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Batty about bats

Mass. Audubon’s Boston Nature Center at 500 Walk Hill St. will host an evening program about bats from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Participants will enjoy a relaxing evening while learning about these misunderstood creatures of the night. From the tiny bumblebee bat to the giant flying fox, bats inhabit an amazing variety of ecosystems and are important to the health of the global habitat.

Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Registration is recommended, although walk-ins are welcome.

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

Jazz at the Fort

Berklee College of Music and ParkARTS will present Jazz at the Fort at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Highland Park, 58 Beech Glen St., Roxbury. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave.

Headlining the performance will be critically acclaimed Gregory Groover Negro Spiritual Project. Groover is a tenor saxophonist who has possessed a passion for music since he was 10 and is currently pursuing a master of music degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The quintet will present its most recent project featuring Groover’s arrangements of Negro spirituals and original compositions. The ensemble recently recorded an EP featuring these arrangements.

Folding chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-635-4505 for more information.

Movie night

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 with a screening of the animated feature “Leap!” at Fallon Playground, South Street in Roslindale.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Free popcorn will be provided. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 visit

Movies at the riverbank

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

The movies will include “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” starring Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black on Aug. 7; the Oscar-winning animated feature “Coco” on Aug. 14; Disney’s live action “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson on Aug. 21 and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” on Aug. 28.

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

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

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and 14 at Fallon Field, Roslindale; on Wednesdays, Aug. 8 and 15 at Iacono Playground, Hyde Park; on Thursdays, Aug. 9 and 16 at Marcella Playground, Roxbury; and Fridays, Aug. 10 and 17 at Hynes Playground, West Roxbury and the Hunt/Almont Park, Mattapan.

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

Rosalita’s Puppets will be at Ramsey Park at 11 a.m. at Fallon Field on Aug. 14.

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.

Splash and dance

A free splash and dance party will be held at the Hynes Playground, 502 VFW Pkwy., West Roxbury, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.

Kids can cool off in the spray features, try some tasty ice cream and listen to music from Mix 104.1 while dancing in the park and playing games.

Visit or call 617- 635-4505 for more details.

Big band concert

Roxbury Cultural District will welcome the acclaimed Boston area big band, the Makanda Project, in “Jazz on the Green,” their annual summer concert, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St.

Afternoon festivities will include food vendors, a yard sale, children’s games, health and wellness activities, an ice cream social, performances by the Hyde Square Task Force’s Accion Community Theatre and a jazz concert by the Makanda Project.

Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic lunches are welcome and admission is free.

For more details, call 617-750-3842 or visit