South Boston neighborhood note
Build It! (on Zoom)
Children, ages 5 through 12 and their families, are invited to join the children’s librarian from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 to tackle a monthly building challenge. The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity.
This month the challenge will be to see how many books kids can stack up on paper columns.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club
Join Boston Public Library for a lunchtime crossword puzzle from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.
Together, the group will collectively solve a crossword puzzle that focuses on different news- or media- related topics. Put your crossword puzzle skills to the test while also learning something new along the way.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Gentle movement and meditation
Join the Boston Public Library, Hands to Heart Center and Debra Becky at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 for an online hour of gentle movement and calming breathwork.
Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners, this gentle Kripalu yoga class emphasizes moving at your own pace and compassionate self-acceptance. It includes breathwork to calm the nervous system, relaxing meditation and simple postures to increase flexibility and strength.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Memorial Day Remembrance Walk
The Boston Vet Center is hosting a Memorial Day observance event at Castle Island from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 27.
All veterans, service partners and others are invited to remember, reflect and hold a space for those who were lost in service to the country and those who have lost due to COVID-19 during an intentional walk around Pleasure Bay near Castle Island. At the end of the walk the group will come together and hear some words about release, share any personal thoughts and plant a small flag for those that have passed.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/memorial-day-remembrance-walk-tickets-153813806235 for more information and registration. Masks and physical distancing required.
Kanopy Club: ‘The Story of a Three Day Pass’ (1967)
Kanopy Club at the Boston Public Library will follow the May Reading Together theme of An Author of Color as they discuss The Story of a Three Day Pass from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 27.
About The Story of a Three Day Pass: An African American soldier stationed in Europe encounters racism from his superiors following his idyllic three-day affair with a young French woman. Directed by Melvin Van Peebles, The Story of a Three Day Pass is the first major film by a Black director to be released in the U.S.
Watch the film on Kanopy prior to the discussion.
Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.
At the Table: Lift Every Voice Finale Concert
Boston Children's Chorus will present the culminating concert of the season, Lift Every Voice: At the Table at 4 p.m. on Sunday May 30 at live.bostonchildrenschorus.org.
In a nation formed out of the stories and labors of people with varied backgrounds, people reflect on the strength and love achieved through unity and take a closer look at what it means to Belong in America.
Go to www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/calendar/event/lift-every-voice-at-the-table for more information and registration (donations welcome).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
‘Hearts, Hugs & Hope: Virtual Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group’
Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias isn’t easy. But it is helpful to share concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you are going through. Participants will also learn about proven strategies to help better care for family member.
The Compass Memory Support Neighborhood® at Standish Village and Compass on the Bay will host a virtual support group meeting on Zoom at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month through Dec. 18.
Register at https://bit.ly/3lD3fwV.
South Boston Branch Story Times
Join Librarian Dani for stories, songs, and movement on Facebook Live from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays in May. Bring a shaker to shake along. This program is great for kids, ages 2-5.
Visit bpl.org/events for a quick link to the fun.
daisyface flow at Pleasure Bay Beach
Morgan of daisyface flow will offer one-hour classes at Pleasure Bay Beach on:
– Saturdays at 10 a.m. – Weekend Warrior Flow
– Sundays at 5 p.m. – Sunday Serenity Flow
– Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. – Feel Good Flow
– Fridays at noon – FriYAY Flow
Visit https://daisyfaceflow.com/beach-yoga-1 for more information and registration ($10 per class).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
SB Neighborhood Aid Network launches new projects
The core mission of the SB Neighborhood Aid Network is to help South Boston residents get connected to the established services and programs and to provide immediate assistance, 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.