Dorchester neighborhood notes
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.
Souper Bowl XIII
The 13th annual Haley House Souper Bowl will be held virtually on Sunday, Feb. 14.
A ticket will include a quart of soup made by a local chef; a handmade, one-of-a kind, ceramic bowl made by their amazing partners at MassArt CACP and Clay for Change; fresh bread from Iggy's; and a virtual program in the evening. To make a night of it, people will also be able to enjoy add-ons such as beer, wine, Haley House merchandise and their famous chocolate chip cookies.
The fun Souper Bowl packages can be picked up at Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury to enjoy safely in the comfort of your own home.
All proceeds benefit the Haley House Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café and Catering, 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.
Visit haleyhouse.org/updates/souperbowl13 for more information and tickets ($40) – on sale now.
Taste of Israel 2021
Israeli food, a melting pot of diverse cuisines – Moroccan, Yemenite, French, Bukharan, Russian, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Druze and many others – contributes to the diverse Israeli culinary landscape. To celebrate this diversity of delicious cuisine, JArts (Jewish Arts Collaborative) established Taste of Israel in 2019.
JArts is inviting all Greater Boston-area food enthusiasts to support local restaurants while savoring the many flavors of Israeli food.
Taste of Israel 2021 runs from Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Tuesday, Feb. 2. Each participating restaurant will feature specials throughout the week. Prices, hours, and ordering information are set by the restaurant.
Visit jartsboston.org/taste-of-israel for more information, including a list of participating restaurants.
Virtual Harbor Use Public Forum: Climate Ready Dorchester
Learn more about the coastal resilience solutions proposed for Dorchester at the Harbor Use Public Forum, presented by Boston Harbor Now from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
This forum will include an interactive presentation of Coastal Resilience Solutions for Dorchester, which was released in October.
Sanjay Seth, the Climate Resilience Program Manager for Boston's Environment Department, will discuss the near-term and long-term flooding risks facing Dorchester as well as strategies proposed to protect Dorchester from the impacts of climate change.
These monthly Forums are free and open to the public.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-harbor-use-public-forum-climate-ready-dorchester-tickets-135742061159 for more information and registration.
Gentle movement and meditation
Laura Johnson from the Hands to Heart Center will present an online hour of gentle movement and calming breathwork from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 hosted by the Boston Public Library.
Learn practices to ground and center yourself in daily life and cultivate an attitude of mindfulness. No prior experience necessary. A yoga blanket or two bath towels might be helpful, but they are not required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Kanopy Club: ‘Stories We Tell’ (2012)
About Stories We Tell: a film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Watch the film on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library’s virtual discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Dorchester Park outing
Get away from the screen and into nature for a stroll among the trees in Dorchester Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Experience first-hand the mind and body benefits of spending time in nature while a by Boston Nature Center Teacher Naturalist guides you through walking exploration activities.
This walk is primarily flat with a few stairs and gentle hills, suitable for families with children.
Go to massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/76310-dorchester-park-outing for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10; Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $12; Child - $12 | Free for Dot Rx members). COVID-19 attire and social distancing required.
Virtual Baby Cafés
The BMC Baby Café at Codman Square Health Center will virtually meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.
This group is staffed by Jenny Weaver, RN, IBCLC and peer counselors who have extensive experience counseling moms with lactation and infant concerns. Limited translation for Haitian Creole speakers is available.
Visit www.codman.org/event/virtual-baby-cafes for more information and registration.
The Daily Table
The Daily Table is a nonprofit community store and kitchen with a mission of making healthy food affordable to everyone.
The Daily Table source nutritious, delicious food options at prices that every budget can afford, including grab-n-go, ready-to-eat meals from their kitchen.
The Daily Table offers delivery and in-store pick up at the same prices as the stores.
Store locations: 450 Washington St., Dorchester; 2201 Washington St., Roxbury; 684 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (recent opening)
Store hours: Mon–Sat: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7 p.m.
Customers 60+ hours begin at 9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Visit dailytable.org for more information.
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.
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.
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 to the People’
Join the Dorchester Art Project (DAP) on IG Live from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays for “Power to 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.