Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:

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 13: Rainbow Paintings

Minni will also offer activities for children, ages 4 to 10 years old, from 11 to 11:45 a.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.

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 (rfox@bpl.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.

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 kprocyshyn@bpl.org.

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.

Basics of Improv for Teens

Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.

Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.

Facebook Live: Story and a Craft

What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children 4 to 8 years old from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Family Story Time

Join Librarian Julia at the Boston Public Library for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the whole family from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Fête de la musique | Fête@Home

The Community Music Center of Boston invites you to the 8th annual (online) music festival – Fête de la Musique – from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 to celebrate the summer solstice and CMCB music.

Fête de la Musique began in the summer of 1982 in Paris, France, and has become a world-wide event, celebrated in over 100 countries and 5 continents.

With music from all corners of the Community Music Center of Boston, they will highlight performances by their students, faculty, and teaching artists with music for all ages. Area businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups have partnered to deliver a diverse line-up of music to be freely enjoyed online and extending the audience beyond Boston’s South End.

Visit cmcb.org/events/fete-de-la-musique for other information, including the link to register for the exclusive link to watch.

CMCB is a registered non-profit organization, and your donation is tax deductible. Donations will go to support the Community Music Center of Boston and their mission to transform lives through music.

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 online classes – free with a suggested donation of $10+ to help pay for the faculty.

Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including the Donation Link to Keep Urbanity Dancing (a fundraiser that will culminate at the end of June).

‘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.

Escape Dracula's Castle Virtual Escape Room

Do you have what it takes to escape Dracula's Castle? Find out by participating in a Google Forms Escape Room taking place all day on Saturdays through Aug. 14.

Solve some fun challenges, encounter Dracula, and even test your library skills with this interactive online program. It's the perfect way for Tweens and Teens to kickoff this year's Youth Summer Reading Program.

This program is intended for Tweens and Teens, ages 9 to 17; however, adults are welcome to participate, as well.

Participate by going to https://forms.gle/Q6kYyubPMUWm.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

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 lraciukaitis@bpl.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: aajamde@yahoo.com.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

'Gold Rush:' A Virtual Escape Room for Teens

The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.

BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30.

In 'Gold Rush,' up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.

Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.

Facebook Live: Pajama Story Time

Let's have a pajama party! Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal, and join Librarian Rebecca at the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed Pajama Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

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.

Bead+Fiber gatherings

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 online for continuity and safety.

The classes range in styles from contemporary and ballet to hip hop and improvisation for students ages 1 through 17 and participants can sign up for any or all of the weeks.

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: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.

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: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13312155.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.

AFH Social Distance Gallery

The Artists for Humanity’s Social Distance Gallery showcases one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation. They hope that this artwork uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and the AFH’s mission.

Visit www.afhboston.org for the links to purchase art work and to your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.

SoWa online

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 temporarily closed, some have limited hours by appointment and some remain "open" online and would love for you to check them out.

Follow them on facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild or twitter.com

Stay tuned for the return of First Fridays ad SoWa Second Sundays.

Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including a complete listing of all artists.

SoWa Vintage Market live on Instagram

The SoWa Vintage Market is live on Instagram at 11 a.m. every Sunday @sowavintage.

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.

The Vintage Market, typically open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, is located on the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.in the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit as well.

Visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com to learn more.

SoWa Farmers Market

The SoWa Farmers Market at 460 Harrison Ave. is excited to provide fresh foods and groceries in a new touch-less setting. Each Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. they’ll feature a wide selection of your favorite local farms and makers in a safe and spacious outdoor environment.

Credit card, tap-to-pay, and other touch-less payment options are strongly recommended.

Please review the Farmers Market COVID-19 Guidelines and register at https://sowafarmersmarket.eventbrite.com for a specific time slot to visit the market. Registration is free to all customers. Walk-in guests will only be allowed if space permits.

Visit www.sowaboston.com/sowa-farmers-market for more information.

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.

BPL updates

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 food@boston.gov 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.