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‘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.

‘Ellis’ a multimedia and immersive opera premiere

Ellis is a world premiere multimedia and immersive opera based on true stories from Ellis Island, featuring music by Gabriele Vanoni and libretto by Ewa Chrusciel, 

Guerilla Opera will present two live performances at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/ellis-a-multimedia-and-immersive-opera-premiere-tickets-169517339927 for more information and reservations ($45).

BLO: ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’

The Boston Lyric Opera will present “Cavalleria Rusticana,” Mascagni’s verismo tale of love, betrayal and death in a small Sicilian village. Experience the thrill of live, large-scale opera together in the open air at Leader Bank Pavilion on Boston’s waterfront at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 3.

Visit https://blo.org/cavalleria-rusticana for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF)  

ArtsEmerson will present the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) through Sunday, Oct. 3.

BLIFF uses the power of film to break stereotypes, bring cultures and communities together and reveal the complex issues that affect the Latinx community in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

Visit www.bliff.org for more information, including the lineup and tickets.

ARC Blood Drive at  Boston College Club + District Hall                                   

Boston College Club, 100 Federal St. (36th Floor) will host a blood drive from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4.

District Hall, 75 Northern will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

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

‘Out of Order’                                                                                              

Boston’s favorite modern circus troupe rises up by going underground. The 7 Fingers are back with a theatrical film that plays with the notions of poverty, power and pleasure.

This show, recommended for all ages, is in French with English subtitles and will be available to stream on-demand from 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5 through 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/out-of-order for more information and registration (Pick Your Price).

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: 

-          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.

Bright Lights: ‘A Glitch in The Matrix’

What if we are living in a simulation and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy and conspiracy theory. The film uses contemporary cultural touchstones such as “The Matrix,” interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur.

“A Glitch in The Matrix” will be available for viewing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with Ascher and protagonist Paul Gude begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.

Visit emersontheatres.org for more information and registration which begins at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Boston’s oldest buildings and where to find them

Join City Archaeologist Joe Bagley as he reveals the oldest surviving buildings in Boston in Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them, the first book to do so. This book and presentation will appeal to nonarchitects and those new to historic preservation. The buildings span multiple uses from homes to churches and warehouses to restaurants.

Hear new research and see Bagley’s digital re-creations of some of old favorites - and perhaps find about a few new discoveries hiding in plain sight. This presentation will celebrate the efforts and the stories of how these buildings have survived to the present.

The program will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information and registration.

The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world

Internationally acclaimed science journalist and author Laura Spinney will discuss her latest non-fiction title, Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of1918 and How it Changed the World at noon on Thursday, Oct. 7.

In the book, Spinney examines the enduring effects of this pandemic flu and society’s response - how they altered global politics, race relations, family structures and thinking across medicine, religion and the arts.

Visit https://sites.suffolk.edu/fordhallforum for more information and Zoom registration.

Berklee Summer in The City: Christen Morrell

Christen Morrell will perform at noon on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Dewey Square Park on the Greenway (Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street) as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

Inspired by artists such as Chelsea Cutler and Quinn XCII, Morrell is starting a new chapter in her music that embodies her adventurous nature through innovative electronic sounds and introspective lyrics.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/christen-morrell for more information.

An Evening with Lucy Lacoste Gallery

Join Lucy Lacoste, owner of one of the premier ceramics galleries in the country, for a virtual conversation about clay and vessels from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

She will be joined by Gary Roberts, board president of The Society of Arts + Crafts, and special guest artists who work in clay. Together they will share their insights on the creative process and why the vessel form endures as one of the most captivating forms of artistic expression. 

Visit https://societyofcrafts.org/calendar/evening-with-lucy-lacoste-gallery for more information and Zoom registration.

STOMP!

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique - an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

The eight-member international troupe uses everything except for conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

STOMP will be presented by the Emerson Colonial Theatre at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St. from Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 10 with evening and matinee performances.

Go to www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com/Online/default.asp for more information and tickets (39-$124).

Chinatown Farmers Market

The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.

This outdoor market will feature local vendors offering fresh produce, Chinese vegetables, bakery items, and fresh seafood.

This market is produced by Chinatown Main Street in collaboration with the City of Boston Food Access Program. Boston residents receiving unemployment benefits can quality for a Chinatown Farmers Market coupon booklet worth $75. 

Visit www.chinatownmainstreet.org for more information.

Free Ferry Day

Explore Spectacle’s sandy beaches and winding trails and make the most of the last weekend on the Islands, Saturday, Oct. 9.

First come, first serve free tickets are available at the Boston Harbor City Cruises Ticket Office at Long Wharf. Ferries will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. from Gate 3, so arrive early to ensure a seat on the boat.

Visit www.bostonharborislands.org for the ferry schedule and things to do on the island.

Graffiti class at Recreation Station                                    

This class will provide insight into the art and process of graffiti, guided by South Boston artist Alex Borgella of Impeccable Scoop. Canvases and spray paint will be provided. Paint clothes are strongly recommended for this class.

People of all ages and levels are welcome to attend this free event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 on the greenspace at Pappa’s Way. (Rain date: Oct. 10)

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/art-class-at-recreation-station-graffiti-class-tickets-168987091941 for more information and registration.

‘This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing’

Emerson Stage will present their annual Theatre for Young Audiences Production, “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The performance will occur live in-person at the Robert J. Orchard Stage in the Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

Three young sisters are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made – one sister walks one way to find purpose, one the other to find adventure, and the third stays right where she is to create a home.

