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Pen/Hemingway Awards Celebration 2021

The Pen/Hemingway Awards Celebration 2021 will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.

Seán Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, will honor the winner and finalists for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel at this celebration. The 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award winner and finalists will also be honored.

Award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, creators of the forthcoming documentary series Hemingway, will discuss the cultural importance of authors and stories in a keynote conversation.

The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers.

This program is co-presented with The International Hemingway Foundation and Society.

Go to for more information and Zoom registration.

SSL Lunch and Learn Series – Climate Justice Partnerships Part 2

An online discussion about how community engaged research partnerships can advance climate justice will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.

Hear about the use of data-driven citizen science when addressing public health issues emerging from the climate crisis, such as extreme heat.

Go to for more information and registration.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘The Fire Never Goes Out’           

The Boston Public Library Teen Book Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 to discuss the graphic memoir The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson.

In this collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world, including the success of her hit comic Nimona.

Visit for more information and the link to Twitch.

John Kleshinski Concert Series: ‘Women Take the Floor’

Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) Voice Faculty member Stephanie Lamprea will present Women Take the Floor, an evening of solo contemporary vocal music by female composers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.

This collection of works is curated from recordings made in a variety of settings before and during the pandemic, including in-person livestreaming at Roulette Intermedium in New York, COVID-safe recording sessions at The Record Co., in Stephanie's bedroom apartment in Dorchester, and before the pandemic at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Visit for more information, including the Program, and Zoom registration.

Book Discussion Group: ‘The Lost Family’                                              

Join the virtual Lower Mills Branch Book Discussion Group and fulfill the Year-Long Reading Challenge for April. The group will discuss The Lost Family by Libby Copeland from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.

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Kanopy Club: ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’  

The Boston Public Library invites everyone to watch the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013) on Kanopy and then join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.

Visit for more information and registration.

No-Till Gardening Workshop (In-Person or Virtual)                              

Want to grow a garden with fewer weeds, less watering and healthier plants? Learn how to reduce or eliminate tillage in your garden to accomplish all of that. No-till gardening allows soil food web to thrive, reducing pests, diseases and weeds. Plus, it’s less work and even sequesters atmospheric carbon.

Boston Community Gardens will host this workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17.

Join them in the Dorchester community garden at 10 Josephine St. to see how to implement no-till practices in a garden of any size – or join them on Zoom.

This is a free event – donations welcome.

In-person event registration:

Zoom event registration:

Celebrate! with Karim Nagi - Arabiqa

Enjoy a high-energy performance featuring exciting dances and soulful folk music with a variety of traditional instruments, authentic clothing and lots of audience participation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 hosted by the JFK Library.

Egyptian-American Karim Nagi introduces viewers to Arab language, dance, and music from a captivating world beyond the headlines. Clap along to unique rhythms and dances while learning about these ancient cultural traditions and modern practices.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Keeping a healthy body & mind during COVID-19

Your body and mind work together, and you can take steps with one to impact the other.

The Mind Body Medicine Group will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Mondays. Every week the participants will do a breathing meditation, a movement meditation, learn about the topic of the week, and share and learn from each other.

This group will cover topics such as: stress management, healthy eating, exercise and healthy sleep – all through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This group is open to any patient of Codman Square Health Center.

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Anxiety management groups

Codman Square Health Center offers two virtual anxiety management groups. One will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays; the other from 1 to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

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Depression management support group

Codman Square Health Center offers a virtual co-facilitated depression management support group from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. every other Friday.

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Matt Heaton - Musical concert                                                                   

The Roxbury, Grove Hall and Charlestown Branch Libraries will host an 11-week series, “TWINKLE TWINKLE: Performers, Songs, Stories & Crafts” for children, ages 0-5, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through June 9.

Matt Heaton will kick off the series with a musical concert on April 7.

Matt Heaton songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun for all ages.

The performance will be available on Zoom and will also be streamed on Facebook Live via the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library FB page.

Visit for more information and registration.

Run Wild with Zoo New England's First Virtual 5K Series                    

On your mark, get set … Run Wild with Zoo New England’s first virtual 5K series.

Join the pack and set out for a run, walk or stroll on a route of your choosing while providing support for Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo’s animals.

The first race, “Run Wild 5K.” will take place in April (registration is open).

The second race, “Run Wilder 5K & 10K,” will take place in July (registration opens May 1).

The third race, “Run Wildest 5K, 10K, Half Marathon,” will take place in October (registration opens Aug. 1).

