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Martin’s Park grand opening
A festival of celebration of the grand opening of Martin’s Park at the Smith Family Waterfront (64 Sleeper St., Seaport) will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.
The park honors the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, Martin W. Richard.
Martin’s Park, adjacent to the Boston’s Children’s Museum, is an inclusive, accessible park and play space for all children, families and individuals.
Martin’s Park is a symbol of Martin’s welcoming, inclusive nature as well as his idea of an ideal park. This unique, public outdoor space will ensure that Martin’s legacy remains a vibrant and positive influence for future generations.
The Martin Richard Foundation at 1452 Dorchester Ave. (4th floor) helps young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. The Foundation works to advance sportsmanship, inclusion, kindness and peace.
For more information, visit teammr8.org.
Certified therapy dogs from Dog B.O.N.E.S. will be visiting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 15 at the Children’s Museum.
Petting a dog lowers blood pressure, decreases heart rate and releases “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain. Learning about animals helps children understand their connection to all living things. Stop by and take a break with a furry friend.
For more information visit the www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
‘Some Like it Hot!’
HI Boston (19 Stuart St.) will host a free “Cooking as a Second Language: Some Like it Hot!” workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.
The presenters will discuss the history of hot sauce and the different versions available in various countries. Participants will taste a variety of sauces used in the US and other countries.
At the conclusion, there will be a tour of the hostel.
All are welcome to learn, share their own traditions and come together as a community in exploration.
For further information, contact HI Boston's educational coordinator at
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress will host a workshop to prepare youth with Down syndrome, ages 18 to 26, for the workplace from June 17 through 21.
The program will include a one-week training camp in downtown Boston. Participants will then do a six-week internship (8-12 hours per week) in an area of interest.
The one-week training camp will focus on preparing youth for the workplace. Sessions will build confidence in participants and prepare them for the six-week internship. Key areas we will cover include: recognizing the skills they have and can bring to the workplace, developing a vision for their future, communication, identifying potential job/career paths, interviewing, customer service, resume writing and teamwork.
The bootcamp week is free and participants will be paid during their internships.
For an application, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vpd9w5qqamW5vO-O5_vjsaii5R6vyEjI/view.
For more information, contact Colleen Endres at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-221-0024, ext. 207.
Moonlight Yoga will take place at the lawn on Dewey Square (across from South Station) on June 17, July 16 and Sept.14.
Balance your summer chakras, root into the earth, float under the stars and be in good company with this hour long Vinyasa flow, created as an inclusive and diverse program for people of all levels.
Registration is from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. People should bring their own mats.
There will be a raffle and some fun little gifts.
Discover the World
Hostelling International Boston is hosting “Hostelling 101: Discover the World” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at the HI Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart St.
The presentation will include the purpose and benefits of hostelling and how to become involved in the HI international network to change yourself and the world.
After the presentation with Q&A, there will be a tour of the Hostel.
HI Boston Community Night is hosted by Hostelling International Boston.
For more information, visit bostonhostel.org.
’Froca’ will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 19 and 26, at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St.
’Froca’ is a high energy dance-fitness class that brings traditional and contemporary steps together from different countries across Africa and the Caribbean.
For more information, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.com.
Boston Harbor Now’s annual fundraising event, Spectacle on Spectacle, will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.
Spectacle on Spectacle will feature a cocktail cruise to Spectacle Island, a scenic sunset over the Boston skyline, New England clambake-inspired plates and a private fireworks display.
The evening will celebrate Boston Harbor Now’s ongoing efforts to: expand public access throughout Boston Harbor; promote climate resilience through well-designed parks, infrastructure and mixed-use development; grow Boston’s maritime industry; and activate the Harbor through exciting programming and educational opportunities.
This year’s event will honor Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his commitment to climate resilience and will be hosted by CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bostonharbornow.org/spectacle.
Learn how to fold and display origami from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St., located in front of Cheers.
For more information, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.com.
Lessons and tournament
Learn the game of table tennis and then participate in a tournament from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St.
For more information on this family friendly event, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.com.
Chefs in Shorts fundraiser
The Chefs in Shorts annual fundraiser will be held outdoors on the Seaport Hotel's upper plaza from 7 to10 p.m. on June 21.
