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The Franklin Park Zoo is a wonderful place to learn about wildlife and have a lot of fun.

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 for more information and registration.

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 on 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 for more information.

Native American Event

Join Thomas Green of the Neponset Tribe from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 31 at the top of Savin Hill Park to learn about the history of the park and the customs of the Native tribes who lived there.

Participate in interactive activities and a blessing of the hill and area. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Family friendly event.

Go to for more information.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts museum, cultural and recreational institutions to provide one free activity during each of the 31 days in August.

Boston Neighborhood venues include: Aug 1: The Sports Museum | Aug. 7: Out of the Park | Aug. 13: World Ocean School: Sail on the Roseway | Aug. 15: Nichols House Museum | Aug. 22: Swan Boats | Aug. 25: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Go to for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.

ABC Spanish in Motion: Music & Movement for Kids

Join Ms. Yina from ABC Spanish in Motion for an in-person music and movement class from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 

Geneva Ave.

Preschool age children and their caregivers will sing, dance, and learn Spanish.

Visit for more information.

The Senate Project Debate Series

Building upon the Senate’s tradition of often fierce, but productive conversation on pressing issues, a unique coalition - the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate - invite everyone to their second debate in this series between Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). The debate will be moderated by Nikole Killion, award-winning correspondent for CBS News and streamed live on C-SPAN Now at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1.

Visit for more information and registration.

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.

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.

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshops/Rosalita’s Marionette Puppet show

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 at Dorchester Park, 2180 Dorchester Ave. and Friday, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 at Harambee Park, 930 Blue Hill Ave.

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

On Aug. 12 at 11 a.m., experience the charm of Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets, at a whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone at Martin Playground, 95 Myrtlebank Ave.

Visit for more information.


Cynde McInnis, aka the Whale Lady, will teach children (ages 5 and older) all about Nile, a real humpback whale, and how each of us can better take care of the oceans on Thursday, Aug. 4 at Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd. Register for a half hour slot between 2 and 4 p.m.

McInnis will bring participants inside her life-size inflatable Nile and engage children in a fun session with lots of time for questions.

Visit for more information and registration.

Dorchester Community Garden Tour

Stroll through summer gardens in full bloom from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. The tours will be offered at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. starting at the Greenwood Community Garden, 140 Greenwood St.

This guided tour will take participants to three Dorchester community gardens plus two unique home gardens, and introduce them to some of the gardeners who make these urban green spaces thrive. Along the way, they’ll enjoy a garden mixology demo and tasting, delicious dinner from a local restaurant, and making an infused herbal vinegar to take home. The total walk is under a mile and the pace will be relaxed.

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.

Visit for more information and tickets (Member: $60 | Nonmember: $75).

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 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 for more information and 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 (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 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.

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 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 Aug. 12.

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. 

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. 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.

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 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 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 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.