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Maillet Named to SNHU President’s List

Christine Maillet of West End has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s summer 2021 President’s List. Eligibility for the President’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.7-4.0 and earn 12 credits for the term.

‘We Sing Boston’ Concludes with Sept. 25 Citywide Singing Event on the Common

“We Sing Boston” concludes its season of bringing interactive live-music experiences to outdoor public spaces in and around Boston with  a citywide singing event on Saturday, Sept. 25, beginning at 2 p.m. at Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common.

The program, a culmination of the popular “We Sing” initiative made possible by a partnership between Boston Children’s Chorus and Friends of the Public Garden,, will feature remarks from BCC Executive Director Andrés Holder, a singing workshop for kids of all ages, and a headlining performance from Boston Children’s Chorus Central Intermediate Advanced choir (ages 11-14).

Community members of all ages and skill levels are invited to join in singing, games, prizes, and socializing (following COVID-19 guidelines).

“We Sing: Boston” has additional support from the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture Boston and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

Learn to Skate Classes Offered at 10 Greater Boston Rinks

The 2021-2022 skating season is about to begin.  Bay State Skating School is one of Greater Boston’s most established and popular skating programs.  We have taught Learn-To-Skate classes to children ages 4-18 in the Greater Boston area for over 50 YEARS.

Bay State Skating School is compliant with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Covid-19 guidelines. The number of students allowed on the ice will be limited.

Professional Instructors teach Recreational, Figure and Hockey Skating Skills to the beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters.  Students can wear either figure, recreational or hockey skates.

New FALL lessons begin September, October and November. Lessons are held at 10 Greater Boston Rink locations including: Brookline-Cleveland Circle, Cambridge, Medford, Newton-Brighton, Quincy, Somerville, Waltham, West Roxbury, and Weymouth.

Our emphasis is on having fun while learning to skate.  We have taught over 90,000 students to ice skate.  Come skate and feel great!

For more information and to registration, visit or call Bay State Skating School (781) 890-8480.

ParkARTS Watercolor Workshops Are Back

Artists of all skill levels, ages nine and up, are invited to join the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for its popular fall series of ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops. This program will be held in September during the last two weekends of the month at four Boston parks. This series of free workshops is just one of the many offerings of the 25th annual ParkARTS program sponsored by the Highland Street Charitable Foundation.

The workshops welcome Boston residents to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction from local artists; all materials will be provided. Registration is required.

All classes are held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (weather permitting). For more information and to register visit

Dates and locations for the workshops are as follows:

Saturday, September 25

George Robert White Memorial, Boston Public Garden, Beacon and Arlington Streets, Back Bay

Sunday, September 26

Scarboro Pond along Circuit Bridge, Franklin Park, Dorchester

To stay up to date with news, events, and design and construction work in Boston parks, sign up for our email list at Follow our social channels @bostonparksdept on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

“Boston Blooms with Daffodils” Returns This Fall

Mayor Kim Janey announced that the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will distribute over 15,000 daffodil bulbs for planting on public ways citywide. The effort is part of the “Boston Blooms with Daffodils” beautification initiative, started in 2011.

Individuals, civic associations, church groups, sports leagues, scout troops, open space advocates, and parks friends are encouraged to sign up to participate. Last year, over 100 community groups planted bulbs in neighborhoods across the City.

Those interested in participating may fill out a form online at The online application form will remain open until late September on a rolling basis. Due to limited supply, groups are not guaranteed bulbs, but the Parks Department will strive to accommodate all requests. The application deadline is September 30.

The plantings will take place in approved locations on the weekends of October 30 and November 6. The Parks Department will contact interested groups and provide bulb pick-up instructions and dates. Groups and individuals are asked to use their own tools.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department encourages volunteers to take photos of their groups on planting days and share them via social media using the hashtag #BostonBlooms.

For more information on “Boston Blooms with Daffodils,” and to stay up to date with news, events, and improvements in Boston parks, call 617-635-4505 or follow our social channels—@bostonparksdept on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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