Here are the calendar items and notes for the rest of the neighborhoods in Boston:

Everyday Nature: Simple Activities for Outdoor Fun and Learning

The Arnold Arboretum has put together some simple nature tasks for all ages that are simple, varied, and open ended and can be done in your own backyard or neighborhood while social distancing. A different activity will be posted each weekday through April 30.

Visit for more information

Visit #GetOutside, #EverydayNatureTasks and #OutdoorLearning to share your discoveries on social media.

Virtual Waterworks Tour

The Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill will live stream a tour of the virtual model of their Museum at 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday on their page.

Visit for other information.


Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. each day for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.

Visit for other information.

Mass Audubon trails closed

The Mass Audubon has closed all Nature Centers, Museums, and Shops and canceled all programs for now. The trails and sanctuaries are also closed.

Visit for other information.

RVMS Spring Chick-or-Treat – Canceled

RVMS Spring Chick-or-Treat (formerly the Annual Egg Hunt) scheduled for Saturday, April 11 has been canceled.

The volunteers with RVMS plan to give out some treat-filled eggs at the Opening Day of the Summer Farmers Market, when everyone can (hopefully) gather as a community in lovely spring weather with summer around the corner.

Visit for other information.

B-A Community Supper – Temporarily closed

The Brighton-Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton will not be continuing the Community Supper servings for now.

Visit, phone 617-254-4046 or email for more information.

A-B Food Pantry – Call for Assistance

The Allston-Brighton Food Pantry, held at the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton, is usually open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays throughout the year, with the exception of November and December (with one holiday distribution), for eligible Allston Brighton residents.

Visit, or phone 617-254-4046 for updated information on how and when to receive services or to volunteer at this time.

B-A Thrift Shop – Temporarily closed

The Thrift Shop at the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton, is usually open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, but it is now temporarily closed.

Visit or phone 617-254-4046 for more information.

Ice Chips Celebration – Canceled

The Skating Club of Boston was going to present Ice Chips Celebration 2020 on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 at Harvard University’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center, 65 N. Harvard St. in Allston.

This year’s show has been canceled.

All proceeds would have benefited Boston’s Children’s Hospital and the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA.

Zootopia Gala Goes Virtual Celebration

Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, will "Bring the Zoo” to the Cambridge waterfront’s Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

The unforgettable evening will feature special animal ambassadors, auctions, dinner and dancing.

Proceeds will directly benefit Zoo New England’s mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders, as well as support the Zoo’s conservation projects, both locally and abroad.

For more information contact Nicole Sheehan at or phone 617-379-5190.

Visit for other information.

Mother's Day Walk for Peace 2020

The 24th annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace will be held on Sunday, May 10. The pledge walk is a fundraiser for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Dorchester-based organization that serves as a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma and loss.

Walkers will gather at Town Field Park (1520 Dorchester Ave. in Fields Corner), for on-site registration beginning at 6 a.m., a program at 8 a.m., and the step-off at 8:30 a.m.

Walkers can also join at a second entry point at approximately 9:45 a.m. at Madison Park High School (75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing). The walk will loop back to Town Field Park for a closing ceremony at 11:15 a.m.

Visit for other information, including early registration, ways to support the event, and online donations.

NAMIWalks Goes Virtual

The NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2020 will go Virtual on May 30.

NAMIWalks is a fun, family-friendly event to help promote awareness of mental health and reduce stigma by sharing and stories and walking together; to raise funds for NAMI’s mission of advocacy, education, support and public awareness; and to build community and let people know they are not alone.

Help make a difference.

Visit for more information, including ways you can help make this year’s event a success.

MTW book donations requested

More Than Words stores and events are currently closed; however, they are still accepting donations of books, to keep their youth-run business in operation.

All donations are fully tax deductible.

Visit for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs.

Haley House = Food + Music Opp

Haley House is excited to announce that you can now enjoy #FoodWithPurpose @Home and support artists at the same time.

Whether you’re craving jerk chicken and mac or would do anything for a HHBC chocolate chip cookie (or a dozen to bake yourself), they’ve got you covered.

Tune into their Facebook or Instagram pages to live stream music performances by local artists at #sidepresents.

Visit for more details.

Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations

Franklin Park Zoo is closed for now. All events and education programs have been canceled.

The Zoo would like donations for its All Our Animals Fund. These are difficult days and the zoo staff is working hard to be fiscally responsible while caring for the animals. The zoo needs your financial help.

Visit for more information.

Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network, visit where you will find, among other information, links to:

Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information:

Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).

Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.

The Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network is a powerful way to build strong connections and there are several ways that you can be a part of the group.

Email with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.

The Neighorhood Aid Network

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

State Representative Liz Miranda Community Care Response Team is working hard to partner people in the 5th Suffolk District of Roxbury and Dorchester with the services we all need to deal with the effects of COVID-19.

Visit for more information.

