South Boston neighborhood notes
Fort Independence Tours
Fort Independence on Castle Island will be open for guided tours on Columbus Day Weekend from Saturday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 11. The first tour begins at noon and the last tour departs at 3 p.m.
Visit www.castleisland8.com for more information.
Thompson Island Public Access Days
Take a free ferry from South Boston to Thompson Island on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. A dedicated ferry will depart from the EDIC dock at 10 a.m. and depart the island at 3 p.m.
Visitors will be able to enjoy all of the natural areas of the island (conservation area, shoreline and beach) and will have access to restrooms. Access to the educational campus and ropes course areas is strictly prohibited.
On Saturdays, join an NPS ranger for a naturalist walk of island habitats.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/unescorted-public-access-tickets-173551666707 for more information and registration.
Graffiti class at Recreation Station
This class will provide insight into the art and process of graffiti, guided by South Boston artist Alex Borgella of Impeccable Scoop. Canvases and spray paint will be provided. Paint clothes are strongly recommended for this class.
People of all ages and levels are welcome to attend this free event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 on the greenspace at Pappa’s Way. (Rain date: Oct. 10)
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/art-class-at-recreation-station-graffiti-class-tickets-168987091941 for more information and registration.
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: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Monday, Oct. 11.
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 a hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.
Destination Boston Harbor 2021
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay invite everyone to join their Board of Directors, corporate and philanthropic supporters, civic and community partners as they celebrate their shared success, honor their 2021 Harbor Heroes and raise the funds needed to continue their work.
Enjoy great company, live music, delicious food, auction prizes and ocean experiences at The Lawn on D (420 D St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Your participation will support Save the Harbor’s policy and advocacy work plus free youth and beach programs, which connect Bostonians from every neighborhood, the region’s residents and especially youth and teens to Boston Harbor, public beaches and the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/destination-boston-harbor-2021-tickets-176504749457 for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: ‘Loving Vincent’
Watch the film, Loving Vincent (2017, PG-13) on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library for a Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.
In the first fully painted feature film, 2018 Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world's most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. Featuring the voices of Saoirse Ronan and Chris O'Dowd.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
October Peace Picnic
Join The Good Samaritan Ministry at Monica’s Kitchen from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 for a lovely dinner as they gather with friends and neighbors in the yard at St. Monica’s Parish, 311 Old Colony Ave.
Visit www.goodsamaritanministry.org/event for more information.
Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island
Join the park biologists and volunteer stewards from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 for Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island.
Help control non-native invasive plants and enhance native ecosystems and natural processes in the park. The group will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as they work to understand and improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.
A ferry will depart from the EDIC pier in South Boston.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/stewardship-saturday-at-thompson-island-tickets-178364692597 for more information and registration.
ARC Blood Drive at Flynn Cruiseport Boston
Flynn Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave. Black Falcon Cruise Terminal will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 18.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to reserve a space.
The Yoga Playground
At the Yoga Playground, 249 E St., their mission is to celebrate authentic connection through intentional, playful practice that’s open to everyone regardless of skill level, income, or identity.
Sign up now to join any of their teachers in either an in-studio class or a live, virtual class. A variety of Yoga, Pilates and breathwork practices are offered at various times throughout the week. All classes are pay-what-you-can.
Visit www.yogaplayground.org for more information and schedule.
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.
South Boston Branch outdoor story time
Join Librarian Dani for stories, songs, and movement, great for ages 2-5, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Oct. 22.
This program will be held outdoors in the South Boston Branch Library courtyard, 646 East Broadway.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
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.
‘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.
Visit www.seniorlivingresidences.com/communities/boston-compass-on-the-bay/news-and-events/ for more information and Zoom registration.
Summer Sol Series Outdoor Yoga at Thomas Park
Join Jessalynn and Amanda for an all-levels outdoor yoga class at Thomas Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 28, weather permitting.
Improve your physical and mental well-being by joining this yoga and mindfulness practice.
Learn more about the yoga teachers at www.whwusa.com and/or www.amandaleeyoga.com. ($15)
Shea Justice's ‘Layered Time’ exhibition
SPOKE presents Scrolls of Justice, work by renowned Boston artist Shea Justice, the fourth and final solo exhibition in their “Layered Time” series.
Justice will exhibit several of his scrolls, many of which are hundreds of feet long, that provide the artist’s singular creative response to war, politics, current affairs, pop culture, and social and racial justice.
The installation will be on view through Saturday, Oct 23 in the new SPOKE Gallery, 840 Summer St.
Visit https://mwponline.org/wordpress/programs/spoke-gallery/shea-justice for more information and reservations.
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.
The Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. 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).
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.
BCYF programs and services
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities,
recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.
Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.
Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.
Kroc Community Center onsite/online
The Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St., has a fitness floor, cardio loft and expanded cycling studio in the gymnasium along with a Water Park and Playground and offers a variety of onsite and virtual programs for all ages.
The Salvation Army’s social services, food pantry and meal distribution efforts are ongoing. If you need assistance, including food or other resources, call their Social Service Department at 617-318-6940 or email Social Services Ministries Manager, Lurena Hood at
Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. livestreamed on Facebook or viewed on YouTube (link on website).
Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.