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Fierce Urgency of Now Festival                                          

Hosted by City Awake and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce through Saturday, Sept. 18, the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival brings Boston’s diverse young professionals together with business leaders, organizations and their peers to build connection, advance careers and ignite positive change.

With a mix of virtual and in-person events held across spaces throughout the city, this festival offers opportunities to engage in peer networking and intimate discussion, expert-led professional development and inspiring talks from today’s thought leaders.

Over half a century later, the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival strives to carry the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and mission forward by forging a more equitable, inclusive future for Greater Boston.

Visit www.cityawake.org/events/2021-festival-calendar for more information and registration.

Free Community Housing Fair and Business Resurgence Event

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (N.A.R.E.B.) and Greater Boston Realtist Chapter Inc. is hosting a Community Housing Fair and Business Resurgence at Boys & Girls Clubs of Yawkey Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury at 115 Warren St. in Roxbury from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

This fair will enable small business resurgence and stimulate homeownership opportunities in Greater Boston, including cities with affordable housing lottery and similar programs available.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/free-community-housing-fair-and-business-resurgence-event-tickets-165985594381 for more information and registration.

Savor The Square 2021                                                                   

Savor The Square 2021 will bring food, fun and entertainment to Nubian Square from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, thanks to a partnership among The American City Coalition, Roxbury Main Streets and the City of Boston.

Held at 4-9 Palmer St. in Roxbury, the event brings together brick-and-mortar businesses and entrepreneurial vendors in one marketplace in the heart of the business districts’ core.

Visit http://tamcc. org/savor-the-square for more information.

Immigrant Stories and Music from Boston and Beyond   

This outdoor performance, which aims to elevate the voices of immigrants representing a range of experiences, countries and cultures through music, dance, and storytelling, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Jamaica Pond boathouse. (Rain date: Sept. 19)

Visit www.hooplaproductions.org/finding-home for more information.

Brass in the Grass

Brass in the Grass – featuring Brassterisk, Dirty Water Brass Band and others – will be at Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Rain date: Sept. 26)

Visit www.herterpark.org for more information.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Deana Tavares is a creatively fluid artist, poet, songwriter activist and actor. Growing up on the south coast of Massachusetts, many of life's hurdles only further strengthened her drive toward the arts. Her deep connection to the natural world and humanity is regularly reflected through her visual artwork, poetry, and songwriting.

Ed Meek writes poetry, fiction, articles and book reviews. His new book of poems, High Tide, has just come out.

Visit https://masspoetry.org/statewidecalendar for more information and Zoom registration.

Riot Improv: Stories to Scenes                               

Riot Improv will collaborate with local storytellers in a unique mash-up to create hilarious improv comedy with a narrative twist from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. 

The improv scenes are inspired by real-life tales of humor, tragedy, love and more, performed live.

Visit theriottheater.com for more information and Zoom registration (All tickets are pay-what-you-can).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Night at Fenway Park

The Red Sox will host a Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened awareness day at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Fenway Park, 4 Jersey St. A portion of proceeds will go to ODSC and DEAF Inc.

 – The Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles.

– ‘Run the Bases’ Day – after this game, kids can go on the field with their parents/guardians and run on first, second, third bases and home plate.

For more information and tickets, visit https://offer.fevo.com/orioles-at-red-sox-4hqcyvj-eefba8d?fbclid=IwAR1DXoaIAucRwmnhY5DaBqCv0lpA0q0_H6psrWAbDq19geOBrH_PN2gBirQ&fevoUri=orioles-at-red-sox-4hqcyvj-eefba8d%2F  or contact 617-254-4041 or info@deafinconline.org.

Online Presentation with Cyclist Alan Wright

Roslindale resident Alan Wright just completed his lifelong dream of cycling cross-country. He started his solo trip on May 22 in Boston and completed the journey on Aug. 5 in Seaside, Oregon. He used his trip to bring awareness to climate change and raise funds for Bikes Not Bombs.

Wright rode more than 4,200 miles over 73 days. That was only half the trip. After riding across the country, Wright saw America from another cool vantage point: he rode Amtrak from Oregon home to Boston.

Wright will give a presentation about his fantastic trip from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20.

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

Living Room Conversations VI: Listening Courageously

“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently,” Dr. Maya Angelou said. When people think of being courageous, they might think of facing a common fear such the fear of heights or public speaking. Facing fears such as these involves discomfort and uncertainty. People might wonder if the potential benefits will outweigh the potential risks. But why might it take courage to listen? How might listening to different points of view make people feel vulnerable or at risk? And what are the possible benefits?

Join this Boston Public Library-facilitated living room conversation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 where participants can practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.

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

Cocktails in the Park 

Party in the Park, a unique cocktail party at Pinebank Promontory overlooking the picturesque Jamaica Pond, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

All proceeds support the revitalization of Charlesgate Park, a critical link in the region’s park network.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/party-in-the-park/purchase-tickets for more information and tickets.

