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STEAM Saturday at Perkins

The New England Aquarium will visit the BCYF Perkins Community Center, 115 Talbot Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Come explore family-friendly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. Find out if you are taller than a whale rib. Learn about the ocean, the animals that live there and join in protecting the blue planet.

For more information, phone 617-635-5146.

Majah Hype Comedy Show

The Majah Hype Comedy Show will begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Majah Hype is an ambassador of Caribbean culture, using his seamless accents, comedic timing, and true-to-life material to connect people from all walks of life and, behind the humor, is a serious commitment to Caribbean unity. He has rightfully earned the title, King of Caribbean Comedy.

For other information including tickets, visit

‘Getting to the Point’

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point will host “Getting to the Point on Child Care Policy in the Commonwealth” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

State and local leaders, advocates, and members of the business community will discuss the barriers to affordable, quality child care across Massachusetts and the effect this has on industry and family security. The panel will explore efforts to strengthen access to affordable care at the local and state level; how lack of child care impacts the Commonwealth’s workforce, economy, and family security; and the importance of building a talent pipeline.

For information and registration, visit

'Make it Mondays'

Tweens and teens are invited to “Make it Mondays” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Dec. 2 - Build It: Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

Dec. 9 - Craft it: Painted Tile Trivets

Dec. 16 - Cooking: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

Visit for other information.

‘Turkeys and Toys Drive’

The Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month committee is holding a “Turkeys and Toys Drive” to help make Christmas merrier.

They are seeking your financial donations (via check) for toys to be delivered by Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.

You can also help by supporting your local food pantry, shelter, place of worship, and/or sharing a meal or gifts with a needy family now and throughout the coming year.

For more information on these opportunities, visit Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at

JFK Library Forums

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the following forums:

“A Conversation with Stacey Abrams” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3; and “The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

For more information and registration, visit

‘Different from the Others’ film

Provincetown Film Society will present the landmark silent film “Different from the Others” with original live accompaniment by Provincetown musician and composer, Billy Hough at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd.

This film tells a compelling story of secrecy and oppression that continues to play out in today’s world.

This special screening will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the earliest surviving feature film about LGBTQ people. Once feared lost, this recently restored film is believed to be the only gay-themed movie from Germany’s progressive Weimar era that survived destruction after Hitler took power.

General Admission: $25 with additional perks; VIP tickets $75 includes a pre-screening “Taste of Dorchester” reception at 5:30 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds will go to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

Visit for more information and tickets.

Holiday party/coat drive

The Healthworks Community Fitness at Codman, 450 Washington St. will host a holiday party and coat drive from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend. There will be plenty of activities for the kids including arts and crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday stories. And the best part – Santa Claus will be stopping by.

Visit or for reservations and other information.

Enchanted Trolley Tour

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will take place from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The festivities will include holiday performances, visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.

The trolley will stop at Codman Square at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Adams Village at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Visit for a complete list of stops and other information.

Holiday jazz concert

Jason Palmer Quintet (jazz) will present a holiday concert in collaboration with the Summer Street Brass Band from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St.

Required complementary tickets are available at while other information is available at

‘Light the World’ concert

The Boston Children’s Choir will present “Light the World” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbus Rd.

Join them by the firelight this holiday season. Enjoy cherished tales paired with music celebrating light, joy and peace. Listen to songs from cultures around the world celebrating light and all it symbolizes. Featuring master storytellers, the concert will leave you ready to sing your joy to the world.

Visit for other information and for tickets: $15 to $75.

Paint Night

Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc. Paint Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the BCYF Grove Hall Community Senior Center, 51 Geneva Ave.

This is a free gathering open to all ages where you can paint along with celebrated community artists as they share their artistic techniques and process and then take home your cherished creations.

To register contact Carolyn Jackson at 617-879-7330 or email

For more information, visit

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.

Community game night

The Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. hosts a community game night on the first Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The library will have a variety of tabletop games for all ages.

Visit for other information.

