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The Waterfront is a wonderful place to enjoy a fine day in the city.

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.

Class schedule:

10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15

9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16

6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5

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.

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

Improve your health and well-being with yoga as the group practices poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2.

In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall).

Free, registration is limited and required at my.arboretum.harvard.edu.

This event is cosponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the National Park Service Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

Summer ZooCamp 2020

ZooCamp at Franklin Park Zoo is open for campers, ages 6 to 11, and will feature a curriculum of animal, science and conservation-based games and activities. The one week sessions will also include a daily live animal encounter as well as weekly behind-the-scenes experiences at the Zoo.

Session 7: Aug. 3 – Aug. 7 Theme: Animal Engineers

Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including Theme descriptions and the link to register.

Facebook Live: Ask Your City Councilor, for Kids!

Wondering how change happens in your city? Join Boston City Council President Janey and City Councilors Breadon, Essaibi George, Flaherty, Flynn and Mejia for a live Q&A from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

The Councilors will talk about ways that kids can make their voices heard; then they will open the floor for questions from kids of all ages.

In advance of this program, the Boston Public Library is collecting brief videos of children asking questions for the City Council. If your child has a question, email a video clip to Librarian Maggie (mlevine@bpl.org).

This program will be live-streamed to the Children's Library's Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

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 Moynihan Recreational Complex (1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park) from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 24.

Visit www.Thepimproject.org or call 617-372-5669 for more information.

DCR Summer Nights Program with Teach 1 Basketball

Teach 1 Basketball will host basketball drills and exercises at Jeep Jones Park (Malcolm X Blvd, and King St. in Roxbury) from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 21.

Participants must register at www.teach1basketball.org. Program Capacity is limited.

DCR Summer Nights Program with Score4More

Score4More will provide socially distant games and art and craft activities at Marcella Park (260 Highland St. in Roxbury) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Aug. 21.

Onsite registration is required, first come first serve; capacity is limited.

For more information please email Score4More617@gmail.com.

DCR Summer Nights Program with Devoted Dynasty Entertainment

Devoted Dynasty Entertainment will provide a variety of fun, energetic and socially distant outdoor activities including yoga, zumba, boxing and music at Melnea Cass Recreational Complex (120 MLK Jr. Blvd. in Roxbury) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 21.

Please phone 617-697-9421 for more information on how to register. Program capacity is limited.

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.

Welcome to the water system

Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum's education staff to learn about all of the different parts of the water system. Make a model watershed to learn about how polluted runoff can affect our drinking water, take a virtual tour of the museum's Great Engine's Hall to learn how water is moved across great distances and finish off by making your own "map" of a water system.

This program is recommended for youth, ages 7 to 12, and will held online from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 via the Zoom platform.

For the model watershed activity, participants will need two white sheets of paper; a red, blue, green and brown washable marker; a bowl or spray bottle full of water and a towel or tray to do the activity over to prevent a mess.

For the water system map, participants will need scissors, a glue stick (or glue bottle), tape, paper, crayons and if available, a brass fastener or “brad” (if unavailable, you will be given instructions on how to make an alternate fastener in the class). You will also need print-outs of the water cycle and Waterworks sheets that will be sent to you.

Visit waterworksmuseum.org for more information, including registration ($5).

Virtual Vinyassa Yoga

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a virtual vinyassa yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.

Visit emeraldnecklace.org for more information, including required pre-registration to access the Zoom link.

Kanopy Club: ‘Zodiac’

The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film Zodiac on Kanopy.com/video/zodiac-0, and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.

About Zodiac: A chilling crime thriller based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you once you 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 You Tube page from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays as follows:

Aug. 7: Santiago Barragán

Aug. 14: FauxMenco

Aug. 21: Northstar Duo

Aug. 28: Ken Field & Blake Newman

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a description of each concert.

Edward Bell: ‘Life of a Klansman’

In collaboration with the Harvard Book Store, the Boston Public Library welcomes acclaimed writer Edward Ball, author of the National Book Award-winning biography Slaves in the Family, for a discussion of his latest book, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy. He will be joined in conversation by Kenneth W. Mack, the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University and author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer.

BPL President David Leonard will be introducing this online program slated from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.

Monthly Family Book Club

Once a month, 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.

The next meeting will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Email BPL’s librarians Patty and Rebecca (rfox@bpl.org) to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Visit bpl.org/events 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.

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.

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 you’re at home or on a socially-distanced stroll in your favorite park, they have an activity for you. New resources and live virtual events will be released regularly throughout the summer.

Visit emeraldnecklace.org frequently for the latest announcements.

