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Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Join the Friends at Columbus Park for a fun family day celebrating fall from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Wear a Halloween costume and walk in the parade at noon (prizes for all), then join Big Bird for singing and dancing. There will also be lawn games and balloon animals. Take a mini-pumpkin home.

Visit www.foccp.org/events/fall-festival-pumpkin-patch for more information and reservations.

ARC Blood Drive at Rockhill Management                                  

A blood drive will be held at Rockhill Management, 100 Summer St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. 

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

Book Discussion Club: ‘The Metamorphosis’

The Book Discussion Club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 to discuss The Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka. 

Traveling salesman Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect.

This is part of BPL’s Yearlong Reading Together Reading Challenge.

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

ARC Blood Drive at International Place                           

A blood drive will be held at International Place, 2 International Place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

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

What Isabella Wanted Story Time and Art Activity            

Join the award-winning author and illustrator of What Isabella Wanted from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 for a celebration of Isabella Stewart Gardner and her love for art. Author Candace Fleming will read the story, followed by an art project led by Caldecott-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell.

Register for the Zoom link at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wpQMWag-b9cU-WpLCARu5P7Zgdqkulsm9cqDwsPOu7o/viewform?edit_requested=true at least one hour before this Future Readers Club program begins.

Kanopy Club: ‘Suspiria’  

Following the Year-long Reading Challenge's October theme of “A Story Under 100 Pages,” the Kanopy Club will discuss films that are 100 minutes or less.

Watch the film Suspiria (1977, R) on Kanopy then join the Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

About the film: A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. Suspiria is Italian horror master Dario Argento's best-known and most acclaimed film.

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

The Greenway Carousel open and accessible – Fall/Winter hours

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl and harbor seal. There is also a wheelchair accessible spot.

The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present an EBT card for up to four free rides.

The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel for more information and tickets.

Outdoor Comedy Show

Karl Xie will present an outdoor family-friendly comedy show from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27 at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.

Shows are free but reservations are required at www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-comedy-show-at-the-christopher-columbus-waterfront-park-tickets-163403475193.

Crypt and church tours                                                                                           

Take a walk-through history.

The Old North Church and Historic site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Old North is the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the City. Take a self-guided tour through the church; staff will be available to answer questions.

See what lies beneath the Old North Church – 15-minute guided tours of the historic crypt will be offered on the half hour as well.

Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information ($5 per person | Children, ages five and under free | Crypt/Admission combo ticket: $10).

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ Series 2            

In this new series, three intertwining stories – “Walking It Off,” “Hummingbird” and “Mother’s Day” – unfold along the Greenway from the Chinatown Gate to the North End.

Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities,

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Boston Public Market on The Greenway 2021                 

The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway (700 Atlantic Ave. across from South Station) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 18.

Products include farm fresh produce; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty foods.

SNAP/EBT/HIP accepted. Learn more at https://bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal.

Greenway Artisan Market

The Greenway Artisan Market will be open at the Rings Fountain, Milk St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Sunday, Oct. 31.

The Greenway Artisan Market is a vibrant open-air market run by Somerville Flea featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers showcasing and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and much more.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/greenway-artisan-market for more information.

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.

The Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. 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).

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email office@stjosephboston.org or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.

Paul Revere House online/onsite                                                     

To stay up-to-date on “all things Revere,” check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog, or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

The Revere House is also open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.

New England Aquarium onsite/online

The New England Aquarium has reopened following safety guidelines.

They will continue to offer Virtual Visits with activities and webcams as well as Virtual Programs (Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters) so people can visit their favorite animals from home.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists.

Go to neaq.org for more information.

Old North Gift Shop onsite/online

The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.

Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.

Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home                                                                              

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor 

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

Help preserve Old North history and legacy

The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site and in classrooms across the nation.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their onsite/online visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come – especially at this crucial time when the site is closed as 95 percent of their funding comes from tourism.

Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.