Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:
Monthly Family Book Club
Once a month, book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat, and tackle book-inspired games and crafts.
The next meeting will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.
Email BPL’s librarians Patty and Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Book discussion group: ‘Radium Girls’
Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 to discuss Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore.
Digital e-books are available through Hoopla with your library card. For information on how to join, please email email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more 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 by 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 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.
Online Seniors’ Chair Yoga
Join the Seniors’ Chair Yoga online class at Boston Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.
Seniors’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. You will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for you to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance, and move easily through daily activities. You will need an upright chair and computer or phone for the session.
YogaHub brings meditation, yoga and fitness to your doorsteps to spark health and vitality throughout your community.
Visit bpl.org/events for online platform details and registration information.
HOH June Kabbalat Shabbat
Welcome Shabbat with Havurah on the Hill at Vilna Shul at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19.
This free virtual event is led by young adults for young adults (in their 20s and 30s) across the community.
After creative services, join best-selling, award winning author Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg for a conversation on the writing life, her publishing journey and her inspirations, not least of which is Torah.
And remember, it's BYODW&C - Bring Your Own Dinner, Wine and Challah.
Learn more about Blasberg and her books at https://jeanneblasberg.com/about.
The monthly non-denominational, egalitarian, lay-led Shabbat services take place on the third Friday of every month. The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, is Boston’s only landmark historic Jewish building. Today, it serves as a modern-day cultural center and living museum in downtown Boston.
Visit https://vilnashul.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.
Park Street Church game nights
Gamers of all ages are invited to join the Park Street Church Community anytime from 6:30 to 9 or 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The group ranges in ages from elementary to teens, to singles, couples, and grandparents playing games such as Codenames, Boggle, Pictionary - among others or bring your own to add to the mix.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Black Seed Writers Group
The Black Seed Writers Group usually meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on most Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage which will be featured in The Pilgrim literary magazine showcasing the work of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information, including the status of the meetings.
Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings
The Park Street Church, One Park St., offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.
The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.
When held in person, the evenings include fellowship around a meal (usually pizza, but occasionally home-cooked), a time of worship and small group Bible Study.
No reservations necessary; when held in person, just enter Park Street Church (through the side entrance, the glass doors) and the welcome table greeters will help you get oriented.
The Cafes are now meeting “virtually” via Zoom to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during this time.
For more information, visit parkstreet.org or email Zane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Online Book Discussion Club
The Online Book Discussion Club at the Boston Public Library will meet on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 to discuss In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (2017).
A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, from whom he was separated in the crowds and chaos during their journey across the sea. Moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West, he is driven back again and again, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen-and his exploits turn him into a legend.
In the Distance is available in eBook form on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/13312155.
Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.
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: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.
Check out what’s new on #MOSatHome with new virtual exhibits to explore, thought-provoking Pulsar podcasts (with topics from outer space to the prehistoric) to listen to, Sparks of Science videos to watch, and family STEM activities for you to take part in at home. Adult Programs after Dark include free live events, music performances, conversations, art experiences, book clubs and gaming, among others that take place in SubSpace.
Visit www.mos.org for more information.
Covid device donation
Please consider donating any iPads/phones and chargers not in use to Covid hospital floors to allow loved ones to be in touch with patients.
People can donate these items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cabot and Company, 213 Newbury St. in Boston. Items should be placed in a plastic baggie with your name and phone number.
Please e-mail Paula@cabotandcompany.com for device clearing instructions.
Manna Monday Lunch Program – Donations needed
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. continues to host The Manna Monday Lunch program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. They are serving individually prepared meals, but these lunches come with an additional expense. They are also seeing an increase in the number people coming to lunch due to other programs being closed during this pandemic.
Please help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.
Visit stpaulboston.org for more information.
Wednesday Night Supper Club – Take Out Meal in a Sack
The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place. At this time, they are shifting to a “takeout meal in a sack.”
The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal. The program has been running for 50 years.
Visit paulistcenter.org to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donate supplies, food or money; etc.) or for more information.
Thursday Night Outreach (TNO)
Park Street Church’s Thursday Night response to the needs that face our vulnerable neighbors on the streets of Boston is TNO. They are continuing their work throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In response to increased needs they are now serving Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. in addition to serving on Thursday nights.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, hygiene products or gift cards, etc. or would like additional information on ways you can make a difference, email email@example.com.
Visit parkstreet.org for more information.
The Beacon Hill Garden Club – Donations welcome
Since its founding in 1928, the Beacon Hill Garden Club has encouraged the love of horticulture and urban gardening.
Even though the Beacon Hill Garden Club has canceled two of its most prestigious events of the year – the Beacon Hill Garden Soiree and the BH Hidden Gardens Tour – they are still committed to providing direct financial support to environment, conservation and civic improvement projects by making donations to various organizations in Boston and Massachusetts this year.
Donations (what you would have paid to purchase a ticket to either of these events) and/or any amount to the Beacon Hill Garden Club would be greatly appreciated.
They encourage you to make donations to your local community who are also dedicated to horticulture, conservation and civic improvement (among others).
They look forward to other events this year and look forward to seeing you at the annual Beacon Hill Garden Soiree and Gardens Tours next year.
Visit beaconhillgardenclub.org for more information.
The Museum of Science needs your help now, more than ever, to continue their mission. Please consider making a gift to The MOS Fund to help them continue working toward their commitment to the community. Your gift will make a tremendous impact and allow them to keep their staff employed and working to make even more virtual science and technology resources available.
Visit mos.org and/or #MOSatHome for more information, including an important message from their president, Tim Ritchie and a link to make a gift.
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.