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Pediatrician Claudia Gold and Child Psychologist Ed Tronick will present "The Power of Discord" with an introduction by renowned trauma psychiatrist and author, Bessel van der Kolk at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, via Zoom.

Join in by requesting Zoom link from or go to

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Film discussion: Barry Marshall on Stanley Baker's 'Zulu' (1964)

Join the Boston Public Library and Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 for an interactive online film discussion about Zulu (1964) via Zoom.

Visit for more information, including the opportunity to view the film prior to discussion.

Support Rosie's Place this holiday season

Every holiday season brings more women in need, both at Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave.

and in the community.

Donating holiday gifts and cold weather essentials such as sets of hats, scarves and gloves will help them provide a warm holiday experience that will be – like everything else at Rosie’s Place – wrapped in unconditional love and respect.

For more information, go to

Kanopy Club: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ (2017)

The Man Who Invented Christmas is the story of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season.

Watch the film on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 for a discussion on Zoom.

Visit for more information and registration.

Winter apparel & sock drop

We all put on a coat, hat, scarf, gloves, a warm pair of socks every winter morning with hardly a thought, but for homeless people, these items are often a luxury.

To participate, donate at least one new winter hat, scarf, pair of gloves/mittens or pair of socks (warm winter coats and sweaters in very gently used condition are also most welcome) to the Friends of Boston’s Homeless that supports Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Boston's Long Island Shelter) in Boston’s South End.

Go to for more information.

Music & Art for the Soul

Music improves mood, reduces stress, lessen anxiety and helps people eat less. Through art, people open their hearts and minds to possibilities.

Those who would like to share their musical talent - i.e. singing, sing-a-longs, playing an instrument and dancing – are invited to join the Good Vibes three-part series from 11 to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 on Zoom.

Facilitated by Boston Public Library staff members, this series offers collaborations of creativity voluntarily shared by the participants.

Visit for more information and registration.

Toys for Tots collection

New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at the following places:

- Barcelona Wine Bar, 525 Tremont St. (daily - times vary) through Tuesday, Dec. 15; and

- The Training Studio at 677 Tremont St. from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 11.

Donations via check can be sent to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.

Go to for more information, including the link to donate.

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 Dec. 29 at

Visit for more information.

Coat Boston

City Mission is collecting new, unused coats in all children’s sizes and all teen sizes (including adult men’s and women’s) that will be given directly to Boston schools and organizations that serve low-income families.

Coats can be donated in one of the following ways:

– Buy a coat and deliver it to your organization’s coat drive then dropped off at the Coat Collection Center

– Order online and send directly to the Coat Collection Center (See Wish Lists)

The address is: Coat Collection Center, First Parish Westwood, Attn: City Mission, 252 Nahatan St. Westwood, MA 02090.

Go to for more information.

2020 Christmas Shop

Christmas Shop needs support to help bring hope and joy to those most in need during the holiday season.

– People can provide new gifts and clothing (no food items) to individuals and families in need in Boston - View Wish List online

– People can volunteer to help with sorting items and packing them for recipients (adults only).

Go to for more information.

BCA Self-Care Sundays

Self-Care Sundays is a new interdisciplinary virtual experience intended to bring joy, healing and celebration through activating our minds, bodies and souls.

Boston Center for the Arts will feature pop up moments of ultimate self-care such as midday yoga, afternoon meditation, artistic inspiration, performances and more filmed and broadcast in partnership with The Loop Lab from noon to 4 p.m. on the first and third Sunday through December.

Visit for more information and the YouTube link.

Give the gift of membership – now through January

Give the gift of membership this holiday season. This gift will ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at

SoWa Winter Pop-up

In lieu of the SoWa Winter Festival, this year Sowa has partnered with Wyllo to open a pop-up store featuring goods from the SoWa Open Market makers.

The holiday pop-up shop, located directly across the street from Wyllo's main boutique at 65 Thayer St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 20.

The Pop-up will be open for walk in shopping; however, people can also book a private appointment outside of store hours via In store pickup is also available - just select Curbside/In store at checkout.

For more information visit SoWaBoston’s Facebook page.

Exhibitions at Boston Sculptors

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. will showcase two exhibitions through Dec. 6.

Hoc Modo is the latest solo show of internationally-exhibited sculptor Waldo Evan Jespersen.

The exhibition’s centerpiece, Cantus Tubulis, an 11-foot-tall hyperboloid chime, holds tension between two incompatible outcomes – a structure held in place by its own weight and a working instrument. Straight aluminum tubes create the illusion of a curve, mapping out a large-scale mathematical form that is interactive and playable. Masterfully done, this twisting cylinder of aluminum tubes, each singing a beautiful note when struck, fills the gallery space.

Talismans for Travelers II is a new installation by Andrea Thompson.

The Travelers are a group of four elongated boat forms suspended overhead. Ranging from four to 12 feet in length, each is unique, yet they form a family that is clearly traveling together, bound for some unseen destination.

Any Port in a Storm is a series of animated, quirky house shapes on an ocean-blue horizon. Both whimsical and ghost-like, they offer only temporary respite for the weary traveler.

Circumnavigation offers a map of the Travelers’ journey as a wandering, hand-stitched line of blue across raw canvas. Without scale, landmarks or coordinates, this “map” emphasizes the subjective nature of experience: each moment is another step into the unknown.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Go to for more information.

