Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:
OJFit Sunday Outdoor Bootcamp
Welcome to OJFit Bootcamp. Get involved and get a full-body workout to jumpstart your morning or end your day at Franklin Park’s Playstead (near White Stadium).
All you need is some comfortable light fitness wear and a Yoga mat (optional). All fitness levels are welcome.
10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15
9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16
Visit www.ojfit.com and/or eventbrite.com for the registration link ($10).
Plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early – Bootcamp starts on time.
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo
Experience the wonder of more than 50 magnificent large scale displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted large scale lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres. The first of its kind in New England, this lantern experience will dazzle and delight guests of all ages.
The Zoo invites you to walk (socially distanced, of course) through a luminous 66-foot-long shark tunnel, dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens and traditional Asian lantern scenes. Glimmering butterflies, whimsical ocean scenes, a 26-foot-tall giant panda and a majestic 197-foot-long dragon will light up the night sky. Little entertainers can even make their own music on a giant step-and-play piano.
Boston Lights will also shine a light on the importance of conserving the incredible biodiversity on the planet. All of the lanterns are illuminated with energy saving LED lights.
This dazzling and delightful show can be enjoyed from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 1.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights for more information and tickets.
Price: Non-Members - $19.95 | Members - $17.95
Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor.
The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.
To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth Programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit www.courageoussailing.org and/or follow them on their social media platforms.
Kanopy Club: ‘Obit.’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “Obit” on Kanopy.com/video/obit and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
About Obit.: “It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps – and these days, 10 minutes before news hits the web – an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics and football scores.”
OBIT. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to those who register.
Concerts in the Courtyard Series (Online)
The Boston Public Library, in the spirit of their annual Concerts in the Courtyard series, will stream the performances on their YouTube page from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays as follows:
Aug. 21: Northstar Duo
Aug. 28: Ken Field & Blake Newman
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a description of each concert.
DCR Summer Nights program with Level Ground
Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts, 527 Columbia Rd. will provide in-person martial arts training as well as virtual programming from 2:30 to 9 p.m. on weekdays through Aug.21.
Phone 410-533-2210 for more information, including how to register.
Waterfront Bingo 2020
Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.
Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.
Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.
Visit bostonharbornow.org for more information.
Afrobeats & Soca Fusion: Sweat Dance Class
Get ready for fun vibes and good times as you dance your stress away with Sweat Summer Dance Classes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 30 at the Franklin Park Playstead, Pierpont Rd.
Join the host of the event, Key Michel, as the group dances to the latest and hottest Afrobeats and
Soca tracks. Come with positive vibes and a mask. Free parking is right in front of the field.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information and registration.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
DCR Summer Nights Program at Lena Park Community Center
Lena Park Community Center, 150 American Legion Hwy, will host a variety of activities (basketball skills and drills, paint night, movie night, arts and crafts) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 21.
Phone 617-533-8133 for more information.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 in the Virtual Teen Room.
They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
DCR Summer Nights Program with Teach 1 Basketball
Teach 1 Basketball will host basketball drills and exercises at McMorrow Park on Victory Road from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 21.
Participants must register at www.teach1basketball.org. Program Capacity is limited.
DCR Summer Nights Program with PIM Project
The PIM Project will host organized sports and games including basketball drills, cornhole tournaments, and flag-football drills at Roberts Field, 63 Wentworth St., from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 21.
Visit www.Thepimproject.org or phone 617-372-5669 for more information.
Parks Fitness: HIIT Class with G-Fit
A heart-pumping HIIT Class with G-Fit will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30 at Franklin Park, 1 Franklin Park Rd. in Dorchester.
Registration is required at apm.activecomunities.com. Visit boston.gov/events for more information.
Facebook Live: Story and a craft
What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Breakdancing workshop for youth
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias, a member of the Floorlord - the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.
Each week people will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.
DCR Summer Nights Program with BMAGB
The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston will provide outdoor music, arts and games at Faith Christian Church, 301 Harvard St. from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 21.
To participate, register at www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-cafe- tickets-113403049574?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm- content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing.
Beach Yoga with daisyface flow
Join Morgan of daisyface flow & the daisyface Space Studio for her third season of Beach Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30 at Pleasure Bay Beach, 1918 William J Day Blvd.
This year may look a little different... with mats six feet apart and face masks (optional)…
But the same incredible experience will be offered: Warm sand, sun on your skin and the background sounds of waves crashing into the beach.
And the same stellar deal - $10 – Venmo is preferred @daisyfaceflow (cash if need be).
Got questions? Morgan has answers at email@example.com.
All are welcome – kiddos, grandmas, any level of yogi – especially first timers.
Visit www.daisyfaceflow.com for more information.
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
Virtual music class
Talented musicians from EchoKids will put on a virtual family concert from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays to sing and dance along via Instagram Live@Ethoslearn.
Visit ethoslearn.com for more information.
Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information.
All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.
ADLS programs are currently open with limited activities following strict health and safety guidelines.
ADLS is currently offering summer drop-in activities at Town Field along with a modified version of their softball program.
Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.
BCYF summer programs and events
Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) will offer a variety of summer classes and programs, including arts and computer activities; recreational, sports and fitness programs; virtual field trips; workshops and more for pre-registered youth and teens following COVID guidelines. There will be no drop-in programs this summer.
These free programs will be offered remotely and in person on select weekdays and at various times through Aug. 21.
All participants must bring their own sports equipment and other supplies, where applicable.
Visit boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/summer-programs-and-events-bcyf for more information, including a schedule and link to register.
