Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:

Minni Make + Play – Shape Collages (virtual)

In Minni Make + Play – Shape Collages (virtual), students, ages 1.5 to 5, and caregivers will explore the shapes and silly structures all around them from 10 to 10:35 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 via Zoom.

Instructor Maria will begin the shape celebration with a book reading before guiding students through a series of activities designed to develop spatial awareness and fine motor skills.

Visit for more information, including the list of materials needed and the link to register ($10).

Minni PaperShop - Abstract Sculptures (virtual)

In Minni PaperShop – Abstract Sculptures (virtual) students, ages 4 to 10 will fold, bend and loop paper to create abstract sculptures and imaginary structures from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 via Zoom.

Instructor Maria will focus on foundational concepts of abstraction, composition and shape while students transform paper into 3D art.

Visit for more information, including the list of materials needed and the link to register ($10).

‘Summer Sundays with the Sisters: A Variety Show’

In collaboration with the BCA, The Davis Sisters are curating and hosting a new online project called “Summer Sundays with the Sisters: A Variety Show.” The vision of this platform is to elevate and bring together Boston artists from all disciplines for discussion, performance, and laughter during this time of great need.

Each 35-40-minute episode will premiere at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2, 16 and 30 via live-stream. Tune in for performances by Victoria Awkward/VLA Dance, Adobo Fish Sauce, Ruby Rose Fox, Lindsay LaPointe, Key’Aira Lockett and many more.

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Facebook Live: Ask Your City Councilor, for Kids!

Wondering how change happens in your city? Join Boston City Council President Janey and City Councilors Breadon, Essaibi George, Flaherty, Flynn and Mejia for a live Q&A from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

The Councilors will talk about ways that kids can make their voices heard; then they will open the floor for questions from kids of all ages.

In advance of this program, the Boston Public Library is collecting brief videos of children asking questions for the City Council. If your child has a question, email a video clip to Librarian Maggie (

This program will be live-streamed to the Children's Library's Facebook Page:

BCA Lunchtime Listening Series

The BCA Lunchtime Listening Series will be held live on Zoom at noon through Oct. l. Here is the featured lineup:

Aug. 5: SublimeLuv (poetry)

Aug. 19: Red Shaydez (music)

Sept. 2: Amanda Shea (poetry)

Sept. 16: Brandie Blaze (music)

Oct. 7: TBD

Oct. 21: TBD

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SpeakEasy Stage Company Play Discussion Club

The SpeakEasy Stage Company Play Discussion Club is a weekly discussion surrounding some of today’s most exciting scripts. Participation is free, but you may need to purchase some of the scripts. Sign up for as many sessions as you’d like, read the plays on your own time, and then join SpeakEasy staff and artists for an online conversation about the plays’ major themes and impact on the American theatre canon.

The theme for this third series of plays is “Celebrating the Black Narrative.” These five plays explore black lives, stories, characters and culture. Hosted by Crystin Gilmore, the series will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

Aug. 6: Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage

Aug. 13: Dependently Yours by Ruby O’Gray

Aug. 20: Familiar by Danai Gurira

Visit for more information, including a description of each play and a link to sign up for the discussion sessions and to buy an e-play or hard copy of the scripts.

Kanopy Club: ‘Zodiac’

The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film Zodiac on, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.

About Zodiac: A chilling crime thriller based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.

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

BCYF summer programs and events

Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offering a variety of summer classes and programs, including arts and computer activities; recreational, sports and fitness programs; virtual field trips; workshops and more for pre-registered youth and teens following COVID guidelines. There will be no drop-in programs this summer.

These free programs are offered remotely and in person on select weekdays and at various times through Aug. 21.

All participants must bring their own sports equipment and other supplies - where applicable.

Visit for more information, including a schedule and link to register.

Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity

The 2020 Summer Dance Camp at Urbanity Dance will be held 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 for more information, including schedules and registration.

Piano Craft Gallery exhibition

Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. presents “The Re-Awakening: Reminders of Our Inner Youth" – A Solo Exhibition of work by Anton Uhl on view through Aug. 16.

Anthon Uhl said, "I love painting the nude male figure and believe it is important to appreciate its raw beauty as well as to confront puritanical censorship. My paintings are not intended as mere portraits or representational art, but as icons of the principles that underlie living our best lives. This show includes my latest works as well as some paintings from my 2017 MenAffection shows in Provincetown."

Gallery hours are 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment (following COVID guidelines).

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Exhibitions at Boston Sculptors Gallery

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. presents two current exhibitions:

(Re)Generation by Ellen Schön – which features a new series of ceramic totems and Sailing to the Edge by Andy Zimmermann – Anchoring the show, the eponymous installation is comprised of twelve sections of sail and metal sculpture. The large, maze-like construction invites viewers to enter, explore, and become enveloped by jagged peaks and valleys, and shimmering light. Against one wall, a smaller installation, Too Close, is a relief sculpture. An arrangement of three full-size sails is encased in translucent panels, folded and unfurling against a murky silver sky. Incorporating actual sails into his work sparked a connection with the long tradition in myth and poetry of sailboats carrying people either into, or out of, harm’s way.

These exhibitions can also be viewed virtually.

Gallery hours are11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Aug. 23; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesdays-Sundays beginning Aug. 26 and by appointment (following COVID guidelines).

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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 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).

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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 Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.

Visit for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

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

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Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 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 for Zoom registration and other relevant information.

