Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes
Mother’s Day Peace Breakfast Take Out
Monica’s Kitchen at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston will serve a Take-Out Peace Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.
The Good Samaritan Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices, and healthy food nourishes the body. All are welcome.
For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.
‘What’s in Your Lumpia?’- An author presentation and creativity workshop
Join the Pao Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 for an interactive virtual writing and drawing workshop about the power of sharing stories about who we are, where we come from and what we care about.
Letting yourself process experiences and memories can be emotional, but it can also be cathartic in learning who you are. Two local Filipinx American authors, Bren Bataclan (Fe) and Grace Talusan (The Body Papers) write about their experiences growing up in Filipinx families in their memoirs and how they learned to process their stories.
Bataclan and Talusan will have an insightful discussion about the benefits and pitfalls of writing and publishing stories from their lives and then lead creative exercises in either drawing or writing in breakout rooms.
Visit www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/with-bren-and-grace for more information and registration.
Boston Design Week 2021
The 8th annual Boston Design Week will be held through Monday, May 9. This is a great opportunity to explore and appreciate all aspect of design and the vital role design plays in our lives.
This annual 12-day festival will include a wide array of one-day programs featuring panel discussions and exhibitions presented by design industries and organizations.
There will also be ongoing and multi-day events (at Museums in and around Boston) and guided and self-guided walking tours (public art displays in and around Boston).
Visit www.bostondesignweek.com for more information, including a calendar of events and registration.
A multilingual StoryWalk® series will be held through Monday, May 10. This is a fun way for families to read stories in nine languages while enjoying the outdoors in 10 parks across the city.
Participate in the StoryWalk and enter to win one of five grand prizes of a Kindle with a three-month Kindle Unlimited subscription, courtesy of Xfinity.
Visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/storywalks for more information, including the participating parks.
Puppets Story Time: 'Goodnight'
Through Me to You Puppetry invites everyone to join Newton and his puppet friends for some story time fun – reading stories and singing songs – from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.
On May 11, Newton's theme is "Goodnight." He and his puppet friends will read Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, and Time for Bed.
At the end of the show, the kids will be invited to “unmute” and say hi to Newton. This is geared toward ages 3-7, but all are welcome.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
More stories of homelessness and transition
Join the Black Seed Writers Group, including founder and editor James Parker, and the Boston Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 11 for an hour of poetry, protest, prayer, witness and visionary reportage from the streets and shelters of the city.
The Out Here series, created with the BPL to keep these writers in touch with their readership during the pandemic, has been an extraordinary success.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information about more stories of homelessness and transition from the streets of Downtown Boston, including the link to view on YouTube.
‘Meditations on the Power of Community’
Join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Pao Arts Center and Lenora Lee Dance for a free virtual viewing party for Meditations on the Power of Community from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11.
The film, which features interviews with members of Boston’s Chinatown community in response to the Museum’s exhibition “Shen Wei: Painting in Motion” will be followed by a dialogue about the resilience of local activists, dreams turned into reality through art, advocacy and the healing embrace of culture will follow.
Register at www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/dreamscapes-meditation-power-community.
Visual History: Interpreting the Past Through Comics
Revolutionary Spaces will host a panel discussion with creators who have used comics and graphic novels to tell complicated and personal histories spanning from World War II to the near-past from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11.
Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: The History of Tattooing in Boston’
For more than half a century Edward "Dad" Liberty and his three sons held a near-monopoly on the Boston tattoo scene from their shops in Scollay Square - the city’s gritty entertainment district. Over the course of their lifetimes, Liberty men accumulated a collection of hand-painted tattoo “flash” art, vernacular photographs, colorful shop signs and graphic ephemera.
This evocative, sometimes eye-popping material provides the backdrop for a visual and narrative history of tattooing in Boston from the early 1900s through 1962 when Massachusetts banned tattooing statewide.
A webinar with Derin Bray and Margaret Hodges, authors of Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: The Liberty Boys and The History of Tattooing in Boston, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
Tickets are free; donations are encouraged at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/12765.
