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Children's Storytime with the Author

Join Trident Books, 338 Newbury St., from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 for a children's storytime featuring a reading of The Little Ouch by author Katherine Picarde.

Circle around in the children's book section (second floor) where kiddos will enjoy a story about Penelope and how she overcomes her fear of getting the flu shot. Following storytime, children will enjoy a craft activity, receive a few small gifts from the author and may purchase their own signed copy of The Little Ouch

Visit for more information.

Opening Our Doors 2021                                                                

The 20th annual Opening Our Doors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, offering a day of free history, art, music and cultural happenings presented by the Fenway Alliance.

With more than 20 museums, venues, colleges and organizations participating throughout the Fenway Cultural District, there will be something for everyone, both virtual and in-person, mostly outdoors and all free and open to the public.

Go to for more details and (Zoom) registration.

Fashion Week Virtual Teen Talk

Join Boston Fashion Week Executive Director and Founder Jay Calderin from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 for a frank, interactive discussion of Fashion Week's fascinating Augmented Reality exhibits, as well as career opportunities in the fashion world for teens in high school and beyond. For those who have always wanted to try making and designing clothes, here's a chance to speak to a true expert.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Danny Rivera in Concert

Get ready Boston! The national voice of Puerto Rico, Danny Rivera, is coming to town. Ágora presents a special concert by the man who has delighted and inspired people for more than five decades with his voice and passion.

The event will be held in Spanish at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 in the Sanctuary at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St. People may also watch during or after the live broadcast.

Visit for more information and tickets ($25 to $35).

Queer Board Game Night

All queer-identifying folks and allies are welcome to play board games from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Trident Café, 338 Newbury St.

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Crackin’ Up with Dr. Kris

If laughter is the best medicine, join Dr. Kris and special guests for this one-of-a-kind therapy session meets comedy show experience at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Lyric Stage Company, 140 Clarendon St.

Sponsored by weighted blankets and years of therapy. Not a substitute for medical advice.

Masks required. Please do not lick any doorknobs or spit on strangers.

Purchase tickets ($25) via the Lyric Stage Company box office. Call the theatre to request a senior or student discount or require a complimentary ticket.

This event is dedicated to increasing mental health awareness and access and building community during complex times.

A portion of the proceeds will be devoted to benefitting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents (AAKOMA Project).

River Fit: 'Froca

Join the Esplanade Association for River Fit: ‘Froca on Fiedler Field from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

River Fit: ‘Froca will take participants around the world, exposing them to new rhythms while they break a sweat. Set to popular African and Caribbean music, ‘Froca draws on movements and dances rooted in deep tradition as well as steps that have gained popularity in recent years.

Go to for more information and registration.

‘In Search of Emma: How We Created Our Family’

Listen to the moving story of a man who always wanted to be a father and the long emotional road to making his dream come true from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Born in Cuba and raised in the USA, Armando Lucas Correa epitomized the American dream. He had everything he wanted: an incredible job as the editor of People magazine, meeting and interviewing glamorous celebrities; a steady partner; and a comfortable life filled with travel. But he wanted a child.

Although his family, with two fathers, would not be traditional, Correa was undaunted. They chose surrogacy and, with the help of science and patience - an egg donor, a gestational mother who was unconditionally supported by her partner and family - Correa’s dream finally came true with the birth of his daughter. In Search of Emma is his inspiring and beautiful story of love, family and fatherhood.

This moderated discussion with Elizabeth Jurenovich (Abrazo Adoption Associates) will be presented by Boston Public Library and American Ancestors/NEHGS with moderator.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Disability and the History of Medicine

Medicine and technology impact the lived experiences of disabled people in many ways. Advances improve people’s lives, however many of these have come at the cost of invasive diagnostic technologies, the medicalization of human conditions and endless quests for cures. Doctors have performed experiments on the poor and disempowered; especially enslaved Black and institutionalized people who had limited public voice.

Writing medical history must include disabled people and use their experiences as analytical lenses for understanding historical events. Taking inspiration from the disability rights movement and the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, this discussion slated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 will delve into what has been written as traditional medical history and how we can tell a more complete story.

Go to for more information and Zoom registration.

Chair Yoga for Older Adults with YogaHub

Join the Boston Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct, 14 and Nov. 18 for an online Chair Yoga class with YogaHub.

Chair Yoga for Older Adults is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. Participants will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension and alleviate pain.

This type of yoga helps to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance, and move easily through daily activities.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Domestic service at the ​Gibson House

Explore the lives of the young, Irish immigrant women who worked in domestic service in the Back Bay. Rarely seen spaces, including the coal shed (the last surviving coal shed in Back Bay) and the fifth-floor servant bedroom will be on view.

The tour will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Go to for more information and registration ($15/$12 students and seniors).

The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound 

Join the Boston Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 for an online author talk with the winner of 2021 Museum of African American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award. 

In Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound, Daphne A. Brooks, an award-winning Black feminist music critic, will take attendees on an epic journey through radical sound from Bessie Smith to Beyoncé. This program will be moderated by BPL President David Leonard.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Cheese tasting and board workshop

The French Cultural Center’s presenter, Jennifer Greco’s personal project is to taste each and every one of France's almost 1,500 cheeses.

Join Greco from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 16 to discover the best of French cheese. She will teach the basics, show how to build a cheese board and share everything about the pairings. Online event will be in English.

Visit for more information, including the cheese list, pairings and where to buy them, and Zoom registration (Members: $20 | Non-members; $28).

Guided history tour on the Esplanade

The Esplanade Association will offer a free guided history tour on the Esplanade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Guided walking tours will last about an hour-and-a-half and cover roughly a mile of the Esplanade and more than 150 years of history.

Visit for more information and registration.

‘Her Socialist Smile’ film screening

In his new film, John Gianvito, known for passion projects of expansive shape and political ambition, meditates on a particular moment in early 20th-century history: when Helen Keller began speaking out on behalf of progressive causes. 

Beginning in 1913 when, at age 32, Keller gave her first public talk before a general audience, “Her Socialist Smile” is constructed of onscreen text taken from Keller’s speeches, impressionistic images of nature, and newly recorded voiceover by poet Carolyn Forché. The film is a rousing reminder that Keller’s undaunted activism for labor rights, pacifism, and women’s suffrage was inseparable from her battles for the rights of the disabled. 

Registrants will receive a temporary link to view the film 24 hours before the virtual panel discussion from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

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Lyric Stage Company: ‘Be Here Now’

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St. will present matinee and evening performances of “Be Here Now” – a quirky romantic comedy about a professor of nihilism who experiences joy for the first time – through Sunday, Oct.  17.

Visit for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Read the Room Book Club – ‘Frankenstein’                                

The Gibson House Museum and the Nichols House Museum will co-host Read the Room, their book club inspired by the literary salons of the 19th century from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20. 

The group will discuss Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The first science fiction novel was written more than 200 years ago, but its legacy and relevance continue today. Discuss the novel’s context and implications just in time for spooky season.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration (Members: Free | $12 per meeting | $45 for season).

‘What Do We Have in Common?’ interactive public sculpture

In celebration of the Friends of the Public Garden’s 50th anniversary in Boston, a large, participatory public sculpture – a hand-crafted, double-sided, wooden cabinet with removable illuminated markers that invite discussion about ownership – called “What Do We Have in Common?” has been installed on historic Boston Common through Friday, Oct. 22.

“What Do We Have in Common?” was created by famed public artist Janet Zweig and curated by Now + Then.

Visit for more information.

MBCC’s LGBTQ+ virtual dance

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will host their 24th annual LGBTQ+ Dance: Party for Prevention virtually from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The event will feature a guest appearance with long-time environmental activist, actress and comedian Lily Tomlin, music with DJ Jodi Entertainment and dance lessons with Liz Nania, the founder and director of OUT to Dance.

Go to for more information and tickets (Sliding Scale: $10 to $45).

‘Ralph S. Jacobs: Recent Works’

The Guild of Boston Artists will present “Ralph S. Jacobs: Recent Works” through Saturday, Oct. 23 at their Newbury Street gallery. The show will feature a beguiling collection of the artists newest still-life and landscape paintings.

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Critical shortage of blood at MGH Blood Donor Center – please give

The Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Donor Center, 55 Fruit St. (GRJ 120) is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Monday Mettā                      

Join Rev. Kim at the Arlington Street Church at noon on Mondays for a half hour of loving kindness meditation. She will give brief instructions, and the group will join in sending loving kindness to ourselves and to the world. No meditation experience necessary.

Join with video at or participate by phone by dialing 929-436-2866. For either option, the meeting ID is always 895 886 6876.

Gay Men's Coffee Connections

Gay Men's Coffee Connections will meet at 5 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month.

Feel free to listen or engage in discussion about experiences as gay men.

Visit for more information, including the week’s discussion prompt and the Zoom link.

The Buddhist book discussions and meditations

Buddha's Belly and Arlington Street Meditation Center (feel free to come to one or both) will meet via Zoom on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

– 6 p.m. Buddha's Belly: a book discussion group that explores a variety of books from Buddhist teachings. All are welcome.

– 7 p.m. Arlington Street Meditation Center: these gatherings include seated meditation, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversation. Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none!) are warmly welcome.

Visit for more information and links to attend.

Back Bay Chorale ESL Chorus                              

Do you love music or enjoy singing? Do you want to learn English and sing with new friends? The E.S.L. Singing Group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on (most) Tuesdays through Dec. 7 on Zoom and/or at the Central Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.

Associate Conductor Katherine Chan from the Back Bay Chorale will teach basic singing skills and songs in English.

At the end of each class, participants will have the opportunity to practice English conversation skills and develop friendships. No singing experience required.

Go to or for more information and (Zoom) registration.

Kundalini Yoga Class

Experience fun exercises and poses, breathing techniques, chanting, meditation and deep relaxation in this unique class at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Moving energy through your body brings positive change and growth. All are welcome.

