Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
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.
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.
NEMPAC Ask an Expert Series
NEMPAC is hosting an Ask an Expert Series – suitable for ages 11 to adults – from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on select Thursdays.
Curated and hosted by Heather Gallagher and Alexandra Dietrich, this series will follow a Q & A format with invited experts in a chosen field in the music world, including but not limited to: Singing, Directing, Broadway performers, MET Performers, Customers, Designers, and Composers. Heather and Alexandra will field questions from our community for the panel to answer and discuss. Guests will also share and present work when possible.
June 11: Diversity and Leadership in the Arts Roundtable
Leaders from Arts Organizations and successful Artists gather to speak about how their experience as a member of a marginalized group informs their work and how to expand engagement in the arts.
June 25: TBD
Zook Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78083586393
Zoom Password: Expert
Although all programming is free, a suggested donation for all offerings can be made via Venmo @Nempac-Boston.
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.
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.
NEMPAC Sing-a-long Series
The North End Music & Performance Center (NEMPAC) will host a sing-a-long from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 featuring Broadway Showtunes via Zoom.
Although these programs are free, a suggested donation can be made via Venmo @Nempac-Boston.
Visit www.nempacboston.org for other information, including Lyric Sheets and the Zoom Link/Password.
Live NEMPAC IG community classes
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is offering free weekly 30-minute live-stream classes of Music, Theatre, Dance or Movement for all ages and abilities on Instagram with one of their NEMPAC instructors or special guests.
The classes are offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
100 percent of the suggested donations ($5-$10) will go directly to the teacher leading the class.
Visit nempacboston.org for more information, including a weekly flyer (schedule) and links.
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.
Opera from the Balcony
The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) presents “The Joy of Music,” a socially distanced concert series will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from the Balcony 77 of Tresca on Hanover Street.
Visit www.nempacboston.org 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.
Virtual Boston Harbor
The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their You Tube, website and social media you can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages.
Here are a few video suggestions:
Watch “Haul Away Together” and sing a sea shanty with them;
Make your own lobster craft when you watch the “Lobster Fun” video;
Watch “this Dolphin is Bananas” and turn a regular banana into lots of fun;
Hear the story of a special fish with “Shine Like a Rainbow Fish” video.
You can also find links to their partners with more fun, virtual activities.
Visit www.savethehorbor.org for other information, including links to these fun videos.
Greenway Virtual Marketplace
The Greenway Conservancy partners at New England Open Markets has created the very first Greenway Virtual Market, featuring more than 60 of the area’s top makers, artists and designers.
Support the artists, small businesses, and creatives you know and love all from the safety of your home from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays until the Greenway Open Market falls into place.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
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
Augmented Reality (AR) Public Art on the Greenway
The Greenway Conservancy has launched a new at-home augmented reality (AR) public art installation that allows anyone to explore contemporary art and historic images of the Greenway without leaving their homes through the Hoverlay app.
Each week, new content will be released that shows the growth and change along the Greenway throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Currently on display in the app is “Dewey Square, 1905 South Station Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Company collection,” and Car Park X, a contemporary art work by Will Pappenheimer.
This new virtual experience builds off of the Greenway’s exhibit last summer that featured 16 locations along the park where you could hold up your phone to see historical images from that spot. That exhibit is still on display and people are encouraged to visit the sites.
Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.
Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.
Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.
Harbor At Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.
NBSS offers hands-on activities
The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.
Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.
Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.
Craft activities for kids’ videos will be coming along soon.
Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.
New England Aquarium – Virtual tours, videos and activities
The New England Aquarium invites you to join them for live presentations from aquarists, behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium, and fun activities to try from home. New videos will be updated daily at 11 a.m.
Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins:
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Tuesday, 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.
Dew Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Boston Public Pop-Up Outdoor Market
The Boston Public Market’s Outdoor Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Plaza (along Surface Road) at 100 Hanover St. by Haymarket Station. Check for updates via Instagram each of those mornings.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service,
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including links to these options.
I AM Books
I AM Books, 189 North St. in the North End, a small Italian family-owned and run (Italian) bookstore needs your help to stay afloat through these trying times.
You can purchase books (in Italian and English), magazines, toys and games and/or gift cards on line and have them delivered or picked up curbside.
You can also make a donation of $5 or $10 (or more) to their campaign to help pay for their rent and employees.
Visit Iambooksboston.com for more information.
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.
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.
Paul Revere House Radio
Visit paulreverehouse.org to listen to a new episode of Revere House Radio and enjoy a preview of living history presentations, music and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming 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” 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 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.