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Watercolor painting                                     

Practice landscape painting skills at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 19, hosted by a local artist. Supplies will be provided by the instructor.

The event will be held at Thetford Evans Playground, 15 Evans St.

Visit for more information and registration.

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.

Juneteenth Paint Party

Juneteenth is a day to be remembered when African Americans were finally liberated from slavery in 1865, two years after the Civil War ended.

Celebrate Juneteenth Day with a Juneteenth Paint Party from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19

at the SN Art Studio at Dorchester Arts Project, 1490 Dorchester Ave.

They’ll guide people through step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful canvas painting that celebrates freedom.

Go to for more information and tickets ($20).

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.

Celebrate World Giraffe Day                                             

Celebrate World Giraffe Day with the Franklin Park Zoo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 20.

During the past 15 years, giraffe numbers have steadily declined in the wild from 140,000 to an estimated 117,000 today. This worldwide event is designed to raise support, create awareness and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges that these animals face in the wild.

During their Facebook Live zookeeper chat, people will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Masai giraffes - Amari and Chad!

For giraffe-lovers: Zoodopt a giraffe. Zoodopts support the care and feeding of their animals, and with each purchase, they'll bring a little of the Zoo to you.

Giraffe Arts & Crafts: Dot to Dot | Zoodle

Visit for more information, including links to all the fun.

Bowdoin Street Health Center Summer/Fall Walking Group 2021

Join the Bowdoin Striders Walking Group at Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin St. on Tuesdays from June 22 through Aug. 27. Masks will be provided.

Seniors and all mobilities will walk from 4 to 5 p.m.; a strength walking group will walk from 6 to 7 p.m.

To join contact Marcus Lewis @ 617-754-0023 or

or visit

Matt Heaton: A concert for families          

Matt Heaton believes music for kids can be entertaining for both children and parents. His 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. Children and adults respond to his musicianship and variety.

Enjoy this family concert from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 24.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Stitch House Book Club with Shelley                                            

Stitch House (846 Dorchester Ave.) hosts a monthly book club from 11 a.m. to noon on the fourth Friday of the month, now meeting both in person and virtually on Zoom. Bring lunch and knitting.

The June 25 read is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.

Go to for more information.

Guided walking tour exploring Dorchester's Port Norfolk    

Join the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 26 for a walking tour of Port Norfolk in Dorchester and explore the manufacturing history of Boston’s second port.

The 2-mile tour will begin and end at the gazebo located near Venezia Restaurant at 20 Ericsson St.

Visit for more information and reservation ($15).

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.

ADLS Fun in the Sun Summer Drop-in                                        

All Dorchester Leadership and Sports (ADLS) will offer a free summer drop-in program with trained summer staff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday from July 19 through Aug. 20 at the Town Field. The programs will be held outdoor, weather permitting.

Youth can participate in fun activities including art, crafts, and sports; enjoy free meals; and have access to learning.

Visit for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Chez-Vous GoFundMe fundraiser                                                 

The Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink (11 Rhoades St.) has been a staple in Boston for more than 85 years, providing memories and entertainment for families of all ages.

The rollerskating rink, which has been closed since March 2020, has established a crowdsourced 

Gofundme fundraiser to sustain them until they are allowed to re-open, coming together again as one big family. All donations (no matter how large or small) are greatly appreciated.

To learn more about this family-fun establishment and to make a donation, visit For more information, phone 617-825-6877.

‘Emotion Revolution’ exhibition                                                                                        

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

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

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.