South Boston neighborhood notes

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Members of Hose Company 10 are in front of the firehouse at 330 Dorchester St. in South Boston as it was around 1880. To learn more, visit the Boston Fire Historical Society’s website at bostonfirehistory.org.

Book Group: ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer

Join the virtual South Boston Branch Book Group from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 5.

For this month, the group will discuss Less by Andrew Sean Greer. 

This 2018 Pulitzer-Prize-winner follows a middle-aged writer traveling the world on a literary tour to escape feelings he has for a former love. Please note, this event is for adults and the book contains adult themes.

For more information, visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/6054e5c91eedf024007fb6f7.

‘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.

Virtual Film Discussion – ‘Harvard Beats Yale 29-29’                                        

An incredible true story that unfolds like "a ripping good yarn... with an uproarious, impossible Hollywood ending,” Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is filmmaker Kevin Rafferty's acclaimed documentary depicting one of the most legendary games in the history of sports.

Watch the film on Kanopy; join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7.

Visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/604f9671998bd54400993398 for more information and registration.

A look inside the movie industry                                                   

The movie-making industry for the big and small screen is a fascinating and powerful artistic force. Many people watch movies and maybe consider filmmaking as a career. There are so many roles within the industry. What do those movie credits really mean?

Mariona Lloreta will provide teens (ages 12 to 19) with an overview of the filmmaking industry from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 with time to answer questions - big and small, hosted by GrubStreet.

Go to https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/6021511ba37b844500629314 for more information and registration.

‘Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York’

Join the Boston Public Library for an online conversation with Elon Green, author of Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.

Told for the first time, the captivating true crime narrative of the "Last Call Killer" who preyed upon the gay community of New York City at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Visit bpl.org for more information and registration.

‘Imagine Van Gogh’

Imagine Van Gogh, more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, is making its debut in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave.

The exhibition – spanning more than 24,000 square feet – brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid and spectacular way. The audience will enter the artist’s world of dreams as visitors are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

The exhibition, which will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, is a contactless experience, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, adhering to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.

Visit www.imagine-vangogh.com for more information and tickets (starting at $33.99).

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.

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.

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.