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Roslindale Village Grab-and-Go Farmers Market

Roslindale Village Grab-and-Go Farmers Market will be held at Adams Park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, from June 5 through November.

Food items aside from produce are required to be pre-packaged by vendors for easy and low contact grab-and-go pick up. Face coverings/masks and social distancing are required.

SNAP/EBT and HIP accepted.

Learn more at https://roslindale.net/rvms-farmers-market.

Roxbury Poetry Festival

The Roxbury Poetry Festival is a biennial event led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola centering poetry in Roxbury. The inaugural festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.

The festival will feature several award-winning writers, panelists and curators. Poet Jericho Brown, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, will deliver the keynote address. The day-long event will culminate with a Publisher’s Poetry Slam sponsored by Button Poetry that yields a book contract for a local writer and a “Beast the Beat” concert battle highlighting a local hip hop artist.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Visit www.roxburypoetryfestival.com for more information, including the schedule, and Zoom registration.

Animal Olympics Field Day

Can you hop like a rabbit? Run as fast as a cheetah? What about flap your arms as fast as a Black-Capped Chickadee flaps their wings?

Join the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan on Saturday, June 5 for a family fun field day where the group will try to move and groove like animals. With different stations featuring different movement activities and games, it's fun for the whole family (suitable for children 5 - 12 years).

Groups will gather at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/78521-animal-olympics-field-day for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $12, Child - $12 | Dot Rx Members - Free).

Sanative Fest 2021

Nuestra and partners are celebrating the launch of Good2Go, a community-based electric vehicle (EV) carshare program based at Bartlett Station Drive, 2656 Washington St. in Roxbury from 11 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.

Bartlett Station is one of the locations for the program, along with RCC and a city parking lot in Nubian Square.

There will also be an open house for Roxbury's newest small businesses opening at Bartlett Station – Liberty Fitness, Roxbury Roots Montessori, Good Food Markets – and music by the Makanda Jazz Project.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sanative-fest-2021-tickets-155671867747 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, June 5.

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).

Celebrate Boston Pride                    

Celebrate Pride Month this June.

Outloud: Raising Voices, a live global pride celebration being held at the Los Angeles Colosseum, will be streamed on Twitch through Sunday, June 6. This LGBTQ+ event series mission is to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of community.

Other events include:

– Pride Illumination throughout the month of June

– Mayoral Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 7

– Pride Lights at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 – Honoring Those We Lost to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Virtual)

–  Pride Night @ Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 10

– Trans Resistance March and Vigil at Franklin Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12

–  Express Your Pride Campaign on Sunday, June 13 Online – Instagram

–  Plymouth Pride from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 26 at Brewster Garden in Plymouth

Visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar for more information.

TouchTomorrow STEM Festival                                                    

Join the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) for a week of STEM inspiration from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 through Saturday, June 12.

TouchTomorrow, a virtual family-friendly festival for all ages, will include guided hands-on-activities, lab tours, presentations and some exciting surprises from GBH. All opportunities are designed to demystify STEM and encourage students to explore new passions.

Learn more and register at https://wp.wpi.edu/touchtomorrow.

musiConnects: Spring Solo Recital

Solo recitals at trimester's end will showcase musiConnects’ student's hard work and progress, set for Sunday, June 6.

​Their spring solo recital's location is TBD - it will either be a socially-distanced, outdoor event or a pre-recorded online performance.

Visit https://www.musiconnects.org/events.html for more information.

Moth StorySLAM: Rhythm                                    

The Moth StorySLAM is a virtual open-mic storytelling experience that invites up to eight tellers to share a true, personal story on a given theme. The SLAM ends with the audience voting for their favorite story, crowning the StorySLAM winner.

The theme for this StorySLAM at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, June 7 is "Rhythm." 

Prepare a five-minute story about finding your groove. Disco, jitterbug, tango, waltz. Dropping low with the beat or tripping over two left feet. Share about time spent falling into place or marching to your own beat. Don’t forget: nobody puts baby in the corner.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-virtual-storyslam-rhythm-registration-146794266603 for more information and registration ($10).

Parks Fitness Series

Free fitness classes will be held from Tuesday, June 8 through Saturday, Oct. 2 as follows:

– Family Zumba with Carmen - 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Almont Park, 40 Almont St. in Mattapan

– Ashtanga Yoga with Andy - 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Adams Park, 4225 Washington St. in Roslindale

– Afrobeats Bootcamp with Afrobeats Dance Boston - 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Ross Playground, 145 Westminster St. in Hyde Park

– Yoga with Jacqui - 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton

– HIIT Training with G-Fit - 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Billings Field (Basketball Court), 369 Lagrange St. in West Roxbury

– Restorative Yoga with Born Bi-Kim - 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays at Marcella Playground, 260 Highland St. in Roxbury

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

Wild Wednesday: Allendale Woods                                                                      

Join the Parks Dept. for a walk in the Allendale Woods at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

The hike will be approximately one hour long for one to two miles led by a Park Ranger or Boston Park employee and will include some interpretive programming and discussion of the park's unique attributes, flora, fauna, or historical topics.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/wild-wednesday-allendale-woods for more information and registration.

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.

BPL Comics Camp for Kids                                                           

Join cartoonist and educator Cara Bean for a hands-on, interactive comics workshop for children ages 6 to 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through June.

