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These pigeons are spending a relaxing afternoon on the Brewer Fountain in Boston Common. Staff photo/Wayne Braverman

Spring bird walk

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan will host a spring bird walk from 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 following health and safety guidelines.

Observe resident birds and spring migrants in a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help the group find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy this guided walk.

Register at www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77353-spring-bird-walk (Members: $4 | Nonmembers: $6).

The Detective Club Murder, A Murder Mystery Game              

Join East Boston Branch Library staff on Zoom from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 for The Detective Club Murder, a free downloadable murder mystery game from British psychological crime thriller author Ruth Ware.

In this role-playing game, you’ll be transported to Mistletan Manor in the English countryside and the home of celebrated crime writer Sir Aubrey St. Clair.

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

INSPIRE STEM Gala                                                                     

The annual INSPIRE STEM Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Gala will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.

This year’s virtual event will benefit NSBE Boston’s year-round Youth STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) initiatives and also honor the accomplishments of Black leaders who are inspiring a generation of future black innovators.

Support the STEM initiatives by making a donation on www.nsbeboston.org.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-inspire-stem-gala-presented-by-nsbe-boston-tickets-140701105795 for more information and registration.

Riot Improv: Stories to Scenes                                  

Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) is collaborating with local storytellers in a unique mash-up to create hilarious improv comedy with a narrative twist.

Riot Improv will create improv scenes inspired by real-life tales of humor, tragedy, love and more, performed live from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.

All performances are now virtual. Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and registration (0-$15) to receive the Zoom link.

Waterworks Museum World Water Day Virtual Race               

World Water Day celebrates the importance of freshwater in our lives. The people at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum are committed to telling the stories of the struggles to access safe water in history and how people are still working to combat this issue today.

With water at the heart of many present and future global concerns, this Museum aims to not only share how we can learn from the experiences in the past, but to shine a light on the many water challenges being faced today as well as the tools we can use to tackle them.

Please support this non-profit museum and mission by participating in their World Water Day Virtual Race. All proceeds will support museum programs, operations and exhibits.

Participants can select the 1K, 5K, or 10K distance to be completed anytime from Saturday, March 20 through Sunday, April 25. The walkers and runners can time themselves and submit their results online.

Go to waterworksmuseum.org/events for more information and registration ($29).

The History of Paige Academy and a Culturally Responsive Education

For more than 50 years, The Reverend Joseph Cook and Dr. Angela Cook have ensured their innovative school in Roxbury provides stellar education to a diverse student body.

The Cook’s founded Paige Academy as an independent elementary and nursery school in Roxbury in 1975.

Paige Academy programs are steeped in a strong academic and project-based curriculum and grounded in the value system of Nguzo Saba: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Learn about their story and philosophy on the importance of a culturally responsive education at Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry Community Conversations from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

Visit https://www.uuum.org/home for more information and Zoom registration.

Bird-a-thon kick-off meeting

The Bird-a-thon kick-off meeting to welcome and provide information to new and past participants will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan.

Learn more about Mass Audubon's annual fundraiser, best birding strategies, ideal locations and BNC prizes. Learn how to help them fundraise for BNC's camp scholarship fund. 

Following this meeting, the group will go on a woodcock watch. 

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77304-bird-a-thon-kick-off-meeting for more information and registration.

Food - Book - Movie Club: ‘Nomadland’                                      

Food & Book Club turns into Book & Movie Club as they are fortunate enough to have many copies of Nomadland by Jessica Bruder just as the movie based on it hits theaters and streaming options. 

Nomadland tells a revelatory tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy – one which foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, it celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive, but have not given up hope." From Goodreads

Read the book; watch the movie safely and then chat with the Egleston Square Branch group from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

If you would like to pair this with food, as the group often does, they suggest "things you eat while on the road or while camping," in the spirit of the people whose stories and experiences make up the book and movie.

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

Fantastical Folklore: Author discussion                                        

Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual author visit with debut YA author Namina Forna from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

Forna's epic fantasy novel The Gilded Ones is one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2021 and is inspired by Forna's own West African culture. She will be answering questions from attendees about her book, her inspirations, her writing process, and more.

