Women’s Bike Ride and Festival held

Boston Bikes and Bites, the largest biking event for women in New England, for the first time featured food prepared by local celebrity chefs.

Music for the event was provided by Zili Misik an all female band.

Group rides of 10, 30 and 50 miles were coordinated and skill clinics in mechanics, commuting and road cycling took place.

“This healthy and fun annual event always offers a terrific day but it proved to be even more festive and exciting this year with the celebrity chefs and musicians,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh noted in a press release.

City Receives $100,000 from NEA

An Our Town appropriation of $100,000 has been awarded to the City of Boston from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support an Artists in Residency program within city government, hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

“This Our Town award signifies the City’s dedication to engaging and growing with the arts,” said Mayor Walsh. “I thank the National Endowment for the Arts for recognizing Boston’s important role in maintaining and enhancing our cultural capital.”

As part of the City’s Cultural Planning Process, called Boston Creates, the Artists in Residency program will work to directly connect local artists with city departments and the municipal planning process, informing policy around civic practice and the role of artists in government and community work.

Belfast Youth Orchestra Performed on the Plaza

The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concerts opening night featured a performance by the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra (CBYO) on City Hall Plaza.

The concert series is celebrating 43 years as Boston’s longest running free outdoor events.

“We are continuing to strengthen our Sister-City relationship with the City of Belfast through positive and productive exchanges,” said Mayor Martin Walsh in a press release. “I am pleased to welcome these young people to Boston as we make City Hall Plaza a welcoming and entertaining location for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

BWSC at N.E. Library

A representative from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) will be available at the North End Library, 25 Parmenter Street on Thursday, August 6 from 10am to 12pm to assist their customers on numerous categories.

  • Pay your water bill with a check or money order-no cash.
  • Talk about any problems you may have with your bill for your service.
  • Find out how much water is being used on your property.
  • Plan to make payments on bills that are past due.
  • Receive help applying for a senior or disabled person’s discount.

Learn more about the BWSC customer programs.

Food Rescue and Composting Program Set Up

Boston Public Market, now open at 100 Hanover Street has established partnerships with local food rescue organizations, community partners and a composting company that will allow the food market to help combat hunger in Boston.

The partnerships will also ensure convenience for the market’s farmers and food produces and reduce food waste.

Located over the Haymarket MBTA Station, the market will be open Wednesday through Sunday 8am to 8pm.

ParkARTS at Columbus Park

ParkARTS, a program sponsored by Holly and David Bruce was held at Christopher Columbus Park attended by many local children and visitors.

The series of children’s arts workshops give kids the opportunity to express their creativity while working on fun projects with local artists.

Children ages 3-10 enjoy watercolor painting, mask and jewelry making, treasurer creations and more at the Artists in Residence Workshops held from 9am-12pm.

Participation was free and all materials were provided during the 19th year of the popular program.

Astroturf Rolled Out on the Plaza

Mayor Martin J. Walsh hosted a City Hall Plaza Party celebrating the launch of Boston’s new “Front Lawn” on the Plaza rolling out a 40x 40 foot stretch of Astroturf.

The event features lawn and board games, new seating, music and food trucks.

The tour will remain outside until the end of the outdoor season making City Hall and the Plaza a welcoming place people want to visit.

This new development is part of the Mayor’s efforts to enliven the Plaza.

Armenian Heritage Park Events on the Greenway

Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway will host several events and activities for families and friends in September, October and December.

An afternoon at the park will be held on Sunday, September 20 from 2-4pm celebrating traditions through music and dance, plus games for all ages with a chance to win six tickets to a Boston Duck Tour.

Monthly Labyrinth Walks will be held the first Wednesday of the month at 12:30pm on August 5, September 2 and October 7.

A first time New Citizens’ Welcome Reception will be held on Thursday, October 1 (time to be announced).

A world peace candlelight Labyrinth Walk will be held on Sunday, December 20 from 4-6pm.

North End Movie Nights Continues

North End Movie Nights at DiFilippo Park has gotten off to a great start with four movies and a special night of Christmas in July which drew about 150 participants to each performance thus far.

The backup site in case of rain is the Nazzaro Community Center.

As they have done in the past the Pizzeria Regina will provide pizza for the events.

“Movie Night continues to be a great success,” said Becca Griffith.

Two New Members Nominated to the BRA/EDIC Board of Directors

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has nominated Priscilla Rojas of John Hancock Financial and Carol Downs co-owner and general manager of Bella Luna & The Milky Way to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC) Board of Directors. They will take the place of Consuelo Gonzales-Thornell and Paul Foster whose terms have expired.

“I want to first thank Consuelo and Paul for their many years of service to the BRA and the people of Boston,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh in a press release.

The five-member board of directors is comprised of four mayoral appointees and one appointee made by the governor.

North End BCYS Block Party

A BCYS Neighborhood Block Party will be held in the North End Nazzaro Community Center on Thursday, August 20 from 5-7pm in Polcari Playground, 30 North Bennet Street, rain or shine. For details call 617-635-5166.

The Block Party will offer a variety of free activities including a DJ, cookout, snow cones, resource tables, arts and crafts and much more. Bring your family and friends to a fun and free Block Party.

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