Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes

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The Skinny House, also known as the Spite House, at 44 Hull St. is a very narrow four-story house in the North End. Its widest point is only 10.4 feet. There are only four doors in the entire home. The house was built as a "spite house" shortly after the American Civil War. One story says that two brothers inherited land from their deceased father. “While one brother was away serving in the military, the other built a large home, leaving the soldier only a shred of property that he felt certain was too tiny to build on. When the soldier returned, he found his inheritance depleted and built the narrow house to spite his brother by blocking the sunlight and ruining his view,” according to Wikipedia.

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.

‘Giving Thanks! Together in Celebration’

The Friends of American Heritage Park will present “Giving Thanks! Together in Celebration” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 on The Greenway.

Meet and Greet at the park. Delight in the Boston Children’s Chorus, performing a song from its repertoire and an Armenian folk song. Tie a Ribbon Giving Thanks on the Wishing Tree. Walk the Labyrinth. View the Abstract Sculpture. Enjoy refreshments.

RSVP appreciated at hello@ArmenianHeritagePark.org.

United Nations Perspective Series: SDG 1: No Poverty                          

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB) and Impact Hub Boston will host U.N. Perspective Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The group will focus on SDG 1: No Poverty

Learn how leaders, both local and global, are ending “poverty in all its forms everywhere.”

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/un-perspective-series-no-poverty-tickets-133356255149 for more information and Zoom registration.

David Walker & the notion of citizenship

Join Dr. Salim Washington from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 on Zoom for a talk about the life of David Walker, the 19th-century Black abolitionist, author and anti-slavery activist. This talk will be the first of a three-part series dedicated to Walker, his work and his legacy.

Make a donation of any amount to The Old North Foundation to register for the event at www.eventbrite.com/e/david-walker-the-notion-of-citizenship-a-19th-century-black-abolitionist-tickets-181346029857.

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.

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.

In the Making: Earth-Bound Building Subscribe to Alerts

Blain Snipstal, founder, designer, and lead builder of Earth-Bound Building, and Michael Burrey, NBSS Preservation Carpentry Instructor and artisan, will talk about sustainable building methods, the Lyme technique, and the increased cost and rise in popularity of green building from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. This event will be Live streamed from Plymouth.

Go to www.nbss.edu/calendar/event-detail/~occur-id/11914 for more information and 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.

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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.

ARC Blood Drive at  Langham Boston Hotel                                

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov 22 at The Langham Boston Hotel, 250 Franklin S.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

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.

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 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.

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.