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

Kanopy Club: ‘Driving with Selvi’ (2016)                                     

Kanopy Club will follow the March theme of Own Voices. Watch the film Driving with Selvi on Kanopy, then join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25.

About the movie: Selvi, like so many girls living within India's patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead, she gets on the bus, choosing to live... and goes on to become South India's first female taxi driver.

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

Dance Party! with Little Groove                                                    

Join the Little Groove crew and Ms. Allie from the Brighton Branch Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 26 for some movin' and groovin' to celebrate the end of the week. With both freestyle dance and more structure movement activity, this is the perfect way to get your little one's energy out. 

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

Brighton Outdoor Winter Farmers Market

Shop fresh produce, meat, fish, bread and pastries, coffee and more at the Brighton Outdoor Winter Farmers Market, PSF Community Center Parking Lot, 640 Washington St., Oak Square from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and April 10.

Produce vendors accept HIP/SNAP.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Happy birthday party

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. is 10 years old and is hosting a Birthday Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 to celebrate and you’re invited.

There will be a variety of fun activities and tours for kids and adults along with individually wrapped birthday cupcakes.

Timed tickets along with face coverings are required.

Visit https://waterworksmuseum.org/events for lots more information and registration.

Magic Show with Jedlie                                                       

Jedlie's magic tricks amaze his audience while his zany antics have them howling with laughter. 

Jedlie will present his new magic show, "The Magic Between Us Is Respect and Kindness” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

This program motivates kids to wake up every morning and choose to be respectful and kind to everyone they meet, every day, everywhere. The show also reminds families to read together every day. 

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

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.

Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

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

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

GBH Beyond the Page Book Club                                                                         

These days, everyone could use a little joy and a heartfelt story. Join the GBH Beyond the Page Book Club in reading The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali. Then join the group from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 29 for a live discussion with author Marjan Kamali, where people can ask questions about the book, her journey and more.

Join GBH Facebook group for reading goals to help keep on track and for additional discussion.

Visit https://www.wgbh.org/events/the-stationery-shop for more information and registration.

Trivia for Cheaters                                                                

Trivia for Cheaters, the competition that invites you to cheat, drink and be merry – all for a good cause will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.

Meredith Goldstein of The Boston Globe will set the tone for the evening as participants join together to raise $30,000 to provide students with the resources to advocate for themselves, make their voices heard, and become published authors through 826 Boston’s free writing programs.

A twist on pub trivia, participants are encouraged to register as teams and fundraise to unlock helpful cheats that will give them a leg up on the competition. Speed and accuracy will also determine how quickly you’ll climb the leaderboard. 

Each member of the winning trivia team will receive a free class to learn the art of the handmade dumpling with Mei Mei, two-time winner of Boston’s Best Dumplings from Boston Magazine, so sign up now!

Visit https://826boston.org/news/trivia-for-cheaters for more information and registration.

Online ESL conversation groups                                                   

Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on most Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on most Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on most Wednesdays, and from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on most Fridays through Aug. 31. The group is led by a native speaker and will take place online.

Online intermediate and advanced ESL classes are also offered at select times.

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

Virtual Roslindale ‘Open Mike’                                                                 

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.

Virtual Story Time                                                                          

Join Librarian Claire to explore a different theme every week in an interactive online story time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through May 25. Ideal for children, ages 2-4.

The group will read books and sing songs together, followed by an optional group craft and show-and-tell session.

Optional related book bundles, song sheets and/or craft kits can be picked up at Egleston Square Branch Library (2044 Columbus Ave., Roxbury) during BPL To Go hours.

Visit bpl.org/events and/or email cgross@bpl.org for more information and Zoom link.

Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live                                                

Join Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for an as-long-as-we're-cooped-up.

Bookmatch Duo plays a range of original, traditional and contemporary instrumental music, including old-time, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, waltzes, contra dance tunes and English country dance tunes.

Visit www.facebook.com/BookmatchDuoMusic for more information.

Tween Time                                                  

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. It’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

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

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – sponsored by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

People can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Home: Poetry reading, open mic and workshop series                            

Home is a poetry reading, open mic and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. A featured reader and brief open mic will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month followed by a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following Saturday through June 4. Anthony Febo will host the readings and open mics. Home will culminate in a Roxbury poetry festival in the summer of 2021.

