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Here is the beautiful alter at the St. Leonard of Port Maurice Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Hanover Street and Prince Street in the North End. It is one of the oldest churches built by Italian immigrants in the United States.

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.

Steven Beaucher on ‘Boston in Transit’

Join Steven Beaucher, the co-founder and proprietor of WardMaps LLC and the author of the new book, Boston In Transit, for a discussion of how his new book visualizes several centuries of public transit in Boston from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30.

Boston in Transit tells the entire story, from that simple ferry serving an English settlement perched on the edge of a "new" world, through the arrival of steam trains and fleets of electric streetcars and buses to the creation and evolution of the MBTA.

This Q&A program will be broadcast live over the Leventhal Map & Education Center's YouTube and Facebook channels.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steven-beaucher-on-boston-in-transit-tickets-144003043981 for more information and 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.

How fears of ‘passing’ changed the 1930 U.S. Census

Join Gabby Womack for a discussion of the connections between racial identity, the U.S. census and pop culture fears and opinion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, hosted by the Old North Church.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/how-fears-of-passing-changed-the-1930-us-census-tickets-141877695005?aff=erelpanelorg for more information and registration (Donations welcome).

‘Revolutionary Harbor: Signs of Spring’                                      

Temperatures are starting to rise, days are getting longer and spring is beginning to emerge.

Join the Boston Harbor Islands Natural Resource Team from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 to hear from two local experts about the ways in which the changing season impacts urban wildlife in areas such as the Boston Harbor Islands.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/revolutionary-harbor-signs-of-spring-tickets-135568843059 for more information and 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.

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                                                                                    

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                                          

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.