Elsewhere in the City neighborhood notes:
BC performance of ‘Oil’
Time travel through the “Age of Oil” with May, a woman who marvels at the glow of a kerosene lantern in 1889 and journeys into the future to work as waitress in British occupied Iran in 1908; then, as an oil executive in 1970s London; a former Member of Parliament in the desert outside Kirkuk in 2021; and on to 2051, where she lives in a world where oil is now scarce. Will we deplete this ancient resource in 200 years?
The performance of “Oil” by Boston College Performing Arts will be held at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 23 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Robsham Theater Arts Center, Main Stage, 140 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill.
Visit www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/offices/student-affairs/sites/robsham-theater.html for more information and tickets ($17.50 and $12.50).
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!
Celebrate the fall harvest at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan by creating a carved pumpkin with your family group at your own table, playing pumpkin games and enjoying a fall socially distanced scavenger hunt. Learn about the history of pumpkins and the Jack-O-Lantern story.
This family event (geared for children 5 and up) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. Time Slots for each day will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80037-pumpkins-pumpkins-pumpkins for more information and registration (Adult/Children Members: $13 per person | Adult/Children Nonmembers: $15 per person). Pumpkins are available for an additional $6 each or bring your own pumpkin to carve. Register at least a week in advance to ensure a pumpkin.
Boston Baroque: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Boston Baroque’s season opens with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Rebel’s Les Élémens and more, all led by Music Director Martin Pearlman.
The performance will be held on stage in GBH’s Calderwood Studio at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. The 8 p.m. Saturday performance will also be Live-streamed.
Visit https://baroque.boston/handel-music-royal-fireworks-2021 for more information and tickets (Ticket prices vary).
HalloWeek at The Street
The Street at Chestnut Hill will host the following events on The Green to celebrate the season of Halloween:
– Spooky Storytime with Little Beats: from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 27
– Yappy Hour Halloween Pawty: from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28
– Halloween Glow in the Dark Concert with Venessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys: from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29
– Halloweek Character Meet & Greet: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Go to https://thestreetchestnuthill.com/events for more information and registration.
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).
Riverside Theatre Works will present “The Bodyguard” at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 29 through Nov. 7 and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Nov. 7.
The musical based on the hit film will fill French's Opera House, 43 Fairmount Ave. in Hyde Park with songs from the Whitney Houston catalogue.
Visit www.rtwboston.org/shows for more information and tickets ($28 to $35).
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 to schedule an appointment.
Morning Bird Walk
Join Correne George, a teacher naturalist, for some fall bird explorations from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 500 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan.
Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80064-morning-bird-walks for more information and registration. (Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $13)
Five Senses & the Natural World
Join the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 30 as the group explores the wonders of Autumn through their senses. Listen to the crunch of leaves and honk of migrating geese, smell the decomposing leaves, feel tree bark and take in the beauty of fall. The group will walk the trails and create fall themed art. Recommended for children, 5 to 12 years of age.
Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80071-five-senses-the-natural-world for more information and registration (Members: Adult $10, Child $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $12, Child - $12).
Online ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ DIY Altar Building and Music Workshop
Join Roslaba Solis from La Piñata for a virtual Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 30 on Zoom. Participants get a custom Zoom background, interactive padlet, and more.
Participants will be invited to use commonplace home goods to put together “ofrendas" in a DIY altar-building workshop. There will also be interactive traditional Meso-American music where participants will be taught how to sing Meso-American songs and play Meso-American rhythms.
They will recognize the indigenous peoples of the Americas who are still here and are an essential voice in Hispanic culture and their quintessential celebrations such as Dia de Los Muertos.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Spooky Science at the Waterworks Museum
Drop into the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. anytime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 30 for a ghoulishly good time.
Learn the science behind some spooky effects, crafts and activities while collecting candy, play fun Halloween-themed games and win prizes, and check out their popular “Spooky Science of Magic” show at 12:30 p.m.
They will also run their standard free tours with special access to the Allis Pumps in the basement, which is not usually open to general visitors.
Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Activities recommended for ages 3 to 13, but all are welcome (Donations welcome).
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/tricks-and-treats-spooky-science-at-the-waterworks-museum-tickets-177402825627 for more information and registration.
When trees are getting ready for winter, autumn brings an amazing tree party. Yellow, orange, red and even purple are all around as the days become shorter and the air becomes cooler.
Join the naturalists at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 for a short hike to observe the fascinating fall foliage, learn how and why leaves change color, and make beautiful autumn leaf sun-catchers to take home. Recommended for children, 5 to 12 years of age.
Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80110-autumn-colors for more information and registration (Members: Adult - $10, Child - $10 | Nonmembers: Adult - $13, Child - $13).
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.
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.
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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to reserve a space.
Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion: ‘400 Souls’
Local educator Josh Frank will lead a discussion of the collaborative book, Four Hundred Souls, a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans on Saturday, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 on Zoom. There will be two sessions offered: from 9:15 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 3:45 p.m.
The group will also discuss the controversial debate around including antiracist education in schools, especially recent pushback against Kendi's books and the 1619 Project.
About the book: The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws and objects.
This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library and the Roslindale Branch Librarian.
To register, email librarian Jennifer Hawes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write "400 Souls Discussion" in the subject line and specify Morning or Afternoon group.
Sparks for Arts: MPDC’s 55th Anniversary Gala
Celebrating Legacy – Honoring Community – Embracing Promise.
The Madison Park Development Corporation welcomes everyone to a festive virtual gala from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 to celebrate 55 years of fostering a vibrant & healthy Roxbury that people can attend from the comfort of their home.
Don a favorite gala attire and enjoy celebrating arts & culture, learning about current Hibernian Hall & MPDC programs, and enjoying exciting performances by Roxbury artists.
Visit Madison-park.org for more information and tickets ($0; $25; $100).
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.
Nick Presents Sunset Series
Nick Laudani and fellow musicians will play free live music at 6 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or go to commonstreet.org/rainbow-peace-flag-project for more information.
Big Sister mentoring
Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.
The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide award-winning (virtual) support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little sister’s family.
To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit www.bigsister.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.