New Directions: Japanese women artists

A four-person exhibition featuring contemporary Japanese women artists - Mikiko Tomita, Mayumi Nakamura, Sayaka Shingu and Mio Yamaguchi - titled New Directions: Japanese Women Artists will be on view through Saturday, Dec. 12 at the LaiSun Keane Gallery, 460C Harrison appointment as well as on their website and Artsy.

Their works highlight the interesting and diverse treatment of the ceramic medium which is their unique visual language.

Artist Talk videos and an exhibition catalogue will be published.

Winter gallery hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Visit for more information.

Me2/Boston Orchestra/*Flute Choir

Me2/ is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. Their focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.

The Me2/Boston Orchestra rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from September through May of each year. Rehearsals are currently held in the community room at VietAID in Dorchester. Ronald Braunstein is the Conductor.

The Me2/Boston Flute Choir rehearsals (*new this year) will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on

Wednesdays from late September through May of each year. Rehearsal space is generously provided by Flutistry Boston, 801 Tremont St. Eileen Yarrison is the Director.

New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra and/or Flute Choir, please email Caroline at They would love to have you check out a rehearsal or jump right in.

Learn more at

Zumba classes at home

Zumba classes will be held in English and Spanish from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and are open to all ages and fitness levels.

Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system.

Zoom link:

Visit for more information.

Castle of Our Skins

Tune into Facebook & Instagram @Castleskins at noon on Fridays to enjoy the Black Composer Miniature Challenge: 18 composers who identify as Black or part of the African Diaspora, writing/playing 30 second pieces for solo piano, sola viola or viola-piano duos.

Castle of Our Skins is a group of Push Project residents at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Visit for more information, including a playlist.

Boston Project Podcast

The first series of the SpeakEasy’s Boston Project podcasts – a fully adapted, episodic version of The Usual Unusual by MJ Halberstadt, recorded by local artists, is available to enjoy at as well as on all your favorite podcast streaming platforms.

SoWa Art Guild and Galleries open

SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) is home to 200-plus art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market and more.

Many of the studios and galleries will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. for First Fridays. Artists will also be in their studios on Sundays and throughout the week, and galleries will be open during select hours or by appointment.

The normal attire “masks” are required as well as physical distancing.

Visit or for more information, including a complete listing of more than 80 artists and more than 25 galleries and follow them on social media.

SoWa Vintage Market is open and live on Instagram

The SoWa Vintage Market, located on the Lower Level of 450 Harrison the SoWa Arts and Design District, is open year-round from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays following new protocols, including wearing a mask.

The Vintage Market is also on Instagram Live at 11 a.m.

The Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints, rugs and other one-of-a-kind curiosities.

For more information, visit or and follow them on Instagram.

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 Thursday, Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.

Visit 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 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.

Wyllo: Brick & Mortar Shop

Wyllo has a brick and mortar studio/store at SoWa, 460 Harrison Ave., B5 – enter through the door located under the 460 B sign – Wyllo is right downstairs.

In addition to their jewelry, Wyllo's shop features curated goods from more than 50 independent designers, artists and makers – all women-owned businesses.

Hours: Mondays-Fridays: noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Saturdays.

Visit for more information.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”

BGMC has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music; among them are

eight new videos at and nearly 400 musical videos on http://www/ that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.

MFA Playdates at Home

Enjoy MFA Playdates through 15-minute videos posted online every couple of weeks. Toddlers and caregivers enjoy story time, look at art together, and participate in an art-making activity led step-by-step by a Museum educator. Each MFA Playdate focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children, ages 4 and under, with adults. Art-making activities use materials commonly found at home. In addition to watching the video to see exactly how to make your art project, you can download the art-making instructions or read them online.

Visit for more information.

AFH Virtual Gallery

The Artists for Humanity’s Social Distance Gallery showcases one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation. They hope that this artwork uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and the AFH’s mission.

Visit for your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston and to inquire about purchasing artwork.

Social Distancing Gallery

Exhibition coordinator Erik Grau (Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild where artists live/work in the South End) has launched the Social Distancing Gallery to promote visual artists, musicians, writers, and other creatives on its social media feeds. He is sharing all submissions sent in by local and international artists at no cost.

Visit or for more information and viewing opportunities.

Give to Rosie’s Place

In this time of uncertainty, Rosie’s Place’s doors remain open, offering sanctuary and support to the women with nowhere else to turn. They hope you will consider making a gift today so that they can continue to provide critical services and compassion to all who seek their help.

You can support Rosie’s Place with a monthly donation, tribute gift, events, or donated items.

Visit for more information and links to donate.

Help keep BGMC’s mission alive

Individual and corporate contributions fulfill the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’ mission of creating musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate diversity. Your gifts allow BGMC to perform in great concert halls and theaters, serve our community, tour to new places, and support their volunteer members. Your donation – in whatever amount is appropriate for you – is greatly appreciated.

The power of their voices will amplify the value of your gift many times over, helping to create a world that values its LGBTQ citizens.

Visit for ways to make your tax-deductible donations.

Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café

During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:

- Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched their soup kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. in the South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have served more than 1,000 meals each week. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for their take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.

- Purchase Gift Cards or Order Take Out/Delivery at Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade St. Roxbury) – Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed events and ways to support artists through virtual programming.

- Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations and/or Amazon Charity Lists.

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has and continues to believe in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity. Visit for more details.

MTW online purchases and book/textile donations

More Than Words stores are accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. All donations are fully tax deductible.

You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.

Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth!

Visit for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.

South End Neighborhood Aid Network

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through

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