Conversation with Dr. Emily Stoehrer and Bella Neyman
Join Bella Neyman and Dr. Emily Stoehrer from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 as they share some of their favorite earrings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, hosted by the Society of Arts + Crafts.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-with-dr-emily-stoehrer-and-bella-neyman-tickets-147821864175 for more information and Zoom registration.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Event
Incidents of hate crimes against Asian Americans have been rising at an alarming rate.
A GBH panel will explore the history of racism, sharing current statistics on anti-Asian hate crimes and defining what constitutes a hate crime. They will explore steps that individuals can take to become allies and advocates in support of local Asian American populations to combat racism.
This annual event will also share clips from films airing on GBH 2 and 44 and WORLD this month that celebrate diverse AAPI culture, including an exclusive pre-recorded interview with author Amy Tan.
Register for this forum, slated from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday May 13, at https://wgbh2.force.com/events/s/lt-event?id=a7E3q000000QK0sEAG.
Live, virtual piano concert
Celebrate mothers with a live, virtual piano concert featuring classical and jazz pianist Michael Leidig from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
This special program for Mothers Out Front will include an eclectic mix of modern and classical songs celebrating motherhood, nature and social justice.
Donations encouraged - your contribution helps mobilize mothers for a green, just future for all children.
Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/live-virtual-piano-concert for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Travel & Well-Being: How the Two Coexist’
Hear from panelists on topics connected to well-being and travel, including: general mental health benefits of travel; travel as a form of healing; how travel aids mental health (flip – the effects of not traveling on mental health and how do you mitigate) and how to manage mental health while traveling.
Walk away feeling connected to fellow travelers and pursue your own path of well-being through travel. The HI USA volunteers panelists are passionate travelers with personal experience in these topics and invite everyone to join in with questions as they explore this theme from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/travel-well-being-how-the-two-coexist-a-mental-health-awareness-panel-registration-150616908227 for more information and registration.
Water justice: Quality access & levels roundtable
Mothers Out Front will hold a virtual roundtable discussion from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
They will dive into everything water from quality, access and levels to discussing what it means in different communities & how it impacts us uniquely. Share thoughts on how to build a mother movement and stories about Water locally.
Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/roundtable-water-justice-quality-access-levels for more information and registration.
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:
– May 15: Boston City Hall
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saturday-salon-architecture-of-boston-city-hall-registration-142990683985 for more information and registration ($0-$8).
Bike Seaport: Weekly check-ups
Calling all city bikers. The Seaport TMA has teamed up with Amazon and Landry’s Bicycles to offer complimentary bike check-ups.
Join them from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays on Seaport Common and enjoy treats from local businesses to thank you for commuting sustainably.
Registration is required at http://seaporttma.org/bikecheckup.
Seaport Sweat online/onsite
Seaport Sweat will offer classes at various times throughout the week through Friday, Oct. 29.
Join in-person on Seaport Common or at @seaportbos on IG Live.
All classes are free and all levels of fitness are welcome.
Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz/seaport-sweat to view the schedule and sign up for the classes.
Boston Children’s Museum is open
Boston Children’s Museum will be open to the public in May on Saturdays and Sundays and then with an expanded schedule of Wednesdays through Sundays beginning on June 2.
Timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two new time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
All exhibits will be open (some with small modifications or changes). PlaySpace will require a separate, free reservation in addition to an admission reservation. Bubbles and Peep’s World will be open (smocks will not be provided).
Our Summer of Play will offer families a range of fun, hands-on and social activities that include access to all Museum exhibits, including the New Balance Foundation Climb, a new Fantastic Forts exhibit, PlaySpace, the new Turtle Tank and everyday hands-on activities involving science, art, music and more. The Museum is also offering its first-ever Explore It Summer Camp during the month of July.
Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/reopening for more information and reservations.
Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ 4:6 available
The Walking Plays is a new free audio play series of six short plays by Boston-based playwrights which unfold on a continuous route around the Back Bay, Downtown and Theatre District neighborhoods.
The Walking Plays explore the private moments that we experience in public. Rediscover Boston through new eyes as you walk alongside intricate characters or experience these intimate stories in the comfort of your home.
The first four plays – On Paying Attention by David Valdes; Monster in the Sky by Ginger Lazarus; Kill the Dogs, Knock Them Over! by Liana Asim; and In Any Face by Miranda Austen ADEkoje – are available to stream with two more being released later this spring.
Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.
Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Net Impact Boston will host a virtual informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion and moral support from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month through June.
It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!
Go to www.netimpactboston.org/events/2020/9/16/boston-sustainability-breakfast-edceb-shjjc for tickets.
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).
MassHire Career Center
The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center is currently offering all services remotely, including webinars, coaching, and employment services.
Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.
Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.
All services at Operation ABLE are being conducted remotely, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services. Class enrollments are open for computer skills training and Health Care and Social Services training, among others.
Visit operationable.net for more information and registration.
Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.
Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase their artworks. Reduced shipping rates are available.
You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
ICA onsite/online perks
– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.
– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December).
– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.
– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us.
– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families
– ICA online Store is open
Go to https://www.icaboston.org for more information.
The Greenway Carousel open
The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl and harbor seal.
The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present your EBT card for up to 4 free rides.
The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.
Visit https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel for more information and tickets.
Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.
Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!
Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
Black Seed Writers Group + ‘The Pilgrim’
The Black Seed Writers Group meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage.
The Pilgrim literary magazine features the works of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org and/or www.thepilgrim.org for more information.
Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings
The Park Street Church offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.
The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.
The Cafes meet virtually to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during these challenging times. The participants meet in a large group for worship, bible study and/or and fellowship and then break up into a variety of small groups, including ones for newcomers.
For more information, visit www.parkstreet.org or email email@example.com.
College Worship Communities
Gather with fellow undergraduates at the Park Street Church as they stream church services together and then spend time in fellowship, reflection and prayer. Students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome.
Join the morning community to stream the 11 a.m. (traditional with choir & organ) or the evening community to stream the 4 p.m. (Contemporary with Sunday Night Band). The groups hope to grow together in wisdom as they develop a deeper understanding of who God is on an intellectual and personal level.
Visit parkstreet.org/ministries/college for more information, including other college student-related events and groups.
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.
‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) moves from stage to screen for this brand-new, cinematic version of Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the spellbinding, short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
William is summoned by his desperate friend Roderick to visit him and his dying sister Madeline in their mansion. A shroud of murder, deceit and the supernatural covers everything in this disturbing story inspired by a Boston family and their gothic home.
An opera in two acts with libretto by Arthur Yorinks, this reimagined version will be available through Wednesday, June 30 exclusively on operabox.tv.
Go to https://blo.org/usher for more information.
‘(un)Confined: The Artists of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio’
“(un)confined: The Artists of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio,” a collection of work by 17 printmakers, painters and sculptors will be on view at The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (FPAC) through Thursday, June 3.
The exhibit explores feelings caused not only by the pandemic quarantine, but also by figurative and literal boundaries. The artists are members of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio, a community of colleagues who have supported each other through the Covid-19 epidemic.
Visit https://www.fortpointarts.org for more information.
Wen-hao Tien: ‘Home on Our Backs’
Through five works, Pao Arts Center’s Artist-In-Residence Wen-hao Tien explores concepts of nomad and home in-flux through the lens of past, present and future. Do they exist all at once?
Tien’s year-long research, community conversation and reflection cumulate in a body of poetic work that will continue to evolve post residency.
With this exhibition, inspired by local Asian American history, Tien and the Pao Arts Center welcome community conversations during this unprecedented time. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 26.
Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2020/homeonourbacks for more information.
Ghost Light Series
All previously recorded episodes of the Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light plus The Best of the Ghost Light Series One Hour Special are available to enjoy.
Visit bochcenter.org for more information.
Meet the Instruments series
Join the New England Philharmonic and the Boston Children’s Museum for their annual Meet the Instruments series – virtually on the Museum YouTube Page.
In this virtual series, kids learn about the different families of musical instruments and how those instruments fit together to make an orchestra. Each segment will introduce to a new family of instruments – strings, brass, and woodwinds – as the talented musicians from NEP share their instruments and their passion for making music.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 weekly 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.
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.
Help Support MANNA Community Program at Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.
In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information.
Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)
From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, contact email@example.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.parkstreet.org.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
– Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
– Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks
– Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist
Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.
Go to https://www.icaboston.org for more information.