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Residents of the North End have been working during the past few years to save the historic Nazzaro Community Center Building and playground at 30-32 North Bennet St. The city considered selling the building. The Boston Landmarks Commission voted in favor of considering a Landmarks petition for study.

Saturday Salon: International influence on Boston architecture                        

Historical context and reference are a very important aspect in understanding architecture.

Presented by Boston by Foot guide Rob Anderson, this three-part series, slated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays will focus on past international influences on Boston architecture, through visual comparisons and connections as follows:

-          March 13: Quincy Market

-          April 10: Boston Public Library

-          May 15: Boston City Hall

Visit https://bostonbyfoot.org/saturday-salon-international-influence-boston-architecture for more information and registration (Eventbrite - $0-$8).

St. Patrick's Day Family Music Makers Class                                         

Join Miss Laura and North End Music & Performing Arts Center for a special St. Patrick's Day-themed Family Music Makers class from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17.

Discover the fun, joy and excitement of music through singing, moving and instrumental jam sessions - with songs and games designed around Irish music and culture.

Register at https://nempacboston.asapconnected.com/#EventDetail=240310 ($15).

Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘The Mothers’  

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17.

The librarian will moderate the discussion of The Mothers by Brit Bennet.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Fundraising Learning Cohort                                            

Non-profit fundraisers faced an historic set of challenges in 2020. This was a particularly hard year for small nonprofit organizations, especially when fundraisers were often already isolated and overstretched in their work.

In this upcoming fundraising learning cohort, small shop development staff will build community, surface challenges, and share best practices. The focus will be on how people can turn crisis into the opportunity to build a strong base of donors.

Each session will be guided by experienced facilitators with the goal for each participant to walk away with excitement about one or two actionable ideas. 

Sessions will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 and April 15.

Visit socialinnovationforum.org/event/fundraising-learning-cohort for more information and registration.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Patron Saints of Nothing’          

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 to discuss Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.

Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book. This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book synopsis and how to join on Twitch.

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                                 

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

Kanopy Club: 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' (2012)          

Kanopy Club will be following the March theme of Own Voices in the #ReadingTogether Challenge.

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Kanopy.com and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.

About Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro Ono's life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

The Detective Club Murder, A Murder Mystery Game              

Join East Boston Branch Library staff on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 for The Detective Club Murder, a free downloadable murder mystery game from British psychological crime thriller author Ruth Ware.

In this role-playing game, you’ll be transported to Mistletan Manor in the English countryside and the home of celebrated crime writer Sir Aubrey St. Clair.

You and your friends are the hand-picked members of the Detective Club, the crème de la crème of the crime-writing elite, here to toast the club’s fiftieth anniversary. But when Sir Aubrey’s body is discovered, stabbed to the heart in his own study, everyone falls under suspicion – and everyone has secrets to hide. Can you band together with your fellow crime writers to solve The Detective Club Murder before too many painful truths come to light?

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

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 of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Tween Time                                                  

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. It’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

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.

NBSS virtual open house replay

In December, North Bennett Street School launched its first-ever virtual open house, offering three days of virtual programming including tours of their program spaces, student demonstrations, alumni shop visits, free classes, handmade features and more. Participants joined them live and asked questions throughout.

If you missed the event or want to watch sessions again, catch up with the livestreams of the entire event at www.nbss.edu/openhouse.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information                              

Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information 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.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email office@stjosephboston.org or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.

North End Friends of St. Francis House winter donation drive

North End Friends of St. Francis Houses is collecting donations to purchase winter hats and gloves for the homeless and other people in need.

Checks can be made out to John Romano and mailed to Olivia Scimeca, 21 Cleveland Place, Boston, MA 02113.

For more information call John Romano at 617-750-9749.

Food program donations                                                                             

Donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health, (332 Hanover St., Waterfront and 15 Tufts St., Charlestown) during this long, wintry season.

More than 100 families per month are being served, including children from the Eliot School, among others.

For details, call 857-238-1176.

BPL Reading Challenge                                                      

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

Virtual traditions of the season

Learn about how families like the Reveres observed winter holidays in the colonial era. Period music by talented musician R.P. Hale, video segments filmed in the period rooms of the Revere House, and discussion of 18th century foodways will bring the past to life right in the comfort of your home.

A recording is available (includes access to recipes to prepare as you celebrate the winter season) for a $10 donation at www.paulreverehouse.org.

Paul Revere House online/onsite

To stay up-to-date on “all things Revere,” check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog, or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

The Revere House is also open for winter hours: Thursdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.

New England Aquarium onsite/online

The New England Aquarium has reopened following safety guidelines.

They will continue to offer Virtual Visits with activities and webcams as well as Virtual Programs (Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters) so people can visit their favorite animals from home.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists.

Go to neaq.org for more information.

Old North Gift Shop onsite/online

The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.

Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.

Help preserve Old North history and legacy

The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site and in classrooms across the nation.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their onsite/online visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come – especially at this crucial time when the site is closed as 95 percent of their funding comes from tourism.

Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.

Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home                                                                              

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor 

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.