Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
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.
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 more information, including registration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Digital Marketing: Key Metrics and Concepts – June 26
Career Development 11 a.m. to noon
- Prepping for Behavioral -Phone Interviews – June 26
For more information, including descriptions and registration, go to https://generalassemb.ly/blog/free-fridays.
#BringTheGreenwayHome with Namastay Sober
Join Namastay Sober from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Fridays via Instagram Live @RoseKennedyGreenway.
These classes will challenge your ability to move from high intensity (HIIT) to meditation and back again. Whether you’re focused on lowering stress, increasing fitness or staying cool in a crisis, @EquilibriOM.Fitness and @NamastaySober can help you perform at your absolute best. All levels welcome.
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.
Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series
The Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month in June, July and August via Zoom to introduce the benefits of walking the Labyrinth to one’s health and well-being.
Each 45-minuite session includes a presentation, a Guided Mindfulness/Breath Meditation and time for Q&A.
June 27: Labyrinth Walking: As a Self-Care Tool
July 25: Labyrinth Walking: The Power and Health Benefits of Active Mediation
Aug. 22 Labyrinth Walking: Connection Between Movement and Wisdom
This program is held in collaboration with the Greenway Fitness Program.
Pre-registration is required.
Visit www.AmenianHeritagePark.org to register for one or more sessions.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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..
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/museum-virtual-tour 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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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.