Dorchester neighborhood notes
Stories of Hope in Action
Internationally renowned storyteller Len Cabral will share stories of the power of hopeful actions to help smooth out some of the rough edges left by 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. This event is hosted by the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
Folktales, myths and personal accounts come to life with humor, wisdom and compassion that will inspire viewers of all ages.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-with-len-cabral-stories-of-hope-in-action-registration-135555065851 for more information and registration.
Film screening of ‘JFK: The Last Speech’
On the eve of the 2021 presidential inaugural, the Concord Museum is partnering with Mass Humanities on a virtual screening of a new film JFK: The Last Speech, which explores the dramatic relationship between two American icons – John F. Kennedy and Robert Frost - followed by a forum conversation. This event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
The documentary chronicles how JFK’s last speech in his home state of Massachusetts at the dedication of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College on Oct. 26, 1963 inspired a group of Amherst College classmates to lives of service.
Visit concordmuseum.org/events/film-screening-of-jfk-the-last-speech for more information and registration (free - Suggested donation - $5).
In partnership with Mass Humanities, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Umbrella Arts Center.
Desmond Hall – Your Corner Dark
Author Desmond Hall will speak about the writing journey, navigating through the publishing world, finding writing support and living as an artist while trying to navigate life in general. He’ll also be taking questions from teens and copies of his book will be given away to randomly selected attendees.
Presented by the Roxbury, Mattapan and Grove Hall branches in partnership with Grub Street Center for Creative Writing, this event will take place on Crowdcast from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information registration.
Kanopy Club: Tabu (2012)
Winner of Critic's Prize at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, Tabu is the exquisitely surreal two-part tale of Aurora, who upon her death-bed will make a mysterious request to see a man no one had ever heard of, transporting us to the foothills of 1960s Africa in order to tell a story that occurred 50 years ago - the story of an irrational taboo and its extravagant consequences. Shot in lush black & white 16mm and 35mm.
Watch the film on Kanopy, then join a discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Free healthy meals to go
Codman Academy is offering free, homemade, hot meals to-go for anyone who has a child under 21 years old at home. Community members, students and families are welcome to as many meals (breakfast and lunch items) as they need to feed their family for that day. No ID required.
Meals can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Codman Academy main entrance on Epping Street. When you arrive, call 617-287-0700, ext. 175. Someone from the kitchen staff will come meet you.
For more information, email Anthony Travers at email@example.com.
Little Groove concert
Little Groove will host a concert from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 3, hosted by the Charlestown and Grove Hall branches of the Boston Public Library. There will be lots of music, song and dance.
Little Groove classes are a wonderful way to help children have fun and also learn and reach important developmental milestones. Little Groove has a group of teachers who all sing and play guitar and each activity has a learning objective. Little Groove classes specialize in children from 3 months up to 4 years of age.
Visit bpl.org/events for the more information and Zoom registration.
LRC: Self-Care Series
Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.
Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Teen book discussion: ‘March Book One’
Passionate about teen reads? Join a group of teen librarians from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 to discuss the graphic novel March: Book One, written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
The book is presented in the form of a graphic memoir of John Lewis's life, depicting his early life in a sharecropper family, his dream of becoming a minister and his early involvement with the civil rights movement, all set against his role in 2009 as a Congressman as Barack Obama was about to be sworn in as the United States President.
Teens are encouraged to join the conversation whether or not they’ve read the book.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and link to the Twitch channel to join (no registration required).
Family Book Group: ‘The Book Itch’
Join friends, family and fellow Yearlong Reading Challenge participants at the Boston Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 to discuss the January Community Read for families – The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.
The discussion will be moderated by a librarian and will take place on Zoom. Caregivers are also welcomed to participate.
People do not need to be participating in the Reading Together challenge in order to take part in this book group, but are urged to join. Learn about the different monthly challenges, get recommendations for books to read and find other ways to connect with the reading community on the website.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Literary Bakes: Minny's Chocolate Pie
Celebrate National Pie Day with a literary bake: Minny's Chocolate Pie from The Help.
Join YA librarian (and amateur baker) Paul Flagg live on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Whether you decide to bake along or simply watch and conversate, this is sure to be an enjoyable and interactive baking event.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the recipe and registration.
Virtual Winter Farmers Market
Dorchester Winter Farmers Market has gone virtual. Get farm-fresh food delivered to your door through Thursday, March 25.
Visit dorchesterwinterfarmersmarket.org to order and to learn about food assistance and the City of Boston’s Coupon Program. SNAP/HIP benefits accepted.
Community Fridges in and around Boston
Community Fridges are meant to help people fill gaps for their food-insecure neighbors that are not being addressed by the state. They’re stocked with groceries by members of the community and can be accessed at no cost by anyone who needs food. They operate on a “take what you need, give what you can” basis, but organizers stress that contributing food to a fridge is not a precondition for taking food. The fridges will be stocked through the winter months (or beyond).
Community Fridges in The Boston Area: (www.thebostoncalendar.com)
– Allston Community Fridge at 1 N Beacon, Allston
– Cambridge Community Fridge at 52 Church St., Cambridge
– Dorchester Community Fridge at 1471 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
– Jamaica Plain Community Fridge at 366 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
– Lynn Community Fridge at TBA
– Mattapan Community Fridge at 1290 Bluehill Ave., Mattapan
– Roslindale Community Fridge at 4140 Washington St., Roslindale
– Somerville Community Fridge at 35 Prospect St., Somerville
Read more about Community Fridges in and around the Boston area at boston.eater.com/2020/10/2/21497298/boston-community-fridges-free-food-aid.
