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Massachusetts Summer Activities, many free admission and outdoors

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Free Friday Flicks are classic & popular, family-oriented movies shown each Friday night throughout the summer at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade for FREE!  People of all ages flock to the banks of the Charles River with their own chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy these Free movies under the stars.  All movies are shown rain or shine at sundown (approximately 8:30pm). But come early to grab your spot on the lawn…and visit the WBZ Tent for lots of free giveaways, food samples and fun interactive games! For more information or cancellation due to weather, call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline: 617-787-7200 or visit wbz.com

2014 Schedule – What’s Playing This Week?

  • Friday June 20, Sunset (~8:24 pm) – Monsters University
  • Friday July 11, Sunset (~8:22 pm) – Despicable Me 2
  • Friday July 18, Sunset (~8:17 pm) – The Goonies
  • Friday July 25, Sunset (~8:11 pm) – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • Friday August 1, Sunset (~8:04 pm) – Men in Black 3
  • Friday August 8, Sunset (~7:55 pm) – The LEGO Movie
  • Friday August 15, Sunset (~7:45 pm) – Beatlejuice
  • Friday August 22, Sunset (~7:35 pm) – Frozen


Free family movies this summer on South Garden at our Annual Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival. Entertainment starts at 6:00 p.m., and movies start at sundown. The festival runs every Saturday from July 5 to August 30 in the Center’s South Garden with entertainment, games and gift card giveaways beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by the featured movie starting at sundown. Rain dates are scheduled for the following Wednesday, complete details can be found on The Shops at Prudential Center’s website. The schedule for the Family Film Festival is as follows:

  • July 5: Frozen
  • July 12: Monsters University
  • July 19: The Smurfs 2
  • July 26: Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
  • August 2: Despicable Me 2
  • August 9: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • August 16: The Lego Movie
  • August 23: Finding Nemo
  • August 30: The Little Mermaid


Summer Arts Weekend – July 26-27th – Copley Square, Boston!

This free weekend event will again feature a dynamic variety of musical artists from across the classical, jazz, blues, folk, and
Americana worlds as well as a number of new arts, food and cultural programs. Check back often for more details.

List of Fourth of July festivities across the Commonwealth http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/22721954/list-of-fourth-of-july-celebrations-across-the-commonwealth

Come watch the Red Sox with the “Out of the Park” series! Celebrate America’s pastime as the Boston Red Sox, the Highland Street Foundation, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department team up to bring three Red Sox away games to a park near you.  Bring a blanket to watch the game on the big screen and cheer on the Red Sox! Everyone is welcome at this free event featuring live viewing of the game, caricaturists, balloon artists, face painters, giveaways, and refreshments.  Special guests include Red Sox mascot Wally, Red Sox DJ TJ Connelly, Announcer Henry Mahegan, Organist Josh Kantor, and the Hot Tamales Brass Band. http://www.cityofboston.gov/images_documents/Out%20of%20the%20Park%20Flyer_tcm3-44968.pdf

  • Sunday, June 22, 4:05 p.m. – The Playstead, Franklin Park, 25 Pierpont Road, Dorchester
  • Sunday, July 27, 1:40 p.m. – Boston Common, corner of Charles and Beacon Streets, Boston


FREE FUN FRIDAYS! 66 MUSEUMS & CULTURAL VENUES OPEN FOR FREE ON FRIDAYS ALL SUMMER http://highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.html

Your Local Libray Hold Free Events for All Ages Some also have free passes for members to Museums  (membership is free – you get a library card) http://libraries.state.ma.us/

Western MA Summer Events
Some Free Admission and Outdoor Events http://www.masslive.com/events/
Berkshire County Events
Some Free Film and Music Outdoor Events http://www.iberkshires.com/community/calendar/?event_cat=4

Get Healthy Outdoors with the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series! The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series offers a wide range of free activities being offered during June, July, and August. Activities include boot camp, line dancing, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, Zumba Gold. and salsa dancing. Check the schedule and find an activity that works for you! Hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Public Health Commission, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts 2014 Summer Parks Fitness Brochure and Calendarhttp://www.cityofboston.gov/images_documents/Summer_Fitness_Series_2014%20WEB%20Final_tcm3-44904.pdf

ParkARTS Performing Arts (Classical Concerts, Latin Music, Puppet Shows, etc.)
City of Boston ~ Mayor Martin J. Walsh ~ Boston Parks & Recreation Dept.
All events listed are free of charge. Boston celebrates the 18th anniversary of ParkARTS.
Events and event dates and times are subject to change. (617) 635-4505 www.cityofboston.gov/parks

Castlebery Fairs & Festivals (Massachusetts & New Hampshire)
Most Free Admission and Outdoor Events http://www.castleberryfairs.com/calendar.php

The 28th Annual Lowell Folk Festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities.
Friday July 25th – Sunday July 27th, 2014
FREE ADMISSION-DONATIONS  WELCOME – $10 / DAY SUGGESTED http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/

Salem CultureFest 2014 Events and Schedule
Saturday 10 am – 8pm and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, July 19-20, 2014
Free Admission, Donations welcome http://www.salemculturefest.com/

Massachusetts Events
Some free admission, many outdoor events http://www.massvacation.com/events/?stype=2&tid=1&gid=0&sid=0&so=0&map=0&pnum=1&dnum=20&sdate=&edate=


NAMI Mass asked to participate in Stakeholders Group to Address Bridgewater State Hospital Conditions

bridgewater state hospital viewNAMI Mass asked to participate in Stakeholders Group to Address Bridgewater State Hospital ConditionsNAMI Mass was asked to submit recommendations which it did. 

Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director, was asked to serve on a Stakeholders group to address Bridgewater State Hospital (as a result of Michael Resendiz’ articles in Boston Globe about Joshua Messier and conditions for people with mental illness).  Governor Deval Patrick chaired the first meeting of Stakeholders at Bridgewater State Hospital in early May and then Laurie attended several Stakeholder meetings at DMH with DOC and other stakeholders. NAMI Mass was asked to submit recommendations which it did. Download the NAMI Mass Recommendations on Bridgewater State Hospital

Joshua Messier

Bridgewater State given 45 days to address concerns. Facility given 45 days to act after concerns for patient safety bring surprise inspection http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/09/bridgewater-state-hospital-faces-surprise-inspection-over-patient-safety-concerns/ePKy8TViU8DfDKHZ5dLfhL/story.html

Peter Minich