Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:
Folktale Friday: Spooky Stories
Miss Cindy will tell spooky stories and recommend some good books for October from 10:30 to 11 a.m. through Saturday, Oct. 31. The videos will premiere on the Fields Corner Branch Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bplfieldscorner. The videos will remain available after the premiere.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Ballot drop boxes
Ballot drop boxes will be available outside the main entrances of the following Boston Public Library locations:
Central (Johnson Building - on the right of the Boylston Street entrance), Brighton, Charlestown, East Boston, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Parker Hill, Roxbury, South Boston and West Roxbury.
There will not be one at the South End Branch, probably because it's relatively close to the Central Library.
These drop boxes for mail-in ballots will be available until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Election Day.
Please visit www.boston.gov/news/mail-voting-information-city-boston for the full list of ballot drop box locations and other information about voting by mail in Boston.
Facebook Live: Story and a Craft
What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children, 4 to 8 years old, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Fields Corner by map
Where was the original Dorchester Branch of the Boston Public Library? What was Fields Corner like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? Who lived in the neighborhood?
Using Atlascope, the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s user-friendly portal for exploring urban atlases, Leventhal staff will dive into the historical geography of Fields Corner.
Learn about how the community has changed over time and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
This event will be broadcast online at the Leventhal Map Center’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link for optional registration on Eventbrite.
Seniors’ chair yoga
Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ chair yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, 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.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.
BPL Teens Book Club on Twitch – K-POP the Question
Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn't call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop and to do that, she's about to break all the rules that society, the media and even her own mother have set for girls such as her. She'll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she'll do it better than anyone else.
Join a group of teen librarians as they discuss I'll Be the One, the November Teens Book Club pick and the YA debut of author Lyla Lee on BPL's Teen Services Twitch Channel,
Twitch.tv/BPLts, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Whether or not they have read I'll Be the One, teens are encouraged to join the conversation, sharing their favorite content from Adventures in Fandom teen booklist or other great sources.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to join.
Interpreting the 2020 Elections
Panelists, including Dan Balz, chief correspondent at The Washington Post; Jonathan Capehart, opinion columnist at The Washington Post; Maria Hinojosa, president and founder of Futuro Media and anchor and executive producer of Latino USA; and Alice Stewart, CNN commentator, NPR contributor and a Harvard Institute of Politics fellow, will interpret the results of the 2020 elections from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Visit www.jfklibrary.org/events-and-awards/forums/11-05-interpreting-the-2020-elections for more information and registration for this free virtual Kennedy Library Forum.
Pajama Story Time is moving to Zoom
Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Rebecca for end-of-day stories, songs and movement from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Wind down with a cozy craft inspired by the reading. This story time is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Email Librarian Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
A dance journey through Latin America
Enjoy a blend of ancient and modern traditions with dance, music and storytelling from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Peru and Dominican Republic. Join Veronica Robles and try out some Spanish, sing songs and enjoy dances in traditional costumes in this virtual show for the whole family.
This JFK Celebrate! virtual program will be available through Nov. 7 at
BGC of Dorchester: ‘The Night of Giving Gala’
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will host their annual "Night of Giving Gala" featuring special guest comedian Steve Sweeney virtually on Saturday, Nov. 21. This event will support the Club's mission and their members and families, especially during these challenging times.
The Zoom cocktail party will begin at 6:30 p.m. The virtual grand drawing will take place at 7 p.m.
Enjoy your "Party Box" which will include your signature cocktail and other special items sent to your home. Join the pre-event Zoom cocktail party to meet other guests before tuning in to the grand drawing. Make sure to connect to their mobile bidding for the silent auction and raffles to grab some exciting items.
Prizes in the signature grand drawing will be valued at more than $1,500.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Director of Development and Communications Patty Lamb at email@example.com.
Go to www.bgcdorchester.org/specialevents for more information and registration.
Franklin Park Coalition 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K
The 2020 Franklin Park Turkey Trot is a Boston family tradition and the Franklin Park Coalition is happy to see the familiar faces that return year-after-year to support the park. The scenic 3.1-mile (5k) route includes the park’s most beautiful and historic views and includes great prizes for age-group finishers and best costumes.
Whether you’re a veteran runner or signing up for your first 5k, you can be sure you’ll receive a hearty welcome at Franklin Park on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 26.
There will be awards for registered runners in the best costumes and unique running path (can your form a turkey shape with your run?). Additionally, all registered runners will be entered in a raffle for more prizes.
To participate and be eligible for this year’s prizes, donate at least $10 and complete your Turkey Trot whenever is most convenient in November.
All entrants will be eligible for raffle prizes and those who share their photos of their costumes or of their interesting routes within the park with them on social media (@FranklinparkBos on IG, FB, and Twitter) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be entered for additional prizes.
Go to www.franklinparkcoalition.org/featured-events/turkey-trot for more information and registration.
YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview
The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.
Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.
All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year (*Due to limited capacity, one clinic and lesson per child, per session). Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.
For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.
Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
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.
Online Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.
Visit bpl.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.”
Ladies Paint Night
Building Our Lives Together As One will host a fun night of socializing and creativity with wine and light dinner while producing a personal work of art to take home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 13. (The location – Harvard Street area of Dorchester – will be provided with payment confirmation.)
Building Our Lives Together As One is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring community members to feel empowered, educated and motivated to actively pursue community betterment. Proceeds will benefit Building Our Lives Together As One programs.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/ladies-paint-night-tickets-121495721975 for more information and registration ($15).
‘Girls Who Code’
Girls in Grades 3 through 5, come together weekly to learn simple computer programming, make new friends and learn to change the world with computer science.
“Girls Who Code” is a free eight-week afterschool Zoom club, taught by computer whiz Jennifer Greenberg.
Join for all eight classes being held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 7.
Those interested in registering should email Librarian Rebecca at email@example.com.
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 Nov. 24 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A live Animal Crossing twitch stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of shelters-in-place. Now, thanks to an elite team of the Boston Public Library Youth Librarian staff, armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its own Animal Crossing island – known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA. And it’s free for everyone.
The group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. every other Tuesday on the Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest and invent as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this family-friendly online space.
(They also spend quite a bit of time having fishing, diving and bug-catching contests.)
Drop by for a chat or play along. People can even visit them when they are off line.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Boston Lights: A lantern experience at Franklin Park Zoo – Extended
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 people 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. 15.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights for more information and tickets.
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.
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/waterfrontbingo2020 for more information.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth - 18 years of age and under - through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Emotion Revolution exhibition
Emotion Revolution is a virtual multimedia exhibition curated by student curator Mary Morris Evans and co-produced by Dorchester Art Project and Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media, and Design.
To view, go to emotionrevolutionshow.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made at secure.givelively.org.
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 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.
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 online/on site
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 email@example.com or phone 617-288-7120.
Kroc Community Center is open
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.
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.
EMK Institute is open
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Columbia Point in Dorchester plans to reopen to small group reservations on Wednesdays.
The Institute will follow strict health and safety protocol and use mobile ticketing, contactless entry, touch-free exhibits, one-way walk paths, hand sanitizing stations, and increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas.
The institute will feature new virtual and online public and educational programs dealing with issues of critical importance right now across the United States, including voting and social justice.
Fall programming will be complemented by new virtual field trips, conversations and tours with Institute staff made available to students, teachers and groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Educational experiences at the Institute, such as Today’s Vote and The Citizen’s Senate, along with its exhibits, will use digital devices, immersive role playing and simulation to teach civics and inspire the next generation of leaders.
Visit www.emkinstitute.org/about/newsroom/press-releases/reopening for more information.
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 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.