Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:
Virtual Ginormous Climb
The 7th annual Ginormous Virtual Climb to fight child abuse and exploitation will take place on Saturday, June 6.
Each year, nearly 2,000 children are referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County to talk about abuse and violence in their lives. Their courage is heroic and they inspire all of us.
Participate your way: Climb 1,700 steps at your home or walk 8,700 strides in your neighborhood.
Get started on your Ginormous Climb and register today. Rally the support of family, friends and colleagues to help you reach your goal. Along the way, you’ll be helping kids feel safe, cope with trauma, seek justice and heal.
Go to www.ginormousclimb.com for registration and more information.
Esplanade Virtual 5K
Run the “Virtual Esplanade 5K,” presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, anywhere in the world through June 7. Your race entry will benefit the ongoing care and upkeep of the Esplanade.
In this uncertain time, the Esplanade has served as a much needed respite for people to walk, bike, run, and breathe fresh air. It has never been a more valuable resource than it has for the last two months.
Running helps reduce stress and provides a free way to improve cardiovascular fitness and strengthen bones.
For other information, including registration ($20) and perks for running the race visit www.eventbrite.com/e/esplanade-virtual-5k-presented-by-blue-cross-blue-shield-of-massachusetts-tickets-104040558110.
Honor Moore with Claire Messud: ‘Our Revolution’
American Ancestors and NEHGS together with the Boston Public Library and the State Library of Massachusetts present Honor Moore in a conversation with Claire Messud about “Our Revolution” and the lives of American women then and now from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 8.
Hear from celebrated author, Honor Moore about her new biography-memoir – the story of her mother and herself, their relationship and changing lives as 20th-Century women. In past acclaimed books, Moore has presented her bishop father, Paul Moore, and her Boston painter grandmother, Margarett Sargent. Now, with the sweep of an epic novel, she introduces readers to Jenny McKean Moore, her charismatic and brilliant mother who was born into privilege on Boston’s North Shore, and whose life shifted dramatically as she engaged in the peace and social justice movements of the 1960s. After nine children, Jenny realized her ambition to become a writer.
Learn more about Moore at https://www.honormoore.com
Learn more about Messud at http://clairemessud.com
Visit the WGBH Forum Network at www.forum-network.org or www.bpl.org/events or www.americanancestors.org for Zoom registration
Book Discussion: ‘Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors’
Join the Boston Public Library’s online book group to discuss Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors, a novel by Sonali Dev from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8.
A downloadable copy of the book will be available for 21-day checkout from Hoopla with your BPL card or e-card. Join them at 6 p.m. if you need some tech help.
For information on how to join and to register for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the bpl.org/events for other information.
Curator's Choice: ‘(Anti)Suffrage’
“(Anti)SUFFRAGE,” curated by Theo Tyson, presented 13 rare books, broadsides, paintings, photographs, and other items from the Boston Athenӕum’s special collections. In celebration and commemoration of Pride Month Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture, Theo Tyson will explore how Victorian ideas of womanhood – including sexuality and heteronormative, patriarchal standards – played a key role in opponents' arguments against suffrage from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.
She will look at nineteenth century photographs of renowned suffragists with their partners and anti-suffrage propaganda that touted engendered constructs; both ultimately contributing to redesigning women’s roles and responsibilities for generations and centuries to come.
Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for other information, including requested registration. You will receive an invite from BA Events via ClickMeeting once registration closes at 5 p.m. before the event.
COVID Scams & Fraud Prevention
Amy Schram, Community Relations Manager with BBB and Robin Putnam, Special Projects Manager with the MA Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation, will deliver a webinar for Boston Public Library on the major COVID-19 Scams affecting both businesses and community members from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.
Visit the bpl.org/events for registration information.
How to Keep a Healthy Routine at Home
Struggling to keep your healthy routine? Join physician and Certified Health and Wellness Coach Martine Vounatsos for a discussion about staying healthy while being at home from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 10 hosted by the French Cultural Center.
Martine will share with you her typical day routine, give you tips about eating healthy yet tasty, how to improve your sleep, some pilates exercises and much more.
Everyone who attends the presentation will receive by email a brochure including Martine’s favorite recipes and all of Martine's tips to help you stay in good shape.
A link to participate in the activity one hour prior to the event will be sent after registration (Members - $10; Non-members - $15) at https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events.
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:
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.
Francis J. Bremer: ‘The Unappreciated Role of Women in the Shaping of Puritanism’
While everyone knows of the challenge that Anne Hutchinson posed to the New England puritan establishment, the roles of ordinary women in Congregationalism has been neglected.
Join the Boston Public Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 for an online discussion with Francis J. Bremer that focuses on how women helped to shape puritan ideas, form puritan churches, teach fellow believers, and vote on various ecclesiastical issues.
