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Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean there isn’t time for a walk with the dog. The Southwest Corridor Park in the South End is a great place to take a walk, with or without a four-legged friend.

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

SoWa is open                                                                                          

The art studios, galleries, shops, showrooms and restaurants at SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) including the SoWa Art Guild (450 Harrison Ave.) and the SoWa Vintage Market (lower level of 450 Harrison Ave.) will be open for:

 – First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. (year-round)

– Second Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (year-round – next one scheduled for Oct. 10)

– SoWa Open Market (Farmers Market/Art Market/Food Trucks/Beer Garden) at 500 Harrison Ave. will be open from 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31 with makers, farmers, foodies, crafters and artists. There will be live music from noon to 2 p.m. with DJ spinning tunes from 2 to 4 p.m.

– Each venue has its own set hours and are open by appointment.

Come and meet the artists in person, view their new work and buy direct.

Visit www.sowaboston.com and/or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

Peters Park Beautification Day

Peters Park Beautification Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 16 (rain date is Oct. 17). Everyone is invited to join with neighbors and friends to help beautify this very popular and treasured part of the South End.

Tools will be available at the park, but people may also bring their own. Garden gloves are recommended for those who have them.

Meet at the park between baseball field and basketball field to take part. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9 a.m. and the work will begin at 9:30 a.m.

This event is being coordinated by the Friends of Peters Park. For those who want to help, but can’t come on Oct. 16, donations are needed for dog park maintenance and landscaping. The Friends of Peters Park is a 501 c3 non-profit organization.

To give, mail checks to Friends of Peters Park, PO Box 181137, Boston, MA 02118. Or go to www.Peterspark.org.

305 Fitness at SOWA Market

The SOWA Market and 305 Fitness are joining forces at 11 a.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31 for a cardio dance party filled with empowerment, positivity, and all-around sweaty fun.

Not a dancer? No problem. The instructor will guide people through the steps.

Join the party and stay for some shopping, food trucks and fun.

Visit www.sowaboston.com/calendar/2021/10/17/305fitness for more information and registration ($10).

Mindfulness for Young Adults                               

Everyone could all use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join YA librarian Paul on Zoom from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help everyone live more fully in the now.

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

Kanopy Club: ‘Loving Vincent’

Watch the film, Loving Vincent (2017, PG-13) on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library for a Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

In the first fully painted feature film, 2018 Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world's most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. Featuring the voices of Saoirse Ronan and Chris O'Dowd.

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

‘Witch’

“Witch,” a devious new comedy about one woman’s deal with the devil, will be presented by Huntington Theatre Company at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St. on select dates and times from Friday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 14.

Visit https://www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/2021-2022/witch for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Party in the Park: Urbanity Dance’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Urbanity Dance – dedicated to inspiring, engaging and empowering the Boston community through the art of dance and movement – celebrates its 10th anniversary with a free Party in the Park in Peters Park from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The event includes three free dance classes – a Dance with Parkinson's class from 1 to 1:45 p.m., a class with Afrobeats Dance Boston from 2 to 2:30 p.m., and an All-Ages Family Fun dance class from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. There will also be performances, food and other fun along with a mobile vaccination truck.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged and donations welcomed at www.urbanitydance.org/10-year-anniversary-celebration.

Teen Book Discussion: ‘All Out’

October 2021's work will be the short story anthology All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages.

This collection of LGBTQ+ historical fiction stories include entries from some of today's most popular YA authors. Authors Saundra Mitchell and Malinda Lo will join the book discussion from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 on Twitch.

This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.

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

Brooklyn Rider concert                                                       

The first performance in this daredevil quartet’s three-performance arc highlights the formidable range of globe-spanning composers who write original works for Brooklyn Rider, including a world premiere of a new work by Osvaldo Golijov, and will be available on demand until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Visit www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/performance-event-calendar for more information and tickets.

‘Uncultivated’ at Fountain Street Gallery

Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2, will exhibit “Uncultivated,” featuring the work of Sarah Alexander and Jim Banks through Sunday, Oct. 24.

An artist talk is slated from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Alexander and Banks find themselves drawn to - the wild and unpredictable. Their vibrant show, which starts with drawing and branches into painting and sculpture, highlights weeds and other unruly botanicals in novel and unanticipated ways.

Follow the rhizomes and be rewarded with Alexander’s flourish and symbolism and Banks’ precision and vitalism.

Visit www.fsfaboston.com/upcoming-exhibits for more information.

SpeakEasy Stage: ‘The Sound Inside’

“The Sound Inside” will be presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company at Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St. through Saturday, Oct. 16. Evening performances and matinee times vary.

