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This exterior view shows the back and one side of the Pierce House in Dorchester during the winter of 1938.

Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

Guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on murals located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion at Franklin Park Zoo and within the Animal Discovery Center at Stone Zoo.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.

Visit for more information and reservations.

Celebrate! with Bamidele Dancers & Drummers - Wongai!

Join in celebratory West African dances and their adaptations in Brazilian and Caribbean cultures, as well as throughout the United States at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

Set to the rhythms of African drumming, this interactive video performance is guaranteed to bring all ages to their feet. This virtual program features authentic costumes and instruments. Learn together about African art, culture, and history, and its lasting impact in the Americas today.

Visit for more information and registration.

24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. & Amilcar Cabral Commemorative Program

The 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. & Amilcar Cabral Commemorative Program – “Reconstruction, Recolonization and Resistance: Applying the Lessons of King and Cabral” – will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

This event is co-sponsored by UMass Boston Africana Studies Department, Center for African, Caribbean and Community Development, and Boston Pan-African Forum.

Register for Zoom at:

Kitchen Tour and Info Session (Virtual)

Hear what CommonWealth Kitchen has to offer small food businesses and go on a virtual tour of their commercial kitchen space from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Visit for more information and reservations.

Winter Animal Homes at Ronan Park

Where do animals go in the winter? Do they sleep or do they remain active? Join a BNC teacher naturalist at Ronan Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 22 to learn all about how animals live in the winter.

Participants will go on a nature walk to look for animal homes in the wild and use found natural materials to create their very own winter animal homes.

Geared for families with children 4 to 12 years. Participants will meet at the 90 Mt. Ida Rd. entrance to the park.

Visit for more information and registration.

A Quilting Circle

Calling all sewers, quilters and anyone with an interest in any and all fabric art.

The Codman Square Branch Library welcomes everyone in-person to visit with old friends and meet new ones from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Whatever your passion, gather and socialize with others who share your interests, and perhaps pick up a few tips and tricks while working on your own creations. Please bring your own supplies. Instructors may be available.

Visit for more information and registration.


The Boston Public Library wants kids to join the team – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – the group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they'll all do together over Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in January. STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages 5-9, and their caregivers.

Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month at – they’ll email a brief description of what they'll be doing as well as a link to the Zoom room.

Tween Time  

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays in January. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids your age over Zoom.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Music Hour at Lower Mills 

Children and families are invited to sing, play and dance along in a library jam session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Feb. 3.

Mr. Ritse will lead participants through classic nursery rhymes, upbeat jazz tunes and their own requests (when possible). Children who play instruments of any kind are encouraged to bring them along and become part of the band.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Game Time

Game on! Join the Boston Public Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through Feb. 4 for an afternoon of online gaming, from classic board and card games to modern sensations like and

Visit 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 No registration is required.

Alpha 60

Alpha 60, a science fiction augmented reality exhibition curated by Michael Lewy, is located along the Emerald Necklace and can be viewed using the Hoverlay AR app. Download the Hoverlay app for Iphone, Android. People can also follow Alpha 60 at

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 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 for more information and registration.

Food access and resources information                             

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

– Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

– Visit or 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 for more information.

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: or go to 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

#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 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.

Register at or phone 617-287-1601 to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach.

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 There is a wealth of online collections as well.

Visit 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 to enjoy.

While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 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 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

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

Visit 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 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 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 for more information.