With nearly everyone staying home and being physically distant because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Portland Phoenix hopes to help keep you busy, informed and a little more in touch with the world around us. We encourage you to check back here often to see what’s being offered by artists, restaurants, venues, community organizations and more, as we all hunker down and try to support each other.
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Sea Change Yoga’s 2020 Yogathon, an annual fundraiser originally slated to take place at Ocean Gateway, will now be a free virtual event open to all on Sunday, March 29, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The event will be available via Zoom and Facebook Live, with information and a schedule posted on the Yogathon website. Sea Change Yoga describes itself as “a nonprofit yoga service organization that brings the evidence-based practices of trauma-informed yoga and meditation to marginalized and underserved persons in Maine.” To learn more or to donate, visit seachangeyoga.org.
‘THE BIG TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY LIST,’ courtesy of Portland Food Map
Local food businesses are stepping up to offer their usual great fare with take-out safety and convenience. Portland Food Map maintains an evolving list of restaurants, coffee shops, markets, breweries, etc., and what they offer, so check regularly for updates. There are also links to restaurant cooking videos.
Wayside Maine Food Programs lists community and statewide resources, soup kitchens and food pick-up sites. Visit https://waysidemaine.org/community-resources.
Support your local fishermen: Gulf of Maine Sashimi offers fresh fish pick-up for home cooking. Sign up on their site.
Visit the website of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for information and links to churches offering live-streamed and on-air masses. You can join Bishop Deeley for 10 a.m. Sunday mass from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by clicking here.
To help you stay active, the federation of YMCAs is offering YMCA 360: On Demand, a free streaming program of yoga, active adult classes, boot camp and more.
The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine’s JCA Virtual Experience brings you local resources including online adult education classes, programs, exercise and yoga, and now, Mah Jongg! Keep checking in to see what’s new.
Royal River Conservation Trust has trails and maps to get you out of your stir-crazies. Remember to keep your distance from others; dogs are OK.
KEEP YOUR CHILDREN ENGAGED (at least for a few minutes)
Thanks to the magical creativity of Sydney Krawiec, a librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, there’s now a Hogwarts Digital Escape Room experience waiting for you online. Team up, sharpen your minds, and enjoy the challenge.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems; search different episodes with #MoLunchDoodles.
Do you know what “ego” means? Follow Maine children’s author, Chris Van Dusen, on Facebook, as he engages your kids and draws them into his stories. Look for “King Hugo’s Huge Ego” to find the answer to our question.
What could be cooler than having a real live astronaut read to your kids? Check out Story Time from Space, brought to you by the Global Space Education Foundation.
For students grades K-8, NASA has a STEM@home site full of science and engineering activities to keep young minds challenged. Make an ocean you can eat, run through the A-MAZE-ING Women of STEM, construct a balloon-powered rocket, or engage in a number of other activities, including coloring and reading.
“Smart Fun for Kids” from the Library of Congress has a few ideas, too. Record family history on StoryCorps by downloading the app, find copies of rare children’s books to read aloud, and who can resist creating an “exquisite corpse” bit of writing? (According to the description, “This is a game in which players construct a story by stringing together disconnected sentences or phrases. It creates a ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ type of tale, hence the ‘corpse’ moniker.”) Find all this and more at The Library of Congress.
From Atlanta, we have live streaming puppet shows on “Center for Puppetry and Arts.” See their Facebook page for a schedule.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History offers virtual tours of exhibits both current and past. Stroll through their permanent exhibit (site map included), or cruise through the former fossil hall full of skeletons and ancient sea life. Have your kids look for the camera icons that offer close-ups, like the ones in the Mammal 1 exhibit.
Shakespearean sonnets, read by Patrick Stewart, will surely keep you strong in mind and spirit.
Yale is offering a free online course, “The Science of Well-Being,” starting March 28. You can audit for free, or opt to pay for a certificate of completion.
The Library of Congress has a crowdsourced volunteer opportunity for history voyeurs. This is your chance to read and transcribe historical letters that need to be digitized for the library’s archives. It’s a collaborative project that allows you to select your own letter campaign and work at your own speed. The atmosphere is supportive, there are checkers and reviewers, and a forum to discuss the process: https://crowd.loc.gov/.
Got a library card? Here’s another reason libraries rock: Free streaming films, documentaries and more at kanopy.com, or through your library website. All you need is your library card number.
Feeling spaced-out? Get grounded with NASA’s image and video library online: https://images.nasa.gov/.
Take the family, or go alone, on a 360-degree virtual tour of “The Hidden Worlds of Our National Parks,” with Google Arts and Culture.
Explore.org offers some quiet time with their live nature webcams. You get to spy on everything from puppies and raptor nests to beehives and tropical reefs. Use it as background noise as you’re working; it’s soothing.
For teachers: Maine Public and PBS are offering free teaching and learning resources at PBS Learning Media.
If you’re missing live music, check out the “Together, At Home” live music series by various artists; search #TogetherAtHome concerts.
You have until Tuesday, March 31, to register for 30 days of free access to The Berlin Philharmonic’s library of concerts. There is no obligation in registering, and the process is explained here, or go directly to the digital concert hall and redeem a voucher.
The Metropolitan Opera has a free stream: A different encore presentation daily from the Met’s “Live in HD” series free on the web, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. the following day. Go to Nightly Met Opera Streams.