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There are not many people taking out boats into Boston Harbor this time of year. This is the Harbor view from Seaport.

Guided Snowshoe Walk

Winter snow creates a canvas that paints a picture of animal activity. The group will follow these signs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 15 to learn about how animals survive the winter at the BNC in Mattapan.

This leisurely guided hike includes snowshoe instructions and a walk on one of the trails with a Teacher Naturalist. Bring your own snowshoes or use theirs. If there is no snow on the ground, join them for a regular guided walk.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/79929-guided-snowshoe-walk for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13, Child - $13 | Free for Dot Rx members).

ARC Blood Drive at Residence Inn, Roxbury

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 at the Residence Inn, 2001 Washington St. in Roxbury,

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

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 www.zoonewengland.org/engage/free-admission-on-martin-luther-king-jr-day for more information and reservations.

Online Yoga Class

Kick off the New Year with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Yoga Hub for a relaxing and invigorating hour of Vinyasa/Restorative style yoga.

Online Yoga Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 26.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/calendar for more information and registration.

Strengthening for the New Year!

It's a new year, and a perfect time to get up and get moving!

Izzie Ryan will lead people through some gentle strengthening exercises that can be done at home using nothing more than your own body weight. It will be relaxing and fun from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1.

Feel great and gain more flexibility, strength, stability and endurance. No experience or special equipment needed.

Go to https://edportal.harvard.edu for more information and Zoom registration.

WR Book discussion: ‘Tell the Wolves I'm Home’

The West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St. will host their monthly book discussion group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 to discuss Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a book synopsis.

Food & Book Club: ‘The Dinner’ by Herman Koch

The Food & Book Club typically meets 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 Jan. 19, the group will read and discuss Herman Koch's international bestselling tale of tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives - all over the course of one meal. Watch either movie version and compare the book and the movie. And pair this story with the foods you would order out when celebrating - or plotting.

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

Beyond The Page: SJ Sindu

Hear from author SJ Sindu as she answers questions about faith, sexuality and self-identity at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

People will get the chance to hear her dive into the lives of her characters and connect the dots from her own personal life to those she writes about on the page.

Go to https://wgbh2.force.com/events/s/lt-event?id=a7E3q0000000W9nEAE for more information and Zoom registration.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic

The Friends of the Roslindale Library will present Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 on Zoom.

The featured poets are Denise Bergman and Lloyd Schwartz. 

To sign up for this Zoom reading, contact hguran@aol.com. Indicate your interest in reading in the open microphone when signing up.

ARC Blood Drive at Islamic Society of Boston, Roxbury Crossing

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 at The Islamic Society of Boston, 100 Malcolm X Blvd. at Roxbury Crossing.

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

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion: ‘Beloved’

Local educator Josh Frank will lead the book discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison on Zoom, hosted by the Roslindale and Jamaica Plain branch libraries. Two identical groups will take place from 9:15 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

The group will also discuss the controversial debate around book banning in schools and libraries, especially recent pushback against Morrison's books and other antiracist books.

To register, email Jamaica Plain Branch librarian Laura Pattison at jamaicaplain@bpl.org. 

Write "Beloved Discussion" in the subject line when you RSVP.

Move For Charity

Hibernian Hall invites everyone to their epic workout with a cause from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St.

Join them for 45 minutes of full body balanced workout combining cardio, conditioning and strength training with live music by DJ Rilla Force.

Bring a water and a yoga mat* and join in the fun. All levels welcome.

*Mats available to rent for $1 at Hibernian Hall – first come, first serve.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/move-for-charity-tickets-229072159997 for more information and registration ($15 to $20).

The Science of Snow

Join the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 22 to learn why all snowflakes are unique and discover how the properties of snow help animals survive in the winter. The group will put on their chef hats and use science to mix up some natural ice cream. Geared for families with children 5 to 12 years.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80262-the-science-of-snow for more information and registration (Members: Adult $10, Child $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13, Child - $13 | Dot Rx members: free).

Spotlight Series: Betsy Hinkle, with Joy Cline Phinney, piano

New in Season 15, the Spotlight Series features the individual artistry of musiConnects’ Resident Musician teaching artists, who appear in recital with guest collaborators.

Betsy kicks off this tradition at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 23 with a gorgeous recital program centered around the violin & piano works of Florence Price, presented in collaboration with guest artist Joy Cline Phinney. 

Visit www.musiconnects.org/events.html for more information.

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.

Special Access Tours

Special Access Tours will be held from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. on Saturdays and from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St.

Special Access ticket holders will receive an in-depth guided tour and be permitted access to the sub-basement two stories below ground to view the massive Allis pumps that delivers 30 million gallons of water per day to the citizens of Boston. Participants will also have the exclusive opportunity to climb either the Allis Engine or the Leavitt engine for an up-close look at these mammoth machines.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/waterworks-museum-special-access-tour-tickets-167096124005 for more information and tickets ($15).

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’ Nights                                                                 

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.

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 over Zoom.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information 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 days 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.     

Extremely-Critical Shortage – 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.

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.

Extremely-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.

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 www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

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

– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or 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.