South Boston neighborhood notes
Jack O’Lantern’s Halloween Scavenger Hunt
The South Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Friend Jack O’Lantern is being very cheeky this year and is hiding shamrocks all over South Boston – in window displays and among Halloween decorations, in flower pots, hanging in windows and lots of other places you would not expect to see them (at least not in October). Residents and businesses can hide a shamrock as well. They hope you will help the Chamber find them.
Printable green shamrocks and shamrocks to color along with Scavenger Hunt Cards and Hints can be found on the Chamber’s website and/or social media channels.
The Scavenger Hunt is open to people of all ages throughout October. Participants will be entered into weekly raffles for a chance to win a gift card and goodie bag on Fridays. Multiple age-appropriate prizes will be awarded each week.
Go to www.southbostonchamber.org/scavenger-hunt for more information.
Gratitude yoga at the beach
Join CB3 Wellness for a Gratitude Yoga session at Castle Island on the beach from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 31.
They will be setup behind the playground area near the bathrooms. Bring your yoga mat, mask & water to hydrate and remember a jacket... it's fall.
You're also welcome to join online via ZOOM – link sent upon registration.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/gratitude-yoga-at-the-beach-saturdays-tickets-121812593747 for more information and registration ($10).
Ballot drop boxes
Ballot drop boxes will be available outside the main entrances of the following Boston Public Library locations:
Central (Johnson Building - on the right of the Boylston Street entrance), Brighton, Charlestown, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Parker Hill, Roxbury, South Boston and West Roxbury.
There will not be one at the South End Branch, probably because it's relatively close to the Central Library.
These drop boxes for mail-in ballots will be available until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Election Day.
Please visit www.boston.gov/news/mail-voting-information-city-boston for the full list of ballot drop box locations and other information about voting by mail in Boston.
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.
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.
Fourth Fest 2020
The Fourth Presbyterian Church (340 Dorchester St.) will host their Fourth Fest 2020 via Zoom and on YouTube. “Forging Ahead: A Celebration of Community, Mission and Love” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Enjoy an evening of shared talent (both live and pre-recorded) while helping to support their mission to keep the Fourth Church community programs alive and their witnessing to the community thriving. The Summer Meals Programs, food pantry, grab and go meal program, remote learning pods, and theater programming, are just a few of the community ministries they provide.
Visit www.fourthboston.org/fourthfest for more information, including the links to join the festivities and to make a donation.
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.
Peace by Piece online
Peace by Piece is usually held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (except for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St. They are now meeting 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.
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.
New Parent Group (on Zoom)
Looking for a way to meet other parents with infants? Need support from experts while navigating new challenges? Have questions about childhood development, parenting and early literacy? Join Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.
There will be guest speakers visiting each week to speak about a variety of topics, including diapering, napping, feeding, early communication and general wellness for parents and infants. There will also be time before the guest speaker arrives so you can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from your librarians.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.
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.
Waterfront Bingo 2020
Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.
Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.
Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.
Visit bostonharbornow.org/waterfrontbingo2020 for more information.
SB Neighborhood Aid Network launches new projects
The South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network has two new projects to help neighbors in need throughout the fall and winter seasons:
1) Southie Emergency Assistance Fund will provide small amounts of cash assistance to Southie residents to help pay rent, utility bills, or other critical expenses. SBNDC will take applications and manage the funds. (Select the Southie Emergency Assistance Fund from the drop-down menu)
2) Southie Care Kits will include information about how to locate and access established resources within the local community, while providing a few essential items, such as face masks, hand sanitizer, a food store gift card, and other hygiene and household items to help families cover the gap. Each kit costs $40-50 to put together and people can sponsor a kit with a donation. (Select Southie Care Kits from the drop-down menu)
Volunteers are needed to: Assemble and/or deliver Care Kits; Help process Assistance Fund applications; Join a committee or project team to help our Aid Network keep this momentum and help as many of our neighbors as possible. To sign up as a volunteer, visit bit.ly/sbnan-volunteer-signup.
The core mission of the SB Neighborhood Aid Network is to help South Boston residents in need get connected to the established services and programs available to help them, such as food pantries, and to provide immediate assistance, such as groceries and cleaning supplies, when needed.
South Boston residents in need of help or information can access the Aid Network in the following ways: Call or text the Hotline at 617-221-7594 (leave a voicemail); Submit an online form at bit.ly/sbnan-help-request; Email SBNeighborhoodAid@gmail.com.
Visit sbneighborhoodaid.com and/or their Facebook page for more information, including links to donate and volunteer.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.
Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) 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 three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.
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 ‘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.
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.
Fresh Truck open air market
The Fresh Truck will be at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square from 10 a.m. to noon
on Thursdays providing fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables following health and safety guidelines.
Cash, credit and EBT/HIP accepted.
Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.
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 South Boston Neighborhood House (The Ollie) is the oldest continuously-operated community based non-profit in South Boston, and they’ve been going strong for 115 years. As a settlement house, they look to meet the needs of the community and offer programs for everyone in South Boston: infants, children, teens, families and seniors.
Please support The Ollie’s efforts by:
- Making a financial donation
- Fulfilling an Amazon Ollie Teen Program and/or COVID Response/Teen Wish List
- Volunteering your time and talents
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.