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Go WILD at the Zoo

Looking for a great way to end the year? Spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring the Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd.

Be sure to visit the education station inside the Tropical Forest, where you’ll learn about the amazing adaptations of animals during the cold winter months. There will also be fun winter-themed activities, crafts, zookeeper encounters and much more to explore from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Jan. 4.

Visit for tickets and other information.

Walking Group/Snow Shoeing

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host a family-friendly Walking Group/Snowshoeing group as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 9 a.m. on Sundays from Jan. 5 through April 26 at Franklin Park.

Experience the strength-training and cardio benefits of walking or snowshoeing through Franklin Park. Meet at the William J. Devine Clubhouse, One Circuit Dr., Jamaica Plain, for a group walk that is sure to work your core, quads, and lung capacity. All fitness levels are welcome. Distances may vary. Dress for the weather.

Visit or phone 617-534- 2355 for other information.

Dudley Reads Book Club

Join the Dudley Reads Book Club, hosted by the Dudley Branch librarians, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren St. in Roxbury.

The book selections are Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Jan. 6); Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Feb. 3); and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (Mar. 2)

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The Boston Parks and Recreation will host a family-friendly Bootcamp class as part of the Winter Fitness Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through April 29 at the ADSL Building at Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave. Bootcamp is designed to target your cardiovascular system and muscles utilizing exercises such as jumping jacks, push-ups, and lunges. All fitness levels are welcome.

Visit or phone 617-534- 2355 for other information.

Teen sewing class

A fun and creative introductory sewing program will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, and Jan. 29 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Rd.

Ms. Stephanie Cave, quilter and maker, will teach participants the basics of sewing. During the four sessions participants will make a pillow and other simple projects.

Visit for registration and other information.

Thursday Social Crafting

The Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave. welcomes all knitters and crocheters to join the yarn fun around the table from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

This is a social gathering for good company and good conversation – no instructions will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

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Judy Garland film series

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. will host classic Judy Garland movies from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays as follows:

“The Clock” (Jan. 10); “The Wizard of Oz” (Jan. 17); “Ziegfeld Girls” (Jan. 24); and “A Star is Born” (Jan. 31).

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Trunk Show at Stitch House

Jill of Jilly & Kiddles Indie Dyed Yarn will be at the Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

There will be lots of yarn, shop samples, and kits among other fun things.

Stop by to chat about all things yarn related, choose colors for your new projects, and take some selfies.

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Latino Dance Lessons

Latino Dance Lessons will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Beginners) and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Advanced) on Sundays from Jan. 12 through Apr. 26 at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club, 15 Talbot Ave.

Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa – polish your skills or learn new dance moves for their annual gala in May. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Each class is $12 with discounts available.

This event is presented by Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston (LLEGO) in partnership with Noche Latina Dance Company.

For more information, contact Jeanette Origel at

Chill on Park book group

Join Chill on Park and the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave. to discuss One Day in December by Josie Silver from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

All are welcome.

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Devine ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Devine Memorial Rink at 995 Morrissey Blvd. is open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours: Sunday from 4 to 5:50 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 2:20 p.m.; and Saturdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

Phone 617-436-4356 for holiday and school vacation changes and other information.

Book discussion: ‘Pachinko’

A book discussion will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St. The group will discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

The book is available at the library’s front desk.

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‘Celebrate!’ Series

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point will host the “Celebrate!” family programming series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on select days through April as follows:

Jan. 20 “Benkadi Drum and Dance;” Jan. 25: “Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy – “The Lion Dance;” Feb. 29: Valerie Tutson – “Tales from African Traditions;” Mar. 14: Celtic Bells – “The Irish in Boston;” Mar. 28: Bright Star Theatre – “We Can Do It! American Woman Through History;” and Apr. 21: Rick Adams – “Red’s Recycle-O-Rama.”

For more information and registration, visit or phone 617-514-1644.

BGCB Annual Dinner 2020

The annual dinner hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.

Each year, corporate and civic leaders gather for BGCB’s Annual Dinner to help build a better Boston. Attended by more than 800 people, Annual Dinner raises critical funds to support our city’s young people who need us the most. These funds immediately work to help their members succeed academically, make healthy choices, build strong character, and practice good citizenship.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visit for tickets and sponsorships.

Community game night

The Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington St. hosts a community game night on the first Mondays of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The library will have a variety of tabletop games for all ages.

Visit for other information.

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester through June 11.

This inclusive program promotes movement exploration in a safe and supported environment, encourages social and emotional growth, and is taught by highly qualified faculty with extensive backgrounds in teaching and dance education for individuals with disabilities, ages 8 through 12 of all abilities.

For more information visit or contact Erin Ferrara, Director of Inclusive Services at or phone 617-288-7120.