It only makes sense that the auto detailers at Car Care are as mobile as the vehicles that they work on. Stocked with cleaning gear, their service vans travel around the Boston area before stopping at offices and homes. There, the detailers wash car exteriors by hand and venture inside to sweep, scrub, and condition all surfaces, including leather seats and miniature dance floors. Alternatively, the team also works out of four service locations. At these brick-and-mortar spots, the team replaces windshields, removes scratches, and executes all manner of auto body repair.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist?s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
_". . . then and there the child Independence was born."_ ?John Adams, after hearing James Otis argue against the _Writs of Assistance_ at the Old State House in 1761
The Old State House is a history book of a building. Within its walls, American revolutionaries gave birth to a new nation. RevolutionaryBoston?the museum that now occupies the building?tells their stories.
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The Old State House occupies a spot along Boston's Freedom Trail: Two-and-a-half miles dotted with 16 different historical sites. Follow the brick-lined path to other destinations, such as the USS Constitution in the Boston Navy Yard.
Founded in 1980 as an advocacy and support organization, The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) has always been on the forefront of issues facing young queer people. Such is its commitment to young LGBTQ voices that its leadership is made up of young people, with adults serving as advisors.
BAGLY's work is twofold. First, it educates and supports its young members, all of whom are 22 years old or younger. At its newly renovated center, young people can receive health education and care, get school and GED help, search for jobs, and join support groups that provide a safe space to discuss myriad issues facing LGBTQ youth. But BAGLY isn't just focused on serious subjects—it's also home to the nation's first prom for young LGBTQ people. The 2009 dance became the organization's most attended event, with more than 1,700 people celebrating at Boston City Hall.
Additionally, BAGLY advocates for queer rights, which have included pressuring the City of Boston to issue a permit for the Pride Day Parade and getting the term sexual orientation added to the Massachusetts Students’ Rights Law. BAGLY also educates people outside its doors, including starting the first LGBTQ youth speakers series in public schools and being among the first to discuss issues facing transgender youth with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The legacy of St. Francis of Assisi permeates the air at St. Francis House. There, staff and volunteers work to emulate the devotion he showed people throughout his life by assisting people who are underserved or experiencing homelessness. They provide support and care for all of their guests in the form of basic necessities, such as food, clothing, showers, and medical care, as well as guidance services.
Every day, more than 800 men and women seek aid at St. Francis House and take part in its counseling and rehabilitation services. The counseling department provides individual therapy, legal aid, and immigration services, whereas the rehabilitation services help people overcome challenges stemming from mental illness and substance abuse. To propel its guests into self-sufficiency, St. Francis House also offers a 14-week job- and life-skills training program to help individuals who have dealt with drug addiction, homelessness, mental illness, or incarceration find careers.
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Children who are interested in music early on can get their start at From the Top, a non-profit organization designed for kids eight and older to showcase their talents on the radio. Vocalists, composers and ensembles are featured in live national performances of classical music on National Public Radio. Young budding musicians, up to age eighteen, are eligible for a scholarship program and can sign up for workshops to prepare them for a live on-air performance of classical music and future career in the arts. Live shows give kids a chance to display their musical abilities in a variety of performances, broadcasts and concerts. Past productions have also appeared on the PBS series From the Top at Carnegie Hall.