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Dr. Guan Li checks out the Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End. Established in 1659, it was originally named the “North Burying Ground” and was the city's second cemetery.

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.

HarborFit: Full Moon Restore with TRILLFIT

Watch the full moon rise over Boston Harbor with a restorative flow class with TRILLFIT at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, hosted by Boston Harbor Now.

This class will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 and from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-full-moon-restore-with-trillfit-tickets-165219890139 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. 22: A League of Their Own (PG) – start time approximately 7:50 p.m.

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

Under the Blue Moon                                                                      

The Friends of the Armenian Heritage Park invite everyone to a special evening Under the Blue Moon at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22 to meet and greet, enjoy music by the Black Sea Combo, walk the moonlit labyrinth, and tie a ribbon on the Wishing Tree.

Visit armenianheritagepark.org for more information and reservations.

Saint Lucy’s/St. Anthony's Feasts

Celebrate with the North End in honoring patrons Saint Lucy and Saint Anthony with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and an abundance of great Italian and American food.

Festivities will begin with the Feast of Saint Lucy on Sunday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 26 and continue with the Feast of Saint Anthony from Friday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 29.

The highlight of the Feasts is the 10-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End, accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats.

The Statue of the Saint returns to his chapel as confetti and streamers cascade from the rooftops.

Saint Anthony’s Feast Fireworks take place at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 over inner Boston Harbor followed by a performance by Louis Prima & The Witnesses at the Bandstand. The best Fireworks viewing location is the Prince Street Park at Commercial and North Washington streets.

View Schedule of Events at www.stanthonysfeast.com.

Berklee Summer in The City: Alyssa Payne

Passionate about writing and performing musical comedy, Alyssa Payne will perform at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St., as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/alyssa-payne-0 for more information.

Berklee Summer in The City: Haeun You                                                            

Haeun You will perform at 11:30 a.m. on 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 to be reckoned with in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B, and more.

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

Book Discussion Club: ‘My Brilliant Friend’                                 

The North End Branch Library book group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The group will discuss My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

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

Shorebirds - Online                                                                          

Shorebirds are avian superstars with Herculean migrations, unique feeding adaptations and elaborate courtship displays.

This online presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25 will enrich an appreciation of these incredible birds, as the group discusses several species that are currently passing through on both ends of migration or settling in seasonally for nesting.

Learn their unique and specialized features which support their ability to thrive in distinct, but interconnected coastal/wetland environments. Once decimated by market hunting, shorebirds have shown remarkable resiliency as they populate ever decreasing habitats. Presently, they provide important metrics in the understanding of the effects of climate change and sea level rise. After this presentation, people know where and when to observe shorebirds, and tips on visual and vocal identifications.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79246-shorebirds-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).

Berklee Summer in The City: Taylor Deneen

Singer-songwriter Taylor Deneen will perform at noon on Thursday, Aug. 26 at Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St., as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

Her signature sound comes from a variety of genres, including R&B, pop, gospel, and jazz.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/taylor-deneen-1 for more information.

Community Read Book Group: ‘The Barefoot Woman’                       

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.

The librarian will moderate the discussion of The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Jordan Stump.

Mukasonga recounts the story of her mother, a fierce, loving woman who protected her family from the violence intruding in pre-genocide Rwanda. 

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

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.

Crypt and church tours                                                       

Take a walk through history.

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

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.

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 Georges 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.

Outdoor Comedy Show

Karl Xie will present an outdoor family-friendly comedy show from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27 at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.

Shows are free but reservations are required at www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-comedy-show-at-the-christopher-columbus-waterfront-park-tickets-163403475193.

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 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.

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.

Boston spin4 Crohn's and Colitis Cures                                        

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is teaming up with Turnstyle Cycle & Bootcamp for their spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Hood Park, 100 Hood Park Dr. in Charlestown. The event will consist of an outdoor cycle relay and an epic #partyonabike with Turnstyle Cycle instructors.

They will also have a virtual experience that all fundraising participants will be invited to on Dec. 4.

Pedal with a Purpose – Secure a bike today: https://bit.ly/spin4boston. Contact Catherine Pavlick at cpavlick@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or phone 646-477-3581 for additional information.

‘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.

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 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.