South Boston neighborhood notes

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This statue honoring Robert “Whitey” McGrail was dedicated on Nov. 2, 1986 at a park on East 6th Street in South Boston. He was a well-know, colorful and controversial figure who was gunned down while working at bar he owned in 1985.

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.

#21for2021: 21 goals for 2021                                                                     

Are you on track for your goals or resolutions for 2021? Maybe you have some goals that you want to add, change or get rid of altogether. And if you haven’t made any resolutions or goals for the year, why wait for the New Year to get going?

Join YA librarian Paul Flagg on Zoom in creating, revising, tracking and discussing 21 goals for 2021 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 28.

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

LRC: Alone - Solitude or Isolation?   

Social nature is part of humanity. People tend to like being with other people and many need other people in order to be healthy and happy. The feeling of being alone can weigh heavily on an individual. Yet, for some people, solitude is tranquil, relaxing and even spiritually rewarding.

The current need to physically isolate ourselves from others is putting limits on our social connections. While being cut off from outside daily connections, some people are also sharing living space with others and not having the amount of time and space they are used to.

Join this Boston Public Library facilitated living room conversation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31.

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

Strong Voices: A Conversation with Amir Abdullah                               

Join Brighton Branch Youth Librarian Allie and other Teen Services librarians from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 for a conversation with Amir Abdullah about what it's like to record an audiobook and work in the voice acting industry.

This program will be hosted live on the BPL Teen Services Twitch channel. No registration required.

Visit pbl.org/events 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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.