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The spring is one of the most beautiful seasons at the Arnold Arboretum, especially when the lilacs are in bloom.

RVMS Farmers Market

The Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market will be held at Adams Park (4236A Washington St.) in Roslindale from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays from June 4 through November.

The Roslindale Farmers Market is the perfect place for merriment; families can gather for live music, kid-friendly activities, and natural produce.

Venders accept SNAP/EBT and HIP.

Visit www.roslindale.net/farmers-market for more information.

Free Family Concerts: Music, Magic & The Natural World

Where does music come from? Composers are inspired by many sources – from the rolling hills of Appalachia to a city bus in Alabama and the birds and bees flying around us every day.

Join the Chameleon Arts Ensemble at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Hyde Park Branch Library, 35 Harvard Ave. for a colorful, creative afternoon of classical music – especially for kids – exploring the intersection of imagination and the world around us, with works by Dvorak, William Grant Still, Somei Satoh, and Daniel Roumain, and more.

An instrument “petting zoo” will follow the performance in the library’s beautiful outdoor garden. Kids will be able handle and play orchestral instruments as guided by the musicians and will be encouraged to touch, pluck, bow and strike.

Visit https://chameleonarts.org/concerts/music-magic-the-natural-world for more information.

MPDC’s Garden Tea Party @ Hope Community Garden

MPDC will host their annual Garden Tea Party from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Hope Community Garden, 55 Malcolm X Blvd. in Roxbury.

Join them for a fun-filled afternoon of activities, surprises, music and more.

They will host a “Create Your Own Smoothie” contest, give out a prize for “Best Hat,” and hold a “Pocketbook Scavenger Hunt.” Please bring your own chair.

Visit www.madison-park.org/events for more information and registration.

Grains Explained with gogobytes!

Glorya Gernandez of gogobytes will teach participants about ancient grains – their history, their health benefits, how to cook them as well as the many flavor grains have to offer –from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Roxbury Branch Library, 149 Dudley St.

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

A Mirror of Starlight - The Sheffield Chamber Players

Join the Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 for a selection of modern and classical music pieces performed by the local classical music troupe, The Sheffield Chamber Players.

Sheffield was founded on the belief that experiencing chamber music in the intimate settings for which it was written profoundly changes the way listeners respond to music, and to each other. In close proximity to musicians, one can hear the expressive subtleties of a performance with unprecedented clarity. Sheffield’s musical experiences are enhanced by giving audiences details about composers’ backgrounds, and stories behind the music.

With this in mind, the concert will be held in the library's permaculture garden.

Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Egleston Square Branch Library.

For more information, including about the troupe, as well as the full program for the concert, visit the Sheffield Players website at www.sheffieldchamberplayers.org/mirror-of-starlight.

Caribbean American Heritage Festival Boston

Celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month at the Caribbean American Heritage Festival from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St. in Roxbury, hosted by the Authentic Caribbean Foundation.

Enjoy a festival presentation with music, food and more.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/caribbean-american-heritage-festival-boston-tickets-294601520077 for more information and registration.

Free Drop-In Improv Class

A 75-minute drop-in workshop is a fun, low-pressure, low cost, low carb way to get up, learn some improv basics and play ComedySportz-style improv games with Artistic Director Courtney Pong.

A free class will be held at noon on Saturday, June 4 and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 at The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St. in Roslindale.

Visit www.cszboston.com/see-comedysportz#id=the-free-drop-in-class-in-person for more information and registration.

Alumni Weekend Rooftop Musical Performance by The Lemonshiners

To celebrate Alumni Weekend and the closing of Martin Parr: Time and Place, the McMullen Museum of Art welcomes local bluegrass band, The Lemonshiners for a rooftop terrace performance.

Join them from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 for an afternoon of art and music before the Museum closes for the summer.

Visit www.bc.edu/sites/artmuseum/about/events.html for more information.

Five Senses & the Natural World

Explore the hidden world of meadows using your senses at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

Listen for the whisper of grasses, smell the blooming plants, and discover the colorful songbirds and other wildlife that live in the meadow, learn how meadow animals navigate the world around them.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/81906-five-senses-the-natural-world for more information and registration (Members: Adult - free, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - free, Child - $13).

