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This photo from the 1920s shows school kids in the children’s room at the Dorchester branch of the Boston Public Library.

'Invigorate Your Senses' Art Workshop                             

Greater Ashmont Main Streets presents "Invigorate Your Senses: A Journey through Local Art," an event series wrapping up with a unique art making experience from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

During this workshop with local artist Chanel Thervil, folks will have a chance to create a mixed media collage that reflects on the things they appreciate about their hands. The goal is to get them to reflect on the positive things that their hands help them do/experience that often get taken for granted.

Visit http://greaterashmont.org/calendar/greaterashmontcal for more information and registration (Donations strongly encourages: $5-$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.

‘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.

A Night for Brian Wallace

Families, friends and community are invited to an old-fashioned Southie reunion to honor Brian Wallace at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The event will be held at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St. in Dorchester.

Brian Wallace is a husband, father, writer, athlete, former State Representative, son of South Boston and a best friend to all.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/southie-reunion-honoring-one-of-southies-best-brian-wallace-ft-dru-errico-tickets-168637060989 for more information and reservations (Tickets: $25 | Reserve A Table for $250).

Watercolor painting workshop                  

Practice landscape painting at this free and fun watercolor painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Franklin Park (Scarboro Pond near Circuit Drive).

Hosted by a local artist-instructor, all instruction and materials will be provided for Boston artists, ages 9 and up, of all skill levels.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/september-2021-watercolor-painting-workshops-franklin-park for more information and registration.

Fall 2021 Conflict Resolution Colloquium: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: "There’s peace now, right?"

Marie Breen-Smyth will discuss the background to the peace agreements from 1998 onward in Northern Ireland. The lecture will assess the extent to which to describe the current situation as “peaceful” given the political threats of BREXIT, the Protocol and COVID. All of these will be explained. No prior knowledge is necessary.

The Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at UMass Boston will present this program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2021-conflict-resolution-colloquium-northern-ireland-conversation-tickets-169189657821 for more information and registration.

After-school Makers Club

September is Friendship Month.

The participants in this group will make Morse code friendship bracelets - perfect for sharing with a best friend. This program for kids, ages 6-12, but younger siblings can join with adult assistance. 

The program will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 outdoors in the reading garden (weather permitting) at the Adams Street Branch Library.

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

Make a bird feeder

Ms. Sherry will show kids (best for age 4 and older) how to make a simple bird feeder using recycled material. This program will take place outside of the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave., from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30.

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

Bird Street photographs by Jaypix Belmer

Local photographer Jaypix Belmer will share some of the images in a new book, Bird Street, as well as the stories behind the images from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30.

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

The Green New Dance Party

A fun, family-friendly celebration uplifting the work of Dorchester environmental justice organizations will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St.

Enjoy music, food, dancing and guest speakers and learn how to get involved in local efforts around sustainable food, green energy, transportation equity and more.

Free and open to all.

Go to https://thetrustees.org/event/65007 for more information and reservations.

UMass Boston Beacon 5K

Join alumni, faculty, staff, students, corporate sponsors and friends for UMass Boston Alumni Engagement's signature fall event: the Beacon 5K at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Choose your own adventure. Join them on UMass Boston’s campus for a run/walk on the scenic Harbor Walk or join “virtually” at a location of your choosing.

In-person participants can choose to participate competitively as a timed runner or may run/walk at their own pace. Even if not interested in running/walking, join them for the after-party.

A donation of $25 per attendee to either the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund or the Young Alumni Council Scholarship is suggested.

Registration includes: Entry to the 5K with a chipped bib to time progress; the opportunity to win a $100 gift card to UMass Boston’s bookstore; admission to the after-party with lunch and activities; and a UMass Boston 5K t-shirt.

Visit www.umb.edu/news_events_media/events/beacon_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 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.

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.

Pound in the Park

Join Pound Pro-Shantu Ealy for a free rockstar workout from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through

Oct. 27 in Savin Hill Park, 119 Grampian Way (by the basketball courts).

Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.

Designed for all fitness levels that appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities, participants can experience an exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/pound-in-the-park-tickets-161768045579 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.

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.

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.

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

#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.

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.

JFK Library and Museum onsite/online    

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with advanced timed ticket reservations.

The Library’s research room will remain closed, but researchers can continue to work with archivists online by emailing kennedy.library@nara.gov. There is also a wealth of online collections as well.

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

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.

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.

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.