It’s looking like another pretty solid week of weather, even if you’ll spend most of it bundled up at the office because someone decided the air conditioning in every office building should be set at approximately 34 degrees. Whenever you escape, get outside and enjoy free boat rides, play cornhole for a good cause, or get drinks with puppies.

1. Monday, June 23 – “Freedom Summer”
WGBH and the City of Boston present this special screening of “Freedom Summer,” the story of how over ten memorable weeks in 1964 known, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi. Take the film as inspiration to follow through on your goal for the summer, even if it’s something relatively minor like “drink outside more often.” (6:30 p.m., FREE, all ages)

2. Tuesday, June 24 – Free Ferry Day
Need an excuse to skip work Tuesday? Score a free ferry ride from Long Wharf to either Georges or Spectacle Island, currently ranked second and third in our Island Power Rankings, right behind Revis Island. Check out Fort Warren on Georges Island or one of Spectacle’s sandy beaches, and think about how it’s not even costing you anything, unless you get fired for skipping work, in which case it’s costing you a lot of money so you better make the most of it. (9 p.m., FREE, all ages)

3. Tuesday, June 24 – “Manning Up”
Join 3 trans writers — Mitch Kellaway, Nathan Ezekiel, and Justin Cascio — as they read their essays from an upcoming anthology on trans manhood and family at the East Coast release party for “Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves” at Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville. After the reading, the authors will open the floor to questions and be available to sign book copies. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

4. Tuesday, June 24 – Chocolate and Wine Pairing
If Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory was around today, they’d probably have tours and tastings and parties all the time like they do at Somerville’s Taza Chocolate. Tuesday’s chocolate and wine pairing class will teach you to combine two things that are essential to human happiness, right up there with a rewarding career and the love of a good woman. Or you could just grab some Franzia and a Chunky and save fifty bucks, I’m not going to judge you. (6:30 p.m., $55, 21+)

5. Wednesday, June 25 – One Brick Boston Fundraiser
Volunteer organization One Brick Boston takes over the roof deck of the Baseball Tavern for its first-ever fundraiser, Step Up to The Plate for One Brick, featuring a silent auction, food, and a cornhole tournament. Cornhole, so hot right now. Probably just because you can play with a drink in one hand, which is also the main reason for the worldwide popularity of soccer. (6 p.m., $25, 21+)

6. Wednesday, June 25 – Winesdays at the MFA
The last Wednesday of every month is Winesday at the Museum of Fine Arts, bringing in an expert taster to help you savor a new selection from a featured winery. The ticket price includes hors d’oevres, but you’ll have to bring your own Chunky. The nice thing about drinking at the museum is if you have too much and pass out, you could wake up with a dick drawn on your face by a real artist. (5:30 p.m., $25, 21+)

7. Wednesday, June 25 – Canines & Cocktails
Walking around the neighborhood peeing on stuff and smelling other dogs’ pee is like the canine equivalent of Tinder, but once in a while they need to get out and meet other pups face-to-face, or face-to-butt, as it were. The Wednesday night Canines & Cocktails night on the TAMO Terrace at the Seaport Hotel kicks off for the summer this week, and they’ll donate $10 to the Animal Rescue League for every guest who attends. So even if you don’t own a dog and just want to watch puppies and play with puppies and watch puppies playing with other puppies, it’s all for a good cause. (5:30 p.m., FREE, 21+)

8. Wednesday to Sunday, June 25-29 – Roxbury International Film Festival
The largest film festival in New England dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color, the Roxbury International Film Festival opens Wednesday with “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” The documentary profiles an 83-year-old glamorous (and unapologetic) international jewel thief who would probably run things in the “Orange is the New Black” prison, or probably does run things in the real-life California prison where she’s currently serving four years. (Various times, $15, all ages)

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