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 Thursday, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/

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Zumba class at home

Zumba classes will be held in English and Spanish from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and are open to all ages and fitness levels.

Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system.

Zoom link:

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Castle of Our Skins

Tune into Facebook & Instagram @Castleskins at noon on Fridays to enjoy the Black Composer Miniature Challenge: 18 composers who identify as Black or part of the African Diaspora, writing/playing 30 second pieces for solo piano, sola viola or viola-piano duos.

Castle of Our Skins is a group of Push Project Residents at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Visit for more information, including a playlist.

Bead+Fiber gatherings

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 and their social media platforms for more details.

‘Live! at The Beehive’ is onstage and online

“Live! at The Beehive” is back, in person and online from 9 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (with safety precautions & social distancing in place, of course).

Come in, grab a table and spend generously on all the delicious food and drinks to support the artists, their staff and their business.

They will be live-streaming all performances on the Beehive's Facebook page as well.

Visit for the latest updates, including a list of performers.

Minni Make + Play – Fizzy Paintings (virtual)

In Minni Make + Play – Fizzy Paintings (virtual) little scientists, ages 1.5 to 5, and caregivers will mix up chemical reactions and colorful concoctions with simple ingredients found in the kitchen from 10 to 10:35 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 via Zoom.

Instructor Maria will begin with a book reading before showing students how to create art that (literally) erupts with bubbling color.

Visit for more information, including the list of materials needed and the link to register ($10).

Minni PaintShop – Playful Potions

In Minni PaintShop – Playful Potions (virtual), painters, ages 4 to 10, will mix up their own gooey paint potions using ingredients found at home from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 via Zoom.

Instructor Maria will introduce two trialed and tested recipes before encouraging students to become scientists and invent their own.

Visit for more information, including the list of materials needed and the link to register ($10).

MFA Playdates at Home

Enjoy MFA Playdates through 15-minute videos posted online every couple of weeks. Toddlers and caregivers enjoy story time, look at art together, and participate in an art-making activity led step-by-step by a Museum educator. Each MFA Playdate focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children, ages 4 and under, with adults. Art-making activities use materials commonly found at home. In addition to watching the video to see exactly how to make your art project, you can download the art-making instructions or read them online.

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Minni Design + Wine online workshops

Spice up your virtual hangouts with a glass of wine from the comfort of your dining table, catch up with friends and make something beautiful with Minni.

The base price of $50 provides 60-minute private virtual instruction with a Minni instructor over Zoom for up to five grown-up participants.

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Stretch Therapy Boston online class

Stretch Therapy is a comprehensive system that includes stretching, fascial remodeling, strengthening, neural re-patterning, and relaxation. The goals are moving with grace and ease, and this is experienced as enhanced awareness and elegance in movement.

Applications of the Stretch Therapy approach span rehabilitation of specific physical problems, through development of more efficient alignment and movement patterns, all the way to improvement of elite athletic performance. Everyone will find themselves somewhere on this continuum.

Stretch Therapy Boston (40 Fay St.) classes are held online from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a group of students to explore the benefits of practice together. Variations of the poses are introduced based on the individual’s needs. Students can focus on the proper techniques of each exercise and experience the holistic benefits from it. More variations of the poses are gradually introduced following the principles of the Stretch Therapy system.

Go to for more information and to sign up ($10 per class).

‘A Language for Intimacy’

“A Language for Intimacy” is a digital exhibition presented by Boston Center for the Arts and Abrons Arts Center featuring new and existing works and corresponding texts that consider expressions of intimacy through language, the body, collaboration and community, and material and space.

This exhibition explores these concepts of intimacy in light of the social distancing efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also speaking to the politics of intimacy, from the racial health disparities the virus has exposed to the mass protests that have galvanized a global anti-racist movement to end state violence against Black bodies.

Pairing together nine artists with nine writers, the online group exhibition presents artworks in performance, video, sculpture, photography, drawing, and digital media, alongside original texts in prose and verse. These pairings serve a double purpose: to facilitate an exchange between artist and writer, while also creating a bond between their respective contributions – an intimacy between word and image.

Curated by Amanda Contrada and Terence Trouillot, the exhibition will be live at through Aug. 30.

BPL To Go expands again

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.

BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.

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. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.

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

Visit to learn more.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus creates musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.

Their website,, has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music created since the pandemic started for you to enjoy.

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 and/or for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email 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.

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 to learn more.

SoWa online

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 or

Stay tuned for the return of First Fridays and SoWa Second Sundays.

Visit or 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 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 the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit as well.

Visit or 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 for your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston and to inquire about purchasing artwork.

SoWa Farmers Market adds art booths

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.

Although SoWa’s Outdoor Market is still on hold, they have added a few local handmade arts booths at the Farmers Market.

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 for a specific time slot to visit the market. Walk-in guests will only be allowed if space permits.

Visit 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

Social Distancing Gallery

Exhibition coordinator Erik Grau (Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild where artists live/work in the South End) has launched the Social Distancing Gallery to promote visual artists, musicians, writers, and other creatives on its social media feeds. He is sharing all submissions sent in by local and international artists at no cost.

Visit or for more information and viewing opportunities.

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 – Help 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!”

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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 for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.

BCA Thank You

The Boston Center for the Arts and their artists’ community thanks everyone for helping them reach their goal of 50 Days to 500K. In these uncertain and painful times, BCA is so grateful that they can continue to provide time, (virtual) space, financial resources and professional development opportunities for Boston’s visual and performing artists.

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