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Souper Bowl XIII

The 13th annual Haley House Souper Bowl will be held virtually on Sunday, Feb. 14.

A ticket will include a quart of soup – select from a variety made by local chefs; a handmade, one-of-a kind, ceramic bowl made by MassArt CACP and Clay for Change; fresh bread from Iggy's; and the Zoom link to the virtual program at 5 p.m.

Enjoy add-ons such as beer, wine and their classic chocolate chip cookies to round out the meal, as well as Haley House merchandise.

The fun Souper Bowl packages can be picked up at Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury at a pre-selected time to enjoy safely at home.

All proceeds benefit the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community, 23 Dartmouth St. in South End and Haley House Bakery Café and Catering, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

Visit haleyhouse.org/updates/souperbowl13 for more information and tickets (starting at $40) – on sale now.

BNC winter programs

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan will host a variety of programs on Saturday, Feb. 6 – following safety guidelines, including wearing a mask.

10:30 a.m. to noon: Winter Tree Identification

Participants will learn about the adaptations that help trees survive the harsh conditions of winter as well as identification techniques. Identification will focus on buds, bark, and remaining leaves. Beginners welcome.

10:30 am. to noon: Foxes and Hawks

Learn about the behaviors and life histories of foxes, hawks and other predators that live in Boston, the role they play in keeping species likes mice and rabbits from overpopulating, how they find their prey in the winter, and how humans can impact their lives while looking for signs and tracks that tell their stories.

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Track and Signs

On this guided hike, discover what animals may have left them and the stories they tell; you can even make your very own Animal Track Identification Book.

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Nature Walks

Join a BNC Teacher Naturalist for a stroll on the trails and enjoy the winter beauty all around. (Suitable for children, ages five and older)

Go to massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center for more information and registration (each session: Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $12 | free for member of Dot Rx).

Riot Improv: Songs to Scenes

Witness an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Each month will feature an amazing singer songwriter then Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) will spin their lyrics and melodies into raucous comedy.

All performances are now virtual. Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and registration (0-$15) to receive the Zoom link.

Movie discussion: ‘The Phone Call’ (2013)

A movie discussion group will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 8.

This Oscar-award winning short film The Phone Call follows Heather (Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water, Blue Jasmine), a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

This movie is available via Kanopy.

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

‘The Purpose of Power: We Are All Trayvon’

The Boston Public Library, in partnership with the GBH Forum Network, welcomes author Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, for an online conversation moderated by BPL President David Leonard from 6 to 7:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Years after his tragic death at the age of 17 during the violent confrontation in 2012, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera.

But who was Trayvon Martin before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one Black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?

Through real life stories and compelling experiences, Sybrina Fulton answers those questions. Fulton’s experiences goes beyond the news cycle and familiar images to give the account that only she can offer: the story of the beautiful and complex child she lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and an inspiring journey from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to purpose.

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

Nature Story Time with Boston Nature Center

Nature is everywhere – even in the city. Boston is a happy home to a wide variety of wildlife. Join a teacher naturalist from Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (Mattapan) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 for a nature-themed story time on Zoom.

Through stories and observation activities, children will get to know the natural world in their own backyards and learn how they can be scientists every day. There may even be a surprise visit from an animal friend. This program is best for kids in grades K–2, but kids of all ages are welcome.

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

Tai Chi for Wellness

Join the Boston Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 for an online introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China, which consists of postures that are gentle and flowing. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.

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

Kanopy Club: ‘Donnie Darko’ (2001, R)

Watch Donnie Darko on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library for a Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

About the movie: Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a disturbed adolescent from a semi-functional, upper-middle class family, gifted with a sharp intellect and vivid imagination – but he's also a bit weird. Donnie's off his medication, and when his boredom is obliterated by a falling airline engine, he becomes increasingly delusional and convinced the world will end in 28 days.

Aided by an imaginary friend, he embarks on an increasingly crazed series of actions, which horrify his teachers, scare his parents, and amaze his friends.

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

Seasons and climate change

Explore the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 as the group discusses phenology - the study of periodic biological events - and the impacts of climate change on the seasonal rhythms of our forests, wetlands and meadows.

Listen to poems from Goodbye, Ice written by acclaimed mycologist, explorer and author Lawrence Millman throughout the walk – following safety guidelines, including wearing a mask.

Visit massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/76304-seasons-and-climate-change for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).

