Free walking tours of the Public Garden
The Friends of the Public Garden offers “Untold Stories of the Public Garden” – free walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden – every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 4 p.m., and every Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Sept. 5.
Learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden on a guided tour through this treasured oasis. Meet at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Garden and look out for volunteer tour guides in green aprons.
RoxFilm returns June 19-29
The 21st Roxbury International Film Festival (RoxFilm) – New England’s largest film festival celebrating people of color from around the globe, kicks off its 21st festival with the uplifting documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” on Thursday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m., which chronicles the life and compelling works of the Nobel Prize winner, preceded by a live performance by Alexandria King. The film festival’s evening opener is Jennifer Sharp’s “Una Great Movie,” which tells the poignant and funny story of the absurd reality of chasing a dream at 7:30 p.m. Jennifer Sharp and producer Matthew Morgan in attendance. Both opening night film screenings take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Over the course of 10 days, RoxFilm showcases feature-length films, documentaries, shorts and animated films that are truly independent. The festival has featured and celebrated both films and filmmakers of color for the past two decades screening over 1,500 films to over 35,000 attendees. RoxFilm also includes workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities, receptions, parties, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and special guests. This year, RoxFilm takes place from June 19 to 29 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hibernian Hall, Haley House Bakery Café, and Berklee College of Music.
For more information on the film festival, visit www.roxburyinternationalfilmfestival.com/.
‘A Women’s Worth’ comes to Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presents a performance called “A Women’s Worth” and headlined by Maimouna Youssef, also known as Mumu Fresh, a Grammy-nominated Afro-Native singer, songwriter, emcee and activist, on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Calderwood Hall, located at 25 Evans Way.
Admission is $27 for adults, $24 for seniors, $17 for members, $15 for students and children ages 7to 17 (children under 7 not admitted). Tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.gardnermuseum.org.
Beacon Hill Art Walk returns June 2
The Beacon Hill Art Walk is a free event that will take place rain or shine Sunday, June 2, from noon to 6 p.m.
On this one day each year the public has a unique invitation to stroll Beacon Hill’s North Slope and purchase one-of-a-kind art from more than 75 artists working in a wide array of media including painting, photography, works on paper, mixed media, sculpture, and ceramics.
In addition to the enchanting setting, vibrant art displays, and conversations with the artists themselves, music also plays an important role in the Beacon Hill Art Walk. Throughout the day live music accompanies visitors as dozens of musicians perform in string quarters, folk and fiddle groups, and with Native American flutes.
Event attendees will follow a self-directed route up and down Revere and Phillips streets, as well as the picturesque walkways that extend from those streets. Maps will be available at two locations — one table located between 135 and 137 Charles St. and another at the corner of Cambridge and West Cedar streets – as well as online at beaconhillartwalk.org.
For more info about participating artists and musicians, directions to the site, and the downloadable event map, visit www.beaconhillartwalk.org.
King’s Chapel Sunday concert
King’s Chapel Parish House, located at 64 Beacon St., welcomes Robert Winkley and Heinrich Christensen for a “four-hand” piano performance of works by Schubert, Fauré and Ravel on Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations for Common Cathedral will be accepted.
King’s Chapel’s Tuesday Recitals
King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., presents its Tuesday Recitals. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at 12:15 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes; for more information, call 617-227-2155.
Programming includes JZoe Vandermeer (soprano and Welsh triple harp) performing “Jubal’s Lyre” on June 4; Quilisma Consort, featuring Johannes Ciconia and Josquine Desprez, on June 11; Xuan on the C.B. Fisk organ performing works by Bach, Duprer and Schumann on June 18; and the Fairfield County Children’s Choir, with Jon Noyes, director, performing works by Biebl, Vivaldi and more on June 25.
‘Authors with Obsessions’ at the Athenaeum
The Vilna Shul welcomes “Authors with Obsessions”
Randy Susan Meyers and Jenna Blum on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. to the Boston Athenaeum, located at 10½ Beacon St.
At this time, Meyers and Blum will discuss writers working with obsessions — obsessions about being a Jewish woman writing, cultural issues with food, obsessions with body images, societal obsessions in the 21st century. Meyers will also read from her recently released book “Waisted” while Blum will reveal what she is working on.
Tickets, which cost $15 for admission to the lecture only or $40 for admission to the lecture and a signed copy of “Waisted,” are available at vilnashul.org.
Stonewall 50 Community BBQ coming June 8
A Stonewall 50 Community BBQ, hosted by the Campaign to Elect Montez Haywood for District 8 City Councilor, takes place on Saturday, June 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 131 Cambridge St.
