Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:
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 www.bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want 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 watch 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. Register and learn more at www.bostonharbornow.org.
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, go to https://calendar.massart.edu.
Kanopy Club: ‘Midsommar’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “Midsommar” on Kanopy.com/video/midsommar, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.
About “Midsommar:” A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed.
Community Boating Kayak and SUP Rentals
Community Boating (21 David G Mugar Way) is open and offering safe boating opportunities. Two-hour sit-on-top kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are $30 per person for non-members, available Wednesdays through Sundays with advanced reservations.
At this time, paddling is limited to the basin between the Mass Ave. Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge following face covering and social distancing guidelines. Lockers and bathrooms are not available at this time.
A full year paddling pass may be purchased in the Community Boating Portal for $199 and includes access to sit-on-top Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for 12 consecutive months. Click here to purchase.
A full year sailing and paddling pass may be purchased in the Community Boating Portal for $359 and includes access to the entire fleet for 12 consecutive months.
Visit www.community-boating.org for more information.
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 which 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 www.parkstreet.org or email Zane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kanopy Club: ‘First Reformed’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “First Reformed” on Kanopy.com/video/midsommar, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.
About “First Reformed:” Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary parish pastor at a small church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. The church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life.
When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past and equally despairing future.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed.
Book discussion: ‘Convenience Store Woman’
Join The Boston Public Library’s online book discussion from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13.
The Group will discuss Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.
The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling more than 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of 36-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of 18, she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life.
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
For information on how to join and to register for this event, email email@example.com.
Visit www.bpl.org/events 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.
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.
Free “grab-and-go” meals for children and adults
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 (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
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.
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 www.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 www.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 email@example.com.
Visit www.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 www.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.