Dorchester neighborhood notes

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Mapping with Henry! (on Zoom)

Kids in Grades K-3 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center for a read-aloud and map-making activity from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

If you have something to draw on and something to draw with, that’s all kids need to participate. They’ll teach a few map concepts and students will create a map that starts them thinking about how to see things geographically. If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they’ll share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca ( by Nov. 16 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Climate change, survival and deepening our humanity

Award-winning musician and Emerson College artist-in-residence Toshi Reagon and the

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, founding pastor of the New Roots AME Church and fellow with the Green Justice Coalition, will discuss how the belief systems that define and maintain society’s impact on the planet and influence survival with Porsha Olayiwola, the City of Boston's Poet Laureate from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Co-presented in conjunction with the city-wide read of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower and in association with Parable Path Boston, ArtsEmerson, New Roots AME Church and the Boston Public Library.

Register for this free virtual Kennedy Library Forum at

Worldbuilding: Imagining the Where (on Zoom)

Students in Grades 4-6 are invited to join the Children’s Library and the Leventhal Map & Education Center to learn how maps can help shape imaginary worlds from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Explore examples from a few fantasy and science fiction books -- especially from this month's Book Tasters read, The Last by Katherine Applegate – before creating your own worldbuilding map. You’ll need something to draw with and something to draw on and any other materials you have laying around to add or build with. Be ready to learn some map lingo and exercise your creative muscles.

If you send the Map Center pictures of finished maps, they share them online.

Email Librarian Rebecca ( by Nov. 17 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to our Zoom room.

Testify: A teen activist workshop with ACLUM

Voting is just one of the important ways everyone can participate in the community and be heard. There are other ways to participate– one of which is by submitting written testimony or presenting testimony in-person to officials.

Join ACLUM staff and BPL Teen Services for a young activist’s workshop in which they'll discuss what it's like to participate in hearings, why it's important for young people to do so and cover writing, submitting and presenting testimony to governing bodies such as the Boston City Council or committees in the State Legislature.

This workshop will be held on Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 for teens in grades 8 to 12.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Kanopy Club: ‘The Return of Martin Guerre’

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film The Return of Martin Guerre on Kanopy and then join the discussion on Zoom from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

About The Return of Martin Guerre: During the middle of the 16th century, Martin Guerre returns to his village in southwestern France, after being away in the war for almost a decade. The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre?

Visit for more information and registration.

Welcoming rage, peace and joy in our writing

When life piles on the stresses, it’s hard to find stable and steady ground with our emotions and feelings. The feeling of uncertainty can limit the need to be present and it is challenging to operate from a healthy place.

Teens are invited to take a creative writing break from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 with writer Dzidzor Azalgo (and Grub Street Center) and learn tips on using journal writing to express, emote, reflect, and vent feelings. Use creative writing to journey through embracing our rage, peace, and joy in the midst of uncertainty.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

LRC: The power of empathy

The power of empathy can bridge our “us vs. them” perceptions and lead to new solutions, improved relationships, better strategies for social change, reduction in loneliness and realization of our shared human needs and oneness. This conversation is about sharing experiences giving, receiving, and observing empathy.

Join the facilitated living room conversation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

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

Go to 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 ( will be entered for additional prizes.

Go to for more information and registration.

Fitness classes at BGC of Dorchester

The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester will offer fitness classes in-person at CrossFit Body+Fuel, 89 Pearl St. in Braintree (for Youth 10 to 18) at 3:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (following COVID protocols) and virtually over Zoom at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Contact Brendan at for more information or to register.

#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner

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 the Kids’ Corner for more fun at

BGC of Dorchester @ Home

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester provides all after-school programs such as Academics, Arts and Music, Character & Leadership and Healthy Lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.

Go to 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 for more information.

Franklin Park Golf Course Walking Group

The Franklin Park Golf Course Walking Group will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 19.

Get outdoors and enjoy the scenic views in Franklin Park. The group will meet at the William Devine Golf Course Clubhouse, One Circuit Drive.

For information on cancellations, check Twitter at @healthyboston and @bostonparksdept or phone 617-635-4505.

Visit for more information and registration.

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 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 after-school 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

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

Visit for more information.

Me2/Boston Orchestra/*Flute Choir

Me2/ is a welcoming, multi-generational, inclusive classical music organization. Their 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.

The Me2/Boston Orchestra rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from September through May of each year. Rehearsals are currently held in the community room at VietAID in Dorchester. Ronald Braunstein is the Conductor.

The Me2/Boston Flute Choir rehearsals (*new this year) will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on

Wednesdays from late September through May of each year. Rehearsal space is generously provided by Flutistry Boston, 801 Tremont St. Eileen Yarrison is the Director.

New members are accepted at various points throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the orchestra and/or Flute Choir, please email Caroline at They would love to have you check out a rehearsal or jump right in.

Learn more at

Pajama Story Time

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 ( with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.

JP Holiday Flea Market

Shop online at the JP Flea Market to support local artists and small businesses.

Go to to view a fine assortment of treasures –

local honey, records, jewelry, pipes, pottery, art, kids’ books, vintage clothing and accessories, teas, hand-printed apparel, candles, printed cards, handmade knits, bags, zines, woodwork, crystals, handmade soaps, organic dog treats, prints, patches, hand-stitched wallets, baskets, home décor, children's clothing, body-care and more – available from the 2020 Vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.

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. 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

Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Boston Lights: A lantern experience at Franklin Park Zoo – Sold Out!

Visit for more information.

Chez-Vous fundraiser

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

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

All donations (no matter how large or small) are 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 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 or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens are also included.

Visit 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

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

Donations can be made at

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 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

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 for more information.

Courageous Sailing

Courageous Sailing is a nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth Programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

ADLS programs

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.

ADLS programs are currently open with limited activities following strict health and safety guidelines.

Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at 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 for programming following health and safety guidelines.

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

For more information or to register your child(ren), please email Carleton Burke at 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 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 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 has reopened for small group reservations following strict health and safety protocol.

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 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 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

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 zoo exhibits. The playground and play stations are open.

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

Zoo Winter Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Oct. 1-March 31)

Virtual tours and activities will continue.

Visit 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 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.

Visit 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 for more information.