Elsewhere in the City neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
There were many people dining out recently along Hanover Street in the North End. The opening of restaurants in the state has given people a break from having to prepare their own meals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

BLM Community Kickback

For the People will host the BLM Community Kickback from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, 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 X: ‘Live-ish 30 Virtual Plays in Your Real World’

RIOT X (at The Rozzie Square Theater in Roslindale) has metamorphosed their monthly live show caterpillar into a beautiful video butterfly.

They invite you to watch it flutter its wings spectacularly with a tantalizing hybrid of brand-new live plays, brand-new video plays, and brand-new-ish other video plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Visit theriottheater.com/riotx for more information and registration (0-$15) for the Zoom link.

LVN Conversation: Civic Engagement (Honan-Allston)

Join the Boston Public Library and Local Voices Network (LVN) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. for an online discussion about civic engagement

There are three main purposes for this conversation: 1) to create a new space for community members to listen and learn about each other’s lives; 2) to connect across groups and build relationships with one another; and 3) to create a unique listening channel to lift up the voices and needs of the community to candidates, local policy makers, and members of the media.

To this end, they are inviting participants to have a different type of conversation.

LVN conversations are focused on sharing participants’ personal stories from their lived experience, rather than beginning the conversation with LVN’s positions on issues. They are doing this in order to help build connections and to foster conversations that improve understanding of one another.

For more information about LVN, please visit to lvn.org.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to register.

How to engage your audience with sound design

Learn how every aesthetic choice you make from pacing to the music selection intersects with marketing your podcast to new audiences from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, presented by PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program.

How should the intended audience of your podcast influence the sound design?

In this free webinar, the Director of PRX Productions, Jocelyn Gonzales, will introduce participants to the sound mood board process and discuss the interplay between audio production and marketing.

Go to eventbrite.com/e/how-to-engage-your-audience-with-sound-design-tickets-125351701313 for more information and registration.

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 the Boston Public Library’s New Parent group on Zoom. The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on (most) 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 people can connect with other new parents and get early literacy recommendations from the librarians.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, they’ll be diving deep into early literacy skills with Librarian Elise during a special Mother Goose on the Loose program full of information and extra explanations.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a weekly speaker/topic and registration.

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 (rfox@bpl.org) by Nov. 16 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

‘Beyond the Page: A WGBH Book Club’

The chilly November breeze calls to mind ghost stories, myths and legends told in a hushed voice around a fireplace. In this spirit, the GBH “Beyond the Page Book Club” invites everyone to read the myth, Bestiary, around the metaphorical fireplace with them this month.

Then join them from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 as they chat live with K-Ming Chang. The audience will have a chance to ask questions.

K-Ming Chang’s debut novel crackles and sizzles with her poetic voice. In essence: "Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family's queer desires, violent impulses and buried secrets."

Join this group of fellow curious readers at facebook.com/groups/gbhbookclub. They will set reading goals leading up to the book club meeting with Chang in November.

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 kprocyshyn@bpl.org.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Creating harvest wreaths & table centerpieces

Join Jan Louissaint from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 for an arts and craft Zoom session.

This Zoom class will help people make and enjoy wreaths and centerpieces for the holiday season. This event is hosted by the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Email Maurice Gordon at mgordon@bpl.org or call 617-298-9218. Space is limited.

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 (rfox@bpl.org) by Nov. 17 with your child's name and age to register and receive the link to our Zoom room.

PH Branch Virtual Book Discussion Group

The Parker Hill Branch Book Discussion Group will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month via Zoom.

On Nov. 19 the group will engage in a lively discussion about The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Gentle movement and meditation

Join the Hands to Heart Center and Jessi Rosinski for an online hour of gentle movement, soothing breathwork and awareness meditation from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Learn practices to ground and center yourself in daily life and cultivate an attitude of mindfulness. No prior experience with mindfulness required.

Visit bpl.org/events 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 bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

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 bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Sparks for Arts Gala ‘Dinner in Black’

Madison Park Development Corporation welcomes everyone to a festive virtual gala from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 coming live from Hibernian Hall to the comfort of your home.

Don your favorite black gala attire and enjoy celebrating arts and culture, learning about current Hibernian Hall and MPDC programs, dancing to the tunes of DJ Dex, and enjoying performances by Roxbury artists.

