Here are the latest calendar items for the rest of the Boston neighborhoods:
The Spooky Slimy Science of Magic
Join the Education Staff at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill for a Spooky Slimy Halloween adventure from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
First, they will read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss. Then they’ll examine some tricks that look like magic, but actually work thanks to science! Finally, they’ll make their own Oobleck (or slime). Come in costume if you like. This program is recommended for kids, ages 3 to 10.
These spooky, slimy, activities will last about 30-40 minutes and for the remaining 20-30 minutes, families are welcome to explore the museum – all following health and safety guidelines.
Go to waterworksmuseum.org for more information and registration (Starting at $5). Please note that you only need to purchase one ticket for each participating child. Each participating child can be accompanied by up to two adults for no additional charge.
‘Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!’
Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan, will host “Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!” from 10 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2 p.m., and 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Celebrate the fall harvest by creating your own carved pumpkin with your family group (suitable for children 5 and up) at your own table, playing pumpkin games, and enjoying a fall socially distanced scavenger hunt. Learn about the history of pumpkins and the Jack-O-Lantern story.
Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/75741-pumpkins-pumpkins-pumpkins!-october-24 for more information and registration. Mass Audubon members - $10, Nonmembers - $12 per person. Plus $6 per pumpkin or bring your own.
Día de los muertos with La Piñata
Join Roslaba Solis from La Piñata for a virtual Día de los muertos/Day of the Dead celebration on Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Participants will get a custom Zoom background, interactive padlet, and more. The group will recognize the indigenous peoples of America who are still here and are an essential voice in Hispanic culture and their quintessential celebrations like Dia de Los Muertos. This program will include a DIY altar-building workshop and interactive traditional Meso-American music where participants will be taught how to sing Meso-American music and play Meso-American rhythms. Participants will be invited to use commonplace home goods to put together ofrendas or home alters.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Roslindale Library and the Roslindale Village Main Streets. All are welcome.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link to the event one day before.
BLM Community Kickback
For the People will host the BLM Community Kickback from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Dec. 26 at Titus Sparrow Park, 300 Newton St.
Blacks and Allies are invited to enjoy performances by local artists Seefour and Nate Nics.
Food, produce and thrift shop will be free for black folks.
Go to www.facebook.com/events/838170773655457/?event_time_id=838170776988790 for more information.
Riot Improv: Halloween Stories to Scenes
Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) will bring you improv comedy inspired by the scariest?... most horrifying?... lowest budget horror movies ever made at 8 p.m. on Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31).
They will do improv inspired by an assortment of classic b-movies of the horror persuasion. They can't guarantee that you will be scared, but they can promise that you will laugh at the ridiculousness.
Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html to register for the Zoom link (0-$15).
‘Getting Good at Getting Older:’ The Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture
Rabbi Laura Geller will join Temple Hillel B'nai Torah (120 Corey St. West Roxbury) from Los Angeles to share thoughts for anyone who is thinking about the aging process, whether for ourselves or for others from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.
Rather than a lecture, Rabbi Geller will be interviewed and will answer questions on Zoom. This program Paula will host a celebratory gathering for friends and members.
This annual lecture celebrates the life and passion for learning of Allen J. Worters and was established by Paula Doress-Worters after Allen's passing in 2005.
Visit https://rabbilaurageller.com for more information about the book, Getting Good at Getting Older and its author, Rabbi Laura Geller.
Visit www.templehbt.org/hbtfeaturedevents/2020/11/getting-good-at-getting-older-the-allen-j-worters-memorial-lecture for more information and registration.
Outdoor “Spooktacular” Movie Nights
The Friends of Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston invite you to a free spooktacular "walk-in" movie series on select Sundays as follows:
Nov. 1: Rocky Horror Picture Show – Costumes [not just RHPS] welcome and encouraged to help make it a zany, fun night. Come do the Time Warp … it's just a jump to the left...
The movies will start as soon as it gets dark (Time TBD).
All ages welcome. No reservations required. Plenty of free parking.
Seating is first come, first served (limited to 50) following strict health and safety guidelines.
Visit friendsofherterpark.org/schedule.html 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.
‘The Bible With and Without Jesus’ book event
Join Center for Christian-Jewish Learning and the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 for a virtual book event for The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.
Go to Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College for more information and Zoom registration.
This event will be recorded and made available publicly through the Center's website and social media.
Improv workshop with ComedySportz
Have you been interested in taking an improv class but not sure if it’s for you?
