South Boston neighborhood notes
Winter Duck Walk
Join the Feminist Bird Club for a Winter Duck Walk from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Castle Island, 2010 William J Day Blvd.
The group will walk around Castle Island and look out at winter waterfowl (and maybe more) around Pleasant Bay, with several extended stopping points for better views and the option to use scopes.
No prior birding experience is necessary.
Visit eventbrite.com for other information, including meeting place and weather-related details.
Movies and Mocktails
Movies and Mocktails will feature “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.
Enjoy a non-alcoholic “mocktail” during this comedy/horror mockmentary about four ancient vampires who are roommates in modern Wellington.
This is part of the monthly film series that celebrates diverse voices from around the world. The film is rated “R” and is intended for mature audiences.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
Chili, Hot Dogs, & Peace Supper
A Peace Supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Lower Hall of St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston.
The Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Suppers 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.
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.
The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Come and browse their wide selection of hardcovers, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks for adults and children, available at low, low prices. All Romance Books will be 2 for 1.
Visit bpl.org/events for other information.
HEARTbombing: Spread the Preservation Love for Amrheins
Valentine's Day is approaching and that means only one thing – it's time to dust off those markers and share some love via Heart Bombs – for old buildings from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Amrheins, 80 Broadway.
What are heart bombs? They are valentines and love letters to historic places, local landmarks, and places both safe and threatened that are important to our communities.
The Alliance and the Young Advisors of the Boston Preservation Alliance will share their love for one of Boston's venerable institutions – Amrheins, which dates to 1890 and is the oldest bar in South Boston. It's also the oldest hand-carved bar in America and home to Boston's very first draft beer pump.
Join them to craft some love for American history and pristinely poured pints. They’ll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity.
Visit bostonpreservation.org, amrheins.com or eventbrite.com to learn more.
Murphy ice skating rink schedule
The DCR Murphy Memorial Rink at 1880 William J Day Blvd. is open for public skating through Mar. 21.
Public Skating Hours on the large rink: Sundays from 2 to 3:50 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays from noon to 1:50 p.m.; Friday from noon to 1:50 p.m. and 6 to 7:50 p.m.; and Saturdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m.
Public Skating Hours on the small rink: Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 5:50 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7:50 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.
Phone 617-269-7060 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.
‘drinking: TEMPORARY PLEASURES’
The art exhibit “drinking: TEMPORARY PLEASURES” is on view through Feb. 21 at the Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St.
“drinking: TEMPORARY PLEASURES” actively consumes and satirizes new forms of placebo and synthetic desires created for a gloomy Anthropocene. The exhibition creates chaotic meta-narratives exploring self-care in the context of advertisements, propaganda, and pleasure. It oscillates between feelings of intimacy and alienation through a series of virtual and material explorations by artists Haley Matis-Uzzo and Cleo Miao.
Visit distillerygallery.com for other information.
Hygge at your library
Winter Hygge will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.
Hygge is the Danish concept of cozy, warm or homey. It's a good way to cope with long, dark winters.
Wear cozy socks, bring your craft project and come relax at the library. The library will provide warm beverages, snacks, soft music and adult coloring pages. They will also have some tips on how to incorporate hygge ideas into your home.
Visit bpl.org/visit to learn more.
10th annual Winter Benefit
The Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club Alumni Council will host the 10th annual Winter Benefit from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Seapoint Bar & Grill, 367 E. Eighth St.
Enjoy a night of music and dancing and try your luck at the 50/50 raffle.
These former Club kids strive to stay connected with the Club, its staff, and most importantly, the kids. This fundraiser will help them continue the Boys and Girls Club mission to help young people build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.
Visit eventbrite.com for tickets $20 and/or to make a donation.
This is a 21-plus event.
“Kusama: Infinity” will be shown on select dates through Mar. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.
The film explores artist Yayoi Kusam’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in American during the 1960s (where she rivaled Any Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international acclaim she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.
For other information, visit icaboston.org.
‘Little Big Dreamers’
The book release of Little Big Dreamers by Lex Mongo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 25 at Artists for Humanity, 100 W. 2nd St.
This will be a fun-filled night for the community with special guests, raffle giveaways, and more.
Proceeds from the event will go to the For TJ Foundation Inc. which provides better resources to inner city children; awards a yearly scholarship/grant for students to attend college; and does other events to uplift and improve the circumstances of the community.
Visit eventbrite.com for tickets: $32-VIP ticket (by Feb. 6) includes a signed copy of book; $20: general admission.
Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites
Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.
The trucks will be at the following Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites:
West Broadway Task Force, 115 Orton Marotta Way (between C & D Streets; near Broadway Red Line; inside Task Force bldg.) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; McCormack Task Force, 345 Old Colony Ave. (next to St. Monica's Church; near Andrew Red Line; inside Task Force bldg.) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays; Bellflower Apartments, 24 Bellflower St. (17 Bus from Andrew) from 2 to 3 p.m. on alternate Fridays; and La Alianza Hispana, 1000 Mass. Ave., Suite 101 from 11 a.m. to noon on alternate Wednesdays.
For other information, visit fairfoods.org.
For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.
Pop-up art talk
A pop-up talk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.
Tickets are free with museum admission.
Visit www.icaboston.org or call 617-478-3103 for further details.
Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan 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.
Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.
Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.
Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.
For more information, to volunteer and/or 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.
Mobile market program
The Fresh Connect Truck is at 7 Joyce Hayes Way from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 93 Preble St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the year.
For more information, visit aboutfresh.org.
Peace by Piece
Peace by Piece is held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m., offering an open space in which people can share their stories or just listen.
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 is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations; just show up.
For more information, visit fourthboston.org/peace or phone 617-701-6281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Thursdays at ICA
Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at 100 Northern Ave. is free.
The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process.
For more information, go to www.icaboston.org/visit.
Model room tours
The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.
Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.
For more information, visit bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email email@example.com to arrange a tour.
SCSEP information sessions
If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).
This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.
Pre-registration at opeationable.net is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.
BTU homework help
The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 28 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.
There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).
For more information, visit bpl.org/events.
Made in Fort Point
The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.
Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.
HUZZAH! Tavern Nights
HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).
Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.
From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for details and tickets.