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Boats are moored off the South Boston beaches with the JFK Library in Dorchester on the other side of the bay.

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.

Digging into Dinosaurs Story Time                        

Join the Boston Public Library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 19 as the group digs into some dinosaur stories, facts and songs.  

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

Welcome Back! with Chalk Art                                         

The Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, along with the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, invite all the area artists, regardless of age or ability, to help decorate the sidewalk, wall and stairwell outside the library with chalk from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20.

Along with your artwork, local artist, Cagen Luce will be creating a mural of welcoming on the corner of Bird Street and Columbia Road.

Refreshments will be provided.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park

Exploring Boston's urban wilds - Geneva Cliffs

Boston's urban wilds are invaluable green spaces that preserve natural habitats, provide green spaces for humans and wildlife, and help to combat climate change.

Join the guides from the Boston Nature Center as the group explores the plants and animals that live in the urban wilds at Geneva Cliffs from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 23. (Suitable for children, ages 10 & up).

The group will meet at the entrance on Geneva Avenue across from Everton Street.

Please note: Masks are optional for outdoor programs.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/79555-exploring-boston-s-urban-wilds-geneva-cliffs for more information and reservations.

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, of course, knitting.

The July 23 read is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

Go to stitchhousedorchester.com to register for the Zoom link.

Ashmont Farmers Grab & Go Market

The Ashmont Farmers Grab and Go Market, 1900 Dorchester Ave. in Peabody Square, will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. 

Accepts SNAP/EBT/HIP.

Go to http://greaterashmont.org/farmers-market for more information.

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience

Spanning the 72 acres of Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience, presented by National Grid, will feature more than 60 new large-scale displays comprised of hundreds of colorful lanterns from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 23 through Monday, Oct. 11.

Guests can walk through a luminous 66-foot-long shark tunnel, dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens and traditional Asian lantern scenes. Glimmering butterflies, whimsical ocean scenes, and a majestic 197-foot-long dragon light up the night sky.

Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/boston-lights for more information and reservations (ticket prices vary).

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 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 https://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.

Lions and Tigers and French, Oh My!                                          

Adventurers, join the French Cultural Center from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 24 at the Franklin Park Zoo in French. The French native speaker guide from the zoo, Audrey will reveal les secrets du zoo and answer all your questions. The group will meet at the Zebra Entrance at 10:15 a.m.

Tickets allows people to arrive at 10 a.m. and stay as long as they wish after the tour.

Visit https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events/lions-and-tigers-and-french-oh-my for more information and registration (Member: $26; Child - 12 and under: $22 | Non-Member: $32; Child, 12 and under: $26).

Family programs at Dorchester Park

Join the Boston Nature Center at Dorchester Park for a series of hands-on, minds-on explorations. (Suitable for children 5 - 12 years)

The group will explore a different theme, and walk, play games, investigate and learn from nature from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays as follows:

– July 24:  Ladybugs

– July 31:  Kite making and flying

– Aug. 7:  Birds of Boston

– Aug. 14:  Art and Nature (make your own suncatcher)

– Aug. 21:  Trees of Boston

– Aug. 28:  Monarch Butterflies

The group will meet at the Dorchester Ave. entrance, near St. Gregory Church.

Please Note: Masks are optional for outdoor programs.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/79493-family-programs-at-dorchester-park for more information and registration.

Run Wild with Zoo New England's First Virtual 5K Series                    

On your mark, get set … Run Wild with Zoo New England’s first virtual 5K series.

Join the pack and set out for a run, walk or stroll on a route of your choosing while providing support for Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo’s animals.

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

The third race, “Run Wildest 5K, 10K, Half Marathon,” will take place in October (registration opens Aug. 1).

Registration costs $30 to enter an individual race or $75 to register for the Run Wild series.

Visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/run-wild-virtual-5k-series for more information and registration.

JFK Library and Museum open – free admission            

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. Admission to the Museum will be free in July and August.

Advanced timed ticket reservations will be required, and the last ticket will be available for a 12:45 p.m. entry each day.

The Library’s research room will remain closed, but researchers can continue to work with archivists online by emailing kennedy.library@nara.gov. 

Visit www.jfklibrary.org for more information and reservations.

Kids Bowl Free program

Kids enrolled in the Kids Bowl Free program will receive two free games of bowling every day, all summer long at participating bowling centers. Among the centers is Boston Bowl at 820 Morrisey Blvd.

