South Boston neighborhood notes
Book discussion: ‘A People’s History of Heaven’
Join the Boston Public Library for a discussion of A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. Marginalized women, they are determined to transcend their surroundings.
When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and required registration.
Basics of Improv for Teens
Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.
This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.
Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.
Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.
Kanopy Club: ‘Midsommar’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “Midsommar” on Kanopy.com/video/midsommar, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.
“Midsommar” is about a couple who travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed.
Spectacle Island Virtual 5K
Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want through June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you watch your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.
The registration fee is $20.
All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now. Register and learn more at www.bostonharbornow.org.
Peace by Piece online
Peace by Piece is usually held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St. They are now meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom.
Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program – facilitated by Rev. Katie Cole & the Peace by Piece Team – is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations and all are welcome.
Visit fourthboston.org/peace, phone 617-701-6281, call or text at 919-924-1170, or email email@example.com for more information, including the Zoom 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 lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island - known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. This is free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space.
Drop in anytime to chat with them live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game, drop a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they will set you up with a Dodo Code.
‘Gold Rush:’ A Virtual Escape Room for Teens
The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.
BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays through July 7.
In “Gold Rush,” up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.
Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.
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 June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Saturday Beach Yoga with daisyface flow
Join Morgan of daisyface flow & the daisyface Space Studio for her third season of Saturday Beach Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays through the summer at Pleasure Bay Beach, 1918 William J Day Blvd.
This year may look a little different... with mats six feet apart and face masks (optional)…
But the same incredible experience will be offered: Warm sand, sun on your skin and the background sounds of waves crashing into the beach.
And the same stellar deal - $10 – Venmo is preferred @daisyfaceflow (cash if need be).
Got questions? Morgan has answers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome – kiddos, grandmas, any level of yogi – especially first timers.
Visit www.daisyfaceflow.com for more information.
Virtual music class
Talented musicians from EchoKids will put on a virtual family concert from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays to sing and dance along via Instagram Live@Ethoslearn.
Visit ethoslearn.com for more information.
MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market 2020
The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.
Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses
For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020
For more information, go to https://calendar.massart.edu.
South Boston Sports Center summer registration open
South Boston Sports Center is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing an array of supervised activities in sports, activities and games for children, 7 through 14 years of age.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 21 at Lee Playground (M Street).
Participants can register for one or more weeks at apm.activecommunities.com.
Lunch will be provided; transportation is not.
For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at Woodley.email@example.com or phone 617-961-3094.
Free ‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Kanopy Club: ‘First Reformed’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “First Reformed” on Kanopy.com/video/midsommar, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.
About “First Reformed:” Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary parish pastor at a small church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. The church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life.
When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past and equally despairing future.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed.
Book discussion: ‘Convenience Store Woman’
Join The Boston Public Library’s online book discussion from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13.
The Group will discuss Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.
The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling more than 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of 36-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of 18, she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life.
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
For information on how to join and to register for this event, email email@example.com.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information.
Fresh Truck open air markets
The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.
Locations now open:
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown
Tuesdays: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton
Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.
Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.
South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network
A group of South Boston non-profit organizations have organized a new group called South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network.
Here is a list of links that the group has created thus far:
Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information: bit.ly/3d8w53n
Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).
Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.
Facebook Page – for sharing new information as it becomes available and to direct people to the South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network Resources: fb.me/SouthBoston
Hotline – A number for those who prefer to call or text. Offerings, needs, and information shared to the hotline will be added to other lists: 617-286-2463
The South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network is a powerful way to build strong connections and there are several ways that you can be a part of the group.
Email SBNeighborhoodAid@gmail.com or leave a message on the hotline with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.
Support Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.
Please consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene products to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.
Phone their Administrative Offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.
Visit www.ccab.org for a list of places that they service along with more information.
South Boston Neighborhood House (“The Ollie”)
The Ollie Staff report: “So much has changed in these past few weeks. Our seniors are feeling isolated and alone and are worried about their own heath as well as friends and family. Teens are children are confused, frustrated – trying to navigate home schooling while missing their friends. Through all of this our mission has remained constant, and our work to support family and neighborhood life is needed now more than ever.”
Please support The Ollie’s efforts by:
- Making a financial donation to provide more than 200 seniors and families with “Friday Night Grab and Go” boxes of food and supplies (BPS Schools and Meals on Wheels are weekday programs only).
- Donating self-care resources through their Amazon COVID Response Wish List
- Volunteering your time and talents by driving/delivering food to recipients
Visit sbnh.org for the link and more information, including the links to donate.
St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan Ministry (which encompasses the Peace Ministry, Recovery Ministry, and Food Security Ministry) at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.
During this chaotic crisis, St. Monica’s Kitchen remains open and they continue to offer groceries to those in need. They anticipate the problem of hunger to increase as many more of their neighbors experience a food emergency.
To make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.
BPL To Go
As of June 22, patrons can pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.
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.
The pilot program will launch first at the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch and will then gradually be deployed to other branches.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit www.bpl.org/takeout to learn more.