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August 2021 CenterNews

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 West End Branch
of the Boston Public Library

Join for three garden storytimes at Old West Church on August 3, 10, 17 at 10:30 AM. Our Children’s Librarian will be reading books and singing songs about gardening/growing plants and kids will be able to explore OWC's Food Forest. 

On August 18 at 10:30am, The Friends of the West End Branch Library will be sponsoring a Meet the Garden program here at the West End's newly remodeled garden. Our Children’s Librarian will read a book or two and then kids will get to dig in the garden, hold a couple of worms, and plant some seeds. It'll be a fun hands-on introduction to gardening! 

August 24, will be another garden storytime, but this one will be in the West End Branch Library Garden at 10:30am.

(CLICK above to go to the links for the programs below)

Walking Tour – The Old West End: Boston’s Lost Neighborhood (Aug 7, Aug 28, Sept 11)

90-minute walks focused on the Italian, Jewish, and multi- ethnic communities displaced by urban renewal in 1961.

Tours will focus on three West End buildings that survived urban renewal but are likely to be lost to development in 2021-2022: West End House, Winchell School, and one of the last original brick tenements.

History buff Jim Briand will explore the history of these buildings and what they tell us about education, immigrant assimilation, and day-to-day living in the tight confines of the old West End.
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Museum Hours:
Tuesday & Friday (12 pm- 5:00 pm)
Saturday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Free Admission
Handicap Accessible

North End Italian Feasts & Processions Guide 2021

August 1 – St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast
(First weekend in August)
Feast opens at 7:00 pm on Thursday; 12pm-11pm Fri., Sat. & Sun.
Hanover & Battery Streets (12:00pm Sunday Procession)

August 6, 7 & 8, 2021 – Madonna Della Cava Feast
Feast opens at 7:00 pm on Friday; 12pm-11pm Sat. & Sun.
Hanover & Battery Streets (1:00pm Sunday Procession)

August 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2021 - 'Fisherman’s Feast' of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca
Thursday, 6pm, Blessing of the Fishing Waters to Christopher Columbus Park
Feast opens at 6:00 pm on Friday; 12pm-11pm Sat. & Sun. Fleet, Lewis & North Streets
Sunday 1:00 pm Grand Procession starts; 8:00 pm Flight of the Angel

August 22, 2021 – Centennial Feast for Santa Lucia
Mass at 12 noon with Cardinal O’Malley at St. Leonard Church
2:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies & Procession starts at Endicott & Thacher Streets
(Feast on Endicott St.)

August 26, 2021 – St. Lucy’s Feast
Thacher & Endicott Streets
7:00 pm Thursday Night Procession (5pm Music by Vinyl Groove)

August 27, 28, 29, 2021 – Saint Anthony’s Feast
Endicott, Thacher & N. Margin Streets
Feast opens at 7:00 pm on Friday; 12pm-11pm Sat. & Sun.
Sunday: 12:00 pm Grand Procession starts

September 12, 2021 – Santa Rosalia di Palermo
1:00 pm – Procession only – North Square

September 19, 2021 — Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession
1:00 pm – Procession only – Starts at St. Leonard Church, Hanover & Prince Streets


Folks of all age groups and all racial backgrounds, including elderly, young families, Hispanics, Chinese, and Russian, find sustenance in its shelves. Helen Bender, Librarian, has been a long-term
friend and supporter of the pantry!

The food pantry is staffed by NE/WE NSC staff, including Stephen Zhang, Case Manager, who can assist Chinese-speaking clients. They do all the
tasks associated with running the pantry, including maintaining client records; verifying eligibility, procuring, stocking, and distributing the food;
and delivering it when needed.

The storage lockers include rice, oatmeal, other grains, pasta, peanut butter, bottled juices, and canned items: soups, tuna, vegetables, beans, and sauces. There are also perishable proteins such as fish and eggs available. In the past year, the NE/WE NSC an increase in clients and a demand to use the pantry services more than once a month.

The stock comes from a variety of sources, including monthly discounted shopping at the Greater Boston Food Bank and donations from organizations such as the SWAN Society in Boston, Church on the Hill, and Project Bread. The post office has conducted food drives, as has the Park Street School in the West End. The West End Civic Association has designated the food pantry for its annual end-of-year donation to a worthy local cause.

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It’s August,
and the summer continues to fly by!  While the weather has had it’s ups, down and downpours, we hope you are still having some summer fun! Looking for something to celebrate
 August 3rd is National Watermelon Day and August 5-11th is National Smile Week.

The Olympics are about half way over, and the medal counts for the USA rise!  It’s been exciting to watch, and just think, we’ll have the Winter Olympics next year since the 2020’s were postponed til 2021!  

Mask advisories are on the rise for people to wear them inside, so please stay safe!

Enjoy the weather, enjoy each other, and keep staying safe!

  ~The West End Community Center

Concerts & Sport are Back!

Fenway Park
3. Guns & Roses
4. Billy Joel
6. New Kids on the Block
8. Zack Brown Band
Red Sox

TD Garden
24. Michael Bublè
27. The Eagles

Leader Bank Pavillion
8. Counting Crows
14. Harry Connick Jr.
18. Jason Mraz
20. John Fogerty

The Wilbur
John Mulaney

Preseason Patriots
New England Revolution
26 & 27. Kenny Chesney w/ Floria Georgia Line


Creamy Corn Pasta with Basil

It's August, and corn is in season.  Sometimes you want more than just corn on the cob, so here is a recipe to try from the New York Times, Melissa Clark.  I've added some notes at the end from some peoples comments of what to add.

  •  Fine sea salt
  • 12 ounces dry orecchiette or farfalle
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 bunch scallions (about 8), trimmed and thinly sliced (keep the whites and greens separate)
  • 3 large ears corn, shucked and kernels removed (2+ cups kernels)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, more for serving
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, more to taste
  • ⅓ cup torn basil or mint, more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  •  Fresh lemon juice, as needed 
  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until 1 minute shy of al dente, according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large sauté pan over medium heat; add scallion whites and a pinch of salt and cook until soft, 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water and all but 1/4 cup corn; simmer until corn is heated through and almost tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, transfer to a blender, and purée mixture until smooth, adding a little extra water if needed to get a thick but pourable texture.
  3. Heat the same skillet over high heat. Add butter and let melt. Add reserved 1/4 cup corn and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. (It’s O.K. if the butter browns; that deepens the flavor.) Add the corn purée and cook for 30 seconds to heat and combine the flavors.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water, tossing to coat. Cook for 1 minute, then add a little more of the pasta cooking water if the mixture seems too thick. Stir in 1/4 cup of the scallion greens, the Parmesan, the herbs, the red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice to taste. Transfer to warm pasta bowls and garnish with more scallions, herbs, a drizzle of olive oil and black pepper.
Notes: Some people thought this was too sweet and added bacon and a little garlic before adding the scallions to sauté.  Many people added the cobs of the corn (after taking the kernels off) to the pasta water to add more corn flavor to the dish.
 - others added shrimp, peas, and or cherry tomatoes to add more color and protein.
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