South Boston neighborhood notes
South Boston Branch storytime
Join Librarian Dani for storytime on South Boston Branch's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bplsouthboston) at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in January.
Each 20-minute program will include stories, songs, and movement, great for ages 2-5. Bring a shaker to shake along.
LRC: Self-Care Series
Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.
Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Family Book Group: 'The Book Itch'
Join friends, family and fellow Yearlong Reading Challenge participants at the Boston Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 to discuss the January Community Read for families – The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.
The discussion will be moderated by a librarian and will take place on Zoom. Caregivers are also welcomed to participate.
People do not need to be participating in the Reading Together challenge in order to take part in this book group, but are urged to join. Learn about the different monthly challenges, get recommendations for books to read and find other ways to connect with the reading community on the website.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: Tabu (2012)
Winner of Critic's Prize at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, Tabu is the exquisitely surreal two-part tale of Aurora, who upon her death-bed will make a mysterious request to see a man no one had ever heard of, transporting us to the foothills of 1960s Africa in order to tell a story that occurred 50 years ago - the story of an irrational taboo and its extravagant consequences. Shot in lush black & white 16mm and 35mm.
Watch the film on Kanopy, then join a discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Facebook Live: Story and a Snack
Follow along with the Boston Public Library librarians as they share stories and show you how to cook up a delicious snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Taste of Israel 2021
Israeli food is so much more than hummus and falafel, and in 2019, JArts (Jewish Arts Collaborative) established Taste of Israel to celebrate this diverse cuisine. While there are a handful of Israeli restaurants already in Boston, Taste of Israel, which runs from Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Tuesday, Feb. 2, will feature restaurants from all culinary persuasions presenting their unique take on Israeli cuisine.
Each restaurant will create three to five special dishes that will be on the menu. Prices, hours and reservations will be set by the restaurant.
This year, particularly in light of the challenges the food industry is facing due to COVID-19, JArts is inviting all Boston-area food enthusiasts to support local restaurants while savoring the many flavors of Israeli food.
For a list of participating restaurants along with more information, visit jartsboston.org/taste-of-israel.
JArts Executive Director Laura Mandel shares thoughts on the restaurants at www.jewishboston.com/restaurants-matter-to-me.
Excited to give it a curl?
Curling Lanes on the Seaport Common will be open daily and bookable online or in-person in 30-minute increments for up to two hours. Lanes may have up to 12 people (6 on each side). Check in at the Guest Services Gondola for your reservation and to pick up equipment. All equipment will be fully sanitized between use, and sanitizer wipes are available at both curling lanes. Masks must be worn at all times. Signage will be available on-site with curling rules and tips.
Curling hours: Mondays – Fridays: 4 to 9 p.am.; Saturdays: noon to 9 p.m.; Sundays: noon to 8 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 28.
This activity is free and open to the public.
Go to www.bostonseaport.xyz/event/snowport-curling
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.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
New Parent Group (on Zoom)
Looking for a way to meet other parents with infants? Need support from experts while navigating new challenges? Have questions about childhood development, parenting and early literacy?
Join the Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The 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.
Each week a guest speaker will talk about a variety of topics, including diapering, napping, feeding, early communication and general wellness for parents and infants. There will also be time before the guest speaker arrives so people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.
Tween Time (on Zoom)
Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide 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 and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens 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.
BHN scavenger hunts
“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through the winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.
Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.
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.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides all after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.
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.
Support Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.
Consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene products 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 a list of places that they service along with more information.
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.
SB Neighborhood Aid Network launches new projects
The South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network has two new projects to help neighbors in need throughout the fall and winter seasons:
1) Southie Emergency Assistance Fund will provide small amounts of cash assistance to Southie residents to help pay rent, utility bills, or other critical expenses. SBNDC will take applications and manage the funds. (Select the Southie Emergency Assistance Fund from the drop-down menu)
2) Southie Care Kits will include information about how to locate and access established resources within the local community, while providing a few essential items, such as face masks, hand sanitizer, a food store gift card, and other hygiene and household items to help families cover the gap. Each kit costs $40-50 to put together and people can sponsor a kit with a donation. (Select Southie Care Kits from the drop-down menu)
Volunteers are needed to: Assemble and/or deliver Care Kits; Help process Assistance Fund applications; Join a committee or project team to help our Aid Network keep this momentum and help as many of our neighbors as possible. To sign up as a volunteer, visit bit.ly/sbnan-volunteer-signup.
The core mission of the SB Neighborhood Aid Network is to help South Boston residents in need get connected to the established services and programs available to help them, such as food pantries, and to provide immediate assistance, such as groceries and cleaning supplies, 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.
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 with 26 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.
Virtual Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum (while closed for the season) will continue to
hold virtual events year-round.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.