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Spring is a beautiful time of year on Castle Island. These trees are outside of Fort Independence.

Colin’s Joy Project 5K Run/Walk

The 2nd annual Colin Joy Project 5K will be held on Saturday, June 4.

Two youth races will kick off the day at 8 a.m. followed by an all-age 5K course at 8:30 a.m., starting at South Boston Catholic Academy, 866 East Broadway, taking participants around Castle Island.

After the race there will be light refreshments, entertainment, raffles and awards.

Visit https://racewire.com/register.php?id=12856 for more information and registration ($15-$40).

Liver Life Walk Boston

Liver Life Walk Boston will bring patients, family and friends of the American Liver Foundation together to fundraise and walk in the fight against liver disease on Saturday, June 4. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

The walk is a two-mile loop from Carson Beach (Mother’s Rest area) along the Harbor Walk to the JFK Library and back. 

Go to Liverlifewalk.org for more information and registration ($20; Children 17 and younger:  free).

daisyface flow at Pleasure Bay Beach

Morgan of daisyface flow will offer one-hour classes at Pleasure Bay Beach on:

– Saturdays at 10 a.m. – Weekend Warrior Flow

– Sundays at 6 p.m. – Sunday Serenity Flow

– Wednesdays at 6 p.m. – Feel Good Flow

Visit https://daisyfaceflow.com/beach-yoga-1 for more information and registration ($15 per class).

Southie Family Fun Day

The 11th annual “Southie Family Fun Day” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

The event will feature musical and theater performances on the main stage, face painting, touch-a-truck, bubbles and much more in the beautiful oceanside DCR Marine Park.

Visit www.southiefamilyfunday.org for more information.

Castle Island Fort Independence Open

Free tours will be offered by Castle Island Association Volunteers from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August; and on Sundays in September and October.

Visit www.castleisland8.com for more information.

Student Showcase 2022

Join Urbanity as they celebrate and cheer on the dancers within their school programing from 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on June 4 outside at Underground at Ink Block, 90 Traveler St. (RD: June 5).

Visit www.urbanitydance.org/student-showcase-2022 for more information and tickets ($10 to $79).

Parks Summer Fitness: Strength Training

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom from Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, Oct 1, including Strength Training at A Street Park, 135-141 A St. from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays.

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

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. 

South Boston Farmers Market

The South Boston Farmers Market will be held at 446 West Broadway from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays from June 6 through Oct. 31.

The Market offers local produce and meat along with live music and seasonal events.

Vendors accept EBT/SNAP/HIP/WIC/Fruit and Vegetable Checks/Senior Coupons.

Follow the South Boston Farmers Market on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest news, happenings and specials.

Visit www.sbndc.org/south-boston-farmers-market for more information.

Donate Blood at Two Seaport Lane

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 at Two Seaport Lane

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

June Films: Celebrating Erroll Flynn

South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway will feature Sea Hawk (1940) from 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.

A British privateer (Flynn) defends English's interests during the time of the Spanish Amanda.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Paint Nite: Summer Serenity

Experience the original paint and sip party at a Yaymaker Paint Nite event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at Aloft Boston Seaport District, 401-403 D St.

The facilitator will take participants step-by-step through the canvas painting while Aloft provides food and drink for purchase at WXYZ® Bar. All experience levels welcome.

Go to www.yaymaker.com/us/ma/boston/10355/venues/aloft-boston-seaport-district-142264 for more information and registration ($35).

One Million Steps for OCD Walk

Join the International OCD Foundation at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Carson Beach to meet others in the community, raise awareness about real OCD, enjoy lawn games, music, food trucks and fundraise for the IOCDF.

Walkers will make the two-mile loop from Carson Beach (Mother’s Rest area) along the Harbor Walk to the Curley Community Center.

Learn more and register today at: https://bit.ly/3KFZMt1.

Lawn on D

The Lawn on D at 420 D St. has returned for another season of fun including food and beverages, lawn games, live music. themed events and the legendary light up swings.

Visit www.signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d/calendar for more information.

Hatha Yoga for Active Adults

Yoga Hub will lead Hatha Yoga classes from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through July 2 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Participants will stretch the body, alleviate tension, improve balance, and prevent injuries. Unlike traditional studio yoga classes, this class minimizes holds on the hands and wrists, and getting up and down from the floor; great for students with sensitive joints. Learn functional alignment and healthy breathing techniques that you can take off the mat.

Visit yogahub.life/calendar for more information and registration.

Bike Seaport: Tune Ups

Join Seaport Boston and Seaport TMA for a complimentary bike tune-up by Landry’s Bicycles on Seaport Common from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through September.

Sign up for a 15-minute slot at www.seaporttma.org/bike-seaport.

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.

Donate Blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center        

Help save a life by donating blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. (inside the Tufts Medical Center) to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross:

– Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

– Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8:15 p.m.

– Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

– Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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

BPDA's Model Room

The BPDA's model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston's downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston waterfront.

Visit the model room on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall at One City Hall Square – open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Visit www.bostonplans.org/about-us/model-room 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.

Peace by Piece – 1st Monday online; 3rd Monday onsite

Peace by Piece (hosted by the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St.) will be held online from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (except for holidays) and onsite from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of the month (except for holidays).

Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program – facilitated by the Peace by Piece Team – is open for all adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations around the Greater Boston area – all are welcome.

Visit fourthboston.org/peace for more information, including the Zoom registration.

Kids' Story Hour

Beloved storyteller Doria Hughes will be at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition, 50 Liberty Dr. at 10:30 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month to read to the community. 

Children of all ages welcome, no RSVP required.

Visit www.portersquarebooks.com/event/kids-story-hour-boston-edition-1 for more information.

The Yoga Playground

The mission at the Yoga Playground, 249 E St., is to celebrate authentic connection through intentional, playful practice that’s open to everyone regardless of skill level, income, or identity.

Sign up now to join any of their teachers in either an in-studio class or a live, virtual class. A variety of yoga, Pilates and breathwork practices are offered at various times throughout the week. All classes are pay-what-you-can.

Visit www.yogaplayground.org for more information and schedule.

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.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                         

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

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.

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.

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.

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 St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry                          

The Good Samaritan Ministry (which encompasses the Peace Ministry, Recovery Ministry, and Food Security Ministry) at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

During this chaotic crisis, St. Monica’s Kitchen continues to offer groceries and provide the monthly Peace Breakfast to those in need. They anticipate the problem of hunger to increase as many more of their neighbors experience a food emergency.

To make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit www.goodsamaritanministry.org/contact more information.

Support South Boston Neighborhood House (The Ollie)    

The South Boston Neighborhood House is the oldest continuously-operated community based non-profit in South Boston, and they’ve been going strong for 115 years! As a settlement house, they look to meet the needs of the community and offer programs for everyone in South Boston: infants, children, teens, families, and seniors.

Please support The Ollie’s efforts by making financial/supplies donations and by volunteering your time and talents (there are countless ways to do so).

Visit sbnh.org for more information, including the links to donate and a list of volunteer opportunities.

SB Neighborhood Aid Network launches new projects

The core mission of the SB Neighborhood Aid Network is to help South Boston residents get connected to the established services and programs and to provide immediate assistance, when needed.

South Boston residents in need of help or information can access the Aid Network in the following ways: Call or text the Hotline at 617-221-7594 (leave a voicemail); Submit an online form at bit.ly/sbnan-help-request; Email SBNeighborhoodAid@gmail.com.

Visit sbneighborhoodaid.com and/or their Facebook page for more information, including links to donate and volunteer.