Monthly Family Book Club

Book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can discover new chapter books, chat and tackle book-inspired games and crafts from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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

Riot X: Live-ish

Watch RIOT X: Live-ish, 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, Feb. 13.

Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and Zoom reservations (0 to $15).

Beyond the Page: GBH Book Club

The GBH Beyond the Page Book Club has selected All About the Story: News, Power, Politics and The Washington Post for the February selection.

The group will virtually meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 to chat with author Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post from 1991 to 2008 where you will be able to ask him all about his life and career.

At a time when the role of journalism is especially critical, the author writes about his nearly 50 years at the newspaper and the importance of getting at the truth.

Join GBH Facebook group for reading goals to help keep you on track and for additional discussion.

Visit wgbh.org/events for other information and registration.

Roxbury artist directory

The first edition of Roxbury Artist Amplification Project's Artist Directory features 17 Roxbury-based artists of color and offers a sample of their paintings, photographs, handmade jewelry, fiber art, journals, children's books and much more.

To peruse and purchase some incredible local art, the artist directory is available to download

at uuum.org/arts-and-humanities-programming.

Free virtual tutoring at RYP

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM) partners with local colleges and universities and members of the community to provide free quality, comprehensive and accessible tutoring in all core subjects, including Mathematics, Science, ELA, Modern Foreign Languages and Social Studies from 2 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. They also offer additional college prep support.

If you are interested in this virtual Roxbury afterschool youth program (RYP), contact PTAM@UUUM.org.

Virtual Story Time

Join Librarian Claire from the Egleston Square Branch Library to explore a different theme every week in an interactive online story time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through May 25. Ideal for children, ages 2-4.

The group will read books and sing songs together, followed by an optional group craft and show-and-tell session.

Everyone is invited to pick up related book bundles (library card required), song sheets, and/or craft kits at the Participate in whatever way is best for you.

Visit the Egleston Square Branch (2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury) during BPL To Go hours the week before or after to pick up the related book bundles, song sheets and/or craft kits.

Visit bpl.org/events and/or email cgross@bpl.org for more information and Zoom link.

(FKA Food &) Book Club: ‘The Mercies’

The (FKA Food &) Book Club – now online – meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. to share dishes – separately – tied to a theme of the selected book.

On Feb. 11, the group will read and discuss The Mercies, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, a historical fiction tale of witchcraft on trial in 1600s Norway.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1620 witch trials, The Mercies is a feminist story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization. While the participants discuss the book, they'll be sampling foods from Norwegian cuisine.

Pick up copies at the Egleston Square Branch, or use an online version, and meet up to discuss the book, foods, or anything else the group stumbles upon.

Visit bpl.org/events for other details, including the link to join the meeting.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Reverie’

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to discuss the fantasy novel Reverie by Ryan La Sala.

Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book. This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the book synopsis and how to join on Twitch.

Family Book Group: ‘The Line Tender’

The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to discuss the February Community Read – The Line Tender by Kate Allen.

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

The Daily Table

The Daily Table is a nonprofit community store and kitchen with a mission of making healthy food affordable to everyone.

The Daily Table source nutritious, delicious food options at prices that every budget can afford, including grab-n-go, ready-to-eat meals from their kitchen.

The Daily Table offers delivery and in-store pick up at the same prices as the stores.

Store locations: 450 Washington St., Dorchester; 2201 Washington St., Roxbury; 684 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (recent opening)

Store hours: Mon–Sat: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

Customers 60+ hours begin at 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. on Sundays.

Visit dailytable.org for more information.

Ethos Live

Ethos hosts an online Wellness on the Web program. Health and wellness presentations, conversations with elected officials, exercise classes and other activities will be streamed regularly on their website and social media platforms.

Visit ethocare.org for more information and quick links to the programs.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston @ Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston 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 bgcb.org for more information and registration.

#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.

Virtual Roslindale ‘Open Mike’

Roslindale “Open Mike” Nights will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays.

Interesting in performing? There’s a link to sign up. 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.

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. 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.

Good Day Nubian Square!: After-School Stories & Crafts

Children (ages 6-12) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 16 for virtual stories, film shorts, poetry, neighborhood walks and more, finishing up with a craft that you make at home.

Craft kits for each session will be available for pick-up at the Roxbury Branch Library.

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

Mindful Minis

Children’s mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse, will lead the group in fun exercises to help develop emotional awareness, relaxation, stress reduction and more.