2020 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play. In the 17 years since she was last published, novelist Bella Baird has almost completely isolated herself from the world. But things change when she meets Christopher – a brilliant but enigmatic student in her creative writing class at Yale. As their friendship deepens, their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, leading to a shocking request. Intensely intimate and deeply moving, The Sound Inside is “an astonishing new play… about fiction, both the kind we read and the kind we live.” (The New York Times)

Visit www.speakeasystage.com/shows/2021/09/the-sound-inside for more information and tickets (prices vary).

‘Buddha + Christ’ and ‘Familiar Interplay’ exhibitions

The exhibitions “Buddha + Christ” by Robert Richfield and “Familiar Interplay” by Sanjé James

will be on view at the Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. #37 through Saturday, Oct. 16.

Visit www.gallerykayafas.com for more information.

‘The Merchant of Venice’                                                               

The Actor’s Shakespeare Project of Charlestown will present The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare through Sunday, Oct. 17 at The Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St.

This exploration of the heinousness of anti-Semitism reminds people that everyone may be culpable; too willing to look the other way when it comes to “other”ing our neighbors. 

Visit www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/box-office/buy-tickets for more information and reservations.

‘Harbinger’ three-person exhibition

LaiSun Keane, 460C Harrison Ave. will present a three-person exhibition titled “Harbinger,” featuring New York based artists Mary DeVincentis, Jackie Shatz and Mary Tooley-Parker, on view through Sunday, Oct. 17.

The word “harbinger” is used here to signify what their hope for the future entails and reinforces one of their gallery missions - to provide a platform for contemporary art by women working in diverse mediums of art.

These veteran artists work with varied approaches to painting, sculpture and fiber art, and share commonalities in their approach to storytelling which is informed by psychoanalysis, fantasy and reality. LaiSun Keane’s fall program will launch with this exhibition.

Visit www.laisunkeane.com for more information.

Catalina Schliebener: ‘Growing Sideways’

Presented by Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), “Catalina Schliebener: Growing Sideways,” curated by John Chaich, is a careful yet playful intersection of collaged images that creates a disjointed narrative exploring gender formation and erotic curiosity.

The exhibition will kick off BCA’s new “1:1 Curatorial Initiative” series.

A closing panel event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23.

This exhibition will be on view through Oct. 24 at Mills Gallery.   

Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/catalina-schliebener-growing-sideways for more information and registration.

Mark Kelner ‘Dollar City’ exhibition at Beacon Gallery

“Dollar City” functions as a trick mirror, reflecting a slightly distorted version of reality that allows the viewer to parse out the invisible socio-economic and cultural elements of control embedded within today’s urban landscape and the built environment.

The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave.

Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.

‘Fallout’ + ‘Lexical Geometry’ exhibitions at Bromfield Gallery

Two new exhibits – Julia Talcott’s “Fallout” and Sarah Hulsey’s “Lexical Geometry” - will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, Oct. 31.

– “Fallout” is an installation of 12”x12” woodblock prints and collages exploring domestic, environmental and psychological states of being. These modular prints are able to be combined in an infinite number of combinations to tell a story. Talcott uses the repetition of shape, pattern and color to make a statement or evoke a feeling. The six woodblocks used to create these prints will also be shown with the pieces.

– Sarah Hulsey's work portrays the patterns and structures that comprise our universal instinct for language. In this body of work, she uses schematic forms and letterpress text to explore connections across the lexicon.

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information.

‘Above & Beyond’ | ‘Uninvited Guests’ | ‘New Works’ at Kingston Gallery

Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. will present the works of Joan Baldwin’s “Above & Beyond” and ‘Uninvited Guests” and Rose Olson’s “New Works” through Sunday, Oct. 31.

– In The Main Gallery: “Above & Beyond”

Vintage chairs, architectural details and outdoor environments mix it up in this group of oil paintings.

– In The Center Gallery: “Uninvited Guests”

What do you do with uninvited guests – those with wings and little stingers that make your life miserable when they get territorial and attack you? They're worth studying, labeling, categorizing and mounting on boards with pins.

– In The Kingston Project Space: “New Works”

These paintings reflect Olson’s passion for color and its interaction with the beauty of natural elements, such as the wood-grain patterns and the shifting light.

Visit http://kingstongallery.com/exhibitions for more information.

Miniature Festival (online)

Featuring world premiere 30-second miniatures for flute and harp submitted as part of their Black Composer Miniature 2.0 Challenge, plus haikus and tanka poems submitted as part of their Black Poet Miniature Challenge, plus performances by Project STEP, Boston City-Wide String Orchestra, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program students of viola works from their inaugural Black Composer Miniature Challenge.

This miniature festival is co-sponsored by Boston Center for the Arts where “Castle of our Skins is a Launchpad Resident” can be enjoyed through December on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. 

