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Boo-Tanical Garden

A new experience is coming to Boston Children’s Museum. Are you brave enough to enter the Boo-tanical Garden – Owned and Operated by Ghosts – and encounter strange and unusual plants?

This spooky experience will feature two different options through Sunday, Oct. 31: a lights on, hands-on experience perfect for littles and a spooky experience for kids and families who want a spookier encounter with these wild and wacky plants.

– Lights on Experience for Littles will occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Admission for this specific-timed, 8-to-10-minute experience is $2 per person with museum admission or $4 per person without museum admission.

– The Spooky experience for those who want a little fright will occur on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission for this specific-timed, 10-to-12-minute experience is $7 per person with museum admission or $10 per person without museum admission, recommended for ages 4+.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/boo-tanical for more information and tickets.

CreatedBy Festival

The CreatedBy Fesival is an annual celebration of STEAM creativity and inspiration. In addition to all the Boston Children’s Museum’s regular exhibits, visitors will try hands-on activities, demonstrations, and show-and-tells from local artists, technologists, innovators and educators.

Stop by to check out augmented reality, LED Light Painting, 3D scanning, robotics, and science experiments all day on Saturday, Oct. 23. Exhibitors include Artisan's Asylum, New England FIRST, Brandeis Maker Lab, Einstein's Workshop, and more.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or https://createdbyfestival.org for more information and tickets.

Chinatown Farmers Market                                               

The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, 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.

‘The Virulent Roots of American Violent Othering’

Chinese Historical Society of NE will present "The Virulent Roots of American Violent Othering: Asians as disposable things and other stories of dehumanization" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

People must get to the deep taproots of Anglo-American settler colonialism to understand the virulent and violent acting out that stretches from the beginnings of Columbus' and Puritan arrivals.

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen will ground the story of the schizoid love/hate attitude towards Asians in the US to the deep history usually ignored. The teas, porcelains and silks of the China trade were the foundation consumables the settler colonial North American knew of "Cathay" and "The Orient." Such love of "things," also regularly disposed, continue to define the ways Asian beings are encountered in US culture to this day.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/the-virulent-roots-of-american-violent-othering-tickets-177114924507 for more information and registration (Free; Suggested donation - $10).

Mayor's Movie Night: 'Hotel Transylvania'

“Hotel Transylvania” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 on Boston Common.

The film tells the story of Count Dracula, the owner of a hotel called Hotel Transylvania where the world's monsters can take a rest from human civilization.

This series is hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Soxcessful.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/mayors-movie-nights-hotel-transylvania for more information.

Enigma Chamber Opera presents ‘Curlew River’

Enigma Chamber Opera will present an exciting new staging of Benjamin Britten's church parable, “Curlew River” at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, 138 Tremont St.

This haunting, beautiful piece with its themes of loss, journeying and finding a way forward after trauma is the perfect catharsis for what everyone has been through in recent times.

The performances with orchestra and an amazing cast will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/enigma-chamber-opera-presents-benjamin-brittens-curlew-river-tickets-175470205107 for more information and tickets ($20-$30).

Global Arts Live presents Boston Dance Theater

Boston Dance Theater will perform “I Had a Thought” by Micaela Taylor, “For the Record” by Rena Butler, “Peekaboo” by Marco Goecke, and a new world premiere choreographed by Rosie Herrera at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston (ICA).

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information and registration (Members: $36 | Nonmembers: $40).

Teen Night: Contemp-O-Ween

Everyone is invited to have the time of their life at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. From Disney princess inspired ball gowns to the bloody, tattered dress of Bloody Mary, they ask that you elevate what Halloween, or contemp-o-ween in this amazing case, means to you. Think about what inspires you, or what scares you, or simply find something extravagant that you feel stunning in. You’ll receive red carpet treatment and be exposed to the wonderful new exhibits at the ICA. 

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-night-contemp-o-ween-tickets-188739885077.

‘inPUBLIC Festival’ coming to Downtown Crossinfg

The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) presents the 2021 “inPUBLIC Festival,” bringing the social-justice-inspired work of 60 local and national artists to the Downtown Crossing steps at Washington and Franklin streets for a three-day interactive art experience that will transform the area with art and art-making centered on solidarity and healing, with powerful messages of resilience and interdependence.