Devine ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Devine Memorial Rink at 995 Morrissey Blvd. is open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sunday from 4 to 5:50 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; and Saturdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

Phone 617-436-4356 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

‘Celebrate!’ Series

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the “Celebrate!” family programming series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on select days through April as follows:

Dec. 26: National Marionette Theatre – “Peter and the Wolf;” Jan. 20 “Benkadi Drum and Dance;” Jan. 25: “Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy – “The Lion Dance;” Feb. 29: Valerie Tutson – “Tales from African Traditions;” Mar. 14: Celtic Bells – “The Irish in Boston;” Mar. 28: Bright Star Theatre – “We Can Do It! American Woman Through History;” and Apr. 21: Rick Adams – “Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.”

For more information and registration, visit or phone 617-514-1644.

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester through June 11.

This inclusive program promotes movement exploration in a safe and supported environment, encourages social and emotional growth, and is taught by highly qualified faculty with extensive backgrounds in teaching and dance education for individuals with disabilities, ages 8 through 12 of all abilities.

For more information visit or contact Erin Ferrara, Director of Inclusive Services at or phone 617-288-7120.

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck will be at 398 Neponset Ave. from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and at 230 Bowdoin St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays; and at 1353 Dorchester Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 198 Geneva Ave. from 2 to 4 p.m. and at 100 Ames St. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the year.

For more information, visit

Teen gaming

The Grove Hall Branch Library at 41 Geneva Ave. will host teen gaming on the PS4 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

For more information, phone 617-427-3337 or email


The LEGO Club will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on most Thursdays at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. for children and tweens (ages 6 through 12 accompanied by an adult).

Come build and break down different LEGO creations.

For more information, phone 617-298-7841.

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry

Ladies of Love Women’s Ministry will be held at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Greater Love Tabernacle, 101 Nightingale St.

Ladies of Love provides a place where women can safely voice their life experiences, whether they are traumatic disappointments or victories and discover love within themselves, through sisterhood and the love of Christ.

The group is open to women from various churches and denominations throughout Boston in efforts to unite women through the word of God, worship and fellowship.

For more information, visit or phone 617-740-9480.

Friday Afternoon Fun

The Fields Corner Branch Library (1520 Dorchester Ave.) hosts Friday Afternoon Fun from 2 to 5 p.m. on most weeks.

Puzzles, crafts and board games will be available for youth, ages 6 through 12 and their friends and family.

For more information, phone 617-436-2155 or visit

Family yoga

Family yoga will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Grove Hall Branch Library (41 Geneva Ave.) provided by the Hands to Heart Center.

Beginners are welcome and mats will be provided.

For more information, email or phone 617-427-3337.

Stories, Stories, Stories

Pre-school story-time will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

There will be pictures books, songs and crafts for kids, 2 through 5 years of age.

For more information, phone 617-436-8214.

Adult Stress Relief Coloring

Adult Stress Relief Coloring will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Colored pencils and coloring books will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

For more information, call the library at 617-436-2155.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

Quilting classes

Quilting classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 16 at the Codman Square Branch Library at 690 Washington St.

Bring all the supplies and materials needed and learn how to cut, piece, sew, embellish, bind and finish a quilt. At the end of the year there will be a quilting show to display all the amazing quilts.

For more information, visit

Homework help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Codman Square (690 Washington St.), Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.), Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.) and Uphams Corner (500 Columbia Rd.) Branch Libraries through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. through May 28 on Mondays and Thursdays at Codman Square (690 Washington St.) and Lower Mills (27 Richmond St.), on Tuesdays at Fields Corner (1520 Dorchester Ave.), on Thursdays at the Grove Hall (41 Geneva Ave.) and every day at Uphams Corner (600 Columbia Rd.) Branch libraries.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

BPS SpedPac meetings

The general meetings of the Boston Public School’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (BPS SpedPac) will typically be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from through May 28 at the Richard J. Murphy School, 1 Worrell St.

BPS SpedPac is a citywide multi-lingual, multi-cultural council of parent volunteers that provides a voice and gives support for parents of children with special needs. The group works with the schools to ensure that children get the services and the support they need to develop to their full potential.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, including the monthly meeting topics, visit