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St. Anthony's Feast

Celebrate with the North End in honoring patron Saint Anthony with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and an abundance of great Italian and American food through Sunday, Aug. 29.

The highlight of the Feast 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.

View Schedule of Events at www.stanthonysfeast.com.

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.

Marching Orders: Street Band Parade with School of HONK!

School of HONK descends upon the Georges Island, filling Fort Warren with music.

Stomp your feet to the infectious beat of New Orleans jazz, swing, and big band music brought to you by Boston’s favorite community brass ensemble from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Visit www.bostonharborislands.org/calendar for more information and the link to purchase Ferry tickets.

ARC Blood Drive                                                     

A blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30 at 125 High St.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time for more information and registration.

Berklee Summer in The City: Zami Buggs-King                                                 

Singer-songwriter Zami Buggs-King will perform at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 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/zami-buggs-king for more information.

Berklee Summer in the City: The Thistle Brothers                                             

The Thistle Brothers (Cameron and Devin) are a Boston-based brotherly duo making music for a cause. Each single that they release is connected to a charity, and the money made from the singles (through streams, purchases, and donations) is sent to the charities.

Their main influences include and stem from artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, placing the duo in a sonic space that blends folk, R&B, and classic rock. They hope that their music can not only please the ears of their listeners, but also help to make the world a better place through the charities their music is connected to.

The Thistle Brothers will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the Osborn Triangle, 75 State St. as part of the Summer in the City concert series.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/the-thistle-brothers for more information.

LivingRoom Conversations VI: The Search for Purpose

In the current economy, people’s value is often based on earning power or visible signs of success. In interactions with each other, people transact their business, relationships and lives. But what would happen if we set up a different valuation system - one that supported a “happiness quotient” in the measure of success? What would that world and/or economy look like?

Join this Boston Public Library facilitated living room conversation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 1 where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.

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

Berklee Summer in The City: Chris Peters                                                           

Watch and listen as Chris Peters spreads musical light in all directions at noon on Thursday, Sept. 2 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/chris-peters-0 for more information.

Illuminate The Harbor Fireworks Celebration                             

The Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Join the celebration before the fireworks 8 p.m. showtime in one of three recommended viewing areas at Fan Pier in the Seaport, Christopher Columbus Park and Piers Park in East Boston for pre-show programs:

Chalk the Walk event  

Chalk the Walk features mini-sidewalk chalk art murals created by both local artists and you, located close to the transit stations across all major subway lines.

– ZUMIX at Piers Park from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pack a picnic and blanket and join ZUMIX for a final Summer Concert at Piers Park as East Boston celebrates the return of Illuminate the Harbor.

Honk on the Harbor from 7 to 8 p.m. at Long Wharf

School of HONK will descend upon the Boston Harborwalk, filling the Waterfront with music.

Stomp your feet to the infectious beat of New Orleans jazz, swing and big band music brought to you by Boston’s favorite community brass ensemble. Meet the band at the Harborwalk in front of the New England Aquarium as they process down the Harborwalk towards Christopher Columbus Park.  

Harbor Fireworks begin at 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, weather permitting, and will follow CDC guidelines for the health and safety of staff and guests. 

Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/fireworks for 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.

Spectacle Island 5K & Fun Run

Boston Harbor Now will hold the 10th annual Spectacle Island 5K for beginner and elite runners alike, and all those who want to have fun on Boston Harbor from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Race day festivities feature a 5K Race, a half-mile Kids Fun Run, picnic lunch for participants, music, a beer ticket, and kids’ activities.

The race will start and finish on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. Ferries will depart from Long Wharf North and the Hingham Shipyard.

All proceeds from the Spectacle Island 5k will help support free and equitable access to Boston Harbor and Islands, and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families.

Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/5k for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

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.