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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).

#21for2021: 21 Goals for 2021

We’re already one month into the New Year. If you haven’t made any resolutions or goals for 2021, now is the perfect time to get on the #21for2021 goal-setting trend.

Join YA librarian Paul Flagg on Zoom in creating, revising, tracking and discussing 21 goals for 2021 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Whether you want to read, meditate, walk or exercise 21 minutes every day this year or save money to buy a car or move into a new apartment, creating realistic measurable goals with a clear timeframe can be a step in the right direction.

What better way to ensure success than with a group of likeminded young adults to help hold you accountable and cheer you on?

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

‘Tunnel of Love’ trellis

The iconic trellis transforms for the third year to celebrate February - the Month of Love. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 (for three weeks), enjoy the illuminated cupids, the giant red hearts, the "candy" hearts and the romantic music.

Visit (safely) with your honey ... your family ... your friends and grab some great photos!

Visit www.foccp.org/tunnel-of-love for more Tunnel of Love Magic incentives such as dinner discounts and chances to win harbor cruise tickets.

Please consider donating a couple of dollars to support the creators of the Tunnel of Love: the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

‘Safe Harbor: Boston's Maritime Underground Railroad’

Boston Public Library and National Park Service will present Safe Harbor: Boston's Maritime Underground Railroad from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

During the years preceding the American Civil War, Boston served as one of the most important stops on the Underground Railroad. Did you know that many of the fugitives escaping from enslavement came to Boston by stowing away on ships from southern ports? This program explores the untold stories of men and women making daring escapes to freedom through Boston Harbor.

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

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 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.

Maika & Maritza author talk: ‘One of the Good Ones’

Maika and Maritza Moulite will talk about their new book and will then answer audience questions about writing as a team, where they find inspiration for their stories and more from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

One of the Good Ones follows a teenager named Happi after her sister, Kezi, is mysteriously killed at a social justice rally. While Happi tries to grieve, she struggles as she watches her sister become an idealized symbol of the fight against police brutality. Happi wonders why her sister has to be perfect for her memory to be worth uplifting? And as Happi embarks on a journey to grieve Kezi in her own way, she soon discovers that her sister's story isn't as simple as she thought...

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

Meet-the-Scientists career panel

In partnership with Youth Outreach at the Boston Public Library, panelists from the Department of Molecular Metabolism at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will share about their journeys to a career in science and provide advice to those interested in pursuing science careers from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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

Founder's Day at NBSS

A virtual celebration of the North Bennett Street School's visionary founder, Pauline Agassiz Shaw will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4.

NBSS will share the history, stories, and images of 140 years at America's first trade school, while celebrating the individual stories of their community of makers, builders, and craftspeople.

Tune in to the conversation across social media and in live-streamed events in the weeks ahead. People can also participate directly by sharing their own earliest memories (and pics) at #lifeincraft on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Just tag @nbssboston and let them know #whycraftmatters to you.

Visit www.nbss.edu/calendar for more information.

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, including the weekly topics, 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.

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.

‘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:

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.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Reverie’

Passionate about teen reads, but having a hard time getting a virtual book group going...?

Join a group of teen librarians for a monthly book discussion with teen patrons of the Boston Public Library as part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.

The group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to discuss the fantasy novel Reverie by Ryan La Sala.

Whether or not they have read the chosen book, teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book synopsis and how to join on Twitch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

This plaque in honor of John T. Dexter is on the Nazzaro Community Center Building on North Bennet St. For many years, he was director of the Maplewood Caddy Camp, operated by the North Bennet School.