Elsewhere in the city neighborhood notes

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The magnolia trees are blooming in Boston. There are plenty of them to see along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street as well as many other areas in the Back Bay. The Garden Club of the Back Bay has been helping residents plant magnolia trees for many years. In 1963, Laura Dwight led the first magnolia planting along Commonwealth Avenue, creating the spectacular display of pink blossoms that people get to enjoy today. Learn more about the club at https://www.gardenclubbackbay.org.

Arbor Week celebrations                                        

Speak for the Trees Boston (SFTT) will host a variety of events in celebration of Arbor Week:

– Saturday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 – Guided Tree Meditation with Megan from SFTT at Arnold Arboretum.

– Sunday, April 25 at noon – BoSTEM Movie, Make and Meet. Screening: Intelligent Trees.

– Monday, April 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  – Experience Studying the Effects of Climate Change on New England Forest Webinar with Megan and Jamie Harrison.

– Tuesday, April 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Trees, Faith, and Tradition talk with Rev. White-Hamond, Rabbi Friend and Prof. Ives.

– Wednesday, April 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. – Exploring trees and Equity in Boston through Literature with Boston Public Library.

– Thursday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to noon – Invasive Insects in Our Urban Forests Webinar with Tawny Simisky.

– Friday, April 30 – City Proclamation for Arbor Day event.

– Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. – Savor the Square: GreenRox Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway at Blair Lot, Roxbury.

– Saturday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Guided Tree Meditation at Arnold Arboretum.

Visit https://www.sfttbos.org/events for more information and links to join.

Boston Comics in Color Festival 

The Boston Comics in Color Festival [BCICF] is a family-friendly event for all ages focusing on comic creators of color and stories by and about people of color. This event will be the first of its kind in the city of Boston.

An outdoor in-person market place and artist alley where comic creators can share and sell their books, materials, and artwork will be held on the Roxbury Community College (RCC) campus from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, following COVID guidelines.

Visit http://comicsincolor.org for more information.

Bring Your Own Book Club: National Poetry Month     

Do you have a favorite book or poem that everyone should read? Show and tell with fellow young adults and teen readers from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

For this month's Bring Your Own Book Club, East Boston YA librarian Paul is reading the book Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth. 

About the book:

The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside."

In Apple, Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family – of Onondaga among Tuscaroras – of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

Gansworth shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that lives up to the word “heartbreaking.”

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

Magic Show with Bonaparté

Friends of the Roxbury Branch Library presents Bonaparté – "New England's Hottest Magician" from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 24 on Zoom and Facebook Live. 

Bonaparté's award-winning family magic show features astounding magic, hilarious comedy, oodles of audience participation, and the dramatic appearance of his adorable bunny Whiskers.

Visit bpl.org/events to register for the Zoom link.

Birding 101

Spring is a wonderful time to observe and appreciate the birds that call Boston home.

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan will host Birding 101 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 25.

Participants will learn some basics about birding, such as using binoculars, what types of feeders are best for your yard or house, and how to identify some common Boston birds. They will also create some seed and fruit art for the birds to enjoy.

This program is composed of activities for children ages 5-12 with an accompanying adult. Activities may include: songs, crafts, running games and explorations.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77481-birding-101 for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13, Child - $13).

#RevelsConnects Presents: Musical Connections

The Revels will present a 45-minute salon-style performance followed by a companion podcast featuring Tom Pixton – an International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musician, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 at www.facebook.com/therevels/live.

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 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).

Greater Boston's Olmsted Bicentennial Community Open House

Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Olmsted National Historic Site invite people to discover Olmsted Now from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 26 - Frederick Law Olmsted's 199th birthday.

Learn more about Olmsted's public work - spanning journalism and abolition, public health and emergency relief, urban planning and natural preservation against privatization - and why, 200 years later, Greater Boston and other cities around the country will host initiatives that reanimate Olmsted's ideals.

Hear about the values and goals for Olmsted Now, meet their amazing partners, share your park stories and ideas, discover great resources, upcoming events and many ways to get involved.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olmsted-now-greater-bostons-olmsted-bicentennial-community-open-house-tickets-147861978157 for more information and registration.

Celebrate WBCN and The American Revolution                                    

GBH invites everyone to join fellow music fans for an in-depth conversation with Q&A about the powerful impact and lasting relevance of WBCN-FM, Boston’s groundbreaking rock ‘n’ roll radio station, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

Between 1968 and 1974, this radical underground radio station amplified the social, political and cultural happenings of the time. WBCN staff were instrumental in conveying what was going on in society on the airwaves by reflecting the countercultural scene, militant anti-war activism, civil rights struggles and the emerging women’s and LGBTQ-liberation movements.

