South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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Free gift books

The Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) hopes to spread a little much-needed cheer by making gifts of books to neighborhood children this holiday season.

They are offering free gift books – board books for kids, ages 0- to 3-year-olds, and picture books for 4- to 10-year-olds – to South End children, while supplies* last.

Bring your kids to the main entrance of the South End Library to get the free gift(s)* from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19*.

Remember to wear masks and respect social distancing guidelines.

Visit for more information.

SoWa Winter/Holiday 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

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 Sunday, December 20.

Visit for more information and the YouTube link.

Little Groove concert

Sing and dance along with Little Groove from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 to celebrate the Winter Solstice hosted by the South End Branch Library.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

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 for more information, including the link to donate.

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 for more information.

Online knitting classes

Third Piece (631 Tremont St.), a South End yarn shop welcomes virtual crafters of all levels at their online knitting classes. The sessions are offered at various times from Tuesdays through Saturdays starting at $10 a session.

To learn more, go to

Holiday gifts and essentials for guests at Rosie's Place

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

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.

Women’s’ Holiday Pop Up Gallery

Holiday Pop-Up gallery to be open Fridays through Sundays through Jan. 3.

Four woman-owned Boston galleries – Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Beacon Gallery, Gallery NAGA and LaiSun Keane - will co-host an affordable works exhibition at 460C Harrison Ave. #C6 through Sunday, Jan. 3. The gallery will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The exhibition features more than 50 accessible works for the holidays, following COVID-19 guidelines.

In addition to this SoWa pop up, each gallery will continue to host their scheduled exhibitions in their respective gallery spaces around Boston.

For more information about each gallery visit;; or

Author talk with Bruce Robert Coffin

Join the South End Writes for a talk with Bruce Robert Coffin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Coffin is an award-winning author and former detective sergeant who worked for four years with the FBI.

Coffin, considered one of the luminaries of the mystery-thriller genre, will discuss his new book, Within Plain Sight - the latest installment in his best-selling Detective Byron mystery series.

This is a free event accessible through Facebook and Zoom. Zoom links will be sent out to this email list on Monday. Jan. 11.

For more information, visit

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 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 for more information.

Dance with Parkinson’s

Urbanity Dance offers free classes from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease to keep individuals moving in a fun, welcoming, and safe environment.

Certified Urbanity’s instructors will guide participants through exercises designed to enhance and maintain mobility, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and strength, which are all easily modifiable for various levels of mobility.

In this social, creative outlet, participants can discover or rediscover the joy of movement. Caregivers and loved ones are welcome to attend, although not required. All are welcome; no previous dance experience required.

Visit for more information.

Career skills

Gary Gekow, a seasoned Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach, will present a Career Skills group – focusing on a different topic each week – from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, hosted by the Boston Public Library.

Visit for more information and registration.

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

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

Visit for more information.

Urbanity dance classes

Urbanity Dance offers adult digital dance classes for all levels in a variety of styles. Taught by top faculty, including Urbanity Professional Company dancers and guest artists, these classes are designed to be taken on a drop-in basis or through 8- to 12-week seasonal sessions.

Go to 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. 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. 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

SoWa Art Guild / SoWa Art + Design District open

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

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

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

Visit or for more information, including a SoWa Artist Directory 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

This is a business card from W.W. Stall back in the late 19th or early 20th century. W.W. Stall bought, sold and exchanged bicycles in the South End. To learn more, check the South End Historical Society online at