Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:

Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

‘GroundBeat: AfroDesiaCity-Fierce Urgency of Now’

The Esplanade Association will present “GroundBeat: A Virtual Concert,” featuring AfroDesiaCity from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

GroundBeat is the free Riverfront Music Series that aims to increase opportunities to perform on the Esplanade for producers and artists across greater Boston who are committed to increasing inclusivity and diversity in Boston’s arts scene.

Performers for “GroundBeat: A Virtual Concert” will include George Russell lll and Guyclaude Lacossade.

For more information visit, https://esplanade.org/events and/or www.afrodesiacity.com.

Go to eventbrite.com/e/groundbeat-a-virtual-concert-featuring-afrodesiacity-fierce-urgency-of-now-tickets-117696446239 for tickets.

Shofar/tashlich family ceremonies

Join Chabad of Downtown Boston and get into the High Holiday spirit and celebrate with a brief Rosh Hashanah family-friendly celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20. Services are open to all and are free of charge.

All services will be held outdoors following all MA health guidelines as follows:

9:30-10 a.m. – Shofar ceremony at Copley Place (on the stairs of the Boston Public Library)

The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and brief holiday inspiration.

5:30-6 p.m. – Shofar and Tashlich ceremony at the Public Garden (at the swan boat dock)

The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and tashlich ceremony, when people symbolically throw their mistakes in the water.

Reservation appreciated (but not required).

Visit www.chabaddowntownboston.org for more information.

Author Alan Mikhail: ‘God's Shadow’

Boston Athenæum will present a virtual conversation with Alan Mikhail and Annette Gordon-Reed from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.

Long neglected in world history, the Ottoman Empire was a hub of intellectual fervor, geopolitical power and enlightened pluralistic rule. At the height of their authority in the sixteenth century, the Ottomans, with extraordinary military dominance and unparalleled monopolies over trade routes, controlled more territory and ruled over more people than any world power, forcing Europeans out of the Mediterranean and to the New World.

Alan Mikhail presents a vitally needed recasting of Ottoman history, retelling the story of the Ottoman conquest of the world through the dramatic biography of Sultan Selim I (1470–1520).

Drawing on previously unexamined sources from multiple languages and with original maps and stunning illustrations, Mikhail’s account “challenges readers to recalibrate their sense of history” (Leslie Peirce), adroitly using Selim’s life to upend prevailing shibboleths about Islamic history and jingoistic “rise of the West” theories that have held sway for decades.

Whether recasting Christopher Columbus’s voyages to the “Americas” as a bumbling attempt to slay Muslims or showing how the Ottomans allowed slaves to become the elite of society while Christian states at the very same time waged the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, God’s Shadow reshapes our understanding of the importance of Selim’s Ottoman Empire in the history of the modern world.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for more information and registration.

‘Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of WWII’

Boston Athenæum will host a virtual book talk with Judith Sumner from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 as she presents her new book, Plants Go to War: A Botanical History Of WWII.

As the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War examines military history from the perspective of plant science. From victory gardens to drugs, timber, rubber and fibers, plants supplied materials with key roles in victory. Vegetables provided the wartime diet both in North America and Europe, where vitamin-rich carrots, cabbages and potatoes nourished millions. Chicle and cacao provided the chewing gum and chocolate bars in military rations. In England and Germany, herbs replaced pharmaceutical drugs; fever bark was in demand to treat malaria, and penicillin culture used a growth medium made from corn. Rubber was needed for gas masks and barrage balloons, while cotton and hemp provided clothing, canvas and rope.

Trees surviving in Hiroshima and Nagasaki live as a symbol of rebirth after vast destruction.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for more information and registration.

Celebrate Recovery Month 2020 – MGH

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

The Mass General Events 2020, led by the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative, will include the following:

Sept. 29: Midwifery Care for Women in Recovery from noon to 1 p.m. presented by Susan J. Hernandez, CNM, MSN

Link to attend: https://partners.zoom.us/j/91285068907

Midwives care for pregnant women at all stages of recovery. The Midwifery Model of Care offers women and families support, education and guidance throughout their pregnancy and after childbirth. This presentation shares the experience of midwifery care provided in the Mass General HOPE Clinic.

Additional Mass General Events 2020 are posted in the Charlestown Neighborhood Notes.

For more information on the Recovery Month Celebration and the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative, contact: Elizabeth Powell, Administrative Director, SUDs Initiative

eapowell@partners.org, 617-726-3557 and/or visit massgeneral.org/recovery-month

999: The Unforgettable True Story of the First Women in Auschwitz

The Vilna Shul invites you to join author and filmmaker Heather Dune Macadam for a preview of the upcoming documentary, based on the book, 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

999 tells the untold story of some of WWII’s most hidden figures - young women and girls - and the heartbreaking tragedy that unites them all. This is the hauntingly resonant true story that everyone should know.

