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Even on a hot day, the spray at the Frog Pond might feel a bit too cold.

Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic Walking Tours                         

Explore the historic buildings and structures around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir on a one-hour outdoor walking tour hosted by the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum.

The tours will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 7, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.

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

MPDC Garden Tea Party                                                               

Madison Park Develop Corp (MPDC) will host its annual Garden Tea Party from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Hope Community Garden, 55 Malcolm X Blvd. in Roxbury.

There will be a Best Hat Contest and Purse Scavenger Hunt and Smoothie Contest, among other fun. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

Remember to bring your own chair and face mask; social distancing will be observed.

Visit www.madison-park.org/event/mpdc-garden-tea-party for more information and reservations.

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, 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.

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:

– Saturday, Aug. 7: We Sing: Chelsea – 8 Clark Ave. 

– Sunday, Aug. 8: We Sing: Dorchester – Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave.

– Saturday, Aug. 14: We Sing: Mattapan – Harambee Park, 930 Blue Hill Ave.

– Sunday, Aug. 15: We Sing: Chinatown – Chin Park on The Greenway, Surface Road and Beach Street

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.

Eat Local Month - Tour of Eastie Farm                                        

Join the Sustainable Business Network on a tour of Eastie Farms, 294 Sumner St. in East Boston from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 as part of Eat Local Month campaign.

Eastie Farm is dedicated to pursuing climate justice, improving food access, and fostering community resilience through the development of interactive urban agricultural spaces and environmental education programs in which residents of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to learn and take part in the production of healthy, locally-grown and culturally relevant foods.

Ticket proceeds will go towards Eastie Farms and the Sustainable Business Network.

Donations to the Mutual Aid Fund, which helps East Boston individuals and families with financial hardship, are also welcome.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-local-month-tour-of-eastie-farm-tickets-160629799053 for more information and reservations ($5).

Riot Improv: Songs to Scenes                                     

Witness an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Each month will feature an amazing singer songwriter then Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater) will spin their lyrics and melodies into raucous comedy.

Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and Zoom registration (0-$15).

The Nature of Summer

Summertime in Massachusetts is filled with unique seasonal wonders and mysteries. What can you observe happening to the flowers and trees in your neighborhood? What are those insects you hear and do you know how to tell the temperature by listening to crickets chirping? Why do turtles sit atop logs in local ponds on sunny summer days? What animals are raising their young and how do different wildlife species survive in summer conditions?

Learn ways to explore, enjoy, support and protect nature close to home this summer from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8 at Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/79274-the-nature-of-summer for more information and registration (Members: $5 | Nonmembers: $7 | Financial Aid available).

'Much Ado About Nothing' at Herter Park

The Brown Box Theatre Project and Friends of Herter Park will present William Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 8 at Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston. (Rain Date: Monday, Aug. 9)

Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.

Visit www.friendsofherterpark.org for more information.

WR Movie Discussion Group: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Join the West Roxbury Branch Library movie discussion group from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9 to talk about Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019, R).

Marianne is hired to paint the wedding portrait of Heloise. As the women orbit each other, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Heloise's first moments of freedom.

Watch the film on BPL's Kanopy prior to the conversation.

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

Willie O'Ree Street Hockey Clinic Series                                                 

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will present the Willie O’Ree Street Hockey clinic series for boys and girls, ages 12 and under, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Marcella Playground, 260 Highland St. in Roxbury.

All equipment will be provided and there will be giveaways for all attendees.

For more information, email damien.margardo@boston.gov.

Sun Safety Skate and Donate

FMC is partnering with The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber to offer free Public Skating to help fight Skin Cancer at nine arena locations, including Porrazzo Arena in East Boston and Jim Roche Community Center in West Roxbury, through Friday, Aug. 13 with advanced registration.

They encourage you to make a donation to The Jimmy Fund in place of your entrance fee. 

Donations in lieu of entrance fee can be made online at: 

http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/sunsafetyskate.

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. 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.

Children’s Artist in Residence Workshop/Rosalita’s Puppets                

Experience the unique charm of Rosalita’s Puppets featuring marionettes made by professional actor-puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore. Performances start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Fallon Field, 910 South St. in Roslindale.

The event is free, but young children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The puppet performances are part of the Children's Artist in Residence Workshop taking place on the same day from 10 a.m. to noon. Supplies provided., but you'll need to bring your

Visit www.boston.gov/events for more information.

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, 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.

Nighthawks – Online                                               

A favorite late summer ritual for many nature-lovers is watching for nighthawks in the late afternoon and evening skies. One of the first birds to migrate, this not-so-common relative of the whippoorwill is recognized by its pointed wings and erratic flight as it catches insects on the fly. This online presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10 will introduce common nighthawk life history, behavior and ecological niche.

Attendees will also learn about population trends, why nighthawks and other aerial insectivores seem to be declining, and the best times and places to see this bird in the coming weeks.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79251-nighthawks-online for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).

Children’s Artist in Residence Workshop                                    

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.

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, the workshop will be held at the Hynes Playground, 502 FW Parkway in West Roxbury.

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

Supplies are provided, but you'll need to bring your creativity!

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

Jazz in the Garden Party

The Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave. in Roxbury will celebrate their opening by welcoming back the Kevin Harris Trio from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Hang out in the library gardens (rain or shine) and share refreshments and live jazz with families, friends and neighbors.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Golf Course Concert Series 2021: Mike Tarara                                       

Enjoy a concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at George Wright Golf Course Patio, 420 West St. In Hyde Park.