ComedySportz Competition

Two teams will battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, in the spirit of TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 and June 18 at The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St. in Roslindale.

A referee will govern the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace.

Visit www.rozziesquaretheater.com/calendar for more information and tickets (from $13).

Riot Improv: Songs to Scenes (Hybrid)    

Witness an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. The hybrid event will be held at The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St. in Roslindale and on Zoom.

Songs to Scenes will draw on-the-spot inspiration from the music to create never-to-be-scene-again improv comedy.

Visit www.theriottheater.com/improv.html for more information and registration (Free to $20; Recommended $15).

Watercolor Painting Workshop                                                     

Practice your landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop series, hosted by a local artist from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 5 at Chandler Pond, 98 Lakeshore Rd, in Brighton.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

Bootcamp with Performance & Recovery Training

Performance & Recovery Training will host a regular bootcamp class from 11 a.m. to noon on Sundays at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston (weather permitting).

visit www.friendsofherterpark.org/schedule for more information and registration.

The Common Concert

Bring a blanket, chair, friends, kids, dogs, frisbee, picnic, ice cream etc. and enjoy live music performed by local musicians, from folk to rock to techno and lots in between, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 and June 19 on the Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave..

Visit www.thecornerartroom.com for more information.

‘Stand By Me’ / Student Stage

Every year, the musiConnects season ends with a joyous, raucous, All-Play performance of "Stand By Me," and a spring solo recital celebrating a year's worth of progress on their instruments.

The performance and recital will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. (Location TBD)

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

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1.

Here are the virtual classes:

– Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

– Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

– Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

– Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays

– Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

– Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

– Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Nick Presents Sunset Series Free Jazz R&B

Nick Laudani and fellow musicians will play free live music (Jazz-R&B) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays in historic Fort Hill at Highland Park in Roxbury. All are welcome at this family-friendly event.

Go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/nicksunsetseries/nick-presents-sunset-series for more information.

Movie Madness - an improvised show

Movie Madness: a 60-minute, fully-improvised set inspired by favorite films, presented by the improv group, "I Don't Care for This," will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St in Roslindale.

Visit www.rozziesquaretheater.com/calendar for more information and tickets ($11.50).

Parks Summer Fitness Series: On site classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1 including:

– Yoga from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays at Adams Park, 72 Poplar St. in Roslindale Square

– Kick It from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton

– Family Zumba from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Hunt Almont Park Playground, 40 Almont St. in Mattapan

– Zumba Tone from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Billings Field, 369 Lagrange St. in West Roxbury

– Afrobeats from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Gertrude Howes Playground, 73 Moreland St. in Roxbury

– Gentle Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays at McLaughlin Playground (across from 170 Parker Hill Ave)

– HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays at Iacono/Readville Playground in Hyde Park

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

‘A Westward Wind: Christian Science Pioneers on the Pacific Coast’

Join Longyear’s director of research and publications, Heather Vogel Frederick, for a talk on Christian Science “family history” as she examines the lives of early workers along the Pacific Coast, from British Columbia to Southern California at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 6.

The story begins in 1885 at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in Boston where Mary Baker Eddy’s clear teaching launched students whose healing work helped establish Christian Science across the West.

The Longyear Museum, 1125 Boylston St. in Chestnut Hill will be open at 9 a.m. so please feel free to come early and browse the exhibits.

Visit www.longyear.org/events for more information.

The Wonder of Spring: Caterpillars - Online

Learn about fascinating caterpillar anatomy, amazing strategies they use to protect themselves, and the magic of metamorphosis from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.

Come away with a sense of the incredible caterpillar diversity here in New England, why we need caterpillars, and how we can support them.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/82722-the-wonder-of-spring-caterpillars-online for more information and registration (Members: $15 | Nonmembers: $20).

The Art of Miss Lou: A Celebration

A family workshop with local artist and educator Donna Farquharson will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave, in Roxbury,

Celebrate Jamaican culture through stories, music, art, and dance. Learn about the life and work of Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley, the beloved Jamaican folklorist, poet, and educator known as "Miss Lou." This program is ideal for youth, ages 5-12, and their families.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Free Summer Yoga with Higher Love Yoga Project

Higher Love Yoga Project will hold free outdoor yoga classes at 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 25 on the green in front of Lululemon/Shake Shack at The Street Chestnut Hill, 33 Boylston St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/free-summer-yoga-with-higher-love-yoga-project-tickets-333239246557 for individual class descriptions and registration.