Visit vilnashul.org/events for more information and registration to receive the Zoom link (free; donations welcome).

‘Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood’

Boston Athenæum will host a virtual book talk with Colin Woodward from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 as he presents his new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood.

Union tells the story of the struggle to create a national myth for the United States, one that could hold its rival regional cultures together and forge, for the first time, an American nationhood. It tells the dramatic tale of how the story of our national origins, identity and purpose was intentionally created and fought over in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Woodard tells the story of the genesis and epic confrontations between the visions of the nation's path and purpose through the lives of the key figures who created them - a cast of characters whose personal quirks and virtues, gifts and demons shaped the destiny of millions.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for more information and registration.

‘COVID-19 and the Racial Divide’

The Lee and Nile Albright Annual Symposium will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 - streaming live from the Museum of Science.

Adrianne Gladden-Young, senior research associate in Pardis Sabeti’s lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and author of the piece “Give Black Scientists A Place in This Fight” from The Atlantic, will share her research on the current pandemic, emphasizing how and why systemic racism has allowed the Black community to be disproportionally impacted and affected, and why it is necessary that the health establishment begin to engage Black scientists as leaders and problem-solvers.

Through her work studying COVID-19, Gladden-Young is calling for the scientific community and public-health world to confront the deep inequities and the racial divide of the nation head-on.

Consider making a gift to support #MOSatHome and our SubSpace virtual fall season at donate.mos.org/mosathome and become a partner in helping MOS provide access to free STEM experiences online.

Visit www.mos.org for more information and registration. Registrants will receive links to view this program via email within 24 hours of the event start time.

Current debates: Jewish perspectives with David Bernat

The Vilna Shul in partnership with JALSA, The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

will present Current Debates: Jewish Perspectives with David Bernat via Zoom at 7 p.m. on select Wednesdays.

The course explores current hot-button issues on the American landscape through the lens of Jewish texts, traditions, and history. They consider how the same questions and controversies that confront people today have been debated by our forbearers for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

Sept. 23: A House Built with a Stolen Beam: Ill-Gotten Gain, Reparations, First Nations, and Black Lives

The Talmud frames an important legal debate and moral dilemma with a case titled “A House Built with a Stolen Beam.” They study this case for its contemporary implications on issues including reparations and the Black Lives Matter movement and the rights and dignity of Native Americans.

Sept. 30: Market Economics and Social Welfare: A Delicate Balance

Do enhanced unemployment benefits set up a disincentive for re-entering the workforce? Do we extend lifelines to tenants or landlords? Do we bail out banks and institutional lenders? What information and tools do we need to resolve these questions? How do sources such as the Torah, Hammurabi’s Code, and the Mishnah provide a blueprint for making sense of the balance between social welfare and market economics?

Oct. 7: Widening Our Gates: Sexuality, Gender, and a Non-Binary Worldview

At first impression, it seems that our authoritative sources such as the Torah and Talmud stand squarely against same-sex relationships. But are there nuances and gray areas? To what extent can we reconcile modern progressive norms and inclusive attitudes with our own authentic traditions? Can we find a Jewish vocabulary that adapts to, and ultimately embraces, a fluid and non-binary approach to gender and sexuality?

Oct. 14: Civil Liberties in Stressful Times

In a post-9/11 world, we were forced to sacrifice some of our individual and communal liberties to ensure our safety and security. But where do we draw the line and how do we hold our leaders accountable? Today, we are confronting the same challenges and dilemmas as we wrestle with effective pandemic protections and meaningful police reform. During this session, they will wade into the dramatic ancient story of Shimon ben Shetach and the Witch Trials of Ashkelon to understand how our ancestors attempted to resolve the same ethical and practical challenges.

Visit vilnashul.org/events for more information and registration to receive the Zoom link ($25/class or $75/series).

How progressives and moderates can save our country

Boston Public Library presents The Arc of History: Contested Perspectives moderated by BPL President David Leonard from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Looking at recent U.S. history, presidents, and politics, The New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist provides insight into where we are today, and where we could be headed in this election year. E.J. Dionne, Jr. offers a blueprint for how progressives and moderates can come together to build a lasting political majority during “Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country.”

He explores innovative ideas about the economy, identity politics, nationalism and foreign policy to present a genuinely fresh take on America’s current political crisis.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to receive the Zoom link.

Kanopy Club: ‘Boy’

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Boy on Kanopy.com/video/boy and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

About Boy: Acclaimed director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) presents a creative coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed "Boy" (James Rolleston). With his mother dead and father AWOL, Boy becomes the head of a household full of kids when his Nana leaves town for a funeral.

