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Here is the Hancock tower at dusk as seen from the Museum of Science. Staff photo/Wayne Braverman

Guided tours at the Arboretum                                          

A free, 90-minute walk through the Arboretum will be held from 10:30 to noon on Saturday, July 17; from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18; and from 10:30 to noon on Saturday, July 24.

Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent.

The walk is geared toward adults, and starts from the kiosk in front of the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway.

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

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 17 and Saturday, July 24.      

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

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).

Roxbury Unity Parade/Block Party                                                                                   

The Roxbury Unity Parade Block Party will be held on Sunday, July 18 to celebrate Boston’s African American community.

The R.UP. Block Party will begin at 10 a.m. with music and dancing. The R.U.P. Opening Ceremony will pay homage to Melnea Cass and others who have come before and to uplift those who are doing great thing in the community, such as the Haley House.

The parade will kick-off at 1 p.m. from Malcolm X Blvd. (Madison Park High School) to Malcolm X Park (Softball field).

At the same time as the parade's endpoint, the R.U.P. Empowerment Resource Fair and the R.U.P HoodFest will showcase local talent and include concessions for the children with bouncy houses and face painting.

For more information, visit https://roxburyunity18.weebly.com or www.awesomefoundation.org/en/projects/136561-roxbury-unity-parade.

Reading Frederick Douglass Together 

Gather on the lawn at Loring Greenough House, 12 South St., from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 for “Reading Frederick Douglass Together,” a community reading and post-conversation program based on one of Douglass’ most famous speeches.

 On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, N.Y., at the invitation of the Rochester Ladies’ Antislavery Society, Douglass gave what was promoted as “a Fourth of July Oration.” The speech is now widely called “What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July?” based on a question he posed in his address. “Reading Frederick Douglass Together” will use the speech to highlight the continuing significance of Douglass’ caustic indictment of racism and white supremacy that rebuked slavery.

This program is sponsored by the Loring Greenough House, in conjunction with Historic New England, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, the Roxbury Historical Society, and the Shirley-Eustis House. Light refreshments will be available.

Visit https://loring-greenough.org for more information.

Playing Dead - Grateful Dead Cover Band                                               

Grateful Dead Cover Band – Playing Dead – will be at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 18.

Playing Dead is a Grateful Dead tribute featuring former members of Dark Star Orchestra, Slipknot! and Uncle John's Band. Their marathon sets feature music and jams from the entire Grateful Dead catalog. Playing Dead faithfully recreates the experience of a live Grateful Dead concert.

The music of The Grateful Dead is a complex stew of different styles of music including rock, blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass and more. Their improvisational style and large repertoire guaranteed that every musical performance would be unique. Every Playing Dead show is equally unique featuring different setlists each night and exciting improvisational jams.

Visit www.friendsofherterpark.org for more information.

Virtual Summer Science Series: Welcome to the Water System

Join the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum’s education staff for the virtual Summer Science Series from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays from July 20 through Aug. 3.

– July 20: Welcome to the Water System

Participants will make a “Crumpled Paper” model Watershed to learn about how polluted runoff can affect our drinking water, take a virtual tour of the museum’s Great Engine’s Hall to learn how water is moved across great distances, and finish off by making your own “map” of a Water System.

Recommended for kids, ages 7-12.

Visit https://waterworksmuseum.org for more information, including upcoming Tuesday sessions in the series and Zoom reservations ($4).

Parks and Recs Arts and Crafts Workshops                                

A variety of arts and crafts workshops hosted by a local artist in various parks throughout the City of Boston will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday through Friday through Aug. 13.

The workshops in the “Elsewhere Neighborhoods” for this week include:

– Tuesday, July 20 and July 27: Harambee Park (playground area), 930 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester/Mattapan

– Wednesday, July 21 and July 28: Iacono Park (covered area), 150 Readville St. in Hyde Park

– Thursday, July 22 and July 29: Ringer Playground (playground area), 85 Allston St. in Allston

– Thursday, July 22 and July 29: Gertrude Howes Playground, 68 Moreland St. in Roxbury

– Friday, July 23 and July 30: Almont Park (playground area), 40 Almont St. in Mattapan

These workshops encourage kids to explore their creativity through projects like mask making, crayon art, watercolor and much more. 

Supplies are provided.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/arts-crafts-workshops for other information, including a complete list of workshops and reservations.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park

Invite friends and family, bring a lawn chair and a picnic supper, and celebrate Elma Lewis' 100th birthday.

Morning shows at 11 a.m. - for summer camps and families; Evenings at 6 p.m. - for everyone

Tuesday, July 20

– 11 a.m. - OrigiNation dance troupe

– 6 p.m. - Simpli Whitney & Friends (R&B)

Tuesday, July 27

– 11 a.m. - Youth Music by Monet

– 6 p.m. - Angelina (R&B)

Tuesday, Aug. 3

– 11 a.m. - OrigiNation dance troupe

– 6 p.m. - Caribbean Night (Reggae)

Tuesday, Aug. 10

– 11 a.m. - Youth Music by Monet

– 6 p.m. - E-Water Band (R&B) with friends Elan Trotman and others

In memory of Eric Watson, beloved Playhouse performer

Learn more at www.franklinparkcoalition.org/featured-events/elma-lewis-playhouse-in-the-park.

