News Briefs 02-13-2020

DOWNTOWN OPEN HOUSE
Join Mayor Walsh for an open house with all City of Boston Departments. Learn more about programs underway in Downtown neighborhoods. Departments represented will include BPDA, Public Works, ISD, Parks and Rec, Boston Transportation Dept, BCYF, BPD, Boston Schools and many more. The meeting will take place at BCYF Quincy Community Center – 855 Washington St., Chinatown, on Monday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.

FAMILY GYM AT BLACKSTONE CC
Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ (BCYF) Family Gym Program is coming back for the spring season and will be available at Blackstone Community Center. Family Gym is a free, weekly play program that promotes physical activity for children ages 3-8 and their families.
Family Gym will run on Saturdays beginning Feb. 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. at BCYF Blackstone Community Center in the South End. Over 3,700 children and caregivers have participated in the program since it began in 2011. More than 360 college students have volunteered for Family Gym contributing more than 9,400 volunteer hours. Children and adults move at their own pace in supervised activities. Colorful play equipment encourages individual, small, and large group play. Families can jump rope, play on an obstacle course, do the limbo, or play parachute games or sports. No pre-registration required however caregivers must participate and remain in the gym with their children at all times.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Applications for the High School Volunteer Program are now available through the Mayor’s Office of Public Service & Community Outreach. This is a great opportunity for high school students who may be in need of community service credits that are required for graduation. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 24. If you’d like to learn more or view an application, contact [email protected]

SOUTH END ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE DINNER
The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will hold its 15th Annual Ellis Progressive Dinner on Monday, March 23. It’s a marvelous way to meet new neighbors and sample gourmet offerings from our neighborhood restaurants—all at a very reasonable price. The evening starts at Beehive at 5:30 p.m. for a welcome reception—wine, hors d‘oeuvres, Gemütlichkeit and instructions. Participants will enjoy three additional restaurants, two assigned on a random basis from an “electronic hat,” so participants will spend the evening with neighbors they may not have had a chance to meet and restaurants that you may not have visited. The Grand Finale will be at Barcelona with the full group. The restaurants participating are Aquitaine, Banyan, Beehive, Barcelona, Black Lamb, Boston Chops, Burro Bar, Coppa, Elephant Walk, Franklin Café, Frenchie and Metropolis. A glass of wine is offered with the course at each venue. The popular, optional night cap at the Beehive will be held again for intrepid South End jazz fans. Space is limited, so reserve now on the Ellis website http://www.ellisneighborhood.org/ or by sending your check for $85 ($95 for nonENA guests) by March 19. Payable to: “Ellis NA”. Send to: Ellis NA, attention Bill Gregor, 30 Union Park Street, Unit 203, Boston, MA, 02118. Please include the name(s) of those who will be attending, whether they would like to dine together and if walking only short distances is highly desirable. Questions? Contact Bill Gregor [email protected] or Betsy Hall at [email protected]

SOUTH END DATES
•The 7-Eleven located at 55 Berkeley St. has applied for a beer-and-wine license. The City of Boston will be hosting an Abutters Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 5:45 p.m. at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology (41 Berkeley Street) to discuss their application. If you are unable to attend and would like to voice your opinion, please contact the Mayor’s office by emailing Faisa Sharif ([email protected]), South End/Bay Village Neighborhood liaison and the Ellis Development, Licensing and Zoning Committee([email protected]).
•There will be a Board meeting of the Ellis on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in One Chandler.
•The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Boston Medical Center’s Menino Pavilion in the conference room, next to the surgical suite waiting room.
•The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) will have its next meeting on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Project Place. Meetings in April and June will likely be held at AC Hotel in Ink Block.

FENWAY TIMES
•The Rink at 401 Park is open and operating (weather dependent). The rink is open seven days a week. Monday-Friday, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $10 for adults, $6 for college students, seniors and kids under 12. Skate rentals are $6.
•Visit Boston’s Museum of African American History this February
It is Black History Month, and we are pleased to share that the Red Sox Foundation will sponsor free admission to the Museum of African American History during February school vacation week (Feb. 14 through 23).
The museum is located in Beacon Hill at 46 Joy St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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