Hear firsthand recollections from WBCN staff who worked at the station in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and interviewed a legendary list of who’s who in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, including The Who, The Velvet Underground, Muddy Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and many more.

View some highlights from the documentary film WBCN and The American Revolution, which will air on GBH at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 on GBH 2.

Secure your seat now at https://wgbh2.force.com/events/s/lt-event?id=a7E3q000000QK0TEAW.

Virtual spring dance parties with Mini Movers Studio   

Join Mini Movers Studio from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 27 for virtual spring dance parties.

During each session, the group will read a spring-themed book, learn some dance moves, and do other fun activities together. This program is intended for children, ages 3-5 and their families or caregivers, including older siblings. 

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

‘Creating the Conditions for Well-being in Communities of Color’

Dr. Atyia Martin will talk about “Creating the Conditions for Well-being in Communities of Color” at Community Conversations from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 hosted by Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

Dr. Martin is the CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc., an alternative to traditional diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firms. She is formerly Boston's Chief Resilience Officer. This event is sponsored by First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Medfield.

Join the conversation at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81669633634?pwd=am1kK2FmTG9uK2t6Yk5uUGE2UUZvdz09.

‘Dawnland’ – A virtual film screening and panel discussion         

The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) and Upstander Project will present a virtual film screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary Dawnland from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27. All are welcome.

Going inside the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in United States history, Dawnland reveals centuries of injustice and creates space for healing. As GBIO is Refounding to increase our diversity, inclusion, and equity, this film offers important insights into difficult truths and considers paths forward.

After the screening, the filmmaker and others will talk about the meaning and impact of settler colonialism, and the relationship between the taking of Native people's land by colonial settlers and the taking of Native children, which continues in many states today followed by Q&A.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/dawnland-online-film-screening-and-qa-tickets-145315814513 for more information and Zoom registration.

Herter Park: A Space in Transition

Charles River Watershed Association invites one and all to join a guided group outing in the vibrant community space of Boston’s Christian A. Herter Park. Meet at the Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd.

The group will take in the playgrounds, gardens, amphitheater, and matchless vista of the Charles as their experts tell the story of the past, present, and future of the river and park design. They invite you to bring a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying all the park has to offer.

The two walking tours will last approximately 45 minutes and will take place at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28 (RD May 8).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/herter-park-a-space-in-transition-tickets-144667112227 for more information and registration.

Poetry Night: A virtual celebration of National Poetry Month

Enjoy poetry readings from local community members in this event celebrating National Poetry Month from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 - sponsored by the Friends of the Faneuil Library.

Email friendsoffaneuil@gmail.com share a poem or song (either one you've written or one by a favorite poet or songwriter).

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

Around the World Story Time                               

Parents and caregivers with children, ages 0-5, are invited to join the Boston Public Library from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 30 for a story time celebrating Día.

They’ll be singing and rhyming in lots of languages.

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

Spoon River Anthology

The Boston College Theatre Department will virtually present Spoon River Anthology at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 through Saturday, May 1 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.

One of the most striking and original achievements in American poetry, Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, probed the social background of small-town living.

A collection of short free-form poems spoken from a cemetery in the small fictional town of Spoon River, Illinois, includes more than 200 characters each providing their own accounts of life, love, loss, sex, moral decay, and hypocrisy.

Ticket reservations available at bc.edu/tickets.

Afternoons Outside

Children, ages 5-10, are invited to get outdoors, explore nature and have fun with friends at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 through June 3.

Take time away from screens and explore seasonal themes through nature investigation, artistic expression, and games.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77225-afternoons-outside for more information and registration (Members: $150 | Nonmembers: $170 | Sliding Scale).

Kanopy Club: ‘The Case of Hana & Alice’ (2015)                       

Watch the animated film, The Case of Hana & Alice, on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library for a discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29.

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

Spring Bird Walk                                                                                        

Join a BNC Teacher Naturalist at Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan to 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 these guided walks.

The walks will be offered from 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 and May 8 and on Sunday, April 25 and May 15 and on following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77354-spring-bird-walk for more information and registration (Members: $4 | Nonmembers: $6).

 

City Nature Challenge 2021: BNC Fungus Walk

Join the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 as they compete with cities around the globe in the 2021 City Nature Challenge. The observations the group makes will be added to help Boston's effort to record the most observations.

