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This postcard shows King Cleansers at 435 Geneva Ave. in Dorchester during the 1930s.

Zoo Howl

Thrills, chills and animals await everyone at the Franklin Park Zoo’s annual Zoo Howl, where children are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31.

Other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze. At selected times throughout both days, guests can learn about the importance of enrichment as they watch many of the animals receive pumpkins as enrichment items.

There will be other special events happening on Sunday, Oct. 31 as well.

Go to www.zoonewengland.org/engage/zoo-howl for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Codman Square Health Center Women's Health Fair

Stop by Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 for a health screening, some interactive demonstrations, chair massage, yoga, give-aways and more.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/codman-square-health-center-womens-health-fair-tickets-177385694387 for more information and registration.

Celebrate! Día de los Muertos with Veronica Robles

Join Veronica Robles from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 30 as she shares her personal experience with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with songs, dance and music. A tradition that originated in Mexico, this celebration goes beyond costumes or face painting – it’s about honoring and remembering your loved ones and celebrating life.

A link to view this Celebrate! series virtual program will be provided to all who are registered at www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-dia-de-los-muertos-with-veronica-robles-registration-186925147147. It will also be broadcast on the JFK Library's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/JFKLF.

Kroc-o-Treat Celebration

The 10th annual Kroc-O-Treat Celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.  

Located in front of The Salvation Army Boston Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St., all trick-or-treaters are welcome to walk up, show off their costume, and receive a bag of candy.

Children of all ages are welcome with adult supervision following the City of Boston COVID guidelines.

Go to https://easternusa.salvationarmy.org/boston-kroc/events/kroc-o-treat-celebration 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.

‘King Richard: Nixon and Watergate - An American Tragedy’

Michael Dobbs, author and former longtime reporter for The Washington Post, will discuss his new book King Richard: Nixon and Watergate - An American Tragedy with award-winning author and journalist Evan Thomas from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/king-richard-nixon-and-watergate-an-american-tragedy-tickets-176667175277 for more information and registration for this Kennedy Library Forum.

Ashmont Book Club                        

Ashmont Hill Book Club will meet at 7:15 pm. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 to discuss The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning.

Email klil@hotmail.com for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Birds of Boston along the Neponset River

Join a Boston Nature Center teacher naturalist from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 6, starting at the Joseph Finnigan Park to look for some local bird species along the Neponset River.

Birdwatching is an easy way to get outdoors, get moving and connect with nature in your own backyard. Participants will even have a chance to make their own paper airplanes in the shape of bird wings and play on the newly reopened playground at Pope John Paul II Park.

Visit www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/boston-nature-center/80079-birds-of-boston-along-the-neponset-river for more information and registration.

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Want to set yourself up for a great veggie gardening season next year? Join the Trustees in a Dorchester community garden at 10 Josephine St. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 to learn some simple steps you can take this fall to build healthier soil and reduce garden diseases and pests next season.

They’ll cover which garden debris to clean up and what to leave, how to test and amend the soil, and how to use mulch or cover crops to protect and enrich your soil.

Go to https://thetrustees.org/event/67774 for more information and registration (Donations appreciated).

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.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K

Start Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25 with a run or walk at 9 a.m. on the beautiful paths of the crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park. The scenic 3.1-mile (5K) route includes the park's most beautiful and historic views.

Sign up a group, family or yourself. Strollers, all ages and paces, and race-ready leashed dogs are welcome. There will be awards for the fast finishers (for people, pups and prams) and costumes.

Runner registrations support the Franklin Park Coalition’s programs and events including; conservation & stewardship, arts & health, and advocacy that happen year-round.

The three pillars of the Franklin Park Coalition are: Work, Play and Engage! Their signature fundraising and fitness event, the 9th annual Turkey Trot 5K brings each of these elements to life in the park. 

Go to www.franklinparkcoalition.org/featured-events/turkey-trot for more information and registration ($15-$30).

MR8K

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.