Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 13 on Zoom.

Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

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 kkire@bpl.org.

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, July 15 to discuss Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed (1972).

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. The Zoom invite will be emailed prior to the meeting.

New England Aquarium reopening

The New England Aquarium will be reopening on Thursday, July 16 following safety guidelines and using a one-way travel path. To comply with reduced capacity requirements, the Aquarium has implemented a timed-ticketing system, for all visitors, including members and children under three.

During the initial reopening period, all interactive exhibits have been suspended. The Shark and Ray Touch Tank will be a view-only experience. The Simons Theatre will also be closed. The gift shop will be open, while the photo station and the café will remain closed.

The summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 2, at which time they will transition to their fall/winter hours.

The Aquarium will continue to host virtual events and post at-home projects and activities.

Visit neaq.org for more information, including a video walk-through of what to expect and tips for a safe visit.

Facebook Live: Story and a craft

What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on July 16, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Kanopy Club: ‘Bernie’

The Boston Public Library invites you to watch the film “Bernie” at https://boston.kanopy.com/video/bernie-1, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

About “Bernie:” In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you once you register.

Ferry service to Spectacle Island resumes

The public ferry service to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park has returned and tickets to Spectacle Island from Long Wharf in downtown Boston can be booked online or picked up at the kiosk (through Oct. 12).

Spectacle Island boasts some of the most magnificent vistas of the Boston skyline and is only a 20-minute ferry ride away from downtown Boston.

Restrooms, hiking trails, the swimming beach, moorings and the marina will be available for public use while the visitor center will remain closed.

Physical distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will remain in place while on the island and onboard the ferries.

Visit bostonharborislands.org for more information.

#BringTheGreenwayHome with Ultimate Tango

To keep our minds and bodies healthy, the Greenway Conservancy has partnered with Ultimate Tango to bring you a virtual dance lesson from The Greenway into your living room as part of #BringTheGreenwayHome. Tune in from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 via Instagram Live @Ultimate Tango to discover a new way to get moving.

Visit rosekennedygreenway.org and/or ultimatetango.com for more information

Greenway fitness season

The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:

Saturdays:

9 to 9:45 a.m. – Labyrinth Walking: As a Self Care Tool Series – July 25 and Aug. 22 (Armenian Heritage Park)

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Cardio Dance by TRILLFIT – from July 18 through Aug. 29 (North End)

Sundays:

6 to 7 p.m. – Moonlight Yoga by PEACE IN BOSTON (a monthly Yoga Series on the evening of the full moon) – Aug. 3 and Sept. 2 (Dewey Square)

Mondays:

6 to 7 p.m. – Zumba by Wang YMCA – through Aug. 31 (Chin Park)

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – HIIT by Healthworks (Rose Wharf Lawn)

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – BollyX with Tom Hall – July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 (Dewey Square)

Wednesdays:

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square)

6 to 7 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 (North End)

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Yoga and Meditation by Namastay Sober July 22, (Rowes Wharf Lawn)

Thursdays:

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. – Lunchtime Flow by Body Lingua Yoga – through July 30 (North End)

Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for more information, including a description of each class and any added or canceled classes throughout the season.

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 Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (for ages three through five) from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6.

The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.

Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships, and developing a connecting with themselves.

Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions, and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.

Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant 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.

Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the Boston Public Library Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 5 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Bollywood Funk Online

Bollywood Funk will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 via Zoom.

Bollywood Funk is a high-energy dance with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk fused with the hottest Bollywood beats and moves.

Join dance instructor Chavi Bansai and be ready to sweat, smile and have a lot of fun.

Class is fit for all levels and is intended for children and teens; no prior experience required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration to receive the Zoom link.

Twitch Mystery Gaming for Teens

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 in the Virtual Teen Room and discover a mysterious new game that most of us have never played before.

Will the group saunter through the quirky, winding halls of The Stanley Parable…? Bend our brains pushing puzzles around in Baba is You…? You’ll have to stop by to discover each game and lend your mental magnitude to help the group make key decisions, develop strategies and just have fun hanging out.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

Breakdancing workshop for youth

Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias, a member of the Floorlord - the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.

Each week people will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.

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 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.

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.

Discover Girl Scouts

All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.

Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.

Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).