Taste of Israel 2021
Israeli food is so much more than hummus and falafel, and in 2019, JArts (Jewish Arts Collaborative) established Taste of Israel to celebrate this diverse cuisine. While there are a handful of Israeli restaurants already in Boston, Taste of Israel, which runs from Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Tuesday, Feb. 2, will feature restaurants from all culinary persuasions presenting their unique take on Israeli cuisine.
Each restaurant will create three to five special dishes that will be on the menu. Prices, hours and reservations will be set by the restaurant.
This year, particularly in light of the challenges the food industry is facing due to COVID-19, JArts is inviting all Boston-area food enthusiasts to support local restaurants while savoring the many flavors of Israeli food.
For a list of participating restaurants along with more information, visit jartsboston.org/taste-of-israel.
JArts Executive Director Laura Mandel shares thoughts on the restaurants at www.jewishboston.com/restaurants-matter-to-me.
Kroc Community Center virtual programs and services
The Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center (650 Dudley St.), while temporarily closed, will be providing virtual programs accessible on their website.
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
Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.org and/or their social media pages for updates.
JP Flea Market
Shop online at the JP Flea Market to support local artists and small businesses.
Go to jpfixandflea.com/upcoming-events.html to view a fine assortment of treasures –
local honey, records, jewelry, pipes, pottery, art, kids’ books, vintage clothing and accessories, teas, hand-printed apparel, candles, printed cards, handmade knits, bags, zines, woodwork, crystals, handmade soaps, organic dog treats, prints, patches, hand-stitched wallets, baskets, home décor, children's clothing, body-care and more – available from the 2020 Vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Dorchester New Parents Group
A new parents’ group, hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 18. Parents with a baby under the age of three are invited to attend.
The parent groups provide safe and nurturing spaces for parents and their babies to give and receive support.
Visit jfcsboston.org for more information and required Zoom registration.
Fitness classes at BGC of Dorchester
The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester will offer fitness classes in-person at CrossFit Body+Fuel, 89 Pearl St. in Braintree (for Youth 10 to 18) at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays (following COVID protocols) and virtually over Zoom at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Contact Brendan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Tween Time (on Zoom)
Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)
The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).
Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.
Tune in on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. for #ZooToYou: a daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more.
Visit the Kids’ Corner for more fun at zoonewengland.org.
DAP: ‘Power of the People’
Join the Dorchester Art Project (DAP) on IG Live from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays for “Power of the People.”
DAPS mission is “to empower the Black community by acknowledging the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses and returning power back to the people.”
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –
18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Zoo recent update
With the rising cases of COVID-19 and the continued concern for public health and safety, the Tropical Forest and Bird’s World buildings, the Franklin Farm barn, chicken coop and brooder building will be temporarily closed to the public. People can still visit the Zoo, enjoy the fresh air and see the winter hardy animals such as lions, tiger, red pandas and more.
Online reservations and scannable timed tickets are required for your visit.
Zoo winter hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Oct. 1-March 31)
Virtual tours and activities will continue.
Visit zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before visiting.
Community Read Book Group
Join friends, family and fellow Yearlong Reading Challenge participants at the Boston Public Library 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 to discuss the January community read for adults – An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The discussion will be moderated by a librarian and will take place on Zoom.
People do not need to be participating in the Reading Together challenge in order to take part in this book group, but are urged to join. Learn about the different monthly challenges, get recommendations for books to read and find other ways to connect with the reading community online.
Go to bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Chez-Vous GoFundMe fundraiser
The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St.) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.
The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March, has established a crowdsourced
Gofundme fundraiser to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open, coming together again as one big family. All donations (no matter how large or small) are greatly appreciated.
To learn more about this family-fun establishment and to make a donation, visit chezvousrollerrink.com. For more information, phone 617-825-6877.
Emotion Revolution exhibition
Emotion Revolution is a virtual multimedia exhibition curated by student curator Mary Morris Evans and co-produced by Dorchester Art Project and Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media, and Design.
To view, go to emotionrevolutionshow.com.
Rainbow Peace Flag Project/City Peace Project
The mission of the Rainbow Peace Flag Project is to extend kindness and caring across national borders, with love that includes people of all sexualities, genders, abilities, religions, races and cultures, and to condemn acts of violence and hatred, embracing peaceful dialogue instead.
The City Peace Project (part of the Rainbow Peace Flag Project) – an effort of individuals and local groups in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to share the message of peace, inclusivity and non-violence – is inviting people to display Peace Flags at homes, spiritual institutions, schools, businesses and throughout their communities.
This is an ambitious effort and they welcome all who would like to volunteer to help package, distribute, promote, display, and share their story of why this symbol is important for them, their family, loved ones or community.
Donations are accepted, but not required to receive a flag or flag display.
Go to https://commonstreet.org/rainbow-peace-flag-project for more information.
Suicide survivor support group
DeeDee’s Cry will host 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.
DeeDee’s Cry is located in Roxbury and is associated with Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester.
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.
All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADLS) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.
ADLS programs are currently open with limited activities following strict health and safety guidelines.
Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.
BGC of Dorchester @ Home
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester provides all after-school programs such as Academics, Arts and Music, Character & Leadership and Healthy Lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms in an interactive setting.
Go to bgcdorchester.org for more information and registration.
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 for the family to enjoy.
While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 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.
JFK Library and Museum digital content and curriculum
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be adding a weekly digest of digital content for families to enjoy, including curriculum and content that parents and educators can easily incorporate into their daily lessons for K-12 students.
The Library and Museum remains closed at this time
Visit jfklibrary.org for more details.
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 hygiene products 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 a list of places that they service along with more information.
Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations
Although the Franklin Park Zoo is partially open, donations to the “All Our Animals Fund” can still be made to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and 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.