There is a $10 charge that goes to the Arlington Street Church.

Email for Zoom access. 

A safe space for people of all colors

If you identify as a person of color, Old South Church invites you to a time of connecting, a moment of breath, a reprieve from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The group is open to people of all ages.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Virtual Jazz Coffee House                                                             

The Virtual Jazz Coffee House, featuring the Willie Sordillo Ensemble, will be livestreamed from the Old South Church in Boston from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at

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 ( Each video features MFF Artists and friends from all over the world.

Friday Night Trivia

Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St will host a weekly Trivia Night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays.

The event will feature seven rounds of general knowledge trivia with a few wildcards along the way (follow on Instagram to get a sneak peak of the evening's categories) and excellent prizes for the top three teams. 

Visit for more information.

Bach Cantata Series at Emmanuel Church                      

Continuing their 50-year-old tradition, the orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present Bach’s astounding human document in the liturgical setting for which it was intended, as well as other sacred works.

The performances can be enjoyed in person at the Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. at 10 a.m. on Sundays through May 15 with a live stream option.

To learn more about the history of Bach cantatas and how Emmanuel Music presents them, visit

LGBTQ Catholics Unite monthly meetings                                              

LGBTQ Catholics Unite meetings are held virtually at 1 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month. The meetings provide an opportunity for LGBTQ Catholics and friends to gather and openly discuss relevant topics, scripture, and current events and share faith experiences, thoughts, beliefs and feelings.

Hosted by the St. Cecilia Rainbow Ministry, they hope that all LGBTQ+ Catholics will know that “God loves you, God created you, God is on your side, Jesus cares about you, and the church is your home.” All, including allies, are welcome.

For more info on how to connect via Zoom, email

Tiffany stained-glass windows

The Tiffany Education Center at the Arlington Street Church, 20 Arlington St. offers self-guided tours with an audio guide as well as docent-guided tours. Experience the resplendent beauty and history of the 16 Tiffany opalescent stained-glass windows – the largest Tiffany window collection of its kind in any one church.

The visitors center will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays). Group tours are also available.

Visit for more information.

Boston Open Market at Copley Square

In partnership with the Friends of Copley Square, New England Open Markets will operate the Boston Open Market - a new weekly arts market held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27.

Visit for more information.

Copley Square Farmers Market

The Copley Square Farmers Market – Boston's biggest and busiest farmers market featuring more than two dozen Massachusetts farmers offering a vibrant selection of local and delicious produce and meat – will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Accepts: SNAP, HIP & Nutrition Vouchers

Future Readers Book Club/Events

The Boston Public Library hosts the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.

Register at to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at

In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.

Visit for more information and registration to each event.

BPL reading challenge                                                        

The Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.” In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit for more information.

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.

Genealogy for the next generation                                                 

Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at

These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life.

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 (virtual) 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

Boston Ballet videos                                     

Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, virtual choreography, performance clips, and articles on along with exclusive, ballet videos posted Mondays through Fridays at and/or

Support Boston Ballet at

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.

Friday Night Supper Program – needs help for and with onsite/to-go meals

The Friday Night Supper Program (FNSP) at the Arlington Street Church – the longest running program in Boston – has served more than 13,000 meals a year to more than 130 guests from all over Boston since 1984.

FNSP offers seated, family-style dinners at the church at 5 p.m. on Fridays or hot to-go meals for those who prefer or if room reaches its limited capacity due to the pandemic.

The Clothing Closet will also be opened every other Friday.

Donations make a difference in the lives of people in need, whether through philanthropic dollars or individual gifts of money, clothing, toiletries and gift cards.

FNSP is also looking for help to serve the onsite and “to go” meals.

Visit for more information.

Support BostonWarm/common art and common cathedral programs 

The drop-in center, BostonWarm; the art program, common art; and common cathedral, all under the umbrella of Ecclesia Ministries at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.), needs partners to help them serve the increasing number of homeless and underserved during this critical time.

There are three specific ways that you can help make a difference:

1) Purchase supplies from BostonWarm and common art Amazon wish lists.

2) Donate individually wrapped homemade or purchased sandwiches, soft fruits, granola bars and water.

3) Donate your time, your treasures (donations) and your prayers – they are always welcomed and valued.

Visit for other information, including links to keep this mission alive.

Support Women’s Lunch Place                                         

Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St. continues to serve women while maintaining all three of their core services areas – healthy meals, direct care and advocacy.

WLP is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday to Saturday serving breakfast and lunch along with essential care packages.

Women’s Lunch Place needs donations – money, gift cards, toiletries, underwear and other basic necessities – to keep their mission going.

Visit for more information.

Support the Esplanade Association                       

The Esplanade is the stretch of public green space that extends for three miles one way along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University (BU) Bridge.

In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, recreational facilities and more than five miles of pathway for walking, running or biking.

Please consider making a donation to the Esplanade Association to help keep the green space thriving and the activities alive. All donations are tax deductible and people can use any means to send their support, including Donor Advised Funds.

Visit for more information and links to donate.

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