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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.

Boston's Haymarket and the Market District                                           

Join Historic New England's Ken Turino and Otto Gallotto, president of the Haymarket Pushcart Association, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, for a virtual presentation on the past, present and future of Boston’s Market District.

From its earliest days when peddlers with carts sold produce around the town to today’s market, which includes halal butchers, artisanal cheese mongers and Cambodian fruit sellers, Haymarket hosts an ever-changing and diverse population.

Haymarket has witnessed the Central Artery rise in the 1950s and retreat underground with the Big Dig in 2007. These obstacles have not stopped the market from serving a constant stream of students and tourists, longtime residents and newly arrived immigrant families, making it a vital and vibrant part of the city.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/haymarket for more information and Zoom registration (Donations are encouraged).

‘Who Was Prince Hall?: An Introduction to an Extraordinary Man’

This lecture introduces Prince Hall as an historical figure, with an emphasis on his achievements and contributions in supporting the argument that Prince Hall should be considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. 

This event, slated from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, is free to attend in-person at Old North Church, 193 Salem St. and virtually, and will be available to stream and recorded for later viewing via WGBH’s Forum Network. Streaming will be available via Facebook and YouTube. 

Visit www.paulreverehouse.org/event/who-was-prince-hall-an-introduction-to-an-extraordinary-man for more information.

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. 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.

Book Discussion Club: ‘The Kite Runner’

The North End Branch Library book group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Sept. 29.

The group will discuss The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini.   

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book synopsis, and Zoom registration.

Berklee Summer in The City: Stephània                                                 

Stephània will perform at noon on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St., as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

Stephània draws inspiration from various sounds within the genres of neo-soul, R&B, pop, and funk.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/stephania 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.

8th Annual Net Impact Summit

The NIB Impact Summit, which brings together local professionals and students from the greater Boston area interested in positive social or environmental impact, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Boston Society of Architecture, 290 Congress St.

Grow your network by connecting with like-minded individuals in the Boston area; Participate in panel discussions on diverse topics across the impact space; Build professional development skills at our feature workshop; and Speak with exhibitors from the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-impact-summit-tickets-157308649405 for more information and registration ($40-$50).

'My Caribbean One World Expo'

Join the Authentic Caribbean Foundation for the eighth annual, “My Caribbean One World Expo” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rowes Wharf Plaza.

The Expo will continue to promote the diverse Caribbean Diaspora Community experience through Arts, Heritage, Culture and Tourism. The theme for the 2021 Expo is “One Love, One Caribbean Disaster Effort,” highlighting the rich Caribbean community culture, arts and craft, entertainment, and tourism on display with COVID-19 protocol.

Go to www.mycaribbeanexpo.com for more information.

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.

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.

 

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.