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Oasis for birds walks                                                                                   

Both beginner and advanced birders will enjoy discovering and learning about the fascinating birds of Belle Isle Marsh and vicinity during a free nature walk, co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the DCR.

The walks will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month (except on holidays).

Belle Isle Marsh is a restored wildlife habitat that attracts a yearly count of 265 species of birds. The group will meet at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1399 Bennington St. in East Boston.

Visit www.mass.gov/doc/belle-september-2021-programs/download or phone 781-656-1485 for more details.

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.

Give Veterans a Smile

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine will offer free dental exams, oral cancer screenings and prosthodontic consults for veterans from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Harvard Dental Center, 188 Longwood Ave.

Virtual appointments can also be scheduled for another date.

Learn more and RSVP at https://hsdm.harvard.edu.                                                 

Roxbury Neighborhood Event

Join UU Urban Ministry and other members of the Roxbury neighborhood for a morning of speakers, food and festivities from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2 on the greenspace at 10 Putnam St. to support the restoration of the interior of First Church Roxbury (Meetinghouse).  

Having the support and input of these neighbors is an important part of this effort and they hope everyone will be a part of it.

Once completed, the Meetinghouse will be a place to gather for events, speakers, concerts and other activities important to this community. 

Visit www.uuum.org for more information.

BBF: Roxbury Highlands

Boston By Foot will host the Roxbury Highlands tour 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).

Jazz on the Green with The Makanda Project

The UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St. in Roxbury will host an outdoor concert from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 on their beautiful greenspace.

The event will feature great jazz from The Makanda Project. Sparc! (MassArt’s art-mobile) will join the celebration with live painting.

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

Visit www.uuum.org for more information.

Metal Night

The Flooding, Dormivore, and Crowfeeder will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston.

Visit www.herterpark.org for more information.

Riot Improv: Songs to Scenes                                     

Witness an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6.

Riot Improv (Rozzie Square Theater, Roslindale) will partner with musician Patrick Short for an unforgettable night of music and laughter. Songs to Scenes will draw on-the-spot inspiration from Short's music to create never-to-be-scene-again improv comedy.

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

ARC Blood Drive at  Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Roslindale            

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, 1200 Centre St. in Roslindale, will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4.

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

West Roxbury Library Origami Club

A teen volunteer-led origami program will be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St.

This is a stress-free environment full of fun and creativity for kids and teens (ages 6 to 18). Come and learn models from as simple as a crane, as fun as a ninja star, as beautiful as a peacock, or as complicated as a dragon.

Visit www.uuum.org for more information.

Brooklyn Rider concert                                                       

The first performance in this daredevil quartet’s three-performance arc highlights the formidable range of globe-spanning composers who write original works for Brooklyn Rider, including a world premiere of a new work by Osvaldo Golijov.

Streaming live at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, from GBH Calderwood Studio and available on demand until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Visit www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/performance-event-calendar for more information and tickets.

HONK! Street Music Festival

The 16th annual Festival of Activist Street Bands will be held from Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 10 – rain or shine.

A wide variety of on-site events will take place throughout local neighborhoods, involving a collaborative effort between local brass and percussion street bands and each neighborhood’s community activists’ network, in a rousing unified effort to achieve the common goal for all residents: “Health, Hope, …. and HONK!”

This festival is free and open to all.

The full list of participating neighborhoods and local bands, go to www.honkfest.org, email info@honkfest.org or phone 617-383-HONK (4665).

Chamber Music in the Park

Pack a picnic and join LSO Brass Quintet and String Quartet for a free performance under the stars from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd. in Allston. (Rain date: Oct. 13).

Visit http://longwoodsymphony.org/concerts/oct8-free for more information.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic, sponsored by Friends of the Roslindale Library, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.

The event will feature Yves Mary Jean and Eileen Cleary.

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

Fall harvest

Join the BNC (Mattapan) garden educator for some late-season gardening, harvesting and learning from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. 

Children and adults will spend time in the Boston Nature Center educational garden plots learning about fall harvest while picking vegetables to take home, cutting flowers to dry and collecting seeds for next year's garden.

The group will work together to prepare the garden beds to sleep through the winter by weeding, watering, and mulching. The program will conclude with some tasty treats from the garden while sharing and listening to stories from around the world that celebrate harvest time.

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/79880-fall-harvest for more information and registration (Members: Adult - free, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - free, Child - $13).

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, Oct. 9.

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

Riot X: Live-ish 30 virtual plays in your real world                                

Riot X (The Rozzie Square Theater) has metamorphosed their monthly live show caterpillar into a beautiful video butterfly.

Watch it virtually flutter its wings spectacularly with a tantalizing hybrid of brand-new live plays, brand-new video plays and brand-new-ish other video plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

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

ARC Blood Drive at  Elks Lodge #10                                                                                 

The Elks Lodge #10, 1 Morrell St. in West Roxbury will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11.

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

Women Business Leaders Conference/Women of Color Business Summit

Join the Center for Women & Enterprise's second Virtual Women Business Leaders Conference featuring the Women of Color Business Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 14. This is their premier educational and networking event for women business leaders and supplier diversity professionals.

This year's event will feature: workshops, roundtables and panel discussions led by knowledgeable experts; topics center around building and scaling your business; personal journey and growth; keynote speakers; Women of Color Business Summit including forums, panels and workshops specifically addressing the needs of women of color entrepreneurs and business leaders of color; Ample opportunities to network and make new connections 

Cost: $125 for one-day ticket; $200 for entire conference two-day ticket.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/women-business-leaders-conference-ft-the-women-of-color-business-summit-registration-148768052249 for more information and registration.

ARC Blood Drive at  The Church of the Redeemer                   

A blood drive will be held at The Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond St. in Chestnut Hill from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

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

BMA TenPoint Virtual Awards Gala Emerging Stronger

BMA TenPoint will host their 2021 Virtual Fall Gala from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The theme is Emerging Stronger by Faith. 

This year, they will celebrate resiliency as people continue to push through COVID, creating new partnerships and impacting the communities. 

Funds raised through the gala provide critical resources that allow them to offer programs and services to deserving children and families in the Boston neighborhoods.

Visit www.bmatenpoint.org/gala for more information and Zoom registration (Free; donations and sponsorships welcome).

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

Steppin’ Out for the Dimock Center

The 34th annual Steppin’ Out gala will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.

This livestream event will feature the recognition of honorees, special Dimock videos and as always, top-notch musical entertainment.

A gift will ensure the continued vital care of Dimock patients and families whose needs are growing during the pandemic.

Visit https://givebutter.com/steppinout for more information.

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.

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.

Monday Job Seekers Group

Join other job seekers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays for mutual support, encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment in your job search. Job Seekers Connection energizes and motivates participants by teaching valuable career search strategies and techniques.

Visit https://edportal.harvard.edu/events for more information and Zoom registration.

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.

Concerts on the Commons

Taking place at 4:30 p.m. on the second and last Wednesdays of the month (weather permitting) through Oct. 27 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 online and onsite fitness classes will be held through Saturday, Oct. 2.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.