South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Here is a view of the Boston skyline as seen from the South End.

Family gym

A free play program for families with children ages three through eight years of age will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 23 at BCYF Blackstone Community Center 50 West Brookline St.

There will be games, music and giveaways.

For more information, contact Kevin Wong at 617-635-4920, ext. 2207 or email


The performance of “Pravāha” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Plaza Theatres at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Odissi is a form of classical dance from the Eastern Indian state of Odisha that has its roots in ritual temple dancing dating back to the Second Century BCE. Known for its sinuous form and rapt expressions, Odissi brings to life the sculptures that ornament the walls of the ancient temples of Orissa. Pravāha features works from the traditional Odissi repertoire conceived and choreographed at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, India, rendered through the contemporary outlook of Artistic Director Shipra Mehrotra. It is a realization that Classical traditions presented through new perspectives contributes to their continued flowing vitality rather than surviving as stagnant pieces of antiquity.

Visit for tickets, show times and other information.

Friendsgiving Centerpiece

Celebrate the season of friendship and fall colors in a fun centerpiece design workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 at The Vintage Garden, 61 Thayer St. in the SoWa District.

In this cozy seasonal workshop, participants will learn how to design and assemble a beautiful and unique table centerpiece that will bring color to any diner party.

Bring a friend or come meet new ones, grab a glass of apple cider, and get ready to create.

Visit for more information and registration. Investment: $65.

‘Ruthless! The Musical’

Theater UnCorked will present “Ruthless! The Musical” through Nov. 24 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

One part “Gypsy” and one part “The Bad Seed,” “Ruthless! The Musical,” tells the story of an eight year old girl who will do anything to be a star.

For tickets and show times, visit

Pie in the Sky volunteers needed

Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help with various jobs from Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 in preparation of delivering 25,000 pies in the Greater Boston area.

Jobs include setting up and breaking down the work stations; carefully moving pies to and from quality control check; and completing pie orders at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.

Volunteers are also needed from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 to help staff a pick-up site around Greater Boston, hand out pre-ordered pies to buyers, and sell delicious, heartwarming holiday treats to passersby. One of the sites will be at Bin Ends, 236 Wood Rd in Braintree.

For information and sign up visit, phone 617-522-7777 or email

Pie in the Sky QA/sorting/packaging volunteering

Get into the holiday spirit by working alongside hundreds of volunteers at Pie Central.

Join the BYHP members and volunteers in supporting Community Servings for their 27th annual Pie in the Sky event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 and other groups from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.

More than 25,000 pies need to be quality-checked, sorted by flavor and packaged for delivery to pick-up sites.

To learn more about Community Servings and the work they do, visit

To learn more about Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, visit

To sign up visit, phone 617-522-7777, email or register at

Pie in the Sky volunteer drivers needed

Community Servings is looking for an army of volunteers to help during the home stretch of the annual pie sale event with the very important task of picking up and delivering pies to select locations around Greater Boston.

Pie Pick-up and Delivery volunteers will be needed for various shifts from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, starting at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St. and from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, beginning at Community Servings, 79 Armory St. in Jamaica Plain.

Come and fill your vans, mini-vans and SUVs, turn your GPS on and away you go…

For information and sign up visit, phone 617-522-7777 or email

Holiday Gift Drive

The Mary Baker Eddy Library, alongside The Mother Church Sunday School and The Christian Science Publishing Society, will be collecting items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Nov. 25 through Dec. 17 on behalf of selected Boston area charitable organizations that support individuals in need.

You can drop off new, unwrapped items in the Library Gallery at 200 Massachusetts Ave. or visit the Mapparium on Sunday, Dec. 8 and donate your admission to a representative from one of these organizations: School on Wheels Massachusetts, Casa Myrna, the Home for Little Wanderers, Project R.I.G.H.T. and Toys for Tots MA.

For more information about this program and the selected organizations, visit

Thanksgiving with a Beehive Twist

The Beehive at 541 Tremont St. will host their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner featuring a traditional Thanksgiving menu, live music and libations all day long.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28.

Per person prix fixe: $70; kids10 and under: $20.

Call 617-423-0069 or visit to make reservations.


“Admissions” will be performed through Nov. 30 at the SpeakEasy Stage Company (539 Tremont St.). An Artists’ Forum will be held following the Sunday matinees.

Sherri Rosen-Mason and her headmaster husband Bill have worked hard for many years to diversify the student body at the small New England prep school where they work. But when their son’s Ivy League dreams are on the line, personal ambition and progressive values collide. From the provocative playwright Joshua Harmon, “Admissions” is a bold new comedy “of the left, by the left, for the left – for today.” (The New York Times)

For tickets and other information, visit or phone 617-482-3279.

Holiday Fest

The Holiday Fest at More Than Words Bookstore, 242 East Berkley St. will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Cozy up in this South End bookstore – beautifully transformed into an indoor local gift market –

to shop the best of local artisans, food makers, and local businesses for everyone on your list this holiday season while supporting the mission of More Than Words.

Visit to learn more.

SoWa Small Business Saturday

Discover and support more than 200 independently owned boutiques, design showrooms, galleries, and artist studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the vibrant Art + Design District, 460 and 500 Harrison Ave.

To learn about the various sales, special events, and treats, visit

Shopping with SoWa Artists

The members of SoWa Artists Guild invite everyone to shop local in the SoWa Art + Design District from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Discover, meet and support talented local artists who create vibrant and eclectic original contemporary art that you can browse and buy directly from their studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston’s South End neighborhood.

The studios can be reached via the MBTA’s Orange Line to the New England Medical Center, then take the Silver Line outbound to Union Park Street.

For directions and more information, see

‘The Office! A Musical Parody’

Right Angle Entertainment presents “The Office! A Musical Parody” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. through Dec. 1.

Written by Tobly McSmith and Bob McSmith, directed and choreographed by Donald Garverick, Mashable calls it “the world's most elaborate inside joke, created with a whole lot of love, just for fans.”

For more information and tickets, visit or phone 617-266-0800.

Annual Drawing Show exhibition

The 26th annual Drawing Show exhibition, “Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness in Between,” curated by Chanel Thervil is taking place through Dec. 22 at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 55l Tremont St.

For more information, visit

‘Caring For Your Soul’

The “Caring for Your Soul” group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St.

No one should feel alone in their struggle with any physical or emotional illness, in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones. Sharing each other’s stories can be liberating and a welcome break in the silence that often surrounds emotional illness.

This is the place to speak out and be heard in a safe confidential and non-judgmental environment, where isolation and stigma dissipate as supportive community is created.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be offered.

Meetings are held in Rosa Hall (lower level of the church). The entrance is on Union Park Street.

For more information, visit

ESL conversations

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the South End Branch Library at 685 Tremont St.

All adults with all levels of speaking ability are welcome to join the casual English conversations facilitated by a native English speaker.

For more information, phone 617-536-8241.

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 is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

Homework help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the South End Branch Library (685 Tremont St.) through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 28 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

SoWa Vintage Market

Vintage Market is open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.

Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.

This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.

The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.

For more information, visit or

Farmers’ market

The Trustee’s of Reservation has a Mobile Farmers Market that will be stationed in the Plaza Betances area every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The market will offer a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables, along with fruit, meat, eggs and milk sourced primarily from the Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover, as well as other Massachusetts farms.

With all food coming direct from the farm, prices will be as affordable as possible and the market will accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons.

The Trustees are also participating in the new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program, which just launched this spring and reimburses SNAP customers for local fruit and vegetable purchases.

Further information can be found at or or by calling 617-399-1962.