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The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition will host the eighth annual Mattapan on Wheels Bike-a-thon at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 21.

This year’s ride will be from Walker Playground at Norfolk Park, 528 Norfolk St. in Mattapan on the Neponset Trail, heading towards Hyde Park, Milton and Quincy. Riders of all ages and skill level will come together, get physically active and work to make Mattapan a more bike-friendly neighborhood. After the ride, participants can grab some food and join Mattapan partners at the 13th annual Hoops and Scoops event.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. with the ride starting at 9 a.m. People, ages 8 or older, can ride. An adult must accompany kids, ages 12 and under.

A donation of $5 would be welcome. Proceeds will help the Vigorous Youth attend the 2018 Youth Bike Summit.

To register and for more information, visit

Folk concert

A Roslindale open mic will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 23 at the Boston School of English, 814 South St., Roslindale. Musical performances will begin at 7 p.m.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist Kevin So will perform at 8:30 p.m. So has spent a lot of time living in and playing in different cities around the country, among them Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, where his folk music became infused with country influences. He is prepping a move back to the northeast, and will soon be settled in Framingham.

This is a family-friendly event, and donations for the guest performers are encouraged. A potluck supper will be served.

Visit for more information.

Concert in the park

ParkARTS will host free neighborhood concerts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at Adams Park, Roslindale and on Friday, July 27 at Clifford Park, Roxbury.

The Juke Joint 5 will perform on Tuesday and Lisa Lopes fronting Djim Djob and the Band will entertain on Friday.

For more details, call 617-635-4505.

Movies at the riverbank

The Department of Conservation and Recreation will host family movies at sunset Tuesdays during July at the Martini Shell, Truman Parkway in Hyde Park, as part of the 23rd annual Neponset River Greenway Festival.

The movies will include the live action feature “Elf” starring Will Ferrell on July 24 and Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” on July 31.

Attendees can bring a low chair or blanket. Admission is free.

Call 617-698-1802 or visit for more details.

Summer nature walk

Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center at 500 Walk Hill St. will host a nature walk from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

A center naturalist will lead a stroll on the trails and answer questions about the biodiversity of the Boston Nature Center’s 67 acres of woodlands, meadows and seasonal wetlands.

Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Registration is suggested.

Register online at or by calling 617-983-8500.

Craft workshop

A free artists-in-residence craft workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at Gertrude Howes Playground in Roxbury.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or 617-635-4505.

Latin American beats

Berklee College of Music and ParkARTS will host the 12th annual Tito Puente Music Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Mission Hill Playground, 1545 Tremont St., Roxbury.

Colombian artist Alea is a progressive and pioneering artist performing authentic and honest music. Accompanied by musicians Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza, Franco Pinna and Juan Ruiz, she delivers a high-energy performance that traces the musical heritage of many Latin American countries.

The band accentuates vocals, deep-rooted grooves, guitar conversations and sax and clarinet performances, walking the line between cumbia, vallenato, ranchera, jazz and pop.

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-927-1707 or visit