Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
Haley House Silent Auction
The 17th annual Haley House Silent Auction is being held through Saturday, June 6. The bidding will close at 2 p.m.
Some of the awesome prizes from local businesses include a farm share, restaurant gift certificates, theater and museum passes, a guided tour of the South End, handmade jewelry + pottery and lunch with Bing.
Visit www.biddingowl.com/Haley House to view the items and start bidding.
Visit www.HaleyHouse.org for other information regarding the Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury and the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Live-Community and Office in the South End.
Minni online activities
Minni Make + Play virtual activities for children, ages 1.5 to 5 years old, will be held from 10 to 10:35 a.m. as follows:
June 6: Toppling Towers
June 8: Tie-Dye Flowers
June 11: Paper Crowns
June 13: Rainbow Paintings
Minni will also offer activities for children, ages 4 to 10 years old from 11 to 11:45 a.m.*
June 6: Minni DesignShop – Soaring Skyscrapers
June 11: Minni CollageShop – Monochrome Masterpieces *4 to 4:45 p.m.*
June 13: Minni PrintShop – Rainbow Facades
They encourage all participants to complete a fun scavenger hunt challenge (to gather the supplies needed) before each workshop begins.
Visit www.minni.space for more information, including registration (fees apply).
Join the link and activity access information will be sent by email.
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.
Parent-Child TBK classes
Take Back the Kitchen is a cooking and nutrition program to promote the joy and health benefits of cooking food from scratch. Their curriculum emphasizes starting with whole foods, trying new things, and understanding the personal, environmental, and social impacts of how we eat. Whenever possible, they use produce from Haley House’s own farm.
The Haley House is offering free virtual Take Back the Kitchen cooking classes for parents and children at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through June 17.
Visit haleyhouse.org to learn more.
Urbanity virtual dance classes
Check out Urbanity’s Instagram page @urbanitydance to see the schedule for their free online classes – free with a suggested donation of $10+ to help pay for the faculty.
Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including the link to donate.
‘Live! from The Beehive’
The Beehive stage is coming alive once again (with safety precautions & social distancing in place, of course)!
Tune into Beehive's Facebook Live & Instagram Live at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays for the Beehive Jazz Concert Series and at 7 p.m. on Sundays for a performance from their roster of musicians.
Visit www.beehiveboston.com for the latest updates.
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. Monday through Thursday 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.
Join Bead+Fiber (460A Harrison Ave.) via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays for Sip and Stitch. Bring your favorite beverage, share your current project, chat with other creatives, and if you have one, show your furry friend(s).
Bead +Fiber also has KAL (Knit Around) monthly projects from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
Visit www.beadandfiber.com and their social media platforms for more details.
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.
Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity
The 2020 Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity Dance will be held from Monday, June 22 through Friday, Aug. 14.
The classes range in styles from contemporary and ballet to hip hop and improvisation for students ages 1 through 17.
Urbanity is planning to hold the first two weeks of Summer Dance Camp via online classes with the hopes of returning to the studio for the remainder of the program.
Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including schedules and registration.
BCA 50 Days to 500K
Boston Center for the Arts is launching the 50 Days to 500K campaign to raise a one-time goal of $500,000 by Tuesday, June 30 to ensure that they can continue to provide the three things all working people – and artists, in particular – need: space, time, and professional development in a post-pandemic world.
Boston Center for the Arts is an organization all its own: the only nonprofit in Boston where an educator can curate her first exhibition, a performance troupe can launch a Variety Show, and a young arts administrator can realize his first full-scale public art project—all in the same year.
They recognize that this is an uncertain time for us all. If you are able, please make a donation or become a 50th Anniversary Member today. Every single dollar counts towards their goal.
Visit www.bcaonline.org to learn more.
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
SoWa Art + Design District (450 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200+ art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market, and more. Although many of the SoWa businesses are choosing to close or limit their open hours until further notice, some of them have come up with pretty cool ways to remain "open" online and they would love it if you would go check them out!
Follow them on facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild or twitter.com
Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information.
SoWa Vintage Market live on Instagram
Vintage Market is typically open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave. Due to circumstances, SoWa Vintage is closed; however, they are now live on Instagram until further notice.
Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.
This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.
The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.
For more information, visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com.
AFH Social Distance Gallery
Artists for Humanity (100 W 2nd St.) has launched the #FHA Social Distance Gallery.
In times like these we’re all artists – experimenting with new ways of being, seeing, sharing, and helping; each of us with an important paint box of ideas and resources, and collaborative spirit to match. In that sense, we’re all Artists for Humanity.
Visit www.afhboston.org for the links to purchase art work and to your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
A R E A Gallery
Construction A R E A is an online platform by A R E A to showcase off-site exhibitions and offer visitors a curated selection of works available for sale in Boston.
Visit www.area.gallery for more information, including the current exhibitions and a list of the featured artists.
Social Distancing Gallery
While Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild (where artists live/work in the South End) has temporarily closed, exhibition coordinator Erik Grau has since launched Social Distancing Gallery on its social media feeds and is sharing all submissions sent in by local artists and from abroad.
View them at www.instagram.com/artpcgboston.
South End 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.
The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods.
Support the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
As a result of the lengthy Coronavirus shutdowns, the cost to the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be upwards of $350,000. In addition to lost revenue, it also includes the costs of fulfilling their contracts to the orchestra and everyone who makes the magic happen during the season. As a result, the chorus faces a crisis of its own.
The only way they can make up the lost revenue, which is close to half their annual budget, is through donations.
There are several ways you can help out: donate/pledge directly online (link at www.bgmc.org) or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St. Boston 02116. You can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.
Haley House – Ways you can help
During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:
Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched the Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have been able to serve an average of 70 meals each day. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for these take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.
Purchase Gift Cards for Haley House Bakery Cafe or Order Take Out/Delivery – This helps stabilize finances for their newly re-launched social enterprise at the Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St. Roxbury) by purchasing gift cards or ordering their take out or delivery. Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed concerts and ways to support artists through virtual programming in collaboration with SIDE Presents.
Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations they can use, or send them items from their Amazon Charity Lists.
Haley House says, “We know this is hard on a lot of people and many of us feel isolated but for 54 years we have believed in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity and we’re not stopping now!”
Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response/ for more details.
MTW book/clothing donations requested
More Than Words stores are still accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. All donations are fully tax deductible. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.
Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.
Support Rosie’s Place
Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave. still in operation following the Coronavirus guidelines, is looking for donations of money, gift cards, toiletries, non-perishable food, re-usable bags, mugs, towels, underwear, books among other items.
Visit rosiesplace.org to learn more.
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.
More 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.