Elsewhere in the city neighborhood notes:
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, July 10 and July 17.
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 hybrid of brand-new live plays, brand-new video plays and brand-new-ish other video plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 10.
Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and Zoom registration (0-$15).
Boston Area Beekeepers Association Open Hives
Drop in at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays through Aug. 29 and learn all about honey bees from the Boston Area Beekeepers.
They host an apiary on the sanctuary, and the beekeepers will 'bee' more than happy to help you explore all aspects of bee life. Learn how they make honey, how they survive the winter, and much more. (Suitable for children 4 and up).
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/results/boston-nature-center for more information and registration.
Beyond the Page: People We Meet on Vacation (Virtual)
Join the "queen of the beach read" Emily Henry at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 12 to discuss her book People We Meet on Vacation. Learn about her journey as a writer, her latest novel and her hit release from last year, Beach Read, and ask questions about her process.
Visit www.wgbh.org/events/beyond-the-page-people-we-meet-on-vacation for more information and registration.
Virtual Preschool Summer Series: Animals Around the Reservoir
Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum’s education staff for the virtual preschool summer series from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays through July 13.
– July 13: Animals Around the Reservoir
The group will read Just Ducks; learn about some of the different animals that live around the reservoir; and make their own animal masks. Participants will also be sent a Nature Scavenger Hunt they can do outside after class.
Recommended for kifd, ages 3-6.
Visit https://waterworksmuseum.org for more information, including upcoming Tuesday sessions in the series, and Zoom reservations ($4).
Wonders of Wildlife
Join the Boston Public Library for a virtual visit with the New England Wildlife Center from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.
Perfect for animal lovers of all ages, this program will provide attendees with an overview of New England Wildlife Center's hospitals and the basics of how a wildlife center operates. The group will take a virtual tour of the Weymouth hospital, see some of the animal patients currently being treated, and meet some of the education animals who live at the center.
The more people have the opportunity to experience a connection with animals and the natural world, the more they understand their individual potential to positively impact themselves, our environment, and all living things.
New England Wildlife Center programs and services provide the critical link between animals and people in order to inspire environmental awareness and to provide the skills necessary to make a significant contribution to preserving nature for future generations.
Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration.
Boston Public Library invites kids to join the team: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
The group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they’ll do together over Zoom from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 27.
STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages five and up, and their caregivers. Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Summer Science Series: Filter Build Challenge
Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum’s education staff at 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill for the Summer Science Series from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays through July 28.
– July 14: Filter Build Challenge
After reviewing several different filter media, participants will work to build a water filter that can produce the largest amount of clean water possible in 30 seconds. Then, the group will discuss some modern methods of cleaning and disinfecting water both in the Boston waterworks system and around the world.
Recommended for kids, ages 7-12.
Visit https://waterworksmuseum.org for more information, including upcoming Wednesday sessions in the series, and reservations. ($7 per participant. All participants may be accompanied by up to two adults for no additional charge).
Preschool Summer Series: Saving Water
Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum’s education staff at 2450 Beacon St. in Chestnut Hill for the Preschool Summer Series from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 5.
– July 15: Saving Water
The group will read Why Should I Save Water?; will explore how much water is takes to create different foods we like and to do different household chores; and decorate their own flower pots as a special place to dump out extra water while helping the earth.
Recommended for kids, ages 3-6.
Visit https://waterworksmuseum.org for more information, including upcoming Thursday sessions in the series, and reservations. ($5 per participant. All participants may be accompanied by up to two adults for no additional charge).
Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’
The Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 to discuss Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
In this memoir, Woodson tells the moving story of her childhood in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. She shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
This teen librarian led monthly group is part of the year-long #ReadingTogether challenge. Teens are encouraged to join the conversation and make book recommendations whether or not you have read the chosen book.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Twitch registration.
We Sing: Boston
The Boston Children’s Chorus, in partnership with the Friends of the Public Garden, will host "We Sing: Boston" - a summer series of community singing events in parks throughout the area.
