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Song of the Day: “Mama Kin”

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“We’re not worthy.”

This Thursday’s Boston Strong concert, benefiting One Fund, has no shortage of talent. The Globe‘s James Reed posted a great piece earlier this week on how the concert came together, and, when you stop and think, it’s an amazing operational feat to produce such a thing, the worthy cause not withstanding.

Among the many stars taking the stage are Boston natives Aerosmith and, while I doubt they’ll play “Mama Kin” Thursday, today’s song of the day honors the deep cuts of this great band and we can leave “Sweet Emotion” for the compilations. Or read last week’s report of Steven Tyler remarking Singapore women are “delicious” and…well. Even if tongue-in-cheek, what did you expect?

Crank it in the car, feel good to be alive, and wake up with a very young-sounding Steven Tyler.

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We’ll Drink to That: Some Cambridge Restos Rosé Sales to Benefit the One Fund on 4/25

One of the best parts of summer, for me at least, is that it’s finally the right temperature to drink rosé.

Photo credit: Michael Piazza

Photo credit: Michael Piazza

After a long, cold winter, I’m ready to sip on some delicious pink bubbles. Plus, in light of last week’s events, I’m even more eager to support causes that give back to our community.

So, I’m happy to share that tomorrow, 4/25, local haunts belly wine bar, the blue room and the delightful provisions store central bottle are honoring Venice’s annual rosebud festival, Festa del Boccolo.

For every glass or bottle of rose sold at these locations tomorrow, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the One Fund. Sounds like a good time to relax for a minute in the nicer weather and stock up on some summer staples – pink bubbles.

A little history lesson: Venice’s Rosebud Festival is celebrated on St. Mark’s Day, which honors the patron saint of Venice. To celebrate his feast day, Venetian males traditionally give their beaus a red rose on April 25th.

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The amount of pride this city holds is unlike any other.

My roommate shared this video with me, it will make you cry. It depicts the passion we feel for our beautiful home.

The One Fund, established by Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, will streamline donations for those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy, into one account, which will then be divided up to victims and their families. Continue reading

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With “Last 5” Postponed, Other Ways to Show Support

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Citing the additional burden their event would place on the “exhausted” Boston Police Department, the organizers of Boston Marathon: The Last 5 Miles have decided to postpone their walk, which would stretch from Heartbreak Hill to the Boylston finish line. Over 16,500 supporters had pledged to attend this event, which had been planned in honor of “anyone who did not get to finish, for anyone who was injured, and for anyone who lost their life.” The coordinators, BC students Dani Cole and Michael Padulsky, wrote on the event’s Facebook page that “Ongoing meetings are being held to define the scale and logistics of a vigil and ‘The Last 5’ walk.”

As we await the rescheduling of this inspiring event, a myriad of other opportunities to show support are popping up all over Boston. Below is a short but substantial list of ways you can help the victims and their families:

Dine at one of the many Greater Boston restaurants that have pledged to donate anywhere from 10 to 50% of proceeds on April 17th (today) to The Greg Hill Foundation. The list of participating locations, which includes Beantown favorites like Papagayo, Davio’s, and Max & Dylans, can be found here.

Donate to the the One Fund Boston, which was formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino to “help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.” A cornerstone $1 million donation has already been made by local business John Hancock.

Light a candle between 9 and 9:30 PM on Saturday, April 20th – wherever you are – as you participate in another rapidly-growing grassroots campaign, Boston Marathon, A Candlelight Vigil. People around the city, the country, and the world are invited to join in this demonstration of “unified respect, honor, and dedication to our lovely city.”

Drink (responsibly) with your fellow compatriots at the Freedom Pub Crawl on April 27th. Event organizer Social Boston Sports has decided to donate 100% of the profits to the One Fund. Register here.

Schedule to donate blood.Thanks to the overwhelming response in the last two days, the Red Cross reports that their current supplies here in Boston are sufficient, but have also noted that “donations historically drop as the summer months approach, so now would be a great time to schedule a donation to help ensure there is enough blood available this summer.”