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Storytime on the Square

In support of the two new Little Lending Libraries, Greater Ashmont Main Streets will host local children's author Veronica Chapman for storytime on Peabody Square from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday June 5.

The event is free and open to the public. Light snacks provided. Rain date: June 12. 

Copies of Veronica's books will be added into the GAMS Lending Libraries following the event.

Visit http://greaterashmont.org/news for more information.

Soulfire Movement

Soulfire Movement is an alternative mindfulness dance, sweat and meditation class being held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sundays and from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Luna Fitness Club, 735 William T Morrissey Blvd. and on Zoom.

This high energy class combines today’s hottest dance styles with fitness and anaerobic movement while using the 7-chakra system (wheels of life & light) as a meditative structure.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/soulfire-movement-registration-154832573395 for more information and registration.

Hub New Music concert

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present Hub New Music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6.

The concert will be live in Peabody Hall, All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St. and streamed free online.

Paintings of the abstract expressionist artist Hans Hofmann serve as inspiration for this program of evocative, hyper-emotional, and at times surreal works.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/hub-new-music-tickets-136872143265 for more information and reservations (0-$25).

Parks Fitness: Cardio and Core with Ella                                     

Cardio and Core with Ella will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 8 through Sept. 28 at Ronan Park (Flag Pole), 92 Mt. Ida Rd.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

Parks Fitness: Line Dancing with Boston Rhythm Riders                      

Line Dancing with Boston Rhythm Riders will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 9 through Sept. 29 at Franklin Park (Refectory Hill), 1 Circuit Dr.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and registration.

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

Patricia Sullivan, professor of history at the University of South Carolina, will discuss her new book Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White, which draws on government files, personal papers and oral interviews to examine Robert F. Kennedy’s life and legacy from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9. Kenneth Mack, professor of law and history at Harvard University, will moderate.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-rising-robert-kennedys-america-in-black-and-white-tickets-152768882841.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘The Poet X’                     

The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 to discuss the free verse novel The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and the link to Twitch.

Check the Mic Practice Session/Performers series for teens  

JR Mahung from Grub Street will present a three-part series – the last of the two practice sessions from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 with an open mic on June 17 – for beginners and experienced writers/performers.

Teens, ages 12 to 19, can participate in one, two or all three events. And any teen can perform during the open mic event, whether or not they’ve attended the practice sessions.

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

Pollinator gardening                                                            

Want to support beneficial insects in the garden?

Learn about the best native plants for different urban garden conditions and how to maintain a garden to help flying friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

This online program for Boston Public Library's Adult Summer Reading is part of the “Digging Deeper, Growing Strong: Gardening Workshops” by the Trustees of Reservations.

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

McKnits Trunk Show

Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave. will host a trunk show with McKnits hand-dyed yarn from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 on their back patio behind the shop.

Carol Cameron will be bringing a range of yarn from fingering to bulky in a beautiful array of colors to choose from. She'll also have models on display for project inspiration.

Website: stitchhousedorchester.com

WORK Inc. Celebration and Raffle

WORK Inc. is sponsoring a $10,000 raffle. Tickets are $100 each.

The top four winners will be announced at their Virtual Annual Awards Celebration on Wednesday, June 30, which will feature their “Oh! What a Year” video. Sponsorships available.

Visit www.workinc.org/welcome for more information, sponsorships and raffle tickets.

All proceeds benefit WORK Inc.

Summer Learning 2021

The Art Resource Collaborate for Kids (ARCK) will partner with Operation P.E.A.C.E. to provide eight weeks of free outdoor summer enrichment programming to K-8th grade students in Boston’s Fenway and Dorchester communities. The program will run for two hours each day at each site, Monday through Thursday, from July 6 through Aug. 27.

Using art and movement as a vehicle for learning, they will provide opportunities for youth to process the isolation experienced in a year of remote schooling and learn to re-engage safely with their peers in a fun and community-centric environment.

Register at www.arckboston.org and/or https://www.operationpeaceboston.org.

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. 

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 second race, “Run Wilder 5K & 10K,” will take place in July (registration is open).

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.

Outdoor Yoga with Linda Wellness Warrior

Yoga in Franklin Park is celebrating seven years of hosting accessible and inclusive classes in the old ruins of Schoolmaster Hill, located midway on Circuit Drive on the same side of the street as the golf course.

Join Linda Wellness Warrior for Outdoor Vinyasa-based yoga under the trees incorporating elements of nature from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 2. This class is geared towards mixed levels with modifications. No experience required. Donations welcome.

This event is co-sponsored by 4 Corners Yoga and Wellness and Franklin Park Coalition.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-in-franklin-park-linda-wellness-warrior-tickets-147687436097 for more information and registration.

M.O.B. Flea Market at DAP                                  

The Melanin Owned Business Flea Market, presented by 2 Fruits Wellness, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays at Dorchester Art Project. 1490 Dorchester Ave.

Visit www.dorchesterartproject.com for more information and reservation.

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.

Visit www.codman.org/event/mind-body-medicine-group-keeping-a-healthy-body-mind-during-covid-19/all for more information.

Dorchester New Parents Group

A new parents’ group, hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. 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 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 bpl.org/events 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 www.codman.org/event/virtual-baby-cafes for more information and registration.

Spice Club                                                                

The Uphams Corner Branch Library is hosting a Spice Club from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month through Sept. 8 for adults and teenagers (ages 14 and older).

Each month participants can pick up the spice of the month at the library as well as some information about the spice and some potential recipes. The group will gather on Zoom to discuss the spice and what each made.

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

Line Dancing with Mz. Rhythm and the Boston Rhythm Riders

Line Dancing with Mz. Rhythm and the Boston Rhythm Riders will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through September, on Refectory Hill between the Golf Clubhouse and Blue Hill Ave, across from the front of the Zoo.

Mz. Rhythm, aka Angie Dickerson, will guide people through new dances and steps each week. It’s a great way to shake off the midweek blues.

Visit https://www.franklinparkcoalition.org for more information.

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 vitalvillage.org for more information.

Register at https://cutt.ly/child-mental-health-story to join the group.

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.

Visit https://www.codman.org/event for more information.

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.

Visit www.codman.org/event/depression-management-support-group for more information.

Game Time!                                                                                      

Children and teens of all ages are invited to play games and make friends in a Zoom room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through June 25, hosted by the Boston Public Library. 

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration to access the Zoom room.

Courageous Sailing has begun                                                                    

Courageous Sailing has begun – lots of laughing – lots of fun!

This nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization is committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor through October.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit www.courageoussailing.org and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

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.

AD 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.

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.

Kroc Community Center onsite/online                                                                  

The 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; a Water Park and Playground. The Center offers a variety of programs for all ages.

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 

Lurena.Hood@use.SalvationArmy.org.

Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. livestreamed on Facebook.

Visit https://bostonkroc.salvationarmy.org for more information.

#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 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 atravers@codmanacademy.org.

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 dailytable.org 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 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.

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 chezvousrollerrink.com. 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 emotionrevolutionshow.com, this exhibit explores how they cope with the chaos of the present and the inscrutability of the future through their work.

City Peace Project

The City Peace Project is an effort of individuals and local groups in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to share the message of peace, inclusivity and non-violence by inviting people to display Peace Flags throughout their communities in as many places as they can.

To request a flag, volunteer or join the team, email: citypeaceproject@gmail.com or go to 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.