Are you looking to improve skills that will help you in your personal and professional life?
Is "take an improv class" on your list of things someone recommended to you?
If so, try the “CSz 00 - Open House" typically held at the Rozzie Square Theater in Roslindale.
This 75-minute online workshop is a fun, low-pressure, low cost, low carb way to get up on your feet, learn some improv basics and play ComedySportz-style improv games.
No experience required (though certainly welcome). Recommended for ages 18 and older.
The free classes will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 on Zoom.
Visit www.cszboston.com/see-comedysportz for more information and registration.
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.
Brighton Main Streets' 2020 Mask-erade! Digital Cocktail Hour
Join in on a night of fun and entertainment and raise a glass in honor of Brighton Main Streets' Volunteer and Business of the Year. The Brighton Main Streets' 2020 Mask-erade digital cocktail hour will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 on zoom.
Remember to don your fanciest mask for the party. Whether it's bedazzled with jewels, made by a local artisan or sporting your favorite team, make a statement in true 2020 style.
As their way of saying thank you for joining them, each attendee will automatically be entered into a drawing for a three-day get away to Martha's Vineyard in 2021. Just purchase a ticket and tune in to hear the winner of the grand drawing at the livestream event.
Businesses along with individuals and families can be a sponsor. Check out their 2020 sponsorship levels and benefits.
The funds raised at the Brighton Main Streets' 2020 Mask-erade will help fund programs throughout the upcoming year. Programs that support the improvement of Brighton’s neighborhood commercial district and quality of life in the community.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/mask-erade-digital-cocktail-hour-tickets-124036661995 for more information and registration ($20-$500).
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.
Home: Poetry reading, open mic and workshop series
HOME is a poetry reading, open mic and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. A featured reader and brief open mic will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month followed by a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following Saturday through June 4. Anthony Febo will host the readings and open mics. Home will culminate in a Roxbury poetry festival in the summer of 2021.
The theme, HOME, is born out of our current space, time, crisis and future-shaping. What does home mean? What isn’t home? Who is lacking home? Now that we are all home so much, how do we like our homes? Ourselves? Our families? What is home, in the literal and figurative sense? Is the body a type of home? How so? Is a poem a type of home? How do we integrate this into content and craft?
Go to www.boston.gov/calendar/home-poetry-reading-and-open-mic-series for more information, including a roster of readers and workshop themes, and registration.
Riot Improv: Stories to Scenes
Witness an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music at 8 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month from Nov. 7 through Jan. 2. The evening will feature a singer/songwriter, then Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) will spin their lyrics and melodies in comedy.
Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html to register for the Zoom link (0-$15).
Community Servings: ‘Pie in the Sky’ fundraiser
Community Servings (Jamaica Plain) is selling “Pie in the Sky” pies, baked fresh to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Apple and Pecan Pies will be available for purchase via pieinthesky.org.
Community Servings has taken many steps to streamline "the world's greatest bake sale." All pies sold through their website will be scratch-made by Community Servings' kitchen and a local gourmet pie bakery they've partnered with to help fill orders.
As professionals serving immunocompromised clients for more than 30 years, they always adhere to stringent health and food safety practices, including taking temperatures upon arrival, wearing face masks, and working in a socially distant manner in our kitchens. Once baked and cooled, individual pies will be boxed up, sealed and transported untouched directly to select outdoor pick-up sites across eastern Massachusetts.
In mid-November, Apple and Pumpkin Pie in the Sky pies will also be available for purchase at all Whole Foods Market locations across Massachusetts. $5 from each in-store sale will go directly towards feeding their critically and chronically ill clients across the Commonwealth.
As always, people can help feed a critically ill neighbor in need for a week this holiday season by making a $30 'Pie for a Client' donation when their shopping cart opens.
Visit pieinthesky.org and/or servings.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
Virtual Roslindale ‘Open Mike’
Roslindale “Open Mike” Nights will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays.
Performers will use Zoom. The audience can watch the live or recorded performance on the new Roslindale “Open Mike” YouTube channel.
Visit roslindaleopenmike.org for more information, including all links.
New Parent Group (on Zoom)
Looking for a way to meet other parents with infants? Need support from experts while navigating new challenges? Have questions about childhood development, parenting and early literacy? Join Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays for an informal – and informative – program for families with infants, birth to 12 months.
