Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
Minni virtual workshops
The Minni Make + Play – Sparkly Salt Paintings virtual workshop for students (ages 1.5 to 5 years old) will be held from 10 to 10:35 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.
The Minni PaintShop – Watercolor Wonders virtual workshop for students (ages 4 to 10 years old) will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.
Visit www.minni.space for more information, including a description of each workshop along with materials needed plus the link to register (fees apply).
BCA 50 Days to 500K
Boston Center for the Arts is launching the 50 Days to 500K campaign to raise a one-time goal of $500,000 by Tuesday, June 30 to ensure that they can continue to provide the three things all working people – and artists, in particular – need: space, time, and professional development in a post-pandemic world.
Boston Center for the Arts is an organization all its own: the only nonprofit in Boston where an educator can curate her first exhibition, a performance troupe can launch a Variety Show, and a young arts administrator can realize his first full-scale public art project—all in the same year.
They recognize that this is an uncertain time for us all. If you are able, please make a donation or become a 50th Anniversary Member today. Every single dollar counts towards their goal.
Visit www.bcaonline.org to learn more.
Minni Summer Program
Minni at 71 Thayer St. will be reopening on Monday, June 29 with a redesigned studio (following “safety” guidelines) in preparation for their Minni Summer Program slated for June 29 through Aug. 28. Programs will be held outside as weather permits.
The weekly themed programs will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon with extended day option from noon to 1:30 p.m. for up to 8 little artists, ages 4 through 9 per session led by teaching artists and professional educators as follows:
June 29 - July 2: Toy Factory
July 6 - July 10: Happy Houses
July 13 - July 17: Great Galaxies
July 20 - July 24: Playful Potions
July 27 - July 31: Things That Go
Aug. 3 - Aug. 7: Wearable Art
Aug. 10 - Aug. 14: Superhero Cities
Aug. 17 - Aug. 21: Nature Lovers
Aug. 24 - Aug.28: Color Love
Visit www.minni.space for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Urbanity virtual dance classes
Check out Urbanity’s Instagram page @urbanitydance to see the schedule for their online classes – free with a suggested donation of $10+ to help pay for the faculty.
Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including the Donation Link to Keep Urbanity Dancing (a fundraiser that will culminate at the end of June).
Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity
The 2020 Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity Dance will be held from Monday, June 22 through Friday, Aug. 14 online for continuity and safety.
The classes range in styles from contemporary and ballet to hip hop and improvisation for students ages 1 through 17 and participants can sign up for any or all of the weeks.
Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including schedules and registration.
‘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 bpl.org/events for more 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.
Join Bead+Fiber (460A Harrison Ave.) via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays for Sip and Stitch. Bring your favorite beverage, share your current project, chat with other creatives, and if you have one, show your furry friend(s).
Bead +Fiber also has KAL (Knit Around) monthly projects from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
Visit www.beadandfiber.com and their social media platforms for more details.
‘Live! from The Beehive’
The Beehive stage is coming alive once again (with safety precautions & social distancing in place, of course)!
Tune into Beehive's Facebook Live & Instagram Live at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays for the Beehive Jazz Concert Series and at 7 p.m. on Sundays for a performance from their roster of musicians.
Visit www.beehiveboston.com for the latest updates.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Support Rosie’s Place
Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave. still in operation following the Coronavirus guidelines, is looking for donations of money, gift cards, toiletries, non-perishable food, re-usable bags, mugs, towels, underwear, books among other items.
Visit rosiesplace.org to learn more.
SoWa Art + Design District (450 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200+ art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market, and more. Although many of the SoWa businesses are temporarily closed, some have limited hours by appointment and some remain "open" online and would love for you to check them out.
Follow them on facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild or twitter.com
Stay tuned for the return of First Fridays ad SoWa Second Sundays.
Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including a complete listing of all artists.
Support the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
As a result of the lengthy Coronavirus shutdowns, the cost to the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be upwards of $350,000. In addition to lost revenue, it also includes the costs of fulfilling their contracts to the orchestra and everyone who makes the magic happen during the season. As a result, the chorus faces a crisis of its own.
The only way they can make up the lost revenue, which is close to half their annual budget, is through donations.
There are several ways you can help out: donate/pledge directly online (link at www.bgmc.org) or mail in a check to 539 Tremont St. Boston 02116. You can also text GIVEBGMC to 41411.
SoWa Vintage Market live on Instagram
The SoWa Vintage Market is live on Instagram at 11 a.m. every Sunday @sowavintage.
Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.
The Vintage Market, typically open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, is located on the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.in the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit as well.
Visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com to learn more.
AFH Virtual Gallery
The Artists for Humanity’s Social Distance Gallery showcases one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation. They hope that this artwork uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and the AFH’s mission.
Visit www.afhboston.org for your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston and to inquire about purchasing artwork.
SoWa Farmers Market
The SoWa Farmers Market at 460 Harrison Ave. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Each week they will feature a wide selection of your favorite local farms and makers providing fresh foods and groceries in a safe and spacious outdoor environment.
Credit card, tap-to-pay, and other touch-less payment options are strongly recommended.
Please review the Farmers Market COVID-19 Guidelines and register at https://sowafarmersmarket.eventbrite.com for a specific time slot to visit the market. Walk-in guests will only be allowed if space permits.
Visit www.sowaboston.com/sowa-farmers-market for more information.
South End 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.
The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods.
Haley House – Ways you can help
During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:
Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched the Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have been able to serve an average of 70 meals each day. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for these take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.
Purchase Gift Cards for Haley House Bakery Cafe or Order Take Out/Delivery – This helps stabilize finances for their newly re-launched social enterprise at the Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St. Roxbury) by purchasing gift cards or ordering their take out or delivery. Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed concerts and ways to support artists through virtual programming in collaboration with SIDE Presents.
Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations they can use, or send them items from their Amazon Charity Lists.
Haley House says, “We know this is hard on a lot of people and many of us feel isolated but for 54 years we have believed in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity and we’re not stopping now!”
Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response/ for more details.
MTW online purchases and book/textile donations
More Than Words stores are accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. All donations are fully tax deductible. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.
Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.
A R E A Gallery
Construction A R E A is an online platform by A R E A to showcase off-site exhibitions and offer visitors a curated selection of works available for sale in Boston.
Visit www.area.gallery for more information, including the current exhibitions and a list of the featured artists.
Social Distancing Gallery
While Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild (where artists live/work in the South End) has temporarily closed, exhibition coordinator Erik Grau has since launched Social Distancing Gallery on its social media feeds and is sharing all submissions sent in by local artists and from abroad.
View them at www.instagram.com/artpcgboston.