“We Sing: Boston” invites community members of all ages and skill levels to join in singing, games, prizes and socializing (following COVID guidelines) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as follows:
– We Sing: Chelsea – 8 Clark Ave. – Saturday, July 17 and Aug. 7
– We Sing: Roxbury – Clifford Playground, 160 Norfolk Ave. – Sunday, July 18 and Sunday, Aug. 1
– We Sing: Chinatown – Chin Park on The Greenway, Surface Road and Beach Street –
Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, Aug. 15
– We Sing: Dorchester – Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave. - Sunday, July 25 and Sunday, Aug. 8
– We Sing: Mattapan – Hunt-Almont Park, 40 Almont S. – Saturday, July 31
– We Sing: Mattapan – Harambee Park, 930 Blue Hill Ave. – Saturday, Aug. 14
This summer series will culminate with a special, city-wide event on the Boston Common in September.
Visit www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/our-programs/we-sing for more information and a link to register for each of the events.
Insects of the Boston Nature Center
Insects are all around, but mostly noticed when they annoy people.
In this program from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, attendees at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan will learn what an insect is and why they are important for the health of the natural world. The group will explore the trails to uncover and unearth some insects and observe them up close with hand lenses. (Suitable for children 5 and up).
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/79427-insects-of-the-boston-nature-center for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13, Child - $13).
Blues Fest at Herter Park
A Blues Fest featuring The Love Dogs & Friends will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd.
Visit www.friendsofherterpark.org for more information.
Riot Improv: Stories to Scenes
Riot Improv will collaborate with MassMouth in a unique mash-up to create hilarious improv comedy with a narrative twist from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.
The improv scenes are inspired by real-life tales of humor, tragedy, love, and more, performed live by the MassMouth storytellers.
MassMouth is non-profit organization founded in 2008 that promotes the timeless art of storytelling in Massachusetts and the greater Boston area.
Check them out at MassMouth.org.
Visit theriottheater.com for more information and Zoom registration (0-$15).
2021 Fowler Clark Epstein Farm Stand
Get your fresh produce from the Urban Farming Institute of Boston at the historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, 487 Norfolk St. in Mattapan on Fridays through Oct. 29.
Farm Stand: 1 to 4 p.m. | Pre Order Pickups: 4 to 6 p.m.
Accepts Cash, Credit, EBT/SNAP, HIP, WIC and Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons.
Visit https://urbanfarminginstitute.org for more information.
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.
Mattapan on Wheels 11th Annual Bike-a-thon
Join the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and their youth for the 11th annual Mattapan on Wheels Bike-a-thon: We Ride.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 (Rain date - July 31).
There will be three routes to choose from:
– Family Ride: 9 miles. Destination: Tenean Beach, Dorchester
– Intermediate Ride: 10 miles. Destination: Franklin Park, Dorchester
– Expert Ride: 14 miles. Destination: Wollaston Beach, Quincy
The group will begin and end at Ryan's Playground, 315 River St. in Mattapan. After the ride, chill at the park, listen to music and catch up with others at Youth in Crisis's annual Hoops and Scoops event.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/mattapan-on-wheels-11th-annual-bike-a-thon-we-ride-tickets-151646363355 for more information and registration. The event is free. Those who donate $50 or fundraise will receive a handmade pannier.
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.
Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be held virtually through Tuesday, Aug. 31 to keep the Scooper Bowl spirit alive and spread sprinkles and smiles across Greater Boston while keeping everyone safe.
Purchase a Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl in a box ice cream kit from one of several locations around Greater Boston to enjoy with your family or pod. Each kit will include samples from some of the country's favorite creameries – plus some fun surprises.
Visit jimmyfund.org for more information, including details on kits and pick up locations.
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 www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.
BCYF summer programs and classes
Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston summer camps
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston runs full-day fun-filled camps for children, ages 6-12. Campers participate in a diverse roster of activities, including arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips and lots of swimming.