Adding on an affordable Family Pass allows adults and teens to also receive two games daily when they bowl with a registered child.

Sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com.

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.

Walking in the Right Direction                                          

A walking group led by Family and Friends Living Healthy will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 25.

The group will meet at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse. For more info email Rakiem Strickland. Learn more at https://franklinparkcoalition.org.  

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. Donation’s welcome.

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

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

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

Bowdoin Street Health Center Summer Walking Group 2021

Join the Bowdoin Striders Walking Group at Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin St. on Tuesdays 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 mhlewis@bidmc.harvard.edu

or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bowdoin-street-health-center-walking-group-tickets-149164530125.

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 boston.gov/events for more information.

Dorchester New Parents Group

A new parents’ group, hosted by Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. Parents with a baby under the age of three are invited to attend.

The parent groups provide safe and nurturing spaces for parents and their babies to give and receive support.

Visit jfcsboston.org for more information and Zoom registration.

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 boston.gov/events 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 bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Summer Sports Storytime                                                              

It’s summer in 2021 and it’s the 2020 Summer Olympics?! Join Boston Public Library Librarian Maija from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursdays through July 29 for sports and Olympic-themed stories and facts about the Olympics.

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

Boston Triathlon                                                                                          

The 2021 Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29. 

The weekend-long event brings together athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in Olympic and sprint distance triathlons – swim in the fresh waters of Dorchester Bay, bike through Boston city streets, and run along the scenic Southie shoreline.

Love to run, but hate to bike and swim? Grab two friends and sign up as a three-person relay team or join a two-person relay team for a bigger challenge.              

Following the race, celebrate with friends and family at the huge post-race party.

All events take place at the DCR’s Carson Beach, a stunning venue in the South Boston waterfront. 

The official race charity partner is Boston Medical Center. Race in support of BMC’s efforts to advance health equity and address social determinants of health.

Visit www.BostonTri.com 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, on Mondays through Thursdays, through Aug. 27.

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

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

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 www.alldorchestersports.org for more information.

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. 

Courageous Sailing has begun                                                                    

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

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

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

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

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 alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.

Kroc Community Center onsite/online                                                                              

The Salvation Army-Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley St., has a fitness floor, cardio loft and expanded cycling studio in the gymnasium; a Water Park and Playground and offers a variety of onsite and virtual programs for all ages.

The Salvation Army’s social services, food pantry and meal distribution efforts are ongoing. If you need assistance, including food or other resources, call their Social Service Department at 617-318-6940 or email Social Services Ministries Manager, Lurena Hood at Lurena.Hood@use.SalvationArmy.org.

Everyone is welcome to attend their Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. livestreamed on Facebook or viewed on YouTube (link on website).

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

#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.

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

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.

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.

M.O.B. Flea Market at DAP                                  

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

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

‘Emotion Revolution’ exhibition                                                                                        

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

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

City Peace Project

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

To request a flag, volunteer or join the team, email: citypeaceproject@gmail.com or go to commonstreet.org/rainbow-peace-flag-project for more information.

Big Sister mentoring                                                                                    

Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.

The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide award-winning (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little Sister’s family.

To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit www.bigsister.org.

EMK Institute programs and activities for at home fun

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at Columbia Point features a variety of interests for the family to enjoy.

While video highlights from the Institute, including Getting to the Point programs and Year in Review 2019 among other items can be found on YouTube, links to a variety of activities can be found on their website.

Make a Difference activities encourages young people to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and in the world; About the Senate activities are for children and families to learn more about the work Senators do, how they work together, and some traditions they follow; Youth Action Guides include resources for teens on how to get involved with important issues facing the nation and the world; and Issue Investigations explore different perspectives that shape the debate on current policy issues before Congress.

Visit emkinstitute.org for more information, including quick links to YouTube and the activities.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston 

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston provides a comprehensive array of services for people in need.

Please consider donating food, gift cards or toiletries to keep their food pantries and basic needs operations open and fully stocked.

Phone their administrative offices at 617-464-8500 for donation guidelines.

Visit www.ccab.org for more information, including a list of places that they service.

Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations

The Franklin Park Zoo has set up the “All Our Animals Fund” to keep the Zoo’s mission alive, to provide vital care to their animals and to maintain the Zoo’s infrastructure.

Visit zoonewengland.org for more information, including ways to donate.

The Neighborhood Aid Network   

The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.

Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.