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The leaves have fallen from the trees on Boston Common and Jennifer is enjoying the beauty of this season.

Morning bird walk

Join Correne George, a teacher naturalist, for some fall bird explorations from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80066-morning-bird-walks for more information and registration (Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $13).

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion: ‘400 Souls’

Local educator Josh Frank will lead a discussion of the collaborative book, Four Hundred Souls, a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 on Zoom. There will be two sessions offered: from 9:15 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

The group will also discuss the controversial debate around including antiracist education in schools, especially recent pushback against Kendi's books and the 1619 Project.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library and the Roslindale Branch Librarian. To register, email librarian Jennifer Hawes at roslindale@bpl.org. Write "400 Souls Discussion" in the subject line and specify Morning or Afternoon group.

Fall concert: The University Wind Ensemble + The BC Symphonic Band

The Boston College Bands program proudly presents The University Wind Ensemble and The BC Symphonic Band in concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy in Chestnut Hill.

Visit http://events.bc.edu for more information.

Give a hoot about owls

Because owls are nocturnal, they are often overlooked, but they play an important role in healthy ecosystems.

In this program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, participants will walk the trails and look for signs of owls, dissect owl pellets and make a take home craft at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan. (Geared towards families with children, 5 to 12 years of age).

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80073-give-a-hoot-about-owls for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $12, Child - $12).

BC Symphony Orchestra, John Finney, conductor

Works by Schubert and Mozart, featuring Nova Wang, violin, BC '20, co-winner of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, will be performed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 in Gasson Hall, Room 100, 140 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill.

Visit http://events.bc.edu for more information.

Community Servings ‘Pie in The Sky’ Fundraiser

When you purchase a $30 pie for the holiday table or a Community Servings client, you also provide a week’s worth of scratch-made medically tailored meals for a neighbor in need.

Thanks to ScrubaDub, everyone who purchases a pie for one of Community Servings clients will receive a free Express Wash coupon after Thanksgiving.

Visit www.pieinthesky.org for more information on how to become a Pie Seller, a Pie Sponsor and/or a Volunteer and/or to order apple and/or pecan pies.

BC Chamber Music Society, Sandra Hebert, director

Chamber music performances by BC students will be held at 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 18 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Gasson Hall, Room 100, 140 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill.

Visit http://events.bc.edu for more information.

Community Conversations: Black Flight

The recent census shows that Black Bostonians are steadily leaving the city. Historian Byron Rushing, who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for more than 30 years and was president of the Museum of African-American History in Boston, will offer his thoughts in a Community Conversation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

He will speak about factors driving people of color from the city and what that will mean in both the short and long term. 

Register to join the conversation at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86335907453.

United Way’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Project 

United Way’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Project – taking place through Saturday, Nov. 20 – will help provide 18,000 families with the full ingredients needed for a Thanksgiving celebration. 

For $50, donors can provide a family in need with a Thanksgiving bag from United Way that includes: canned corn, canned green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, beans, rice, cornbread and an aluminum turkey pan. Families also receive either a turkey, or a grocery gift card to purchase a turkey, depending on which site they pick up their meals.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, volunteers will distribute the Thanksgiving bags at distribution sites in the Boston neighborhoods of Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, South End and South Boston as well 27 other communities.

Visit https://unitedwaymassbay.org/news/united-way-launches-1m-fundraising-drive-to-distribute-18000-thanksgiving-meals-in-27-communities-across-the-region for more information and the link to the app or go directly to the giving app at https://app.mobilecause.com/f/3jdv/n?vid=ms5lj.

WR Book Group: ‘There, There’

The West Roxbury Branch Library book discussion group will meet at the library from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17 to discuss There, There by Tommy Orange.

Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American – grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

‘The Great Boston Fire’ A Lecture by Author Stephanie Schorow

As a complement to their latest exhibition “Fire and Water: An Exploration of the Great Fire of Boston,” author Stephanie Schorow will present an illustrated lecture on the fire that probes the forces that produced it and the people who contained it.