Comic Book Club Reads ‘Marshmallow & Jordan’

Join Librarians Angela and Claire for Comic Book Club from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9.

The group will discuss Marshmallow & Jordan, Alina Chau’s 2021 graphic novel about a sports-loving girl named Jordan and the magical elephant she befriends after an accident leaves her paralyzed from the waist down.

Free copies of the book will be available at the Grove Hall and Egleston Square Branch libraries.

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

The Importance of Pollinators - Online

Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are members of a helpful group of species known as pollinators. More than 70 percent of plants depend on them to transfer pollen between flowers, yet many pollinator populations are in decline. The world is taking notice as the ability for plants to reproduce is vital for a cascading system of food chains, including here.

Learn about the variety of pollinators in New England, why they are important and what you can do to help them thrive in your landscape.

The online event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/82732-the-importance-of-pollinators-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).

Ask the Expert: Photography (Virtual)

A photo essay is a form of visual narrative that uses a series of images to tell a story. The best photo essays are informative yet go well beyond the simple facts – person, place, thing. Instead, they take viewers on a journey, along the way evoking thoughts and emotions while fostering a sense of curiosity and greater understanding. Nicole Werbeck, NPR's Deputy Director of Visuals, will take your questions at noon on Friday, June 10.

Visit www.wgbh.org/events/ask-the-expert-photography-virtual for more information and Zoom registration.

Hamilton-Garrett End of Year Concert

Celebrate with the Hamilton-Garrett Center for Music and Arts for their "End of Year Concert" at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Charles Street AME Church, 55 Warren St. in Roxbury.

An evening of live performances, food and more for all of the community.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/hamilton-garrett-end-of-year-concert-tickets-307152821357 for free tickets.

Sons Of Levin (Sons & Friends Residency) with Rolling Nectar

Sons & Friends is a monthly residency with a performance by local band Sons of Levin at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston.

Rolling Nectar will join them from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10. (RD June 16)

visit www.friendsofherterpark.org/schedule for more information.

Spring Concert Series 2022: The Rozzicats

The Rozzicats – Jenn Goldson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Andy Hollinger (vocals, mandolin, resonator guitar), Kim Patch (fiddle), and Eric Smalley (upright bass) – will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Ave. in Hyde Park.

The Rozzicats perform an eclectic mix of older pop, Americana, country classics and Andy Hollinger originals, interspersed with a bit of bluegrass and some Kim-Patch-penned, fiddle-driven instrumentals.

Visit www.hpaa-mac.org/concerts for more information (Donations welcome).

Black Market x MPDC: Buy the Block Party 2

MPDC and Black Market Nubian will host Buy the Block Party 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate Black Music Month.

Local vendors, performers, cultural artisans and more will be showcased on the Black Lives Matter mural in Nubian Square in Roxbury. Hip-hop Legend KRS-ONE will also be making a special appearance. Open to people of all ages.

Go to www.madison-park.org/events for more information.

RiotX: An Evening of Neofuturist Theater (Hybrid)

Riot X will present 30 original 2 minute plays each month in the Neofuturist style. These plays whiplash back and forth from the silly to the profound to the abstract to sad in an order entirely determined by the audience yelling out the number of the next play they would like to see on their menu.

This hybrid event will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St. in Roslindale and on Zoom.

Visit www.theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and tickets ($0 to $20).

Immediate Need: Type-O Positive + Negative Blood

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a critical shortage of blood and especially needs Type-O positive and negative blood donors.

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 schedule an appointment.

Charles River Canoe and Kayak Rentals 2022

Charles River Canoe & Kayak offer paddleboard, canoe and kayak rentals, sales, instruction, 

guided tours and trips, kid's paddling camps, and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

All of their rental locations have canoes and stable recreational kayaks, plus faster sea kayaks and a variety of other boat types, accessible for all.

Go to https://paddleboston.com for more information.

BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open

A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.