This program is intended for children, ages 4-10, and caregivers. No pre-registration required. Mindful Mini classes will be available at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 16 via the Parker Hill Branch Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bplparkerhill.

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.

LRC: Self-Care Series

Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.

Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the weekly topics, and Zoom registration.

Tween Time

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week. It’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

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

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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.

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

cchaudhri@bpl.org.

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

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

Allston-Brighton Winter Market (Virtual)

The fourth annual Allston-Brighton Winter Market will be held virtually through Sunday, Feb. 14.

Celebrate local creative entrepreneurship by browsing fine art, artisanal goods, unique services, one-of-a-kind commissions and handcrafted gifts. Support local musicians, too – listen while shopping. All of the proceeds from all sales go directly to the vendors.

To shop on the website edportal.harvard.edu/virtual-winter-market, click the shopping cart icon below each photo. A new window will open to an individual artist's website where you can make a purchase directly or view more work.

All of the vendors offer shipping (note: turn-around time varies per artist). Some artists also offer local pickup, personalization, custom commissions, gift certificates and/or gift wrapping. Many donate a portion of their sales to charity.

RVMS Virtual Winter Farmers Market

The 2021 Pre-order and Pick-up Winter Farmers Market will be open from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays through March 28.

The market will take place outdoors in the ABCD Parking Lot, 32 Birch St. Vendors will have pre-ordered goods ready to grab and go.

Visit roslindale.net/rvms-farmers-market and their social media pages for updates.

SNAP/HIP benefits accepted.

JP 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 vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.

The Reggie Lewis Center virtual classes

The Reggie Lewis Center at the Roxbury Community College offers virtual fitness classes to help you stay physically and mentally active and fit during these challenging times.

Here is a small sampling from an array of classes:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Sensational Seniors

Health, strength, and laughter are the main attributes of this program. The program increases the mind, body, and soul of the seniors who take part. The foundation of the program is an extensive cardiovascular workout that gets seniors on their feet so the blood flows, muscles move, and lungs get stronger.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. – Pilates

An exercise class that will develop a strong core and build strength and stamina through coordinated movements and breathing.

Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Basketball X&Os

Participants will learn to develop a coaching philosophy and X & O training to improve coaching practices and create a coaching system that works at any level of basketball.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Soul Line Dance

Choreographed dance moves that help improve cardio, endurance, and also teaches you all the latest dance moves.

Visit rcc.mass.edu/reggie-lewis for a full class listing and registration instructions, or contact David Jordan at djordan@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1707 for more information ($90 per class | Seniors $30 per class).

Donate blood and save a child’s life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life.

Donate blood or platelets at their Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave.

The Children's Blood Donor Center is an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St. is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit the Kraft Center website or phone 617-632-3206.

You can also schedule a blood drive in your community or business by emailing blooddonor@partners.org or calling 888-LETS-GIV (538-7448).

When you donate blood or donate platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, or give blood on board the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile, you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center and/or dana-farber.org/how-you-can-help/get-involved/donate-blood-and-platelets for more information.

Community Fridges in and around Boston

Community Fridges are meant to help people fill gaps for their food-insecure neighbors that are not being addressed by the state. They’re stocked with groceries by members of the community and can be accessed at no cost by anyone who needs food. They operate on a “take what you need, give what you can” basis, but organizers stress that contributing food to a fridge is not a precondition for taking food. The fridges will be stocked through the winter months (or beyond).

Community Fridges in The Boston Area per www.thebostoncalendar.com:

– Allston Community Fridge at 1 N Beacon, Allston

– Cambridge Community Fridge at 52 Church St., Cambridge

– Dorchester Community Fridge at 1471 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester

– Jamaica Plain Community Fridge at 366 Centre St., Jamaica Plain

– Lynn Community Fridge at TBA

– Mattapan Community Fridge at 1290 Bluehill Ave., Mattapan

– Roslindale Community Fridge at 4140 Washington St., Roslindale

– Somerville Community Fridge at 35 Prospect St., Somerville

Read more about Community Fridges in and around the Boston area at boston.eater.com/2020/10/2/21497298/boston-community-fridges-free-food-aid.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Go to https://commonstreet.org/rainbow-peace-flag-project for more information.

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.

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.

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. Some of the buildings may be closed. 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.

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.

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.

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.