Elsewhere in the city neighborhood notes:

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Children have a lot of fun on the slide in the Tadpole Playground in Boston Common.

Guided Hike-a-thon Walk at Boston Nature Center

An Adult Hike will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27. Join a BNC Teacher Naturalist at the BNC in Mattapan for a stroll on the trails, enjoy the late fall beauty all around and learn about how the trees of the BNC prepare for winter – all part of the annual Hike-a-thon weekend.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80075-guided-hike-at-boston-nature-center for more information and registration.

Roslindale Tree Lighting

The annual Roslindale Tree Lighting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 in Adams Park. The RVMS elves are hard at work preparing for this fun, holiday spirit-fueled event.

Visit www.roslindale.net/copy-of-2021-holiday-market for more information.

Increasing Housing Affordability in Boston: Why it Matters to Us All

Join the Boston Public Library for a citywide Zoom forum produced by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) Homelessness Task Force (HTF) about how to address the high cost of housing, which has been further exacerbated by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Boston Public Library President David Leonard will provide opening remarks and NABB President Patricia Noyes-Corrigan will serve as moderator. The panel discussion will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a list of the panelists and Zoom registration.

‘¡Con Salsa!’ - The History of Afro-Latin Music in the USA, Past, Present & Future

Join José C. Massó to explore the true power of identity through a 10-part music lecture series that covers the history of Afro-Latin Music in the United States. The nexus between music, politics and national, cultural, and racial identity will be explored through recorded music and discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 2 through March 24.

Each lecture will be hosted by a selected branch of the Boston Public Library and can be enjoyed on site or on Zoom. The series will also be recorded and can be viewed upon request.

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

The 9th Annual Food is Medicine Symposium

Community Servings and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School will present the 9th Annual Food is Medicine Symposium at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Dec. 1 - Session 1: Food is Medicine for Older Adults

Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vQ_PBEkUQlefd3rqWqTyFQ

Dec. 8 - Session 2: Food is Medicine for Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Child Health

Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B7ctZK_BSECJwA-JViFjUA

‘Kai and the Lights’

A beloved tradition: this original story of warmth and hope by poet Ashley Rose is lovingly illustrated by the musiConnects Resident Musicians, who weave together centuries of string chamber music with iconic holiday melodies.

All ages welcome - this multi-disciplinary performance is particularly welcoming to young children in their first concert experiences: Wednesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 3 (in schools); Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 (in concert - Workhub / Roslindale Substation).

Go to www.musiconnects.org/events.html for more information and tickets.

West Roxbury Library Origami Club

A teen volunteer-led origami program will be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St.

This origami program is a stress-free environment full of fun and creativity where kids and teens (ages 6 to 18) can learn models from as simple as a crane, as fun as a ninja star, as beautiful as a peacock, or as complicated as a dragon.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

The Hedgehogs Winter Concert

The Hedgehogs are delighted to be back in Brighton where their life as a band began. The Hedgehogs came together because they love the songs of the British Invasion and love bringing the songs to life with acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies where people can sing along, dance along and clap along to the sounds of the "British Beat." 

Join them from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Brighton Branch Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd. in Brighton.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

2021 Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour: Day 1

The Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will include a visit with Santa, tree lighting, and other fun. On Friday, Dec. 3, the trolley will stop at the following locations:

5:30 p.m. - Mattapan Square, Mattapan

6:15 p.m. - Wolcott Square, Readville

7 p.m. - Hastings Street Lot, Centre Street, West Roxbury

Go to https://www.boston.gov/events for more information.

Christmas Concerts: University Chorale + Boston College Symphony Orchestra

Annual Christmas Concerts (John Finney, conductor) will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3; at 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Trinity Chapel, 825 Centre St. in Newton.

Go to http://events.bc.edu/trinity_chapel/calendar for more information and tickets ($12.50).

Week of Dance

The Robsham Theater Arts Center presents the Week of Dance, a week-long event in which the Main Stage of the Robsham Theater Arts Center in Chestnut Hill is transformed into the home of Boston College's student dance groups. This event culminates with a two-night showcase, featuring Boston College's student dance teams performing a variety dance styles.

Performance #1 will be held at 7:30 on Friday, Dec. 3.

Performance #2 will be held at 7:30 on Saturday, Dec. 4.

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

29th Annual Roxbury Holiday & Parade Celebration

The 29th annual Roxbury Holiday and Parade Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. and at noon there will be lunch bags, entertainment and gift distribution (for those who have registered their children) and a raffle prize.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/29th-annual-roxbury-holiday-parade-celebration-tickets-203966317747 for more information and registration.


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).

McMullen Holiday Celebration

As part of its annual holiday celebration, the McMullen Museum of Art, 2101 Commonwealth Ave., will host festive activities throughout the afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The Museum will offer holiday-themed vocal performances by the Madrigal Singers of Boston College and live music by the Music Guild while visitors sip hot chocolate and eat holiday treats, tour the exhibition, play games, and participate in arts and crafts activities throughout the museum. This event is free and open to the public. 

Visit http://events.bc.edu/event/mcmullen_holiday_celebration_7984#.YYrc-GDMJPY for more information.

Albino Mbie Quartet: ‘Mozambican Voices and Culture’

Guitarist and vocalist Albino Mbie returns to the Celebrity Series with his Quartet for a performance featuring Mozambican jazz and original songs done in his signature global, feel-good style at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 525 River St. in Mattapan.

With Mbie’s smooth voice, bouncy beats, and a sound that’s at home with retro synths and funky bass lines, this will be an enjoyable afternoon.

This performance will also be available to stream on-demand on YouTube.

Go to www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/neighborhood-arts/digital-concert-albino-mbie-quartet for more information and registration.

ARC Blood Drive at  Hyde Park 7th Day Adventist Church

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 at the 7th Day Adventist Church, 6 Webster St. in Hyde Park.

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

ARC Blood Drive at  Elks Lodge #10

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Elks Lodge #10, 1 Morrell St. in West Roxbury.

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

Third Annual Winter Party

The Third Annual Winter Party, hosted by the Young Friends of the Public Garden, will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 Park St.

Come and be merry – celebrate and support Boston’s iconic downtown greenspaces: the Boston Common, Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. A fun array of raffle prizes will be offered, including Red Sox tickets, a stay at the Newbury Hotel Boston, a Reebok gift card, a Paws & Purrfection gift basket and more.

Tickets include two complimentary drink tickets and passed hors d’oeuvres.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/third-annual-winter-party-tickets-208052700227 for more information and reservations ($65 -$95).

Winter clothing drive

Help neighbors in need keep warm and enjoy the outdoors this winter by participating in the Emerald Necklace’s winter clothing drive through Friday, Dec. 17.

Drop-off new or lightly used cold weather gear for children and adults from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays at the Conservancy’s two main addresses: the Shattuck Visitor Center at 125 The Fenway and the James Michael Curley House at 350 Jamaicaway.

Donations can also be delivered to City Feed and Supply at 672 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain and REI Boston at 401 Park Drive; visit the Conservancy’s website for hours.

All donations will go to ABCD, a nonprofit human services organization that each year provides assistance to more than 100,000 low-income residents in the Greater Boston region.  

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/events/winter-clothing-drive for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.