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Berkshire Partners Blue Hills Club’s Corporate Basketball Tournament

The 11th annual Corporate Basketball Tournament will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at The Track at New Balance, 77 Guest St. in Brighton.

This is the Berkshire Partners Blue Hills Club’s major fundraising event which supports their after-school enrichment programs for children and teens ages 6 to 18.

Visit for more information and Sponsorship opportunities.

Ride for Black Lives Boston XII – Celebrating Black Joy

The Ride for Black Lives - a bike ride in solidarity with the fight against systems and acts of oppression, police brutality and murder of Black people - will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at White Stadium in Franklin Park, 450 Walnut Ave.

Visit for more information.

Pollinator Gardening Workshop

Make your garden part of the ecosystem. Learn about native plants that will support native bees and butterflies and thrive in urban gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Windermere Community Garden, 9A Windermere Rd.

They’ll cover good options for sunny, shady, wet and dry areas; discuss how to plan and maintain a garden to provide pollinator support all season long; and show some examples from their gardens.

Visit for more information and registration (Donations welcome).

Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping

Val Mayo, a local beekeeper and bee expert, will present a hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of bees and beekeeping from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. 

Visit for more information.

History of Juneteenth: The First African American Holiday

Muqeedah Salaam will discuss the origin, history and importance of the holiday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St.

Visit for more information.

HarborFit: TRILLFIT Cardio Dance at Carson Beach

Start the day at Carson Beach (Edward J. McCormack Bath House, 165 Day Blvd.) with an upbeat fitness class overlooking spectacular views of Boston Harbor.

Classes will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21.

Visit for more information and registration.

Children's Chess Club at Lower Mills

Come enjoy the royal game of chess from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

The Children's Chess Club is an informal group welcoming everyone from new players to junior chessmasters. Chessboards and instructional materials available.

Visit for more information.

Connolly Virtual Book Discussion

The Connolly Book Discussion Group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 27 to discuss Hitting A Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick: Stories by Zora Neale Hurston.

This outstanding collection includes eight of Hurston’s “lost” Harlem stories, which were rediscovered in periodicals and archives.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Summer Reading Kickoff Event

Kick off the summer by decorating the Children's Room at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd. with all things ocean from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

Every sea journey needs a boat and they need help to get theirs ready to sail - help them paint, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy some ice cream to celebrate summer 2022.

This program is part of An Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

Visit for more information.

Five Senses and the Natural World in Dorchester

Join the Boston Nature Center at Dorchester Park for a series of hands-on, minds-on explorations from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 9 - geared for families with children, ages 5 to 12 years old.

The group will explore their senses, walk, play games, investigate and learn from nature.

Listen to the whisper of grasses, the calls of songbirds, smell the blooming plants, feel tree bark and take in the beauty of a colorful summer all around you.

Visit for more information and registration.

ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts: Living on a Bad Name      

Bring chairs and blankets and rock out like it’s 1986 with Living on a Bad Name, the Bon Jovi Tribute band, at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 11 at Hemenway Park, 540 Adams St.

Visit for more information.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park (a.m./p.m. programs)

Organized by the Franklin Park Coalition with support from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Playhouse in the Park is a beloved Franklin Park institution with free performances from local artists for all ages on Tuesdays from July 12 through Aug. 16.

– Morning shows for summer camps, childcare programs, and families begin at 11 a.m.

July 12: OrigiNation Dance Troupe | July 19: The MastaDonis Project | July 26: OrigiNation Dance Troupe | Aug. 2: OrigiNation Dance Troupe | Aug. 9: Monet Music and Storytelling | Aug. 16: OrigiNation Dance Troupe

– Evening concerts begin at 6 p.m.

July 12: Richie Rich & 24 Karat Funk | July 19: Monet Music and Storytelling | July 26: Open Mic Night and Donna Nixon | Aug. 2: Celebrate Jamaican Independence Roots Alley Collective featuring Dion Knibb | Aug. 9: E-Water Band | Aug. 16: Angelena Hightower n the Unit

Join Amanda Lady Emcee Merricks with Boston Rhythm Riders leading line dancing at intermissions. Bring a lawn chair and picnic supper or buy from food trucks.

Visit for more information.

