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This is the South Baptist Church on Broadway in South Boston as it was in 1853. It was dedicated in 1830. See more photos at Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org. Photo from/Boston Public Library

Radical Rest Workshop W/Nikki

In this workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16 at East Side Yoga & Fitness, 584 E. Broadway, participants will dive into their interpretations of rest and relaxation through journaling.

Next, Nikki will guide people through a slow and restorative flow with the principles of yin sprinkled throughout. Class will include aromatherapy and hands on touch if desired. Before fading into savasana, there will be a group tarot read asking what each needs to release and receive regarding their relationship with rest.

The workshop will wrap up with a bit more journaling, time to reflect and set goals around rest that can be immediately put into action in participants lives.

Visit www.east-sideyogaandfitness.com/upcoming-events for more information and registration ($35).

Paint Nite: Customize Your City Skyline  

Experience the original paint and sip party at a Yaymaker Paint Nite event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Aloft Boston Seaport District, 401-403 D St.

The facilitator will take participants step-by-step through the canvas painting while Aloft provides food and drink for purchase at WXYZ® Bar. All experience levels welcome.

Go to www.yaymaker.com/us/ma/boston/10355/events/aloft-boston-seaport-district/january-19/paint-nite-city-on-the-water-10286611 for more information and registration ($35).

Beginner Knitting Workshop

Jump start the New Year by learning this useful new craft. This hands-on, online workshop with Ana Campos from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 will teach the basics of knitting such as casting on, the knit stitch and binding off. 

Part of the CraftBoston Holiday Online 2021 collection by Society of Arts + Crafts.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/beginner-knitting-workshop-with-ana-campos-tickets-173012012587 for more information and registration.

ARC Blood Drive at  SBNH Senior Center

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Friday, Jan. 21 at SBNH Senior Center, 136 H St.

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

South Boston Branch Virtual Storytime

Join Librarian Dani on Zoom for stories, songs, and movement for children ages 2 to 5 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

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

STEAM Team

The Boston Public Library wants kids to join the team – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – the group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they'll all do together over Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in January. STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages 5-9, and their caregivers.

Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month at bpl.org/events – they’ll email a brief description of what they'll be doing as well as a link to the Zoom room.

CraftBoston Holiday Online

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

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.

‘Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition’

The original “Imagine Van Gogh,” with more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20 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. Visitors will enter the artist’s world of dreams as they are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

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

Snowport                              

Escape to a winter wonderland filled with safe, seasonal activities. Try your hand at ice-less curling and other complimentary winter games on Seaport Common, book a rooftop igloo and keep an eye out for Seaport’s friend, Betty the Yeti. 

Curling is a free activity and open to the public through Sunday, Feb. 27. Reservations are encouraged. Curling lessons are available on Saturdays with reservations.

Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz/snowport-2021 for more information.

Donate blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center                

Help save a life by donating blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. (inside the Tufts Medical Center) to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross:

– Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

– Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8:15 p.m.

– Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

– Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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

The Yoga Playground

The mission at the Yoga Playground, 249 E St., 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.

AFH's virtual/onsite 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.

Food access and resources information                             

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

– Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or 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 https://www.sbscatholic.org/good-samaritan-ministry or “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org for more information.

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.