Here are the latest South End - Bay Village 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.

‘Shakespeare on the Common Encores’

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Shakespeare on the Common Encores” Series features artists who have performed on the Shakespeare on the Common stage sharing monologues they have performed in the past.

Enjoy their talents – that remind us of starry, peaceful summer nights on the Common – at noon through May 31 at www.facebookcom/CommShakes.

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.

Haley House Silent Auction

The 17th annual Haley House Silent Auction is being held through Saturday, June 6. The bidding will close at 2 p.m.

Some of the awesome prizes from local businesses include a farm share, restaurant gift certificates, theater and museum passes, a guided tour of the South End, handmade jewelry + pottery and lunch with Bing.

Visit www.biddingowl.com/Haley House to view the items and start bidding.

Visit www.HaleyHouse.org for other information regarding the Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury and the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Live-Community, and Office in the South End.

Parent-Child TBK classes

Take Back the Kitchen is a cooking and nutrition program to promote the joy and health benefits of cooking food from scratch. Their curriculum emphasizes starting with whole foods, trying new things, and understanding the personal, environmental, and social impacts of how we eat. Whenever possible, they use produce from Haley House’s own farm.

The Haley House is offering free virtual Take Back the Kitchen cooking classes for parents and children at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through June 17.

Visit haleyhouse.org to learn more.

Urbanity virtual dance classes

Check out Urbanity’s Instagram page @urbanitydance to see the schedule for their free online classes – free with a suggested donation of $10+ to help pay for the faculty.

Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including the link to donate.

‘Live! from The Beehive’

The Beehive stage is coming alive once again (with safety precautions & social distancing in place, of course)!

Tune into Beehive's Facebook Live & Instagram Live at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays for the Beehive Jazz Concert Series and at 7 p.m. on Sundays for a performance from their roster of musicians.

Visit www.beehiveboston.com for the latest updates.

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.

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 more 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.

‘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.

Sip+Stitch

Need a small break from being quarantined? Join Bead+Fiber (460A Harrison Ave.) via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays for a virtual gathering of creators.

Bring your favorite beverage, share your current project, chat with them, and if you have one, show your furry friend(s).

Their Zoom link is attached to their bio with all the info. Extra bonus to anyone that comes dressed up in a funny outfit – challenge accepted

Visit www.beadandfiber.com for more details.

Friday Family Dance Jam

Children of all ages and their caretakers are welcome to tune into this family dance jam, hosted in collaboration with Boston Children's Museum from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. on the last Friday of every month via Instagram Live @UrbanityDance.

Suggested donations of $10+ are gratefully accepted and help pay dance teachers.

Visit www.urbanitydance.org/virtual-youth for other information, including the link to donate.

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.

Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity

The 2020 Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity Dance will be held from Monday, June 22 through Friday, Aug. 14.

The classes range in styles from contemporary and ballet to hip hop and improvisation for students ages 1 through 17.

Urbanity is planning to hold the first two weeks of Summer Dance Camp via online classes with the hopes of returning to the studio for the remainder of the program.

Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including schedules and registration.

BCA 50 Days to 500K

Boston Center for the Arts is launching the 50 Days to 500K campaign to raise a one-time goal of $500,000 by Tuesday, June 30 to ensure that they can continue to provide the three things all working people – and artists, in particular – need: space, time, and professional development in a post-pandemic world.

Boston Center for the Arts is an organization all its own: the only nonprofit in Boston where an educator can curate her first exhibition, a performance troupe can launch a Variety Show, and a young arts administrator can realize his first full-scale public art project—all in the same year.

They recognize that this is an uncertain time for us all. If you are able, please make a donation or become a 50th Anniversary Member today. Every single dollar counts towards their goal.

Visit www.bcaonline.org to learn more.

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

SoWa online

SoWa Art + Design District (450 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200+ art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market, and more. Although many of the SoWa businesses are choosing to close or limit their open hours until further notice, some of them have come up with pretty cool ways to remain "open" online and they would love it if you would go check them out!

Follow them on facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild or twitter.com

Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information.

SoWa Vintage Market live on Instagram

Vintage Market is typically open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave. Due to circumstances, SoWa Vintage is closed; however, they are now live on Instagram until further notice.

Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.

This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.

The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.

For more information, visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com.

AFH Social Distance Gallery

Artists for Humanity (100 W 2nd St.) has launched the #FHA Social Distance Gallery. ⁣

In times like these we’re all artists – experimenting with new ways of being, seeing, sharing, and helping; each of us with an important paint box of ideas and resources, and collaborative spirit to match. In that sense, we’re all Artists for Humanity.

Visit www.afhboston.org for the links to purchase art work and to your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.

A R E A Gallery

Construction A R E A is an online platform by A R E A to showcase off-site exhibitions and offer visitors a curated selection of works available for sale in Boston.

Visit www.area.gallery for more information, including the current exhibitions and a list of the featured artists.

Social Distancing Gallery

While Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild (where artists live/work in the South End) has temporarily closed, exhibition coordinator Erik Grau has since launched Social Distancing Gallery on its social media feeds and is sharing all submissions sent in by local artists and from abroad.

View them at www.instagram.com/artpcgboston.

South End Neighborhood Aid Network

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods.

Support the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

As a result of the lengthy Coronavirus shutdowns, the cost to the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be upwards of $350,000. In addition to lost revenue, it also includes the costs of fulfilling their contracts to the orchestra and everyone who makes the magic happen during the season. As a result, the chorus faces a crisis of its own.

The only way they can make up the lost revenue, which is close to half their annual budget, is through donations.

There are several ways you can help out: donate/pledge directly online (link at www.bgmc.org) or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St. Boston 02116. You can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.

Haley House – Ways you can help

During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:

Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched the Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have been able to serve an average of 70 meals each day. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for these take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.

Purchase Gift Cards for Haley House Bakery Cafe or Order Take Out/Delivery – This helps stabilize finances for their newly re-launched social enterprise at the Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St. Roxbury) by purchasing gift cards or ordering their take out or delivery. Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed concerts and ways to support artists through virtual programming in collaboration with SIDE Presents.

Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations they can use, or send them items from their Amazon Charity Lists.

Haley House says, “We know this is hard on a lot of people and many of us feel isolated but for 54 years we have believed in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity and we’re not stopping now!”

Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response/ for more details.

MTW book/clothing donations requested

More Than Words stores are still accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. All donations are fully tax deductible. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.

Support Rosie’s Place

Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave. still in operation following the Coronavirus guidelines, is looking for donations of money, gift cards, toiletries, non-perishable food, re-usable bags, mugs, towels, underwear, books among other items.

Visit rosiesplace.org to learn more.

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.