Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:
Just Writing: A Poetry Workshop
When the world gets delayed and your truth sits silent inside, just write!
Join the Boston Public Library for Just Writing, an online poetry writing workshop hosted by Toni Bee – storyteller, community advocate and Poet Populist emeritus, of Cambridge from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from Aug. 26 through Sept. 16.
Topics will include nature, free writes, Prince and “the things you miss.”
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Images in the Fight for Women's Votes
Join the Boston Athenæum for a virtual talk with Allison K. Lange, whose lecture is based on her book, Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Since the nation’s founding, Americans have used images to define power and gender roles. Popular pictures praised male presidents while cartoons mocked women who sought rights. Women’s rights activists such as Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony challenged these powerful pictures by distributing portraits that featured women as political leaders.
Over time, suffragists developed a national visual campaign to change ideas about gender and politics and win voting rights. These pictures continue to engage people today and this talk will offer suggestions on ways to make them useful in the classroom.
Visit bostonathenaeum.org for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: ‘The Bookshop’
The Boston Public Library invites you to watch the film The Bookshop on Kanopy.com/video/ bookshop and then join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 on Zoom.
About The Bookshop: England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy).
As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you once you register.
‘And What About You, Sir?’
The performance art form of Drag has swept the entertainment industry across the globe, catapulting from solely the traditional LGBTQ+ audience base and into the hearts, admiration and venues of popular culture.
For many of its performers, Drag remains a form of self-expression and an opportunity to explore, examine and experiment with gender in creative and fulfilling ways. Work being done within the Drag King community of artists continues to shine light and provide commentary on the gender norms of society, revolutionizing and smashing through the exclusionary constructs of the world today. What are the stories behind this community of performers and the motivation behind their art?
Join the Museum of Science and Throb Zombie of The Slaughterhouse Society for an evening of conversation and storytelling with six members of the Drag King community from all over the world from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/and-what-about-you-sir-tickets-114144425048 for online tickets to “And What About You, Sir? A Conversation on Gender, Identity, & Art in the Drag King Medium.”
Visit mos.org for more information.
HOH Virtual Game Night Series
Join Havurah on the Hill at the Vilna Shul - Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture - to laugh, engage and connect through social clue-giving games such as Codenames, Just One and Pictionary at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.
These virtual entertainment experiences are professionally produced by Eureka: On the Spot.
The event will also include candle lighting, Hamotzi and Kiddish.
HOH events are designed specifically for people in their 20s and 30s. For those who were born after the debut of the Rubik Cube, register in order to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.
Visit www.vilnashul.org for more information.
Book discussion: ‘Calypso’
The Boston Public Library will host a virtual book discussion of Calypso by David Sedaris from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31.
To sign up, email Tonya at email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Complimentary tea and refreshments
Complimentary tea, coffee, lemonade and cookies are served from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Mosely Hall at the Church of the Advent. Enter Moseley Hall via the garden entrance off of Mt. Vernon Square.
Beacon Hill Garden Club’s Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: Creating Green Spaces in Urban Places will be available for sale at the tea.
Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: Creating Green Spaces in Urban Places is a combination wish book and reference book all in one. Throughout the book, people will discover the many solutions Beacon Hill’s gardeners have used to make their gardens appealing.
The 85th anniversary edition is a full-color, hard-bound book with more than 110 professional photographs by Peter Vanderwarker and Thomas Lingner. It is filled with pages offering practical solutions to a variety of garden conundrums: walls, paving, levels, gates and doors, ornaments, furniture, light and color.
In addition, there is an addendum listing common and Latin names of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, ground covers, bulbs and rhizomes, wild plants and annuals that succeed in our gardens.
People can also purchase the book at Blackstone’s at 46 Charles St. and Gary Drug at Charles St.
Visit www.beaconhillgardenclub.org for more information.
Museum of Science and Planetarium are open
The Museum of Science is working to ensure a safe and T-rex-cellent experience for everyone, so get your face coverings ready to join them at Science Park. They have lots of new surprises.
The featured traveling exhibit is The Science Behind Pixar where you can explore the science and technology behind some of Pixar’s most beloved animated films – also available virtually.
Permanent exhibits include Hall of Human Life; Wicked Smart: Invented in the Hub; and Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff.
The Charles Hayden Planetarium has five rotating shows throughout the day: Destination Mars: The New Frontier; The David Bowie Experience; Moons: Worlds of Mystery; The Beyoncé
Experience; and Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky.
The Museum of Science is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and remains open until 9 p.m. on Fridays. Advanced timed tickets are required for all guests.
The Museum continues to provide #MOSatHome engagements.
Visit mos.org for more information.
Summer on the Emerald Necklace goes virtual
The Emerald Necklace signature series of summer programs will be offered online as a variety of live and on-demand events – including virtual tours and concerts, contests, online yoga and more.
