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‘Line to Freedom’

“Crossing the Line to Freedom: A Musical Narrative” will be held at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14. This is a family-friendly courtyard event. In celebration of Juneteenth, the Boston Lyric Opera and Castle Of Our Skins reprise this impactful concert series showcasing the lives and stories of legendary liberators through the music of opera. Paired with spoken word, art song, spirituals and history, these inspiring lives take center stage: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes and Paul Robeson. Music of composers such as Nkeiru Okoye, Adolphus Hailstork, Dorothy Rudd Moore and Undine Smith Moore will be featured. For more information about this event, visit castleskins.org or bpl.org.

adidas boost youth festival

The adidas Boost Youth Festival will be held from 11 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Copley Square (500 Boylston St.). Boys and girls, ages 3 through 12, will be broken up into five divisions, with two ages per group (youngest to oldest) to compete in the 30m dash, 30m hurdles, long jump and soft javelin throw. Kids will have the opportunity to take photos, ask for autographs and challenge world-class athletes during the event. For more information or to register, visit active.com. The adidas Boost Youth Festival is part of the adidas Boost Boston Games for adults, to be held on June 16. For more information and to participate, visit www.adidasboostboston.com.

Forum on homelessness

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay is hosting a public forum called, “Homelessness in Boston – Toward Breakthrough Solutions in the Back Bay and Throughout the City” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 17 in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. WBUR’s Lynn Jolicoeur is moderating the discussion with panel presentations by officials from The Pine Street Inn; The City of Boston, Emergency Shelters Department; The Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program; The Boston Police Department; The Boston Public Library in Copley Square and a Boston resident who was homeless for a decade. The purpose of this forum is to help increase public understanding of homelessness in Boston neighborhoods and to build public awareness of available resources. All concerned residents are invited to attend.

Concerts in the Courtyard

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St., Copley Square) will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays through August. Music ranges from jazz to classical, folk to world. The free concerts move indoor to Rabb Hall in case of bad weather. For more information, visit www.bpl.org/programs/concerts.htm.