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Boats are moored off the South Boston beaches with the JFK Library in Dorchester on the other side of the bay.

‘My Vision of Peace’ Youth Paint Party

“My Vision of Peace” youth paint party will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Family Nurturing Center parking lot, 200 Bowdoin St.

Visit for more information and registration.

Dorchester Community Garden Tour

Stroll through summer gardens in full bloom at 4:30, 5:15 or 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, hosted by the Greenwood Community Garden, 140 Greenwood St.

This guided tour will take attendees to four Dorchester community gardens and introduce them to some of the gardeners who make these urban green spaces thrive. Along the way, attendees will enjoy a garden mixology demo and tasting, delicious dinner from a local restaurant, and making an infused herbal vinegar to take home.

All proceeds from the tour directly support operations and education in the Trustees’ network of 56 community gardens across Boston, including 18 gardens in Dorchester.

Go to for more information and registration (Member: $60 | Nonmember: $75).

Biodiversity Walks in the Park

Learn how to look for and identify a range of native species from insects to birds to small mammals during a walk in Franklin Park with Zoo New England:

– Sunday, July 17 and July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon: Summer Nature Walks

Summer nature walks with a focus on fungal symbiosis, insect/plant relationships, and Franklin Park as a habitat island. (Meet at the Shattuck Picnic Grove)

– Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19 from noon to 1 p.m.: Bear Den Walks

Lunchtime walks to explore biodiversity around the Bear Dens. (Meet at the Zoo's Giraffe Entrance)

– Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21 from noon to 1 p.m.: Overlook Ruin Walk

Lunchtime walks to explore biodiversity around the Overlook Ruins. (Meet at the Zoo's Giraffe Entrance)

– Thursday, July 20 and Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Bird Walk

Early morning walk to discover breeding resident species. All skill and experience levels enthusiastically welcomed. (Meet at the Shattuck Picnic Grove)

Visit for more information and registration.

Beach Days Drop-In Activities at Uphams

Drop in and make some pool noodle crabs and participate in the Guess How Many Shells Contest at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd. from Monday, July 18 through Saturday, July 23.

Visit for more information.

Children's Chess Club at Lower Mills

Come enjoy the royal game of chess from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, Aug. 8 and Aug. 23 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.

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshop

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 19 and July 26 at McConnell Park, 30 Denny St.

Perfect for children ages 3 to 10. All materials are provided.

Visit for more information.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park Concerts - a.m./p.m. programs

Enjoy live performances from local artists for all ages on Tuesdays through Aug. 16 at the Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park.

– Children’s Morning shows will begin at 11 a.m.

Featuring interactive dance with OrigiNation and Music with Monet – great for summer camps, childcare programs and families. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day in the park.

– Evening concerts will begin at 6 p.m.

July 19: The MastaDonis Project | July 26: Open Mic Night and Donna Nixon | Aug. 2: Jamaican Independence Celebration with Roots Alley Collective featuring Dion Knibb | Aug. 9: E-Water Band | Aug. 16: Angelena Hightower and 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 one from food trucks).

Visit for more information.

Creativity & Healing Workshop

Brenda Echeverry will facilitate a creativity and healing workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

At this intergenerational workshop, suitable for teenagers through older adults, attendees will learn about utilizing the creative arts as a form of healing and transformation.

Visit for more information and (optional) registration.

Kids in the Garden: Composting Worms

Learn all about worm composting for vegetable growing and become ecologists as participants create a mini ecosystem for the garden worms inside a compost bin from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St.

Kids will take a hands-on approach to learning about how worms can transform food waste into nutritious plant food, and how they can create compost at home.

Visit for more information and registration.

Hatha Yoga at Fields Corner

Join Integral Yoga Instructor Alicia Zipp in the Fields Corner Branch Library Community Room for free sessions of Hatha Yoga from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on (most) Tuesdays through Aug. 30. Beginners are welcome.

Visit for more information.

Color Me Calm: A Coloring Group for Adults at Codman Square

The Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. will host a drop-in coloring group for adults from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 to color their stress away.

Coloring sheets and supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Visit for more information and (optional) registration.

Golf Course Concerts: Daniel Gallagher

Enjoy live music by singer-songwriter Daniel Gallagher from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the William Devine Golf Course patio, 1 Circuit Dr.

His acoustic repertoire ranges from Springsteen to Sinatra with a dose of Blues in between.

Visit for more information.

CommonWealth Kitchen Virtual Info Session + Tour 

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, July 21.

Visit for more information and reservations.

Community Farmers Market and Health Fair

Shop for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22 and July 29 at 10 Minot Street Parking Lot (across from Daniel Driscoll-Neponset Health Center). There will also be free blood pressure screenings, nutrition information, healthy summer giveaways and more.

SNAP, HIP and WIC and senior farmer’s market coupons accepted.

Visit HHSI.US/Farmacy for more information.

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo

Experience the wonder of more than 55 magnificent displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres. New this year is a colossal 82-foot-long octopus tunnel with blinking eyes and color-changing tentacles.

Register for timed tickets from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22 through Sunday, Sept. 25.

Visit for more information and tickets (Non-Member: $21.95 | Member: $19.95 | Children under 2: Free | Four-Packs: $62.95-$72.95).

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, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21.

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.

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. 

Yoga with Linda, The 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.

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 Aug. 12.

Visit for more information and registration.

Online/Onsite 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.

Visit for more information and registration.

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 through Oct. 28.

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

Visit for more information.

ADSL Summer Program Registration is Open

Registration is open for all summer programs at All Dorchester Sports and Leadership (ADSL), 1565 Dorchester Ave.

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

– Summer Soccer: at 4 p.m. 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 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.

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.