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Movie Night at Waterfront Park

Bring family and friends for an evening under the stars watching a movie from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 110 Atlantic Ave.

Bring a chair or a blanket ... a picnic basket or pizza and enjoy the Beatles' movie, A Hard Day's Night. Rated PG, the movie will start at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Go to www.foccp.org/calendar for other information.

Digging into Dinosaurs Story Time                        

Join the Boston Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 19 as the group digs into some dinosaur stories, facts and songs.  

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

Supporting Part-Time and Temporary Staff

In this session from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 19, presented by the Social Innovation Forum, participants will explore best practices in supporting part-time and temporary staff, such as interns, co-ops, AmeriCorps members, and part-time hires. The session will include strategies for building trust, setting clear expectations, and following up on expectations. Participants will learn best practices, share and learn from other nonprofit leaders, and walk away with tangible tools.

Visit www.socialinnovationforum.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Boat + Bike Winthrop and East Boston

Join Alice Brown, Boston Harbor Now’s “Ferry Faerie” (and chief of planning and policy), for a boat ride from downtown Boston to Winthrop with a bike tour around Deer Island, Winthrop, and East Boston followed by ice cream. Enjoy beautiful views of the harbor and a chance to explore new places.

The group will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, July 19 at Central Wharf in front of the Aquarium’s IMAX (boat departs at 5:35) and will return to Long Wharf/Aquarium T station by 9 p.m. (earlier trains are available).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/boat-bike-winthrop-and-east-boston-tickets-161965397865?aff=ebdsoporgprofile for more information and registration ($20 – Includes Ferry ride to Winthrop; Guided tour around the north side of Boston Harbor; Ice cream at Helados Juli's Frozen Dessert; Train ride back to downtown Boston).

Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series 

The Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series, hosted by the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC), will bring together a mix of different cultures throughout the world through contemporary jazz sounds from Latin, Funky, Mediterranean and World music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays as follows:

July 20: Sissy Castrogiovanni, Grammy Nominee and Berklee College of Music Faculty Member

July 27: The Fabiola Méndez Trio led by Fabiola Méndez, Cuatrista and Composer

Aug. 3: Débo Ray, Grammy Nominee and Boston-Based Artist

Aug. 10: Niu Raza, Malagasy-Award Winner and Boston-Based Singer-Songwriter

The concert will be held at the North End Parks – Corner of John Fitzgerald Surface Rd. and Hanover St. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; Rain location at NEMPAC, 50 Tileston St.

Visit https://nempacboston.org/jazz-in-the-park for more information.

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.

Kanopy Club: ‘Tangerine’                                                 

Following the Yearlong Reading Challenge's July theme of an LGBTQ+ Author, the Kanopy Club will be discussing films that feature LGBTQ+ stories.

Watch the film Tangerine on Kanopy then join the Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 22.

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

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.

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).

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.

NEMPAC Opera from the Balcony Series                                                            

The Tresca, 233 Hanover St. and NEMPAC Opera from the Balcony Series returns to fill Boston’s North End with beautiful singing from Ray Bourque’s Table 77 Balcony from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 4,

The program is free and open to the public, donations accepted and encouraged.

Visit https://nempacboston.org/events for more information.

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.

Parks Fitness: HIIT                         

HIIT training will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Sept. 27 at Christopher Park in the North End.

Visit boston.gov/events 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 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 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.

Tween Time                                                                                                  

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join in with the Boston Public Library for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way for kids to hang out with others their own age.

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

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.

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).

Community Read Book Group: ‘Fair Play’                      

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27.

The librarian will moderate the discussion of Fair Play by Tove Jansson.

Best known for the beloved children's series “The Moomins,” Jansson reveals more of herself in this series of connected short stories about the love and shared artistic life of two creative women. 

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

Adult Book Discussion Club: ‘Parable of the Sower’ (1993)

The North End Branch Library book group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 to discuss the Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

In 21st-century California, a land of walled enclaves, drug-crazed arsonists, and rampant joblessness, 18-year-old Lauren Olamina discovers a new way of looking at a hopeless world. When circumstances cut her adrift from the only community she knows, she takes to the road, attempting to put her ideals into practice.

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

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.

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).

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.

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 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day accept Tuesdays.

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.