Tararra is an acoustic guitar/singer with more than 3000 songs to choose from.

Go to www.boston.gov/events for more information.

Parkarts Neighborhood Concert Series: Jah Spirit Reggae                                            

Grab a picnic and some friends and enjoy an outdoor concert with Jah Spirit Reggae from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Horatio Harris Park, 58 Beech Glen St. in Roxbury.

Since 1984, Jah Spirit's music has sent a message of peace and freedom while celebrating social consciousness and universality among all peoples.

Under the dynamic leadership of writer, composer, singer Ras Michael Wolfe, the group blends an African-Reggae beat with elements of calypso jazz, blues and rock.

Ras Michael, a native of Trinidad, captivates his audiences with spellbinding lyrics and a stage presence that has been described as charismatic, highly energetic and spirited. Interaction between the audience and the musicians is a recognized trademark of Jah Spirit.

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

Crafternoons with Sherry Eskin

Join Ms. Allie & Sherry Eskin for some fun outdoor crafting at the Brighton Branch Library, 40 Academy Hill Rd. from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:

​– Aug. 12: Make & Race Recycled Boats​

​​– Aug. 19: Ice Cream Making Extravaganza​

They’ll provide the supplies; you provide the smiles.

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

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.

Kayaking Day/Un Dia De Kayak 2021                              

Come together with friends and neighbors for a fun, free day of water and land activities in Boston’s Fort Point Channel for residents of Roxbury and Dorchester (and beyond).

Kayaking for everyone, ages 5 and up; no experience necessary. Instructions in English, Spanish and other languages. 

On land activities include: museum passes to visit the Boston Children’s Museum and The Institute of Contemporary Art, water taxi rides, fitness classes with TrillFit, pedicab rides, fishing, tours and nautical lessons aboard the historic Roseway sailing ship, and more. 

This program will be offered in Fort Point Channel on:

– Saturday, Aug. 14: Un Dia de Kayak

– Saturday, Sept. 12: Black Joy Day

Registration may be needed for some activities.

Email The American City Coalition at waterways@tamcc.org or phone 857-308-3012 for more information and registration.

Grow More Food Series

The Urban Farming Institute of Boston will host the Grow More Food Series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays as follows:

– Aug. 14: Preserving the Harvest: Canning Tomatoes

Join master canning duo Sister Anna Muhammad & Sister Dora Muhammad as they teach how to preserve all those tomatoes from your garden or farmers’ market.

Visit https://urbanfarminginstitute.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Jazz on the Green with The Makanda Project

The UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St. in Roxbury will host an outdoor concert from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 on their beautiful greenspace.

The event will feature great jazz from The Makanda Project with special guest, Michael Gregory Jackson.

All are welcome - bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and stay a while.

Visit www.uuum.org for more information.

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 tantalizing hybrid of brand-new live plays, brand-new video plays, and brand-new-ish other video plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Visit theriottheater.com/full-schedule.html for more information and Zoom registration (0-$15).

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.

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 are welcome.

Event website: 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.

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.

WR Book discussion: ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’                             

The West Roxbury Branch Library book discussion group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18 to discuss The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a book synopsis, and registration.

Teen Book Discussion Group: ‘Where We Go From Here’        

The Boston Public Library’s Teen Book Discussion Group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 to discuss Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha.

Originally published in Brazil, this YA novel follows three young men as they navigate the realities of living with HIV and/or dating people who are HIV positive.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Twitch link.

Beyond the Page: ‘When No One Is Watching’                                                    

Why do Sydney Green’s neighbors mysteriously disappear once new developments arise? Can a remaining neighbor reveal the eerie truth? Find out in Alyssa Cole’s When No One is Watching, a spine-tingling tale of race, mystery and gentrification.

Join GBH Beyond the Page Book Club from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 for a live discussion with the author where people can ask her questions about her featured work, experience as a writer and more.

Visit www.wgbh.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

Purchase a Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® in a box kit to enjoy the spirit of Scooper Bowl on-the-go in August and help Dana-Farber Cancer Institute defy cancer.

Each ice cream and frozen yogurt kit purchased includes plenty for a group of four to six people to share (nearly 200 ounces of ice cream) and helps support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Pick up a pre-ordered ice cream kit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Roxbury Community College Parking Lot #1 at Columbus Ave. and Cedar St. and enjoy all your favorite flavors and brands from Scooper Bowl. Purchase a premium kit for a guaranteed golden ticket prize, with treats ranging from complimentary lifetime admission to the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, a year of free oil changes from Valvoline Instant Oil Change, and other fun surprises.

Visit https://www.jimmyfund.org/events/cancer-fundraising-events/jimmy-fund-scooper-bowl for more information, including details on kits and other pick-up dates and locations.

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 third race, “Run Wildest 5K, 10K, Half Marathon,” will take place in October (registration is open).

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.

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.

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.

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. 27 – 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. 

Mattapan Square Farmers Market

The Mattapan Square Farmers Market, Cummins Highway and Fairway Street in Mattapan will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 30.

Visit www.mattapanfoodandfit.org for more information.

Roxbury Crossing Farmers Market

The Roxbury Crossing Farmers Market, intersection of Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street in Roxbury will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Nov. 23.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-farmers-markets for a complete list of farmers markets.

Dudley Town Commons Farmers Market

Dudley Town Commons Farmers Market, corner of Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury will be open from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 28.

Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-farmers-markets for a complete list of farmers markets.

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 an 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.

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.