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Here are the two Hancock buildings as seen from Arlington Street.

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 https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events/cheese-tasting-and-board-workshop 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-history-tours-on-the-esplanade-tickets-160218725521 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.

Visit https://masshist.org for more information and Zoom registration.

‘Boston in 100 Words’

The Trident, 338 Newbury St. will host the 2021 "Boston in 100 Words" Awards Ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

“Boston in 100 Words” is an annual flash fiction writing contest that invites anyone living, working or going to school in Boston and some surrounding towns, to write stories of 100 words or fewer that depict everyday life in their communities.

Go to www.tridentbookscafe.com/event for more information.

Joint birthday concert 

A joint Birthday concert for the Apollo Club of Boston, founded in 1871, the second-oldest continuously active men’s singing group in the United States, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Apollo will be joined by the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus, the Highland Glee Club and the Renaissance Men from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Visit https://saengerfest.org for more information and tickets (Adults: $20 | People under 20: Free). 

Voice + Body: A Singer's Workshop on Zoom

Using the principles of yoga and vocal pedagogy, the group will build the foundations of healthy singing while releasing tension that often resides in a singer's body.

Join Boston Choral Ensemble at this online event for an afternoon of light body movements and vocal exercises from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.

No previous yoga experience required.

Visit www.bostonchoral.org/current-season for more information and Zoom registration

(Suggested donation: $15).

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 www.lyricstage.com/show-item/be-here-now for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Disability in Early America

This panel will explore how disability functioned in early America from personal, political and cultural perspectives. What did disability mean in the early United States and how does it differ from our ideas about disability today? How did disability operate as a political and legal category in the colonial period, and how did it change in the early republic?

What can material culture tell us about the lived experience of persons with disabilities in the era? This conversation will situate disability as a framework through which we can better understand the early lives of Americans and their often contested national and cultural identity.

Join the conversation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18.

Visit https://masshist.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Career skills: Happiness while job searching

Feeling positive will mean so much in a job search. Days will be brighter and your attitude will be positive.

In this workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, the group will discuss what happiness is, what might have to be given up to be happy and a conversation about negative self-talk and how it can harm a job search. They also discuss why happiness is good for health and how to stay healthy.

This workshop will teach about the habits of incredibly happy people and ways to be happy.

Presented by Joyce Mandel, an employment skills trainer with JMGM Employability Training.

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

The education of students of color with disabilities

Historians have recognized the role of Black women educators in schools throughout the south, work associated today with well-known figures such as Mary McLeod Bethune, Nannie Helen Burroughs and Mary Church Terrell.

Little has been written, however, about lesser-known Black women educators such as Susan Lowe, Amanda Johnson and Effie Whitaker, who made essential contributions to the early education of children of color with disabilities in the south.

This essay will consider the critical work of these women who represent just a handful of the many Black women who recognized the overlapping effects of racism and ableism in the lives of disabled students of color.

Join the conversation from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Visit https://masshist.org for more information and Zoom registration.

‘The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics’

Join American Ancestors/NEHGS and Boston Public Library, in partnership with the Boston Book Festival and GBH Forum Network, for an online conversation with author Mae Ngai about her latest works from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

“The Chinese Question” looks at how the Chinese diaspora, particularly migration to the world’s goldfields reshaped the 19th-century world.

Learn more and register at https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/6016311286954/WN_b-DFedKrTySc4Ev1mOXvSA.

Miguel Zenón Berklee Quintet

Berklee's Signature Series will present Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, alumnus, composer and jazz saxophonist Miguel Zenon leading a student ensemble at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at The Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St. 

Go to https://college.berklee.edu/events/signature-series for more information and tickets ($5 to $12).

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 www.massgeneral.org/blood-donor/contact for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Tips and Tricks for Evaluating Digital Information: Lateral Reading             

Lateral Reading is a method used by professional fact checkers to verify information. Lateral Reading skills can help people evaluate posts on social media, news and blog articles, and even websites.

During this Boston Public Library interactive class from noon to 1:15p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, attendees will learn about this method and then put their knowledge and new skills to the test with practice examples.

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

Family Book Group: ‘We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga’                            

The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 to discuss the October Community Read – We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, a picture book that follows a Cherokee family and their tribal nation through the year as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. 

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

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 www.eventbrite.com/e/read-the-room-book-club-frankenstein-1818-by-mary-shelley-tickets-169542733881 for more information and Zoom registration (Members: Free | $12 per meeting | $45 for season).

Charlesgate Park tour                                                                     

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a tour of Charlesgate Park from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 29.

Charlesgate is the start of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Learn about the park’s history as well as present restoration efforts designed to repair park access issues, improve the water quality of Muddy River and create new park amenities.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/calendar for more information and registration.

‘Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics’

Join the Central Library in Copley Square from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 for a discussion with two local authors about why Greater Boston is one of the world’s most innovative regions.

Based on a huge project extending more than 20 years with hundreds of participants, Dr. Robert Krim and co-author Alan Earls will provide a spirited overview of Greater Boston’s history that emphasizes the strong thread of innovation - in medicine, education, tech and social breakthroughs that four times renewed Boston after periods of major downturns making Boston a global wellspring of new ideas.

Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics, Innovations that Changed the World and this conversation about it can lead to viewing this city as the most innovative globally, with 400 innovations which changed the world.

Following the talk, Trident Booksellers and Cafe will facilitate a book signing in the Connector Space just outside Rabb Hall until 3:30 p.m.

Visit bpl.org/events more information and registration.

