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The Detective Club Murder, A Murder Mystery Game              

Join East Boston Branch Library staff on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 for The Detective Club Murder, a free downloadable murder mystery game from British psychological crime thriller author Ruth Ware.

In this role-playing game, you’ll be transported to Mistletan Manor in the English countryside and the home of celebrated crime writer Sir Aubrey St. Clair.

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

‘The Boston Massacre: A Family History’                                                

Join Boston by Foot from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 for a dramatic untold ‘people’s history’ of the storied event that helped trigger the American Revolution.

The story of the Boston Massacre – when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death – is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: The Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-boston-massacre-a-family-history-registration-142978415289 for more information and registration.

‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ cooking series                                                      

The “Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

-          March 24 – Seafood

-          April 21 – Flavorful Flatbreads: Cultural Variations on a theme

During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.

Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

Old North Church presents ‘Revolutionary Women, Live!’

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a special program presented by the Old North Church Historic Site and the Freedom Trail Foundation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  on Wednesday, March 24.

With two historians as guides, learn about the unique ways women of Boston influenced and shaped the world around them throughout the centuries.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/revolutionary-women-live-tickets-142160601185 for more information and registration (donations to benefit Old North Church Historic Site welcome).

Fantastical Folklore: Author discussion                                        

Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual author visit with debut YA author Namina Forna from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

Forna's epic fantasy novel The Gilded Ones is one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2021 and is inspired by Forna's own West African culture. She will be answering questions from attendees about her book, her inspirations, her writing process, and more.

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.

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.

Adult Book Discussion Club: ‘Girl, Woman, Other’                                           

The Adult Book Discussion Club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29 to discuss Girl, Woman, Other (2019) by Bernadine Evaristo.

Girl, Woman, Other is a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.

This is an #OwnVoices book and part of BPL's Yearlong Reading Together Reading Challenge.

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

Lantern2021

Lantern2021, a virtual family-friendly event, will celebrate the heroic actions of April 18, 1775 and Old North's legacy of active citizenship. Join them at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 for an uplifting evening featuring original music by Ryan Ahlwardt (formerly of Straight No Chaser), a spirited performance of the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Rick Taylor (as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), and the inspiring words of honoree Dave McGillivray, long-time Race Director for the Boston Marathon.

Proceeds from Lantern2021 will support the Old North Foundation’s virtual and on-site programs, which aim to inspire children and adults alike to consider the ways they can build a more just and equitable world.

Purchase tickets ($25) at https://www.oldnorth.com/lantern2021.

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.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center 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).

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.

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.

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.

NBSS virtual open house replay

In December, North Bennett Street School launched its first-ever virtual open house, offering three days of virtual programming including tours of their program spaces, student demonstrations, alumni shop visits, free classes, handmade features and more. Participants joined them live and asked questions throughout.

If you missed the event or want to watch sessions again, catch up with the livestreams of the entire event at www.nbss.edu/openhouse.

Saturday Salon: International influence on Boston architecture                        

Historical context and reference are a very important aspect in understanding architecture.

Presented by Boston by Foot guide Rob Anderson, this three-part series, slated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays will focus on past international influences on Boston architecture, through visual comparisons and connections as follows:

-          April 10: Boston Public Library

-          May 15: Boston City Hall

Visit https://bostonbyfoot.org/saturday-salon-international-influence-boston-architecture for more information and registration (Eventbrite - $0-$8).

Fundraising Learning Cohort                                            

Non-profit fundraisers faced an historic set of challenges in 2020. This was a particularly hard year for small nonprofit organizations, especially when fundraisers were often already isolated and overstretched in their work.

In this upcoming fundraising learning cohort from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15., small shop development staff will build community, surface challenges, and share best practices. The focus will be on how people can turn crisis into the opportunity to build a strong base of donors.

Each session will be guided by experienced facilitators with the goal for each participant to walk away with excitement about one or two actionable ideas. 

Visit socialinnovationforum.org/event/fundraising-learning-cohort for more information and 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.

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.

North End Friends of St. Francis House winter donation drive

North End Friends of St. Francis Houses is collecting donations to purchase winter hats and gloves for the homeless and other people in need.

Checks can be made out to John Romano and mailed to Olivia Scimeca, 21 Cleveland Place, Boston, MA 02113.

For more information call John Romano at 617-750-9749.

Food program donations                                                                             

Donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health, (332 Hanover St., Waterfront and 15 Tufts St., Charlestown) during this long, wintry season.

More than 100 families per month are being served, including children from the Eliot School, among others.

For details, call 857-238-1176.

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.

Virtual traditions of the season

Learn about how families like the Reveres observed winter holidays in the colonial era. Period music by talented musician R.P. Hale, video segments filmed in the period rooms of the Revere House, and discussion of 18th century foodways will bring the past to life right in the comfort of your home.

A recording is available (includes access to recipes to prepare as you celebrate the winter season) for a $10 donation at www.paulreverehouse.org.

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 for winter hours: Thursdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 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.

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.

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.