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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.
– Lighthouse tours at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11
– Sunset cruises at 5:30 on Friday, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10
Visit www.bostonharborislands.org/lighthouse-tours for more information and reservation (Ticket prices vary).
Yoga for a Cause Yoga
Stonewall Sports Boston has teamed up with Down Under School of Yoga to provide Yoga for a Cause.
The outdoor yoga classes will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays through July 18 at Roberto Clemente Field, 160 Park Dr. (Boston Fens).
Each session is $10. All proceeds will be donated to St. Francis House and Women's House Place, to support our local unsheltered neighbors.
Visit https://stonewallboston.leagueapps.com/events/2325159-yoga-for-a-cause for more information and registration.
FBHI Web Lecture Series: 'The Real Shutter Island'
Dennis Lehane’s spooky novel of a mental health hospital on an island in Boston Harbor has intrigued readers and inspired a movie. It is a work of fiction – but the islands have indeed housed a number of hospitals from the Burrage Hospital for Crippled Children on Bumpkin to the facilities on Long Island to the "Greek Temple" on Rainsford.
This talk, slated for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, separates fact from fiction.
This lecture is part of the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands Web Lecture Series.
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErdOCprTMrHter7JF13mQIYY9MC9u7mbVA
ICA Watershed Family Day
Join Institute of Contemporary Art Boston in the East Boston shipyard for special family days at the ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St. featuring music, art and community.
Enjoy art kit giveaways, musical performance, and experience Firelei Báez’s newly commissioned exhibition from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.
Visit www.icaboston.org/calendar for more information.
Art. Action. Auction.
Skinner Auctioneers will host an auction to benefit Artists for Humanity (AFH) from Thursday, July 22 through Tuesday, Aug. 3.
The diverse donations on offer will include artwork, objects and services given or made by Skinner employees, friends of Skinner, generous members and supporters of AFH, and AFH alumni.
Many of the Skinner-donated items signify the contributor’s path in the arts and auction worlds. Highlights include fine woodworking, paintings, prints, photography, studio pottery, and Modernist and Victorian jewelry.
Other items include a Wedgwood abolitionist medallion, a quilt by artist Clara Wainwright and a Bob Tomolillo engraving of the original Boston Massacre print reimagined to include Crispus Attucks, made exclusively with Artists for Humanity.
Artists for Humanity provides under-resourced teens the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.
Visit http://greatestpartyonearth.com for more information and participation.
Boston Harbor Hotel: Summer In The City
The Boston Harbor Hotel’s 22nd annual Summer in the City Entertainment Series will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on select nights through Thursday, Aug. 26.
As the sun sets, the harbor will come alive with different bands performing nightly on the hotel’s floating barge stage. With each night sporting a different theme including Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays and Blues Thursdays, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Relax on the Harborwalk Terrace to enjoy this summer’s complimentary lineup or dine at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille during one of Boston’s most anticipated summer traditions.
Visit www.bostonharborhotel.com/experiences/summer-in-the-city for more information, including the schedule.
ICA Summer Sessions
Join ICA on the waterfront from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 27 for an evening of contemporary art, live music and breathtaking views.
Explore the galleries, shop at Virgil Abloh’s pop-up “Church & State,” the ICA Store, and kick back on the harbor with cocktails and live musical performances.
Access to Summer Sessions is included with regular museum admission and free for ICA members. Timed ticket entry is required.
Summer Sessions welcome people of all ages.
Visit www.icaboston.org/events/ica-summer-sessions#all-dates for more information and reservations.
CraftBoston: Fiber Stories
CraftBoston: Fiber Stories is an exploration of storytelling through fiber arts and fiber-inspired techniques in a variety of materials. Discover the diversity of this popular art form.
Shop fine handmade wares at the Society of Arts + Crafts store, explore artists’ profiles for direct access to their latest work, and get to know the people who make the treasures by participating in live events streamed straight from their studios.
Fiber Stories will be open from Friday, July 16 through Sunday, Aug. 29.
Visit https://societyofcrafts.org for more information.
Old State House and Old South Meeting House open
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.
Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
MA: Climate Action Call
Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.
People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.
Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 for more information and registration.
Schooze Cruise benefit
The 18th annual Schooze Cruise to benefit St. Francis House will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Generous supporters will set sail around the Boston Harbor to raise funds, collect shoewear and spread the word about St. Francis House’s work to rebuild lives by providing refuge, readiness and recovery services to adults experiencing homelessness in Boston.
Get your early-bird tickets now to attend a great night of entertainment, raffles, food and more at https://stfrancishouse.org/events/event/cruise.
Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-wide Scavenger Hunt
Boston Harbor Now and partners will host “Explore Boston Harbor” scavenger hunts in six locations around the waterfront: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Friday, Oct. 1.
Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. Participants can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.
To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN, select your hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.
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).
Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be held virtually 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.
Chinatown Farmers Market
The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, 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.
We Sing: Boston
The Boston Children’s Chorus, in partnership with the Friends of the Public Garden, will host "We Sing: Boston" - a summer series of community singing events in parks throughout the area.
“We Sing: Boston” invites community members of all ages and skill levels to join in singing, games, prizes and socializing (following COVID guidelines) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as follows:
– We Sing: Chelsea – 8 Clark Ave. – Saturday, July 17 and Aug. 7
– We Sing: Roxbury – Clifford Playground, 160 Norfolk Ave. – Sunday, July 18 and Sunday, Aug. 1
– We Sing: Chinatown – Chin Park on The Greenway, Surface Road and Beach Street –
Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, Aug. 15
– We Sing: Dorchester – Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave. - Sunday, July 25 and Sunday, Aug. 8
– We Sing: Mattapan – Hunt-Almont Park, 40 Almont S. – Saturday, July 31
– We Sing: Mattapan – Harambee Park, 930 Blue Hill Ave. – Saturday, Aug. 14
This summer series will culminate with a special, city-wide event on the Boston Common in September.
Visit www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/our-programs/we-sing for more information and a link to register for each of the events.
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.
Learn more at www.downtownboston.org.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
People can also peruse a 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.
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.
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.
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.
ICA Watershed opening debut
The ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St. will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays through Monday, Sept. 6.
View the monumental commission by acclaimed artist Firelei Báez. 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.
Visit www.icaboston.org/ica-watershed for more information.
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. 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) through Sept. 26.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email email@example.com 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.
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.