It was made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride and “One if by land, two if by sea.”

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.

Supporting youth artists in the virtual realm       

Join the Boston Public Library for this inclusive program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 about providing music events for and by teens.

Panelists will talk about the importance of running effective programs as well as the need for innovative and creative programming for teen audiences with special attention given to virtual spaces. They will also provide guidance to community and library representatives on how to interpret and promote the wants and needs of teen musicians, performers, artists and all-around visionaries.

BPL President David Leonard and BPL Teen Technology Coordinator Christopher Jacobs with serve as moderators for this informative, instructive, and inspiring discussion. 

Following the conversation, there will be a Q&A session and musical performances by teens.

Independence Day Weekend Celebration

The Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem St., will celebrate Independence Day weekend with a one-day family friendly event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.

The festivities will include the MIT Guild of Bellringers ringing of Old North Church’s eight change ringing bells, dramatic readings of Longfellow’s Paul Revere’s Ride poem, an organ performance featuring patriotic music by Dr. Libor Dudas, the Middlesex County Volunteer Fife & Drums, and a book signing with Nancy Schön, best known for her Make Way for Ducklings sculpture.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information.

Post Office Square outdoor yoga                                       

YogaHub will offer a variety of morning and evening yoga classes at Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square from July 6 through Aug. 31 as follows:

|Sunrise Flow: Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. | Power Yoga: Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Pilates: Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. | Vinyasa Flow: Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org/p-o-fitness for more information.

Midday Music 

Midday Music will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 6 through Sept. 2 at Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square.

Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org/p-o-fitness for more information, including featured artists.

Barre/Pilates/Cardio fusion class                                                   

A Barre/Pilates/Cardio fusion class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 9, Aug. 6 and Sept. 17 at Greenway wharf district park (corner of Atlantic Avenue and India Street).

Join the French Cultural Center’s French teacher Chloé Mizuta for a class that will help people to focus on strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture and breathing while listening to the birds singing and enjoying some fresh air.

All levels of French and fitness welcome. Event in English and French.

Visit frenchculturalcenter.org for more information and reservations (Member: $8; Non-member: $12).

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.

Mirabella Pool                                                                      

Situated on the waterfront, Mirabella is a beauty and a bargain. Swimming lessons, which are held two mornings a week, are $5 a session.

Summer hours: Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Adults: $20 (one-time registration free for entire summer); kids 6-19: $5; kids under 5: free.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 connecting Boston to Spectacle and Georges Islands will run seven days a week through Monday, Sept. 6.

Visit 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).

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).

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’               

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 to discuss Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

In this memoir, Woodson tells the moving story of her childhood in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. She shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge. Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book.

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

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.

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 online/onsite                                                                                         

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.