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January 2021 CenterNews Part 2

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Where we are now:
As a reminder, the following State orders remain in effect to reduce the transmission of the virus: 

  •  Temporary capacity and gathering limits: 10 persons indoors and 25 persons outdoors for both private homes and event venues and public spaces. 
  • Face coverings order: face masks or cloth face coverings are required in all public places, whether indoors or outdoors, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. 
  •  Travel order: all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents are required to:
    • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
    • Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.
  •  Stay-at-Home Advisory: residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
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Boston Public Schools Update

All students who have qualified for high-in person priority are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Feb. 1, according to Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius and Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang.

This is followed by students in kindergarten through third grade, groups A & B, on March 1 and March 4; students in fourth through eighth grade, Groups A & B, on March 15 and March 18; and students in ninth through 12th grade, Groups A & B, on March 29 and April 1.

Each phase may be postponed by one to two weeks based on the public health environment.

Things to Check out:

Online Event
Jan 15th - 18th ,  7:00p -11:30p
Reserve tickets
The 18th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival, known as BCMFest, returns to Club Passim January 14-18, 2021. Presented by Passim, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports a vibrant music community through Club Passim, the Passim School of Music, artist grants and outreach initiatives, the 2021 festival will showcase Greater Boston’s deep tradition of music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic communities.

The festival continues with the Roots & Branches Concert on Friday, January 15 from 7:00PM with Jenna Moynihan; the Atlantic Folk Trio; The Quartet of Irish Musicians with Laura Feddersen, Nathan Gourley, Cara Frankowicz & Alan Murray; and Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman. 

Suggested donation: $15

January 17th at 4pm
Tickets are FREE
Reserve Tickets Here
Boston Children’s Chorus unites its voices to honor the resilience of a people that have formed the backbone of this country’s cultural heritage. In 1619, the first slave-bearing ship, the White Lion, arrived on the shores of North America, marking the onset of centuries-long injustice borne by black Americans. Drawing upon a rich artistic legacy, we share music that underscores the history of the African American experience and reflect on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 6:00p -7:00p
Boston Public Library - Online Event
Register at BPL website to receive link to attend talk

If you take Boston’s Blue Line to its northern end, you’ll reach the Wonderland stop. Few realize that a twenty-three-acre amusement park once sat nearby—the largest in New England, and grander than any of the Coney Island parks that inspired it. Opened in Revere on Memorial Day in 1906 to great fanfare, Wonderland offered hundreds of thousands of visitors recreation by the sea, just a short distance from downtown Boston.
Would you be interested in joining us for an online cooking class?

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We'll send you the ingredients you'll need, the recipe, and then we will make it together!
or you can always just watch!

So, 2021 seems to be challenging 2020 in terms of how much can happen in a year.  We are only 15 days in, and again, we are making history. While these times will go be written in the books for generations to come, we can't lose site of who we are, and what we hope for the future. 

Through the darkness we have to concentrate on the good. If we continue to do what we can to keep each other safe, we will get through the pandemic.  If we continue to keep our hearts and our minds open, we will get through this upheaval that has taken over this country.

There are warnings for things to come around the Inauguration, luckily there are no credible threats here in Boston, but please be aware of what is going on around you, and be safe.

Continue to be safe!

  ~The West End Community Center

Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam: Livestream Art Tour

Jan. 17 - 3:00 PM  - FREE Event
Begin your Tai Chi journey: An introduction to essential Tai Chi skills

Learning even basic Tai Chi skills can promote balance, calmness, and mental focus.

Sundays, January 17 & 24 at 10am

MFA Community Celebration: MLK Day

AT 5 PM 
There is an online event to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..The celebration will stream on our Facebook, YouTube and on

The program, titled "Voices on King," will bring together nonprofit, corporate and community leaders to share their personal reflections on the current impact and lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The event will also feature a musical performance by Danny Rivera and an original poem by poet Porsha Olayiwola.
Inauguration Information

The 2021 presidential inauguration will take place on Wednesday, January 20, at noon ET. The ceremony itself will take place at the U.S. Capitol. Pre-inauguration festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Virtual Class - Himalayan Cooking: Samosas and Pakoras

January 21st - 6:30-8pm
FREE event
Spend the evening making samosas and pakoras with Ishwari and virtually traveling to other parts of the world!

Registered participants will be emailed the recipe along with details to join the class via Zoom the week before the class and again as a reminder 1 hour before class begins. A link to the class recording will be sent following the class.

An Irish Night In: A shared experience of Irish culture at home

23rd January 2021 – 1 - 5pm

Streaming live on Facebook and Youtube

An Irish Night In is an interactive event with food, music, and storytelling, creating a light-hearted and enriching shared experience of Irish culture at home, presented by the Embassy of Ireland, Berlin, in partnership with Tourism Ireland and Bord Bia – Irish Food Board.


January 28

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken
original recipe from Simple Green Moms, adapted by Chiara
Serve this over some steamed white rice, and add some vegetables if you like!
  • 1 pound boneless, (3 pieces) skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup honey, or more, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 400(F) degrees. Prepare two sheet pans with nonstick spray.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add  beaten eggs to the chicken.
  3.           Dredge each piece of chicken in the panko breadcrumbs and put the chicken onto the sheet pan, with space between each piece. .
  4.           Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and at an internal temperature of 165 (F) degrees.
  5. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic, soy sauce and Sriracha. In another small bowl, combine cornstarch and water, then stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened (about 1–2 minutes).
  6. Add baked chicken into the sauce and stir until even combined and Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions, and serve immediately.
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