Make the most of your summer by exploring, connecting with and learning more about one of the many historic parks that make up the Emerald Necklace and the natural world. Whether at home or on a socially distanced stroll in a favorite park, they have an activity for everyone.
New resources and live virtual events will be released regularly throughout the summer.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org frequently for the latest announcements.
Community Boating program
The 2020 Community Boating program (21 David G. Mugar Way) has been adjusted to account for safety regulations put in place by state and federal government. CBI is currently operating their Adult Program and paddling rentals on an appointment basis.
Visit www.community-boating.org for more information.
Engage with Museum Educators Live at MOS at Home. Here is their weekly schedule:
Coolest Science Stories: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon
Explore the biggest science headlines with museum educators and get a better understanding of what's happening in the world of science.
Weekly STEM Challenge: Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Join the Weekly STEM Challenge. Follow the engineering design process and create a design that solves the challenge. Join them the following week for a live webinar to discuss the challenge and celebrate the most impressive submissions. The new challenge is posted weekly.
Virtual Planetarium: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m.
Join the Museum’s Planetarium educators as they fly through space and explore some of the wonders of the cosmos! Programs for the upcoming week include Exploring Space and The Sky Tonight.
Ask a Scientist: Mondays through Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Question-and-answer-style panels on everything you've ever wanted to know about a variety of different science topics including sound, the solar system, weather, and amphibians.
Science in Action: Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Join Museum of Science educators as they demonstrate awesome science activities that people try from their own home. Weekly activity is posted online.
Live Animals: Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Join the Museum's Live Animal Care Center staff as they introduce some of the wondrous animals that call MOS their home.
SubSpace includes free live events, music performances, conversations, art experiences, book clubs and gaming, among others for adults after dark.
Visit www.mos.org and/or eventbrite.com for more information and reservations.
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:
Black Seed Writers Group
The Black Seed Writers Group usually meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on most Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage which will be featured in The Pilgrim literary magazine showcasing the work of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information, including the status of the meetings.
Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings
The Park Street Church, One Park St., offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.
The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.
The Cafes meet virtually to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during this time. The participants meet in a large group for worship, bible study and/or and fellowship and then break up into a variety of small groups, including ones for newcomers.
For more information, visit www.parkstreet.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga
Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.
You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
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.
BPL To Go and more
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.
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.
Museum of African American History is open
The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St. has re-opened following health and safety guidelines. The Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except on Sundays.
"The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century." - Museum of African American History
For more information, visit https://www.maah.org.
West End Museum is open
The West End Museum, 150 Lomasney Way is open following health and safety guidelines.
Museum hours: noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free; donations are encouraged.
"The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston." – The West End Museum
The Museum has temporarily extended its “Cycling Legends of the West End” exhibit which spotlights three key characters in bicycling history: two West End residents and one longtime physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. The cycling exhibit will transition briefly to a revamped show exploring the roots and legacy of urban renewal in the US and in Boston.
The permanent exhibit, “The Last Tenement,” remains on display.
The digital exhibit, “Learned from Our Neighbors: Stories from The Elizabeth Peabody House,” celebrates the Elizabeth Peabody House (EPH), social worker and EPH Director Eva Whiting White, and life in Boston’s West End.
Visit thewestendmuseum.org for more information.
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.
MANNA Community Program at Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry, for the time being, to accommodate the growing number of people in need.
In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information.
Wednesday Night Supper Club – Take Out Meal in a Sack
The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place. At this time, they are shifting to a “takeout meal in a sack.”
The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal. The program has been running for 50 years.
Visit www.paulistcenter.org to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donate supplies, food or money; etc.) or for more information.
Thursday Night Outreach (TNO)
Park Street Church’s Thursday Night response to the needs that face our vulnerable neighbors on the streets of Boston is TNO. They are continuing their work throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In response to increased needs they are now serving on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. in addition to serving on Thursday nights from 5 to 7 p.m.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, hygiene products or gift cards, etc. or would like additional information on ways you can make a difference, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.parkstreet.org for more information.
The Museum of Science needs your help now, more than ever, to continue their mission. Please consider making a gift to The MOS Fund to help them continue working toward their commitment to the community. Your gift will make a tremendous impact and allow them to keep their staff employed and working to make even more virtual science and technology resources available.
Visit mos.org and/or #MOSatHome for more information, including an important message from their president, Tim Ritchie and a link to make a gift.
Beacon Hill Garden Club – Donations welcome
Since its founding in 1928, the Beacon Hill Garden Club has encouraged the love of horticulture and urban gardening.
Even though the Beacon Hill Garden Club has canceled two of its most prestigious events of the year – the Beacon Hill Garden Soiree and the BH Hidden Gardens Tour – they are still making donations to various organizations in Boston and Massachusetts, and they encourage you to do so in your local community to help organizations dedicated to horticulture, conservation and civic improvement.
They look forward to other events this year and look forward to seeing you at the annual Beacon Hill Garden Soiree and Gardens Tours next year.
Visit www.beaconhillgardenclub.org for more information.