Arboretum Volunteer Info Session                                                            

The Arnold Arboretum is recruiting volunteers. Join them for a virtual information session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 to learn about the various volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum.  

The Public Programs staff will give a short series of presentations on volunteering at the Arboretum, from leading tours through the landscape to working with schoolchildren. After the presentations, attendees can enter breakout rooms to ask additional questions and chat with Arboretum staff.  

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

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.

Summer Science Series: Simple Machines Design 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 21: Simple Machines Design Challenge

After reviewing the six simple machines and locating examples of them in the Great Engines Hall, participants will use the engineering design process and museum materials to create a machine that can move a small ball at least two inches.

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).

Parkarts Neighborhood Concert Series                                                     

Grab a picnic and some friends and enjoy an outdoor concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as follows:

– Wednesday, July 21 at Hung Playground (Almont Park), 40 Almont St in Mattapan.

The Woo Factor Band is a Boston based band specializing in R&B, Neo-soul, Funk, Pop and Hip Hop.

– Thursday, July 22 at Billings Field, 369 Lagrange St. in West Roxbury

The Northeast Groove, a five-piece New England based band consisting of 2 guitars, Bass, Drums and Percussion, is a regional favorite because of their song selection, sparkling vocals, infectious rhythms and energized performances. The songs are always recognizable, danceable Classic Rock hits from some of the genre’s most popular bands. 

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/neighborhood-concert-series for more information or a full schedule of other concerts.

Preschool Summer Series: Animals Around the Reservoir

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 22: Animals Around the Reservoir

The group will read Just Ducks; learn about some of the different animals that live around the reservoir; go on a nature scavenger hunt; and make their own animal masks.

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).

Family open house

The Flagship Clubhouse, 2107 Washington St. in Roxbury, will host a family open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 and Aug. 7.

Family open houses are designed to give parents and families a sense of what goes on in the Clubhouse, as well as give younger children a taste of what they’ll be able to do in just a few short years. Make a beat in their music studio, create your own button, create a custom sticker with their vinyl cutter, or play in Virtual Reality with their Oculus Rift headset.

Family open houses are open for youth and families, ages 8 and older. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 and older. Some equipment and activities may require adult supervision. Reservations are not required.

Regular Clubhouse membership is free for all youth, ages 13 to 18.

Visit https://flagshipclubhouse.org for more information.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

STEAM Team                                                                                  

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.

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.

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.

Family Book Group: ‘The Best at It’                                             

The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 to discuss the July Community Read – The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy.

Actor Maulik Pancholy draws from his own experiences in his debut novel about 12-year-old Rahul Kapoor, an Indian-American boy growing up in small-town Indiana who struggles to come to terms with his identity, including that he may be gay.

Go to bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

ASP Summer Youth Intensive ‘Much Ado about Nothing’   

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Virtual YMCA                                                                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth. 

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!

Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.

Ethos Live                                                                             

Ethos hosts an online Wellness on the Web program. Health and wellness presentations, conversations with elected officials, exercise classes and other activities will be streamed regularly on their website and social media platforms.

Visit ethocare.org for more information and quick links to the programs.

The Reggie Lewis Center virtual classes                           

The Reggie Lewis Center at the Roxbury Community College offers virtual fitness classes to help you stay physically and mentally active and fit during these challenging times.

Visit rcc.mass.edu/reggie-lewis for a full class listing and registration instructions, or contact David Jordan at djordan@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1707 for more information ($90 per class | Seniors: $30 per class).

#ZooToYou/Kids’ Corner and onsite fun                  

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 baccoffice@verizon.net for more information.

A-B Food Pantry – Open

The Allston Brighton Food Pantry at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.

Visit abfoodpantry.com and/or brightonucc.org for more information, including ways to volunteer or make a donation.

The Daily Table                                                                    

The Daily Table is a nonprofit community store and kitchen with a mission of making healthy food affordable to everyone.

The Daily Table sources nutritious, delicious food options at prices that every budget can afford, including grab-n-go, ready-to-eat meals from their kitchen.

The Daily Table offers delivery and in-store pick up at the same prices as 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

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has continued to use food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.

The non-profit organization operates the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community at the Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café, Catering, TEP, TBK, and Arts & Culture programming at 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

The Haley House accepts in-kind donations (see list of needed items) and money and uses volunteers to help fulfill their mission.

Visit https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind for more details.

MTW book/textile donations and online/onsite purchases

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.

People 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: citypeaceproject@gmail.com or go to commonstreet.org/rainbow-peace-flag-project for more information.

Big Sister mentoring                                                                                    

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

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

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

Suicide survivor support group                                                                              

DeeDee’s Cry (Roxbury) hosts an ongoing weekly support group for suicide survivors. If you are a suicide attempt survivor seeking a safe, non-judgmental place to talk about the feelings that led you to attempt and the impact that your attempt had on your life, visit DeeDeesCry.com to sign up.

DeeDee's Cry provide resources and programs to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention in communities of color.

The Neighborhood Aid Network   

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

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

A-B Thrift Shop – Temporarily closed

The Thrift Shop at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC at 404 Washington St. in Brighton, is usually open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, but it is now temporarily closed.

Visit brightonucc.org, phone 617-254-4046 or email baccoffice@verizon.net for more information.