Visit bpl.org/events for required registration in order to receive the Zoom meeting details.
Online Trivia Night
Join the French Cultural Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 online for their popular trivia night for members. Test your knowledge of the culture and language of the Francophone world.
Using Zoom's Breakout Rooms, they will divide everyone up in groups of 4-5 to answer questions on a variety of topics. Members can invite one guest and the group with the highest score will win a special prize to celebrate.
Visit https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events/online-french-trivia-for-members for registration ($10 member + 1 guest) and other information.
Reading the Rainbow (new LGBTQ Book Group): ‘Fun Home, A Family Tragicomic’
Join the BPL's newest book club – Reading the Rainbow – from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 for a lively discussion of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.
Reading the Rainbow is a new online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community interested in reading fiction, memoirs, and graphic novels that center on sapphic, transgender, and nonbinary identities. All communication will take place on the messaging platform Slack: no webcam or microphone needed. Meetings will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. All book club titles are available on hoopladigital.com.
For more information on using Hoopla, please visit the BPL's Stream and Download page.
Visit bpl.org/events for required registration. Access to the book group’s Slack will be provided on the registration confirmation page.
William Bradford and Plymouth: The View from 400 Years
Dr. Francis J. Bremer, one of the co-editors of the 400th anniversary edition of William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation that is being published jointly by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will reflect on how working that project helped him to achieve new perspectives on the Plymouth Colony, its leaders, and the Natives of early New England from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.
Visit bpl.org/events for required registration to receive the Zoom meeting details.
Webinar: ‘First Steps in Family History’
Ever wondered about your ancestral roots? Want to prove – or disprove – a family myth? Inherited family papers and heirlooms and want to piece together their story? Learning about your family history can be a rewarding and enriching endeavor, bringing you closer to family, communities and human history. But how do you get started?
Genealogist Ann Lawthers will explain the first steps of family history, the records you may use and some of the information you’ll learn along the way from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 hosted by New England Historic Genealogical Society.
To join the online presentation, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7681719702662488845?source=website.
Visit americanancestors.org for more information.
Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading
he Massachusetts Historical Society will present “Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.
The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. Drawing on publishing records, book reviews, readers’ diaries, and popular novels of the period, Donna Harrington-Lueker (Salve Regina University) explores the beginning of summer reading and the backlash against it. Countering fears about the dangers of leisurely reading – especially for young women – publishers framed summer reading not as a disreputable habit but as a respectable pastime and welcome respite. Harrington-Lueker works to shed new light on an ongoing seasonal publishing tradition.
Visit www.masshist.org/calendar for required registration. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the online event.
Cameo Conversation: The Writing Life
Join award-winning author James Carroll and WGBH reporter Adam Reilly for an introspective conversation about Carroll’s four-decade career from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 hosted by the Boston Athenæum.
Their discussion will explore Carroll’s writing process, his approach to fiction and non-fiction writing, as well as how he weaves research into his storytelling.
Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for more information, including requested registration. You will receive an invite from BA Events via ClickMeeting once registration closes at 5 p.m. the evening before the event.
Monthly Family Book Club
Book lovers entering Grades K through Three and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat, and tackle book-inspired games and crafts from 4 to 4:45 p.m. during a monthly gathering on select Saturdays throughout the summer.
Email Librarians Patty and Rebecca (email@example.com) to register and receive the link to their Zoom room for the June 13 gathering.
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
NamaStay Flowing: Arlington Street Church
NamaStay Flowing is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month through July 12.
These monthly facilitated community conversations are focused on mindfulness and connection where the participants can create a life of love, abundance, and intimacy with the people and the world around them, rather than talking about the unhealthy habits that keep them stuck.
All NamaStay events are focused on inclusion, connection and community, offering a safe space where all people are welcome to attend and love and possibility abounds.
Visit namastaysober.com to learn more.
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. on Mondays through Thursdays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
‘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: email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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.
Buddha’s Belly Book Group – on line via Zoom
Buddha’s Belly – the Buddhist Book Group – meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.
The group discusses issues of spiritual practice from a Buddhist perspective. Members come from many different faith traditions and religious practices. All are welcome.
For more information, visit ascboston.org.
Meditation and Conversation – on line via Zoom
The Arlington Street Meditation Center group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.
The gathering includes seated and walking meditations, a brief reading from Buddhist teachings, and conversations. A walk in the Public Garden (dress for the weather) is optional. Beginner and experienced meditators from all traditions (or none) are warmly welcomed.
For more information, visit ascboston.org.
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.
‘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.
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.
Copley Square Farmers Market open
The Copley Square Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 24.
The Copley Square Farmers Market is Boston's biggest and busiest farmers market. Located in the heart of Back Bay's commercial and cultural hub, the Copley Square Farmers Market features more than two dozen Massachusetts farmers offering a vibrant selection of local and delicious produce and meat.
