Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:
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 www.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 www.bpl.org/events for registration and more information.
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.
“Midsommar” is about a couple who travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed.
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 July 7.
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 www.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 BPL 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, and most importantly, 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. You can drop in anytime to chat with them Live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game yourself, drop them a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they can set you up with a Dodo Code.
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, especially first timers.
Visit www.daisyfaceflow.com for more information.
Virtual music class
Talented musicians from EchoKids will put on a virtual family concert from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays to sing and dance along via Instagram Live@Ethoslearn.
Visit ethoslearn.com for more information.
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.
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.
Reading the Rainbow: ‘Fun Home, a Family Tragicomic’
The Boston Public Library’s newest book club – LGBTQ-Reading the Rainbow – will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on second Thursday of the month.
Join the group on July 9 for a discussion of Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.
All communication will take place on the messaging platform Slack: no webcam or microphone needed. All book club titles are available on hoopladigital.com.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Access to the book group’s Slack will be provided on the registration confirmation page.
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.
Ashmont Farmers Market
The Ashmont Farmers Market in Peabody Square will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays from July 10 through Oct. 30.
The market will be operating only as a pick up site without browsing through August. While items will be for sale on site, they will all be pre-packaged bags & boxes of produce.
Visit htt://greaterashmont.org/farmers-market for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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 for a roarin’ good time.
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.
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.