There will be guest speakers visiting each week to speak about a variety of topics, including diapering, napping, feeding, early communication and general wellness for parents and infants. There will also be time before the guest speaker arrives so you can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from your librarians.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.
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.
Preschool Zoom Storytime
Families with children, ages 3 to 5, are encouraged to tune in from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 29 for a virtual story time with Ms. Celeste.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Online ESL conversation group
Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 31, 2021. The group is led by a native speaker and will take place online.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live
Join Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for an as-long-as-we're-cooped-up.
Bookmatch Duo plays a range of original, traditional and contemporary instrumental music, including old-time, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, waltzes, contra dance tunes and English country dance tunes.
Visit www.facebook.com/BookmatchDuoMusic for more information.
Online ESL reading & discussion group
An online ESL reading and discussion group will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 17, hosted by the Boston Public Library.
Each week the group will read aloud a news article or short story, review new vocabulary from the reading, and discuss the article/story content.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga
Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Dec. 18.
The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.
The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.
People can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.
Family Book Club
Book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat and tackle book-inspired games and crafts from 4 to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.
Email librarians Patty and Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register and receive the link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
Activist Kids Book Club
The Boston Public Library is hosting the Kid Activist Book Club from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Mar. 20
Throughout the 26-weeks, the group will focus on a different page in A is for Activist, read other picture books about the issues and movements discussed in the book, learn about kid activists throughout history and today, and talk about what everyone can do to make the world a little more just.
This group is best for kids, ages six and up.
Questions can be directed to the Roslindale Branch Children's Librarian Miss Celeste at
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
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.
Book discussion: ‘The Lying Life of Adults’
Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to discuss The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrnate.
Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise?
Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.
To join, email email@example.com.
Visit bpl.org/events 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.
Brigham Circle/Roxbury Crossing Farmers’ Markets/Fair Foods
The Roxbury Crossing Farmers’ Market (1400 Tremont St.) will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 24.
The Brigham Circle Farmers’ Market (1530 Tremont Street) will be open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 19.
Both Markets will offer fresh & locally grown fruits and vegetables, local honey and baked goods.
Farmers take cash, credit, SNAP, HIP, WIC and other food supports at both locations.
Fair Food brings its $2 a bag program to the Tobin Community Center on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Visit www.fairfoods.org for more information about Fair Foods.
Visit www.massfarmersmarkets.org and/or www.mhhm.org for more information about the Farmers’ Market.
Roslindale Village Grab-and-Go Farmers’ Market
The Roslindale Village Grab-and-Go Farmers’ Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through November at Adams Park, 72 Poplar St.
SNAP/EBT and HIP accepted.
Visit www.Roslindale.net/rvms-farmers-market and/or their social media pages for more information, including the shopping guidelines.
Fresh Truck open air market
The Fresh Truck will be at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton 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.
A-B Food Pantry – Open
The Allston Brighton Food Pantry at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton is open and food distribution takes place between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays. Call or email the church if you need delivery service.
Visit abfoodpantry.com, brightonucc.org for updated information on how to receive services or to volunteer or make a donation.
A-B Community Supper – Call for status
The Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton is serving take out suppers outside from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Visit brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, including the status of this ministry.
A-B 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 brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.
Suicide survivor support group
DeeDee’s Cry is hosting 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.
Connect with nature
Many of the trails in the Audubon sanctuaries are open (with specific guidelines) and a list of trails with trail maps by region are available for your enjoyment.
The Boston Nature Center (Mattapan) and other Audubon properties have a variety of onsite and online programs for children, youth and adults.
Find out what Mother Nature has in store for the coming weeks with Mass Audubon’s monthly guide to the natural world.
Visit massaudobon.org to learn more.
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 are required for your visit.
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.
Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations
Although the Franklin Park Zoo is 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.
The Zoo has set up the “All Our Animals Fund” and is asking for donations to continue its mission.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.
Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café
During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:
- Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched their soup kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. in the South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have served more than 1,000 meals each week. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for their take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.
- Purchase Gift Cards or Order Take Out/Delivery at Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade St. Roxbury) – Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed events and ways to support artists through virtual programming.
- Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations and/or Amazon Charity Lists.
For more than 54 years, the Haley House has and continues to believe in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity. Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response for more details.
MTW online purchases and book/textile donations
More Than Words stores are accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and Video Games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. All donations are fully tax deductible. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.
Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth!
Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.
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. To join the orchestra, email email@example.com, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.
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.