Dorchester neighborhood notes
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.
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.
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. 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.
Kids Bowl Free program
Kids enrolled in the Kids Bowl Free program will receive two free games of bowling every day, through Friday, Sept. 3 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.jfklibrary.org for more information and reservations.
LivingRoom Conversations VI: The Search for Purpose
In the current economy, people’s value is often based on earning power or visible signs of success. In interactions with each other, people transact their business, relationships and lives. But what would happen if we set up a different valuation system - one that supported a “happiness quotient” in the measure of success? What would that world and/or economy look like?
Join this Boston Public Library facilitated living room conversation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 1 where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Golf Course Concert Series 2021: The Pat Gaulin Trio
The Pat Gaulin Trio will play modern jazz classics and selections from the great American songbook from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at William J. Devine Golf Course Patio, 1 Circuit St. in Franklin Park.
Go to www.boston.gov/events for more information.
Season Extension with Apolo
As the summer winds down, the gardening season doesn’t have to.
Join Urban Farmer Apolo Catala at Oasis on Ballou Urban Farm, 100 Ballou Ave., for a free workshop on crops, materials, and techniques for extending the growing season into the fall from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/64928 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reading the Rainbow Book Group
Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 for a lively discussion of Carly Usdin's Heavy Vinyl.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Slack 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.
BCYF programs and services
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston offers accessible and affordable after-school time programming to children and teens in Boston and Chelsea.
Activities include music, art and crafts; science and technology projects; sports, fitness and recreation; and field trips. Life Skills, Leadership Training and Ready to Work programs are also offered.
Visit www.bgcb.org for more information and registration.
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 along with 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.
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.
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 gallery show which serves to amplify the voices of young emerging artists in the Boston area, and explore how they cope with the chaos of the present and the inscrutability of the future through their work.
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 among other Boston neighborhoods and across the nation 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: email@example.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.