Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes

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Here is Post Office Square as it was during the winter of 1916. Notice the horse drawn wagon and trolley #91. Nearby are the New England Mutual Life Insurance Building, Angel Memorial Park and the Post Office.

Movie discussion: ‘The Phone Call’ (2013)

A movie discussion group will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 8.

This Oscar-award winning short film The Phone Call follows Heather (Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water, Blue Jasmine), a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

This movie is available via Kanopy.

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

Ida Lupino Film Series discussion

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 Not Wanted (1949) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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

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

‘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.

In the Making: Black Craftspeople Digital Archive

Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of Black craftspeople and the objects they produced.

Dr. Tiffany Momon, BCDA Founder and Director, will guide registrants through the research and mapping of Black craftspeople across 18th century South Carolina lowlands in a future looking effort to document the origins of crafts and trades in this country at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

This conversation is part of In the Making series.

Visit info.nbss.edu/in-the-making-registration-bcda for more information and Zoom registration.

Kanopy Club: ‘Donnie Darko’ (2001, R)

Watch Donnie Darko on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library for a Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

About the movie: Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a disturbed adolescent from a semi-functional, upper-middle class family, gifted with a sharp intellect and vivid imagination – but he's also a bit weird. Donnie's off his medication, and when his boredom is obliterated by a falling airline engine, he becomes increasingly delusional and convinced the world will end in 28 days.

Aided by an imaginary friend, he embarks on an increasingly crazed series of actions, which horrify his teachers, scare his parents, and amaze his friends.

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

NEMPAC open mic nights

North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) will host free virtual open mic nights at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, March 12 and May 21 featuring musicians of all levels locally and across the world.

There will not be an Open Mic Night in April due to the Performathon or in June due to the Spring Recitals.

Watch in the audience or sign up to perform by emailing ameek@nempacboston.org by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event.

Visit nempacboston.org/virtual-learning/open-mic-nights for more information and the Zoom link.

Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘His Only Wife’

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The librarian will moderate the discussion of His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie.

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

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Reverie’

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

Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book. This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.

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

‘Tunnel of Love’ trellis

The iconic trellis transforms for the third year to celebrate February - the Month of Love. 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.

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 of age, 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

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. 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.

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.

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 by 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 the artist and his work is available at www.navyyardgarden.org.