This will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31.

The DS4SI team will construct a site-specific experience around the Downtown Crossing steps, including a stage area for opening/closing ceremonies and performances, and a gallery-like atmosphere designed to encourage reflection and interaction.

Members of the public will participate, watch and be moved by a mix of vibrant visual and performance art, sound installations and participatory art-making fueled by the question, “What will you tend to?”

“inPUBLIC Festival” curators Letta Neely and Sheila Novak put out a national call to artists for work that addressed the question, “What are you tending to?”

Neely says their goal was to create an installation that spotlighted “the wealth of individuals tending to things alongside each other.”

Local artists are from Boston neighborhoods (Allston, Dorchester, Downtown Crossing, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, the Seaport and the South End) as well as Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.

Regional (MA) artists come from Amherst, Brockton, Lawrence, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Springfield, Watertown and Worcester. Beyond Massachusetts, artists also come from Colorado, Florida, New York and Canada.

The rain dates are 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7.

Learn more at https://www.ds4si.org.

Halloween Spooktacular!

The Boston Children’s Museum is celebrating Halloween in a fun and safe way for all ghouls and goblins.

Join them from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 for an after-hours experience where the fun and wonder of the Boston Children’s Museum meets trick-or-treating throughout the Museum and spooky fun for all.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/boo-tanical for more information and tickets ($30).

‘I Am This Place’ 

The original play “I Am This Place” envisions a legacy and history of resistance, survival, loss and remembrance which may have influenced Crispus Attucks, the African and Indigenous man who was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre.

Two actors, Maria Hendricks and Dominic Carter, take on nine characters in this compelling drama which spans more than 100 years, weaving together historical fact with artistic insight. Playwright Miranda ADEkoje imagines what the lives of Crispus Attucks’s parents and ancestors might have been like as Black and Indigenous people living in a time of war and slavery in New England.

Produced in partnership with Plays in Place, this performance can be viewed at 11:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Oct. 24 at Old South Meeting House. The performance runs approximately 25 minutes.

Admission to this performance is included in museum entry.

Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2021/09/27/i-am-this-place for more information and reservations.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson.

The featured films will be available through Sunday, Oct. 24. The shorts program will be available through Sunday, Oct. 31.

For a complete list of featured films/shorts program and registration for on-demand-streaming, visit https://artsemerson.org/events/baaff (ticket prices vary).

The Tea Consignees & The Loyalist Perspective

History is often complicated and complex, and the time leading up to the American Revolution was no exception. In the time of the Boston Tea Party, Boston was divided.

Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 for a 1-hour discussion on this clash of ideologies, focusing on the Consignees’ involvement in the tea crisis of 1773. Hear the differences between the “Patriot” and “Tory” perspectives, and learn more about central figures of the Loyalist cause in rebellious Boston.

Visit www.bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-museum for more information and Zoom registration ($15).

Bright Lights: ‘Malni–Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore’

This film follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier’s wanderings through each of their worlds as they wander through and contemplate the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. 

Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape.

On demand streaming will be available for viewing from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with writer and director Sky Hopinka starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

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

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/bright-lights-malni-towards-the-ocean for more information and registration.

Berklee Summer in The City: Martin Guas

Martin Guas will perform at noon on Thursday, Oct. 28 at Dewey Square Park on the Greenway, as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

A captivating singer, as well as a versatile guitarist and pianist, Guas's music and lyrical writing are deeply rooted in Latin American folk.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/martin-guas-8 for more information.

Dewey Square Movie Series

As part of the Rediscover the Greenway Programmatic Series, unwind on the Dewey Square lawn with a free series of spooky movies on The Greenway. In partnership with the City of Boston, movie showings will take place in front of The Greenway mural at 6 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

– Oct, 28: Hocus Pocus (PG)

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/dewey-square-movie-series-2021-10-21 for more information.

‘Baltimore’

Emerson Stage will present ‘Baltimore’ at 8 p.m. from Thursday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 30 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Tufte Performance and Production Center Semel Theatre, 10 Boylston Pl.

