Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes
Outdoor Comedy Show
Karl Xie will present an outdoor family-friendly comedy show from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27 at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.
Shows are free but reservations are required at www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-comedy-show-at-the-christopher-columbus-waterfront-park-tickets-163403475193.
Native American Music & Dance Workshop
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) welcomes Annawon Weeden from the First Light Foundation to present a Native American Music Presentation for community members at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 at City Square Park in Charlestown.
In presentation, audience members of all ages will find new ways to discover the indigenous melodies of New England. They will understand the meaning, symbolism or importance of music to indigenous people, and explore the instruments of the region and beyond, including rhythmic response with interactive songs that engage audience members, young and old.
Free and open to the public; however, there is a $20 suggested donation per family.
Go to https://nempacboston.org/student-community-events for more information and registration.
Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.
Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.
The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Voices of the Resilient: Kurganov-Finehouse Duo
A debut chamber music program crafted for the North End Music & Performing Arts Center combines Black, European, Russian and Jewish composers in a uniquely programmed event dedicated to resilience and overcoming. The program will feature the Kurganov-Finehouse Duo and narrator Tatum Robertson where spoken word performance poetry is interspersed with musical numbers that weaves a narrative of cultural togetherness, hope, and overcoming in its many forms. This event is a call to live life to the fullest and to give voice to diverse artistic traditions.
This program, the first in the Winter Concert Series, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 at NEMPAC, 50 Tileston St. A pre-concert reception and conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. ($35).
Virtual ticket holders will receive a link to view the program on Monday, Nov. 15 for one week ($25 per person).
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-of-the-resilient-nempac-presents-the-kurganov-finehouse-duo-tickets-187786102287 for more information and tickets.
Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘Krik? Krak!’
The Boston Public Library Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.
The librarian will moderate the discussion of “Krik? Krak!” by Edwidge Danticat.
In a collection of interrelated short stories, Danticat examines the lives of ordinary Haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Furia’
The Boston Public Library Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 to discuss “Furia” by Yamile Saied Méndez.
A Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club pick, this book follows 17-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina. Camila dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with international soccer phenom and her childhood friend, Diego.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information the link to Twitch.
Crypt and church tours
Take a walk-through history.
The Old North Church and Historic site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Old North is the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the City. Take a self-guided tour through the church; staff will be available to answer questions.
See what lies beneath the Old North Church – 15-minute guided tours of the historic crypt will be offered on the half hour as well.
Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information ($5 per person | Children, ages five and under free | Crypt/Admission combo ticket: $10).
Boston Public Market on The Greenway 2021
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway (700 Atlantic Ave. across from South Station) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 18.
Products include farm fresh produce; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty foods.
SNAP/EBT/HIP accepted. Learn more at https://bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal.
The Greenway Carousel open and accessible – fall/winter hours
The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl and harbor seal. There is also a wheelchair accessible spot.
The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present an EBT card for up to four free rides.
The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel for more information and tickets.
Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ Series 2
In this new series, three intertwining stories – “Walking It Off,” “Hummingbird” and “Mother’s Day” – unfold along the Greenway from the Chinatown Gate to the North End.
Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.
BCYF programs and services
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities,
recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
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.
The Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. 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).
Free meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.
Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.
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 email@example.com or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.
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 daily from 10 a.m. to 5 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.
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.
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.