Pitch in for American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery
One of the biggest roadblocks to cancer treatment is lack of transportation. That’s why the American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program provides patients with free rides to cancer-related medical appointments. But they need your help! Volunteer to give cancer patients in your area much-needed rides to treatment. You might be a retiree with extra time, a student with a flexible schedule or an employer looking for a meaningful way to engage your staff with the community. You’ll be the one getting a pick-me-up from helping your neighbors. To lend your time or to ask questions, call 800–227–2345 or visitCancer.org/Drive.
Phillips Street Playground Harvest Fest and Halloween Costume Party
The Friends of the Phillips Street Playground presents its 11th annual Harvest Fest and Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. at the playground on Phillips Street between Anderson and Garden streets. (rain date: Sunday, Oct. 27).
The event will feature games, crafts, face painting and a paper airplane contest, as well as free pizza and cider courtesy of Whole Foods.
For more information, contact [email protected]
Vilna Shul Open House
The Vilna Shul at 18 Phillips St. will hold an open house on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tours run every 30 minutes starting at 1pm. Last tour will start at 3:30 p.m. No advanced registration required. Discounted parking with validation available.
Visit vilnashul.org for more information.
King’s Chapel’s Tuesday Recitals
King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., presents its Tuesday Recitals. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at 12:15 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes; for more information, call 617-227-2155.
Programming includes Kyle Bertulli on C.B. Fisk organ performing works by Mendelssohn and Rheinberger on Oct. 29; cellist Ben Swartz performing Bach Cello Suites nos. 1 and 6 on Nov. 5; Donald Zook (flute) and Steven Young (organ) performing works by Becker, Cooman, Jensen and more on Nov. 12; Olson/De Cari Dou (soprano Gioia De Cari and guitarist John Olson) performing works by Harnick, Jobim, Leisner and more on Nov. 19; and Italy’s Giorgio Revelli on the C.B. Fisk organ performing works by Bach, Charpentier, Pachelbel and more on Nov. 26.
Children’s Programs at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., offers “Music with Megan” on Fridays until Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers join Megan to play rhythm instruments, sing, and move to all kinds of music. This program is ideal for children birth to age 5 with caregivers. Families will be admitted on a first come, first-served basis the day of the program, but other groups can’t be accommodated.
Also, the library offers Sherry Eskin’s Toddler Time through Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and their families join Sherry Eskin for developmentally appropriate songs, stories, and lots of movement. This program is intended for individual child-caregiver pairs. Come prepared to engage with your child(ren).
Concert Featuring Jazz Accordionist and Jazz Harpist
Come to the Church On The Hill at 140 Bowdoin St. (across the street from the State House) for a concert of music by great jazz composers on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.
This concert will feature the talents of Plamen Karadonev (accordion and piano) and Charles Overton (harpist) performing innovative jazz compositions and Broadway hits. Their repertoire includes compositions by Michel Legrand, Jerry Bergonzi, Plamen Karadonev, Cole Porter and others. The concert is open to the public, admission is $9, and there will be a reception of savory and sweet delights immediately following the concert.
For more information, phone 617-523-4575 or visit http://churchonthehillboston.org.
Nichols House Museum Seeking Volunteer Tour Guides
The Nichols House Museum welcomes volunteers to join the museum as tour guides.
Guides provide vital support to the museum by leading high-quality tours to diverse audiences and communities. Hours are flexible, and orientation and training throughout the month of March are required. Guides receive complimentary admission to the museum and all museum-programming events. There are also regular opportunities for complimentary, behind-the-scenes visits to other local museums and cultural organizations. Applicants should be interested in history, architecture, and decorative arts, and enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages. Tour guides typically commit to half or full-day shifts.
To apply, complete the application form available on the museum’s homepage, www.nicholshousemuseum.org.
BSNJ Community Children’s Chorus
The Boston Society of The New Jerusalem (BSNJ) Community Children’s Chorus is a comprehensive musical training program for children in the third through seventh grades.
Your child will be participating in a program that promotes: the love of music, expressive singing, teamwork-cooperative learning, building new friendships, self-assessment and the fun of being in an outstanding program.
The group meets at 140 Bowdoin St. on Saturday mornings. Tuition is free for any child with a Greater Boston-area address. All levels of singing ability are welcome. To register, contact Carlton Doctor at 617-523-4575 or visit www.churchonthehillboston.org (click on “music.”)
BSNJ/The Church On The Hill sponsors this initiative, but we are not promoting any religious ideology.
MGH Seeking Volunteers
The Massachusetts General Hospital Volunteer Department is seeking volunteers to help families connect with loved ones after surgery. Candidates must have the ability to walk extensively, and to push a person in a wheelchair. Shifts are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 2 to 6 p.m.
Contact Kim Northrup at 617-724-1826 for more information.
‘Coloring for Adults’ at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., presents “Color Your World: Coloring for Adults“ on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m.