For more information on Haywood and his campaign, visit MontezHaywood.com or follow MontezHaywoodForCityCouncil on Instagram.
Summer activities at the Myrtle Street Playground
The Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground and Summer Horizons present summer programming on Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the playground, including the Mayor’s Ice Cream Truck on June 20; the Beacon Hill Garden Club on June 27; the Instrument Petting Zoo on July 11; a police car visit on July 18; “Popsicles & Sprinklers” on July 25; the Color Me Funky Face Painters on Aug. 1; Mr. Harry, Puppeteer (formerly on “Sesame Street”) on Aug. 8; Enchanted Animals on Aug. 15; a fire truck visit on Aug. 22; BJ Hickman on Aug. 29; Rainforest Reptile on Sept. 5; and a Back to School Pizza Party on Sept. 12.
The Friends group also brings “Bubbles & Chalk” to the playground on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
If you are interested in volunteering at a summer event, e-mail: [email protected]
Nichols House Museum seeking volunteer tour guides
The Nichols House Museum welcomes volunteers to join the museum as tour guides.
Guides provide vital support to the museum by leading high-quality tours to diverse audiences and communities. Hours are flexible, and orientation and training throughout the month of March are required. Guides receive complimentary admission to the museum and all museum-programming events. There are also regular opportunities for complimentary, behind-the-scenes visits to other local museums and cultural organizations. Applicants should be interested in history, architecture, and decorative arts, and enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages. Tour guides typically commit to half or full-day shifts.
To apply, complete the application form available on the museum’s homepage, www.nicholshousemuseum.org.
BSNJ Community Children’s Chorus
The Boston Society of The New Jerusalem (BSNJ) Community Children’s Chorus is a comprehensive musical training program for children in the third through seventh grades.
Your child will be participating in a program that promotes: the love of music, expressive singing, teamwork-cooperative learning, building new friendships, self-assessment and the fun of being in an outstanding program.
The group meets at 140 Bowdoin St. on Saturday mornings. Tuition is free for any child with a Greater Boston-area address. All levels of singing ability are welcome. To register, contact Carlton Doctor at 617-523-4575 or visit www.churchonthehillboston.org (click on “music.”)
BSNJ/The Church On The Hill sponsors this initiative, but we are not promoting any religious ideology.
MGH seeking volunteers
Massachusetts General Hospital Volunteer Department is seeking volunteers for its very busy office. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with a broad international community of volunteers, as well as the ability to handle multiple tasks. Various shifts are available.
Contact Kim Northrup at 617-724-1826 for more information.
‘Coloring for Adults’ at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., presents “Color Your World: Coloring for Adults“ on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m.
At this time, the library will supply coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons, or bring your own supplies if you prefer. Feel free to drop in between these hours.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
Spanish/English Language Exchange
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., presents the Spanish/English Language Exchange/Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m.
At this time, English speakers can practice Spanish and Spanish speakers can practice English in this fun, informal conversation class. Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
BSNJ Community Children’s Chorus
The Boston Society of The New Jerusalem (BSNJ) Community Children’s Chorus is a comprehensive musical training program for children in Grades 3 to 7.
Your child will be participating in a program that promotes: the love of music, expressive singing, teamwork-cooperative learning, building new friendships, self-assessment and the fun of being in a well organized program.
The rehearsals take place at 140 Bowdoin St. on Tuesday afternoons. Tuition is free for any child with a Boston address. All levels of singing ability are welcome. To sign up, please contact Mr. Doctor at 617-523-4575 or visit www.churchonthehillboston.org (click on “music”).
The Church on the Hill sponsors this initiative but we are not promoting any religious ideology.
‘Preschool Story Hour’ at West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., offers the “Preschool Story Hour” on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Children, ages 3 to 5, and their caregivers join the children’s librarian for weekly stories, songs, rhymes and movement. This is a high-energy story time, and families, daycare and school groups are all welcome to drop in.
ESL conversation group resumes meeting at West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., welcomes the English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come and practice your English language skills with other newcomers and a facilitator.
West End Playgroup meets Tuesday mornings
The West End Community Center, located at 1 Congress St., welcomes the West End Playgroup on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. through the fall and winter.
This is a free drop-in time to let kids play and adults chat with one another. Small toy donations are welcome.
‘Toddler Time’ at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., presents “Toddler Time” on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
At this time, children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers join the children’s librarian for developmentally appropriate stories, rhymes, movement, and songs. Drop-in for families, and groups, should contact the library ahead of time at 617-523-3957.
