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Free Summer Fun as Boston Children’s Festival Returns August 20

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department invite city youngsters to come celebrate the season at the 2019 ParkARTS Boston Children’s Summer Festival on Tuesday, August 20, at Franklin Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  ParkARTS is made possible in part through the generosity of Holly Bruce.                                

Children and families from throughout Boston have the opportunity to participate in a variety of free activities from various exhibitors including “Bubble Guy” Jim Dichter, ParkARTS arts and crafts, New England Aquarium, Outdoor Rx, Mass Hort, face painting, interactive building blocks with LEGOLAND, and more.            

The August 20 event will also include exploring a Boston Fire Department fire truck, a family Zumba class, Rosalita’s Puppets, the City of Boston’s Archaeology Department, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission water truck to stay hydrated, and free treats and giveaways from HP Hood LLC, KIND Snacks, Polar Beverages, the Cascadian Farm Truck Tour, L.L.Bean, Ameriprise, KinderCare Learning Centers, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Capital One, and Magic 106.7.    

Brigham Health Offers Community ‘Stop the Bleed’ and First Aid Trainings

 Brigham Health is hosting two training sessions to educate community members on how to “Stop the Bleed.” Participants will learn how to recognize life-threatening hemorrhage situations and how to control bleeding either by direct pressure, packing a wound or applying a tourniquet.

 Classes will be held on:

 • Thursday July 25, 4-5 p.m., Carrie Hall, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 15 Francis Street, Boston;

• Monday, July 29, 4-5 p.m., Mary Ann Tynan 1 Conference Room, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, 1153 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.

 The Brigham is the first hospital in the country to deploy Stop the Bleed Public Access Kits with the Mobilize Rescue Stop the Bleed Application. There are 25 kits deployed throughout both hospitals and at ambulatory/off sites, designed to provide direction to untrained bystanders on hemorrhage control and other general first aid.  The goal of the training is to empower the layperson to use these kits to stop blood loss, before emergency responders arrive, whether on campus or possibly in the community.

 For questions or to register, email [email protected]

Red Sox Invite English High School Students to Spend Their Summer at Fenway Park

For less than the cost of a movie ticket, English High School students can enjoy the magic of Boston Red Sox baseball at Fenway Park this summer. The Red Sox are offering young fans affordable tickets to games through the team’s Student 9’s program, which provides high school and college students the opportunity to purchase $9 tickets with a valid student ID at every home game.

 “We continuously look to provide greater access to Fenway Park for young fans, and our Student 9’s program offers both native and visiting students from around the New England the opportunity to share in the exhilaration of attending a Red Sox game within a student’s budget,” said Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy. “Students can come to a game at Fenway Park for less than the price of a movie ticket with minimal advance planning. By offering the student community the lowest priced tickets at the ballpark, we hope to instill our love for the sport and memorable experiences for this next generation of Red Sox fans.”

 Student 9’s are the lowest priced tickets at Fenway Park and provide access with guaranteed standing room tickets and the potential for an upgrade pending availability. As a member of the program, students can also enjoy invitations to exclusive student events including a post-game “Deck Party” atop the Sam Deck, complete with music, re-opened concessions and more.

 High school and collegiate fans can register to receive student offers by visiting or text ‘students’ to the Red Sox at 23215 to sign up for alerts at any time.

 Student tickets will be delivered to mobile devices or available through the MLB Ballpark App. Students can scan their ticket directly from their phone when they arrive at the ballpark gates and are asked to bring their student ID for verification to gain entry.

 The Student 9’s program is a part of the Red Sox Fan & Youth initiative which aims to provide greater access to Red Sox games, enhance kids experiences at Fenway Park, and celebrate and strengthen the game of baseball in the community. For the full details on the Student 9’s program, please visit

The location of the festival is at 25 Pierpont Road in Roxbury near the rear entrance of the Franklin Park Zoo. By MBTA, take the Orange Line to Forest Hills and the #16 bus to the Zoo.  By car, the park can be reached from Blue Hill Avenue, Seaver Street, or Circuit Drive. 

There is ample free parking and the park is ADA compliant.  For further information, call (617) 635-4505 or visit or

Navy Band to Play on Common. Aug. 20

America’s Navy is coming to Boston, one of nine cities in four states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2019 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

The United States Navy Band Country Current performance is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, at 7 p.m. at the Boston Commons Park Bandstand in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble Country Current is renowned for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of our active-duty Sailors.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public. 

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