Dorchester neighborhood notes
Celtic Bells – The Irish in Boston
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the JFK Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 13.
Listen to the story of Irish immigrants in Boston, weaving in songs and poems of work, humor, protest, longing for home, and longing to feel at home as immigrants in America. Enjoy the lively music of the fiddle, bodhran (Irish drum), banjo, flute, guitar and bagpipes.
Visit jfklibrary.org/Celebrate for more information and registration.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Consulate General of Ireland in Boston and Embassy of Ireland, USA from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 15 for a virtual 2021 St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
The program will honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Ireland in Congress by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and others and celebrate the launch of “From Whence I came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America,” a collection of essays edited by Brian Murphy and Donnacha Ó Beacháin.
Visit https://www.emkinstitute.org for more information and Zoom registration.
Hemingway - the Author
Join GBH and the Kennedy Library for a preview and discussion of Hemingway, the new documentary series directed by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
Writers Abraham Verghese and Tobias Wolff will join Burns and Novick in a conversation moderated by Kennedy Library Director Alan Price about Ernest Hemingway’s life, craft and legacy as one of America’s greatest writers from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday March 16.
The event will feature clips from the three-part, six-hour series premiering on GBH 2 on Monday, April 5.
Visit https://www.wgbh.org/events/hemingway-the-author-and-the-man-virtual for more information and Zoom registration.
Book Discussion Group: ‘Dominicana’
Join the virtual Lower Mills Branch Book Discussion Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 and fulfill your Year Long Reading Challenge for March.
The group will discuss Dominicana by Angie Cruz.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' (2012)
Kanopy Club will be following the March theme of Own Voices in the #ReadingTogether Challenge.
The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Kanopy.com and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.
About Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro Ono's life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
The Detective Club Murder, A Murder Mystery Game
Join East Boston Branch Library staff on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 for The Detective Club Murder, a free downloadable murder mystery game from British psychological crime thriller author Ruth Ware.
In this role-playing game, you’ll be transported to Mistletan Manor in the English countryside and the home of celebrated crime writer Sir Aubrey St. Clair.
You and your friends are the hand-picked members of the Detective Club, the crème de la crème of the crime-writing elite, here to toast the club’s fiftieth anniversary. But when Sir Aubrey’s body is discovered, stabbed to the heart in his own study, everyone falls under suspicion – and everyone has secrets to hide. Can you band together with your fellow crime writers to solve The Detective Club Murder before too many painful truths come to light?
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Homegoing: A Restorative Justice Initiative Colloquium’
UMass Boston is hosting A Restorative Justice Initiative Colloquium. Each two-hour session will consist of two parts: a webinar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Zoom breakout rooms from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss themes of the novel in small groups.
Using Yaa Gyasi’s novel Homegoing as a guide, participants will explore the history of the Black freedom struggle, from the European colonization of West Africa through the present-day criminal justice system in the United States. These six webinar sessions, including one with the author, explore how this history has impacted our culture – and how we can take action to change the inequalities we see in everyday life.
Session 4: March 25
Homegoing Panel on Culture, Consciousness and Healing within the African Diaspora
Session 5: April 8
Homegoing Student-Led Panel Discussion on Identity, Culture, and Activism
Session 6: May 6
Homegoing Performance including music, theatrical performance, and dance
Learn more about and register for Homegoing: A Restorative Justice Initiative Colloquium at www.umb.edu/restorative justice colloquium.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Dorchester New Parents Group
A new parents’ group, hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 18. Parents with a baby under the age of three are invited to attend.
The parent groups provide safe and nurturing spaces for parents and their babies to give and receive support.
Visit jfcsboston.org for more information and Zoom registration.
ADSL Zoom Club
All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADSL) offers a virtual after school enrichment and tutoring program for students in elementary and middle school (4th to 8th grades) from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 22.
Hop on Zoom calls to hang out, play group games and study with some friends. Their virtual tutors and mentors (students from local high schools and colleges) will be there to help.
Visit alldorchestersports.org for more information and registration.
Story Time @LowerMills
Join Mr. Ritse for a morning of singing, reading, and having fun on Facebook Live from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information about the Boston Public Library’s Future Readers Club and the quick link to the Facebook page.
