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Some piles from the old Middlesex Canal were found during an excavation project in Haymarket Square in January 1897. Learn more at the Boston City Archives (https://cityofboston.access.preservica.com).

September watercolor painting workshops

Practice landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Christopher Columbus Park (Kennedy Rose Garden),110 Atlantic Ave.

Hosted by a local artist-instructor, all instruction and materials will be provided for Boston artists, aged 9 and up, of all skill levels.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/september-2021-watercolor-painting-workshops-christopher-columbus-park for more information and registration.

Annual Boston Local Food Festival                                   

The 11th annual Boston Local Food Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 along the Rose Kennedy Greenway from Mercantile Street down to High Street. This year’s theme is “Healthy Local Food for All.”

This free outdoor event will feature farmers, specialty food producers, fisher folks, local restaurants, food trucks and organizations focusing on healthy food from New England. Festival goers of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels can learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, meet local food producers and farmers and engage in family fun educational activities and exhibits that promote composting, recycling and sustainable practices.

Visit www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com for more information and optional registration.

Sunday Afternoon at the Park

The Friends of the Armenian Heritage Park and emcee Cindy Fitzgibbon, WCVB TV will host a meet and greet for all ages from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Among the fun to enjoy will be live music by the Hye Guys Ensemble, Hoodsies, face painting, labyrinth walking and tying a ribbon with a wish on the Wishing Tree.

Visit armenianheritagepark.org for more information and reservations.

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 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.

Wandering Wednesdays                                         

As part of the Rediscover the Greenway Programmatic Series, explore The Greenway with free lunch time musical performances curated by the Boston Music Project from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows: 

-          Sept. 22: String Trio at the Rings Fountain

-          Sept. 29: World Music Trio at the Trillium Garden on The Greenway

-          Oct. 6: String Trio at Pearl Street and Purchase Street 

-          Oct. 13: Violin/Flute Duo at Pearl Street and Atlantic Avenue

-          Oct. 20: String Quartet & BMP Students at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Inc. - Win Big on the Waterfront

Win big on the Waterfront and party on the patio at Tia’s on the Waterfront, 200 Atlantic. Ave. with Big Sister Boston’s Young Professional Board at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22. There will be lawn games, raffles, drinks, food, networking and other fun.

Big Sister Boston’s Young Professional Board engages Boston’s next generation of philanthropists to benefit Big Sister Boston’s mentoring and enrichment programs for girls.

Visit www.bigsister.org/events for more information, including tickets, sponsorships, and donations.

In the Making: We Wield the Hammer 

We Wield the Hammer offers young women of African descent opportunities for artistic equity, economic empowerment and finding a vocation in metalsmithing.

Join the conversation from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 with their Founder and Executive Director Karen Smith along with NBSS Jewelry Making & Repair Department Head and Instructor Ann Cahoon JM '02 as they discuss WWTH's important mission and work live streamed from NBSS.

Visit www.nbss.edu/in-the-making for more information and Zoom registration.

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

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

Library of Congress National Book Festival

The 2021 Book Festival is a 10-day multi-format event where people can create their own festival experience with videos on demand, author conversations in real time and live question-and-answer sessions, as well as some in-person, ticketed events at the Library in Washington, DC.

2021 “Open a Book, Open the World” Festival running through Sunday, Sept. 26, will feature Michael J. Fox, Diane von Fürstenberg, Roxane Gay, Kazuo Ishiguro, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Marcus Samuelsson and many other authors, poets and illustrators.

Visit www.loc.gov/item/prn-21-027/?loclr=blognbf for more information.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Crypt and church tours                                                                                           

Take a walk through history.

The Old North Church and Historic site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. 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 – 15-minute guided tours of the historic crypt will be offered on the half hour as well.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information ($5 per person | Children, ages five and under free | Crypt/Admission combo ticket: $10).

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.

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 daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.