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Purple Produce: A Heal Thy Self Art Jam

Purple Produce: A Heal Thy Self Art Jam aims to amplify Hip Hop and Wellness by highlighting health-related, Black-owned businesses in the Greater Boston Area representing the five pillars of Hip Hop through performance.

A dance & fitness session provided by Soul Fire Movement will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 outside on the plaza of the Roxbury Branch Library, 149 Dudley St. in Nubian Square. "Turn up & Zen out by navigating everyday life emotions using Dance, Sweat & Meditation."

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/purple-produce-a-heal-thy-self-art-jam-tickets-371747636187 for more information, including a list of performers and vendors, and registration.

Wildlife in the City: Living with Wildlife

What are some common species of plants and animals that people might encounter and what can be done to help them stay healthy and wild? In this session from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug, 6, attendees will learn about and practice plant and animal identification in the field, as well as discuss backyard feeding stations at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/83108-wildlife-in-the-city-living-with-wildlife for more information and registration (Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $13 | Dot Rx Members: Free).

Summer Fun at Thornton Street Farm

Join the Haley House for free family friendly farm fun at the Thornton Street Farm, 95R Thornton St. in Roxbury from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays as follows:

Aug. 6: Fairy Garden & Designing Planters with Michelle Carter | Aug. 13: Take Back the Kitchen Aug. 20: Summer Showcase! Support their Teen and Junior Farmers and celebrate the season.

The Highland Park Playgroup will host farm story time and activity at each event.

Go to Haleyhouse.org or email farm@haleyhouse.org for more information.

Playing Dead's 'Crazy in The Sunlight' Festival

Playing Dead will host the “Crazy in The Sunlight” Festival from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Herter Park Amphitheatre, 1175 So0ldiers Field Rd. in Allston. (RD: Aug. 7)

Joining Playing Dead (a Grateful Dead tribute featuring former members of Dark Star Orchestra, Slipknot!, and Uncle John's Band) will be special guests DMB Project (Dave Matthews Band tribute), Neil Young Project (featuring Kenny Gibson from Rust Never Sleeps) and UkuLovers (Kat and Joe Leone playing Ukuleles and singing fun folky songs).

Go to www.friendsofherterpark.org/schedule for more information.

Rozzie Flea Market

Shop for second-hand treasures at the Rozzie Flea Market on Birch Street Plaza from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, continuing every other Saturday through Nov. 12.

Visit www.roslindale.net/flea-market for more information about buying and/or selling “second-hand treasures.”

CSz Happenings at the Rozzie

Comedy Sportz Boston will host the following programs at The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St. in Roslindale:

– ComedySportz competition at 5 p.m. on Saturdays (from $13)

– Drop-In Improv Class at noon on Saturday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 and at noon on Thursday, Aug. 11 (Free)

Visit www.cszboston.com/see-comedysportz for more information and registration.

Riot Theater Company+ happenings

These Riot Theater Company+ programs will be held at and live streamed from The Rozzie Square Theater, 5 Basile St. in Roslindale as follows:

– Riot Improv: Songs to Scenes from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6

– Riot Improv: Stories to Scenes from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20

Visit www.theriottheater.com/improv.html for more information and registration (Free to $20; Recommended $15).

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 each of the 31 days in August.

Boston Neighborhood venues include:

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 www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.

Jazz at the Fort: Jacques Schwarz-Bart Plays the Harlem Suite

Jacques Schwarz-Bart will perform at Highland Park, 20 Fort Ave. in Roxbury at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, as part of Berklee's Summer in the City concert series.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center. 

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer for more information.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Children (three years and older) and stuffed animals are invited to enjoy a pajama story time and crafts from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St.

Afterwards, children will tuck in their stuffed animals and kiss them goodnight. Children will come back the following afternoon to pick up their stuffed friends and learn all about their night-time adventures.

Bring your most adventurous stuffed friend – one who won’t be afraid to spend the night away from home.

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

ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts: Rebels (Tom Petty Cover Band

The Rebels (Tom Petty Cover Band) will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8 at Billings Field, 369 Lagrange St. in West Roxbury.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshops in Brighton + West Roxbury                                         

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Rogers Park, 30 Rogers Park Ave. in Brighton and from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Billings Field, 369 Lagrange St. in West Roxbury.

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.

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.     

Mayor Wu’s Movie Nights: Sing 2

Sing 2 will be shown at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Healy Playground, 160 Florence St. in Roslindale.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Play For Change: Let's Get Organized!

Journey to the bottom of the sea with Little Uprisings and The Gottabees where the group will explore the book Swimmy, by Leo Lionni - a classic tale for young children about the power of organizing - and enjoy movement, puppetry, and fun as they Play for Change (designed to equip participants with the language and tools for speaking out and fighting injustice).

