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The Charles River looks more colorful with sail boats in the water near the Longfellow Bridge.

Museum Day                                                                                                            

Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 18, for two people.

Boston attractions include:

– Gibson House Museum,137 Beacon St., from 1 to 4 p.m.

Experience the house through a guided tour that interpret class and culture through the stories and objects of the people who lived and worked there. 

– Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stroll through the house’s period rooms at your own pace. Experience an 1804 Bulfinch townhouse, Augustus Saint-Gaudens sculptures, and Japanese woodblock prints. Encounter stories of family, staff and Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. 

Visit for more information and tickets.

Black Voices: 19th-century Black Writers on Beacon Hill                      

On both the north and south sides of Beacon Hill in the 1800s, writers and writing were essential to everyday life. 

On the South Slope, the life of the wealthy white literati was lively and productive, with wide-ranging subjects that became the basis for a golden age of American literature. 

On the North Slope, the center of Boston’s free Black community, Black writers, although influenced by their South Slope neighbors, were laser-focused on the great topic of the era, slavery. 

On this tour, attendees will meet some of the Black thinkers and writers who made their mark on literary and political history. They were people of color who - for some part of their lives - called Boston home. 

The tour guides will share their names and their stories of truth, passion, bravery and hope from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Visit for more information and registration (prices vary).

Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment

Half of people who reach 85 years will have Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Neuroscientist Dr. Rudolph Tanzi will present the newest information on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and review the remarkable progress in understanding this complex disease, including his lab’s discovery of four genes that cause the disease. He’ll also discuss the emerging therapies to treat Alzheimer’s and reduce risk.

Dr. Tanzi will talk more broadly about how to keep our brains healthy and sharp through a variety of lifestyle interventions.   

This virtual program, presented in partnership with the Boston Public Library, as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Living Well Ending Well series, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Closed captioning is available. 

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

MOS Sci-Fi Book Club                                                                                                        

The Science Fiction Book Club for adults will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 to discuss Speak by Louisa Hall (virtually, of course).

Visit for more information and registration.

‘The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents’

With The Cause, Joseph Ellis takes a fresh look at the events between 1773 and 1783, recovering from a war more brutal than any in American history, save the Civil War, and discovering a strange breed of “prudent” revolutionaries whose prudence proved wise, yet tragic when it came to slavery, the original sin that still haunts this land.

Written with flair and drama, The Cause brings together a cast of familiar and forgotten characters who, taken together, challenge the story long told about the origins as a people and a nation.

This book talk will be held both on Zoom and at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St. from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Visit for more information and registration (In-Person Tickets: Members - Free and Visitors - $10 | Virtual Tickets: Members and VESP holders - free and Visitors - $5).

ARC Blood Drive at Big Night Entertainment Group

The Big Night Entertainment Group will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 110 Causeway St.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

‘The Lady from the Black Lagoon’

The Boston Public Library’s Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

A librarian will moderate the discussion of The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara.

Inspired by her love of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, O'Meara presents a thoroughly researched biography of its creator, Milicent Patrick. 

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Hidden spaces of the Nichols House Museum                                                       

Explore the Nichols House Museum from behind-the-scenes.

What did it take to make the house run in the Victorian era? How do staff manage its preservation today? Peek into rooms and spaces not usually on view, take the back stairs and explore more than 200 years of this old house’s secrets. 

Tours will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 and at 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Sept. 26. Tours lasts approximately one hour and visitors will take three flights of stairs. Masks are required.

Visit for more information and registration (Member: $12 | Non-member: $17).

Kanopy Club: ‘Don't Look Now’                           

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Don’t Look Now (1973, R) on Kanopy and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Working with elements of the traditional horror genre - second sight, ESP, warnings from the dead, a mad killer - and a cinematography of disquieting beauty and dreamlike sense of dislocation, director Nicolas Roeg weaves a fabric of anxiety that questions all reality.

The evocative use of the back streets of Venice is a sinister participant in the action based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier.

This intensely erotic and macabre film boasts outstanding performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.


Fall into a vivid, celestial dream as a lost astronaut’s spirit floats through the universe, experiencing each planet’s soul and energy represented through different interpretations from the highly creative members of the award-winning alternative and queer performance troupe The Slaughterhouse Society. This groundbreaking digital experience and astral, interplanetary escape aims to capture the allure, power and mystery of our universe through movement, expression and film.

This virtual offering will stream live from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 from

the Museum of Science for registrants to enjoy at home.

Visit for more information and registration.

Run to Home Base                                                                             

The Run to Home Base, presented by Raytheon Technologies, is a unique 9K run and 5K run/walk through scenic Boston, ending with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of finishing the race by crossing Fenway Park’s famed home plate.

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will start at 8 a.m.

Friends and family can watch participants from the stands at Fenway, with food, entertainment and fun family activities in the concourse of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.

The Run to Home Base is their most critical, annual fundraiser providing vital funds for the clinical care and support for our Veterans and their Families who are impacted by the invisible wounds of war. 

Visit for more information and registration.

‘We Sing: Boston’ Celebration                               

Join the Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) for “We Sing: Boston,” a citywide special celebratory finale at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common.

The event will feature a concert by BCC singers and choirs following the traditional interaction with the audience. The program will include some of the songs learned and taught in multiple languages at the earlier events, to reflect the diversity of the Greater Boston communities where they took place.

Visit for more information.

