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Flying kites at Castle Island is a lot of fun. This one can be seen in the sky just as a plane heading out of Logan went by.

Bring Your Own Book Club: National Poetry Month     

Do you have a favorite book or poem that everyone should read? Show and tell with fellow young adults and teen readers from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

For this month's Bring Your Own Book Club, East Boston YA librarian Paul is reading the book Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth. 

About the book:

The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside."

In Apple, Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family – of Onondaga among Tuscaroras – of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

Gansworth shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that lives up to the word “heartbreaking.”

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

Waterfront Running Club: Southie

Get on your feet and outdoors for Boston Harbor Now's Waterfront Running Club!

Enjoy stunning harbor views on a 3-mile loop from the Edward J. McCormack Bathhouse at Carson Beach around Joe Moakley Park and M Street Beach from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 25.

Boston Harbor Now staff will provide water and a snack bar at the end of the run. Participants will also receive $10 off the 2021 Boston Harbor Islands Virtual 5k.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/waterfront-running-club-southie-tickets-132809760569 for more information and registration.

‘This Land’ BBC concert                                                                            

The Boston Children’s Chorus will present This Land at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.

The performance will include the Concert Choir, Premier Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble with special guest artist, Joanne Shenandoah.

About This Land:  When the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth 400 years ago, they did not settle on vacant land - they settled on the land of the various Wampanoag peoples. The New World provided opportunities to many of those who came here, but those opportunities cost the lives of millions of people already inhabiting this land. Centuries later, the Wampanoag peoples are still fighting for the small piece of land they have left.  

Time and time again, people have been conquered and land has been taken - in the name of exploration, war and religious conquest.

Today, America is known as a land of opportunity, the land of the free and the home of the brave. As people recognize the country and what it has become, Boston Children’s Chorus examines these claims and explores what it means to say, “this land was made for you and me."

Visit https://bostonchildrenschorus.org for more information and reservations (Donations welcome).

A terrible malady: Disease and epidemics in New England                    

Epidemics of smallpox, measles, yellow fever, diphtheria and other illnesses were common ailments in New England from colonial times up through the 19th century.

Learn more about these diseases, why they were so greatly feared by your ancestors and remedies they may have used from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

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

Kanopy Club: ‘The Case of Hana & Alice’ (2015)                       

Watch the animated film, The Case of Hana & Alice, on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library for a discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29.

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

Around the World Story Time                               

Parents and caregivers with children, ages 0-5, are invited to join the Boston Public Library from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 30 for a story time celebrating Día.

They’ll be singing and rhyming in lots of languages.

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

Book Group: ‘The Library Book’                                      

The South Boston Branch Book Discussion Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 3.

The group will discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

This book is a both a tribute to libraries and a crime story devoted to the 1986 fire that consumed or damaged more than a million books in the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. 

Please note, book contains adult themes.

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

Registration Open for Boston Parks Summer Sports Centers  

Registration is open for summer Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Garvey Park in Dorchester and M Street Park in South Boston.

Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. All Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. The summer programs will be held from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, Aug. 20 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.

Visit https://www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers 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.

South Boston Branch April Story times                                                    

Join Librarian Dani for stories, songs, and movement from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays through April 30 on https://www.facebook.com/bplsouthboston.

Bring a shaker to shake along. This program is great for kids, ages 2 to 5.

‘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 hold its last meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday:

-          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.

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.