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‘Out of the Darkness’ walk

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host the “Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk” on Saturday, June 22 to break the silence surrounding suicide. Walk with others who understand the impact suicide can have and be part of a welcoming community that can laugh, cry and heal together – while honoring the past and embracing a better future. Walkers should check in between 4 to 7:15 p.m. The event begins with opening ceremonies at Boston University’s Nickerson Field. The full route will be between 16 and 18 miles, but people can stop at any point. The route goes down Commonwealth Avenue towards Kenmore Square and past the brownstones of Back Bay. Then it is on to the Public Garden and Boston Common and onwards through downtown to the Boston Harbor Waterfront. There will be plenty of opportunities for rest and refreshment at one of our route stops, including a late-night midnight snack. Later, walkers into the Fort Point Channel area, walk alongside the Rose Kennedy Greenway and will follow a portion of the Freedom Trail by Faneuil Hall and Boston City Hall. As dawn approaches, walkers complete the route passing by the Massachusetts State House on way back to Boston University. Overnight-Boston is looking for volunteers to assist, to walk and to make donations. To learn more, visit www.theovernight.org or www.afsp.org.

Folktales at the Lyric Stage

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston at 140 Clarendon St. will present three free performances of “Folktales: Near and Far” – part of their touring show program. Each 40 minute interactive performance will share folktales from different cultures with children and their parents. These performances are set for June 28, and will start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The box office will be open at 10 a.m. (capacity per performance 270). For more information, visit lyricstage.com or phone 617-585-5678. This program is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation as part of Free Fun Fridays, for more information visit highlandstreet.org.

Family Story Time

The Boston Athenaeum at 10½ Beacon St. is hosting stories, rhymes and circle games at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 in the Children’s Library. Story time enriches the imagination and builds a lifelong love of reading. This program promotes language and social development and is a fun way for caregivers to learn new songs and stories to share at home. All ages are welcome. Please park strollers, which are not permitted beyond the vestibule, in the lobby to the left of the stairs (accessible via wheelchair lift). The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States, founded in 1807. For more information, visit https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/6425/family-story-time  or call Visitor Services at 617-720-7612.

Endurance scavenger hunt

Invictus Boston is hosting another Endurance Scavenger Hunt from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 29. The event will begin at 31 St. James Ave. with the race kickoff at 8:30 a.m. Bring running shoes and be prepared to race through the city with your team to finish all the tasks and be the first team back to Tasty Burger. The teams consist of three people. You can register as an individual or a team of two and be assigned the third member or register as a complete team of three. Only one member in the team needs to register. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-invictus-boston-endurance-scavenger-hunt-tickets-62713414511.

261 Fearless group run

The 261 Fearless Boston Run Club of Back Bay meets from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Women, ages 18 and older, are invited to an hour of social, fun running. Come to inspire or be inspired. Walkers wanting to learn how to run, beginners and experienced runners are welcome. There will be fun games and/or drills for warm-up and a group run led by one or more of the 261 certified coaches. The group runs focus on proper running technique for efficiency and injury prevention in a non-competitive, non-judgmental way. Experience a group run for free; then have the opportunity to join for a minimal yearly fee thereafter. Locker room use (restroom, lockers, showers, towel, bodywash and blowdryer) is included. The group meets at Healthworks Back Bay, 441 Stuart St., 2nd floor.