This program will take place live at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-boston-fire-a-lecture-by-author-stephanie-schorow-tickets-178078606907 for more information and registration.

Food & Book Club: ‘Hungry Ghosts’                    

The Food & Book Club will meet at Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. in Roxbury from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month to share potluck dishes tied to a theme of the selected book.

On Nov. 17, the group will share recipes and ghost stories collected by Anthony Bourdain in a graphic novel format. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, ‘"Hungry Ghosts" reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food. Bring your own versions of the recipes within, or share your personal favorite Japanese dish.

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

‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’                                    

The performance of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 19 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Robsham Theater Arts Center, Chestnut Hill.

In an original dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic work, the magic and mystery of Aslan, the White Witch, and four children who wander into an old wardrobe takes the stage. With all of the ingenuity theatre magic can bring, puppets, performers – and maybe even a good old-fashioned dance battle – convene to rediscover the enchantment of Narnia.

View http://events.bc.edu/event/lionwitchwardrobe#.YXfY457MJPY for more information and tickets ($12.50-$17.50).

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 the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – 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.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Furia’                                           

The Boston Public Library Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 to discuss Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez.

A Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club pick, this book follows 17-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina. Camila dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with international soccer phenom and her childhood friend, Diego.

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

Sparks for Arts: MPDC’s 55th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating Legacy – Honoring Community – Embracing Promise.

The Madison Park Development Corporation welcomes everyone to a festive virtual gala from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 to celebrate 55 years of fostering a vibrant & healthy Roxbury that people can attend from the comfort of their home.

Don a favorite gala attire and enjoy celebrating arts & culture, learning about current Hibernian Hall & MPDC programs, and enjoying exciting performances by Roxbury artists.

Visit Madison-park.org for more information and tickets ($0; $25; $100).

The Magic Lab: An Open Mic Magic Show

The Magic Lab is a monthly magic show where local magicians test out their newest material. Flop or flourish, fail or prevail: Anything can happen.

Five incredible performers, experimenting with brand new magic. will be featured from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St. in Roslindale.

Visit www.bostonmagiclab.com for more information and tickets ($10).

Nicholas Phan & Brooklyn Rider                          

Tenor Nicholas Phan will team up with adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider for a performance that places the past and present in direct and powerful dialogue. This performance will stream live from GBH Calderwood Studio and be available on demand until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The program features two Boston premieres, Rufus Wainwright’s “Trois valses anglaises” and Nico Muhly’s “Stranger,” a song cycle commissioned for Phan and the Brooklyn Rider that connects and illuminates four American stories: an academic history of Chinese railroad workers, the personal narrative of an immigrant from Sicily, a Chinese-American man fighting legal discrimination, and a wife’s letter to her deployed husband in World War II. 

The program also features a new phase of work exploring love and death through the music of Franz Schubert and Rufus Wainwright, a bold compositional pairing that reinforces these artists’ fearless rejection of presenting the obvious.

Visit www.celebrityseries.org/productions/phan-brooklyn-rider for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Family Book Group: ‘Listen, Slowly’

The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 to discuss the November Community Read – Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lại.

In this coming-of-age story, a preteen girl from California spends the summer in Vietnam with her grandmother and slowly discovers more about her own roots.

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

Turkeys at the BNC

Did you know that turkeys can fly and they sleep in trees at night? The Boston Nature Center in Mattapan is home to more than 20 turkeys this year.

Look for the turkeys at the BNC and learn how they live and flourish in this bustling city. The group will a examine turkey feather up close and flow the turkey tracks across the sanctuary from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80074-turkeys-at-the-bnc for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10; Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $12; Child - $12).

Introduction to day hiking

Hike on down to the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan and discover the fun of day hiking.

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, the group will use interactive and hands on experiences to prepare for day hikes - from clothing to food to other essentials to navigation and reading the landscape. This program will prepare you for the second annual BNC Hike-a-thon on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27.

