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. 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.
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 email@example.com with any questions or to volunteer your time and talents.
Facebook Live: Story and a Craft
What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children, 4 to 8 years old, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Facebook.com/BPLchildren.
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:
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.
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.
‘In the Making: Crafting the Future’
Join North Bennett Street School (NBSS) in a conversation from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5
with Crafting the Future, an organization that works to diversify the fields of art, craft and design by connecting young BIPOC artists with opportunities that will help them thrive.
Joining the conversation will be CTF founders Corey Templeton and Annie Evelyn, both practicing artists-makers, and Aspen Golann CF '19, a CTF crew member and NBSS graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program. Along with moderator Kristen Odle and other special guests, people will discuss the different ways in which CTF is working to increase accessibility and awareness for opportunities in craft and learn more about what's next for the organization.
This conversation is part of In the Making, a new public programs series where NBSS connects with a range of new voices, fields and perspectives.
Learn more about In the Making and view a full list of participants at www.nbss.edu/in-the-making.
Go to https://info.nbss.edu/in-the-making-registration-crafting-the-future to register for this event.
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.
Pajama Story Time is moving to Zoom
Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Rebecca for end-of-day stories, songs and movement from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Wind down with a cozy craft inspired by the reading. This story time is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Email Librarian Rebecca (email@example.com) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
Toys for Tots collection
The Gilardi Group of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is collecting toy donations to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program through Monday, Dec. 14.
Donations can be dropped off at 2 Baldwin Place.
Contact Toni Gilardi with questions at toniGilardi@GibsonSIR.com or 617-529-4461.
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.
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A live Animal Crossing twitch stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of shelters-in-place. Now, thanks to an elite team of the Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff, armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its own Animal Crossing island – known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. And it’s free for everyone.
The group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. every other Tuesday on the Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest and invent as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this family-friendly online space.
(They also spend quite a bit of time having fishing, diving and bug-catching contests.)
Drop by for a chat or play along. People can even visit them when they are off line.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
CraftBoston Holiday Online
In a world of sameness, craft illuminates difference.
CraftBoston Holiday 2020, presented by The Society of Arts + Crafts, is going digital. The online festival will be held from Thursday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Meet the artists, visit their virtual booths and shop their work all season long. They will have hundreds of pieces available in their new SA+C online shop, as well as links to artist websites that you can access through the CraftBoston artist profiles.
People will also have the opportunity to learn more about their practice through artist demos and special events. Start your day with Cra(ahhhh)ft: meditative, mesmerizing videos of the making process hosted live by CraftBoston artists. Check out Mix + Mingle, a weekly, informal gathering with a handful of artists, to chat about their work, studios and more.
A weekend event showcasing a selection of fine craft and craft artists, full of online programming is slated for Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.
Visit https://societyofcrafts.org for more information.
Book discussion: ‘Everywhere You Don’t Belong’
Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to discuss Everywhere You Don’t Belong (2020) by Gabriel Bump.
It’s a darkly funny and heartfelt debut novel about what it means to grow up young and black on the south side of Chicago when it feels like your choices are slim to none. Set in the epicenter of American racial politics, this novel follows Claude McKay Love, a young black man who feels stuck in a constant search for a place where he would fit.
Born on the south side of Chicago, he is abandoned by his parents and raised by his civil rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. On maturity's cusp, Claude hopes to escape the issues of race by leaving Chicago for college. But as he discovers, those same issues follow him to Missouri, where he finally understands that that there is no safe haven for a young black man.
Meetings will be held via Zoom. To join - email email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
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.
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.