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George Francis Parkman, Jr. commissioned statues on Boston Common as one of his many contributions to the City of Boston and the Emerald Necklace. Sculptor Adio diBiccari and his brother-in-law Arcangelo Cascieri created three bronze statues to represent Boston’s intellectual, spiritual and industrial energy. The personification of Learning cradles a book, Industry makes use of a jackhammer, and Religion kneels, palms outward, in prayer.

‘How Medicine Got Hijacked by Business and How We Can Take It Back’

Join the Suffolk University Law School's Health Law and Policy Forum at Sargent Hall function room, 120 Tremont St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8.

The featured speaker will be Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, author of the 2017 New York Times bestseller, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, she worked as an emergency room physician before converting to full-time journalism focusing on health and health policy. 

Go to for more information and registration.

The Current State of Affairs for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

In the leadup to last year’s election, many promises were made about how protections for refugees and asylum seekers would be improved. Now, one year later, which of these promises have been kept and which remain unfulfilled?

Join Melanie Nezer, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at HIAS, to hear what the current state of affairs is for the forcibly displaced, and what can be done to help.

This presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips St.

Visit for more information and registration (Suggestion donation - $18).

Glass art workshops for 20s and 30s

How do we mark a space and make it our own? Local artist Sasha Kopp will guide participants in a series of glassmaking workshops to create objects that have the opportunity to be visual reminders of who we are, where we come from, and the values we hold. 

These workshops will be held The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips St. at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7. Wine and cheese will be served on the patio plaza at 6:30 p.m.

Visit for more information and registration ($75/series or $25/session).

ARC Blood Drive at Big Night Entertainment Group

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

‘Not One Inch: America, Russia and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate’

On the 13th anniversary of the Soviet collapse, this book uses new evidence and interviews to show how, in the decade that culminated in Vladimir Putin’s rise to power, the United States and Russia undermined a potentially lasting partnership.

Prize-winning historian M. E. Sarotte shows what went wrong as she talks about her new book Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration (Members and VESP holders free | Visitors - $5).


SYREN Modern Dance will present a special performance of “Thina,” the culmination of a yearlong journey documenting the creation of the original dance performance piece during the COVID-19 pandemic from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Museum of Science.

“Thina” meaning us/we in Zulu, is an ongoing project created by Kate St. Amand for the dancers of SYREN during the pandemic. Inspired by music of South African composers Reuben T. Caluza, Philip Miller, and Ann Masina, “Thina” is a multi-phasic project that continues to unfold in real time, uniquely shaped by the ever-shifting conditions of the pandemic.

Visit for more information and tickets (free with pre-registration).

Ring out the bells

At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of each month, bells, shofars and noisemakers all over the world are sounding to call attention to the 11th hour climate crisis of climate change (

Join the various members of King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St. as they ring the Paul Revere and Son bell and hold up signs on the church grounds as a Call to Action against Climate Change at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Visit for more information.      

A celebration of veterans

Join Dr. Ginny Badgett and the Boston Athenæum in saluting veterans. Through this interactive show & tell, Dr. Badgett will highlight military history within the Boston Athenæum’s Special Collections.

Beginning with Generals Washington and Knox through World War II, Badgett will showcase a selection of fine art, posters, prints and other materials that speak to and depict the servicemembers of the United States Armed Forces.

Join in honoring the people who have served, as well as their families from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. A reception to follow the presentation.

Visit for more information and reservations.

MOS Science Book Club for the Curious                                                  

The Science Book Club for the Curious will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 to discuss Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach.                                  

Visit for more information and registration.

The West End Museum 2021 Honorees Night

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. Suite 7 will host its third annual Heritage Night at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov.12, honoring three people who have made a deep and meaningful impact on the neighborhood over the decades.

This year’s honorees are State Rep. Jay Livingstone, City Councilor Kenzie Bok and Donald Zerendow, who passed away in July 2021.

Go to for more information and registration.

Caring for patients the Integrative Medicine Way

Drs. Peter Wayne and Julia Loewenthal will discuss the Osher Clinic for Integrative Medicine Center’s clinical use of and latest research on integrative therapies in older adults, including the promotion of healthy aging and prevention of disease and specific geriatric issues, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15.

