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Fit Church Fit Community Week                                      

Get Moving, Stay Fit, Create Change. BMA Tenpoint presents Fit Family Fit Community Week with free home workouts with BreakFIT Wellness at 6 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 21.

The class will feature HITT, strength and yoga workouts for the whole family (all ages).

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/fit-family-fit-community-week-tickets-161809054237 for more information and 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 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.

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:

– 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.

Eat Local Month - Tour of ReVision Urban Farm                                  

Join the Sustainable Business Network on a tour of ReVision Urban Farm, 42 Fabyan St. – an urban farm that works to make healthy, culturally appropriate food accessible to the community – from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22 as part of Eat Local Month campaign.

Since 1990, ReVision Urban Farm, a program of Victory Programs, has been growing food for homeless families and the community while also offering job training and working to support a food system that is inclusive and diverse.

Ticket proceeds will go towards ReVision Urban Farm and the Sustainable Business Network.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-local-month-tour-of-revision-urban-farm-tickets-160815329981 for more information and reservations ($5). Additional donations welcome.

Webinar: LTO Success Stories                                          

What makes for a successful local tenant organization?

Residents of public housing are invited to join the MLK Institute online from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23 to learn from three resident leaders who’ve got the answer.

They’ll talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” – fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships, people can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life.

Visit www.melkinginstitute.org/event/6439 for more information and registration.

Tuning in to Summer Night Sounds - Online                                            

Summer evenings are accompanied by a natural soundscape that changes with the season, peaking in late summer.

This online presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 will focus on the creatures making all that racket, why and how they are sounding off, and who is listening. It will consider sound production and the specialized anatomy involved in it, along with unique behaviors of sound producing insects.

Learn to differentiate and recognize common night sounds, and the timing when you're most likely to hear them.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/mass-audubon-education/79537-tuning-in-to-summer-night-sounds-online for more information and registration (Members: $15 | Nonmembers: $20).

Mayor Janey's Movie Nights: 'Raya and the Last Dragon'                                            

“Raya and the Last Dragon” will be shown at 7:45 p.m. (dusk) on Tuesday, Aug. 24 in Ronan Park, 92 Mt. Ida Rd.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-movie-nights for more information, including a complete list and synopses of the movies.

Stitch House Book Club with Shelley                                            

Stitch House (846 Dorchester Ave.) hosts a monthly book club from 11 a.m. to noon on the fourth Friday of the month, now meeting both in person and virtually on Zoom. Bring lunch and, of course, your knitting.

The Aug. 27 read is The Last Days of Ellis Island by Galee Josse.

Go to stitchhousedorchester.com 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. 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.

Boston Triathlon                                                                                          

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.BostonTri.com for more information and registration.

Meditation and Stretch

Join Marcel from Fit-CF in collaboration with the Center for Community Wellness at Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center for guided meditation and stretching from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on weekdays to start the day and from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays to help wind down and finish the day.

Visit https://sportsmenstennis.org/meditation-stretch-with-marcel-from-fit-cf for more information and Zoom 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.

Parks Fitness: Cardio and Core with Ella                                     

Cardio and Core with Ella will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 28 at Ronan Park (Flag Pole), 92 Mt. Ida Rd.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Dorchester New Parents Group

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

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

Visit jfcsboston.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Parks Fitness: Line Dancing with Boston Rhythm Riders                      

Line Dancing with Boston Rhythm Riders will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 29 at Franklin Park (Refectory Hill), 1 Circuit Dr.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

Spice Club                                                                

The Uphams Corner Branch Library is hosting a Spice Club from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month through Sept. 8 for adults and teenagers (ages 14 and older).

Each month participants can pick up the spice of the month at the library as well as some information about the spice and some potential recipes. The group will gather on Zoom to discuss the spice and what each made.

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

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).

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 August.

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

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

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

Kids Bowl Free program

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

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

Sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com.

BCYF summer programs and classes                                            

Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston summer camps

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston runs full-day fun-filled camps for children, ages 6-12. Campers participate in a diverse roster of activities, including arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips and lots of swimming.

Visit www.bgcb.org/what-we-do/summer-programs for more information and registration.

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.

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. 

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.

Courageous Sailing has begun                                                                    

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

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

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

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

ADSL programs 

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership (ADSL) provides quality programming for youth, ages 5-18, helping them to build self-esteem, leadership skills and healthy lifestyles through athletic and academic achievement.

ADSL programs are currently open with limited activities following strict health and safety guidelines.

Register to participate, to learn, to play, to volunteer, to mentor, to coach at alldorchestersports.org or phone 617-287-1601.

Kroc Community Center onsite/online                                                                              

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

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

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

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

DotHouse Farmers Market

The Dot House Farmers Market, 1353 Dorchester Ave. (outside space next to Kelly House) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 5.

Accepts farmers market coupons, WIC coupons, and SNAP/EBT

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

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 through Oct. 29.   

Accepts SNAP/EBT/HIP.

Codman Square Farmers Market

Codman Square Farmers Market, 360 Talbot Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 9.

Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers.

#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.

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.

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.

M.O.B. Flea Market at DAP                                  

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

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

‘Emotion Revolution’ exhibition                                                                                        

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

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

City Peace Project

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

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

Big Sister mentoring                                                                                    

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

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

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

EMK Institute programs and activities for at home fun

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

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

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

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

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston   

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

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

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

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

Franklin Park Zoo seeks donations

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

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

The Neighborhood Aid Network   

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

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