Linda Wellness Warrior

Linda Wellness Warrior will lead an outdoor Yoga series under the trees on School Master Hill (1 Circuit Dr. Franklin Park) for mixed levels from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 29.

Participants must bring their own equipment that may include a towel, shower curtain, blanket, and/or yoga mat and follow COVID guidelines.

The event is co-sponsored by 4 Corners Yoga and Wellness and Linda Wellness Warrior.

Donations accepted. Venmo: @LindaWarrior Cash App: $LindaWWarrior

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/linda-wellness-warrior-yoga-in-the-park-franklin-park-tickets for more information and registration.

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:

- www.gsema.org/moreinfo

- www.facebook.com/DiscoverGirlScouts

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.

Parks Fitness: Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga with Born Bi-Kim will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 27 at Marcella Playground, 260 Highland St. in Roxbury.

Born Bi-Kim leads a series of restorative yoga and light meditation offerings throughout the summer. These classes, open to all ages and levels, offer light, self-body massage techniques. There will also be question and answer time after each session.

Registration is required at apm.activecomunities.com. Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

White Stadium Sports Center summer program

The White Stadium Sports Center, 450 Walnut Ave. in Jamaica Plain 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. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 14.

Participants can register at apm.activecommunities.com for and attend one or more weeks.

For more information, contact Woodley Auguste at Woodley.auguste@boston.gov or phone 617-961-3084.

Junior golf daily lessons

This first-rate program for youth ages 7 through 14 provides basic instruction in the fundamentals of golf taught by professionals at municipal golf courses.

The lessons take place Tuesdays through Thursdays with a class at 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m. through Aug. 13 at 420 West St. in Hyde Park.

Equipment is provided, if needed, and pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Jennifer Widener at 617-961-3047 or Jennifer.widener@boston.gov.

Summer camp in your backyard

SummerCamp2u is a unique, at-home program that brings the experience of camp into people’s backyards or nearby park while practicing physical distancing.

They connect people to their coaches and specialists who share their expertise. Through their unique programs, they not only teach skills and drills, they boost your kids' confidence and allow them to thrive.

They offer sports, art or enrichment activities mixed with traditional camp games. They welcome groups of four to eight kids, ages 5 through 11 and serve Eastern MA, Southern NH and Southern Maine. Weekly sessions run through Aug. 7.

Learn more and register at their website: www.summercamp2u.com.

Summer Reading STEAM Challenge

The Mattapan Branch Library will be posting Summer Reading STEAM Challenges for kids, 0-12, and their families. Kids will use their creativity to complete challenges that related to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

There are countless ways to complete the challenges, so families with children of all ages can participate. Check www.facebook.com/bplmattapan at 10 a.m. on Mondays through Aug. 3 for a new challenge.

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.

Parks Fitness: Penalty Box with Anthony

Penalty Box with Anthony will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Sept. 28 at Iacono Playground, 150 Readville St. in Hyde Park.

Registration is required at apm.activecomunities.com. Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Virtual Roslindale Open Mike

Roslindale Open Mike Nights are 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.

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 lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of BPL Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island--known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA, and most importantly, free to all.

Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 1 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space. You can drop in anytime to chat with them Live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game yourself, drop them a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they can set you up with a Dodo Code.

Parks Fitness: Cardio and Core with Ella

Cardio and Core with Ella will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 28 at Walker Playground, 550 Norfolk St. in Mattapan.

Registration is required at apm.activecomunities.com. Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

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.

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.

Mindful Minis

Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 10) is held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6.

The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.

Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships and developing a connecting with themselves.

Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing our experiences with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.

Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant information.

Bollywood Funk Online

Bollywood Funk will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 via Zoom.

Bollywood Funk is a high-energy dance with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop and Funk fused with the hottest Bollywood beats and moves.

Join dance instructor Chavi Bansai and be ready to sweat, smile and have a lot of fun.

Class is fit for all levels and is intended for children and teens; no prior experience required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration to receive the Zoom link.

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. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Twitch Mystery Gaming for Teens

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 6 in the Virtual Teen Room and discover a mysterious new game that most of us have never played before.

Will the group saunter through the quirky, winding halls of The Stanley Parable…? Bend our brains pushing puzzles around in Baba is You…? You’ll have to stop by to discover each game and lend your mental magnitude to help the group make key decisions, develop strategies and just have fun hanging out.

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

Parks Fitness: Afrobeats Dance

Afrobeats Dance with Afrobeats Dance Boston will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 1 at Malcolm X Park, 150 Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Registration is required at apm.activecomunities.com. Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Facebook Live Storytime: PJ Storytime

Let's have a pajama party! Join Librarian Rebecca from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 27 for a live-streamed Pajama Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Breakdancing workshop for youth

Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the BPL 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 you 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.