Donate Blood at 125 High Street

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at 125 High St.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Ashmont Farmers Market

Ashmont Farmers Market will be held on Droser Plaza, outside Ashmont MBTA station, 1900 Dorchester Ave., from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays from July 15 through Oct. 28.

Vendors accept Farmer’s Market Coupons/SNAP/EBT/HIP. Some also accept WIC and SFMNP coupons.

Visit for more information.

Franklin Park Hip Hop Festival 

The family-friendly Franklin Park Hip Hop Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at Franklin Park Playstead, Pierpont Rd.

Visit for more information.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom 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 for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

ADSL Summer Program Registration Open

All Dorchester Sports and Leadership registration is open for all summer programs:

– ADSL Summer Enrichment: Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 5 through Aug. 20

– Fun in the Sun Drop-in: Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 19 through Aug. 20

– Summer Circuit Basketball: at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays

– Girls Fit First: 3 p.m. on July 15 through Aug. 20

– Summer Soccer: at 4 p.m. on July 7 through Aug. 4

Visit for more information and registration.

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 for more details and registration.

Registration for Summer Sports is Open    

The Sports Centers at Whites Stadium in Franklin Park, East Boston Memorial Stadium, M Street Park in South Boston, Garvey Playground in Dorchester, and Almont Park in Mattapan

will offer instruction in a variety of popular sports for children, 7 to 14 years of age, on weekdays from Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, Aug. 19.

Register by the week or the entire summer. Lunch will be provided; transportation will not.

Visit for more information and online registration.

Linda Wellness Warrior

Join Linda, the Wellness Warrior for an outdoor Yoga for All series on School Master's Hill, 1 Circuit Dr. in Franklin Park from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 15.

Visit for more information and registration ($10 | $150 Season Pass | Donation).

Saturday Morning Walking Group

The Family and Friends Living Healthy Saturday Morning Walking Group will meet from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 24 at the Franklin Park Golf Course-Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Dr. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

Contact Rakiem Strickland at if interested in joining.

Free Summer Yoga with Higher Love Yoga Project!

Higher Love Yoga Project will hold free Backyahd Outdoor Fitness classes from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Sundays and 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 18 on the Green Space in front of Nike, Chipotle & AMC at South Bay Center, 8 Allstate Rd. (Weather permitting).

Visit for more information and registration. 

Parks Summer Fitness Series: On-site Classes     

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1 including

– Barre from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays at Savin Hill Park, 25 Caspian Way.

– Line Dancing from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at 1 Circuit Dr. in Franklin Park

– Walking Group from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturdays at 1 Circuit Dr. in Franklin Park

Visit for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

ZUMBA with Dawn

Dance, sweat and have fun doing it at 7 p.m. on Mondays and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Polish American Citizens Club, 82 Boston St. No experience needed just a desire to keep moving.

Visit for more information and registration ($10).

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.

Mosaic Workshop (Four-Class Series)

Learn the ancient art of mosaics in this hands-on beginner mosaic four-part workshop series from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 28 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

Participants will design and make a 6” x 6” glass mosaic art panel to keep. Each student should bring ideas about a design they would like to create – they provide the rest.

Visit for more information and registration.

Drop-in Chess at Fields Corner

Drop by the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays – they’ll have the chess sets and chess books out for people to use. Bring a friend or find someone to play.

Visit for more information.

Lower Mills Makers

Come gather, all folks who enjoy crafting with their hands.

Bring your works-in-progress to Community Room at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. for conversation and creation from 3 to 4 p.m. on every other Wednesday through Nov. 2.

Visit for more information.

Ashmont Book Club

Ashmont Hill Book club meets at 7:15 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month (except August). Everyone welcome.

Email for more information.

Game Time

Game on! Join the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. for an afternoon of online gaming, from classic board and card games to modern sensations such as and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through July 8.

Visit 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 for more information and registration.

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 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 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 that sources nutritious, delicious food options at prices that every budget can afford, including grab-n-go, ready-to-eat meals. Delivery is also available at no additional charge.

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.

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 everyone 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 to request a flag, volunteer, join the team, share your story, 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 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 Updates

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays with advanced timed ticket reservations.

The Research Room will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The JFK Library will continue to provide online services and programs 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.