Here are the latest South Boston 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.
‘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)
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.
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
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.
Peace by Piece online
Peace by Piece is usually held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St. They are now meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom.
Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program – facilitated by Rev. Katie Cole & the Peace by Piece Team – is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations and all are welcome.
Visit fourthboston.org/peace, phone 617-701-6281, call or text at 919-924-1170, or email email@example.com for more information, including the Zoom 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 other 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.
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.
South Boston Sports Center summer registration open
South Boston Sports Center is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing an array of supervised activities in sports, activities and games for children, 7 through 14 years of age.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 21 at Lee Playground (M Street).
Participants can register at apm.activecommunities.com for and attend one or more weeks.
Lunch will be provided; transportation is not.
For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at Woodley.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-961-3094.
South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network
A group of South Boston non-profit organizations have organized a new group called South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network.
Here is a list of links that the group has created thus far:
Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information: bit.ly/3d8w53n
Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).
Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.
Facebook Page – for sharing new information as it becomes available and to direct people to the South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network Resources: fb.me/SouthBoston
Hotline – A number for those who prefer to call or text. Offerings, needs, and information shared to the hotline will be added to other lists: 617-286-2463
The South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network is a powerful way to build strong connections and there are several ways that you can be a part of the group.
Email SBNeighborhoodAid@gmail.com or leave a message on the hotline with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.
Support 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.
South Boston Neighborhood House (“The Ollie”)
The Ollie Staff report: “So much has changed in these past few weeks. Our seniors are feeling isolated and alone and are worried about their own heath as well as friends and family. Teens are children are confused, frustrated – trying to navigate home schooling while missing their friends. Through all of this our mission has remained constant, and our work to support family and neighborhood life is needed now more than ever.”
Please support The Ollie’s efforts by:
- Making a financial donation to provide more than 200 seniors and families with “Friday Night Grab and Go” boxes of food and supplies (BPS Schools and Meals on Wheels are weekday programs only).
- Donating self-care resources through their Amazon COVID Response Wish List
- Volunteering your time and talents by driving/delivering food to recipients
Visit sbnh.org for the link and more information, including the links to donate.
St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan Ministry (which encompasses the Peace Ministry, Recovery Ministry, and Food Security 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.
During this chaotic crisis, St. Monica’s Kitchen remains open and they continue to offer groceries to those in need. They anticipate the problem of hunger to increase as many more of their neighbors experience a food emergency.
To make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
Come meet other South Boston bike advocates and get involved from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Caffe Nero, 416 West Broadway.
Visit bostoncyclistsunion.org for more information.