Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:
Online pride story time with drag performers
Celebrate Pride Month with a virtual story time with local drag performers Just JP and Nüqueer Power from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.
This story time will feature picture books affirming diverse families and queer identities. The stories will be best enjoyed by kids, ages 3 through 5, but all families are welcome to attend.
Register at bpl.org/events to participate in the live Zoom story time. Participants can choose if they would like to participate with or without video.
‘The Pineapple Project’
In honor of Pride Month, the Boston Public Library will host “The Pineapple Project,” an original play about gender, creativity and each child’s freedom to be who they are from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22 and Thursday, June 25.
“Boys can’t be princesses!” As a non-binary person and theatre artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement made by their niece. Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt created this play for children ages 3 to 8 to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity.
This class will be held virtually via Zoom video conferencing. All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.
Visit bpl.org/events for information, including registration. People will receive instructions via email on how to log on to the Zoom conference 24 hours prior to the start of the program.
Author event with Brandy Colbert
Teens are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a conversation with author of books for teens, Brandy Colbert from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22 via Zoom.
She will discuss themes of her books as well as her path to becoming an author.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom access information.
The Lost Jewish Landscapes of Eastern Europe
The Vilna Shul is thrilled to welcome Toronto-based architectural photographer, David Kaufman, for a conversation about his photographs of Poland and western Ukraine at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 22 via Zoom.
These inspiring, moving photos portray the remnants of Jewish life that remain following the destruction of local Jewish communities under the Nazis and in the Soviet era. Kaufman’s large scale, highly detailed images of synagogues and cemeteries, architecture and streetscapes, are a testament to the rich, varied lives led by Jews in cities and towns over centuries and a reminder of the challenges in preserving Jewish material culture in countries that have few Jews today and meager resources.
Post-pandemic, they will host Kaufman's photographs in the Vilna's newly restored art gallery.
Visit https://vilnashul.org/events/event/the-lost-jewish-landscapes-of-eastern-europe for more information, including the Zoom link registration.
School busing: Past and future impact
The Boston Public Library will present “School Desegregation in Boston and the United States: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.
Farah Stockman is an American journalist who has worked for The Boston Globe and currently reports for The New York Times. In 2016, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in recognition of a series of articles examining the effects of busing on Boston schools. During this talk, Stockman will discuss her experiences reporting on busing in Boston, and both past and future impact of this moment in Boston and Unites States history.
Join Stockman and Boston Public Library President David Leonard for this virtual conversation about this significant time in Boston history.
This conversation is part of the Lowell Lecture Series. The event is free to the public.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration.
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.
Tai Chi for Wellness
Tai Chi for Wellness will be held online from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.
This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China that consists of postures that are gentle and flowing. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.
Eddie is a Tai Chi (Taijichuan) instructor who has studied martial arts for the past 25 years. His training includes studying White Crane Kungfu and Qigong under Grandmaster Woo Ching, as well as Yang Style Taijichuan and Taiji Ball under Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming.
Visit bpl.org/events for information, including registration.
Pride Month documentary discussions
In honor of Pride month, join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of the documentaries, “Paris Is Burning” and “The Cockettes” with Fayette Hauser, co-founder of The Cockettes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. These films explore the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in different eras.
Hauser is an artist, actress, costume designer, author and co-founder of the Cockettes. The Cockettes were a psychedelic drama troupe comprised of male, female, Black, white, American Indian, straight, queer, cis and trans members who pushed the norms and limits of gender and sexuality. The documentary is available to watch with a BPL card via Kanopy.
“Paris is Burning” chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latinx, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The documentary is available on YouTube.
Registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
BPL To Go
As of June 22, patrons can pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.
Using the library website, phone line, or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.
The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit www.bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
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.
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 that 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.
When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.