Seed Saving online/onsite                                                     

The truly self-sufficient gardener not only knows how to grow their own food, but also save their own seed for next season. In this hands-on workshop, the Trustees will go through important factors to consider when saving seeds and demonstrate the process with several kinds herbs and produce.

– Register for the Zoom workshop being held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 hosted by Boston Community Gardens at https://thetrustees.org/event/64930.

– Register for the on-site workshop slated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Greenwood Community Garden, 142 Greenwood St. in Dorchester at https://thetrustees.org/event/64932.

Please consider supporting this workshop through the optional program fee.

Beyond the Page: ‘The First to Lie’ with Hank Phillippi Ryan                          

Can an investigative journalist reveal a pharma company’s disturbing truth? Who will be the first to lie in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s deceitful and thrilling tale? Find out what happens in September’s featured novel, The First to Lie.

To uncover the truth, join a live discussion with Beyond the Page author from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 22 via Zoom. Ask Ryan about her journey as an author and discover how she combines her investigative journalism experience with her love for thriller fiction.

Visit www.wgbh.org/events/beyond-the-page-the-first-to-lie-with-hank-phillippi-ryan for more information and registration.

At Home with Brian O'Donovan (Virtual)                                    

Meet the man behind GBH’s A Celtic Sojourn from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Brian O’Donavan will share stories about growing up in a small town in West Cork, Ireland, his immigration to the US and some surprising highlights in his distinguished career. Bring your questions – he’ll be ready to answer your questions. 

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

NB Fitness Club at Continuum

Continuum is partnering with NB Fitness Club to offer a free fitness series for all levels to get your heart pumping, gain strength and have fun.

Power Yoga will be offered in the Backyard at Continuum, 219 Western Ave. from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 and HIIT will be held on Oct. 14.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/nb-fitness-club-at-continuum-tickets-163375688081 for more information and registration.

BBF: Roxbury Highlands

Boston By Foot will host the Roxbury Highlands tour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, in partnership with the Boston Preservation Alliance.

This tour travels through the center of colonial Roxbury: Eliot Square, where the First Church stands as the oldest wooden church in Boston. The Highlands flourished in the mid-19th century as a garden suburb with many pear and apple orchards. There was even an apple named after the area – the Roxbury Russet. 

The attendees will see wonderful Greek Revival and Victorian houses along the route and discuss some of the amazing individuals who called this area home, including Edward Everett Hale – author of The Man Without a Country, and Louis Prang – who printed the first Christmas cards in America. 

The group will finish on top of the hill at the Roxbury Standpipe in a lovely park that occupies the location of the Roxbury High Fort.

Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org/tours/Roxbury for more information and registration (Adult: $17 | Child: $10; Child under 6: free).

Ask The Expert: Science of Smell (Virtual)                                  

Have you ever noticed that you can taste what you can smell?

Learn the science behind smell at GBH Ask the Expert with neuroscientist Rachel Herz, Ph.D. from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24.

This is a chance to explore the world of senses and ask questions about olfaction.

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

Family Book Group: ‘Hands Up!’                         

The librarian-moderated Family Book Group will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 to discuss the September Community Read: Hands Up! by Breanna McDaniel. 

In this picture book, a young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march. 

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

Run to Home Base                                                                             

The Run to Home Base, presented by Raytheon Technologies, is a unique 9K run and 5K run/walk through scenic Boston, ending with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of finishing the race by crossing Fenway Park’s famed home plate.

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will start at 8 a.m.

Friends and family can watch participants from the stands at Fenway, with food, entertainment and fun family activities in the concourse of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.

The Run to Home Base is their most critical, annual fundraiser providing vital funds for the clinical care and support for our Veterans and their Families who are impacted by the invisible wounds of war. 

Visit https://runtohomebase.org for more information and registration.

2021 Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention                          

The Samaritans will hold its annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The event will be a hybrid of in-person at Artesani Park, 5 Soldier's Field Rd. in Brighton and virtual activities.

All proceeds help fund Samaritans’ free lifesaving services, including their 24/7 Helpline, suicide prevention workshops, and grief support services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Visit https://support.samaritanshope.org/event/2021-5k-run-walk-for-suicide-prevention/

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MPDC meal prep & participation class

MPDC is hosting a meal prep and participation class for all ages, hosted by Leslie Stafford and facilitated by BOND of color from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Learn how to prepare, preserve, and create healthy meals with a group of participants, led by a certified nutritionist. All participants will receive a free bag of groceries, a swag bag, and a Certificate of Completion.

Visit www.madison-park.org/event/mpdc-meal-prep-participation-class for more information and Zoom registration.

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, Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.

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

Girl Scout in-person open house                

Discover how the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA can support girls – from building strong relationships and developing their sense of self to growing their confidence and leadership skills – at the fall open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Schoolmaster Hill at Franklin Park, Jewish War Veterans Drive.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls K-12 and provides the framework for an almost unending range of opportunities to make a difference, learn new skills, make new friends, get outdoors and explore the world.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-scout-in-person-open-house-for-new-families-tickets-168760369809 for more information – including incentives, such as free uniforms and a one-of-a-kind birthday bash invitation – and registration.

