Archive | June, 2013

Summer Solstice 2013

20 Jun

The summer solstice marks the day that the Northern Hemisphere officially begins summer season, and is the longest day of the year.

Every June 21-23, Boston kicks off the summer season and recognizes the Solstice with a variety of special outdoor festivities. Here are some fun, family events that will take place throughout Boston during the 2013 Solstice.

One Summer Solstice party is Make Music Harvard Square, Saturday June 22. This free festival features over 75 local bands that play of a variety of music, and attracts about 10,000 attendees that range from music-lovers to those simply exploring the square.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History will also be celebrating the Solstice with live music, ice cream, hands-on activities, and free admission to all four of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC): the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI), the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Harvard Semitic Museum.

History buffs may enjoy the Summer Solstice Stroll, a guided tour of the Hancock Tower, Boston Public Library’s Civil War Exhibitions, and Old South Church.

And for those who really want to start summer season with a kick, the 2013 Summer Solstice Sprint Triathlon is a unique evening race that includes a quarter-mile swim in Lake Singletary, a 10-mile bike loop, and a 5K run as the sun sets.

Summer Solstice in Boston offers a little something for everyone, so start your summer here and enjoy the longest day of the year.


Cape Cod Wildlife

18 Jun

This year, humans aren’t the only ones treking out to Cape Cod for the summer.

The grey seal, a  once a rare sight on the New England shores, has experienced recent growth in its population.  Cape Cod’s seal population has been steadily growing thanks to the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and now  numbers around 15,000.

If you are a photography enthusiast, or just want to see these animals, this is the best time to check out Cape Cod.

And, why not submit your photos to our Boston Life Photo Contest?!

Interestingly, not everyone finds these seal-filled shores beautiful. While some find these animals a natural wonder, others resent the space they occupy on their favorite summer beaches.

Father’s Day Activities

14 Jun

If you don’t already have plans for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16th, you should definitely consider checking out the zoos in Boston!  The Franklin Zoo and Stone Zoo will be offering free admission to all fathers on Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day, so if you’re looking for a fun family activity, this is perfect!  

Boston Life Presents: Dive into Boston Life 2013

13 Jun

At Boston Life we are committed to helping Boston’s non-native English speaking community adjust to American language and culture. Our students come from all over the globe, and have backgrounds as diverse as their nationalities.

From recent high school graduates, to researchers and other working professionals with advanced degrees in their fields; our students have created a unique international network throughout Boston, Cambridge and Brookline. Our goal is to facilitate an easy transition into life here in Boston and break down the cultural and linguistic barriers that people often encounter as new residents or visitors to the United States.

Though our students have different backgrounds and nationalities, they experience very similar issues adjusting to life in the United States. Students often describe difficulty meeting new American friends, understanding American idioms and slang, and adjusting to our American style of communication and organization.

So, how can we help all newcomers adjust to American culture, and more importantly, enjoy their time in Boston?

Host a workshop!

To better assist our international students, we will be hosting a cross-cultural workshop on Sunday July 14 called Dive into Boston Life 2013.

This event will take place at One Broadway, Kendall Square Cambridge MA, on the 4th floor of the Innovation Center from 10:00am-3:30pm. (Click here for directions)

At this free family event, we will cover useful information about English, American culture, and ways to take advantage of Boston’s historic attractions. At Dive into Boston Life 2013, we will provide live entertainment, a free cooking demonstration, and contests with cash prizes! Our cooking demonstration will focus on typical American recipes and foods, which participants may create and eat at the event. And, our contests include a Photo Contest, Essay Competition, and Bake-Off contest.

For more details on how to enter the contests and win prizes, check out our Facebook page and click on the events tab.

We want to reach out to as many people as possible so please bring your friends and family to this friendly community event.

Children are welcome!

We look forward to meeting new people and making new friends.

Come mix, mingle, and learn some useful English tips for life in Boston.


Yoga shown to boost Brain Power

11 Jun

Practicing yoga has many benefits for your health and well-being. A new study suggests a 20-minute yoga workout can improve your memory and other brain functions even better than aerobic exercise.

Researchers from the University of Illinois recruited 30 undergraduate women to participate in a 20-minute yoga session involving seated, standing, and floor postures, as well as a deep breathing and meditative pose at the end. They also walked or jogged on a treadmill for 20 minutes to 60-70 percent maximum heartrate.

The results showed that after doing yoga, the participants showed significant improvement on cognitive tests evaluating their reaction times, accuracy, and memory. Surprisingly, there were no significant improvements from the aerobic exercise directly afterwards.

It’s possible that yoga’s emphasis on centering, awareness, and focus are behind that immediate brainpower boost. So, if you have a big test or other difficult task ahead of you, try doing some poses beforehand to help increase brainpower.

Boston Irish Festival

7 Jun

Saturday, Jun 8 5:00p

Phone (781) 821-8291
Age Suitability All Ages

Advertising itself as the largest Irish festival on the East Coast, this event features three days of Irish music in its many permutations (including Eileen Ivers Friday night, and Black 47 Saturday), as well as dance, sports, kids’ activities, and an attempt to set a world record for the number of redheads in a single photo. – Stuart Munro, Globe Correspondent

Magic Show in Boston Park Plaza

6 Jun

#1 Magic Show in LA comes to the Boston Park Plaza

Friday, Jul 19 7:00p to 8:30p
Phone (866) 411-8111
Age Suitability Kids and up

Direct from Beverly Hills for two nights only, master illusionist Ivan Amodei will bring his critically acclaimed INTIMATE ILLUSIONS to a gorgeous candle lit theater at the Boston Park Plaza. See why critics and audiences are raving.

“SPECTACULAR!” – Broadway World

“LEGENDARY!” – LA Confidential
“MIND-BOGGLING!” – Dick Clark
“DIFFERENT & MIND-BLOWING!” – Joe Monti/TV Producer

Skillfully accompanied by a concert cellist, this 90-minute performance cleverly combines world-class sleight of hand, dynamic story-telling, mind-games and tons of audience participation. All combined with razor sharp wit, laughter and dazzling live music. 

Winner of SIX People’s Choice Awards for BEST Entertainer, Ivan will show you why you HAVE to see him live.