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Ocean therapy winter walks

Get outside and breathe in the fresh winter ocean air on a guided therapeutic experience at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St, sponsored by Boston Harbor Now.

There will be two walks taking place from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings.

Masks are required. Free parking in available in a small lot at Belle Isle Marsh.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocean-therapy-winter-walks-tickets-129723026063 for more information and registration ($25).

Rediscover the North End through the French Lens

Join guide Steven Galante from the French Cultural Center for a one-hour morning stroll on Saturday, Jan. 16 and discover French inspiration in the North End. Galante is looking forward to answering your questions.

The group will meet at Christopher Columbus Park at the back of Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel at 10:20 a.m. so the tour can begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Face coverings are mandatory.

This program is part of the series of tours en français.

Go to https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events for more information and registration (Members - $12 | Non-members - $17).

Harboring at Home: A virtual arts series featuring VLA DANCE

Join Boston Harbor Now and VLA DANCE for an evening of performance and discussion surrounding the art of dance from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18.

Program includes a video performance and an audience Q&A with dancer Victoria Lynn Awkward of VLA DANCE.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/harboring-at-home-a-virtual-arts-series-featuring-vla-dance-tickets-132825238865 for more information and registration.

‘Let Me Proudly Do My Part:’ Discrimination at the Charlestown Navy Yard

With the boost of the defense industry during World War II, thousands of men and women joined together in common patriotic duty. Some African American women who embraced the opportunity to serve on the home front instead experienced both racism and sexism in the workplace. How did these women confront the injustices they faced?

In this online program slated from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Student Conservation Association (SCA) History Intern Megan Woods will share the stories of Black women who worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard who brought awareness to discrimination by calling for action and demanding change.

This program is presented by the Boston Public Library and the National Parks Service.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Teen book discussion: ‘March Book One’

Passionate about teen reads? Join a group of teen librarians from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 to discuss the graphic novel March: Book One, written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

The book is presented in the form of a graphic memoir of John Lewis's life, depicting his early life in a sharecropper family, his dream of becoming a minister and his early involvement with the civil rights movement, all set against his role in 2009 as a Congressman as Barack Obama was about to be sworn in as the United States President.

Teens are encouraged to join the conversation whether or not they’ve read the book.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and link to the Twitch channel to join (no registration required).

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.

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.

Mindful Minis for kids

Mindful Minis (for kids, ages 6 to 9) will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Feb. 11.

The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.

Classes are centered around relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude, and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children's success in school, in relationships, and in developing a connection with themselves.

Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experience with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.

Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.

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.

‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking series

The “Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

Jan. 27 – Haley House Bakery Café Signature Dishes

Feb. 10 – French Cuisine

Feb. 24 – African Heritage Cuisine

March 24 – Seafood

April 21 – Flavorful Flatbreads: Cultural Variations on a theme

During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.

Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

Book Discussion Club: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

The North End Branch Library’s virtual book group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 via Zoom.

The group will discuss Maria Semple's novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (2012).

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a book synopsis and registration.

Community Read Book Group

Join friends, family and fellow Yearlong Reading Challenge participants at the Boston Public Library 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 to discuss the January community read for adults – An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The discussion will be moderated by a librarian and will take place on Zoom.

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 online.

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Old North Gift Shop onsite/online

The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.

Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.

Virtual traditions of the season

Learn about how families like the Reveres observed winter holidays in the colonial era. Period music by talented musician R.P. Hale, video segments filmed in the period rooms of the Revere House, and discussion of 18th century foodways will bring the past to life right in the comfort of your home.

A recording is available (includes access to recipes to prepare as you celebrate the winter season) for a $10 donation at www.paulreverehouse.org.

North End Friends of St. Francis House winter donation drive

North End Friends of St. Francis Houses is collecting donations to purchase winter hats and gloves for the homeless and other people in need.

Checks can be made out to John Romano and mailed to Olivia Scimeca, 21 Cleveland Place, Boston, MA 02113.

For more information call John Romano at 617-750-9749.

Food program donations

Donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health, (332 Hanover St., Waterfront and 15 Tufts St., Charlestown) during this long, wintry season.

More than 100 families per month are being served, including children from the Eliot School, among others.

For details call 857-238-1176.

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.

Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch

A small team of the friendly Boston Public Library teen librarians will host wacky, irreverent

online party games from the Jackbox suite - all of which are designed to be played by large audiences from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays using Twitch stream.

Kids in 6th through 12th grade are invited to join the fun, joke around in chat and even recommend the next game.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information 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.

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.

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.

Virtual Paul Revere House

To stay up-to-date on all things Revere, check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.

Virtual New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium will continue to offer programs such as their Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters so people can visit their favorite animals from home while the site is temporarily closed.

Follow them on social media to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators, and scientists. New videos premiere every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on Facebook and

Instagram. Visit their YouTube page for more videos.

Visit neaq.org for more information.

Help preserve Old North history and legacy

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their virtual visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.

Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

Help Old North Foundation support teachers and students

Established in 1991, The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site. In addition, they provide curricula and enrichment materials for classroom teachers to bring the history and legacy of Old North to students across the country.

Due to COVID-19, the Old North Historic site is currently closed to visitors and is facing a critical funding shortfall as 95 percent of their operating revenue is reliant on tourism. As classroom teachers and children across the country embark on a mostly virtual 2020-2021 school year, Old North needs your support to shift to a virtual strategy that equips educators with engaging content that combines a core history curriculum with thought-provoking discussions about civic engagement, liberty, and personal values.

With a gift to the Old North Foundation, you join a community that is preserving, questioning, and engaging with our pasts to build a better future.

Visit oldnorth.com for more information and a link to donate.

‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit

“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculptures™ by internationally renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.

The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe physical distancing).

More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.navyyardgarden.org.

Trellis lighting: Christopher Columbus Park

The 50,000 glowing blue and white LED lights along the 260-foot trellis and 14 nearby trees has transformed the Christopher Columbus Park (110 Atlantic Ave.) into a magical light garden. People are invited to enjoy special moments in a place where the illuminated trellis was named the "best Holiday Decoration in Boston" in 2019 by the Boston Globe and one of the "Ten Most Romantic Places in Boston." Year 'round it is the site of marriage proposals, wedding photos and lovers kissing.

Go to www.foccp.org for more information.

This is one of the seals people can see at the New England Aquarium. For more information, visit www.neaq.org.