The cost of this event is $90, which includes samplings, wine and beer from more than 40 of the city's top chefs from neighborhood restaurants. This is an age 21 and older event.
This fundraiser benefits Future Chefs, a Boston non-profit organization dedicated to preparing local youth for opportunities in the culinary field.
For tickets and more information visit www.seaportboston.com/events/boston/chefs-in-shorts-1
Roller disco party
The sixth annual roller disco party honoring five-time Grammy winner and Boston native, Donna Summer will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 21 at City Hall Plaza.
Try out your roller disco moves on the skating rink. If you don’t have your own skates, the City of Boston will be providing free rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information,
visit https://www.boston.gov/calendar/celebration-summer-vi-donna-summer-roller-disco-party or phone 617-635-3911.
Concerts at Macy's
Catch Berklee performers beside Macy's on Summer Street in the heart of the Financial District from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and from noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays through October.
The performers will present a variety of musical genres, including jazz, R&B, world, pop, electronic, and classical.
For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.
Listen to music from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Norman B. Leventhal Park at l30 Congress St., now through Aug. 29.
The events are sponsored by the Friends of Post Office Square.
For more information visit normanbleventhalpark.org or check the facebook/twitter pages for rainouts and cancellations.
Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join other park stewards to enhance native ecosystems and natural processes by studying and influencing changes in park plant biodiversity. People will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as stewards work side-by-side to improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.
For more information about the program (which happens rain or shine), what to wear and bring, directions to the EDIC Ferry Terminal (which is notoriously difficult to find the first time) and confirmation (program destination is subject to change based on field conditions), call 617-913-5349 or call/ text email@example.com.
HI Boston Community Night
Hostelling International (HI) Boston Community Night will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28 at HI Boston Hostel (19 Stuart St.). For more information visit bostonhostel.org
Created by student volunteers, this is an opportunity for the local community and guests to enjoy the hostel atmosphere and have a meaningful exchange.
Walk to the Sea
The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.
Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.
Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.
Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.
For more information, visit walktothesea.com.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing event
The Boston Children’s Museum is holding programs that will be presented by deaf performers with ASL interpreters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 throughout the museum.
Deaf and hard of hearing visitors and their families can get half-price admission if they are pre-registered. Museum members will be admitted free.
Among the programs are a magic show by deaf magician Steve Weiner, a circle to meet other families and learn about resources, a KidStage show and dance workshops lead by deafblind dancer Kerry Thompson.
For more information and to register on line, go to bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Urbanism and emerging technologies
The Boston Society for Architects is displaying the exhibition, “Balancing Act: Urbanism and Emerging Technologies” now through Sept. 27 at the BSA Space, 290 Congress St.
The exhibition explores the idea of this balance by posing a series of questions about how to focus emerging technologies towards the human experience and develop best urban practices to make cities more livable, equitable and sustainable.
It provides a thoughtful lens to examine the current conditions of urban environments and the future of emerging technologies on the design and development of cities around the world.
Further information is available at www.architects.org or by calling 617-391-4000.
Artist in residence exhibition
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Leavings/Belongings,” an exhibition by artist in residence Yu-Wen Wu, now through July 13.
Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with Wu. Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams.
The exhibition includes photographs, videos and a site specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants shared their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridges across experience, generations and ethnicity.
Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bhcc.edu.
Boston’s literary scene
Boston by Foot is offering tours featuring Boston’s literary scene from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during June. Participants will meet at the plaza at School and Washington Streets.
By the 19th century, Boston had earned the nickname “The Athens of America”, as an important center for literature and as home to many of the country’s greatest writers. It was the launch pad of American Romanticism, Transcendentalism, the Fireside Poets and American Realism.
This literary tour will highlight the homes and haunts of such prominent writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Charles Dickens and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These great minds gave rise to philosophical discussions that greatly influenced not only their own literary work, but also 19th century society at large and our culture today.
Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.
Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345 for more details.
New art exhibition
The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd., will host the newest exhibition “PRIED” now through June 30.
The exhibition highlights LGBTQI-plus individuals who create works that may or may not be made based around the image of a queer person just as any other maker is not limited to creating works about their own identity. This exhibition highlights the hands, minds and voices of LGBTQI-plus artists in the greater Boston area and beyond, while also challenging the viewers and craft connoisseurs who seek it out.