Go to www.boston.gov/calendar/home-poetry-reading-and-open-mic-series for more information, including a roster of readers and workshop themes, and registration.

Activist Kids Book Club                                                      

The Kid Activist Book Club will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Mar. 20.

Throughout the 26 weeks, the group will focus on a different page in A is for Activist, read other picture books about the issues and movements discussed in the book, learn about kid activists throughout history and today, and talk about what everyone can do to make the world a little more just. This group is best for kids, ages six and up.

Questions can be directed to the Roslindale Branch Children's Librarian Miss Celeste at cchaudhri@bpl.org.

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

Free virtual tutoring at RYP

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM) partners with local colleges and universities and members of the community to provide free quality, comprehensive and accessible tutoring in all core subjects, including mathematics, science, ELA, modern foreign languages and social studies from 2 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. They also offer additional college prep support.

If you are interested in this virtual Roxbury afterschool youth program (RYP), contact PTAM@UUUM.org.

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.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your 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.

Ethos Live                                                                             

Ethos hosts an online Wellness on the Web program. Health and wellness presentations, conversations with elected officials, exercise classes and other activities will be streamed regularly on their website and social media platforms.

Visit ethocare.org for more information and quick links to the programs.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston onsite/online

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston provides in-person day-time learning support during school hours and in-person and virtual interactive after-school programs such as academics, arts and music, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles on their Facebook and YouTube platforms.

Go to bgcb.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 to help you stay physically and mentally active and fit during these challenging times.

Visit rcc.mass.edu/reggie-lewis for a full class listing and registration instructions, or contact David Jordan at djordan@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1707 for more information ($90 per class | Seniors - $30 per class).

#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner and onsite fun     

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 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 zoonewengland.org to learn more about the re-opening procedures before you visit.

BPL Reading Challenge                                                      

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

RVMS Virtual Winter Farmers Market

The 2021 Pre-order and Pick-up Winter Farmers Market will be open from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays through March 28.

The market will take place outdoors in the ABCD Parking Lot, 32 Birch St. in Roslindale. Vendors will have pre-ordered goods ready to grab and go. 

Visit roslindale.net/rvms-farmers-market and their social media pages for updates.

SNAP/HIP benefits accepted.

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 vendors who are located in a variety of Boston neighborhoods and beyond.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information                              

Boston Eats provides 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. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information 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.

A-B Community Supper – take out

The Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton serves take out suppers outside from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bags of fruit, vegetables, breads, and desserts will also be available.

Visit brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email baccoffice@verizon.net for more information.

A-B Food Pantry – Open

The Allston Brighton Food Pantry at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.

Visit abfoodpantry.com and/or brightonucc.org for more information, including ways to volunteer or make a donation.

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 sources 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.

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

During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:

- Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched their soup kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. in the South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have served more than 1,000 meals each week. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for their take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.

- Purchase Gift Cards or Order Take Out/Delivery at Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade St. Roxbury) – Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed events and ways to support artists through virtual programming.

- Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations and/or Amazon Charity Lists.

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has and continues to believe in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity. Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response for more details.

MTW online purchases and book/textile donations

More Than Words stores are accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. All donations are fully tax deductible. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

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

Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth!

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the list of locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase.

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.

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 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.

DeeDee’s Cry is located in Roxbury and is associated with Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester.

Roxbury artist directory

The first edition of Roxbury Artist Amplification Project's Artist Directory features 17 Roxbury-based artists of color and offers a sample of their paintings, photographs, handmade jewelry, fiber art, journals, children's books and much more.

To peruse and purchase some incredible local art, the artist directory is available to download

at uuum.org/arts-and-humanities-programming.

Connect with nature                                                                                               

Many of the trails in the Audubon sanctuaries are open (with specific guidelines) and a list of trails with trail maps by region are available for your enjoyment. 

The Boston Nature Center (Mattapan) and other Audubon properties have a variety of onsite and online programs for children, youth and adults.

Find out what Mother Nature has in store for the coming weeks with Mass Audubon’s monthly guide to the natural world.

Visit massaudobon.org to learn more.

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.

A-B Thrift Shop – Temporarily closed

The Thrift Shop at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton, is usually open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, but it is now temporarily closed.

Visit brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email baccoffice@verizon.net for more information.