2021 Virtual Concert and Presentation                                                     

The Greater Boston PSR (GBPSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) will host the fourth annual event to address the twin existential threats of nuclear war and climate change. This special event will be streamed live on-line from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The event will honor the work of GBPSR and IPPNW co-founder Dr. Bernard Lown and feature live music from world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and chamber musicians from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

Visit for more information and registration (sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated).

Operation ABLE                                                                                                     

Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds and for those over 55 years of age.

All services, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services, are being conducted remotely. Class enrollments are open for Computer Skills, Medical, Health Care and Social Services training, among others.

Visit for more information and registration.

BBF Beacon Hill Walking Tours

From the golden dome of the State House to the elegant homes of Louisburg Square, the Boston By Foot Beacon Hill tours travel picturesque streets, highlighting examples of early American architecture with particular emphasis on the work of Charles Bulfinch. Experience Beacon Hill’s ornate past, from its rural beginnings to the vision of the Mount Vernon Proprietors, while walking among this historic collection of Federal and Greek Revival row houses.

Participants will also hear the stories of Boston’s prominent citizens who have called Beacon Hill their home.

Tours are offered at 6 p.m. on select weeknights and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays through October.

Visit for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

Simple morning meditation practice

Beacon Hill Friends holds a simple meditation practice that helps reduce stress and ease you into the morning. The meditation is 15 minutes long and begins and ends with a brief introduction to the practice. Orientation for newcomers begins at 8 a.m., and the practice begins at 8:10 a.m. on weekdays. 

Join once or join regularly – this meditation is free and open to the public.

Go to for more information and the Zoom link.

‘MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness’

The Beacon Hill Friends will host MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. This facilitated spiritual practice with Quaker flavor and an experimental ethos is open to everyone.

Go to for more information about the facilitators and the practices they offer along with program details and Zoom registration. These closed-captioned programs are free, although donations to support their work are welcome.

Parks Fitness: Yoga at The Boston Common Frog Pond                        

Yoga with Friends of The Public Garden will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 30 on Boston Common Frog Pond, 38 Beacon St.

Visit for more information and registration.


If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays  through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.

Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.

If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing to receive the link for the meeting.  

heart journaling drop-in sessions

Beacon Hill Friends invite you to join heart journaling sessions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 23.

In a nurturing and supportive environment, explore the wisdom of your own inner landscape and the power of art journaling to help process life. Each session is designed as a collective and spiritual experience in which deep themes of life emerge. 

Through the flow of each session, and silently witnessing each other, experience the invitation to shift perspectives and gain insights. 

Visit for more information and registration ($125/series | $25 per session).

Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel operating

The Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Tickets: $3/ride | 10 Ride Card: $25.

Visit for more information

Boston By Foot tours and Architectural Cruises  

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, through Oct. 31.

Visit for more information, including a full schedule and list of tours/prices.

Tour the Nichols House Museum

The Nichols House Museum 1804 Federal townhouse, 55 Mount Vernon St., was home to landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist Rose Standish Nichols and her family. Their home and its original art and furnishings provide a glimpse into life on historic Beacon Hill from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. The museum educates and inspires the public through innovative tours and programs.

The 45-minute tours take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 30 with advanced reservation.

Visit for more information and tickets (free to $12)

Black Heritage Trail® Tour

Join a park ranger from the National Parks of Boston to explore the rich history of Beacon Hill's 19th century Black community. Tours will be held at various times from Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 23. The tour begins at the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial (24 Beacon St.) and ends at the Museum of African American History, covering about 1.4 miles.

The Black Heritage Trail® showcases residences and community buildings associated with a Black community that thrived on, and near, the north slope of Beacon Hill before, during and after the American Civil War.

Throughout that time, this community struggled and organized for equal rights and access to equal education. Community members championed the movement to abolish slavery and even housed freedom seekers on their journey along the Underground Railroad.

Visit for more information and reservations.

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 for more information and registration.

MOS experience onsite/online

The Museum of Science has reopened following health and safety guidelines – face coverings and reservations are required for admission.

Highlights of your visit can include permanent and temporary exhibits and a variety of shows in the Planetarium and newly refurbished Mugar Omni Theater.

MOS at home also offers an array of programs and events. Schedules change weekly and may include a weekly STEM challenge, virtual planetarium visits, live animal visits, science stories, science-related question and answer panels, and Sub-space events.

Visit for more information and reservations.

The West End Museum open

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (Unit 7) is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Museum offers in-person, virtual, and strolling tours and hosts events.

Visit for more information.

Boston Athenæum online/onsite       

Boston Athenæum offers many activities online (some free of charge), serving their members, the Boston community and beyond. They also offer tours of the first floor of their landmark building and artworks from the special collections.

Visit for more information.

Museum of African American History online/onsite                   

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

Visit for ticket and scheduling information along with virtual programs and events.

Big Sister mentoring                                                                                    

Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.

The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little Sister’s family.

To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit

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 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 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 or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.

Old West Church Community Lunch/Dinner

Everyone is invited to the community meals at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge St. – served rain or shine and holidays, too. While these meals primarily serve people who are housing insecure or elderly, it’s for anyone.

The Community Lunch is served from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Community Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays.

During the pandemic, the meals are served to go. Everyone is welcome to come by and grab a hot meal to takeaway.

Visit for more information.

Wednesday Night Supper Club – ‘Takeout Meal in a Sack’

The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place. At this time, they have shifted to a “takeout meal in a sack.”

The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal. The program has been running for more than 50 years. 

Visit to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donate supplies, food or money; etc.) or for more information.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                  

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at