Dorchester neighborhood notes

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This is the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill as it appeared circa 1876. This building burnt down in 1896. To learn more about Dorchester’s history, visit the Dorchester Historical Society at www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org.
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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, pumpkin and/or pecan pies by Saturday, Nov. 20 to be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

United Way’s Thanksgiving Project Distribution Day

Help United Way distribute Thanksgiving groceries to 18,000 local families in 30+ different communities on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Go to https://unitedwaymassbay.org/get-involved/events for more information, including a list of the 29 distribution sites and available shifts plus links to donate $50 towards the food.

Celebrate! with Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

Families are invited to join the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 as they share stories of both their history and modern culture in a performance that culminates with a full audience powwow in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-with-wampanoag-nation-singers-dancers-registration-186948647437 for more information and registration.

Art and Nature at Ronan Park

Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson are two examples of artists who used nature as their canvas and natural materials as their tools.

Join a Boston Nature Center teacher naturalist from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 for a nature color walk to collect natural materials that participants will then arrange into a beautiful nature art piece. The group will meet at the 90 Mt. Ida Road entrance to Ronan Park.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80080-art-and-nature-at-ronan-park for more information and registration.

Give Thanks Story Time

Join the Boston Public Library librarians from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22 as the group reads stories and sings songs all about being thankful.

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

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K

Start Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25 with a run or walk at 9 a.m. on the beautiful paths of the crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park. The scenic 3.1-mile (5K) route includes the park's most beautiful and historic views.

Sign up a group, family or yourself. Strollers, all ages and paces, and race-ready leashed dogs are welcome. There will be awards for the fast finishers (for people, pups and prams) and costumes.

Runner registrations support the Franklin Park Coalition’s programs and events including; conservation & stewardship, arts & health, and advocacy that happen year-round.

The three pillars of the Franklin Park Coalition are: Work, Play and Engage! Their signature fundraising and fitness event, the 9th annual Turkey Trot 5K brings each of these elements to life in the park. 

Go to www.franklinparkcoalition.org/featured-events/turkey-trot for more information and registration ($15-$30).

Holiday Pop Up Market

Celebrate the season at the sixth annual Holiday Pop-Up Market from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Ashmont MBTA Plaza, 1900 Dorchester Ave. in Peabody Square.

Holiday music will fill the air as you shop the market stands for pantry staples and holiday treasures from a variety of local artisans and craft vendors.

Visit greaterashmont.org for more information.

Ashmont Book Club            

Ashmont Hill Book Club will meet at 7:15 pm. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 to discuss The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrick.

Email klil@hotmail.com for more information. Everyone is welcome.

MR8K

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).

Soulfire Movement (onsite/online)

Soulfire Movement is an alternative mindfulness dance, sweat and meditation class being held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays and from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Luna Fitness Club, 735 William T Morrissey Blvd. and on Zoom through Dec. 29.

This high energy class combines today’s hottest dance styles with fitness and anaerobic movement while using the 7-chakra system (wheels of life & light) as a meditative structure.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/soulfire-movement-registration-154832573395 for more information and registration ($10).

Meditation and Stretch

Join Marcel from Fit-CF in collaboration with the Center for Community Wellness at the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center for guided meditation and stretching from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on weekdays to start the day and from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays to help wind down and finish the day.

Visit https://sportsmenstennis.org/meditation-stretch-with-marcel-from-fit-cf for more information and Zoom registration.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga         

Join the Boston Public Library remotely from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays for a gentle yoga class by Hands to Heart Center (HTHC). Participants can expect a beginner-level one hour yoga flow, with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels. All are welcome.

These classes will be live-streamed on HTHC's YouTube channel, where previously recorded sessions may also be found.

To attend, visit https://bit.ly/BPLY0GA. No registration is required.

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.

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.

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.

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.

M.O.B. Flea Market at DAP                                  

The Melanin Owned Business Flea Market, presented by 2 Fruits Wellness, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays at Dorchester Art Project. 1490 Dorchester Ave.

Visit www.dorchesterartproject.com for more information and reservation.

‘Emotion Revolution’ exhibition

“Emotion Revolution” is a virtual multimedia gallery show which serves to amplify the voices of young emerging artists in the Boston area, and explore how they cope with the chaos of the present and the inscrutability of the future through their work.

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.

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.

#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner and onsite fun         

Get your daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more at #ZooToYou and 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.

ADSL programs 

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADSL) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.

ADSL 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.

JFK Library and Museum onsite/online    

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with advanced timed ticket reservations.

The Library’s research room will remain closed, but researchers can continue to work with archivists online by emailing kennedy.library@nara.gov. There is also a wealth of online collections as well.

Visit www.jfklibrary.org for more information and reservations.

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.

Kroc Community Center onsite/online 

The Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St., has a fitness floor, cardio loft and expanded cycling studio in the gymnasium along with a Water Park and Playground and offers a variety of onsite and virtual programs for all ages.

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 Lurena.Hood@use.SalvationArmy.org.

Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. livestreamed on Facebook or viewed on YouTube (link on website).

Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.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.

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.