Elsewhere in the City neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Back in the early 20th century, it was possible to ride through the streets of East Boston on a horse-drawn sleigh.

Gardening with pollinators

Join the Shirley-Eustis House Association for an online workshop on the benefits of encouraging pollinators in our urban gardens from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Urban gardener and home beekeeper, Mary Lou O’Connor, will help participants to recognize common pollinators in our urban gardens; select plants that encourage a variety of pollinators; and identify the benefits of the pollinators that control pests as well as fertilize plants.

She will explore how encouraging pollinators throughout summer and winter contributes to their preservation as many habitats around the world are diminishing.

Along with a Q&A, handouts and a reading list will be provided.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/gardening-with-pollinators-tickets-137215147199 for more information and registration.

The event is free; a suggested donation of $8 per participant to benefit the Shirley-Eustis House Association and The Food Project (both in Roxbury) and The Native Plant Trust in Framingham.

Winter backyard birding

Winter is a wonderful time to observe and appreciate local birds. In this program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan, participants will learn how to use binoculars, identify different bird species and create seed and fruit art for the birds to enjoy. Suitable for children, 5-12 years of age.

Visit massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/76305-winter-backyard-birding for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $12, Child - $12).

Riot Improv: Stories to Scenes

Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) is collaborating with local storytellers in a unique mash-up to create improv comedy with a narrative twist.

Riot Improv will create improv scenes inspired by real-life tales of humor, tragedy, love and more, performed live from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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

Grafting Woody Plants: An Overview

Arnold Arboretum propagator Sean Halloran will provide an overview of dormant season grafting principles: reasons to graft, how it works, and the materials and environment required for success with this propagation technique at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Visit arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Roxbury Reads Book Discussion: ‘Caste’

Roxbury Reads Book Club will discuss parts of Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.

About the book: Linking the caste systems of America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people – including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others – she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including how to join the discussion.

The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut

This is the first of three lectures in the Arnold Arboretum's 2021 Director's Lecture Series. Through the art and science of domestication, the pecan tree went from being primarily wild to primarily domesticated in a matter of decades.

James McWilliam’s talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22 will explore this history while challenging us to think more critically about what we mean by ideas like "natural," "artificial" and "authentic," all central to understanding the food we produce and consume.

Visit arboretum.harvard.edu/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Help save a life at the MGH Bloodmobile

The need for blood does not stop – not even during a pandemic. Due to business and school closures and restrictions, blood donations have been down by as much as 60 percent.

Stop by CIC Cambridge, 1 Broadway from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and donate blood in the MGH Bloodmobile.

Reserve your time slot at eventbrite.com/e/cic-blood-drive-cambridge-tickets-137976027011?aff=erelpanelorg.

Yoga Nidra

Join the Ed Portal for a Yoga Nidra workshop series from 6:15 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 through March 9.

Yoga Nidra is a very gentle type of yoga that is done while sitting or lying down. It's a way to relax and take a break from the stresses of everyday life. In these workshops, you'll get to relax your mind and body with guided instructions and visualizations from the instructor.

Each class will start with some gentle movements and breathing, and then lead into visualizations that will help you relax and relieve tension.

Visit edportal.harvard.edu/calendar/upcoming for more information and registration.

Artful Collage Workshop: Artful African American Images

An engaging opportunity to explore hope and change in our lives.

This Artful Collage Workshop is about self-reflection, conversation, meditation and African-American music.

Let's start this creative journey together from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Art materials will be provided through pick-up from the Parker Hill Library (optional)

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

musiConnects program

musiConnects will share highlights from their fall recording project with their friends at the Boston Public Library's Mattapan branch.

Visit their Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 to tune-in.

Visit www.musiconnects.org/events.html for more information.

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.

Maple Sugaring

A BNC Teacher Naturalist will tap, collect and boil down sap from the maple trees found at Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan.

Try tapping the tree and enjoy some fresh sap. People will learn about the different techniques and equipment used across New England and why Sugar Maples are so unique.

Explore the trails during a self-guided story book walk and scavenger hunt. Enjoy a tasty maple treat as well. Suitable for children, ages five and older.

This program is offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2 p.m., and 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, March 6 following health and safety guidelines.

Visit massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/76306-maple-sugaring for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $12, Child - $12).

Brighton Outdoor Winter Farmers Market

Shop fresh produce, meat, fish, bread and pastries, coffee and more at the Brighton Outdoor Winter Farmers Market, PSF Community Center Parking Lot, 640 Washington St., Oak Square from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, March 13, March 27 and April 10.

Produce vendors accept HIP/SNAP.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s first ever Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash will be held through Friday, March 12.

They’re challenging everyone to come up with creative ways to “splash” from wherever they are. So, grab a bucket of cold water, a cup of ice, fill up your bathtub, or find another fun, safe and creative way to polar plunge - all of the money raised goes to the Better Beaches Program.

With registration, people get Harpoon beer, a Splash koozie and entry into a raffle to win round trip flights on JetBlue.

During February, they will be awarding weekly fundraising prizes. Raise more money to win more prizes.

Get cold for a great cause… Visit shamrocksplash.org/default.asp for more information and registration.

Virtual YMCA

Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

BPL Reading Challenge

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.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 onsite/online

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.