Haley House – Ways you can help

Here are a few ways you can continue helping The Haley House from afar during this continued period of social distancing:

Donate to the Emergency Fund: Since they switched the Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have been able to serve an average of 70 meals each day. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for these take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.

Purchase gift cards: This helps stabilize finances for their newly re-launched social enterprise and to launch an evening family-style take-out and delivery menu, along with some exciting ways to support artists through virtual programming, all at the Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St. Roxbury).

Donate non-perishable food or sanitizing items: see list of items needed, such as hand-sanitizer or Clorox wipes.

Visit for links and other details.

Design Week – Postponed

There’s still time to play a role in helping to pick who will be recognize for their leadership and talent within the area’s design community. The winners were going to be honored at The Boston Design Week Awards presentation, which was to be held at the Artist for Humanity EpiCenter in Boston on April 3 as part of the seventh annual Boston Design Week. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, that event has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.

Nominations will remain open indefinitely for three awards: Mentor of the Year (co-sponsored by the Over My Shoulder Foundation), Innovator of the Year and the Social Impact Award.

Two other awards have already been decided. The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez: a master furniture maker and President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School. The Producers Choice Award will be presented to The Society of Arts and Crafts.

Selected nominees will be invited to attend the awards’ event, which is co-sponsored by Artists for Humanity.

To learn more about the awards and how to take part, visit

For more information and updates about the plans for Boston Design Week programs, visit

Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students

BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the schools. Visit for more information.

Free meals for all students

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.

Visit for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email for other information. See all locations here.

If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Roslindale Open Mike Night – Canceled through April

Roslindale Open Mike Nights are usually held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at The Boston School of English, 8l4 South St. in Roslindale.

Doors open and sign-ups begin at 6 p.m.; Show starts at 7 p.m., Mini-set at 8:45 p.m. and Feature at 9 p.m.

Visit for other details, including a lineup of featured guests.

Spring into Yoga – Canceled

Quiet your mind, energize your body, and achieve relaxation with Spring into Yoga from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 6 at Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave. in Allston.

Each class will incorporate flowing, intentional Vinyasa-style movements, stretches, and breathing practices to relax the body. Modifications will be offered for participants of all levels to ensure your maximum benefit and healthy alignment.

Visit for reservations and other information.

Friday Fun Tennis – Site Closed

The Franklin Park Tennis Association will host Friday Fun Tennis from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex, 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Roxbury.

The goal of this program, designed for adults and youth, 12 years of age and older, is to build and expand individual skills and provide opportunities to practice play based skills. Must be able to rally and play points. The complex is closed until further notice.

Visit or to register prior to attending.

BPL is closed; online services continue to grow

All locations of the Boston Public Library are closed until further notice.

Please note the following:

• All events, classes, concerts and talks taking place at all locations of the Boston Public Library are at this time either cancelled or postponed.

• The BPL will waive overdue fines for our library patrons through May 1st..

• During this time, the library is expanding automatic renewals and allowing people to keep their books and other materials for 15 weeks, instead of the usual three weeks.

• The BPL has pushed back library card expiration dates - if your card is due for renewal, you will have until October to renew it.

• The library is increasing the limits on accrued fines before an account is blocked. Use of online library services will not be suspended for patrons during this period.

• The library foresees no interruption in its digital services, which will remain on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. In the coming days and weeks, the library will increase its online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources. Details about and links to remote library services can be found at

• The library is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the visitors and staff. Further updates to our operating hours will be announced on our website, on our social media platforms, and through email.

• For more information on the library closure, visit

• If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 495 Western Ave. in Brighton from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays; at Beechland Circle in Roslindale from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; at 8 Elm Hill Ave. in Roxbury from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays; at 1137 River Way in Hyde Park from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays; and at 434 Warren St. in Roxbury from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the year.

Visit for more information, including delivery status.

Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

The trucks will be at the following sites:

Hyde Park:

Malone Apartments, 11 Gordon Ave. from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays; and

Hassan Apartments, 705 River St. (enter via Thorn St.) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on alternate Fridays.


Harbor Health Elder Services, 1135 Morton St. (enter back of building, near garden) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. alternate Wednesdays (from Sept. 11); and

Mattapan Community Health Center, 1575 Blue Hill Ave. first floor lobby area from 4 to 5 p.m. on alternate Thursdays.

Roslindale and West Roxbury:

Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays and Ohrenberger Community Center., 175 W. Boundary Rd. in West Roxbury from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on alternate Fridays.


First Church of Roxbury, 10 Putnam St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays; Yawkey Boys & Girls Club, 115 Warren St. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays;

Dimock Health Center, 45 Dimock St. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on alternate Thursdays;

Walnut Park Apt., 1990 Columbus Ave. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays;

Whittier Street Health Center, 1290 Tremont St. (second floor Community Room) from 1 to 2 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays; Roxbury Tenants, 805 Huntington Ave. from 3 to 4 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month; and Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. (in Front Lobby) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit or phone 617-288-6185 for other information, including delivery status.