For more info on Girl Scouts visit:

- www.gsema.org/moreinfo

- www.facebook.com/DiscoverGirlScouts

Opera from the Balcony

The “Opera from the Balcony at Tresca’s Table 77” series is a gift to the community from NEMPAC and Tresca as they have joined together to share the joy of music, and continue to spread calmness and positivity in Boston’s North End, every Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. during this time of social distancing due to the pandemic.

Come and listen in person (wearing a mask) or online on NEMPAC’s Facebook Live stream.

Visit www.nempacboston.org for more information, including schedule.

Paul Revere House Radio

Visit paulreverehouse.org to listen to a new episode of Revere House Radio and enjoy a preview of living history presentations, music and demonstrations of traditional crafts that are coming soon.

Free summer ‘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 food@boston.gov 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.

Whodunit?

Calling all history-nerds, gamers, puzzlers, and amateur sleuths: Can you help uncover the truth behind one of the most significant events of Old North’s past?

Join the Old North Church and their Society of Unsung Heroes for their new digital game, Two if By Sea: The Case of the Lantern Holders, and help them get to the bottom of a centuries old history whodunnit!

Dive in to investigate the famous events of April 18, 1775 and assess persons of interest, review case files, “case the joint,” and examine primary and secondary sources to help discover exactly who held the two lanterns in their steeple that launched the American Revolution.

Designed for anyone who loves history and the satisfaction of solving a twisty mystery, Two if By Sea is a fun and dramatic brain-teaser of a game suitable for all ages.

The cost to play is $5 and all proceeds support their continued educational and digital programming. Buy and plan at oldnorth.com/games.

‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit

“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.

The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe social distancing).

More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.leopoldgallery.com.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market, operated by New England Open Markets, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays (and the first and third Sundays of the month) through Oct. 31 at the Rings Fountain on The Greenway.

The Greenway Open Market is a vibrant open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers displaying and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and more.

Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.

Greenway Fountains

When the summer fun is heating up, cool off in one of the iconic water fountains while exploring the 1.5 miles of Greenway. All the Greenway fountains – North Canal Fountain, South Canal Fountain, Split Dodecahedron Sculpture, Labyrinth Fountain, Rings Fountain, Harbor Fog Sculpture, and Chinatown Stream – will be turned on from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.

The Greenway Carousel

The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be opening for the season soon with a limited Friday to Sunday schedule.

In the meantime, download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home and explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.

For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.

At-home activities in music, theatre, dance

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has a host of music, dance and theatre activities, the NEMPAC Faculty Playlist and a list of resources for families to enjoy.

Visit nempacboston.org for more information, including the links.

Virtual Boston Harbor

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their You Tube, website and social media you can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages.

Here are a few video suggestions:

- Watch “Haul Away Together” and sing a sea shanty with them;

- Make your own lobster craft when you watch the “Lobster Fun” video;

- Watch “this Dolphin is Bananas” and turn a regular banana into lots of fun;

- Hear the story of a special fish with “Shine Like a Rainbow Fish” video.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information, including links to these fun videos.

New England Aquarium – Virtual tours, videos and activities

The New England Aquarium invites you to join them for live presentations from aquarists, behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium, and fun activities to try from home. New videos will be updated daily at 11 a.m.

Support the Mission Forward Fund to keep their mission going (Donation link is on website).

Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins:

- www.facebook.com/NewEnglandAquarium

- www.instagram.com/newenglandaquarium

- twitter.com/NEAQ

- www.neaq.org

BPL To Go

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. 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.

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 and pick them up at the library.

All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.

Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.

Augmented Reality (AR) Public Art on the Greenway

The Greenway Conservancy has launched a new at-home augmented reality (AR) public art installation that allows anyone to explore contemporary art and historic images of the Greenway without leaving their homes through the Hoverlay app.

Each week, new content will be released that shows the growth and change along the Greenway throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

This new virtual experience builds off of the Greenway’s exhibit last summer that featured 16 locations along the park where you could hold up your phone to see historical images from that spot. That exhibit is still on display and people are encouraged to visit the sites.

Harbor at Home

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor At Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids’ are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

Boston Public Pop-Up Outdoor Market

The Boston Public Market’s Outdoor Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Plaza (along Surface Road) at 100 Hanover St. by Haymarket Station. Check for updates via Instagram each of those mornings.

Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service,

Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including links to these options.

Boston Public Market at Dewey Square

The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Tuesday, 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.

Dew Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.