At this time, the library will supply coloring pages, colored pencils, markers and crayons, or bring your own supplies if you prefer. Feel free to drop in between these hours.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
Spanish/English Language Exchange
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., presents the Spanish/English Language Exchange/Intercambio de Idiomas en Inglés y Español on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m.
At this time, English speakers can practice Spanish and Spanish speakers can practice English in this fun, informal conversation class.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
ESL Conversation Group Resumes Meeting at West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., welcomes the English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation group every Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Come and practice your English language skills with other newcomers and a facilitator.
BSNJ Community Children’s Chorus
The Boston Society of The New Jerusalem (BSNJ) Community Children’s Chorus is a comprehensive musical training program for children in Grades 3 to 7.
Your child will be participating in a program that promotes: the love of music, expressive singing, teamwork-cooperative learning, building new friendships, self-assessment and the fun of being in a well organized program.
The rehearsals take place at 140 Bowdoin St. on Tuesday afternoons. Tuition is free for any child with a Boston address. All levels of singing ability are welcome. To sign up, please contact Mr. Doctor at 617-523-4575 or visit www.churchonthehillboston.org (click on “music”).
The Church on the Hill sponsors this initiative but we are not promoting any religious ideology.
West End Playgroup Meets Tuesday Mornings
The West End Community Center, located at 1 Congress St., welcomes the West End Playgroup on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. through the fall and winter.
This is a free drop-in time to let kids play and adults chat with one another. Small toy donations are welcome.
Get Homework Help at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 151 Cambridge St., offers homework help every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Get help from a Boston Public Schools teacher. No appointment necessary; simply drop in with your homework.
Call 617-523-3957 for more information.
Compassionate Friends Group Reaches Out to Bereaved Parents, Families
The Boston Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) meets at Trinity Church on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
TCF is a national self-help, mutual-assistance organization offering friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents and their families. Call 617-539-6424 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
Introduction to Laptops, eReaders and iPads at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., offers an introduction to laptops, eReaders and iPads by appointment only. Get the most out of your eReader or Laptop. Receive tips and guidance during these one-on-one sessions. Call Branch Librarian, Helen Bender at617-523-3957 or e-mail [email protected] to set up an appointment.
West End Food Pantry Seeking Donations
The West End Food Pantry needs help to continue serving its more than 120 clients per month. They welcome donations to replenish the supply of food that they give out to hungry residents in the neighborhood.
The pantry is located in the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library and is staffed by volunteers from ABCD’s North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center. Non-perishable (canned and boxed) items are being sought, including rice, pasta, canned tuna, canned chicken, chili, beans, vegetables, cereal, soups, cup of noodles, etc.
Donations can be left at the library, 151 Cambridge St., on Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteers Needed for Hot Meal Program
The North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC), located at 1 Michelangelo St., serves a hot, fresh, home-cooked lunch to seniors in the neighborhood Mondays and Fridays, and is looking for two volunteers to help with shopping, food preparation, cooking, serving and clean-up. The non-profit providing services and programs to low-income residents of the North End, West End and Beacon Hill is looking for volunteers who can assist with the whole meal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a Monday and/or Friday, but can make arrangements to fit your schedule.
Contact Maria Stella Gulla, director, at 617-523-8125, ext. 201, via e-mail at [email protected] for more information
Yoga for Seniors at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., presents yoga for seniors every Tuesday from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Classes are led by Tatiana Nekrasova, a certified yoga instructor.
Volunteer at Spaulding Rehab
Stay active, meet new people and be connected with your community by volunteering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Staff members will match your skills and interests to a volunteer opportunity. The hospital is currently recruiting volunteers, ages 18 and up, for two- to three-hour-a-week shifts for a minimum of six to 12 months commitment. Visit www.spauldingnetwork.org for more information.
After-Work tai chi Group at the West End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., welcomes after-work tai chi group every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Come and try this low impact energy exercise with yang-style tai chi instructor Arthur Soo-Hoo.
Local Residents Needed to Drive Cancer Patients to and from Treatment
The American Cancer Society is in great need of Road to Recovery volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure cancer patients receive their treatments, but many find making transportation arrangements is a challenge. The American Cancer Society provided more than 19,000 rides to cancer patients in New England last year, but needs new volunteer drivers to keep up with the demand for transportation.
Make a difference in the fight against cancer by becoming a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery. Drivers use their own vehicle to drive patients to and from their treatments. The schedule for volunteers is flexible, and treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer driver for Road to Recovery, contact your American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Join the Downtown Boston Rotary Club
The Downtown Boston Rotary Club, the first new Rotary Club in Boston in 100 years, holds meetings at the UMass Club in the Financial District on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 7:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.dbrotary.org or call 617-535-1950.
Be a Friend to Elderly in Need
FriendshipWorks seeks caring people to offer help and support to isolated elders in the Boston area. Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and assist elders with tasks such as reading, organizing, or going for a walk – lend an hour each week and gain a friend and a new perspective. Volunteers also needed to escort elders to and from medical appointments. No car is needed and hours are flexible. For more information or to apply online, visit www.fw4elders.org or call 617-482-1510.