Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events you are interested in attending and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.
‘Open Your Heart to the House’ online auction/ virtual fundraiser
The South Boston Neighborhood House, affectionately known as ‘The Ollie,’ will hold its first ever “Open Your Heart to the House” online auction and virtual fundraiser.
The event will include: Sponsorship Opportunities; Online Donations; Live Auction Raffle, and Online Auction Bidding.
Visit sbnh.org for Sponsorships, Online Auction bidding, to donate an Auction Item and for other information.
The Online Auction bidding will open at 6 p.m. on March 27 and remain open for one week.
Visit eventbrite.com to purchase a LIVE Auction Raffle Ticket and/or to make a Donation.
The 33rd annual ‘The House is Where the Heart’ Gala to be held at the Seaport World Trade Center on March 27 has been canceled.
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.
L Street Run Club Run – Canceled
The L Street Run Club is currently training for the Boston Marathon from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sundays through April 5 with the last run on Saturday, April 11.
Visit lstreet.org and/or eventbrite.com for additional details.
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 Mondays through Fridays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network
A group of South Boston non-profit organizations have organized a new group called South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network.
Here is a list of links that the group has created thus far:
Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information: bit.ly/3d8w53n
Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).
Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.
Facebook Page – for sharing new information as it becomes available and to direct people to the South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network Resources: fb.me/SouthBoston
Hotline – A number for those who prefer to call or text. Offerings, needs, and information shared to the hotline will be added to other lists: 617-286-2463
The South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network is a powerful way to build strong connections and there are several ways that you can be a part of the group.
Email SBNeighborhoodAid@gmail.com or leave a message on the hotline with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.
Capo and Lincoln, South Boston
For the next few weeks, all takeout tips and 50 percent of gift card sales at Capo and Lincoln (lincolnsouthboston.com) will go towards a staff relief fund.
Purple Shell, South Boston
Fifty percent of all gift certificate sales at the Purple Shell (Sushi and more) will be divided among staff. Call 617-989-9982 or email email@example.com in to purchase.
South Boston Sports Center summer registration open
South Boston Sports Center is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing an array of supervised activities in sports, activities and games for children, 7 through 14 years of age.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 6 through Aug. 21 at Lee Playground (M Street).
Participants can register at apm.activecommunities.com for and attend one or more weeks.
Lunch will be provided; transportation is not. For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at Woodley.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-961-3094.
‘Sing a Song – Send a Song’
ZUMIX may not be able to entertain you at one of their events right now, but they are still committed to bringing joy to everyone, especially in this time of need. That is why ZUMIX has started a new at-home campaign called “Sing a Song/ Send a Song!”
Participants are asked to sing a song dedicated to someone they're not able to see right now and nominate three friends to do the same.
They are hoping people will consider donating $10 to ZUMIX through their First Giving page with the post and asking your nominees to do the same.
To take part, visit www.firstgiving.com/event/zumix/SAS4ZUMIX.
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
Peace by Piece
Peace by Piece is usually held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m., offering an open space in which people can share their stories or just listen.
Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations; just show up.
Visit fourthboston.org/peace, phone 617-701-6281 or email email@example.com for more information, including the status during this “transitional” time.
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.
Mobile market program
The Fresh Connect Truck is at 7 Joyce Hayes Way from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 93 Preble St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the year.
Visit aboutfresh.org for more information, including delivery status.
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.
Two Dollar-A-Bag sites
Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag.
The trucks will be at the following Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites:
West Broadway Task Force, 115 Orton Marotta Way (between C & D Streets; near Broadway Red Line; inside Task Force bldg.) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; McCormack Task Force, 345 Old Colony Ave. (next to St. Monica's Church; near Andrew Red Line; inside Task Force bldg.) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays; Bellflower Apartments, 24 Bellflower St. (17 Bus from Andrew) from 2 to 3 p.m. on alternate Fridays; and La Alianza Hispana, 1000 Mass. Ave., Suite 101 from 11 a.m. to noon on alternate Wednesdays.
All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.
Visit fairfoods.org or phone 617-288-6185 for other information, including delivery status.
Come meet other South Boston bike advocates and get involved from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Caffe Nero, 416 West Broadway.
Visit bostoncyclistsunion.org for other information.