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These prairie dogs are having a lot of fun playing at the Franklin Park Zoo.

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:

– 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)

– Sunday, 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)

Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/biodiversity-walks 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. on Saturday, July 23.

Visit bpl.org/events 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, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-trillfit-cardio-dance-at-carson-beach-registration-345128878767 for more information and registration.

A Summer Tea Party

Everyone is invited to an outdoor summer tea party.

Enjoy tea, sweets and entertainment from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave. (in partnership with the BCYF Grove Hall Senior Center)

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

‘Traka’ excerpts by Jean Appolon Expressions Dance Company

The dynamic Boston-based Haitian-contemporary dance company - Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) - will perform the World premiere of Traka, “Troubles'' in Haitian Creole at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at the Codman Square Branch Library 690 Washington St.

Traka incorporates powerful reflections on injustice and trauma to explore how dance, culture and community are pathways to healing.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Beach Days Drop-In Activities at Uphams

It's time to get messy with sand painting crafts.

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd. will offer a bright colorful program where you will "paint" with sand from Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30.

The question of the week is: What do you like to do at the beach? Drop in and draw or write an answer.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshop

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

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

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park - 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 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 www.franklinparkcoalition.org for more information.

Family Movie Night: ‘Soul’ (2020, PG)

Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St, will show the film “Soul” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the movie synopsis.

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 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.

Birds of Boston

Join the Boston Nature Center at Dorchester Park for a hands-on, minds-on exploration of the Birds of Boston – take a walk, play games, investigate and learn from nature – from 10:30 to noon on Saturday, July 30. Geared for families with children 5 to 12 years old.

The group will meet at the Dorchester Avenue entrance, near St. Gregory Church.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/84212-family-programs-at-dorchester-park-birds-of-boston for more information and registration.

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. daily through Sunday, Sept. 25.

Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights for more information and tickets (Non-Member: $21.95 | Member: $19.95 | Children under 2: Free | Four-Packs: $62.95-$72.95).

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.

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 boston.gov/fitness 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-yoga-in-franklin-park-linda-wellness-warrior-tickets-312108744657 for more information and registration ($10 | $150 Season Pass | Donation).

Saturday Morning Walking Group (FFLH)  

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 rstrickland96@yahoo.com 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/free-backyahd-outdoor-fitness-tickets-333057984397 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 boston.gov/fitness 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 www.eventbrite.com/e/zumba-with-dawn-tickets-159322912119 for more information and registration ($10).

Hatha Yoga at Fields Corner Branch Library

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 bpl.org/events for more information.

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 bpl.org/events 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 bpl.org/events 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 klil@hotmail.com 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 scribbl.io and paper.io from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 12.

Visit bpl.org/events 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 bpl.org/events 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 http://greaterashmont.org/farmers-market 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. 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 www.alldorchestersports.org for more information and registration.

Register for Summer Sports

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 boston.gov/sports for more information and online registration.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school and summer 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 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.

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 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 dailytable.org 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 peaceflagmovement.org 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 www.bigsister.org.

#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 zoonewengland.org 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 alldorchestersports.org 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 www.jfklibrary.org 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 emkinstitute.org 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 

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 bostonkroc.salvationarmy.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.

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 zoonewengland.org 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 www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.