Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:
‘The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’
The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is being organized, energized and driven primarily by poor and directly impacted people through the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
A two-hour program will be broadcast at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 and again at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. It will include the stories, solutions and songs of movement leaders and artists.
Organized by each state’s coordinating committee of the Poor People’s Campaign, the digital stage is being built for the “plight, flight and insight of poor, dispossessed and impacted people, joined by moral leaders, advocates and artists to present to the nation and the world… interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.”
The organizers believe that “we have to root out and rectify the same enmeshed evils that have kept people down for centuries.”
Visit June2020.org to tune in.
Visit www.PoorPeoplesCampaign.org for more information.
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 3through 5, but all families are welcome to attend.
Please 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 logon 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.
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 as well as the past and future impact of this monumental 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 other information, including registration.
Looking for a new book, a recipe or just something to do? Join the Boston Public Library once a month for Book Tasters. This meets next from 3 to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.
Aimed at students in Grades 4 through 6, the group will read the first chapter of a book, then craft, play games and chat over Zoom. At the end of each session, participants will get a new recipe to try at home. Come for the book preview, stay for the fun.
Email Librarians Patty and Rebecca (email@example.com) to register and receive a Zoom link. Families are welcome.
305 Live Dance Workout for Teens
Teens, ages 13-17, are invited to join a virtual 305 Fitness private party from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 - hosted on Zoom by the Boston Public Library.
305 Fitness is a dance-cardio meets HIIT workout with in-house, DJ curated mixes. In this time of uncertainty and social distancing, 305 Fitness is finding ways to keep people connected and spirits lifted. 305 is all about the live connection, the fun, the silliness with 45-minutes of non-stop movement, laughing, and sweating followed by a fun TikTok dance tutorial. To learn more, check out a #305LIVE class or check them out on Instagram and YouTube.
Email Celia at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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.
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, which 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.
Fayette 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 Mondays and 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 other information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.
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.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A Live Animal Crossing Twitch Stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island - known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. This is free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space.
Drop in anytime to chat with them live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game, drop a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.
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.
Saturday Beach Yoga with daisyface flow
Join Morgan of daisyface flow & The daisyface Space Studio for her third season of Saturday Beach Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays through the summer at Pleasure Bay Beach, 1918 William J Day Blvd.
This year may look a little different - with mats six feet apart and face masks (optional)…
But the same incredible experience will be offered: Warm sand, sun on your skin and the background sounds of waves crashing into the beach.
And the same stellar deal - $10 – Venmo is preferred @daisyfaceflow (cash if need be).
Got questions? Morgan has answers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome – kiddos, grandma's, any level of yogi - especially first timers.
Visit www.daisyfaceflow.com for more information.
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.
Savin Hill Fitness
Every day the Savin Hill Fitness Studio (Dorchester) offers one virtual class in their lineup for free. Classes are live and will not be recorded.
Visit www.savinhillfitness.com for more information, including a virtual class schedule and link to register for the Zoom password.
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the BPL 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.
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 Tuesday, June 30.
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.
White Stadium Sports Center summer registration open
The White Stadium Sports Center (located in the Playstead section of Franklin Park) is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing sill building clinics in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports for children, 7 through 14 years of age.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 21. Participants can register at apm.activecommunities.com for and attend one or more weeks.
Lunch will be provided; transportation is not. For more information, contact Boston Centers for Youth and Families or the Mayor’s Hotline at 61-635-4500.
Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information.
Zoos are open
Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are now (partially) open.
At each park, guests will be invited to experience an Outdoor Safari Walk, a one-way trail through most of the zoos exhibits.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.
Fresh Truck open air markets
The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.
Locations now open:
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown
Tuesdays: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton
Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.
Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.
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.
EMK Institute programs and activities
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.
While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on You Tube, links to a variety of activities can be found on their website.
Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.
Visit www.emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to You Tube and the activities.
JFK Library and Museum digital content and curriculum
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is adding a weekly digest of digital content for families to enjoy, including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.
Visit www.jfklibrary.org for more details.
The All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) Programs are looking for participants and volunteers to make this year a huge success.
ADLS offers a variety of sports, nutrition and enrichment programs including Baseball/Softball/T-Ball, Basketball and Rugby; Fitness Programs; Fit Kitchen; and Summer Programs.
Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.
The 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.
State Rep. Liz Miranda Community Care Response Team is working hard to partner people in the 5th Suffolk District of Roxbury and Dorchester with the services we all need to deal with the effects of COVID-19.
Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston ` `
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.
Please consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene products to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.
Phone their Administrative Offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.
Visit www.ccab.org for a list of places that they service along with more information.
Codman Square Health Center COVID-19 Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who helped raise more than $33,000 of the $50,000 goal for Codman Square Health Center's Codman Fights COVID-19 Fundraiser so far. Your donations help support their 23,000 patients and protect the staff on the front lines of COVID-19 at Codman. .
Donate to their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/codman-covid19?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3Us6VWw2cmIRhZDu7kiNDT0ZBPY_fa3dqbR1uA4ZPiZIi6BZwCkCcBUWY.
Anyone who is looking to donate gloves, masks and cleaning supplies should fill out this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Codman-Covid19-Supplies.
Me2/Orchestra is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. The focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.
New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, email email@example.com, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.
Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations
Although the Franklin Park Zoo is partially open, donations to the “All Our Animals Fund” can still be made to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and maintain the Zoo’s infrastructure.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.
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 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.