Dorchester neighborhood notes
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 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).
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: 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: Roxbury – Clifford Playground, 160 Norfolk Ave. – Sunday, Aug. 1
– We Sing: Chelsea – 8 Clark Ave. – Saturday, Aug. 7
– 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.
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.
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 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.
Parkarts Neighborhood Concert Series: Soul City Band
Grab a picnic and some friends and enjoy an outdoor concert with the Soul City Band from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 at Dorchester Park, 2180 Dorchester Ave.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/neighborhood-concert-series for more information or a full schedule of other concerts.
Kanopy Club: ‘The Watermelon Woman’ (1996)
Following the Yearlong Reading Challenge's July theme of an LGBTQ+ Author, the Kanopy Club will discuss films that feature LGBTQ+ stories.
Watch the film The Watermelon Woman on Kanopy then join the Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 29.
Visit bpl.org/events more information and Zoom registration.
Kroc Center Movie Night
The Boston Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. will host a family-friendly movie night from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30.
They will show Disney's Raya and The Last Dragon.
Visit https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/boston-kroc/events/movie-night for more information.
Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation
The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:
Aug. 1: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Aug. 10: The Greenway Carousel
Aug. 12: Museum of African American History
Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston
Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum
Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston
Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.
Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.
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.
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. 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).
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.
Go to http://greaterashmont.org/farmers-market for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at 617-754-0023 or email@example.com
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.
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.
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 weekdays 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.