Roslindale Porch Fest

The Roslindale Porch Fest 2021 will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 26).

This free family friendly celebration of music and community will offer 100 live musical performances on 63 porches all over the community.

Visit www.roslindalearts.org/roslindale-porch-fest and/or www.facebook.com/roslindaleporchfest for more information.

‘We Sing: Boston’ Celebration                               

Join the Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) for “We Sing: Boston,” a citywide special celebratory finale at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common.

The event will feature a concert by BCC singers and choirs following the traditional interaction with the audience. The program will include some of the songs learned and taught in multiple languages at the earlier events, to reflect the diversity of the Greater Boston communities where they took place.

Visit www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/our-programs/we-sing for more information.

17th Annual Revels RiverSing

Sing away the summer and welcome in the fall at Revels RiverSing: A Free Family Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The fun begins at 5 p.m. with family activities provided by Revels and the Charles River Conservancy, followed by a puppet-filled "Parade to the Amp” starting at 5:45 p.m. Singing in the Amphitheater will start at 6 p.m.   

Revels RiverSing is a participatory music event filled with music, magic and songs celebrating the change of seasons and the splendor of the Charles River and its parklands. While puppets and whimsy may abound, the heart of RiverSing is the communal singing and the joyful spirit that comes with it.

Visit www.revels.org/shows-events/riversing for more information, including some of the performers.

Catie's Closet: Fill the Bus

Help Catie's Closet help under-served students feel prepared and confident this school year by participating in the Fill the Bus campaign through Thursday, Sept. 30.

Having a safe place like Catie’s Closet and access to basic necessities helps them envision a future where they can proudly be themselves and celebrate their uniqueness and identity.

There are three ways to have a major impact this year as an individual, with your family, or as a company: Run their Virtual 5K | Donate items, Host a drive or fund the items | Buy a confidence pack.

Catie’s Closet Distribution Centers are located at 63 Sprague St. in Hyde Park and at 19 School St. in Dracut.

Learn more at www.catiescloset.org/fill-the-bus-2021.

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.

CommonWheels Open Shop

CommonWheels Open Shop is a free, DIY, bike-maintenance skill-share. They provide the tools and guidance needed to help you fix and keep your bike working. Open Shop is also a great chance to hang out with fellow Boston cyclists, trade stories of biking adventures and share knowledge.

Stop by The Grove, 167 Western Ave. in Allston anytime from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 25.

Visit www.commonwheels.org for more information.

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 through Sept. 23. 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.

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.

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.

‘Collages and Constructions’ Juried Exhibition         

The Menino Arts Center will showcase the “Collages and Constructions” juried exhibition through Tuesday, Sept. 27. The mixed media exhibition features 44 pieces from the 38 artists juried by Ekua Holmes and curated by Sasja Lucas.

This exhibition will be viewable both in person at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Ave., Hyde Park and in a virtual 3D gallery that you can stroll through at www.hpaa-mac.org/ exhibits.

Inspired by Bolivia: Paintings by Maria Termini

Maria Termini will exhibit a series of acrylic paintings inspired by her experiences in Bolivia at the Putterham Library Wall Gallery, 959 West Roxbury Parkway, Chestnut Hill through Thursday, Sept. 30.

Termini is an artist, author and public speaker. Her latest book, Through the Mountains to the Stars, is a collection of stories and photographs about the adventures of a curious solo woman traveler in the Andes and especially Bolivia.

Termini has a studio and gallery in Roslindale. All the works in the show are for sale and studio visits are welcome.  

Visit www.mariatermini.com for more information.

ARC Blood Drive at Hyde Park 7th Day Adventist Church

Hyde Park 7th Day Adventist Church, 6 Webster St. (Hyde Park) will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

ARC Blood Drive at  Irish Social Club

Irish Social Club, 119 Park St. in West Roxbury will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

ARC Blood Drive at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital                            

Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, 736 Cambridge St. in Brighton will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Roxbury Reads Book Discussion: ‘Sister Outsider’     

Roxbury Reads Book Club will discuss Audre Lorde's classic, Sister Outsider from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.

This is an essay collection in which Lorde discusses pressing cultural and political topics (such as war, police brutality, love) while examining her own various identities as a lesbian, librarian, Black feminist, poet and thinker. 

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

Spectacle Island 5K & Fun Run                 

Boston Harbor Now will hold the 10th annual Spectacle Island 5K for beginner and elite runners alike, and all those who want to have fun on Boston Harbor from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Race day festivities feature a 5K Race, a half-mile Kids Fun Run, picnic lunch for participants, music, a beer ticket, and kids’ activities.

The race will start and finish on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. Ferries will depart from Long Wharf North and the Hingham Shipyard.

All proceeds from the Spectacle Island 5k will help support free and equitable access to Boston Harbor and Islands, and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families.

Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/5k 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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

Store hours: Mondays to Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays - 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 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: 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.