This program will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave. Geared for children, ages 4 through 7.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Concerts on the Common at Brighton Farmers Market: Soca Fusion

Sing and dance outdoors with Soca Fusion - BIPOC group centered in dance and wellness vibing to Soca music, one of the many sounds of the Caribbean - at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 during the Brighton Farmer's Market, Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave. (weather permitting).

Go to https://sites.google.com/view/concerts-in-the-common/schedule for a complete listing.

Adopt-A-Block Community Walks - Roxbury

Get to know your neighbors and community on a walk with Pastor Willie Bodrick II of Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren St. in Roxbury from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The Community Engagement Cabinet is partnering with various City of Boston faith leaders to host a series of community walks throughout the summer.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Preschool Summer Series: What's an Engineer?

Join the staff at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 to learn what it takes to be an engineer.

First, the group will read Rosie Revere, Engineer. Then, participants will learn about some simple machines by exploring the museum's Great Engines Hall. Finally, they will create their own simple machines. This program is recommended for kids, ages 3 to 6.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/preschool-summer-series-whats-an-engineer-tickets-343058666707 for more information and registration (Free; Suggested donation: $5).

Homemade Ice Cream with Ms. Sherry

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!"

Join Ms. Sherry at the Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave. from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 to make homemade ice cream. Participants (ages 5 years and younger) will make their own vanilla ice cream cake using only Ziploc bags.

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

Thursday Crafternoons at WR Branch Library

Kids, 4 years of age and older, are invited to use tissue paper to make a beautiful background for a pirate ship or ocean silhouette from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St.

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

'Marion: The Heart of Paris'

Marion, an orphan from Paris, wants to create a Republic of France. Politics, love, inequality and manipulation threaten her goal.

The cast and crew of this play consists of local high school and college students. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston. (RD: Aug. 15)

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/marion-the-heart-of-paris-tickets-363568261457 for more information and tickets (Donations are welcome to support production costs).

Joint Venture Band with Debo Ray and Zeke Martin & The Oracle

Zeke Martin & The Oracle will open at 7:30 p.m. and Joint Venture Band with Debo Ray will start at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, in Allston. (RD: Aug. 18)

Go to www.herterpark.org for more information.

Apple Cider and Astronomy

Join the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary staff in Mattapan for a night of cider under the stars from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12.

The group will stargaze using a telescope and star charts, take a night hike, and enjoy apple cider as they take in the majesty of the warm summer skies.

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/83101-apple-cider-and-astronomy for more information and registration (Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $13 | Dot Rx Members: Free).

The Armando: A Night of Storytelling Meets Improv

Cheer on your favorite improviser, listen to a mix of prepared and inspired stories, and just have a great time laughing with friends, families and neighbors at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at The Rozzie Square Theater, Basile St. in Roslindale.

Go to www.rozziesquaretheater.com/calendar for more information and tickets ($13).

The Allston Rat Race: CW 10th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate 10 years of wrenching, community rides, and awesome bike people with CommonWheels from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The Rat Race (the race that's not a race) is a combination alley cat and casual community ride – where participants can ride as much or as little as they want; complete laps or just visit the bonus stops – followed by the after party.

What to expect: Ride around to different checkpoints around Lower Allston; Hourly bonus stops to get the full Allston experience; Lunch and dinner; Event Tee-shirt; After party at The Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave. with a DJ spinning tracks.

An extra $20 gets registrants a commemorative event metal cup adorned with the specially commissioned logo for this year's Rat Race (the race that's not a race).

For those feeling extra generous, drop them a donation with their ticket purchase to help fund open shops and events for the 2022-2023 season.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/commonwheels-rat-race-2022-registration-371800564497 for more information and tickets ($10).

Life Under a Log

Insects are all around us, but are mostly noticed when they annoy us.

In this program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan, families with children 5 and older will learn what an insect is and why they are important for the health of the natural world. The group will explore the trails and roll logs to uncover and unearth insects and observe them up close with hand lenses.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/83102-life-under-a-log for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13, Child - $13).

Jazz on the Green Summer Series with The Makanda Project

Enjoy live jazz music from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sept. 16 on the UU Urban Ministry Greenspace, 10 Putnam St. Bring a lawn chair or towel and stay awhile.

Visit www.uuum.org for more information.

Critical blood shortage - donate at  Elks Lodge #10

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 at the Elks Lodge #10, 1 Morrell St. in West Roxbury.

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

Oasis for Birds Walks

Both beginner and advanced birders will enjoy discovering and learning about the fascinating birds of Belle Isle Marsh and vicinity during a free nature walk, co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the DCR.

The walks will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month (except on holidays).