Registration costs $30 to enter an individual race or $75 to register for the Run Wild series.

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25th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a beloved Boston tradition and celebration of the potential to create more peaceful communities. It is the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s (LDBPI) largest fundraising event to grow and sustain services, advocacy and training. 

This year’s virtual walk is all about celebration and remembrance of 25 years of walking for love, unity, faith, hope, courage, justice and forgiveness while honoring lives impacted by homicide. 

Join the 25 Days of Walking, beginning in April, leading up to the online broadcast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 9.

Visit for more information and 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. 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 for more information and Zoom registration.

Story Time @LowerMills                                                    

Join Mr. Ritse for a morning of singing, reading, and having fun on Facebook Live from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit for more information about the Boston Public Library’s Future Readers Club and the quick link to the Facebook page.

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 for more information and registration.

Children's Mental Health Story Time                                           

Families with young children are invited to the Children’s Mental Health Virtual Story Time from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through June 24 over Zoom, co-hosted by the Vital Village Network Mental Health Committee and the Boston Public Library.

Together, they bring families together for book readings and activities focused on Social-Emotional Learning, inspired by the Children's Mental Health Story Time Toolkit.

Sessions are designed for children, 3-8 years old, however, younger and older siblings are welcome to join the fun.

At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity for Q&A and resource sharing with parents/caregivers.

Visit for more information.

Register at to join the group.

Healthy Lifestyle Enrichment Activities at BGCD

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will be starting various spring athletic enrichment programs that are a part of the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum. All classes will take place at the Marr Clubhouse on 35 Deer St.

Some of the programs will start in late March and others will be offered as part of the April School vacation schedule. Classes being offered are: Boxing for ages 13-18 at 5 p.m. on Mondays; Softball Clinic for ages 8-13 at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; and Basketball Clinic for ages for 12 and older at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Contact Brendan McDonald at for more information and registration.

ADSL Zoom Club

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADSL) offers a virtual after school enrichment and tutoring program for students in elementary and middle school (4th to 8th grades) from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 22.

Hop on Zoom calls to hang out, play group games and study with some friends. Their virtual tutors and mentors (students from local high schools and colleges) will be there to help.

Visit for more information and registration.

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 for more information and 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 for more information, including the Zoom link.

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

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.”

‘The Happiness Project’: Book discussion for a happier life

Following the book discussion of The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin that took place in January, participants will meet monthly to discuss their personal resolutions, swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and – perhaps most importantly – hold each other accountable. Being part of a group is a terrific way to build friendships, have fun and figure out ways to make yourself happier.

The group will hold its last meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday:

-          May 5: Happy memories

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

‘Homegoing: A Restorative Justice Initiative Colloquium’

UMass Boston is hosting a restorative justice initiative colloquium. Each two-hour session will consist of two parts: a webinar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Zoom breakout rooms from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss themes of the novel in small groups.

Using Yaa Gyasi’s novel Homegoing as a guide, participants will explore the history of the Black freedom struggle, from the European colonization of West Africa through the present-day criminal justice system in the United States. These six webinar sessions, including one with the author, explore how this history has impacted our culture – and how we can take action to change the inequalities we see in everyday life.

Session 6: May 6

Homegoing performance including music, theatrical performance and dance.

Learn more about and register for Homegoing: A Restorative Justice Initiative Colloquium at justice colloquium.

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, phone 617-287-0700, ext. 175 for delivery.

For more information, email Anthony Travers at

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 their stores.

Store locations: 450 Washington St., Dorchester; 2201 Washington St., Roxbury; 684 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (recent opening)

Store hours: Monday to Saturday: 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 for more information.

Kroc Community Center update

Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St., is open following health and safety guidelines. Check the status as they intermittently close due to COVID spikes.

The Center has a fitness floor, cardio loft and expanded cycling studio in the gymnasium. Access to the fitness areas is by reservations only.

The Kroc Playground is open; The Water Park is closed.

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.

Visit for more information.

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 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 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.

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 2020, 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 For more information, phone 617-825-6877.

Emotion Revolution exhibition                                                    

Emotion Revolution is a virtual multimedia exhibition curated by student Mary Morris Evans and co-produced by Dorchester Art Project and Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media, and Design.

On view at, this exhibit explores how they cope with the chaos of the present and the inscrutability of the future through their work.

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 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

ADLS programs 

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 or phone 617-287-1601.

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 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 adds 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 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 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.