Finding hope in the face of climate change

Ordinary people have more power to change the world than they think they do. But it is hard to stay positive and motivated in the face of devastating weather and constant bad news about politics and the environment.

Join author Susan B Inches for a presentation on how to find your power and take action for the environment - as an advocate or within your current career. By working together at all levels, people can create a healthy future where all life is respected, revered and nurtured. This talk will show how.

Susan B Inches is the author of the newly released book, Advocating for the Environment, How to Gather Your Power and Take Action.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at The Trident, 338 Newbury St.

Go to www.tridentbookscafe.com/event for more information.

Beyond the Page: ‘The Happiest Girl in the World’

Is an Olympic dream worth the blood, sweat, and tears? How much is Sera Wheeler willing to sacrifice to remain a favored athlete? Find out in Alena Dillon’s The Happiest Girl in the World, a story of denial, ambition, and betrayal.

Join GBH at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 for a live discussion with October’s Beyond the Page author, Alena Dillon. Ask Alena about her writing journey and exploration of a beloved sport’s disturbing truth.

Visit www.wgbh.org/events/bookclub-october for more information and Zoom registration.

Willie Watson / Nat Myers concert

A concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Red Room at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St. featuring Willie Watson and Nat Myers.

For nearly two decades, Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions, bridging the gap between the past and present. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classics such as “Samson and Delilah” and “Gallows Pole,” passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.

Myers is a Kentucky roots and blues musician, performing original and standards from now to the early 20th century.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/willie-watson-0 for more information and tickets ($20 to $25).

Fall-O-Ween Children's Festival

The first annual Fall-o-Ween Children’s Festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Boston Common Frog Pond.

Adults and children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and participate in many free festive family activities. There will also be lots of spooky activities and giveaways for all ages.

The event is presented by Parks and Recreation, in partnership with The Skating Club of Boston.

Go to www.boston.gov/calendar/fall-o-ween-childrens-festival for more information.

Virtual pumpkin carving contest

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the spooky season with a pumpkin carving contest. Boston residents of all ages can participate in the online competition using photo submissions welcomed through Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31.

Find contest rules and enter your jack-o’-lantern into the contest at Boston.gov/ Pumpkins. Winners of each of the three categories: Most Creative, Scariest and Boston Parks-themed will receive a $75 gift basket courtesy of the farm families who own Cabot Creamery Co-operative.

Remember to compost your pumpkins.

AfroBaroque Music & Latin America

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage, La Donna Musicale will present Rumbarroco at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury St.

Rumbarroco’s Latin-Baroque Fusion ensemble uses period, folk, and contemporary popular instruments and performance practices. Rumbarroco explores the musical and cultural similarities and distinctions among Europeans, Africans, and Amerindians as experienced through Latin-American music, in order to unite today’s diverse communities, empower youth and raise funds for humanitarian projects in Latin America.

Visit https://rumbarroco.org/ticketsafrobaroque for more information and tickets ($5 to $35).

‘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 whatdowehaveincommon.art for more information.

The American Revolution from Two Perspectives: A Debate

Gordon Wood and Woody Holton are both distinguished scholars of the American Revolution. But they approach the founding very differently, as seen from their just-published books: Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution (Woods) and Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution (Holton).

Join them as they debate their conflicting interpretations from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The event will be held in-person at Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. and streamed online via Zoom. A pre-program reception will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Visit https://masshist.org/calendar for more information and registration.

(Members and Fellows + EBT or Connectorcare cardholders: Free | Non-members: $20).

Chamber Music Festival: ‘Folktales and Myths’

Emmanuel Music will present the Chamber Music Festival taking on the enchanting theme of Folktales & Myths and exploring storytelling through classical music.

Featuring compositions by living composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Julian Grant and John Harbison, along with pieces by Bach, this two-day chamber festival continues the long tradition of using music as a tool for storytelling, passing down myths and folktales throughout time. 

The concerts will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. The event will also be livestreamed.

Visit emmanuelmusic.org for more information and registration (Pay What You Wish: $0-$100).

‘Chamber Series 1: as the seasons return’

Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston will present “Chamber Series 1: as the seasons return” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.    

Pastoral scenes, languid dreams, fantasy and filigree occupy their 24th season opener with a grand return to in-person concerts and the art form we love.

Visit www.chameleonarts.org for more information, including the program, and tickets ($22-$49).

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 https://mbcc.org/events/2021-party-for-prevention 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.

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

ARC Blood Drive at  222 Berkeley St.                                                       

A blood drive will be held at 222 Berkeley St. at 222 Berkeley St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25.

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

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 bpl.org to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at bostonpl.beanstack.org.

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 bpl.org/events for more information and registration to each event.

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 https://zoom.us/j/8958866876 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 ascboston.org 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 www.ascboston.org 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 https://bbcboston.org/bridges/esl or bpl.org/events 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 office@ascboston.org 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 www.oldsouth.org 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 www.oldsouth.org/jazz.

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 www.tridentbookscafe.com/event/trivia-night-trident 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 emmanuelmusic.org.

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 stceciliarainbowministry@gmail.com.

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 www.asctiffany.org/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 www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/events 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

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 bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org 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 www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.

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 www.bigsister.org.

Boston Ballet videos                                     

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

Support Boston Ballet at www.bostonballet.org/Home/Support/Donate.

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.

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 www.Fridaynightsupper.org 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 www.commoncathedral.org 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 www.womenslunchplace.org 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 esplanade.org 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 friendsofthepublicgarden.org.