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80081-introduction-to-day-hiking for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10; Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13; Child - $13).

ARC Blood Drive at  Saint Elizabeth's Hospital

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, 736 Cambridge St. in Brighton.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.


The Martin Richard Foundation, in partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation, New Balance and DMSE Sports, will host the fourth annual MR8K at Boston Landing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. This five-mile (8K) race is open to runners, walkers and para-athletes of all abilities, as well as families with small children.

The Martin Richard Foundation established the MR8K in 2019 as its signature annual fundraising event, giving more people an opportunity to run for Team MR8. All funds raised will benefit the Martin Richard Foundation’s work to support community organizations that advance its values of inclusion, kindness, justice and peace.

Go to https://teammr8.org/team-mr8 for more information and registration ($45).

Visit and tour the makerspace

Boston Makers, Inc. is a not-for-profit community makerspace. Stocked with digital fabrication and hand/craft-oriented tools, they work to provide access to skill development opportunities, mentorship and space to help build a community of thinkers, designers and makers.

Come and check out their space at 105 South Huntington Ave. on Sundays through Dec. 19. The 15-minute guided tour will include review of all equipment and facilities including: Main Room - laser cutter, fabric, 3D printer, vinyl cutter, and electronics workstations; Power Room - chop saw, power tools, drill press, and workbenches; and Member storage.

The entrance is at the rear of the building; parking is available and it’s close to the Green Line Heath Street T-Stop.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-and-tour-the-makerspace-tickets-169404668925 for more information and registration.

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 is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or to schedule an appointment.

Oasis for birds walks                                                                                   

Both beginner and advanced birders will enjoy discovering and learning about the fascinating birds of Belle Isle Marsh and vicinity during a free nature walk, co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the DCR.

The walks will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month (except on holidays).

Belle Isle Marsh is a restored wildlife habitat that attracts a yearly count of 265 species of birds. The group will meet at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. in East Boston.

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr or phone 781-656-1485 for more details.

Monday Job Seekers Group

Join other job seekers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on (most) Mondays for mutual support, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment in your job search. Job Seekers Connection energizes and motivates participants by teaching valuable career search strategies and techniques.

Visit https://edportal.harvard.edu/events for more information, including the weekly topic and guest speakers, and Zoom 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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.

Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.

Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Roxbury Crossing Farmers Market

The Roxbury Crossing Farmers Market, intersection of Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street in Roxbury will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 23.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-farmers-markets for a complete list of farmers markets.

Roslindale Village Farmers Market                                              

Roslindale Village Farmers Market will be held at Adams Park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27.

SNAP/EBT and HIP accepted.

Learn more at https://roslindale.net/rvms-farmers-market.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an 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.

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).

A-B Community Supper – take out

The Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton serves take out suppers outside from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bags of fruit, vegetables, breads, and desserts will also be available.

Visit brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email baccoffice@verizon.net for more information.

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 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.

Visit abfoodpantry.com and/or brightonucc.org for more information, including ways 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 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

Store hours: Mondays to Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 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.

Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has continued to use food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.

The non-profit organization operates the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community at the Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café, Catering, TEP, TBK, and Arts & Culture programming at 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

The Haley House accepts in-kind donations (see list of needed items) and money and uses volunteers to help fulfill their mission.

Visit https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind for more details.

MTW book/textile donations and online/onsite purchases

More Than Words stores accepts donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.

People can also shop online or onsite for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.

All donations are fully tax deductible. Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth.

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and links to purchase items.

City Peace Project                                        

The City Peace Project is an effort of individuals and local groups in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan among other Boston neighborhoods and across the nation to share the message of peace, inclusivity and non-violence by inviting people to display Peace Flags throughout their communities in as many places as they can.

To request a flag, volunteer or join the team, email: citypeaceproject@gmail.com or go to 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 (Roxbury) 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.

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.