Out of nowhere, Boy's Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his "gang," and turns Boy's life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights and falling-outs as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago.

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

‘Science in Drag!’

The premiere of the new digital series, “Coleslaw's Corner: Science in Drag!” will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 streaming live from the Museum of Science.

Join Coleslaw as she sits down with a different expert, scientist, or researcher each episode to explore, question, and learn about topics of science and technology that shape our world today. Part conversation, part Q&A, with a few games and surprises thrown in, get ready for laughs, fabulousness, and creativity at every turn...and you just may learn a thing or two as well!

Please consider making a gift to support #MOSatHome and our SubSpace virtual fall season at donate.mos.org/mosathome and become a vital partner in helping us provide access to free STEM experiences online.

Visit www.mos.org for more information and registration. Registrants will receive links to view this program via email within 24 hours of the event start time.

Celebrity Series of Boston at Home

The Fall 2020 Edition of Celebrity Series at Home features a diverse lineup of classical music, modern and classical dance, jazz, folk, world music, family music and multi-media performances at 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

Sept. 24: Débo Ray, singer-songwriter

Oct. 1: Unita Ensemble

Oct. 8: Regie Gibson, poet, musician, and educator

Oct. 29: Abilities Dance Boston

Nov. 5: Aristides Rivas and Meena Malik

Nov. 19: Soul Yatra Trio: Folk Tunes and New Works

Dec. 3 Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet: "Global Inspirations"

Dec. 10: Devin Ferreira: “Seeds of Greatness”

Dec. 17: Verónica Robles: "A Mexican Christmas: Songs and Stories"

Visit celebrityseries.org for more information and registration.

Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

The Blessing Barn

The newly opened Blessing Barn at 122 Charles St. is a thrift and antique shop, as well as a self-described “sharing center,” that accepts donations of and sells new and gently used clothing, linens, home decor, furniture, kitchen items, toys, records, books and wall art, among myriad other items, with all proceeds going to support the Mendon-based nonprofit, Compassion New England, that develops programs and provides services such as vouchers for physical items that are redeemable in their thrift stores, a fuel assistance program and a food pantry for families in the community.

Visit theblessingbarn.com for more information.

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 Oct. 30.

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.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga

Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ Chair Yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 via Zoom.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. People will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for people to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance and move easily through daily activities. Participants will need an upright chair and computer or phone for the session.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.

Tai Chi for Wellness

Join the Boston Public Library for Tai Chi for Wellness from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 via Zoom.

This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China that consists of gentle and flowing postures. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

Eddie is a Tai Chi (Taijichuan) instructor who has studied martial arts for the past 25 years. His training includes studying White Crane Kungfu and Qigong under Grandmaster Woo Ching as well as Yang Style Taijichuan and Taiji Ball under Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.

Big Sister mentoring

Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.

The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide award-winning (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little sister’s family.

To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit www.bigsister.org.

Dream Boston: Five-minute audio plays

Welcome to Dream Boston, a future vision of this city that is somewhere between dream and reality, powered by the Huntington Theatre.

Through short audio plays, Dream Boston asks local playwrights to imagine their favorite locations, landmarks and friends in a future Boston when everyone can once again meet and thrive in the city.

These micro-plays take place at locations such as the MIT Great Dome on the 4th of July while the sounds of the “1812 Overture” float in the background, at the Boston Public Library during a minor dust-up between two bookworms, and a not-so-perfect first date on the edge of the Boston Common.

Visit www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/upcoming/dream-boston for more information and links to listen on your favorite podcast platforms.

Visit Boston National Historical Park sites

Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail.

In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.

In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.

Visit www.bostonusa.com/listings/boston-national-historical-park/11563 for more information.

‘Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill’

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.

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 these challenging times. 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 cafe@parkstreet.org.

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.

Boston Athenæum open for members

Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St. offers many activities online free of charge, serving their members, the Boston community, and beyond.

At the same time, their building has re-opened for members to use the reading rooms (by appointment) and take advantage of book pick-up and drop-off in the lobby following COVID-19 protocols. Please phone (617) 720-7604 with questions and to reserve time in the building.

Library hours: Mondays through Thursdays - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org/visit/covid-19-response for more information.

Museum of African American History is open

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St. has re-opened following health and safety guidelines and timed ticket entries. Visitors to the Boston campus will only be allowed inside the African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School during their scheduled visitation session. The water closet is closed to the public for the remainder of 2020.

The Museum hours from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Closed on Mondays and Thursdays.

"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

Visit www.maah.org for more information, including upcoming events and current exhibitions.

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.

MOS at Home

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.

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 through Fridays and 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 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.

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 have shifted 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 tno@parkstreet.org.

Visit www.parkstreet.org for more information.

MOS Fund

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 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.