Kroc Community Center opens
Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St. has opened following health and safety guidelines.
The exercise room, which has all new equipment, and the weight room will be staffed and some fitness classes will be scheduled.
Membership fee for the month of August will come with a 20 percent reduction to reflect limited access to programs and areas.
The Salvation Army has distributed more than 7.1 million meals across Massachusetts since March thanks to our generous supporters. Their social services, food pantry and meal distribution efforts are ongoing.
Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.org for more information.
White Stadium Sports Center summer program extended
The White Stadium Sports Center, 450 Walnut Ave. (Franklin Park) is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing skill building clinics in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports for children, 7 through 14 years of age.
The drop-in programs are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 28.
Participants can register at apm.activecommunities.com for and attend one or more weeks.
For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at Woodley.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-961-3084.
Kids bowl free
Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first-ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
Sign your children up – registered kids (ages 2 to 18) can enjoy two free games of bowling each day at participating bowling centers during the summer as part of the nationwide KBF Program. More than 21 million kids have participated.
Boston Bowl at 820 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to midnight and from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays following social distancing guidelines. There are 16 other participating bowling centers located across Massachusetts.
Visit www.kidsbowlfree.com and/or bostonbowl.com for more information and registration.
Summer on the Emerald Necklace goes virtual
The Emerald Necklace signature series of summer programs will be offered online as a variety of live and on-demand events – including virtual tours and concerts, contests, online yoga and more.
Make the most of your summer by exploring, connecting with and learning more about one of the many historic parks that make up the Emerald Necklace and the natural world. Whether at home or on a socially distanced stroll in a favorite park, they have an activity for everyone.
New resources and live virtual events will be released regularly throughout the summer.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org frequently for the latest announcements.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
EMK Institute programs and activities
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.
While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on You Tube, links to a variety of activities can be found on their website.
Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.
Visit emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to You Tube and the activities.
JFK Library and Museum digital content and curriculum
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is adding a weekly digest of digital content for families to enjoy, including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.
Visit jfklibrary.org for more details.
Commonwealth Museum is open
Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Blvd. will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays following COVID-19 guidelines. Admission is free.
There will be a maximum capacity of four people in the Treasures Gallery and Museum Theater; all other galleries and exhibits currently remain closed.
"The Commonwealth Museum brings the story to life with state of the art interactive exhibits. Its dramatic ‘treasures gallery’ holds the great historic documents that protect our liberties. Spend an hour or an afternoon and share our common heritage." – William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth via the Commonwealth Museum.
For more information, visit http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/index.html.
Zoos are open
Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are open for a roarin’ good time following COVID guidelines.
At each park, guests will be invited to experience an Outdoor Safari Walk, a one-way trail through many of the zoos exhibits. The playground and play stations are open.
Online reservations and timed tickets that can be scanned are required for your visit.
Summer Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and major holidays
Virtual tours and activities will continue.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.
Free COVID-19 Testing
Codman Square Health Center is offering COVID-19 Testing for all, regardless of symptoms or contact with others. You do not need to be a patient of the health center to be tested. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit codman.org or phone 617-822-8271 for more information.
BPL To Go expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
Using the library website, phone line or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
Ashmont Farmers Market
The Ashmont Farmers Market in Peabody Square will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 30.
The market will be operating only as a pick up site without browsing through August. While items will be for sale on site, they will all be pre-packaged bags & boxes of produce.
Visit http://greaterashmont.org/farmers-market for more information.
Codman Square Farmers Market
The Codman Square Farmers Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 3 at Codman Square Park, 360 Talbot Ave.
Visit codmansquarecouncil.org for more information.
Dudley Farmers Market
The Dudley Farmers Market will be open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays following COVID guidelines through October 29. The Farmers Market is located at Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue. If it rains, the Market will be held at the Dudley Greenhouse, 11 Brook Ave.
The senior shopping hours are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
SNAP, Healthy Incentive Program (HIP), WIC, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition coupons, cash and credit accepted.
Email email@example.com for more information, including pre-orders.
Visit www.thefoodproject.org for other information.
Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
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” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns or for other information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Fresh Truck open air markets
The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.
Locations now open:
Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown
Tuesdays: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton
Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.
Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.
The Neighborhood 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 Rep. Liz Miranda’s Community Care Response Team works to partner people in the 5th Suffolk District of Roxbury and Dorchester with the services needed to deal with the effects of COVID-19.
Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston ` `
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.
Please consider donating food, gift cards or hygiene products to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.
Phone their Administrative Offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.
Visit www.ccab.org for a list of places that they service along with more information.
Codman Square Health Center COVID-19 Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who helped raise more than $33,000 of the $50,000 goal for Codman Square Health Center's Codman Fights COVID-19 Fundraiser so far. Your donations help support their 23,000 patients and protect the staff on the front lines of COVID-19 at Codman. .
Donate to their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/codman-covid19?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3Us6VWw2cmIRhZDu7kiNDT0ZBPY_fa3dqbR1uA4ZPiZIi6BZwCkCcBUWY.
Anyone who is looking to donate gloves, masks and cleaning supplies should fill out this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Codman-Covid19-Supplies.
Me2/Orchestra is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. The focus is on a supportive music-making environment and stigma-erasing performances for all ability levels. There is no audition and no participation fee to join.
New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, email email@example.com, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.
Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations
Although the Franklin Park Zoo is partially open, donations to the “All Our Animals Fund” can still be made to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and maintain the Zoo’s infrastructure.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.