South Boston neighborhood notes

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This aerial view is of Dorchester Avenue and Old Colony Avenue in 1925. Though the neighborhood has gone through some very obvious physical changes, there are many cultural changes that have taken place as well.

Chameleon Rewind                                                              

For sheer musical beauty, enjoy an elegant and expressive performance with the

Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston.

Rewind 2: remembering beauty will stream on-demand through Saturday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m.

The program will include Claude Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune for flute & piano;

Elliott Carter, Tempo e Tempi for soprano, oboe, clarinet, violin & cello; and Johannes Brahms, String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111.

Go to https://chameleonarts.org/virtual-concerts/remembering-beauty for more information and registration.

Library Boogie Live Puppet Show                                     

Celebrate reading, the science, the environment and the library with "The Library Boogie," a musical puppet show presented by Tom Knight from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 20.

Join Tom and his cast of hand-made puppets for funny stories, catchy songs and ample audience participation. 

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Family Book Group: 'The Vast Wonder of the World'

The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 21 to discuss the March Community Read – The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Melina Mangal. 

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Connections and Conversations: Moving the Guns of Ft. Ticonderoga    

Join National Parks of Boston and the Ft. Ticonderoga Association for "Connections and Conversations" from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

Many people learned in elementary school how the cannons from Fort Ticonderoga were put on Dorchester Heights, forcing the British to evacuate Boston. But that is neither the beginning, nor the end, of the story.

Discover how the fledgling Continental Army held Boston under siege, moved cannons 300 miles, forced the British Army to evacuate, and invaded Canada. All before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Join for free via the following Webex link: https://npsboston.webex.com/npsboston/j.php?MTID=m26db609c3fc33bde2ffc241c80ee0dd7

Breathwork and meditation                        

Join Hands to Heart Center and Jessi Rosinski from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 25 for an online hour of mindfulness practice focused on breathwork and meditation. Learn practices to steady yourself in daily life and cultivate an attitude of mindfulness. No prior experience with meditation or breathwork required.

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

Kanopy Club: ‘Driving with Selvi’ (2016)                                     

Kanopy Club will follow the March theme of Own Voices. Watch the film Driving with Selvi on Kanopy, then join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25.

About the movie: Selvi, like so many girls living within India's patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead, she gets on the bus, choosing to live... and goes on to become South India's first female taxi driver.

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

‘The House is Where the Heart Is’                         

The South Boston Neighborhood House “Open Your Heart to the House” Virtual Gala and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, March 26.

The South Boston Neighborhood House (The Ollie) has been honoring its mission “to support family and neighborhood life in South Boston” for 120 years. They are asking people to please consider donating an auction item or sponsoring this year’s event and help them make this virtual fundraiser a smashing success.

The Ollie children, youth, seniors and families are counting on people to help SBNH continue their work.

This year’s event will honor Tom Tinlin, Associate Principal of Howard Stein Hudson with the Joseph “Dodo” Nee “Champion” Award and Joey Arcari of the Broadway Hospitality Group with the Amy K. Murray “Angel” Award for their unique and generous contributions to community life in South Boston.

Visit https://sbnh.org/the-house-is-where-the-heart-is-2021 for more information, including the links to the auction items and the sponsorship forms.

Magic Show with Jedlie                                                       

Jedlie's magic tricks amaze his audience while his zany antics have them howling with laughter. 

Jedlie will present his new magic show, "The Magic Between Us Is Respect and Kindness” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

This program motivates kids to wake up every morning and choose to be respectful and kind to everyone they meet, every day, everywhere. The show also reminds families to read together every day. 

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

Build It! (on Zoom)                                                              

Children, ages 5 through 12, and their families are invited to join Librarian Patty from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 to tackle a monthly building challenge.

The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity to make balloon powered cars. How long will it drive? Let's find out together.

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

South Boston Branch Story time

Join Librarian Dani for stories, songs, and movement from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays in March on South Boston Branch's Facebook page. Bring a shaker to shake along.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and a quick link to the fun.

BPL Reading Challenge                                                      

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

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 Rev. Katie Cole and 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.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

BPL’s New Parent Group                                                                           

The Boston Public Library’s New Parent group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.

It’s a great way to meet other new parents and learn from guest speakers.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and Zoom registration.

Tween Time                                                  

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week. It’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

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

‘The Happiness Project’: Book discussion for a happier life

Following the book discussion of The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin that took place in January, participants will meet monthly to discuss their personal resolutions, swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and – perhaps most importantly – hold each other accountable. Being part of a group is a terrific way to build friendships, have fun and figure out ways to make yourself happier.

The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

-          April 7: Inspiration

-          May 5: Happy memories

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

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information                              

Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. 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.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

BHN scavenger hunts

“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through the winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.

Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.

Go to bgcb.org for more information and registration.

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.

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.

Financial Impact of COVID on SBNH is significant – and they are working hard to bridge the gap: Tuition revenue decreases (due to serving fewer children); Expense increases (cleaning supplies, PPE, additional staff to handle new protocols); Fundraising more challenging and limited due to the economy.

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 South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network has two new projects to help neighbors in need throughout the fall and winter seasons: 

1) Southie Emergency Assistance Fund will provide small amounts of cash assistance to Southie residents to help pay rent, utility bills, or other critical expenses. SBNDC will take applications and manage the funds. (Select the Southie Emergency Assistance Fund from the drop-down menu)

2) Southie Care Kits will include information about how to locate and access established resources within the local community, while providing a few essential items, such as face masks, hand sanitizer, a food store gift card, toiletries and household items to help families cover the gap. Each kit costs $40-50 to put together and people can sponsor a kit with a donation.  (Select Southie Care Kits from the drop-down menu)

Volunteers are needed to: Assemble and/or deliver Care Kits; Help process Assistance Fund applications; Join a committee or project team to help our Aid Network keep this momentum and help as many of our neighbors as possible. To sign up as a volunteer, visit bit.ly/sbnan-volunteer-signup.

The core mission of the SB Neighborhood Aid Network is to help South Boston residents in need get connected to the established services and programs available to help them, such as food pantries, and to provide immediate assistance, such as groceries and cleaning supplies, 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.

Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources

Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.

Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.

The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.