Lots of free movies will be shown outside this summer all around MetroWest and Greater Boston. Movies usually begin at sundown. If the weather is “iffy”, it’s good to check for cancellations before you go.
Here are some locations with outdoor movie nights this summer:
Boston – Hatch Shell on the Esplanade – Free Friday Flicks every Friday
Pretty location along the Charles River, big screen, lots of space, lots of people
Movies start around 8; Games before that starting at 6:00
Wellesley – Summer Films outside at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College
Free museum tours, art activities, free ice cream starting at 7PM
First movie: The Muppets on Thursday July 12th (movie starts at dusk)
The Flag Day holiday is on June 14th. It celebrates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. It’s common for people to display their U.S. flags on this day, but businesses, schools, etc stay open as usual.
This year, the city of Framingham will have a Flag Day Parade – on Sunday June 10th, starting at 2:30.
See 37,000 flags on the Boston Common, visit the huge Museum of Fine Arts for free, and more…
In honor of Memorial Day – all weekend, until Monday night, you can visit the Boston Common – at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument – to see a display of 37,000 American flags – one for each person from Massachusetts who has been in the military and given their lives to defend the United States, and our freedom.
There’s also free admission on Saturday May 26that the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston – for up to two adults per family – if you bring a child 12 years or under. Lots of activities for kids. Also free for everyone on Monday May 28th
Do you know what poison ivy looks like? It’s a plant that is very common in MetroWest. You should know how to recognize poison ivy so that you can keep it away from your skin. It has oil on its leaves that can give you a very itchy rash.
Poison ivy always has groups of three leaves. The leaves start off more red and shiny in the spring, and when they are grown the leaves are green and have uneven edges.
This is a nice time of the year to take walks in the woods, or in more natural areas (around lakes, or maybe outside your own home). However, when you do, you should be aware of ticks – on yourself and on your children.
Ticks can be tiny, but dangerous. Some ticks can give you lyme disease. It’s important to be
aware of the information to avoid tick bites, and what to do if you get a tick bite.
It requires LOTS of practice, and sacrifice (you would often rather be doing something different)
There are difficult moments along the way, and probably times when you think about giving up
It feels easier if you can find ways to enjoy it, such as having other people to support you and do it with you
It takes a long time to reach your goal, but when you do, you get a great sense of pride and achievement
Even after you finish, you can always continue to improve
Congratulations to the runners of the 2018 Boston Marathon, including Framingham Adult ESL student Cristina, who finished her 16th Boston Marathon! And also special congratulations with much gratitude to Michelle Gibson, who dedicated this marathon to raising money for our school.
The next national elections will be on November 6, 2018. In Massachusetts, we will vote for one senator (currently Elizabeth Warren), and our representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. We will also vote for state governor (currently Charlie Baker), our state senator and representative, and other state officials.
If you are a U.S. citizen, and are at least 18 years old, you can vote in government elections – local, state, and national. BUT – you must be registered to vote. It’s quick and easy. You need to register before you can vote for the first time, and update your address every time you move.
In Massachusetts, and most other states, it’s easy to register online at VOTE.GOV
There’s more detailed information on how to vote at USA.gov