Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:
Kanopy Club: ‘Obit.’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “Obit” on Kanopy.com/video/obit and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
About Obit.: “It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps – and these days, 10 minutes before news hits the web – an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics and football scores.”
OBIT. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to those who 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 boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/summer-programs-and-events-bcyf for more information, including a schedule and link to register.
South Boston Sports Center summer program extended
South Boston Sports Center is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing an array of supervised activities in sports, activities and games for children, ages 7 through 14.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 28 at Lee Playground (M Street).
Participants can register for one or more weeks at apm.activecommunities.com.
Lunch will be provided; transportation is not.
For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at Woodley.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-961-3094.
Waterfront Bingo 2020
Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.
Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.
Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.
Visit bostonharbornow.org for more information.
Waterfront-Wide Waterfront Scavenger Hunt
Boston Harbor Now and their partners present “Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt” running through Oct. 12 in Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston, South Boston and Spectacle Island.
Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. People can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way
To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN and/or bostonharbornow.org/Scavenger2020.
Select your hunt, participate as much or as little as you’d like and enter to win a prize.
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.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
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 www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
Peace by Piece online
Peace by Piece is usually held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St. They are now meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom.
Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program – facilitated by Rev. Katie Cole & the Peace by Piece Team – is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations and all are welcome.
Visit fourthboston.org/peace, phone 617-701-6281, call or text at 919-924-1170, or email email@example.com for more information, including the Zoom information.
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.
Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 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.
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. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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.
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:
Beach Yoga with daisyface flow
Join Morgan of daisyface flow & the daisyface Space Studio for her third season of Beach Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30 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 – kiddos, grandmas, any level of yogi – 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.
Historical tours of Fort Independence
The Castle Island Association offers free historical tours of Fort Independence from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with Boston skyline viewing from 7 p.m. to sunset (8:20ish p.m.) on Thursdays in June and July; from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in August; and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays in September and October until Columbus Day weekend.
Fort Independence is handicapped accessible on the first floor only.
Visit castleisland8.com for more information.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee:
Volunteer working groups meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The Activist Group uses community organizing to make Boston a safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bike. Join them if you like doing outreach and connecting with people about issues they care about, working on campaigns, planning direct actions and/or being part of a group to bring about change. Join them if you are interested in helping the BCU lead strategy for improving streets and passing policy.
It can be fun to be at Boston Cyclists Union events such as the Boston Bike Winter Socials, the Winter Solstice Ride and the Spring Bike Wash. Interested in helping develop their bike repair education programs such as Bike to Market or reaching out to help local businesses be more bike-friendly? Join the group that’s making it all happen.
The three board committees support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly:
This committee covers all aspects of building a strong community of support around the Boston Cyclists Union, from writing grants to ensuring that members feel engaged and involved. Committee chairs and other info available on their website.
Finance and Operations:
This committee oversees the financial and everyday operations of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in non-profit management, accounting, non-profit law, this may be your bag.
This committee oversees the governance (board and committees) of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in governance, organizing, or non-profit management, this may be your cup of tea.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
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 bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
South Boston Farmers Market
The South Boston Farmers Market will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays through October. The Farmers Market is located at 446 West Broadway (at the municipal parking lot). All shoppers will follow COVID guidelines.
Farmers accept EBT/SNAP and Healthy Incentive SNAP match program (HIP), WIC, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition coupons.
For more information visit sbndc.org/south-boston-farmers-market or follow on their social media sites.
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 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.
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.
South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network
A group of South Boston non-profit organizations have organized a new group called South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network.
Here is a list of links that the group has created thus far:
Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information: bit.ly/3d8w53n
Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).
Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.
Facebook Page – for sharing new information as it becomes available and to direct people to the South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network Resources: fb.me/SouthBoston
Hotline – A number for those who prefer to call or text. Offerings, needs, and information shared to the hotline will be added to other lists: 617-286-2463
The South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network is a powerful way to build strong connections and there are several ways that you can be a part of the group.
Email SBNeighborhoodAid@gmail.com or leave a message on the hotline with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.
Support 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.
South Boston Neighborhood House (“The Ollie”)
The Ollie Staff report: “So much has changed in these past few weeks. Our seniors are feeling isolated and alone and are worried about their own heath as well as friends and family. Teens are children are confused, frustrated – trying to navigate home schooling while missing their friends. Through all of this our mission has remained constant, and our work to support family and neighborhood life is needed now more than ever.”
Please support The Ollie’s efforts by:
- Making a financial donation to provide more than 200 seniors and families with “Friday Night Grab and Go” boxes of food and supplies (BPS Schools and Meals on Wheels are weekday programs only).
- Donating self-care resources through their Amazon COVID Response Wish List
- Volunteering your time and talents by driving/delivering food to recipients
Visit sbnh.org for the link and more information, including the links to donate.
St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan Ministry (which encompasses the Peace Ministry, Recovery Ministry, and Food Security Ministry) at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.
During this chaotic crisis, St. Monica’s Kitchen remains open and they continue to offer groceries to those in need. They anticipate the problem of hunger to increase as many more of their neighbors experience a food emergency.
To make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.