Visit www.bgcb.org/what-we-do/summer-programs for more information and registration.
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 through Friday, Aug. 20 – register for one or more weeks. Lunch will be provided, transportation will not.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/registration-now-open-boston-parks-summer-sports-centers for more information and registration.
Melnea A. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool
The outdoor Melnea A. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool in Roxbury will be open from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily through Monday, Aug. 23.
Run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pool has lifeguards on the scene all summer long. Free for everyone.
Madison Park Community Center Pool
The indoor pool at the Madison Park Community Center is open year-year with a variety of programming, such as recreational swim, swim lessons, a swim team and lap swim.
Summer hours: Tuesdays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The pool, which is in Roxbury, is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.
Free for Boston resident and nonresident youth.
Olsen Swimming Pool
The outdoor Olsen Swimming Pool in Hyde Park will be open from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily through Aug. 23.
Run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pool has lifeguards on the scene all summer long. Free for everyone.
Reilly Memorial Pool
The outdoor Reilly Memorial Pool in Brighton will be open daily from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
through Aug. 23. Run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pool has lifeguards on the scene all summer long. Free for everyone.
Parks Fitness Series
Free fitness classes will be held through Saturday, Oct. 2 as follows:
– Family Fitness with Anthony - 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays at Mclaughlin Playground, 239 Parker Hill Ave. in Mission Hill
– 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
– An assortment of virtual fitness programs will also be held throughout the week.
Visit boston.gov/events for more information.
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.
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.
Concerts on the Commons
Taking place at 4:30 p.m. on the second and last Wednesdays of the month (weather permitting) at the Brighton Farmers Market (30 Chestnut Hill Ave.), family-friendly concerts will feature live music and include dance, storytelling, and demonstrations.
The bi-monthly concerts will be presented by the Harvard Ed Portal Concert Series and Brighton Main Streets’ Brighton Sounds Concert Series respectively.
Visit https://sites.google.com/view/concerts-in-the-common/schedule for a comprehensive schedule.
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.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sons-friends-thursdays-tickets-149075391509 for more information and weekly reservations.
Music for Food concert series
In this time of crisis, neighbors who experience food-insecurity are among the hardest hit. In lieu of their regular concerts, Music for Food is presenting online performances to support multiple food pantries.
A weekly series of videos will be released at noon on Fridays on MFF’s YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCyL1hGegB4nbh71mB0tC_Lg). Each video features MFF Artists and friends from all over the world.
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.
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 www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/project-education/youth-programs/summer-youth-intensive-2021 for more information and registration (Tuition: $1,600; sliding scale scholarships available).
Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live
Join Bookmatch Duo on Facebook Live from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on occasional Tuesdays since we’re not cooped up as much.
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.
Brighton Farmers Market/Entertainment
The Brighton Farmers Market will be held from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 27 at Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave.
A wide-range of free, family-friendly entertainment will also be offered at 4:30 p.m. on the second and last Wednesday of the month (weather permitting).
Vendors accept SNAP, HIP, WIC, and Senior Coupons.
Learn more at https://abhealthcollaborative.org/farmers-market.
Roslindale Village Farmers Market
Roslindale Village Farmers Market will be held at Adams Park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through November.
SNAP/EBT and HIP accepted.
Learn more at https://roslindale.net/rvms-farmers-market.
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 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.
Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-701-1707 for more information ($90 per class | Seniors: $30 per class).
#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner and onsite fun
Get your daily dose of animal cuteness, chats with the care staff, crafts and activities to do at home, and lots more at #ZooToYou and 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.
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 email@example.com 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 their stores.
Store locations: 450 Washington St., Dorchester; 2201 Washington St., Roxbury; 684 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (recent opening)
Store hours: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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 and online/onsite purchases (stores re-opened on July 6)
More Than Words stores accepts 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 or onsite 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com for more information.