Visit www.castleskins.org/2021---2022-season.html for more information and the links to enjoy.

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.

Dance with Parkinson’s onsite/online

Urbanity Dance, 725 Harrison Ave. offers free classes from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays onsite and via Zoom designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease to keep individuals moving in a fun, welcoming and safe environment.

Certified Urbanity’s instructors will guide participants through exercises designed to enhance and maintain mobility, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and strength, which are all easily modifiable for various levels of mobility.

In this social, creative outlet, participants can discover or rediscover the joy of movement. Caregivers and loved ones are welcome to attend, although not required. All are welcome; no previous dance experience required.

Visit urbanitydance.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Social Fridays

IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción – will host a social hour from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays via Zoom to spend quality time with their neighbors. Virtual Bilingual Bingo will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Go to www.ibaboston.org/events/social-fridays for more information and Zoom registration.

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.

Third Piece Online knitting classes                                                            

Third Piece (631 Tremont St.), a South End yarn shop welcomes virtual crafters of all levels at their online knitting classes. The sessions are offered at various times throughout the week. Fees vary; some free. 

To learn more, go to www.thirdpiece.com.

‘Imagine Van Gogh’

“Imagine Van Gogh,” more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, is making its debut in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave.

The exhibition – spanning more than 24,000 square feet – brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid and spectacular way. The audience will enter the artist’s world of dreams as visitors are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

The exhibition, which will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, is a contactless experience, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, adhering to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.

Visit www.imagine-vangogh.com for more information and tickets (starting at $33.99).

MFA Playdates at Home                                                      

Enjoy MFA Playdates through 15-minute videos posted online every couple of weeks. Toddlers and caregivers enjoy story time, look at art together, and participate in an art-making activity led step-by-step by a museum educator.

Each MFA Playdate focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children, ages 4 and under, with adults. Art-making activities use materials commonly found at home. In addition to watching the video to see exactly how to make the art project, people can download the art-making instructions or read them online.

Visit mfa.org/programs/kids-and-family-programs/mfa-playdates/mfa-playdates-at-home for more information.

Urbanity dance classes

Urbanity Dance offers adult digital dance classes for all levels in a variety of styles. Taught by top faculty, including Urbanity Professional Company dancers and guest artists, these classes are designed to be taken on a drop-in basis or through 8- to 12-week seasonal sessions.

Go to urbanity.org 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.

MTW book/textile donations and online/onsite purchases

More Than Words stores accepts donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities, including at 242 East Berkeley St., or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.

People can also shop online or onsite for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.

All donations are fully tax deductible. Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth.

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and links to purchase items.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home   

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”

BGMC has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music; among them are 

eight new videos at bgmc.org and nearly 400 musical videos on www.youtube.com/BGMC1982 that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.

Help the Friends help the Boston Homeless                      

The Friends of Boston’s Homeless supports Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Boston's Long Island Shelter) in Boston’s South End.

The Friends serves more than 800 people experiencing homelessness every day by providing safe dignified care and basic emergency services (a nutritious meal, hot shower and a warm bed). The Friends also support solution-oriented programs that help people move beyond shelter to live peaceful, stable lives in our community including vocational training and employment services and transitional and permanent affordable housing.

Three ways to help: Participate in the Operation Sock Drop and/or Create Housewarming Baskets and/or make a financial donation.

Go to fobh.org/how-you-can-help for more information.

Give to Rosie’s Place

In this time of uncertainty, Rosie’s Place’s doors remain open, offering sanctuary and support to the women with nowhere else to turn. They hope you will consider making a gift today so that they can continue to provide critical services and compassion to all who seek their help.

You can support Rosie’s Place with a monthly donation, tribute gift, events, or donated items. 

Visit rosiesplace.org for more information and links to donate.

Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has continued to use food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.

The non-profit organization operates the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community at the Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café, Catering, TEP, TBK, and Arts & Culture programming at 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

The Haley House accepts in-kind donations (see list of needed items) and money and uses volunteers to help fulfill their mission.

Visit https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind for more details.

Help keep BGMC’s mission alive                                                               

Individual and corporate contributions fulfill the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’ mission of creating musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate diversity. Your gifts allow BGMC to perform in great concert halls and theaters, serve our community, tour to new places, and support their volunteer members. Your donation – in whatever amount is appropriate for you – is greatly appreciated.

The power of their voices will amplify the value of your gift many times over, helping to create a world that values its LGBTQ citizens.

Visit www.bgmc.org for ways to make your tax-deductible donations.

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.

South End Neighborhood Aid Network

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through www.humannetworkinitiative.com.