South Boston neighborhood notes
Facebook Live: Ask Your City Councilor, for Kids!
Wondering how change happens in your city? Join Boston City Council President Janey and City Councilors Breadon, Essaibi George, Flaherty, Flynn and Mejia for a live Q&A from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.
The Councilors will talk about ways that kids can make their voices heard; then they will open the floor for questions from kids of all ages.
In advance of this program, the Boston Public Library is collecting brief videos of children asking questions for the City Council. If your child has a question, email a video clip to Librarian Maggie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This program will be live-streamed to the Children's Library's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Kanopy Club: ‘Zodiac’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film Zodiac on Kanopy.com/video/zodiac-0, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.
About Zodiac: A chilling crime thriller based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you once you register.
BCYF summer programs and events
Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offering a variety of summer classes and programs, including arts and computer activities; recreational, sports and fitness programs; virtual field trips; workshops and more for pre-registered youth and teens following COVID guidelines. There will be no drop-in programs this summer.
These free programs are offered remotely and in person on select weekdays and at various times through Aug. 21.
All participants must bring their own sports equipment and other supplies - where applicable.
Visit boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/summer-programs-and-events-bcyf for more information, including a schedule and link to register.
South Boston Sports Center summer program
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, ages 7 through 14.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays 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 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.
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
Historical tours of Fort Independence
The Castle Island Association offers free historical tours of Fort Independence from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with Boston skyline viewing from 7 p.m. to sunset (8:20ish p.m.) on Thursdays in June and July; from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in August; and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays in September and October until Columbus Day weekend.
Fort Independence is handicapped accessible on the first floor only.
Visit castleisland8.com for more information.
Ferry service to Spectacle Island resumes
The public ferry service to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park has returned and tickets to Spectacle Island from Long Wharf in downtown Boston can be booked online or picked up at the kiosk (through Oct. 12).
Spectacle Island boasts some of the most magnificent vistas of the Boston skyline and is only a 20-minute ferry ride away from downtown Boston.
Restrooms, hiking trails, the swimming beach, moorings and the marina will be available for public use while the visitor center will remain closed.
Physical distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will remain in place while on the island and onboard the ferries.
Visit bostonharborislands.org for more information.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, including the Zoom information.
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 Aug. 25 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 lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of BPL 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, and most importantly, free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 1 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. You can drop in anytime to chat with them Live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game yourself, drop them a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they can set you up with a Dodo Code.
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 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 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.
Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6.
The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.
Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships and developing a connecting with themselves.
Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.
Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant information.
Facebook Live: Story and a craft
What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Bollywood Funk Online
Bollywood Funk will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 via Zoom.
Bollywood Funk is a high-energy dance with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk fused with the hottest Bollywood beats and moves.
Join dance instructor Chavi Bansai and be ready to sweat, smile and have a lot of fun.
Class is fit for all levels and is intended for children and teens; no prior experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration to receive the Zoom link.
Twitch Mystery Gaming for Teens
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 in the Virtual Teen Room and discover a mysterious new game that most of us have never played before.
Will the group saunter through the quirky, winding halls of The Stanley Parable…? Bend our brains pushing puzzles around in Baba is You…? You’ll have to stop by to discover each game and lend your mental magnitude to help the group make key decisions, develop strategies and just have fun hanging out.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
Breakdancing workshop for youth
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias, a member of the Floorlord - the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.
Each week people will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.
Beach Yoga with daisyface flow
Join Morgan of daisyface flow & the daisyface Space Studio for her third season of Beach Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30 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 email@example.com.
All are welcome – kiddos, grandmas, any level of yogi – especially first timers.
Visit www.daisyfaceflow.com for more information.
Reading the Rainbow
Reading the Rainbow – an Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on second Thursday of the month.
Join the group on Aug. 13 for a lively discussion of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.
Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging – for love, identity, home and a mother.
All communication will take place on the messaging platform Slack: no webcam or microphone needed. All book club titles are available on hoopladigital.com.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.
BPL To Go expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
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.
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.
South Boston Farmers Market
The South Boston Farmers Market will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays through October. The Farmers Market is located at 446 West Broadway (at the municipal parking lot). All shoppers will follow COVID guidelines.
Farmers accept EBT/SNAP and Healthy Incentive SNAP match program (HIP), WIC, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition coupons.
For more information visit sbndc.org/south-boston-farmers-market or follow on their social media sites.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee:
Volunteer working groups meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The Activist Group uses community organizing to make Boston a safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bike. Join them if you like doing outreach and connecting with people about issues they care about, working on campaigns, planning direct actions and/or being part of a group to bring about change. Join them if you are interested in helping the BCU lead strategy for improving streets and passing policy.
It can be fun to be at Boston Cyclists Union events such as the Boston Bike Winter Socials, the Winter Solstice Ride and the Spring Bike Wash. Interested in helping develop their bike repair education programs such as Bike to Market or reaching out to help local businesses be more bike-friendly? Join the group that’s making it all happen.
The three board committees support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly:
This committee covers all aspects of building a strong community of support around the Boston Cyclists Union, from writing grants to ensuring that members feel engaged and involved. Committee chairs and other info available on their website.
Finance and Operations:
This committee oversees the financial and everyday operations of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in non-profit management, accounting, non-profit law, this may be your bag.
This committee oversees the governance (board and committees) of the Boston Cyclists Union. If you have strong skills in governance, organizing, or non-profit management, this may be your cup of tea.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
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 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.
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.