Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
‘Opera from the Balcony’
The “Opera from the Balcony at Tresca’s Table 77” series is a gift to the community from NEMPAC and Tresca. They have joined together to share the joy of music from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. on select Saturdays during this time of physical distancing.
Come and listen in person wearing your mask or enjoy online on their Facebook Live stream as follows:
Oct. 24 – Songs from the Great American Songbook & Musical Theater
Oct. 31 – Halloween Themed Sing! Opera/Songs from Sweeney Todd, Phantom, Faust, Don G, Wicked, and more.
Go to https://nempacboston.org/opera-from-the-balcony and/or TrescaNorthEnd.com for more information.
Halloween community dance class on the Prado
Join Dance Director Amanda Teneriello Yazinka at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 for a 45-minute Halloween community dance class outside at the Paul Revere Mall.
Full of fun music and dance games. Dress up in your Halloween costumes and dance as another character! *Students under the age of four must be accompanied by an adult.*
Cost is $5 for currently enrolled NEMPAC students; $15 for non-NEMPAC students.
Visit https://nempacboston.org/event/nempac-community-dance-class-on-the-prado for more information and registration.
Author Talk for Teens
The Boston Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 as they host author and artist Ngozi Ukazu for a talk and Q&A about her bestselling graphic novel series Check, Please!
Check, Please! follows Bitty throughout his four years at college as he falls in love, comes out and competes for an NCAA ice hockey championship.
Ukazu began the project as a webcomic and it went on to become the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever as well as a New York Times best seller. She was a 2019 YALSA Morris Award finalist for Check, Please!
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration. A Zoom link will be provided to all registered teens, ages 13 through 18, prior to the event.
Climate action for everyone: A learning circle
Concerned about climate change? Want to understand and respond to this challenge? The Boston Public Library will host a seven-week online series, “Climate action for everyone: A learning circle,” (based on the University of Michigan’s “Act on Climate”) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 4.
A key objective of this learning circle is to identify individual, community and political actions people can pursue to effectively address climate change and help create a more just and sustainable future. The weekly themes are as follows:
Oct. 28: Action Plans – This discussion will focus on the action plans participants have developed using what they've learned over the previous five weeks.
Nov. 4: Wrap Up – This final session will focus on participants’ reflective experience; collecting feedback on the format and content and discussing how to carry our learning forward into the future.
This program is presented as part of Climate Preparedness Week 2020, an initiative of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and everyone is welcome.
Visit bibliocommons.com/events for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: ‘Carnival of Souls’ (1962)
The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Carnival of Souls on Kanopy.com/video/carnival-souls-1 and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.
About Carnival of Souls: In this surrealist cult-classic, Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) mysteriously survives a car wreck. In an effort to put this traumatizing incident behind her, Mary moves to Utah where she takes on a job as a church organist.
However, her fresh new start is interrupted by the haunting, relentless presence of a strange man (Herk Harvey) who seems to follow where ever she goes. As her sightings of the man increase, she finds herself drawn to the dilapidated carnival on the outskirts of town. It isn't long before she discovers the terrifying secrets it holds...
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Aquarium After Dark!
Every Friday in October, the Aquarium will be hosting night hours from 4 to 8 p.m. for people 23 years of age and older.
Spend an evening with the penguins, fish, sea lions, and (of course) Myrtle the Turtle!
– Oct 30: HAUNTED AQUARIUM! Wear a costume and see jack-o-lanterns in the tanks + spooky music, and funky hue lights!
Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance at www.neaq.org/reopen, and book an evening to see all 20,000 of their Aquarium residents, including some animals that are particularly active at night!
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North End Trick-Or-Treating & Teal Pumpkin Project
The North End Waterfront Mothers’ / Fathers’ Association (NEWMA) will be sponsoring neighborhood trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31. Children will begin trick-or-treating at 3:30 p.m. following public safety/COVID guidelines.
To be a wholly inclusive celebration, residents and local businesses will be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project by putting a teal trick-or-treating flyer up in a front window prior to the start of the event and by offering non-food trinkets and toys in addition to traditional candy to trick-or-treaters.
Visit tealpumpkinproject.org to learn more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to volunteer your time and talents.
Supporting Teachers and Students
Due to COVID-19, the Old North Historic site is currently closed to visitors. They face a critical funding shortfall as 95 percent of their operating revenue is reliant on tourism. As classroom teachers and children across the country embark on a mostly virtual 2020-2021 school year, Old North needs your support to shift to a virtual strategy that equips educators with engaging content that combines a core history curriculum with thought-provoking discussions about civic engagement, liberty, and personal values.