Belle Isle Marsh is a restored wildlife habitat that attracts a yearly count of 265 species of birds. The group will meet at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. in East Boston.

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr or phone 781-656-1485 for more details.

Fill the Bus with Catie's Closet

Catie's Closet will prepare 115 closets to welcome students back to school in September, fill 1,000 urgent orders during the last 2 weeks of August and open 10 new closets. They will need 60,000 items, the equivalent of 12 bus loads of clothing, school supplies and toiletries.

Host a drive, build confidence packs, make a donation - perfect opportunities to get involved from home, with your office or neighborhood - through Sept. 30.

Go to www.catiescloset.org/event/fill-the-bus-for-kids-in-need for more information.

Meet the Beekeepers

Drop in at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan on Saturdays through Aug. 27 and learn all about honey bees from the Boston Area Beekeepers.

Arrive at 10 a.m. and stay as long as you wish. (Geared for families with children, ages 4 and older).

They host an apiary at the sanctuary and the beekeepers will “bee” more than happy to help guests explore all aspects of bee life. Learn how they make honey, how they survive the winter and much more.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/83100-meet-the-beekeepers for more information and registration.

CommonWheels Open Shop 

Open Shop is a free, DIY, bike-maintenance skill-share hosted by CommonWheels. They provide the tools and guidance needed to keep bikes working.

Their goal to help people fix their own bikes. Open Shop is also a great chance to hang out with fellow cyclists, trade stories of biking adventures and share knowledge.

Join them from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (weather permitting) at The Grove on Western Avenue in Allston (corner of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue).

Visit www.commonwheels.org for more information.

Special Access Tours at Waterworks Museum

Take a one hour guided tour to the basement level pumps and upper levels of the engines at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. at 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2:45 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/waterworks-museum-special-access-tour-tickets-167096124005 for more information and tickets ($15).

Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic Walking Tours

Explore the historic buildings and structures around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir on a one-hour outdoor walking tour with the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum at 10 a.m. on select Sundays through Oct. 2.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/chestnut-hill-reservoir-historic-walking-tour-tickets-328204266797 for more information and registration ($15).

Performance & Recovery presents Summer Outdoor Fitness Series

Performance and Recovery will offer outdoor fitness classes from 11 a.m. to noon on Sundays at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston through Sept. 25 (weather permitting).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-outdoor-fitness-series-tickets-340078944277 for more information and registration ($20).

Nick Presents Sunset Series Free Jazz R&B

Nick Laudani and fellow musicians will play free live music (Jazz-R&B) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays in historic Fort Hill at Highland Park in Roxbury. All are welcome at this family-friendly event.

Go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/nicksunsetseries/nick-presents-sunset-series for more information.

Virtual Roslindale ‘Open Mike’ Nights                                                                 

Roslindale “Open Mike” Nights will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays.

Interesting in performing? There’s a link to sign up. Performers will use Zoom.

The audience can watch the live or recorded performance on the new Roslindale “Open Mike” YouTube channel. 

Visit roslindaleopenmike.org for more information, including all links.

Knitting/Crochet Circle at Roslindale Branch Library

A Knitting/Crochet Circle will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Roslindale Library, 4246 Washington St.

Bring projects and enjoy company of other crafters. Crafters of all levels welcome. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Write Your Way: Creative Writing Club for Tweens and Teens

Your imagination contains an ocean of possibilities. Tweens and Teens are invited to join "Write Your Way!" a creative writing club for kids, ages nine and up, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 30 at the Roslindale Branch Library, 4246 Washington St.

Each week participants will play creative writing games, do writing prompts and work on stories in the way that you want. At the end of the summer, writing created by the Write Your Way participants will be collected in a zine to take home. 

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

Creative Kids at Egleston Square

Youths, ages 6 and up, are invited to join the Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. in Roxbury in the backyard for weekly hands-on creative challenges from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 17.

The group will make ice cream, build marble runs, make slime and more. They'll even paint the library's windows.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Chapter Chat: Family Book Club

Dive into the world of early chapter books for kids, ages 5-8, in this fun family book at the Roslindale Branch Library 4246 Washington St. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 31.

Each week Miss Celeste will read the first chapter of a book aloud and lead the group in an activity related to the book. Copies of the week's book will be available for families to check out to continue reading at home.

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

Art Explorers at Roslindale Branch Library                                                        

Come learn about the life and work of famous (and not so famous) artists with Miss Celeste from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Roslindale Branch Library, 4246 Washington St.

After reading and listening to a short biography and looking at the artist’s work, kids will have an opportunity to make their own art inspired by the artist of the week. The group will explore painting, collage, clay, and more.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Kids' Craft Club at Brighton Branch Library

The Kids’ Craft Club (recommended for ages 6-12) will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 25 at the Brighton Branch Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd.

