Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport 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.
Facebook Live: Future Readers' Club Storytime
Join Librarian Rebecca for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the preschool set from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Every activity is carefully chosen to help little ones build pre-reading skills.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Join General Assembly from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 15 for their monthly Mindful Monday event series streaming online with Panelist Veleisa Patton Burrell, Founder + President; Yoga Instructor, Narrative Evolution; Black Swan.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly for a complimentary event ticket and more information.
Remaking Me – A Conversation on Career Change
What happens when you’ve realized it’s time for a change? For many of us, it can be a simple as a new look, a new restaurant, or a trip out of town. But what about when it’s your career and livelihood that needs to be revamped? This can happen for any number of reasons, but the challenges and questions remain the same – what’s next and how do you get there?
Join General Assembly for a night of discussion, reinvention, and personal branding with a panel of speakers who will share with you on how they made bold changes in their professional lives. Whether you’re eyeing positions in tech, looking to increase your digital know-how, or just want to gain the confidence to make the transition, they will help you find your starting point.
This online livestream panel discussion with Q&A will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 via Zoom.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/assembling-online-remaking-me-a-conversation-on-career-change/boston/119309 for more information, including a complimentary event ticket.
Revamp Your Resume & Get That Job
These days it can feel like you are constantly sending your resume off into the digital void, never to be heard from again. And even when you do get your resume to a human, on average they only look at it for 6 seconds!
In this online workshop slated from 9 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June16 General Assembly facilitators will help you construct a resume that will get the attention of recruiters and maximize your chances of landing an interview. They will start by demystifying those online applications and help you optimize your resume for employers' systems.
Then it's time to dive into the resume itself and make sure you are well-positioned for the roles you want. They will help you craft an enticing summary and ensure your bullet points showcase your expertise in a way that's compelling. They’ll also discuss the dreaded cover letter so you know exactly how and when it can actually be your secret weapon.
This workshop is for current and future job seekers.
Go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/revamp-your-resume-get-that-job/boston/119064 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.
Changing Times in Boston's Wharf District
Join Friends of the Boston Harborwalk’s Liz Nelson Weaver from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 for a webinar examining the changes along Boston's downtown wharves through historic maps and images.
After the talk, take a walk along the Harborwalk and the adjoining Wharf District neighborhood to see what remains of the past as we look toward the future.
The webinar is free, open to the public and available via Zoom and by phone. All participants must register in advance. A link will be sent directly to attendees the evening before with specific information on how.
The Friends of the Boston Harborwalk is a volunteer group affiliated with Boston Harbor Now. The group meets monthly to promote awareness, public enjoyment and local stewardship of Boston’s 43-mile Harborwalk.
For more information on joining the group, contact Mike Manning, Chair, at email@example.com.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-times-in-bostons-wharf-district-tickets-107621011342 for registration and more information.
Branding Over Brunch
Ever wonder how those really big brands out there came to be? How do people recognize them, use them and trust them? Want to know how you can build your own personal brand so your network recognizes you and trusts you? Dive in together with General Assembly over a free virtual brunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19.
Grab a notebook, your waffles and a mimosa and get ready to build your brand at this interactive event. This is the ideal blend of theory and real-world application, and perfect for anyone who has a passion for brands and branding, and for building skills that you’ll be able to apply in any career you choose to follow, whether you’re an entrepreneur, creating a product, work as a freelancer or plan on pursuing a corporate career.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/branding-over-brunch/online/119250 for more information, including registration.
Boston Public Market at Seaport
The Boston Public Market at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 2.
The Market features more than 20 local producers selling an array of products that include farm fresh produce; poultry and eggs; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several “grab-and-go” lunch options.
Visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal for more information.
Seaport Sweat 2020
Boston’s biggest free workout series, Seaport Sweat goes virtual through September.
Join @seaportbos on IG Live as they bring a variety with new fitness classes and new instructors.
5:30 p.m. Broncore Bootcamp with Bron Vonley
6:30 p.m. Flow with Aly Raymer on Mondays
5:30 p.m. Mat/Barre Fu8sion with Jenn Azarian
6:30 p.m. Sciupt that sASS with Alanna Perry
6:30 p.m. Lululemon Run Club
5:30 p.m. Kick it Back Eliza with Eliza Shirazi
5:32 p.m. Zumba with Calvin Braxton
6:30 p.m. Athletic Conditioning with Michael Soares
Noon: Align N’ Flow with Dr. Jess Moy
Sweat for a Cause: Boston Seaport will donate $1 to The Boston Resiliency Fund for every person who RSVPs via Eventbrite for Seaport Sweat throughout the summer.
Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information, including the schedule and the link to Eventbrite to Sweat for a Cause.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UX Design 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - June 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, including descriptions and registration, go to https://generalassemb.ly/blog/free-fridays.
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 more 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: 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/summer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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.