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This is a statue honoring Saint Anthony in the Peace Garden at the St. Leonard of Port Maurice Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Hanover Street and Prince Street in the North End.

Crypt and church tours                                                       

The Old North Church and Historic site will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Take a walk through history.

Old North is the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the City. Take a self-guided tour through the church; staff will be available to answer questions.

See what lies beneath the Old North Church – guided tours of the historic crypt will be offered on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information ($5 per person | Children, ages five and under free). Tickets will be available on-site only.

Madonna Della Cava Feast

The Feast of Madonna Della Cava (which coincides with the festival held in Pietraperzia, Sicily) will be held through Sunday, Aug. 8 on Hanover and Battery streets. A noon procession will start at noon on Sunday.

Visit www.madonnadellacava.com for more information.

HarborFit: HeatUp with VLA Dance         `                                              

Come to Spectacle Island for HeatUp, VLA Dance's signature class from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Aug. 8, hosted by Boston Harbor Now.

HeatUp is a choreographed disco dance party encouraging you to get into your individual groove! Through dance cardio, weight training, and core exercises this class will encourage you to sweat, train and party. Class will be led by Sarah Pacheco and Victoria L. Awkward.

Roundtrip ferry ticket to Spectacle Island is *not* included in this reservation.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-heatup-with-vla-dance-tickets-159504310687 for more information and registration.

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:

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.

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. 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.

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:

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: PEGGY                                                     

PEGGY is a singer-songwriter based in Boston. She has always used songwriting as a tool both for herself and to help others convey emotions that cannot quite be explained through words. As an artist, she strives to create relatable, raw, and unique music that anyone can sing along to and think "yeah, that's me."

PEGGY will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Osborn Triangle, 75 State St. as part of the Summer in the City concert series.

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer/peggy for more information.

Tea & Tranquility                                                    

The Friends of Armenian Heritage Park and MEM Tea Imports will host Tea & Tranquility at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. 

Meet Chris Cook, Executive Director, The Greenway Conservancy. Walk the Labyrinth. View the Abstract Sculpture. Tie a Ribbon on the Wishing Tree.

Visit armenianheritagepark.org for more information and reservations.

Fisherman's Feast

Based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca, Sicily, this North End Feast, the oldest continuous Italian festival in the North End, has celebrated the devotion of immigrant Sicilian fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca (Our Lady of Help) since 1910.

This year, the event will be held from Thursday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 15.

The event will begin with a procession and the Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Columbus Park at 6 p.m. on Thursday and continue along North, Lewis, and Fleet streets with a variety of entertainment, games, special events, processions and lots of food from Friday through Sunday.

Sunday will include the Grand Procession, the Flight of the Angel, and the Grand Prize Raffle Drawing.

All entertainment is free and open to the public; food can be purchased at the vendor stands.

Go to www.fishermansfeast.com for more information, including a schedule of events.

Kanopy Club: ‘Mystery of Henri Pick’ (2019)                 

Following the Yearlong Reading Challenge's August theme of In Translation, the Kanopy Club will be watching and discussing films in languages other than English.

Watch Mystery of Henri Pick (2019) on Kanopy then join the Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12.

About the film: An editor discovers a novel that she considers to be a masterpiece in a library whose particularity is to collect the manuscripts refused by the publishers. The text is signed Henri Pick, a Breton pizza maker who died two years earlier.

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

Children’s Artist in Residence Workshop                                    

A variety of arts and crafts workshops hosted by a local artist in various parks throughout the City of Boston will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday through Friday through Aug. 13.

On Friday, Aug. 13, the workshops will be held at Langone Park (playground area), 517 Commercial St.

These workshops encourage kids to explore their creativity through projects like mask making, crayon art, watercolor and much more. 

Supplies are provided, but you'll need to bring your creativity.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/arts-crafts-workshops for other information, including a complete list of workshops and reservations.

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ Series 2            

In this new series, three intertwining stories unfold along the Greenway from the Chinatown Gate to the North End.

Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.