Virtual Baby Cafés
The BMC Baby Café at Codman Square Health Center will virtually meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.
This group is staffed by Jenny Weaver, RN, IBCLC and peer counselors who have extensive experience counseling moms with lactation and infant concerns. Limited translation for Haitian Creole speakers is available.
Visit www.codman.org/event/virtual-baby-cafes for more information and registration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner and onsite fun
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 online for more fun.
Franklin Park and Stone zoos are open for a roarin’ good time following COVID guidelines and online reservations. Virtual tours and other activities will continue.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.
DAP: ‘Power to the People’
Join the Dorchester Art Project (DAP) on IG Live from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays for “Power to the People.”
DAPS mission is “to empower the Black community by acknowledging the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses and returning power back to the people.”
‘The Happiness Project’: Book discussion for a happier life
Following the book discussion of The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin that took place in January, participants will meet monthly to discuss their personal resolutions, swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and – perhaps most importantly – hold each other accountable. Being part of a group is a terrific way to build friendships, have fun and figure out ways to make yourself happier.
The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:
- April 7: Inspiration
- May 5: Happy memories
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Virtual Winter Farmers Market
Dorchester Winter Farmers Market has gone virtual. Get farm-fresh food delivered to your door through Thursday, March 25.
Visit dorchesterwinterfarmersmarket.org to order and to learn about food assistance and the City of Boston’s Coupon Program. SNAP/HIP benefits accepted.
Free healthy meals to go
Codman Academy is offering free, homemade, hot meals to-go for anyone who has a child under 21 years old at home. Community members, students and families are welcome to as many meals (breakfast and lunch items) as they need to feed their family for that day. No ID required.
Meals can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Codman Academy main entrance on Epping Street. When you arrive, phone 617-287-0700, ext. 175 for delivery.
For more information, email Anthony Travers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 sources 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 their stores.
Store locations: 450 Washington St., Dorchester; 2201 Washington St., Roxbury; 684 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (recent opening)
Store hours: Monday to Saturday: 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.
Kroch Community Center update
Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St., is open following health and safety guidelines. Check the status as they intermittently close due to COVID spikes.
The Center has a fitness floor, cardio loft and expanded cycling studio in the gymnasium. Access to the fitness areas is by reservations only.
The Kroc Playground is open; The Water Park is closed.
The Salvation Army’s social services, food pantry and meal distribution efforts are ongoing. If you need assistance, including food or other resources, call their Social Service Department at 617-318-6940 or email Social Services Ministries Manager, Lurena Hood at
Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. livestreamed on Facebook.
Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.org for more information.
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.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats provides 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information 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.
Chez-Vous GoFundMe fundraiser
The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St.) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.
The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March 2020, has established a crowdsourced
Gofundme fundraiser to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open, coming together again as one big family. All donations (no matter how large or small) are greatly appreciated.
To learn more about this family-fun establishment and to make a donation, visit chezvousrollerrink.com. For more information, phone 617-825-6877.
Emotion Revolution exhibition
Emotion Revolution is a virtual multimedia exhibition curated by student Mary Morris Evans and co-produced by Dorchester Art Project and Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media, and Design.
On view at emotionrevolutionshow.com, this exhibit explores how they cope with the chaos of the present and the inscrutability of the future through their work.
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 commonstreet.org/rainbow-peace-flag-project for more information.
Suicide Survivor Support Group
DeeDee’s Cry hosts 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.
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.
All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.
ADLS programs are currently open with limited activities following strict health and safety guidelines.
Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.
EMK Institute programs and activities for at home fun
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.
While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on YouTube, links to a variety of activities can be found on their website.
Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.
Visit emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to YouTube and the activities.
JFK Library and Museum digital content and curriculum
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum adds a weekly digest of digital content for families to enjoy, including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.
The Library and Museum remains closed at this time.
Visit jfklibrary.org for more details.
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 toiletries 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 more information, including a list of places that they service.
Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations
The Franklin Park Zoo has set up the “All Our Animals Fund” to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and to maintain the Zoo’s infrastructure.
Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.
The Neighborhood Aid Network
The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.
Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.