This four-week online series will begin with an introduction to comics and basic drawing exercises. Kids will then choose characters, develop a storyline and world-build, each based on skills acquired the week before.

Bean walks participants through a series of creative exercises intended to lessen anxiety, build confidence and grow creativity.

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

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.

Thursday's Rock at Herter Park

Friends of Herter Park will host a concert from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Mid-October at Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd.

The resident band, The Sons of Levin, will be joined by a rotating roster of other local (MA) bands each week.

A band of brothers, Sons of Levin, is inspired by bands such as The Band, Phish, Grateful Dead and other classic rock mainstays while delivering their own take on the modern jam/rock scene.

Featured Friends include:

-          June 10: Blue Manic (Hard Rock)

-          June 17: Mandi Crimmins (Pop /Pop Rock)

-          July 22: blindspot (Pop Rock)

-          Aug. 5: American Ink (Punk Rock)

-          Others: TBA

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sons-friends-thursdays-tickets-149075391509 for more information and weekly reservations.

GBH Ask the Expert: Boston History                                                       

How well do you know the history of Boston?

Whether you are familiar with Boston’s history or not, connect with Boston historian Brooke Barbier, founder of Ye Olde Tavern Tours, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

Bring Barbier questions so you, too, can become a Boston historian.

Register at https://wgbh2.force.com/events/s/lt-event?id=a7E3q000000QJzVEAW.

Music on Centre Presents Songs of Justice and Hope

Theodore Parker Church’s Music on Centre concert series closes its season with an outstanding double bill featuring nationally known performers Reggie Harris and Cosy Sheridan. The hour-long concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11 followed by a talk with the performers and more songs.

The concert is free, with no pre-registration required, but you are encouraged to donate to the artists during the show.

Visit www.tparkerchurch.org/event/music-on-centre-presents-songs-of-justice-hope for more information and the link to Zoom. The concert will also be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic Walking Tour              

Explore the historic buildings and structures around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir on this one-hour outdoor walking tour hosted by the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum.

The tour will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 12.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/chestnut-hill-reservoir-historic-walking-tour-tickets-122441817773 for more information and registration ($15).

Riot X: Live-ish 30 virtual plays in your real world                    

Riot X (The Rozzie Square Theater) has metamorphosed their monthly live show caterpillar into a beautiful video butterfly.

Watch it virtually flutter its wings spectacularly with a tantalizing hybrid of brand-new live plays, brand-new video plays, and brand-new-ish other video plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

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

Mattapan Walks Blue-Green Walking Challenge            

Blue spaces such as river, lakes and oceans as well as green spaces such as forest, meadows and open green fields have a significant impact on the communities. These spaces help with one's wellbeing - mind, body and spirit. 

​Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition invites everyone to their Mattapan Walks "Blue-Green Walking Challenge" and to take relaxing walks in blue and green spaces through Sunday, June 13.

There are multiple ways to win prizes that include health and wellness related memberships, gift cards, and swag.

Visit www.mattapanfoodandfit.org/mattapanwalksspring2021challange for more information and registration.

ASP Summer Youth Intensive ‘Much Ado about Nothing’   

For their 11th annual Summer Youth Intensive, the Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) youth will create, design, rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado about Nothing at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

Ages 13-19: Youth actors, stage managers, designers and technical crew are all welcome and encouraged to apply.

The youth ensemble will develop the production, guided by ASP company members and experienced teaching artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 1. Tech rehearsal: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.

Public performances will be the culmination of a month-long intensive collaboration among teens from a variety of Boston-area communities at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31; Strike Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1

Visit https://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/project-education/youth-programs/summer-youth-intensive-2021 for more information and registration (Tuition: $1,600; sliding scale scholarships available).

Fit Around the Farm

Seniors are invited to join the Urban Farming Institute (Mattapan) for active yoga, gentle chair yoga and cooking with local guest chefs. It’s a great place to meet new and old friends.

– Active Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays

–  Chair Yoga and Guest Chefs from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.

Visit https://urbanfarminginstitute.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Koru Mindfulness

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or anxious? Come relax with

Harvard Ed Portal is hosting Koru Mindfulness classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through June 16.

Mindfulness is simple and can be done by anyone, anytime, anywhere. These mindfulness classes can help you identify stress whenever you feel it and reduce its effects. They will do a range of guided activities so that you can pick what works best for you.

Practices include mindful walking, guided imagery, breathing exercises and mindfulness of thoughts and feelings. There will also be space in each session for group reflection and discussion. Many people report that they feel less stressed and can sleep better after participating in this series.

Visit https://edportal.harvard.edu/events for more information and registration.

Nick Presents Sunset Series

Nick Laudani and fellow musicians will play free live music from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays in historic Fort Hill's Highland Park, 28 Fort Ave. in Roxbury. Families and individuals welcome.

Event website: https://www.facebook.com/Nick-Presents-Sunset-Series-107115431058079.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

WR book discussion: ‘When the Apricots Bloom’                       

The West Roxbury Branch Library book discussion group will meet from 10:30 to noon on Wednesday, June 16 to discuss When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a book synopsis, and registration

Community Read Book Group for Adults: ‘The Cooking Gene’

The Community Read Book Group for Adults will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 for a moderated discussion of The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty. 

The winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for culinary writing, The Cooking Gene explores the influence of enslaved African people and their descendants on the traditional cooking of the American South. 

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.