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This is how the public library and reading room in Franklin Park looked like in the late 1890s. Learn more from Digital Commonwealth at www.digitalcommonwealth.org.

NEFA Public Art for Spatial Justice ‘Dance, Sweat, Movement’

Join Soulfire Movement and magnetic community healers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 at Geneva Cliffs, 275 Geneva Ave. (Rain date on Sundays)

They are activating public space with action, sweat and collective healing to help people step out of their daily routine and experience social togetherness. There will be an abundance of music, dance, giveaways and weekly sound healing.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/nefa-public-art-for-spatial-justice-dance-sweat-movement-tickets-172880870337 for more information and registration.

Charles Overton Group ‘Once More’ concert                  

Harpist Charles Overton will make his in-person Neighborhood Arts debut with his four-piece group in this program titled "Once More," after his most recent album release. Count on some sophisticated and smooth atmospheric music encompassing jazz, original works from "Once More" and more recent compositions, and pop covers. Charles Overton shows off the surprising versatility of the harp.

The concert will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. and will be available for on-demand viewing at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Go to www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/neighborhood-arts/charles-overton-group for more information and reservations.

Shadow work for young adults                                           

To fully live in the light, people must learn to fully embrace the darkness within. This means confronting negative thoughts, emotions and experiences that have shaped who people are so they can be more intentional about who they are becoming. People need to learn to live in the full range of human capacity and to not feel bad about doing it. Every emotion and impulse are perfectly human.

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford says, “Our inner darkness is referred to as the shadow, id or subconscious. From a young age, we are taught what is good and what is bad - and what is perceived as bad often gets repressed, resulting in inner fragmentation and psychological projection. These are the aspects of the self that make up the shadow. The shadow has plenty of gifts to offer us, though, and the purpose of shadow work is to identify and acquire these gifts in order to live a more fulfilling life.”

Teens 16+ to young adults in their mid-to-late 20s are invited to join YA librarian Paul on Zoom from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 to put into practice some of the shadow work exercises featured in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by personal transformation expert Debbie Ford.

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

Kennedy Library Forums: Our Changing Electorate

Robert Griffin, senior research advisor and research director for the Voter Study Group at Democracy Fund; Gabriel R. Sanchez, University of New Mexico professor of political science and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and Tova Wang, Democracy Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance, explore recent demographic trends and their significance for future elections from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/our-changing-electorate-tickets-176652110217 for more information and registration.

Commonwealth Kitchen tour and info session (Virtual)

Hear what Commonwealth Kitchen has to offer small food businesses and go on a virtual tour of their commercial kitchen space from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-info-session-tour-commonwealth-kitchen-tickets-135395793463 for more information and reservations.

From Speeches to Tweets: Why Presidential Rhetoric Matters

Join former presidential speech writers from both sides of the aisle from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 for a discussion on the importance of word choice by the President of the United States and how presidential communications have changed over time.

Visit www.emkinstitute.org for more information and registration.

Tiny DAP concert series                                                                                                                  

Tiny DAP Concerts is a web series (produced by Boston Compass Newspaper) that will offer professionally produced, pre-recorded performances highlighting emerging talent from Greater Boston artists who are at the top of their class in New England Hip Hop.

Season 1 features five artists from the DAP Open Mic community. The next concert will be free and accessible on the DAP YouTube channel on Thursday, Oct. 21. 

Go to www.dorchesterartproject.com/tiny-dap for more information.

Introduction to animal tracking                                                     

In this fun guided walk-through Franklin Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 23, attendees will look at animal tracks, scat and other signs they leave behind, and learn how to identify which animal left them. Suitable for families and children age 12 and up.

Go to www.emeraldnecklace.org/event/introduction-to-animal-tracking-10-23 for more information and registration.

‘Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health’

Codman Square Health Center will host the annual “Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 under the virtual tent. The virtual event will feature: musical performances, cooking and cocktail demonstrations; video visits form their celebrity chefs; and messages from elected officials along with photos of Codman’s Health Care in Action.

Guests are welcome to attend in different ways:

– Attend the virtual event for free.

– Get dinner. Since food is such a central part of the Men of Boston experience, their longstanding fine food provider, Above and Beyond Catering, will deliver a special Men of Boston meal. Please note: the deadline for ordering a dinner ticket is Oct. 21.

–  Make a donation.

Go to www.codman.org/menofbostoncook for more information and reservations.

Grand Drawing Gala-Ween

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester for the Grand Drawing Gala-Ween at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at the Granite Links Golf Club, 100 Quarry Hill Drive in Quincy to help raise funds to support the BGCD programs and members they serve.

Get dressed up in your most glamorous costume attire and enjoy a Spooktacular night with a chance to win one of their Grand Prizes. Event highlights will include an incredible silent auction, delicious food stations, dancing to a fabulous live band and their special Grand Drawing.

Visit https://events.readysetauction.com/boysgirlsclubsdorchester/gala for more information and tickets.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga         

Join the Boston Public Library remotely from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays for a gentle yoga class by Hands to Heart Center (HTHC). Participants can expect a beginner-level one hour yoga flow, with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels. All are welcome.

These classes will be live-streamed on HTHC's YouTube channel, where previously recorded sessions may also be found.

To attend, visit https://bit.ly/BPLY0GA. No registration is required.

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.

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 ($10).

Love Serving Autism tennis program

The Love Serving Autism tennis program will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 7 at the Sportsman’s Tennis Center, 950 Blue Hill Ave. There will be two groups: one for ages 5 to 10 and one for ages 11 to 18.

Love Serving Autism’s mission is to expand life skills, especially functional communication, through multidisciplinary specialized therapeutic tennis instruction to increase community inclusion and independence of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Challenges.

The goal is for the participants to apply their newly learned skills throughout the community, including school, workplace, social/recreational gatherings, and home settings. The program provides education and training to coaches and tennis professionals for an adaptive tennis specialization in the industry.

Visit https://loveservingautism.org/tennis-program-registration for more information and registration ($60/6 classes).

Meditation and Stretch

Join Marcel from Fit-CF in collaboration with the Center for Community Wellness at the 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.

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.

Game Time

Game on! Join the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 29 for an afternoon of hopscotch, Pictionary, Mario Kart and other contactless games. The event will be held outside, weather permitting.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

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.

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.

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.