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The whales have returned to New England. People can have a great time on a whale watch cruise.

Vintage Baseball on Georges Island                                               

Step back in time and watch a Civil War-era baseball game with original rules and uniforms on Georges Island from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 25.

Purchase ferry tickets at www.bostonharborislands.org/ferry-tickets.

Sunday Night Movies at Waterfront Park

Friends of Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 110 Atlantic Ave. will host movies under the stars on Sunday evenings. Bring a chair or a blanket ... a picnic basket or pizza and enjoy the following movies:

July 25: Top Gun (PG) – start time approximately 8:20 p.m.

Aug. 1:  Breakfast at Tiffany’s (G) – start time approximately 8:15 p.m.

Aug. 8: Mamma Mia (PG13) – start time approximately 8 p.m.

Aug. 15: Hidden Figures (PG) – start time approximately 8 p.m.

Aug. 22: A League of Their Own (PG) – start time approximately 7:50 p.m.

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

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 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.

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.

Berklee Summer in The City: Haeun You                                                            

Haeun You will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28 and Wednesday. Aug. 25 at the Osborn Triangle, 75 State St. as part of the Summer in the City concert series.

You is a pianist/keyboardist, film composer, music director, arranger, and producer. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and the performing precision drawn from both her academic and stage experience, You is a force in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B and more.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/haeun-you for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Visit www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/project-education/youth-programs/summer-youth-intensive-2021 for more information and registration.

St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast                                    

St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast will be held from Thursday, July 29 through Sunday, Aug. 1.

The opening ceremony with the procession of Saint Agrippina led by the children of the Saint Agrippina society will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday. 

The event will continue from noon to 11 p.m. each day with a procession slated from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The grand procession will take place at noon on Sunday on Hanover and Battery streets.

The event will feature a variety of music and other entertainment, including the famous Tug-of-War, lots of “feastie” foods, and raffles to support the children and the neighborhood.

All are welcome to join in the festivities.

Visit SaintAgrippinaBoston.com and their Facebook page for the schedule.

Crusaders Concert in the Park

The Crusaders concert will be held from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, July 30 at the Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, 130 Congress St.

Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org/calendar for more information.

Crypt tours

More than 1,100 bodies lie underneath the sanctuary of Old North Church. Explore Old North’s historic crypt on a guided visit with one of their educators. Participants will hear about the burial practices of early congregants and learn about some of those who have rested in this unique space for hundreds of years. Historical topics discussed include death, burials and human remains.

The tours will be offered on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and last about 15 minutes. No tours at noon or 12:30 pm.

Participants should be comfortable in a basement setting and navigating tight spaces. The crypt has low lighting, uneven surfaces and is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. *Masks are required for those touring the crypt.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information ($5 per person | Children, ages five and under free). Tickets can be purchased onsite.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:

Aug. 1: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel

Aug. 12: Museum of African American History

Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston

Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum

Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston

Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.

Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.

From Art to Alliums: A Tour of The Greenway                                      

Explore The Greenway with a free walking tour of this contemporary public park in the heart of Boston.

During the tour, people will learn about the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Program, including seeing the current installations by Daniel Gordon and Andy Li and hearing about the motivations behind their work. People will also find out a little more about their garden design and favorite plants, and dive into the exciting history of the urban oasis. 

Tours run at 5 p.m. on Thursdays and at noon on Fridays, last approximately an hour, and cover approximately half of The Greenway (from Chinatown to the Wharf District). 

Tours start at the Chinatown Gate at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway and are led by Greenway Conservancy volunteers.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

Ferries to and fun on George and Spectacle islands                                             

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

Complete scavenger hunts, follow along with the Georges Island audio tour, fly a kite (free kites on Fridays). Explore a story walk, take a Yoga class and enjoy Jazz on the porch on Spectacle Island.

Visit bostonharborislands.org/calendar for a list of activities and a link to purchase ferry tickets.

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.

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.

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.