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.
South Boston Neighborhood House (“The Ollie”)
Through their “Ollie Calls” Initiative, staff continues to check in with all participant families and seniors, providing a listening ear, self-care resources, deliveries of food, diapers & wipes, and gift cards for restaurant meal deliveries along with “Friday Night Grab and Go” boxes of food and supplies to tide them over for the weekend (BPS Schools and Meals on Wheels on weekday programs only).
Please support Ollie’s effort and help them get immediate relief to families and seniors by donating to the Ollie Outreach COVID Relief Fund.
Visit shnh.org for the link and other information.
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.
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. on Mondays through Fridays 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.
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.
Peace by Piece online
Peace by Piece is usually held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St. They are now meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom.
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 – facilitated by Rev. Katie Cole & the Peace by Piece Team – is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations and all are welcome.
Visit fourthboston.org/peace, phone 617-701-6281, call or text at 919-924-1170, or email email@example.com for more information, including the Zoom information.
art, visit www.firstgiving.com/event/zumix/SAS4ZUMIX.
‘Dawnland’ & ‘Dear Georgina’ Live Online Screening
Join the filmmakers for a special digital documentary screening of the Emmy Award winning film “Dawnland” and the online world premiere of “Dear Georgina,” followed by Q&A from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. All you need is a device and good internet.
For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. “Dawnland” goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
In “Dear Georgina,” a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.
Learn more about the films and watch the trailer at upstanderproject.org
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/dawnland-dear-georgina-live-online-screening-tickets-99717433528 for registration and other relevant information.
Lunch Break Yoga
Lunch Break Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 28.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People or get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded session will remain online.
Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga
“Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga” is brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through May 1.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand To Heart Center – Yoga for the People or get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded session will remain online.
Boston Design Week – Latest update
All the events slated for Boston Design Week were canceled or postponed with the hope that some can be reschedule or be included in the Annual Boston Design Week slated for April 7-April 21, 2021.
The official BDW 2020 Guidebook and the event listings are being kept online so that you can see the amazing Design Week that was planned for you. A festival such as this requires the work of hundreds of individuals, participating organizations, Sponsors and others, and they hope that you will thank them and continue to support them once this crisis has passed.
Nominations for the BDW 2020 Design Awards 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.
Visit Boston Design Week on Facebook.com to explore the innovation and diversity of Boston’s design community.
The Boston Public Library remains on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. The library has added a new online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.
For other information regarding their policies and procedures as it pertains to the closure due to COVID-19, visit www.bpl.org/news/covid-19-update-march-16th.
Other details and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email ask@BPL.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in to purchase.
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. Visit www.boston.gov for more information.
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.
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.
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.