South Boston neighborhood notes
Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation
The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:
Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel
Aug. 12: Museum of African American History
Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston
Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum
Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston
Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.
Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.
Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club
Join the Boston Public Library from noon to noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10 for a lunchtime crossword puzzle.
People can put their crossword puzzle skills to the test while also learning something new along the way as the group collectively solves a crossword puzzle together.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Preserving Culinary Herbs (Online)
Learn the best techniques to keep the flavor and nutrition of garden herbs going all year long from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10. This free workshop will cover freezing and drying along with making herbal vinegar, oil, tea, pesto, and syrup.
Enjoy a cooking demonstration and leave with the recipes and knowledge needed for your own kitchen experiments.
Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/64916 for more information and Zoom registration. (Donations welcome).
Nighthawks – Online
A favorite late summer ritual for many nature-lovers is watching for nighthawks in the late afternoon and evening skies. One of the first birds to migrate, this not-so-common relative of the whippoorwill is recognized by its pointed wings and erratic flight as it catches insects on the fly. This online presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10 will introduce common nighthawk life history, behavior and ecological niche.
Attendees will also learn about population trends, why nighthawks and other aerial insectivores seem to be declining, and the best times and places to see this bird in the coming weeks.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79251-nighthawks-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).
2021 Edgerley Family South Boston Club Golf Tournament
The Edgerley Family South Boston Club will hold its annual golf tournament on Friday, Aug. 13 at the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park.
Sponsorship of this event enables them to provide a safe, caring environment where children are challenged and encouraged to grow into responsible adults and leaders.
All sponsorships of $500 or more will include the opportunity to display custom signage with your logo.
Visit www.bgcb.org/sponsor-the-2021-edgerley-family-south-boston-club-golf-tournament for more information.
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).
HarborFit: TRILLFIT Cardio Dance at Carson Beach
Grab a friend and get outside for a free TRILLFIT Cardio Dance class from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays through Oct. 10 with stunning views of Boston Harbor. Meet near Carson Beach at the Ed McCormack Bathhouse.
Enjoy TRILLFIT's signature dance class blends Beyonce-worthy choreography with multiple rounds of HIIT to sweat your way to a tighter, more toned body.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-trillfit-cardio-dance-at-carson-beach-registration-157107327245 for more information and registration.
Ecstatic dance on Pleasure Bay
Come one, come all to Castle Island on Pleasure Bay for an evening of ecstatic dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. Ecstatic dance is about expression through movement, dancing without worry, fears or judgment.
Snag a pair of silent disco headphones – stretch, dance and meditate – watch the sun set over the Boston Skyline – and listen to their weekly live DJ play tunes to uplift and energize you for the week ahead.
For more information on what ecstatic dances are, refer to EcstaticDance.org or check out their website at EcstaticDanceMA.com. $20 – Use promo code BOSFAM for $$$ discounted ticket.
Seaport Sweat online/onsite
Seaport Sweat will offer a variety of 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.
South Boston Farmers Market
The South Boston Farmers Market will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Oct. 25 at 446 West Broadway (in front of the municipal parking lot, between Bank of America and East Boston Savings Bank).
Vendors accept cash, cards, SNAP/EBT and HIP.
Visit www.sbndc.org/south-boston-farmers-market for more information.
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.
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.
Parks Fitness: Zumba with Z Spot
Zumba with Z Spot will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at M Street Park (Flag Pole). 775 E 1st St.
Visit boston.gov/events for more information.
‘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.
Lawn on D fun
There is always something to see, do or experience at The Lawn on D, 420 D St.
Open daily during designated hours, The Lawn on D offers an assortment of games such as bocce and ping-pong, the infamous swings, interactive art exhibitions, live music, food/drinks, free Wi-Fi and more.
Visit www.signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d/calendar for more information, including special events.
The 2021 Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29.
The weekend-long event brings together athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in Olympic and sprint distance triathlons – swim in the fresh waters of Dorchester Bay, bike through Boston city streets, and run along the scenic Southie shoreline.
Love to run, but hate to bike and swim? Grab two friends and sign up as a three-person relay team or join a two-person relay team for a bigger challenge.
Following the race, celebrate with friends and family at the huge post-race party.
All events take place at the DCR’s Carson Beach, a stunning venue in the South Boston waterfront.
The official race charity partner is Boston Medical Center. Race in support of BMC’s efforts to advance health equity and address social determinants of health.
Visit www.BostonTri.com for more information and registration.
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).
Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-wide Scavenger Hunt
Boston Harbor Now and partners will host “Explore Boston Harbor” scavenger hunts in six locations around the Waterfront: George’s Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Friday, October 1.
Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. Participants can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.
To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN, select your hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.
BCYF summer programs and classes
Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston summer camps
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston runs full-day fun-filled camps for children, ages 6-12. Campers participate in a diverse roster of activities, including arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips and lots of swimming.
Visit www.bgcb.org/what-we-do/summer-programs for more information and registration.
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 through Friday, Aug. 27 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers for more information and registration.
Artists for Humanity is a powerhouse of art and design – offering a fresh perspective from talented teen artists and designers. Each art work is a way to value the voice of young people.
Explore their online collections. Become inspired and transform your space.
Shop at https://artists-for-humanity.myshopify.com/collections/all.
‘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 meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.
Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.
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.
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 an 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.
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.