Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:
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 more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The animated audio play co-produced by Brian King with live band performances retells the Medusa tale for the modern era: subverting themes of dominance and violence and reclaiming the underlying themes of female empowerment, cunning, collaboration, and triumph. With love, humor, and a playful touch of modernity, “Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth” presents a vision for strategic and imaginative collaboration among marginalized characters and invites audiences to view the Medusa story as a tale of self-love, triumph, and liberation that you won’t want to miss.
Join the Museum of Science and the creative team behind this hit show for a special virtual one-night-only behind-the-scenes experience, exploring the vision and process behind the piece, its innovative use of the Planetarium fulldome medium, and the social justice commentary at its heart from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June11.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/medusa-behind-the-scenes-tickets-104334571512 for other information, including tickets.
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.
Park Street Church game nights
Gamers of all ages are invited to join the Park Street Church Community anytime from 6:30 to 9 or 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The group ranges in ages from elementary to teens, to singles, couples, and grandparents playing games such as Codenames, Boggle, Pictionary among others or bring your own to add to the mix. Visit www/parkstreet/org/gazmenight.
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.
Black Seed Writers Group
The Black Seed Writers Group usually meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on most Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage which will be featured in The Pilgrim literary magazine showcasing the work of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information, including the status of the meetings.
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.
Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings
The Park Street Church, One Park St., offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.
The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.
When held in person, the evenings include fellowship around a meal (usually pizza, but occasionally home-cooked), a time of worship and small group Bible Study.
No reservations necessary; when held in person, just enter Park Street Church (through the side entrance, the glass doors) and the welcome table greeters will help you get oriented.
The Cafes are now meeting “virtually” via Zoom to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during this time.
For more information, visit parkstreet.org or email Zane at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
Check out what’s new on #MOSatHome with new virtual exhibits to explore, thought-provoking Pulsar podcasts (with topics from outer space to the prehistoric) to listen to, Sparks of Science videos to watch, and family STEM activities for you to take part in at home. Adult Programs after Dark include free live events, music performances, conversations, art experiences, book clubs and gaming, among others that take place in SubSpace.
Visit www.mos.org 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.
Manna Monday Lunch Program – Donations needed
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. continues to host The Manna Monday Lunch program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. They are serving individually prepared meals, but these lunches come with an additional expense. They are also seeing an increase in the number people coming to lunch due to other programs being closed during this pandemic.
Please help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.
Visit stpaulboston.org for more information.
Wednesday Night Supper Club – Take Out Meal in a Sack
The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place. At this time, they are shifting to a “takeout meal in a sack.”
The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal. The program has been running for 50 years.
Visit paulistcenter.org if you would like to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donate supplies, food or money; etc.) or would like more information.
Thursday Night Outreach (TNO)
Park Street Church’s Thursday Night response to the needs that face our vulnerable neighbors on the streets of Boston is TNO. They are continuing their work throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In response to increased needs they are now serving Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. in addition to serving on Thursday nights.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, hygiene products or gift cards, etc. or would like additional information on ways you can make a difference, email email@example.com.
Visit parkstreet.org for more information.
The Beacon Hill Garden Club – Donations welcome
Since its founding in 1928, the Beacon Hill Garden Club has encouraged the love of horticulture and urban gardening.
Even though the Beacon Hill Garden Club has canceled two of its most prestigious events of the year – the Beacon Hill Garden Soiree and the BH Hidden Gardens Tour – they are still committed to providing direct financial support to environment, conservation and civic improvement projects by making donations to various organizations in Boston and Massachusetts this year.
Donations (what you would have paid to purchase a ticket to either of these events) and/or any amount to the Beacon Hill Garden Club would be greatly appreciated.
They encourage you to make donations to your local community who are also dedicated to horticulture, conservation and civic improvement (among others).
They look forward to other events this year and look forward to seeing you at the annual Beacon Hill Garden Soiree and Gardens Tours next year.
Visit beaconhillgardenclub.org for more information.
The Museum of Science needs your help now, more than ever, to continue their mission. Please consider making a gift to The MOS Fund to help them continue working toward their commitment to the community. Your gift will make a tremendous impact and allow them to keep their staff employed and working to make even more virtual science and technology resources available.
Visit mos.org and/or #MOSatHome for more information, including an important message from their president, Tim Ritchie and a link to make your gift.
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.