Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
St. Francis House – Update
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. continues to welcome 400 guests a day for emergency refuge services.
Since they cannot utilize volunteers at this time, and are relying on extra outside paid services, they are spending an extra $10,000 a day to keep the place up and running.
At this time they are providing disposable box breakfast and lunches along with purchasing items to create emergency clothing kits, since they currently cannot accept clothing donations.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including ways you can make a financial donation.
Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.
Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.
Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.
Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.
For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial/food/supplies donation to support these ministries, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.
Boston Fight for Air Climb – Postponed
Boston Fight for Air Climb was to take place on Saturday, March 28 at One Boston Place, 201 Washington St. sponsored by the American Lung Association. The event has been postponed. Visit Bostonclimb@LungNE.org for more information.
Riverdance – Postponed
The new 25th anniversary show of Riverdance was scheduled to play from March 31 through April 5 at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St. It has now been postponed.
In a powerful and stirring re-invention of this beloved favorite, renowned composer Bill Whelan brings this mesmerizing, Grammy Award-winning soundtrack back to life, completely revitalized for the first time since the original orchestral recordings.
Producer Moya Doherty and Direct John McColgan have produced an amazing production with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, staging and costume design, and an all-new finale number which will blow audiences away.
Visit bochcenter.org for other information, including show times and tickets (starting at $25).
Greenway Conservancy update
Here is an update from the Greenway Conservancy. They take care of the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
“Maintaining a healthy Greenway is a central part of the Greenway Conservancy’s mission. As we all practice social distancing during this challenging time, we hope access to the outdoors can be a comfort.
“The Conservancy is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and has made changes to our day-to-day operations and care of the park, including:
• Increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-use surfaces in the park.
• Required staff to work remotely when possible.
• Canceled all volunteer events in the park for the remainder of March.
• The latest changes to our programming can be found below. Please be sure to check our online calendar for the latest details, and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
• The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be delaying its opening until further notice. Bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creatures home by downloading a free sample of our Greenway Carousel Coloring Book! Explore native New England creatures of land, air, and sea with our downloadable PDF.
• The Greenway PlayCubes in Chin Park have been closed until further notice.
• Truck schedules for the Greenway Food Truck Program may vary due to the coronavirus (COVID-19); for specific updates please follow us on Twitter.
• All Greenway Conservancy programming scheduled to the end of April has been canceled; we look forward to working with our partners on next steps.”
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org.
Design Week – Postponed
There’s still time to play a role in helping to pick who will be recognize for their leadership and talent within the area’s design community. The winners were going to be honored at The Boston Design Week Awards presentation, which was to be held at the Artist for Humanity EpiCenter in Boston on April 3 as part of the seventh annual Boston Design Week. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, that event has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.
Nominations will remain open indefinitely for three awards: Mentor of the Year (co-sponsored by the Over My Shoulder Foundation), Innovator of the Year and the Social Impact Award.
Two other awards have already been decided. The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School. The Producers Choice Award will be presented to The Society of Arts and Crafts.
Selected nominees will be invited to attend the awards’ event, which is co-sponsored by Artists for Humanity.
To learn more about the awards and how to take part, visit www.bostondesignweek.com/awards.
For more information and updates about the plans for Boston Design Week programs, visit www.bostondesignweek.com.
Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students
BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the schools. View all locations here.
Free meals for all students
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
Visit boston.gov for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com for other information. See all locations here.
If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour
Although the Boston Children’s Museum is temporarily closed until further notice, children home from school can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor, via the virtual tour at bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Old State House and Old South Meeting – Closed
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House will be closed through March 31 at which time the situation will be re-evaluated.
Visit RevolutionarySpaces.org for other information.
Great Hall – Closed
Great Hall of Faneuil Hall is closed until further notice and will reopen following the City of Boston guidelines.
Institute of Contemporary Art goes virtual
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.
All programs and special events through April 19 have been canceled or postponed.
In the interim, visit icaboston.org to enjoy Video + Audio recordings including artist interviews, studio visits, and talks between artists and curators; find in-depth information about individual artworks in the ICA’s permanent collection; and learn about and view the Sterling Ruby exhibition.
FPAC events canceled
All events at the Fort Points Arts Community (FPAC) have been canceled through March and April.
