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No, this is not new luxury waterfront housing nor is it an old building that fell into the Fort Point Channel. This is floating art, designed by Zy Baer as a way to call attention to climate change and flooding that is increasing every year along Boston’s coast. The project is called “Polarity” and the structure weighs a ton. This is due to stay floating in the Channel between the Summer Street and Congress Street bridges until late summer or early fall.

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.

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.

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 Sunday, 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.

Berklee Summer in the City: Jason Ji

Jason Ji is a multi-genre fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter from Australia, a one-man band playing a travel-sized guitar to its most resonating and ear-catching potential.

Ji will be performing at Osborn Triangle, 75 State St. at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 18 as part of the Summer in the City concert series. 

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/jason-ji for more information.

Boston Children Museum Summer of Play                                              

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

Summer of Play Highlights include:

– Special Paint Extravaganza from Tuesday, July 21 through Thursday, Aug. 1

Play with paint. Throw it, splatter it, roll in it, drum with it. Let your inner artist out as you play with paint in all different ways.

– Family Carnival, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30

Enjoy a fun filled night at the Museum celebrating summer with classic carnival games, food and more.

– Cardboard-Palooza from Friday, Aug. 11 through Tuesday, Aug. 22

The possibilities are endless when you play with cardboard and paper. Create a new world, add to the world’s longest chain, and more.

– Hands-on creating and making (Shadow Puppets, Stamp-making, and Spider Web)

– Outdoor programs under the tent (Make Mini Golf, Soundscapes, Mini River)

– Special STEAM and Art Lab activities

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

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Advanced registration and ticketing required.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/summerofplay 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.

Berklee Summer in the City: The Thistle Brothers

The Thistle Brothers (Cameron and Devin) are a Boston-based brotherly duo making music for a cause. Each single that they release is connected to a charity and the money made from the singles (through streams, purchases and donations) is sent to the charities.

Their main influences include and stem from artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Beatles and Bob Dylan, placing the duo in a sonic space that blends folk, R&B and classic rock. They hope that their music can not only please the ears of their listeners, but also help to make the world a better place through the charities their music is connected to.

The Thistle Brothers will perform at City Hall Plaza at noon on Friday, July 23 as part of the Summer in the City concert series.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/the-thistle-brothers-sam-adams-park for more information.

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults series: Water Lilies                          

Relax, create and meditate with Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 with the Pao Center.

Water lilies rise out of the water or float on the surface, opening during the day or at night. The petals have smooth or spine-toothed edges and can be rounded or pointed. Each flower has at least eight petals in shades of white, pink, blue or yellow.

The water lily is a common subject in brush painting not only because of their beautiful shape, but also because they are a symbol of purity in China.

The last class in the series will be held on Aug. 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).

Boston Harbor Hotel: Summer in The City series  

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.

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 through Sunday, Aug. 29.

Visit https://societyofcrafts.org for more information.

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 shoe-wear 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.

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.

The Greenway Carousel open and accessible                                                                                

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. There is also a wheelchair accessible spot.

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.

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: George’s 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, including a list of performers, and reservations.

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.

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.

MassHire Career Center

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

They will transition to onsite services soon.

Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.

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.

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.

People can also peruse a daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

'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.

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.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

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.