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Kids in the Garden: Composting Worms

Join The Trustees at the Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 to learn all about worm composting for vegetable growing.

Participants will all become ecologists as they create a mini ecosystem for the garden worms inside a compost bin.

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.

This is Part 1 of a three-part series – join for one, two or all three (register for each one separately).

Visit for more information and registration (Donations appreciated).

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. 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.

2022 Boston Gospel Fest

The 2022 Gospel Fest will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Playstead Field at Franklin Park.

This event showcases both national and local gospel talent, including special guest Travis Greene. Blending contemporary and traditional gospel melodies, this annual event is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment in partnership with the Faith Collective. This event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are welcome to bring a chair or blanket to the concert venue. Food truck will have food and drink available for purchase. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission water truck will also be on site.

Visit for more information.  

HarborFit: TRILLFIT Cardio Dance at Carson Beach

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

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

Visit for more information and registration.

Aaron Larget-Caplan Concerts in Uphams Corner

Kids and families, get a preview of the work of international guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan will be sharing in his longer neighborhood concerts.

Night Songs and Dances will be held from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 and from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

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, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 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 chess masters. Chessboards and instructional materials available.   

Visit 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, for children ages of 4 and 7, will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

Visit 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 for more information.

Start a Food Biz Workshop

This workshop is perfect for aspiring food business entrepreneurs in the idea-stage and the about-to-launch phase of food business growth. The CommonWealth Kitchen staff will walk attendees through the next steps and finish the workshop with Q&A from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Get Fit in the Garden at Greenwood

Join InnerCity Weightlifting for a fun, outdoor workout for people of all ages and levels of experience at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Greenwood Community Garden, 140 Greenwood St. followed by cold, summery drinks.

ICW’s mission is to amplify the voice and agency or those who have been most impacted by systemic racism and mass incarceration. The garden is wheelchair accessible.

Visit for more information and registration (Free; Donations welcome).

Golf Course Concerts: Kaliloops

Enjoy live music by Kaliloops  (aka Kali Stoddard-Imari, singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the William Devine Golf Course patio, 1 Circuit Drive.

Based in Boston, Kalilloops music consists of folk, pop, rock, reggae, blues and soul.

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. 11 at Dorchester Park, 2180 Dorchester Ave. and Friday, 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.

Job Corps Info Session

Learn how to jump-start your career in the vocational/technical industries with Job Corps from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.

Job Corps offer free on-site education, training, and career mapping in the trades for young people between the ages of 16 to 24 years old.

Visit for more information.

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).

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 for more information.

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.

Ashmont Farmers Market – Food and Fun

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.

Enjoy live music, games, classes, and food trucks every Friday. August is Health and Wellness Month; September is Pet Appreciation Month; October is Minority-owned Business Month.

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

Visit for more information.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

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

Here are the virtual classes:

Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. | Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. | Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays | Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays | Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. | Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

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.

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).

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.

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.