‘Baltimore’ tells the story of Shelby Wilson, a Black resident advisor for a group of first year students at a college in New England. Shelby is focused on rebuilding her résumé after losing her job in the athletics department, but when a racist caricature is drawn on the dorm door of one of her residents, she is forced to reevaluate her naive belief that she lives in a post-racial society.

Go to https://emersontheatres.org/Online/default.asp for more information and reservations ($12 – General Admission | $8 - Emerson).

6th Annual World Alive! Celebration

Arts Emerson will host the sixth annual (and completely virtual) World Alive on Friday, Oct. 29.

This celebration will include an online happy hour, dinner groups with surprise guests, an auction and an engaging program featuring entertaining performances and appearances from some very special guest artists.

Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/world-alive-21 for more information, tickets and sponsorships.

Million Dollar Quartet at Shubert Theatre

The Million Dollar Quartet performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St.

Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award®-winning smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On Dec. 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever.

They’ll bring those musical moments to life with timeless and enduring hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Go to www.bochcenter.org/events/detail/million-dollar-quartet for more information and tickets ($35+).

Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island                                  

Join the park biologists and volunteer stewards from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 for Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island.

Help control non-native invasive plants and enhance native ecosystems and natural processes in the park. The group will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as they work to understand and improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.

A ferry will depart from the EDIC pier in South Boston.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/stewardship-saturday-at-thompson-island-tickets-178368493967 for more information and registration.

Play Date: Spellbound Sights!

It’s Halloween Eve at ICA with free admission for families when accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, with up to two adults per family from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Get inspired by bedazzled and costume-like artworks in the exhibitions “The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection,” Raúl de Nieves: “The Treasure House of Memory” and 2021 James and Audrey Foster Prize.

Request free family admission tickets for a special activity in the galleries. Explore artworks, interact with Visitor Assistants, then collect a take home art kit. Halloween costumes are welcome, but read through costume rules on their website to ensure a safe and fun visit.

Visit www.icaboston.org for more information, timed tickets, and other activities. ($5 donation appreciated).

Outdoor Halloween Party

70th annual Outdoor Halloween Party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 between Hanover and Battery streets, beginning with the Parade through the streets at 1 p.m.

Other fun will include games and activities, inflatables, face painting and music by D.J. Amo. Tickets for prizes will be given to every child. (Raindate: Oct. 31)

Doggone Halloween Dog Parade

Get creative with your four-legged friend and win big. The annual Doggone Halloween Parade will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Downtown Crossing.

Presented by Downtown Boston BID, this annual event awards prizes to the Scariest, Cutest and Best Dog & Human Duo as well as Best in Show. All (well-behaved) breeds are welcome.

Bring your pups in their Halloween costumes and you will have a wooftastic time. There will be treats for all, and even a few tricks. Free samples and celebrity judges, too.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/doggone-halloween-dog-parade-registration-184942517047 for more information and pre-registration (two links: one for people and one for pups).

Trick or Treat & Peace!

St. Monica Parish, 311 Old Colony Ave. will host a Family Halloween Peace Picnic and Children's Trick or Treat from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Visit www.goodsamaritanministry.org/event for more information.

Crossing: Stories of Immigration

Continuum Dance Project, in collaboration with visual artist Myrna Balk, will present a free performance of their new evening-length dance/theatre work examining contemporary stories of immigration. This family-friendly event will be done in English from 8 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.

All stories are true as remembered by project participants. Storytellers are originally from nine countries including: Columbia, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, The US Virgin Islands, and Vietnam. 

Visit www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/embodied-identities-opening for more information and registration (Suggested donation - $10).

CraftBoston: Cups of Good

Warm your home with wood – CraftBoston: Cups of Good features vessels – mugs, vases, boxes, and more – in wood and all media that evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort for the cooler seasons and beyond. View and purchase online through Sunday, Oct. 31.

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

ARC Blood Drive at  District Hall

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

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

Embodied Identities exhibit at POA Arts Gallery

Embodied Identities – part of the New Narratives – will be on view at the Pao Arts Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Dec. 17. 

Curator: Leslie Anne Condon – Artists: Maria Fong, Eugene La Rochelle, Brenda Lau, Mel Taing and Jennifer Okumura

Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/embodied-identities-opening for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.