Here are the latest Dorchester 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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Zoos are open
Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are open.
At each park, guests will be invited to experience an Outdoor Safari Walk, a one-way trail through most of the zoos exhibits.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.
Fresh Truck open air markets
The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.
Locations now open:
Monday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown
Tuesday: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston
Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston
Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester
Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton
Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.
Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.
Roslindale Online Adult Book Group
Join the Roslindale Online Adult Book Group from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 as they discuss the e-book Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson
Visit bpl.org/events for information, including registration and link to join.
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
EMK Institute programs and activities
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.
While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on You Tube, links to a variety of activities can be found on their website.
Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.
Visit www.emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to You Tube and the activities.
JFK Library and Museum digital content and curriculum
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is adding a weekly digest of digital content for families to enjoy, including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.
Visit www.jfklibrary.org for more details.
The All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) Programs are looking for participants and volunteers to make this year a huge success.
ADLS offers a variety of sports, nutrition and enrichment programs including Baseball/Softball/T-Ball, Basketball and Rugby; Fitness Programs; Fit Kitchen; and Summer Programs.
Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.
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.
The 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.
State Rep. Liz Miranda Community Care Response Team is working hard to partner people in the 5th Suffolk District of Roxbury and Dorchester with the services we all need to deal with the effects of COVID-19.
Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.
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.
Codman Square Health Center COVID-19 Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who helped raise more than $13,000 for Codman Square Health Center's Codman Fights COVID-19 Fundraiser so far.
Your donations help support their 23,000 patients and protect the staff on the front lines. Please spread the word and continue to support everyone on the front lines of COVID-19 at Codman.
Donate to their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/codman-covid19?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3Us6VWw2cmIRhZDu7kiNDT0ZBPY_fa3dqbR1uA4ZPiZIi6BZwCkCcBUWY.
Anyone who is looking to donate gloves, masks, and cleaning supplies, should fill out this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Codman-Covid19-Supplies.
Me2/Orchestra is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. The focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.
New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, email email@example.com, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.
Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations
While the Franklin Park Zoo is temporarily closed, critical operations staff, including animal care teams and other selected employees, continue to be fiscally responsible while working at the zoo to provide vital care to their animals and infrastructure.
The Zoo has set up the “All Our Animals Fund” and is asking for donations to continue its mission.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.
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” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.