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‘The Bodyguard’

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).

HalloWeek at The Street

The Street at Chestnut Hill will host a Halloweek Character Meet & Greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 on The Green.

Go to https://thestreetchestnuthill.com/events for more information and registration.

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.

Autumn Colors

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.

West Roxbury Library Origami Club

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

This origami program is a stress-free environment full of fun and creativity where kids and teens (ages 6 to 18) can 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 bpl.org/events for more information.

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.

Morning bird walk

Join Correne George, a teacher naturalist, for some fall bird explorations from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80066-morning-bird-walks for more information and registration (Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $13).

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.

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 roslindale@bpl.org. Write "400 Souls Discussion" in the subject line and specify Morning or Afternoon group.

‘Damrell's Fire’ Film Screening + Q&A

As a complement to their latest temporary exhibition "Fire and Water: An Exploration of the Great Fire of Boston," the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. will host a screening of "Damrell's Fire" followed by a Q&A with the film's writer, director and producer Bruce Twickler from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 6.

“Damrell’s Fire” is a groundbreaking documentary about the man who fought to eliminate the conflagrations that destroyed America’s cities in the 19th century. Offering breath-taking animations that recreate the battle against Boston’s Great fire, rare archival films, and interviews with urban historians, “Damrell’s Fire” is an educational and entertaining look at a crucial chapter in America’s “coming of age” story.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/damrells-fire-film-screening-qa-with-director-bruce-twickler-tickets-178063120587 for more information and registration (donations welcome).

Nuts about squirrels

Squirrels eat everything from acorns to tree bark, make two different homes depending on the season, and mostly communicate with other squirrels through the movement of their tails.

While enjoying the crisp fall air and the colorful leaves, participants in this group will be scampering around looking for squirrel food, building nests, and doing other squirrely activities from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan. Geared for families with children, ages 5 to 12 years old.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80072-nuts-about-squirrels for more information and registration (Members: Adult: $10, Child: $10 | Nonmembers: Adult $12, Child: $12).

Animal adaptations

How do animals survive the change of seasons?

Learn how animals use their unique physical features to hibernate, migrate and tough out the cold weather from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan.

The group will explore the trails looking for animal signs and homes, as well as test our ability to create our own winter shelter. Geared for families with children, ages 5 to 12 years old.

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80109-animal-adaptations for more information and registration (Members: Adult: $10, Child: $10 | Nonmembers: Adult $13, Child: $13).

Autumn photography workshop with Eduardo del Solar

Join local photographer Eduardo del Solar for an afternoon of fall photography from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Mattapan.

This group will start with a short lecture on photographing fall using the Boston Nature Center as the subject matter. del Solar will share some of his fall images taken at this sanctuary before going on a photographic exploration of this sanctuary. The goal is to capture close-ups, panoramic, documentary and abstract fall images through this walk. Bring your DSLR, mirrorless or cell cameras.

Participants must have either a digital point-and-shoot or digital SLR camera. Cell phone cameras will not suffice.

Go to www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80120-autumn-photography-workshop-with-eduardo-del-solar for more information and registration (Members:  $40 | Nonmembers: $50).

ARC Blood Drive at  Elks Lodge #10                                 

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at the Elks Lodge #10, 1 Morrell St. in West Roxbury.

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

Community Servings ‘Pie in The Sky’ Fundraiser

When you purchase a $30 pie for the holiday table or a Community Servings client, you also provide a week’s worth of scratch-made medically tailored meals for a neighbor in need.

Thanks to ScrubaDub, everyone who purchases a pie for one of Community Servings clients will receive a free Express Wash coupon after Thanksgiving.

Visit www.pieinthesky.org for more information on how to become a Pie Seller, a Pie Sponsor and/or a Volunteer and/or to order apple and/or pecan pies.

Reading the Rainbow: An LGBTQ Book Group

Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 for a lively discussion of Mean by Myriam Gurba.

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

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).


The Martin Richard Foundation, in partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation, New Balance and DMSE Sports, will host the fourth annual MR8K at Boston Landing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. This five-mile (8K) race is open to runners, walkers and para-athletes of all abilities, as well as families with small children.

The Martin Richard Foundation established the MR8K in 2019 as its signature annual fundraising event, giving more people an opportunity to run for Team MR8. All funds raised will benefit the Martin Richard Foundation’s work to support community organizations that advance its values of inclusion, kindness, justice and peace.

Go to https://teammr8.org/team-mr8 for more information and registration ($45).

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.

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.

Monday Job Seekers Group

Join other job seekers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on (most) 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, including the weekly topic and guest speakers, 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.

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.

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.

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.