Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

NAMIWalks goes virtual

The NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2020 will go Virtual on Saturday, May 30.

NAMIWalks is a fun, family-friendly event to help promote awareness of mental health and reduce stigma by sharing and stories and walking together; to raise funds for NAMI’s mission of advocacy, education, support and public awareness; and to build community and let people know they are not alone.

Help make a difference.

Visit namiwalks.org for more information, including ways you can help make this year’s event a success.

Book discussion: ‘The Dutch House’

Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual discussion of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 1.

Email tstafford@bpl.org for information on how to join.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Careers in animal care

Interested in working with animals but not sure where to start?

Join representatives from the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter and the Last Hope K9 Rescue among others to discuss potential careers in animal care from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

These panelists will discuss their career paths and current jobs as well as answer questions from participants.

This program is intended for teens, 13 years of age and older. Registrants will receive a link to the program on the day of the event.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Curator Conversations: Angles on ‘Bending Lines’

The many ways that maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth come under scrutiny in “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception,” a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opened with an immersive, "digital first" exhibition on Wednesday, May 27.

Viewers are invited to explore the online show and join the interactive program series hosted Leventhal Center’s Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship Garrett Dash Nelson and the guests who give context to the exhibition's themes and content from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

Angles on Bending Lines: Curator Conversations

June 3: “Twisted Districts: The History and Future of Gerrymandering”

June 10: “Persuasive Cartography”

June 17: “What You See is What You Get – or is it?”

These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and then archived on YouTube.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information. Registration is required to receive a link to the event.

‘The Superwoman: How a Progressive Era Journalist Helped Women Get the Vote’

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Lori Harrison-Kahan will discuss her new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings, an edited collection of journalism and fiction by Miriam Michelson from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 hosted by the Boston Public Library.

One of the earliest female journalists in San Francisco in the 1890s, Michelson went on to become a suffrage activist and a bestselling author of feminist fiction like “The Superwoman,” a novella that inspired the “Wonder Woman” comics.

Harrison-Kahan's talk will address Michelson's upbringing in Virginia City, Nevada, during the Gold Rush; her influence on Progressive Era politics; and her relevance to contemporary movements like #MeToo.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration. The registrants will receive the remote meeting details.

Author Talk: ‘THE DEVIANT'S WAR’

In collaboration with Boston Pride, The Gay and Lesbian Review, the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, and the Harvard Book Store, the Boston Public Library present an author talk with Dr. Eric Cervini as he talks about his new book THE DEVIANT'S WAR: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

From a young Harvard and Cambridge-trained historian, the secret history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall.

In 1957, at the height of the Space Race, a government astronomer named Frank Kameny received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual. And for the first time, a homosexual fought back.

Based on firsthand accounts, recently declassified FBI records, and forty thousand personal documents, The Deviant’s War unfolds over the course of the 1960s, as Kameny built a movement against the government’s gay purges. It traces the forgotten ties that bound gay rights to the Black Freedom Movement, the New Left, lesbian activism, and trans resistance. Above all, it is a story of America (and Washington) at a cultural and sexual crossroads; of shocking, byzantine public battles with Congress; of FBI informants; murder; betrayal; sex; love; and ultimately victory.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from June 13 through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.

The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families.

Register and learn more at bostonharbornow.org.

Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020

The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.

Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses

For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020

For more information: https://calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA

Homework help online

The Boston Public Library offers free online homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through June 18.

No registration is required as students will be helped on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 15 students at one time.

Homework Help can be accessed during the scheduled times at: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/my/bplhomeworkhelp.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

For questions about Homework Help email Lina Raciukaitis at lraciukaitis@bpl.org.

All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Maker Mondays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Maker Mondays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 1 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Take a look at projects of the librarians own design, get ideas for at-home crafts, or learn how to make stuff online… all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

‘With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People’

Poets are inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary others around them. How does poetry reveal new and surprising ways to communicate and connect?

“With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People” will be held from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Mondays through June 15.

In these workshops, facilitated by Aaron Devine, the groups will read and write to deeply encounter loved ones, communities, and lineages. No prior writing experience is required.

Devine is a poet, community activist, and translator in Dorchester. He co-created Write on the DOT, a neighborhood poetry reading series and literary platform.

To register, email: aajamde@yahoo.com.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

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 peace@fourthboston.org for more information, including the Zoom information.

Gamer Tuesdays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Gamer Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 2 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Discuss the latest release, trends, and strategies of every system on the map, or participate in some light online gaming… all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Families Cooking with Miss Debbie

Join Miss Debbie as she bakes and cooks a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and side dishes from scratch using fresh and often locally-grown and organic ingredients from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 9.

Let Miss Debbie show you that cooking can be a family activity. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision via Zoom.

Registration is required at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren. A link to the meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.

Visit bpl.org/events for other details.

Twitch Remote Gaming for Teens

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Twitch Remote Gaming from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through June 4 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Anime Wednesdays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Anime Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 3 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Discuss and share tastes, trends, and experiences with all things anima an manga with certified otaku… all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; (for ages three through five) from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays; and (for ages 5 to 9) from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through June 11.

The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.

Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships, and developing a connecting with themselves.

Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions, and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.

Visit www.bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant information.

Bollywood Funk Online

Bollywood Funk Online will be held from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Thursdays through June 4.

Bollywood Funk is a high-energy dance with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk fused with the hottest Bollywood beats and moves.

Join dance instructor, Chavi Bansai, and be ready to sweat, smile and have a lot of fun.

Class is fit for all levels, no prior experience required, but is intended for children and teens.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Jackbox Thursdays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 4 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Want a little funny in your bones? This chat room will run live during BPL Teen Services’ weekly Jackbox Twitch stream, at twitch.tv/BPL … laugh with them from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

‘Celebrating What Unites Us: Cooking with Oldways’

Join the special at-home “Celebrating What Unites Us!” program at 10 a.m. on Fridays through June 5 to keep us all connected, coming together.

Each week a Chef from Oldways will show you how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond. Mediterranean, African, Latin America, Asian, and Vegetarian/Vegan themes will be featured.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway.

Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

‘Shake it Out’ youth dance program

Join the BPL for eight weeks of dancing led by Oliver Arias a member of the Floorlord, the longest running hip hop dance troupe in the US from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through July 3.

Each week you will learn new dance moves which will get difficult and the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.

This class is intended for teens, ages 13 and older. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision. This program will occur on Zoom.

After registration at www.bpl.org/events, a link to the meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.

Music Fridays

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Music Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. through June 5 in the Virtual Teen Room via the Discord server.

Can’t catch a tune…? This chatroom will feature music lovers and players of a number of genres and instruments. Come to listen, discuss, and play, all from the comfort of lockdown.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

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.

You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

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.auguste@boston.gov or phone 617-961-3094.

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.

Support Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.

Please consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene products to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Phone their Administrative Offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.

Visit www.ccab.org for a list of places that they service along with other information.

Support 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 are 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 more information.

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.

BPL updates

The Boston Public Library has an online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

Other details and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.

For more information, email ask@BPL.org.

Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents

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” meals for Boston residents in need.

For a list of meal sites, visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email food@boston.gov with questions or concerns or for other information.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Southie Bikes

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 more information.