Visit fortpointarts.org for other details.
Emerson College theaters suspend performances
Theaters of Emerson College has suspended all public events with the hope of continuing more regular activity by the end of April.
All formerly scheduled productions will be either postponed or canceled.
Visit emersontheatres.org for other information.
Yoga and Meditation – Canceled until further notice
Yoga and Meditation is held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Ave de Lafayette.
Accessible to all levels, with a power class on the first Wednesday of every month, this is a great way to add some self-care and fitness to your weekly routine. Stretch, move, breathe, and get centered with YogaPro Anna Saluti. Your body will thank you.
Bring your own mat, and arrive early as the class starts promptly at the appointed hour.
Visit yogahub.life to sign up.
ICA Gala – Postponed
Join ICA at the center of contemporary art, fashion, music, and performance for their most anticipated event of the year on Friday, April 17 at Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St.
Visit icaboston.org for other information.
Greatest Party on Earth has a new date
Artists for Humanity (100 W. Second St.) postponed its 15th annual Greatest Party on Earth that was scheduled for Saturday, March 21. The new date is now Friday, June 19.
This year’s party is a celebration of the vision, virtuosity and creativity of the teen artists in AFH’s expanded EpiCenter.
The enhanced studios, event space and gallery are the backdrop to an unforgettable evening of great art, extraordinary entertainment, delicious cuisine, signature cocktails and non-stop dancing.
Visit greatestpartyonearth.com other information.
BPL is closed; online services continue to grow
All locations of the Boston Public Library are closed until further notice.
Please note the following:
• All events, classes, concerts and talks taking place at all locations of the Boston Public Library are at this time either cancelled or postponed.
• The BPL will waive overdue fines for our library patrons through May 1st..
• During this time, the library is expanding automatic renewals and allowing people to keep their books and other materials for 15 weeks, instead of the usual three weeks.
• The BPL has pushed back library card expiration dates - if your card is due for renewal, you will have until October to renew it.
• The library is increasing the limits on accrued fines before an account is blocked. Use of online library services will not be suspended for patrons during this period.
• The library foresees no interruption in its digital services, which will remain on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. In the coming days and weeks, the library will increase its online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources. Details about and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.
• The library is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the visitors and staff. Further updates to our operating hours will be announced on our website, on our social media platforms, and through email.
• For more information on the library closure, visit www.bpl.org/news/covid-19-update-march-16th.
• If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email ask@BPL.org
BCYF activities canceled
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers many programs for people of all ages throughout the city.
BCYF’s network of community centers offer a wide range of diverse features and programs that are as unique as the neighborhoods they serve.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all BCYF pools, gyms and fitness centers are closed and all programming is suspended.
Select BCYF locations are meal pick-up sites only for students who rely on daily free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. Find sites and their hours of operation at www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston
To learn more about the centers, visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families.
Winter Fitness Series – Canceled
The Boston Parks and Recreation Winter Fitness Series and Pop-Up Parties all Boston Neighborhoods scheduled through April have been canceled.
The performance of Shen Yun will be presented from April 11 through April 19 at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St.
Watch ancient legends, heavenly realms, and modern tales of courage spring to life through classical Chinese dance. See ethnic dances, dazzling costumes, and powerful flips fill the stage with color and energy. And let the orchestra’s exquisite melodies, the singer’s soaring voices, and the dynamic animated backdrops uplift your spirit and transport you to another world in this brand-new production.
For more information, including show times and tickets (starting at $80) visit bochcenter.org.
Ali Wong: ‘The Milk & Money Tour’
Stand-up comedian Ali Wong will present “The Milk & Money Tour” on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St. with four shows to choose from.
Visit bochcenter.org for tickets (starting at $49.50) and other information.
“Who? What? Why?” The LI+TLE Lab at Emerson College, 216 Tremont St. wants to learn more about question-asking in young children. Bring your 3-, 4-, or 5-year old to their lab for some fun games and activities – at the end of the visit, your child will receive a small prize and parents will be offered a $40 Amazon gift card and reimbursement for travel. The lab visits last about 2.5 hours.
Visit little.emerson.edu to learn more and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
Little Free Libraries
Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)
Anyone can take a book and leave a book.