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Hygge at your Library

Winter Hygge will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and Feb. 29 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Hygge is the Danish concept of cozy, warm or homey. It’s a good way to cope with long, dark winters.

Wear cozy socks, bring your craft project and come relax at the library. The library will provide warm beverages, snacks, soft music and adult coloring pages. They will also have some tips on how to incorporate hygge ideas into your home.

Visit bpl.org/visit to learn more.

‘365 Days of Polaroid’ Exhibition

“365 Days of Polaroid” a solo project by free-lance photographer Steph Larsen will be on view from Jan. 10 through Jan. 12 at the Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10.

The artist took a Polaroid every day in 2019 – fully embracing the imperfect and uncertainty in life – to experience the magic in and emphasize the beauty of the every-day.

Visit stephlarsen.com and/or distillerygallery.com for other information.

Murphy ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Murphy Memorial Rink at 1880 William J Day Blvd. is open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours on the large rink: Sunday from 2 to 3:50 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 1:50 p.m.; Friday from noon to 1:50 p.m. and 6 to 7:50 p.m.; and Saturday from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

Public Skating Hours on the small rink: Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 5:50 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7:50 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Phone 617-269-7060 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

Book discussion

South Boston Branch Library (646 East Broadway) book discussion group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 to discuss Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

A copy of the book is available at the library circulation desk.

This group meets the first Monday of each month. All adults are welcome to join the group.

Visit bpl.org/visit for other information.

Migration and walls

Interactive tours of the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will be held at select times through Jan. 26.

“A Wall is a Wall” will be shown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in conjunction with the exhibition. The selection presents abstract meditations on, and sobering documentation of, border walls and the lived experiences of those who journey from one side to another.

Visit icaboston.org for additional information including other related programs.

Career Services Drop-In

A Career Coach from the Notre Dame Education Center will be at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through Jan. 31.

Stop by for help in developing an existing resume or creating a new resume, writing a cover letter, receiving assistance in filling out a job application, and/or requesting general career counseling.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

BGCB Annual Dinner 2020

The annual dinner hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.

Each year, corporate and civic leaders gather for BGCB’s Annual Dinner to help build a better Boston. Attended by more than 800 people, Annual Dinner raises critical funds to support our city’s young people who need us the most. These funds immediately work to help their members succeed academically, make healthy choices, build strong character, and practice good citizenship.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visit bgcb.org for tickets and sponsorships.

Pop-up art talk

A pop-up talk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.

Tickets are free with museum admission.

Visit icaboston.org or call 617-478- 3103 for further details.

Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry

The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica- St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.

Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.

Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.

Peace by Piece

Peace by Piece is held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m., offering an open space in which people can share their stories or just listen.

Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations; just show up.

For more information, visit fourthboston.org/peace or phone 617-701- 6281 or email peace@fourthboston.org.

Free Thursdays at ICA

Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at 100 Northern Ave. is free.

The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process.

For more information, go to icaboston.org/visit.

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit bostonplans.org.

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.

For groups larger than 15 people email bpda@boston.gov to arrange a tour.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at opeationable.net is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.