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Ida Lupino Film Series discussion with Barry Marshall

Join the Boston Public Library and Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, for an online film discussion about The Hitch-Hiker (1953) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Watch the film on BPL's Kanopy prior to the conversation.

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, a melting pot of diverse cuisines – Moroccan, Yemenite, French, Bukharan, Russian, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Druze and many others – contributes to the diverse Israeli culinary landscape. To celebrate this diversity of delicious cuisine, JArts (Jewish Arts Collaborative) established Taste of Israel in 2019.

JArts is inviting all Greater Boston-area food enthusiasts to support local restaurants while savoring the many flavors of Israeli food.

Taste of Israel 2021 runs from Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Tuesday, Feb. 2. Each participating restaurant will feature specials throughout the week. Prices, hours, and ordering information are set by the restaurant.

Visit jartsboston.org/taste-of-israel for more information, including a list of participating restaurants.

‘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.

In the Making: Craft origins

Craftspeople represent an incredible range of experiences and influences-from music and fashion to farming and machining. Now in their 140th year, as NBSS celebrates how they were founded and shaped as an institution, they also want to hear the origin stories of the individuals who comprise their maker community.

Join NBSS President Sarah Turner from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 for a conversation with a small panel of NBSS students, faculty, alumni, and friends to share stories and memories of how they found their life in craft.

This conversation is part of In the Making series.

Visit nbss.edu/calendar/event-detail/~occur-id/11588 for more information and Zoom registration.

Community Read Book Group

Join friends, family and fellow Yearlong Reading Challenge participants at the Boston Public Library from 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.

Kanopy Club: ‘Stories We Tell’ (2012)

About Stories We Tell: a film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Watch the film on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library’s virtual discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

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

Winter Wonder: A virtual winter exploration

Join Boston Harbor Now for a two-day virtual festival featuring guided activities and panel discussions focused on education and the conservation of Boston Harbor's wildlife.

Attend as few or as many programs as desired from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31, presented by Mass Audubon, “Dr. No” and others.

There will also be a special outdoor demonstration from REI staff.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-wonder-a-virtual-winter-exploration-tickets-132833760353 for more information and registration (Suggested donation $15).

NBSS virtual open house replay

In December, North Bennett Street School launched its first-ever virtual open house, offering three days of virtual programming including tours of their program spaces, student demonstrations, alumni shop visits, free classes, handmade features and more. Participants joined them live and asked questions throughout.

If you missed the event or want to watch sessions again, catch up with the livestreams of the entire event at www.nbss.edu/openhouse.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.