Participants will learn about how scientists' sample and use field guides to identify their targets. By identifying as many species as you can, you will enrich knowledge of the ecosystems and bring attention to the importance of having health urban ecosystems. Take what you learn during the BNC Bioblitz and continue on with the four-day challenge visiting other green spaces in the greater Boston area.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/77442-city-nature-challenge-2021-bnc-fungus-walk for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24 | Sliding Scale).

BGMC: ENCORE 2021 Gala                                 

Heart thumping ...  Hooves stomping ...  Hopes rising ...  And They’re Off!

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’s (BGMC’s) signature fundraiser is going virtual this year – live from the Regent Theatre on Saturday, May 1. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the live stream will start at 7 p.m.

A silent auction, which began on April 22, will continue until it closes at 7 p.m. as the live stream begins. The live auction will take place during the live stream.

Catherine Peterson, Immediate Past Chair of Chorus America and Executive Director of ArtsBoston, will host this fun and interactive live experience that includes amazing and diverse entertainment, including music, comedy, a hat competition and more.

Some ticket packages will include the BGMC pod-pack with food, decor and everything to make ENCORE 2021 fabulous.

Go to https://www.bgmc.org/2021/03/04/encore-2021-gala/ for more information and tickets.

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.

Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/run-wild-virtual-5k-series for more information and registration.

Riot Improv: Songs to Scenes 

Witness an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.

Each month will feature an amazing singer songwriter then Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) will spin their lyrics and melodies into raucous comedy.

Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and Zoom registration (0-$15).

Boston Dance Alliance online gala

Boston Dance Alliance – the regional service organization for professional and recreational dancers, dance groups and dance facilities -- will hold its online gala on Sunday, May 2 honoring Cambridge's Rozann Kraus and Falmouth's Dr. Larry Pratt with its 2021 "Dance Champion" and "Unsung Hero" awards, respectively,

The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a virtual social event where honorees and attendees interact. The ceremony will start at 6 p.m. with performances by Jean Appolon of Jean Appolon Expressions, and Jessie Jeanne Stinnett of Boston Dance Theater. The awards, given for long-term and lasting contributions to the regional dance field, will be presented.

Tickets begin at $10 for general admission. Ticket buyers have the chance to offer celebratory toasts to honorees, be entered into special drawings, and receive at-home deliveries of sparkling wine to enjoy during the event. An online auction will feature experiential events, dance-themed items and family fun.

Visit https://www.bostondancealliance.org for more information and reservations.

BMC ‘Zoom with a Doc’                                                     

Boston Medical Center will host “Zoom with a Doc” chats on all things COVID-19 vaccines. Hear from BMC experts on how the vaccines work and what to consider and participate in a live Q&A session at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 and at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.

Visit https://www.bmatenpoint.org/events for more information, registration and links.

Registration Open for Boston Parks Summer Sports Centers  

Registration is open for summer Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium, Garvey Park in Dorchester and M Street Park in South Boston.

Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. All Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. The summer programs will be held from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, Aug. 20 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.

Visit https://www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers for more information and registration. 

Multilingual Storywalks                                          

A multilingual StoryWalk® series will be held through Monday, May 10. This is a fun way for families to read stories in nine languages while enjoying the outdoors in 10 parks across the city.

Participate in the StoryWalk and enter to win one of five grand prizes of a Kindle with a three-month Kindle Unlimited subscription, courtesy of Xfinity.

Visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/storywalks for more information, including the participating parks.

GBH Spring Auction

The GBH Spring Auction will be held from Friday, May 7 through Thursday, June 3.  Hundreds of items will up for bid with new items offered daily.  

All proceeds benefit GBH, allowing them to keep the news, programs and events you enjoy on air and online. Get a head start and register to bid at auction.gbh.org.

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 https://www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org for more information and 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.

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.

Egleston Square Branch 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.

Matt Heaton - Musical concerts                                                     

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 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays through June 2.

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 Live on each Branch Library’s FB page.

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

Facebook Virtual Story Time                                             

Join Miss Hope from 10:30 to 11 a.m. every other Friday (April 30, May 14 and May 28) for songs and stories on www.facebook.com/bplhonanallston.

This program is geared towards children, ages one to five, but all children are welcome. The recording of the live stream will be available for viewing after the program has concluded.

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.

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.

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 book/textile donations (drop offs and pickups) and online purchases

More Than Words stores are still accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.

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

All donations are fully tax deductible. Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth!

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and links to purchase items.

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 (Roxbury) 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.

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.