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Kids can have a lot of fun climbing on this at Martin’s Park near the Boston Children’s Museum. Martin's Park is a unique outdoor play space created to support outdoor adventure and nature play.

Boston GreenFest Hybrid                           

Boston GreenFest will be held from noon to 6 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 22 along the Rose Kennedy Greenway live with more programs streamed online.

This three-day multi-cultural family-friendly environmental music festival will include interactive exhibits such as eco-solutions, eco-chic fashion designs and jewelry, robotics, electric vehicles, micro-mobility, oceans, eco-landscaping, green designs, robotics and innovation as well as live performances, games, art, film, yoga, martial arts and meditation and world cuisine.

This is a space for conversation, connections and celebration. 

Let’s find ways to make a difference to the city, planet and ourselves - be inspired to take action,

Visit www.bostongreenfest.org for more information, including a daily schedule.

Project Pipeline Virtual Summer Camp

Project Pipeline Virtual Summer Camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 21 for young designers, ages 11-15, interested in learning more about buildings, cities, design and architecture.

Over three days of virtual activities, architecture and design professionals will teach drawing, modeling, and design thinking in a fun online environment. They will guide students through their own design projects, set in the context of the city around them.

Registration is free and all students will receive a free art supply kit mailed to their home.

Visit bosnoma.org/project-pipeline for more information and registration.

Craftivism 101: Embroidery Workshop with Shannon Downey

Get acquainted with “craftivism,” learn to embroider, stitch something brilliant, and make friends - all in just two hours. Craft-based activism (“craftivism”) has been used as a tool of resistance, coalition building, and even espionage.

Fiber artist Shannon Downey will provide an introduction to the history of craftivism and ways people can get involved in the current phase of movement from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, hosted by Society of Arts + Crafts.

Downey will then teach how to embroider. She guarantees everyone walk away feeling better than when they logged in.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/craftivism-101-embroidery-workshop-with-shannon-downey-tickets-159934005917 for more information and registration ($30 per participant; materials not included).

Webinar: LTO Success Stories                                          

What makes for a successful local tenant organization?

Residents of public housing are invited to join the MLK Institute online from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23 to learn from three resident leaders who’ve got the answer.

They’ll talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” – fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships, people can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life.

Visit www.melkinginstitute.org/event/6439 for more information and registration.

District Hall Blood Drive

District Hall, 75 Northern Ave. will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Coffee & Connect: All About Benjamins

Join General Assembly Boston online from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23 for Coffee and Connect and network with people from around the country while chatting about all things money – how to get more of it, how to be more comfortable talking about it and ways to support each other in achieving financial dreams.

Hear from Team Ladies Get Paid as they share stories and valuable insight into years of experience negotiating with consultants on behalf of clients, with clients on behalf of the company, with employees and for herself to help you gain a competitive edge.

Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/coffee-connect-all-about-benjamins/boston/191696 for more information and registration.

Pivoting your career

If you’ve always dreamed of starting a new career in an industry that’s different, there are a handful of steps to take to land that job you’ve always wanted. Understanding how to use your skills, strengths and specialties can help you stand out and land an interview even if you’ve never done that job before.

The instructor is Jen Glantz, founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and creator of the project “Finally the Bride,” founder of the blog “The Things I Learned From,” the voice of the podcast “You're Not Getting Any Younger,” the founder of the coaching business “Jen & Juice,” and the author of "All My Friends are Engaged" and "Always a Bridesmaid for Hire."

This online workshop, slated from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, will cover what is needed to get started on that career transition.

Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/pivoting-your-career/boston/190779 for more information and registration.

Youth Music and Movement on The Greenway

Join the Boston Music Project for family-friendly music and movement programming for children and families of all ages at the Rings Fountain on the Greenway.

Music and Movement sessions will be 25 minutes long and take place on the half-hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31.

