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Riot Improv

Riot Improv, the flagship group of The Riot Theater Company at the Rozzie Square Theater at 5 Basile St., Roslindale will present a variety of shows that come in many delicious and hilarious flavors from 8 to 9:30 p.m. every Saturday (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). “Mainstage: Your Quirky Family,” inspired by the quirks of your family, is slated for June 22, July 6 and July 13; “Songs to Scenes,” an eclectic and hilarious mix of improv comedy and live music is planned for June 29 and July 27; and “Stories to Scenes,” improv comedy with a narrative twist, on the third Saturday (the next show is on July 20), are among the line ups. For more information, visit or phone 617-942-0294.

Watercolor Painting

The ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshop for children, ages nine and up, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) on Sunday, June 23 at Chandler Pond, Lake Shore Rd. in Brighton. The workshops welcome artists of all skill levels to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces, with instruction and materials provided. For more information on this workshop and other programs ParkARTS, visit, call 617-635-4505 or email

Scavenger hunt

The Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., is hosting a “Celebrate Summer Scavenger Hunt” for children, ages 12 and under, with caregivers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (library hours) on Monday, June 24. Pick up a scavenger hunt form and look for books that answer each question. Fill out the whole sheet and win a prize. For more information, visit or the library or call 617-298-9218.

Learn about Clara Barton

“Angel of the Battlefield” takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St. Clara Barton, born in Oxford, revolutionized the role of women in medical care and in society. The program will examine how Barton challenged the accepted role of women in 19th century American society. This includes a hands-on activity that will look at 19th century battlefield medical improvements and readings from Clara Barton’s journal. This program is part of the National Parks of Boston outreach presentations. To learn more, visit

Roxbury Film Festival

The Roxbury International Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts is underway and runs through June 29 with a varied lineup of narrative, experimental, and documentary films by, for and about people of color, giving voice to diverse cultures, both local and worldwide. The closing night film is Don’t Be Nice, a rousing doc about a team of young New York City slam poets competing in the national championship. Most screenings are followed by a discussion with the filmmaker or filmmakers. The full lineup with locations and ticket prices can be found on the MFA’s website at

Yoga for older adults

The Parker Hill Branch Library at 1497 Tremont St. in Roxbury will hold Saturday yoga classes for adults, ages 55 and older, from 10 to 11 a.m. through June 29. Wear clothes to comfortably move in. Yoga mats and props will be provided. All experience levels are welcome. This program is made possible by the Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust and the New England Baptist Hospital.

‘Hugs and Play’

Join ABCD and other parents for toddler activities and companionship at the Mattapan Branch Library at 1350 Blue Hill Ave. “Hugs and Play” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through July 1. This is a drop-in activity, recommended for children, ages one through five. Groups must preregister. For more information, call 617-298-9218.