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 Aug. 28.

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.

You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

VLA Dance Online

Hibernian Hall & VLA Dance present the Summer Online Movement Series, weekly mixed-level movement classes for youth and adults taught on Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 12 by the professional dance artists of VLA Dance to keep you moving. All classes are designed for small indoor spaces.

Visit vladance.com for more information, including class schedule and registration.

Simple Machines and the Waterworks Museum

Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum's education staff for a virtual tour of the Great Engines Hall, where you will learn about the history of their steam powered water pumps and the important role they played in the local water system. Then, to better understand these complex machines, learn about the six Simple Machines and how they can work together to make our lives easier. Finally, using common household materials, build a Simple Machine of your own to complete a design challenge.

This program is recommended for youth, ages 7 to 12 and will be held online from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 via the Zoom platform.

For the Simple Machine Design Challenge, in addition to a small ball (ping pong ball, rubber ball, marble, etc.), students will need a variety of craft materials (i.e. popsicle sticks, rubber bands, cardboard, string, bottle caps, twist ties, tape, duct tape, scissors, pipe cleaners, paper, toilet paper or paper towel rolls).

Visit waterworksmuseum.org for more information, including registration ($5).


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.

Reading the Rainbow

Reading the Rainbow – an Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on second Thursday of the month.

Join the group on Aug. 13 for a lively discussion of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.

Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging – for love, identity, home and a mother.

All communication will take place on the messaging platform Slack: no webcam or microphone needed. All book club titles are available on hoopladigital.com.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration.

Book discussion: ‘Your House Will Pay’

Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 to discuss Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha.

A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in Los Angeles, following two families – one Korean-American, one African-American – grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime.

Digital e-books are available through Hoopla with your library card.

For information on how to join, email kprocyshyn@bpl.org.

Visit bpl.org/events for more 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.

Zoos are open

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are now (partially) 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. The indoor exhibit buildings remain closed at this time.

Online reservations and timed tickets that can be scanned are required for your visit.

Virtual tours and activities will continue.

Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.

Brighton Farmers Market

The Brighton Farmers Market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30 at Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave. with senior shopping from 3 to 3:30 p.m. – following COVID guidelines.

The Market will feature produce, eggs, meats, fish, breads, ready-to-eat foods, coffee, and face masks. Russian and Chinese interpretation will be on site.

SNAP/HIP, WIC and Senior Coupons are accepted.

Safely shop for healthy food and support small farmers and local producers supported by Franciscan Children's, Brighton Main Streets and Harvard Ed Portal.

Updates can be found on Facebook, including ordering in advance and yummy photos.

Dudley Town Commons Farmers Market

The Dudley Town Commons Farmers Market at the intersection of Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue (427 Dudley St.) in Roxbury is open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 29. COVID guidelines apply.

The market features fresh produce from The Food Project's farms and free bike repairs from Boston Cyclists Union.

The Market welcomes SNAP, P-EBT, Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), WIC and Senior Farmers Market nutrition coupons, cash and credit cards.

Visit www.facebook.com/events/2664552990317922 for more information.

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 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.

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 summer programs planned for children, youth and adults, including a counselor-in-training program. Learn more in their program catalogs.

Find out what Mother Nature has in store for the coming weeks with Mass Audubon’s monthly guide to the natural world.

Check out their array of online programs as well.

Visit massaudobon.org to learn more.

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.

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 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.

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.

Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café – Ways you can help

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

Purchase Gift Cards for Haley House Bakery Cafe or Order Take Out/Delivery – This helps stabilize finances for their newly re-launched social enterprise at the Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St. Roxbury) by purchasing gift cards or ordering their take out or delivery. Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed concerts and ways to support artists through virtual programming in collaboration with SIDE Presents.

Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations they can use, or send them items from their Amazon Charity Lists.

Haley House says, “We know this is hard on a lot of people and many of us feel isolated but for 54 years we have believed in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity and we’re not stopping now!”

Visit 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 supports 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.

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/whatwedo, phone 617-254-4046 or email baccoffice@verizon.net for more information, including the status of this ministry.

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 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays for eligible Allston-Brighton residents and food distribution is taking place. Call if you need delivery service.

Visit abfoodpantry.com, brightonucc.org/whatwedo or phone 617-254-4046 for updated information on how to receive services or to volunteer.

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/whatwedo or phone 617-254-4046 for more information.

Mutual Aid Jamaica Plain & Roxbury Network

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email mutualaidjamaicaplain@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.


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 info@me2orchestra.org, call 802-238-8369 or visit www.Me2orchestra.org.

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.