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Watercolor painting                                    

Practice your landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 12, hosted by a local artist. Supplies will be provided by the instructor.

The event will be held at Garvey Park (Playground Area), 340 Neponset Ave.

Visit for more information and registration.

ADLS Signing Day

All Dorchester Leadership and Sports (ADLS) will host a fun day at Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at Town Field.

Check out all the great programs that ADSL will be offering, meet the coaches, and enjoy free food, games, music and more.

Learn more at

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.


Teen Open Mic: ‘This Is Not the End of Us’        

The annual Teen Open Mic will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

In a supportive environment, teens, ages 12 to 19, will gather to celebrate their creativity and speak their words out into the world and cheer each other on. They’ll also celebrate with random giveaways and treats.

Hosted by JR Mahung, beginners and experienced writers/performers are welcome to share their work or have their work presented by a moderator. Other teens are welcome to join in the celebration as well.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

NE Women’s Leadership Awards

The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester will host its 28th annual New England Women’s Leadership Awards (NEWLA) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Their members will take the virtual stage as they perform dance routines and present awards to their honorees.

Visit for more information, including tickets and sponsorships.

From Trauma to Triumph: CMM Annual Fundraiser               

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries of Greater Boston will host their annual fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, celebrating 55 years of service towards an inclusive American narrative.

With remarks from Kim Janey, Mayor of Boston, speakers will include: Thomas W. Porter, Jr., Boston University Lecturer & Co-Director, Program on Religion and Conflict Transformation (Retired); Rev. Kelly Fassett, Executive Director of UniteBoston; and Rev. Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, Boston University Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership. 

Go to for more information and Zoom registration.

‘Let’s Talk About: The Difficult Transitions’

Dr. Rich Joseph, Medical Director, Center for Community Wellness will moderate a panel discussion with Glendina Duncan, BPS School Psychologist; Lucinda Mills, BPS District Social Worker; and Danielle Gantt, Intensive Care Coordinator from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, hosted by Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center.

Topics to be discussed: Summer school or not? What are the pros and cons of working to prevent the “summer slide” or catching up in some cases? Summer camp? How do you as a parent decide which ones are safe for your children? How will you deal with the PTSD for yourself? Your child(ren)? What resources are there to help navigate the re-opening of society?

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Tiny DAP concert series

Tiny DAP Concerts is a web series (produced by Boston Compass Newspaper) that will offer professionally produced, pre-recorded performances highlighting emerging talent from Greater Boston artists who are at the top of their class in New England Hip Hop.

Season 1 features five artists from the DAP Open Mic community. Each concert will be free and accessible on the DAP YouTube channel on Thursday, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. 

Go to for more information.

Juneteenth Celebration                                                         

Juneteenth was long celebrated as a regional holiday, but now is being celebrated across the country and as an official holiday right here in Boston. Not sure what Juneteenth is?

Join Librarian Maija as she shares a brief explanation and a booklist. She will also share a story and a treat to celebrate Juneteenth. 

This program will be livestreamed on the Children's Library Facebook page from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

Juneteenth at Nightingale

Celebrate Juneteenth with an afternoon of uplifting political funk music, spoken word poetry, and a story circle for children from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St. in Dorchester.

Local BIPOC business owners will offer snacks for sale. The COMP, or The Cultures of Mixed People, is a local band of mixed-race musicians coming together to uplift mixed race identity/struggles.

The event is free and open to all.

Pre-register at to guarantee a spot.

Goodbye Party for Rev. June Cooper

A virtual celebration of Rev. June Cooper’s 20 years as Executive Director of City Mission will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. The event will include special guest speakers, a multimedia presentation including storytelling, video, photos and music.

To participate in the celebrations: Register to attend the virtual event; Upload pictures, videos and/or text to share with Rev. June to the virtual group card on the Kudoboard; Make a donation to the Rev. June R. Cooper Justice Center; All of the above. 

Visit for more information and registration.

Meditation and Stretch

Join Marcel, from Fit-CF in collaboration with the Center for Community Wellness, at Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center on Blue Hills Avenue for guided meditation and stretching from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in June to help you wind down and finish the day.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

BCYF Community Center offerings                      

The BCYF community centers are offering a limited menu of programs and classes for pre-registered participants. They will continue to expand the menu of offerings in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Visit 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 for more information and registration.

Soulfire Movement (onsite/online)

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 for more information and registration.

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 through Sept. 28 at Ronan Park (Flag Pole), 92 Mt. Ida Rd.

Visit 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 through Sept. 29 at Franklin Park (Refectory Hill), 1 Circuit Dr.

Visit 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 for more information.

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 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 and/or

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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 for more information.

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 and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

ADSL programs 

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADSL) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.

ADSL 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.

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.

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

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

Visit 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 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

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.

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’                                                                                      

“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.

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: or 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

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.