Copley Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP/Nutrition Vouchers for all eligible products.
The market will be different this year – with masks, gloves, handwashing stations, new layouts and social distancing protocols – all to create a safe shopping environment for everyone.
Visit www.massfarmersmarkets.org/copley for more information, including how to schedule your visit/how you can help and shoppers guidelines/what to expect at the market
To receive market alerts: text “CENTRAL” to 833-409-0774.
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Boston Ballet online
Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, performance clips, and articles on www.bostonballet.org along with exclusive, ballet videos at www.facebook.com/bostonballet
Support Boston Ballet at www.bostonballet.org/Home/Support/Donate.
The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. online store remains open.
The June 6 meeting has been canceled.
Visit thebsra.org for other information.
The Lyric Stage of Company of Boston has commissioned “Garden State” a short play by Sam Hamashima.
“Garden State” is a delightful, pun-filled tale of a lost bee who must find her way home with the help of two fireflies. She gains a new perspective from the fireflies and learns that her garden is much bigger than she originally thought.
“Garden State” is one of several short plays available at Play at Home.
Visit www.playathome.org to watch this and other short plays.
Visit www.lyricstage.com for more information.
Genealogy for the next generation
Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.
These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life.
Huntington @ Home
Huntington @ Home, a series of new programs to connect with their audiences, includes:
- Special online performances and messages from artists;
- One-on-one phone calls with staff – they’ll bring you a short monologue about past productions or a conversation about how the theatre created one of their plays or musicals;
- Huntington@HomeSchool for distance learning and short classes, educational resources and virtual performance opportunities for students and other artists
Visit www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/upcoming/huntington-at-home for more information.
Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen
The Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen BBMSK (“Bumsk”) is a group of young adults who minister to the homeless on the streets of Back Bay. They take sandwiches, fruit, socks and Rosaries to distribute, and take time to listen to the stories of the men and women they encounter.
The group meets Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the front steps of the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St.
They are always looking for volunteers to help and donations (money/gift cards, toiletries, socks, and supplies to help prepare and package the food).
Contact Eli at 703-638-2019 or visit omvusa.org and/or bucatholic.com for more information.
Covid device donation
Please consider donating any iPads/phones and chargers not in use to Covid hospital floors to allow loved ones to be in touch with patients.
People can donate these items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cabot and Company, 213 Newbury St. in Boston. Items should be placed in a plastic baggie with your name and phone number.
Please e-mail Paula@cabotandcompany.com for device clearing instructions.
Ecclesia Ministries and Manna Programs needs help
Common Cathedral and Boston Warm programs under the umbrella of Ecclesia Ministries at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.) in partnership with their sister Ministry, MANNA, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St.), needs partners to help the homeless during this critical time.
There are three specific ways that people can help right now, right from where you are:
1) Purchase supplies from their COVID-19 Amazon wish list.
2) Make sandwiches at home and/or purchase soft fruits and granola bars and drop them off for Boston Warm Day Center programs at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. on Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.); MANNA Programs at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St.) on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Common Cathedral Service on Sunday for the foreseeable future.
3) Pray for all of us!
Visit commoncathedral.org and/or emmanuelboston.org and/or cathedralsaintpaul.org for other information, including links to volunteer or ways to make financial and/or other donations.
Friday Night Supper Program spring emergency appeal
The Friday Night Supper program (FNSP) at the Arlington Street Church – the longest running program in Boston – has served 13,000 meals a year to more than 130 guests from all over Boston since 1984.
Your donations make a difference in the lives of people in need, whether through philanthropic dollars or individual gifts of money, clothing, toiletries and gift cards. Help fill the gap with their Spring Emergency Appeal so they can continue their mission.
Visit Fridaynightsupper.org to make a donation. Your support matters.
Trident Bookseller & Café offerings
Here are several ways that Trident Bookseller & Café, 338 Newbury St. can help you enjoy a good meal and escape in the pages of a book:
Delivery and Take Out: The kitchens open for food pick up or delivery (UberEats and Grubhub have good deals); New on Menu: Brunch for Two available all day
Book Delivery: Shipping anywhere in the US
Audio Books from Libro.FM: For a limited time, get a 2-for-1 membership for $14.99 with CODE
Gift Cards: It's an easy way to support their independent business
Visit www.tridentbookscafe.com for more details.
Support Women’s Lunch Place
Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St. remains open and continues to serve women every day. Their new hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.
They are continuing to maintain all three of their core services areas – healthy meals, direct care and advocacy.
Each day they provide one take out package that contains a nutritious breakfast and lunch with extra snacks to sustain their guests.
Women’s Lunch Place is looking for donations, including money, gift cards, toiletries, underwear and other basic necessities to keep their mission going.
Visit womenslunchplace.org for more information.
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.