The opening and exhibition are free but reservations are recommended.
Call 617-266-1810 or visit www.societyofcrafts.org for more information.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during June.
Mother Goose on the Loose for babies and toddlers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays.
This interactive story time uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Artsy Afternoons will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. when children, ages 3 and older, can explore culture and art through activities and projects.
At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, kids, ages 2 to 5, can listen to STEAM stories – stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Adults must accompany children. Call 617-807-7186 for more information.
Join Professor John Shirley from UMass Lowell and Newburyport music staple Jason Novak to learn and jam in a friendly, open environment. All ages and experience levels welcome, from beginners through experienced players.
Harmonicas will be available on site from $2 to $20 (free for kids under 12 years old while supplies last), with the sponsorship of Hohner Music or bring your own (10-hole in C).
Classes will be running through July 16, meeting Monday nights at 6 outside the south entrance of Cheers at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Come early to hear harmonica performances or to jam with instructors or other participants (starting at 5:30 p.m.).
For more information, visit https://faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/john-shirley-harmonica-6.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays, for the summer hours.
This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Made in Fort Point
The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.
Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.
Free discovery courses
L.L. Bean is offering free discovery courses, typically priced at $25, during the month of June.
Each class is led by an expert from L.L. Bean who will provide demonstrations, clinics and hands-on learning for all levels.
For more information and to sign up for programs and events, visit llbean.com or visit the new store at 56 Seaport Blvd. in Seaport.
‘Stories from the Soul’
“Stories from the Soul” is an open mic-style storytelling event hosted at HI Boston Community.
These events are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at HI Boston in the Community Room at 19 Stuart St.
People are invited to share their stories based on a selected theme and learn by hearing others’ stories.
To sign up as a storyteller, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit bostonhostel.org.
The Boston Children’s Museum offers free family yoga on the third floor bridge at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays throughout June.
Enjoy a fun, energizing yoga session specifically designed for young children and grown-ups together. Yoga helps relax your body and mind and strengthen your muscles.
For more information visit the www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Berklee concert series
The Berklee College of Music’s “Summer in the City” free concert series is now underway and continues through Aug. 31.
Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk and folk to world.
They will perform at 100 Summer St. from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays.
Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
South Station History Tour
The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from June 1 through Dec. 7 (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).
Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Meet at the tour sign inside the Grand Concourse, by Teddy Ballgames. No reservations are necessary. Private group tours can be arranged for a fee.
The free South Station tour is a lively hour-long walk through the 20th century, glimpsing into the railroad past and peeking into its future.
Points of discussion include: geography of the area, architecture, history of the railroad, and historic events that shaped the railroad and South Station Terminal in particular.
The tour covers three levels of South Station, accessed via escalator and elevator.
For more information, visit south-station.net.
Hostel Takeover improv night
The Hostel Takeover is a free night of improv comedy held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of every month.
The event is hosted by My Dinosaur Life and is held at HI Boston Hostel at 19 Stuart St.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/MyDinosaurLifeImprov.
Free fitness classes are held on the lawn of the Norman B. Leventhal Park at l30 Congress St. in Post Office Square.
For more information about the classes, visit https://www.normanbleventhalpark.org/calendar.
In the event of rain, classes will be cancelled. Check their facebook page for notices – posted by noon for afternoon classes and by 9 p.m. the night before for morning classes.
Local ceramics artist Linda Huey plants seeds of environmental concern in the form of a traditional garden landscape in her large-scale installation, "Linda Huey: Dark Garden," which makes its Boston debut at the Society of Arts and Crafts' (SA and C) Seaport gallery through July 21.
This event is free and open to the public.
The Society of Arts and Crafts is located on the second floor at 100 Pier Four Blvd. on the corner of Seaport Blvd.
For more information and hours, visit societyofcrafts.org.
Yoga for adults
Adults of all ages and experience levels are invited to join the weekly yoga class with instructor Gigi at the Chinatown Library, 2 Boylston St from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays (except holidays).
Wear comfortable clothing. Limited mats will be provided or bring your own.
For more information, call 617-807-8176.
Model room tours
The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.
Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.
For more information, visit bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email email@example.com to arrange a tour.
$1 night at museum
Admission to the Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. is $1 per person every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org or phone 617-426-6500.