For more information and Zoom registration for this virtual program, presented in partnership with the Boston Public Library as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Living Well Ending Well series, go to or

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays in November.

Visit for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

The Nichols House Museum tours

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., was home to landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist Rose Standish Nichols and her family. Their home and its original art and furnishings provide a glimpse into life on historic Beacon Hill from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. The museum educates and inspires the public through innovative tours and programs.

The 45-minute tours take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with an addition option at 2 p.m. on Fridays through Nov. 28 with advanced reservations.

Visit for more information and tickets (free to $12)

MOS Sci-Fi Book Club

The Science Fiction Book Club for the curious will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 to discuss “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi (virtually, of course).

Visit for more information and registration.

ARC Blood Drive at  Big Night Entertainment Group

Help end the critical shortage status by donating blood with the Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Simple morning meditation practice

Beacon Hill Friends holds a simple meditation practice that helps reduce stress and ease you into the morning. The meditation is 15 minutes long and begins and ends with a brief introduction to the practice. Orientation for newcomers begins at 8 a.m., and the practice begins at 8:10 a.m. on weekdays. 

Join once or join regularly – this meditation is free and open to the public.

Go to for more information and the Zoom link.

King's Chapel Tuesday Recitals                                                     

King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St. hosts Tuesdays Recitals at 12:15 p.m. on site and on Zoom through Dec. 28.

The 30-to-40-minute recitals feature a wide variety of performing artists ranging from local students to traveling performers. The performances range from jazz and folk music from numerous ethnicities to classical music from medieval times to the present.

Visit for more information (Suggestion donation: $5, given to the performers).

‘MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness’

The Beacon Hill Friends will host “MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. This facilitated spiritual practice with Quaker flavor and an experimental ethos is open to everyone.

Go to for more information about the facilitators and the practices they offer along with program details and Zoom registration. These closed-captioned programs are free, although donations to support their work are welcome.


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 to receive the link for the meeting.  

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga         

Join the Boston Public Library remotely from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays for a gentle yoga class by Hands to Heart Center (HTHC). Participants can expect a beginner-level one hour yoga flow, with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels. All are welcome.

These classes will be live-streamed on HTHC's YouTube channel, where previously recorded sessions may also be found.

To attend, visit No registration is required.

Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel operating                                      

The Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Tickets: $3/ride | 10 Ride Card: $25.

Visit for more information.

Operation ABLE                                                                                                     

Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds and for those over 55 years of age.

All services, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services, are being conducted remotely. Class enrollments are open for Computer Skills, Medical, Health Care and Social Services training, among others.

Visit 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 for more information and registration.

MOS experience onsite/online

The Museum of Science has reopened following health and safety guidelines – face coverings and reservations are required for admission.

Highlights of your visit can include permanent and temporary exhibits and a variety of shows in the Planetarium and newly refurbished Mugar Omni Theater.

MOS at home also offers an array of programs and events. Schedules change weekly and may include a weekly STEM challenge, virtual planetarium visits, live animal visits, science stories, science-related question and answer panels, and Sub-space events.

Visit for more information and reservations.

The West End Museum open

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (Unit 7) is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Museum offers in-person, virtual, and strolling tours and hosts events.

Visit for more information.

Boston Athenæum online/onsite     

Boston Athenæum offers many activities online (some free of charge), serving their members, the Boston community and beyond. They also offer tours of the first floor of their landmark building and artworks from the special collections.

Visit for more information.

Museum of African American History online/onsite                  

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

Visit for ticket and scheduling information along with virtual programs and events.

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 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

Free meals/food resource information                               

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

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

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

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

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 or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.

Old West Church Community Lunch/Dinner

Everyone is invited to the community meals at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge St. – served rain or shine and holidays, too. While these meals primarily serve people who are housing insecure or elderly, it’s for anyone.

The Community Lunch is served from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Community Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays.

During the pandemic, the meals are served to go. Everyone is welcome to come by and grab a hot meal to takeaway.

Visit for more information.

Wednesday Night Supper Club – ‘Takeout Meal in a Sack’

The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place. At this time, they have shifted to a “takeout meal in a sack.”

The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal. The program has been running for more than 50 years. 

Visit to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donate supplies, food or money; etc.) or for more information.

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