Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes
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.
Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays in January. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids over Zoom.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
North End Kids Crafternoon
Librarian Ashley invites kids to join the fun from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26 while hanging out and creating a beaded snowflake together on Zoom.
Crafternoon is intended for children, ages 5 to 10, and their caregivers.
Registration is required by Wednesday, Jan. 19. The Zoom link and notification of when you can pick up your materials packet will be sent to those who register.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Extremely-Critical Shortage - 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.
Trellis illuminates CC Park
Christopher Columbus Park (110 Atlantic Ave.) has been transformed into magical light garden for the holiday/winter season – the 260-foot of trellis shimmers with 50,000 blue lights along with 14 decorated trees near Tia’s, the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and throughout the park.
The illuminated trellis has been named one of the "Ten Most Romantic Places in Boston" and year 'round it is the site of marriage proposals, wedding photos, and lovers kissing.
Go to www.foccp.org for more information.
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).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.