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

Artist Fellow Opening: Darren Cole

Join Revolutionary Spaces and inaugural 2021 Artist Fellow, Darren Cole, for the official opening of “When Up, Look Down,” a multi-channel video installation at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Cole’s piece challenges the viewer to imagine oneself in history and explores historical themes of belonging, race, and religion within the context of Old South Meeting House’s marginalized congregants.

Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2021/08/03/darren-cole-opening for more information and registration.

Artist interview: Sweetgrass basketry with Corey Alston

Sweetgrass basket maker Corey Alston will share the history of his craft and its deeply-rooted connection to the Gullah culture from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.

The event will feature an interview led by Lois Russell (Vice-President of the Society of Arts + Crafts Board of Trustees), a demonstration and a brief Q&A on Zoom.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-interview-sweetgrass-basketry-with-corey-alston-tickets-159934832389 for more information and registration (Suggested donation $10).

Play Date: Summer Stories Series                                                                          

ICA is excited to partner with the Boston Public Library for virtual play dates at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 for Summer Stories: Chapter 3.

Be inspired by visiting artists and authors during interactive Zoom workshops and explore the rich world of storytelling. Dive deeper with downloadable activities designed by artists to do on your own time.

Ready to visit the museum safely as a family? Explore the galleries with self-guided activities available on-site with free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. 

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information and Zoom registration (free; $5 donation to support the event appreciated).

Berklee Summer in the City: New Legaxy                                                

New Legaxy is a Boston-based band led by New Orleans drummer Brian Richburg that blends jazz sensibilities, sampled beats, and breezy vocals. The band's debut EP, Summer Songs, came out in late 2020, and its follow-up is due this summer.

New Legaxy will perform at noon on Friday, Aug. 27 at City Hall Plaza as part of the Summer in the City concert series.

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer/new-legaxy for more information.

Residence Lab 2021 Kick-Off

The 2021 ResLab Kick-Off will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 in conjunction with the annual Films at the Gate series.

This family-friendly activation will take place in Mary Soo Hoo Park at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, located right next to the Chinatown Gate.

The 2021 ResLab artists and residents, in partnership with the Greenway Conservancy, will activate the space with art installations co-created in response to this year’s theme of collective care. The evening itself will include opportunities to hear from the participants as well as music and family friendly activities.

Visit www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/reslab-2021-activation-launch for more information.

Films at the Gate Festival

Join Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) and the Chinatown community for the 15th anniversary of Films at the Gate Festival from Friday, Aug. 27 through Sunday Aug. 29.

The festival program, free and open to community members of all ages and backgrounds, will highlight the stories and work of Asian immigrant and Asian American filmmakers and artists.

Games and activities for the families will start at 5:30 p.m. and the Kung Fu and classic Chinese films will begin at approximately 8 p.m.

Visit https://asiancdc.org/events/fatg2021 for more information.

Boston Jazz Fest                                                                               

The Boston Jazz Festival will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 and from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Maritime Park, in the Seaport District of South Boston.

The festival pays homage to the genre’s African American roots and also draws together a diverse array of contemporary jazz artists from around the world in a day of musical brotherhood.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-jazz-fest-tickets-137304067161 for more information (Donations welcome).

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. 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.

Black Owned Bos. Market on Seaport Common

The Seaport x Black-owned Bos. Market will take place outside on Seaport Common, 85 Seaport Blvd. and will feature Black-owned businesses from throughout the Greater Boston area from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 31.

From gifts and apparel to packaged foods and beauty & skincare products, the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will offer something for everyone as it raises awareness for and support of Black entrepreneurship. Live local DJ Knszwrth will also perform at the market.

Stop by to shop, tap your toes to the music, and drink in the awesome views of the Boston Harbor.

Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz/events for more information.

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults series: Chrysanthemums                 

Relax, create and meditate with Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 with the Pao Center.

Chrysanthemums start blooming early in the autumn. In Chinese culture, they are commonly used in food and herbal medicine.

Learn to paint the radial, disk-like blooms of the yellow chrysanthemum flower along with butterflies.

The class 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).

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).

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

In this new series, three intertwining stories – “Walking It Off,” “Hummingbird” and “Mother’s Day” – 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.