Visit www.emersonstage.org/this-girl-laughs for more information and tickets ($20).

Morningstar Access at Boston Children’s Museum

To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boston Children’s Museum will offer two different versions of the Morningstar Access Program for all staff and visitors, ages two and older:

– All Masks On! 

Families with any needs are welcome as long as they can follow this strict mask rule, which is in place to create a medically safer environment.

            Monday, Oct. 11 (Columbus Day) from 10 a.m. to noon

            Monday, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon

– Mask Exceptions Considered! 

Mask exceptions will be considered in advance at registration for children who have sensory needs or other types of needs that prevent them from keeping their masks on.

            Monday, Oct. 11 (Columbus Day) from 1 to 3 p.m.

            Friday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar-program-registration-form for more information and registration.

ARC Blood Drive at 125 High Street                                          

A blood drive will be held at 125 High St. from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

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

Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-wide Scavenger Hunt       

Boston Harbor Now and partners will host “Explore Boston Harbor” scavenger hunts in six locations around the Waterfront: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Monday, Oct. 11.

Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. Participants can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.

To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN, select your hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.

¡Atrévete! I Latinx Heritage Month at GA

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the General Assembly is hosting a month-long fiesta to showcase Hispanic and Latinx communities by recognizing and celebrating the positive impact that they have made to modern US history.

GA will provide inclusive education spaces, and host conversations around the many intersections of being a Latinx /Hispanic in the USA and will offer their award-winning tech workshops in Spanish, taught by Latinx leaders.

The programs will be offered at select times and days through Friday, Oct. 15.

Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/atrevete-i-latinx-heritage-month-at-ga/online/193335 for more information and Zoom registration.

Boston Design Week's Special Fall Season

Boston Design Week’s Special Fall Season, is a three-week art and design festival taking place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 16.

Featured events include nationally-known speakers in architecture, interior design and other design fields, along with both in-person and virtual design events and openings.

Also included are numerous outdoor and special walking tours and museum exhibitions.

Boston Design week serves to draw more attention to the importance of Boston as a hub for design innovation, showcase the prevalence of design in our day-to-day lives and to expand the design community, ultimately making information more accessible.

All events are open to the public and the majority are free with reservations.

Visit BostonDesignWeek.com for a complete calendar of events.

CraftBoston: Cups of Good                                                                        

Join Society of Crafts for CraftBoston: Cups of Good, a six-week online celebration of handmade vessels and the treasures they carry through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Discover containers that can hold anything from favorite beverages to a sprouting houseplant, crafted by artists from across the country and paired with recipes selected by the makers. 

Shop for one-of-a-kind mugs, bowls, boxes, pots, baskets and more from the Society of Arts + Crafts store, explore artists’ profiles for direct access to their latest work and get to know the people who make these wares by participating in live events streamed from artist’s studios right to your home. 

Visit https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-cups-of-good for more information.

Tuesday Tunes – AfroDesiaCity

Unwind with free lunchtime concerts curated by AfroDesiaCity from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 26. Performances will be held at Dewey Square on the Greenway.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

Bike Seaport: Weekly check-ups                                                                            

Calling all city bikers. The Seaport TMA has teamed up with Amazon and Landry’s Bicycles to offer complimentary bike check-ups.

Join them from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays on Seaport Common and enjoy treats from local businesses to thank you for commuting sustainably.

Registration is required at http://seaporttma.org/bikecheckup.

Arts and Culture Open Exchange

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through Dec. 15.

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.

Takeout Thursdays on The Greenway

Grab some lunch and join Berklee College of Music and the Greenway Conservancy for a series of concerts and performances at Dewey Square Park from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 14.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.

MA: Climate Action Call

Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 for more information and registration.

Greenway Play Sessions

The Greenway Play Sessions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through October in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway in Chinatown.

The free play sessions will feature books and games and other fun by the Greenway PlayCubes.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

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.  

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).

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.

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.

Seaport Sweat online/onsite                                                             

Seaport Sweat will offer classes at various times throughout the week through Friday, Oct. 29.

Join in-person on Seaport Common or at @seaportbos on IG Live.

All classes are free and all levels of fitness are welcome.

Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz/seaport-sweat to view the schedule and sign up for the classes.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org 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.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.

Seaport Farmers Market

The Seaport Farmers Market (at Sea Green Park, 21 Stillings St. near Boston Wharf Road) will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 28.

The Seaport Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits.

Learn more at https://seaportfarmersmarket.org.

Shop AFH                                                                 

Artists for Humanity is a powerhouse of art and design – offering a fresh perspective from talented teen artists and designers. Each art work is a way to value the voice of young people.

Explore their online collections. Become inspired and transform your space.

Shop at https://artists-for-humanity.myshopify.com/collections/all.

Downtown Boston Arts Market

Browse, shop and enjoy Downtown Crossing (Summer Street Plaza) where numerous local vendors will be showcasing artisan products such as jewelry, woodcarvings, metal sculptures, clothing and more from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 29.

Learn more at www.downtownboston.org.

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

ICA onsite/online perks                                                                   

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.

– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us

– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to www.icaboston.org for more information.

Old State House and Old South Meeting House open                 

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.

Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                          

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.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.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.

Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)    

From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, visit www.parkstreet.org/events/home.

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

– Make a monetary donation

–  Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.