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A vendor stands outside her shop in the North End of Boston in 1955. See more photos at Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

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).

Annual Reconfiguration of the Abstract Sculpture

The annual Reconfiguration of the Abstract Sculpture at the Armenian Heritage Park will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 11. (RD April 18).

Join them for conversation and coffee with the Park's designer/architect and the fabricator of the Abstract Sculpture from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Visit www.armenianheritagepark.org/events-2 for more information.

National Pecan Day: Let's Make Pecan Pie!                             

April is National Pecan Month . . . and April 14 is National Pecan Day.

Join YA librarian and amateur baker Paul Flagg from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14

on Zoom as he bakes pecan pie from scratch using his grandma’s recipe.

Visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/60481c086fb99b2e00957522 for the recipe and Zoom registration.

Genealogy from home: Revolutionary War ancestors

Looking to join the Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution, or just curious about your ancestors that served in the Revolutionary War?

This class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14 will provide a basic overview in how to research your Revolutionary ancestors using military records, many of which can be found online.

It will also cover how to use military records for general genealogical research.

Register at: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvfuyprjItHtG1CxlFPadCvYGWyhbcbodl.

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.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘The Fire Never Goes Out’           

The Boston Public Library Teen Book Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 to discuss the graphic memoir The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson.

In this collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world, including the success of her hit comic Nimona.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to Twitch.

Kanopy Club: ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’  

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013) on Kanopy and then join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.

Visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/605aa54cb46aa13900adb4bb for more information and registration.


Lantern2021, a benefit for the Old North Church, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 to celebrate the heroic actions of April 18, 1775 and Old North's legacy of active citizenship.

The virtual family-friendly event will feature 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. The annual lantern lighting will take place at the conclusion of the program.

Visit https://www.oldnorth.com/lantern2021 and/or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lantern2021-tickets-142136541221 for more information and registration ($25-$100).

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).

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.

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.

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.