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.

Lion Dances at the Chinatown Gate

Celebrate Chinatown with a new weekly tradition from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 18, weather permitting. 

Lion Dances will occur at the Chinatown Gate in Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway, welcoming everyone to Chinatown and parading through the streets.

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

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.

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.

Greenway Play Sessions

The Greenway Play Sessions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through October in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway in Chinatown.

The free play sessions will feature books and games and other fun by the Greenway PlayCubes.

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

Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee College of Music at the ICA

A summer classic returns with the sounds of some of Berklee College of Music’s outstanding musicians performing on the waterfront. 

Harborwalk Sounds will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 26 and is free with a ticket to Free Thursday Nights, available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 a.m. the morning of the event. Harborwalk sounds will also stream on Vimeo from 6 to 7 p.m.

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.

Birds of Prey

Join a Mass Audubon bird specialist from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 3 for a close-up look at live owls, falcons and other birds who call New England home.

Meet live animals and learn about their habitats, hunting techniques and more during a fascinating presentation at Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, 191 W. Atlantic Ave.

Visit www.bostonharborislands.org/calendar for 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 led by Greenway Conservancy volunteers.

Learn about the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Program, including the current installations by Daniel Gordon and Andy Li; garden design and favorite plants; and 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). 

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

'Fort Point Rock the Block'

In a unique collision of teen artistic expression, the AFH EpiCenter and the adjacent A Street Park will come alive in a beautiful collage of art, music, dance, spoken word and more.

In honor of Artists for Humanity’s (AFH) 30 years of empowering Boston's youth through paid employment in art and design, enjoy a first of its kind, indoor-outdoor, day-to-night, free to all "Block Party" from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. (Rain Date: Sept. 19).

Food and drink from loved local vendors, immersive art and music all day and night, and amazing video projections after dark on the surrounding buildings.

Join them and support the next 30 years of AFH collaborations in Boston and beyond.

Visit http://greatestpartyonearth.com/calendar.html for more information and sponsorship opportunities.

‘Spectacle on Spectacle’

Boston Harbor Now presents “Spectacle on Spectacle,” a celebration of the waterfront and islands, on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

This year, “Spectacle on Spectacle” kicks off a year-long commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. This outdoor event will feature a cruise to Spectacle Island, food and drinks prepared by local vendors, and a scenic sunset over the Boston skyline for sponsors and guests.

This annual fundraising event allows BHN to offer free and low-cost access for underserved communities to enjoy the Islands and waterfront, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and support Boston’s working port.

Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/spectacle website for more information on the event and sponsorships.

‘Boston 1-Million Steps 4 OCD Walk’                                           

The “1-Million Steps 4 OCD Walk,” a fundraising and community-engaging event that connects all those affected by OCD and related disorders, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Carson Beach.

This walk is an opportunity for members of the community to come together, support each other and raise funds and awareness about what it really means to have obsessive compulsive disorder.

Visit https://support.iocdf.org/event/boston-1-million-steps-4-ocd-walk/e343864 for more information and registration.

2021 Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention                          

The Samaritans will hold its annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The event will be a hybrid of in-person at Artesani Park, 5 Soldier's Field Rd. in Brighton and virtual activities.

All proceeds help fund Samaritans’ free lifesaving services, including their 24/7 Helpline, suicide prevention workshops, and grief support services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Visit https://support.samaritanshope.org/event/2021-5k-run-walk-for-suicide-prevention/

e329864 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.

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.

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.

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 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 an 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.

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 four 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: 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.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

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

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.

Chinatown Farmers Market

The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, 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.

Shop AFH                                                                 

Artists for Humanity is a powerhouse of art and design – offering a fresh perspective from talented teen artists and designers. Each art work is a way to value the voice of young people.

Explore their online collections. Become inspired and transform your space.

Shop at https://artists-for-humanity.myshopify.com/collections/all.

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 through Sunday, Aug. 29 at https://societyofcrafts.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.

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 open                                                           

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.

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).

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.

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.