Bring your latest crafting project or try out an optional weekly activity – the library will have supplies available for fun, free crafting in a friendly setting. ​

​Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Mindful Movement at PH Branch Library

The Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. in Roxbury will present yoga classes for adults, ages 55 and older, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 25.

Yoga mats and props will be provided. All experience levels are welcome.

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

Summer Nights with DCR at Boston Nature Center

Discover how people, culture and the ecosystem come together to create unique communities through art and guided nature walks. End the evening with a sweet treat from a local restaurant.  

Open to teens, preteens and their families from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 18 at the

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan. Drop in for part or all of the program. 

Visit www.massaudubon.org/news-events/special-events for more information.

Free Summer Yoga with Higher Love Yoga Project

Higher Love Yoga Project will hold free outdoor yoga classes at 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 25 on the green in front of Lululemon/Shake Shack at The Street Chestnut Hill, 33 Boylston St.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/free-summer-yoga-with-higher-love-yoga-project-tickets-333239246557 for individual class descriptions and registration.

Friday Crafternoons at Roxbury Branch Library

Join Librarian Brittany at Roxbury Branch Library, 149 Dudley St. from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 26 for open craft time for kids to create. Materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your current project(s) in to work on as well. 

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. 

Parks Summer Fitness Series: On-site Classes

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

– Yoga from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays at Adams Park, 72 Poplar St. in Roslindale Square

– Kick It from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton

– Family Zumba from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Hunt Almont Park Playground, 40 Almont St. in Mattapan

– Zumba Tone from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Billings Field, 369 Lagrange St. in West Roxbury

– Afrobeats from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Gertrude Howes Playground, 73 Moreland St. in Roxbury

– Gentle Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays at McLaughlin Playground (across from 170 Parker Hill Ave)

– HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays at Iacono/Readville Playground in Hyde Park

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite 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 Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration for more details and registration.

Charles River Canoe and Kayak Rentals 2022

Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers paddleboard, canoe and kayak rentals, sales, instruction, 

guided tours and trips, kid's paddling camps, and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

All of their rental locations have canoes and stable recreational kayaks, plus faster sea kayaks and a variety of other boat types, accessible for all.

Go to https://paddleboston.com for more information.

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, 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.

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.

Immediate Need: Type-O Positive + Negative Blood

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a critical shortage of blood and especially needs Type-O positive and negative blood donors.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

RVMS Farmers Market

The Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market will be held at Adams Park (4236A Washington St.) in Roslindale from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 19.

The Roslindale Farmers Market is the perfect place for merriment; families can gather for live music, kid-friendly activities, and natural produce.

Venders accept SNAP/EBT and HIP.

Visit www.roslindale.net/farmers-market for more information.

Brighton Farmers Market

The Brighton Farmers Market will be held on Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave. from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 30 and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in October.

Enjoy the Concerts in the Common series at the market.

Most vendors accept EBT/SNAP/HIP.

Visit https://abhealthcollaborative.org/farmers-market for more information.

Critical shortage – Donate Blood and Save a Child’s Life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. - an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

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.

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.

The Reggie Lewis Center Virtual Classes                         

The Reggie Lewis Center at the Roxbury Community College offers virtual fitness classes.

Visit rcc.mass.edu/reggie-lewis-programs/virtual-fitness-classes for class listing and registration ($90 per class | Seniors: $30 per class).

Allston Brighton Community Supper (take out) + Food Pantry

The Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton serves take out suppers from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays along with bags of fruit, vegetables, breads, and desserts.

The Allston Brighton Food Pantry’s food distribution takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.

Visit brightonucc.org and/or abfoodpantry.com, email baccoffice@verizon.net or phone 617-254-4046 for more information, including ways to volunteer or make a donation.

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.

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 Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has continued to use food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.

The non-profit organization operates the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community at the Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café, Catering, TEP, TBK, and Arts & Culture programming at 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

The Haley House accepts in-kind donations (see list of needed items) and money and uses volunteers to help fulfill their mission.

Visit https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind for more details.

MTW Book/Textile Donations and Online/Onsite Purchases

More Than Words stores accepts donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.

People can also shop online or onsite for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.

All donations are fully tax deductible.

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and links to purchase items.

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 you 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 https://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 award-winning (virtual) 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.

Suicide Survivor Support Group                                                                           

DeeDee’s Cry (Roxbury) hosts an ongoing weekly support group for suicide survivors. If you are a suicide attempt survivor seeking a safe, non-judgmental place to talk about the feelings that led you to attempt and the impact that your attempt had on your life, visit DeeDeesCry.com to sign up.

DeeDee's Cry provide resources and programs to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention in communities of color.

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.