South Boston neighborhood notes

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A popular attraction on beautiful Castle Island in South Boston, Fort Independence is one of the oldest continuously fortified sites of English origin in the United States.

CraftBoston Holiday Online

Artists will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces perfect for gift-gifting, including ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, toys, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios from Friday, Nov 12 through Sunday, Jan. 30 at https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-holiday-online-2021.

Midweek Mindfulness

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. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

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

Kanopy Club: ‘Tickled’

Following the Year-long Reading Challenge's November theme of “An Author Born Outside the United States,” the Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film, “Tickled” (2017, R) on Kanopy then join the Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

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

Snowport opens Nov. 19

Back again for this year, Snowport, at 88 Seaport Blvd., will be open daily from Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 2. The attraction will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Snowport will host large-scale winter games, the Seaport Tree Market, Light Up Seaport and a European-style holiday market, showcasing more than 60 small businesses from around Boston.

– Revelers feeling sporty can try iceless curling, light-up Bocce and large-scale versions of Battleship, Jenga, KanJam and more. The North End Curling Club will also teach complimentary learn-to-curl classes on select Saturdays.

– There will be a “dramatic” canopy of more than 2,000 twinkling lights, a 3-D backdrop of gifts, and a 30-foot interactive chalkboard called a “Winter Wish Wall” where guests can share their holiday wishes.

– Light Up Seaport will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 on the Seaport Common when Boston Seaport’s 54-foot Norway Spruce tree will be lit with more than 10,000 white lights. The Boston Children’s Chorus and other local entertainers will perform. After that, guests can take part in a Holiday Stroll, where more than 40 local businesses will offer one-night-only promotions.

– There will be a Menorah lighting on Saturday, Dec. 4 at One Seaport Courtyard. Guests will be treated to traditional kosher jelly donuts and chocolate gelt. 

– The Seaport Tree Market will sell Christmas trees, wreaths, kissing balls and more.

– Tuscan Kitchen will serve festive craft cocktails and arancini, pizza, calzones, and more from a wood-burning stove inside a 10,000 square-foot dining space.

– Breezy Hill Orchard will serve hot cider, cider doughnuts, and gingerbread treats. Guests can relax and eat at seating areas inside a heated tent.

Visit https://www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information.

South Boston Branch Outdoor Story Time

Join Librarian Dani for stories, songs, and movement, great for kids, ages 2 to 5, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 19 in the courtyard of the South Boston Branch Library, 646 E Broadway.

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

United Way’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Project 

United Way’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Project – taking place through Saturday, Nov. 20 – will help provide 18,000 families with the full ingredients needed for a Thanksgiving celebration. 

For $50, donors can provide a family in need with a Thanksgiving bag from United Way that includes: canned corn, canned green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, beans, rice, cornbread and an aluminum turkey pan. Families also receive either a turkey, or a grocery gift card to purchase a turkey, depending on which site they pick up their meals.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, volunteers will distribute the Thanksgiving bags at distribution sites in the Boston neighborhoods of Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, South End and South Boston as well 27 other communities.

Visit https://unitedwaymassbay.org/news/united-way-launches-1m-fundraising-drive-to-distribute-18000-thanksgiving-meals-in-27-communities-across-the-region for more information and the link to the app or go directly to the Giving App at https://app.mobilecause.com/f/3jdv/n?vid=ms5lj.

‘Touched’ + 'Quilting Bees' open studios

SPOKE continues its 30-year mission of creating a place where people gather to reflect and remember those lost to or facing multiple pandemics of COVID-19, racism, addiction and the continuing scourge of HIV/AIDS particularly among vulnerable populations.

“Days Without Art” is a series of cultural events and actions connecting World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, with National Black HIV Awareness Day, Feb. 7.

Here are a few ways to participate in this year’s “Days Without Art:” Touched – How We Are Touched in Times of Pandemic:

– Create a 16" x 16" fabric sampler/panel to remember, reconnect and honor someone lost to one of the multiple pandemics we face for the Touched installation. Open studio "Quilting Bees" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through Friday, Nov. 19 at SPOKE, 840 Summer St. #103. Panels can also be made at home and mailed or dropped off by Monday, Nov. 15.

–  Sponsor a section of the historic Names AIDS Memorial Quilt for $250. 

–  Contribute an offering performance during the 24-hour vigil on World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama.

–  Make a general donation in any amount to support their signature “Days Without Art” event.  The quilt will be installed at the BCA on World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Boston Center for the Arts, along with 30 sections of the AIDS/Names Memorial Quilt.

“We see the thread connecting the sections as the beauty of the energy that connects us all. We hope to amplify who we can be for ourselves and for one another.”

Visit https://mwponline.org/wordpress/touched-alive-with-hope-days-without-art-2021 for more information.

The Yoga Playground

At the Yoga Playground, 249 E St., their mission is to celebrate authentic connection through intentional, playful practice that’s open to everyone regardless of skill level, income, or identity.

Sign up now to join any of their teachers in either an in-studio class or a live, virtual class. A variety of Yoga, Pilates and breathwork practices are offered at various times throughout the week. All classes are pay-what-you-can.

Visit www.yogaplayground.org for more information and schedule.

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 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 peace@fourthboston.org for more information, including the Zoom information.

‘Hearts, Hugs & Hope: Virtual Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group’

Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias isn’t easy. But it is helpful to share concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you are going through. Participants will also learn about proven strategies to help better care for family member.

The Compass Memory Support Neighborhood® at Standish Village and Compass on the Bay will host a virtual support group meeting on Zoom at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month through Dec. 18.

Visit www.seniorlivingresidences.com/communities/boston-compass-on-the-bay/news-and-events/ for more information and Zoom 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).

AFH's virtual open studio

In addition to their popular and inspiring, in-person monthly open studio, Artists for Humanity also has a new, virtual open studio platform. Travel through their studios and event venue - meet their teen artists and designers, hear from AFH mentors, view teen artwork and their recent client commissions.

Designed in partnership with Northeastern University students, new content will be updated periodically, allowing people to return for a new experience at https://afh-open-studios.vercel.

app/studios/painting-studio.

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.

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.

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.

Kroc Community Center onsite/online                                                                              

The Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St., has a fitness floor, cardio loft and expanded cycling studio in the gymnasium along with a Water Park and Playground and offers a variety of onsite and virtual programs for all ages.

The Salvation Army’s social services, food pantry and meal distribution efforts are ongoing. If you need assistance, including food or other resources, call their Social Service Department at 617-318-6940 or email Social Services Ministries Manager, Lurena Hood at 

Lurena.Hood@use.SalvationArmy.org.

Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. livestreamed on Facebook or viewed on YouTube (link on website).

Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.org for more information.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

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 toiletries 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 more information, including a list of places that they service.

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.

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 core mission of the SB Neighborhood Aid Network is to help South Boston residents get connected to the established services and programs and to provide immediate assistance, 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.

‘Imagine Van Gogh’

“Imagine Van Gogh,” more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, is making its debut in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave.

The exhibition – spanning more than 24,000 square feet – brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid and spectacular way. The audience will enter the artist’s world of dreams as visitors are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

The exhibition, which will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, is a contactless experience, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, adhering to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.

Visit www.imagine-vangogh.com for more information and tickets (starting at $33.99).