Get homework help at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., offers homework help every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Get help from a Boston Public Schools teacher. No appointment necessary; simply drop in with your homework.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
Compassionate Friends group reaches out to bereaved parents, families
The Boston Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) meets at Trinity Church on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
TCF is a national self-help, mutual-assistance organization offering friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents and their families. Call
617-539-6424 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
West End Food Pantry seeking donations
The West End Food Pantry needs help to continue serving its more than 120 clients per month. They welcome donations to replenish the supply of food that they give out to hungry residents in the neighborhood.
The pantry is located in the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library and is staffed by volunteers from ABCD’s North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center. Non-perishable (canned and boxed) items are being sought, including rice, pasta, canned tuna, canned chicken, chili, beans, vegetables, cereal, soups, cup of noodles, etc.
Donations can be left at the library, 151 Cambridge St., on Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteers needed for hot meal program
The North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC), located at 1 Michelangelo St., serves a hot, fresh, home-cooked lunch to seniors in the neighborhood Mondays and Fridays, and is looking for two volunteers to help with shopping, food preparation, cooking, serving and clean-up. The non-profit providing services and programs to low-income residents of the North End, West End and Beacon Hill is looking for volunteers who can assist with the whole meal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a Monday and/or Friday, but can make arrangements to fit your schedule.
Contact Maria Stella Gulla, director, at 617-523-8125, ext. 201, via e-mail at [email protected] for more information.
Introduction to laptops, eReaders and iPads at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., offers an introduction to laptops, eReaders and iPads by appointment only. Get the most out of your eReader or Laptop. Receive tips and guidance during these one-on-one sessions. Call Branch Librarian, Helen Bender at617-523-3957 or e-mail [email protected] to set up an appointment.
Yoga for seniors at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., presents yoga for seniors every Tuesday from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Classes are led by Tatiana Nekrasova, a certified yoga instructor.
Volunteer at Spaulding Rehab
Stay active, meet new people and be connected with your community by volunteering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Staff members will match your skills and interests to a volunteer opportunity. The hospital is currently recruiting volunteers, ages 18 and up, for two- to three-hour-a-week shifts for a minimum of six to 12 months commitment. Visit www.spauldingnetwork.org for more information.
After-work tai chi group at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., welcomes after-work tai chi group every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Come and try this low impact energy exercise with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soo-Hoo.
Give blood and getaway this fall with the MGH Blood Donor Center
Fly away with the MGH Blood Donor Center this fall. Donate blood at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Blood Donor Center or on an MGH Bloodmobile in your area to enter to win a roundtrip flight for two on AirTran Airways in September, Porter Airlines in October or JetBlue Airways in November. For more information about blood donation at the MGH Blood Donor Center or to find a bloodmobile near you, visit www.massgeneral.org/blooddonor or call 617-726-8177.
Volunteers needed for American Cancer Society cosmetic sessions
The American Cancer Society is currently seeking volunteers for the “Look Good…Feel Better” sessions held at Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St. “Look Good . . . Feel Better” is a free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Cosmetologists certified and trained by the American Cancer Society conduct the sessions, which are non-medical and do not promote any product line. Volunteers are needed to assist the cosmetologist conducting the session and are responsible for set-up, cleanup, and any other needs of the program. Programs are held from noon to 2 p.m., one Monday every other month. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nanyamka Hales at 781-314-2611 or via e-mail at [email protected], or visit cancer.org.
Be a friend to elderly in need
FriendshipWorks seeks caring people to offer help and support to isolated elders in the Boston area. Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and assist elders with tasks such as reading, organizing, or going for a walk – lend an hour each week and gain a friend and a new perspective. Volunteers also needed to escort elders to and from medical appointments. No car is needed and hours are flexible. For more information or to apply online, visit www.fw4elders.org or call 617-482-1510.
Local residents needed to drive cancer patients to and from treatment
The American Cancer Society is in great need of Road to Recovery volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure cancer patients receive their treatments, but many find making transportation arrangements is a challenge. The American Cancer Society provided more than 19,000 rides to cancer patients in New England last year, but needs new volunteer drivers to keep up with the demand for transportation.
Make a difference in the fight against cancer by becoming a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery. Drivers use their own vehicle to drive patients to and from their treatments. The schedule for volunteers is flexible, and treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer driver for Road to Recovery, contact your American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Join the Downtown Boston Rotary Club
The Downtown Boston Rotary Club, the first new Rotary Club in Boston in 100 years, holds meetings at the UMass Club in the Financial District on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.dbrotary.org or call 617-535-1950.