Established in 1991, The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site. In addition, they provide curricula and enrichment materials for classroom teachers to bring the history and legacy of Old North to students across the country.
With a gift to the Old North Foundation, you join a community that is preserving, questioning, and engaging with our pasts to build a better future.
Visit oldnorth.com for more information and a link to donate.
YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview
The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.
Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.
All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year (*Due to limited capacity, one clinic and lesson per child, per session). Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.
For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.
Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
NEMPAC in-person classes and virtual programming resumes
North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) officially opened for in-person programming under strict re-opening policies in September. Programs will resume online as well.
Visit nempacboston.org for a complete list of their current offerings and check out the Virtual Learning section to learn about their Virtual Music School, free online programming, instrument fund and frequently asked questions.
Online Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, five years old and younger, are invited to join Boston Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for an interactive and informal program that includes playtime, songs, conversation, and early literacy information.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
‘Girls Who Code’
Girls in Grades 3 through 5, come together weekly to learn simple computer programming, make new friends and learn to change the world with computer science.
“Girls Who Code” is a free eight-week afterschool Zoom club, taught by computer whiz Jennifer Greenberg.
Join for all eight classes being held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 7.
Those interested in registering should email Librarian Rebecca at email@example.com.
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 Oct. 27 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 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 28 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.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth - 18 years of age and under - through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
BPL Teens Book Club on Twitch – K-POP the Question
Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn't call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop and to do that, she's about to break all the rules that society, the media and even her own mother have set for girls such as her. She'll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she'll do it better than anyone else.
Join a group of teen librarians as they discuss I'll Be the One, the November Teens Book Club pick and the YA debut of author Lyla Lee on BPL's Teen Services Twitch Channel,
Twitch.tv/BPLts, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Whether or not they have read I'll Be the One, teens are encouraged to join the conversation, sharing their favorite content from Adventures in Fandom teen booklist or other great sources.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to join.
NEMPAC open mic nights
North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) will host free virtual open mic nights at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 (special faculty open mic) featuring musicians of all levels locally and across the world.
Watch in the audience or sign up to perform by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event.
Visit https://nempacboston.org/virtual-learning/open-mic-nights for more information and the Zoom link.
Help preserve Old North history and legacy
The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come.
As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their virtual visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.
Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.
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.
Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House (and gift shop), 19 North Square will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays following health and safety guidelines.
To stay up-to-date on all things Revere, check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.
Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.
New England Aquarium/Simons Theatre update
The New England Aquarium has re-opened following safety guidelines and a timed-ticketing system for all visitors, including members and children under three.
Come in and meet the animals and explore the exhibits.
Now showing at the newly renovated Simons Theatre is Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker, Backyard Wilderness and Great White Shark.
The Aquarium will continue to host virtual events and post at-home projects and activities, although the daily 11 a.m. presentations have been discontinued. Previous presentations can still be found on their website and social media platforms.
Aquarium hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Simons Theatre hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last show around 5:20 p.m.) It will also open Veteran’s Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Visit neaq.org for more information.
Greenway Open Market
The Greenway Open Market, operated by New England Open Markets, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and the first and third Sundays of the month through Oct. 31 at the Rings Fountain on The Greenway.
The Greenway Open Market is a vibrant open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers displaying and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and more.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.
Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.
Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.
Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.
Virtual Boston Harbor
The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their YouTube, website and social media you can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages.
Here are a few video suggestions:
- Watch “Haul Away Together” and sing a sea shanty with them;
- Make your own lobster craft when you watch the “Lobster Fun” video;
- Watch “this Dolphin is Bananas” and turn a regular banana into lots of fun;
- Hear the story of a special fish with “Shine Like a Rainbow Fish” video.
You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.
Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information, including links to these fun videos.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays following COVID guidelines.
You can also download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home and explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
NBSS offers hands-on activities
The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.
Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.
Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.
Craft activities for kids are also available.
Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.
Boston Public Market open
Boston Public Market is an urban, indoor, year-round marketplace at 100 Hanover St. featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers who offer locally-sourced fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service.
Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. following health and safety protocols.
Check Instagram for frequent updates.
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information.
‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit
“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculptures™ by internationally renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.
The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.
Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe physical distancing).
More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.navyyardgarden.org.