Go to Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration for more details and registration.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit https://bostonsummercamps.com.

Registration for summer sports is open    

The sports centers at Whites Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Medal of Honor Park in South Boston and the Garvey Playground in Dorchester is taking online registration for their free summer programs.

Each location will offer instruction in a variety of popular sports for children, 7 to 14 years of age, weekdays from Monday, July 5 through Friday, Aug. 19. Parents may register their children for one or more weeks or the entire summer.

Lunch will be provided; transportation will not be provided. Visit boston.gov/sports for more information and online registration.

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.

CommonWheels Open Shop 

Open Shop is a free, DIY, bike-maintenance skill-share. They provide the tools and guidance needed to keep bikes working.

Their goal to help people fix their own bikes. Open Shop is also a great chance to hang out with fellow cyclists, trade stories of biking adventures and share knowledge.

Join in from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (weather permitting) at The Grove on Western Avenue in Allston (corner of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue).

CommonWheels will also be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at The Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave. in Brighton.

Visit www.commonwheels.org for more information.

Special Access Tours on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. will hold a Special Access Tour – a one hour guided tour to the basement level pumps and upper levels of the engines – at 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2:45 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays.

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

Monday Job Seekers Connection Group (meets in person)

Join other job seekers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays (except holidays) at Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave. in Allston 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 edportal.harvard.edu/events for more information, including the weekly topic and guest speakers, and 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.

Knitting/Crochet Circle

A Knitting/Crochet Circle will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Roslindale Library, 4246 Washington St.

Bring projects and enjoy company of other crafters. Crafters of all levels welcome. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Chess Wizard Classes for Youth

Enter into the magical and exciting world of chess with Chess Wizards.

Participants will participate in epic chess games, fun and interactive lessons, tournaments, team matches, trivia and more. These specialized classes are a blast for kids in first through fifth grade.

Chess Classes held at the Roxbury Branch Library, 149 Dudley St. from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 14 and from noon to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 and June 18.

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

LEGO Club

Join Miss Celeste at the Roslindale Branch Library, 4246 Washington St. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to see what you can build with their collection of LEGOs. Best for kids, ages four and older.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Beginner Yoga (In-Person)

A beginner yoga class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 28 at the Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave. in Allston.

The classes are open to all abilities and skill levels. The instructor will cover basic poses with modifications so participants get the most out of the class and come away feeling relaxed and more flexible.

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

Kid's Craft Club

Kids, ages 6-12 - bring your latest crafting project or try out the optional weekly activity from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Brighton Branch Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd.

They will have supplies available for fun, free crafting in a friendly setting. ​

​Visit bpl.org/events for more details.

Art Explorers

Come learn about the life and work of famous (and not so famous) artists with Miss Celeste from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Roslindale Branch Library, 4246 Washington St.

After reading and listening to a short biography and looking at the artist’s work, kids will have an opportunity to make their own art inspired by the artist of the week. The group will explore painting, collage, clay, and more.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Online ESOL conversation groups and classes                             

The Boston Public Library offers a variety of elementary, intermediate and advanced ESOL conversation groups and classes on select days and times throughout the week. Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. The groups are led by a native speaker and will take place online.

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

Free Bowling for Kids/Families

Kids, ages 2 to 18, enrolled in the program can bowl two games free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays through Sept. 23 at Boston Bowl, 820 Morrissey Blvd.

Add on an affordable Family Pass which allows adults and teens to bowl free with a registered child. Coupons will be available 48 hours after registration.

Visit www.kidsbowlfree.com for more information and registration.

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.

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.

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).

Allston Brighton Community Supper - take out

The Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton serves take out suppers 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.

Allston Brighton Food Pantry - Open

The Allston Brighton Food Pantry at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton is open and food distribution takes place 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.

PEACE Flag Movement

This is a growing grassroots group of humans working to bring everyone together as one global community. They teach, they learn, they’re nonpartisan, and they welcome you to join them in this journey. Raise a flag in the name of change. When equity is fundamental, justice is unprejudiced, and conflict is resolved without violence, kindness will heal humankind.

Visit https://peaceflagmovement.org to request a flag, volunteer, join the team, share your story or make a donation or 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.