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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.
Donation Overload: Textile Recycling After COVID-19
Textile collection agencies and nonprofits have and will continue to be inundated with more donations that they can process. In addition to wasteful practices by industry and consumers, the novel coronavirus pandemic has accelerated a change for consumer buying trends that may be hard to roll back. What innovative solutions can be developed to ensure that our unwanted garments and textile products are disposed of in a way that promotes reuse and recycling in order to “ride the wave” of change in the apparel industry?
Join the free livestream panel discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8.
Visit Generalassemb.ly for more information, including tickets.
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.
The five growing pains of global innovation
As organizations seek to remain competitive, scale, and reach new people, many are leveraging diversity, becoming more agile, and seeking to be more relevant to local markets around the world. This geographic reach puts strain on teams collaborating across cultures, systems, and time zones. As leaders define the new goals for innovation, not all organizational functions evolve at the same pace. The gap between the goals of the organization and its support structures leave workers caught in the middle, experiencing frustrations and feeling ill-equipped to do their jobs.
Steelcase Senior Researchers Patricia Wang and Lenka Cechova were studying this shift before COVID-19 happened, and their insights are even more important now that we’re all distributed across the globe and working to constantly innovate, even while collaborating remotely.
They asked: How might we help teams address the growing pains of global innovation? And uncovered five key growing pains of globally distributed innovation, as well as insights and directions to mitigate a changing economy and multi-cultural society.
Join the Design Museum live from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 12 as Patricia and Lenka share their research, walk through the 5 pain points, and discuss how they’ve seen organizations overcome these barriers to global innovation. They’ll answer your questions and interact via a virtual whiteboard to make this research actionable for everyone.
Go to https://designmuseumfoundation.org/event/the-5-growing-pains-of-global-innovation for more information, including registration and Webinar instructions.
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.
Free Friday workshops
Join peers from around the world online to experience General Assembly’s most popular workshop (ranging from $60 to $200 in value) for free on Fridays through June.
From coding, to data and marketing, to UX design and career development, explore the tech skills that will keep you in demand and in the know.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Data 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.*
- Data Visualization and Intro to Tableau – June 26
Marketing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Intro to Google Analytics Bootcamp – June 12
- Social Media Strategy Mapping – June 19
- Digital Marketing: Key Metrics and Concepts – June 26
Business 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Intro to Agile and Scrum – June 19
Career Development 11 a.m. to noon
- Public Speaking: Finding Your Authentic Voice – June 12
- Interview on Your Terms: Crafting Stories That Impress – June 19
- Prepping for Behavioral -Phone Interviews – June 26
- Intro to Coding: HTML and CSS Livestream – June 19 11 – 3
UX Design 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- User Research Methods – June 12
For more information, including descriptions and registration, go to https://generalassemb.ly/blog/free-fridays
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.
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.
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.
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
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 17.
This outdoor farmers market offers farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs.
Dewey Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor via Google Maps.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
Follow the Boston Children’s Museum’s social media accounts or check their website at www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org for more information.
‘Color Me Essentials’
“Color Me Essentials” is a new coloring book created by Artists for Humanity. It features their Boston Terrier Mascot Bahk-Bahk and pays tribute to our community heroes.
Find their coloring pages and other information on www.afhboston.org; share your coloring pages on their social media pages.
ICA DYI crafts
The Institute of Contemporary Art has DIY craft projects for kids and adults to make together;
Visit icaboston.org for details.
CraftBoston Spring 2020
The Society of Arts + Crafts has posted on their website the names and websites of artists accepted into the CraftBoston Spring 2020 show (that was unfortunately canceled).
The SA+C invites you to look at, support and purchase some of the fine work being done across the country. 100 percent of the sales dollar benefits the artist directly.
The SA+C, as a small way to show their thanks, appreciation and support, is not taking any commission on these sales.
SA+C has also started a blog, and asked their artists to talk about some of the things that they think about, both in the busy and the not-so-busy seasons.
That, too, is on their website at www.societyofcrafts.org.
Just $5 will keep Fort Point Arts Community healthy this year. Donations will allow staff to create programs that support artists, artisans, performers, and musicians through project stipends during this difficult.
Visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information, including the link to donate.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. continues to welcome 400 guests a day for emergency refuge services. Since they cannot utilize volunteers at this time, and are relying on extra outside paid services, they are spending an extra $10,000 a day to keep the place up and running.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.
- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
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 www.sbscatholic.org.
Boston Design Week
The official Boston Design Week 2020 Guidebook and the event listings (that were canceled) are online for your perusal. A festival such as this requires the work of hundreds of individuals, participating organizations, Sponsors and others, and they hope that you will thank them and continue to support them once this crisis has passed.
Nominations for three BDW 2020 Design Awards will remain open indefinitely: Mentor of the Year (co-sponsored by the Over My Shoulder Foundation), Innovator of the Year, and the Social Impact Award.
The recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award is Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School. The Producers Choice Award goes to The Society of Arts and Crafts.
Selected nominees will be invited to attend the awards’ event, which is co-sponsored by Artists for Humanity.
To learn more about the awards and how to take part, visit www.bostondesignweek.com/awards.
Next year’s annual Boston Design Week is slated for April 7 through April 21, 2021.
For more information and updates about the plans for Boston Design Week programs, visit www.bostondesignweek.com.
Visit Boston Design Week on Facebook.com to explore the innovation and diversity of Boston’s design community.
Greenway Conservancy/Rose Kennedy Greenway fun
– Download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home.
– Explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.
– Check the Greenway Food Truck Program schedules; for specific updates follow them on Twitter.
– Practice appropriate physical distancing and stretch your legs with a walk or run along their 1.5 miles of Greenway.
– Explore the Conservancy’s online plant list to identify the first spring blooms.
– Discover their current public art, including their Augmented Reality Installation throughout the park.
– Unwind with a good book on their organically maintained lawns.
– In the evening, enjoy the color of their Light Blades through The Greenway Color Commons program.
– Take a deep breath and the time you need to connect with nature and the world around you
– Check the online calendar for the latest details.
– Check out what their partners are offering during this time in our latest blog post, Support the Greenway Community.
– Follow the Greenway’s story digitally on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog post to learn more.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org or reach out to email@example.com.
Old State House and Old South Meeting news
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House (temporarily closed) have a new website.
Visit RevolutionarySpaces.org for information, including new exhibits and programs that will be waiting for you (hopefully) soon.
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.
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.