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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 https://runtohomebase.org 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 www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/our-programs/we-sing 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 www.ippnw.org/news/2021-virtual-concert for more information and registration (sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated).

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 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 www.nicholshousemuseum.org/programs-and-events for more information and registration (Member: $12 | Non-member: $17).

‘George Rickey: A Life in Balance’

George Rickey: A Life in Balance is not only the story of a single artist’s creativity and achievement, but of Rickey’s life in the larger context of the 20th century: from Depression-era America to the upheaval of World War II, from the rise of New York as the world’s art capital at mid-century to the tumultuous 1960s when Rickey emerged as an international figure rubbing elbows with the elite.

It is also the story of an exceptional marriage and of Rickey’s charismatic, devoted wife, Edith Leighton, who managed her husband’s career and reputation in the high-powered art circles of New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles.

Belinda Rathbone will talk about her new book from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The event will be held on Zoom and at the Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for more information and registration (In-Person Tickets: Members free and Visitors free with admission | Virtual Tickets: Members and VESP holders = free and Visitors - $5).

King's Chapel Tuesday Recitals                                                     

King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St. hosts Tuesdays Recitals at 12:15 p.m. on site and on Zoom through Dec. 28.

The 30-to-40-minute recitals feature a wide variety of performing artists ranging from local students to traveling performers. The performances range from jazz and folk music from numerous ethnicities to classical music from medieval times to the present.

Visit www.kings-chapel.org/tuesday-recitals.html for more information (Suggestion donation: $5, given to the performers).

Virtual Book Talk: ‘The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois’

The great scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois once wrote about the problem of race in America and what he called “Double Consciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans - the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers - Ailey carries Du Bois’s Problem on her shoulders.

To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors - Indigenous, Black and white - in the deep South. In doing so, Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story - and the song—of America itself.

Join Honorée Fanonne Jeffers as she talks about her new book from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for more information and Zoom registration (Members and VESP holders - free | Visitors - $5).

Shades of Black: An Evening with Zakiyyah

Zakiyyah will bring her arts activism to the Museum of Science for an onsite evening of conversation around the decolonization of cultural institutions and the important role museums play in combating racism and deconstructing white supremacy in America.

The onsite event, slated from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, will feature live performances from Shades of Black: The Hip-Hopera, her upcoming release African Import, and more.

Visit www.mos.org/explore/subspace/shades-of-black-zakiyyah for more information and registration (Free with Pre-Registration).

Berklee Summer in The City: Harold Charon

Harold Charon will perform at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Brewer Fountain Plaza (near Park Street Station) Boston Common, as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

Harold Charon is a pianist, composer and performer originally from Havana, Cuba. He began piano lessons at five years old, studying primarily classical, Latin jazz and jazz. Currently, he is finishing his studies at Berklee, majoring in jazz composition and performance.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/harold-charon for more information.

Tai Chi for Wellness with Eddie Watkins                                     

Eddie Watkins will present an online introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, Oct. 28 and Dec. 9.

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

Kittie Knox: Breaking Barriers in Cycling

Author Larry Finison and YouTube producer Jazz Dotting will discuss their works on Kittie Knox, the bi-racial cyclist from Cambridge and Boston who pushed for inclusion in cycling in the 1890s. 

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 at The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (Suite 7).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/kittie-knox-breaking-barriers-in-cyclin-tickets-169540529287 for more information and registration (Donations welcome).

ARC Blood Drive at  Big Night Entertainment Group                                        

The Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St., will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

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

MOS Science Book Club for the Curious             

The Science Book Club for the Curious will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 to discuss AI in the Wild: Sustainability in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Peter Dauvergne.

Visit www.mos.org/public-events/book-club-for-the-curious for more information and Zoom registration.

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 operationable.net 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 www.bostonbyfoot.org/tours/Beacon_Hill 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 bhfh.org/virtual-events 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 bhfh.org/midweek 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 boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

DivorceCare

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 from Sept. 9 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 divorcecare@parkstreet.org to receive the link for the meeting.  

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 https://bostonfrogpond.com/frog-pond-carousel 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 www.bostonbyfoot.org 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 www.nicholshousemuseum.org/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 www.eventbrite.com/e/black-heritage-trail-tour-tickets-153151587521 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 www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 www.mos.org 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 thewestendmuseum.org 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 www.bostonathenaeum.org/visit/covid-19-response 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 www.maah.org 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 www.bigsister.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.

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 www.oldwestchurch.org 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 www.paulistcenter.org 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 friendsofthepublicgarden.org.