There will also be an online auction which will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. View and bid on the items at 32auctions.com/SparksforArts2020.

Visit madison-park.org/event/save-the-date-sparks-for-arts-gala-dinner-in-black-a-virtual-experience for more information and Zoom registration ($0-100).

West Roxbury by Map

How long has there been a West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library? What can local cemeteries tell us about who lived in the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? What was manufactured in the neighborhood?

Using Atlascope, the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s user-friendly portal for exploring urban atlases, the group will dive into the historical geography of West Roxbury. Learn about how the community has changed over time and discover how to research the history of your own house and neighborhood from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

This event will be broadcast online at the Leventhal Map Center’s YouTube Live and Facebook Live channels.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/west-roxbury-by-map-tickets-123211068623 for more information and optional 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 bpl.org/events for more information and 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 bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Build It! (on Zoom)

Children, ages 5 through 12 and their families, are invited to join Librarians Patty and Rebecca from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 to tackle a monthly building challenge. The participants will use supplies found in their homes, principles of engineering and a lot of ingenuity.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom 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 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).

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

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

Community Servings: ‘Pie in the Sky’ fundraiser

Community Servings (Jamaica Plain) is selling “Pie in the Sky” Apple and Pecan Pies, baked fresh from scratch by Community Servings' kitchen and a local gourmet pie bakery to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Once baked, pies will be boxed up, sealed and transported untouched directly to select outdoor, covered pick-up sites with either walk-up or drive-thru service across eastern Massachusetts on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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 this annual fundraising cause.

There are several ways you can support this mission:

- Purchase Apple or Pumpkin Pies or make a Pie for a Client Donation ($30 per pie)

- Volunteer to help out – opportunities are listed on their website

When you purchase an Apple or Pecan Pie or buy a Pie for a Client, you help Community Servings feed a critically ill neighbor in need for a week. Thanks to you, neither they nor their family will have to worry about going hungry this holiday season.

Visit pieinthesky.org and/or servings.org for more information.

The Christmas Revels 2020: 50th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

For the first time in 50 years, the annual The Christmas Revels will not be celebrated live in Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre. For this extraordinary year, they have created a unique, virtual The Christmas Revels – a cornucopia of music, dance, song and ritual from their richly recorded archives, spanning half a century and half the globe. An event pass grants you full on-demand access to The Christmas Revels video production to enjoy anytime from 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 through Thursday, Dec. 31 until 11:59 p.m.

The Christmas Revels will also host a Wassail party at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20. Join them on Zoom for Revels merriment with surprise guests and song as they celebrate the shortest day and toast Revels founder John “Jack” Langstaff on the centennial of his birth. Wassail party guests will also enjoy a few surprises from a Wherever You May Be gift box sent to you especially for the event.

Wassail Party ticket includes:

- Zoom link to the Wassail Party (Dec. 20)

- Event Pass to The Christmas Revels production (on view Dec. 18 through Dec. 31)

- Wherever You May Be gift box

The Christmas Revels Wassail Party (Dec. 20) and Event Pass - $200/household

The Christmas Revels Event Pass only - $50/household, unlimited access

Visit ChristmasRevels2020.org for more information and tickets.

JP Holiday Flea Market

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

Go to jpfixandflea.com/upcoming-events.html 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.

#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 zoonewengland.org.

Online ESL conversation groups

Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on most Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on most Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays, and from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on most Fridays through Aug. 31, 2021. The group is led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Online intermediate and advanced ESL classes are also offered at select times.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

‘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 rfox@bpl.org.

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.

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 info@me2orchestra.org. They would love to have you check out a rehearsal or jump right in.

Learn more at www.Me2orchestra.org.

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.

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 most 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.

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

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.

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.

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 (rfox@bpl.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/events 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. 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.

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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

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 Brigham Circle Farmers’ Market (1530 Tremont Street) will be open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Nov. 19.

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.

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.

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 baccoffice@verizon.net 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 baccoffice@verizon.net 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 citypeaceproject@gmail.org.

Donations can be made at secure.givelively.org/donate/common-street-spiritual-center/rainbow-peace-flag-project.

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 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 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.

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.