Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Robot building party

You’re invited! Bring a friend, make new ones and build a robot with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

SketchBoston at Franklin Park

Boston Society of Landscape Architects will host SketchBoston from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Franklin Park, North Walnut Entrance following health and safety guidelines.

SketchBoston is an up and coming sketching group for anyone interested in drawing the dynamic landscapes of Boston and beyond. All skill levels are encouraged to join us. There will be time for sketching and for sharing.

Please bring a mask and your own sketching materials (sketchbooks, watercolors, pens, pencils, markers, etc.).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sketchboston-at-franklin-park-tickets-117786479531 for more information and registration.

Twitch ‘Stage Select’ gaming

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for "Stage Select" gaming on Twitch from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept, 22, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 in the Virtual Teen Room.

They’ll be discovering a mysterious new game that most of us have never played before. Will they saunter through the quirky, winding halls of The Stanley Parable…? Bend their brains pushing puzzles around in Baba Is You…? Lose their marbles in Marbles...?

You’ll have to stop by to discover each game along with them, lending your mental magnitude to help them make key decisions, develop strategies, and just have fun hanging out, joking around, chatting about life and even recommending the next game.

Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.

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, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

‘Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow Of Senator Joe Mccarthy’

Award-winning journalist Larry Tye will discuss his new book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy with Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Visit www.jfklibrary.org/events and/or Eventbrite.com/114920793186 for more information and registration for this free virtual Kennedy Library Forum.

Kanopy Club: ‘Boy’

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Boy on Kanopy.com/video/boy and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

About Boy: Acclaimed director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) presents a creative coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed "Boy" (James Rolleston). With his mother dead and father AWOL, Boy becomes the head of a household full of kids when his Nana leaves town for a funeral.

Out of nowhere, Boy's Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his "gang," and turns Boy's life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights and falling-outs as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to people who register.

Animal dance party

Bring a friend make new ones and get WILD on the dance floor with Girl Scouts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Parents and caregivers are also invited.

Visit gsema.org for more information and registration to this free virtual event.

Chez-Vous fundraiser

The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St.) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.

The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March, has established a new crowdsourced Gofundme fundraiser to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open, coming together again as one big family. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

For further information, call 617-825-6877.

Rainbow Peace Flag Project/City Peace Project

The mission of the Rainbow Peace Flag Project is to extend kindness and caring across national borders, with love that includes people of all sexualities, genders, abilities, religions, races and cultures, and to condemn acts of violence and hatred, embracing peaceful dialogue instead.

The City Peace Project (part of the Rainbow Peace Flag Project) – an effort of individuals and local groups in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to share the message of peace, inclusivity and non-violence – is inviting people to display Peace Flags at homes, spiritual institutions, schools, businesses and throughout their communities.

This is an ambitious effort and they welcome all who would like to volunteer to help package, distribute, promote, display, and share their story of why this symbol is important for them, their family, loved ones or community.

Donations are accepted, but not required to receive a flag or flag display.

Request for flags or offers to volunteer can be sent to citypeaceproject@gmail.org. Donations can be made at secure.givelively.org.

Dorchester Bay EDC online fundraiser

Join Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp. (EDC) to celebrate 41 years of building strong neighborhoods at its 41st annual fundraiser, “Dorchester Strong: Rising to the Challenge” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 via a live-stream.

The event will honor Sophia Haynes-Cardwell, Executive Director of Stajez Cultural Arts Center and Sheriff Steven Tompkins. The unforgettable occasion will feature special guest, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College. Dr. Tatum is author of the bestselling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race.

Brent Harding, award-winning event producer, will present the program festivities. The spectacular celebration will showcase the fabulous vocalist, Candida Rose and an exciting dance performance by the Stajez Cultural Arts Center Dancers.

The suggested donation is $25.

Visit bostonplans.org and/or Eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

#ZooToYou

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.

DAP: ‘Power of the People’

Join the Dorchester Art Project (DAP) on IG Live from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays for “Power of the People.”

DAPS mission is “to empower the Black community by acknowledging the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses and returning power back to the people.”

Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)

Parents and caregivers with children, five years old and younger, are invited to join Boston Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for an interactive and informal program that includes playtime, songs, conversation, and early literacy information.

Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 27 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 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 28 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.

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.

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 morgan@daisyfaceflow.com.

All are welcome – kiddos, grandmas, any level of yogi – especially first timers.

Visit www.daisyfaceflow.com for more information.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga

Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ Chair Yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 via Zoom.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. People will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for people to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance and move easily through daily activities. Participants will need an upright chair and computer or phone for the session.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.

Tai Chi for Wellness

Join the Boston Public Library for Tai Chi for Wellness from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 via Zoom.

This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China that consists of gentle and flowing postures. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

Eddie is a Tai Chi (Taijichuan) instructor who has studied martial arts for the past 25 years. His training includes studying White Crane Kungfu and Qigong under Grandmaster Woo Ching as well as Yang Style Taijichuan and Taiji Ball under Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.

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.

Franklin Park 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.

All of the lanterns are illuminated with energy saving LED lights.

This show can be enjoyed from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 1.

Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights for more information and tickets.

Suicide survivor support group

DeeDee’s Cry will host an ongoing weekly support group for suicide survivors. If you are a suicide attempt survivor seeking a safe, non-judgmental place to talk about the feelings that led you to attempt and the impact that your attempt had on your life visit DeeDeesCry.com to sign up.

DeeDee's Cry provide resources and programs to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention in communities of color.

DeeDee’s Cry is located in Roxbury and is associated with Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester.

Big Sister mentoring

Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.

The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide award-winning (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little sister’s family.

To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit www.bigsister.org.

Visit Boston National Historical Park sites

Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail.

In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.

In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.

Visit www.bostonusa.com/listings/boston-national-historical-park/11563 for more information.

Courageous Sailing

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.

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.

ADLS programs

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.

Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open with a limited capacity summer camp (with the majority of programming taking place outside) following health and safety guidelines.

The Club also provides “BGCD At Home” Virtual Programming via Zoom.

For more information or to register your child, please email Carleton Burke at cburke@bgcdorchester.org or phone 617-288-7120.

Kroc Community Center opens

Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St. is open 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. The Kroc Playground is open. Book time slots for upcoming fun.

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.

Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m.

Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.org for more information.

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.

BPL To Go and more

The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.

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 fresh and local food items will be packaged by the vendors for easy and low contact “Grab and Go” pick up.

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 dandrews@thefoodproject.org 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 food@boston.gov 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 market

The Fresh Truck will be at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays

providing fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables following health and safety guidelines.

Cash, credit and EBT/HIP accepted.

Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.

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.

Me2/Orchestra

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 info@me2orchestra.org, 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.

The Neighborhood Aid Network

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.

Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.