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Mapping with Henry! (on Zoom)
Kids in Grades K-3 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center for a read-aloud and map-making activity from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
If you have something to draw on and something to draw with, that’s all kids need to participate. They’ll teach a few map concepts and students will create a map that starts them thinking about how to see things geographically. If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they’ll share them online.
Email Librarian Rebecca (email@example.com) by Nov. 16 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.
‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking series
“Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on select Wednesdays as follows:
Nov. 18: Afghan Cuisine
Dec. 2: Indian Cuisine
Dec. 16: Desserts!
During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.
This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.
Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and other details.
Worldbuilding: Imagining the Where (on Zoom)
Students in Grades 4-6 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center to learn how maps can help shape imaginary worlds from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Explore examples from a few fantasy and science fiction books -- especially from this month's Book Tasters read, The Last by Katherine Applegate – before creating your own worldbuilding map. You’ll need something to draw with and something to draw on and any other materials you have laying around to add or build with. Be ready to learn some map lingo and exercise your creative muscles.
If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they share them online.
Email Librarian Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Nov. 17 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to our Zoom room.
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.
United Nations Perspective Series: Reduced inequalities
Join global and local leaders to discuss the importance of economic equality and the actions people should be taking to achieve it.
The United Nations Associate of Greater Boston (UNAGB) and Impact Hub Boston will host the U.N. Perspective Series from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
In preparation for Human Rights Day, they will focus on SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities and specifically explore the work that has been done and needs to be done, to improve economic equality.
They will hear from impact investors, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs and micro-finance experts on how people can give more opportunity to those who have been systematically excluded from economic activity…and have suffered as a result.
This event is open to people of all ages, but the lecture is tailored to adult audiences.
This virtual event is free, but registration is required eventbrite.com/e/un-perspective-series-reduced-inequalities-tickets-118323182825.
Testify: A teen activist workshop with ACLUM
Voting is just one of the important ways everyone can participate in the community and be heard. There are other ways to participate– one of which is by submitting written testimony or presenting testimony in-person to officials.
Join ACLUM staff and BPL Teen Services for a young activist’s workshop in which they'll discuss what it's like to participate in hearings, why it's important for young people to do so and cover writing, submitting and presenting testimony to governing bodies such as the Boston City Council or committees in the State Legislature.
This workshop will be held on Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 for teens in grades 8 to 12.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Kanopy Club: ‘The Return of Martin Guerre’
The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film The Return of Martin Guerre on Kanopy and then join the discussion on Zoom from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.
About The Return of Martin Guerre: During the middle of the 16th century, Martin Guerre returns to his village in southwestern France, after being away in the war for almost a decade. The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre?
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe: Cabaret Showcase
The NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe will present a series of solos, duets, group songs, scenes and monologues from a variety of popular musicals such as Frozen JR, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, The Secret Garden and Mary Poppins, among others.
With an ensemble of 18 students in grades 3 through 8, students have been rehearsing since September via Zoom and will showcase their performance livestreamed to your homes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.
Register for a ticket at eventbrite.com/e/nempac-music-theatre-troupe-cabaret-showcase-tickets-127348136705 to receive a Livestream link.
Tickets are pay what you can with a suggested price of $5 per person, but more is always appreciated.
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.
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 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.
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.
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/events 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.
Pajama Story Time
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.
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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.
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.
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. 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.
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
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 be open Veteran’s Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Visit neaq.org for more information.
Boston Harbor Now: 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.
Save the Harbor: 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 re-opened
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, including special events.
‘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.