South Boston neighborhood notes
Monica’s Kitchen Christmas Peace Breakfast Take-Out
The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica Church will be hosting a Christmas Peace Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. The breakfast can be picked up in the side-yard or back-yard tent at St. Monica’s Church, 331 Old Colony Ave.
For more information, email email@example.com or phone 617-268-8100.
SNOWPORT | Winter Wonder Walks
Escape to a winter wonderland filled with safe, seasonal daily activities. Follow the trail of festive holiday trees, try your hand at curling and other complimentary winter games on Seaport Common, and keep an eye out for Seaport’s newest friend, Betty the Yeti.
And there is no better time to experience the magic than during their Winter Wonder Walks from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Experience it all at #SNOWPORT, all season long through Saturday, Dec. 19. *Curling will continue through Feb. 28 (info and reservations at bostonseaport.xyz/events).
Go to eventbrite.com/e/snowport-winter-wonder-walks-tickets-126100045631 for more information and registration.
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 Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Jan. 5 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Last call for Toys for Tots
New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at any State Police barracks, fire stations or police departments through Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Donations via check can be mailed to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.
Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate.
Facebook Live: Story and a Snack
Follow along with the Boston Public Library librarians as they share stories and show you how to cook up a delicious snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
2020 Christmas Shop
Christmas Shop needs support to help bring hope and joy to those most in need during the holiday season. Ways to help:
– Provide new gifts and clothing (no food items) to individuals and families in need in Boston - View Wish List online
– Volunteer to help with sorting items and packing them for recipients (adults only).
Go to citymissionboston.org/christmas-shop for more information.
Ice sculpture stroll
Boston Harbor Now is organizing free, fun, safe activities, including an ice sculpture stroll from 1 p.m. to dusk on New Year’s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31).
Follow the ice sculpture stroll (maps available) to more than a dozen sites and activities and enjoy waterfront activations such as:
Holiday Lights at the Boston Public Market; Winter on the Waterfront Bingo; Virtual Scavenger Hunts in Charlestown, East Boston and Downtown; and Snowport - Seaport’s new Winter Village. People can also enter the Staycation Giveaway Contest.
Visit BostonHarborNow.org for more details.
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 purchased and delivered to and/or ordered online and send directly to the
Coat Collection Center, First Parish Westwood, Attn: City Mission, 252 Nahatan St., Westwood, MA 02090.
Go to citymissionboston.org/coat-boston for more information.
Ollie holiday helpers needed
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.
The Ollie is collecting gifts and toy donations to help make the holidays a bit merrier for more than 400 families (numbers increasing daily) suffering from the pandemic’s economic fallout.
This year, all gift and toy donations will be shipped to an offsite location to ensure safety.
Visit sbnh.org for more information or go to https://form.jotform.com/202826172358154 to donate money, gifts cards and/or items from their families’ wish list.
SB Branch Virtual Book Discussion Group
The South Boston Branch Library’s virtual book group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 via Zoom.
The group will discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Excited to give it a curl?
Curling Lanes will be open daily and bookable online or in-person in 30-minute increments for up to two hours. Lanes may have up to 12 people (6 on each side). Check in at the Guest Services Gondola for your reservation and to pick up equipment. All equipment will be fully sanitized between use, and sanitizer wipes are available at both curling lanes. Masks must be worn at all times. Signage will be available on-site with curling rules and tips.
Curling hours: Mondays – Fridays: 4 to 9 p.am.; Saturdays: noon to 9 p.m.; Sundays: noon to 8 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 28.
This activity is free and open to the public.
Go to www.bostonseaport.xyz/event/snowport-curling/2021-02-28 for more information.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Update
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, 306 Congress St. is closed through March 4 due to the COVID-19 virus.
The Museum is continuing to hold virtual events year-round.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
Peace by Piece online
Peace by Piece (hosted by the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St.) will be held online from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (except for holidays).
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 and the Peace by Piece Team – is open for all adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations around the Greater Boston area – 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 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 on 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 the Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months. The group will meet on Dec. 22.
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 people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.
Tween Time (on Zoom)
Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
BHN scavenger hunts
“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.
Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.
BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)
The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).
Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.
Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.
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 Thursday, 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.
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.
Support 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 continues to offer groceries and provide the monthly Peace Breakfast 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.
Support South Boston Neighborhood House (The Ollie)
The South Boston Neighborhood House 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.
Financial Impact of COVID on SBNH is significant – and they are working hard to bridge the gap: Tuition revenue decreases (due to serving fewer children); Expense increases (cleaning supplies, PPE, additional staff to handle new protocols); Fundraising more challenging and limited due to the economy.
Please support The Ollie’s efforts by making financial/supplies donations and by volunteering your time and talents (there are countless ways to do so).
Visit sbnh.org for more information, including the links to donate and a list of volunteer opportunities.
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.
Boston Children’s Museum - Temporarily Closed
The Boston Children’s Museum is temporarily closed through Jan. 7.
Before this voluntary closure due to the latest COVID-19 surge, the museum was open Wednesdays through Sundays with two time slots for visits from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
TJX $1 Friday night will be back in the future.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.