How to get involved in your Boston neighborhood: December 2023
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Roxbury tree lighting and gift distribution
A Christmas tree lighting with Mayor Michelle Wu’s participation will take place at the Bruce C. Boiling Town Hall on Saturday. Children from the Roxbury community are invited to come for free holiday treats, live entertainment, face painting and refreshments. December 2, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM; 2300 Washington Street; Free, but registration is required in advance to receive the gifts
Holiday open house at Loring Greenough House
The historic Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain will open Saturday for visitors to tour the first floor and see rooms decorated with holiday decor. The historic kitchen will also serve food and drinks and allow visitors to meet local vendors. Outside, Christmas trees and wreaths will be sold. Mayor Michelle Wu will light the Christmas tree at the memorial across the street at 3 p.m December 2, 12:00pm – 4:00pm; 12 South Street; free
Next Friday, Mayor Michelle Wu, the powerful Boston Age Commission, and AT&T will host “Holiday Connections,” an event for senior residents to make free calls to connect with loved ones anywhere in the world. The event will also include a presentation on smartphone use, free breakfast and lunch, as well as games, prizes and technical support. Come to the fifth floor of City Hall in downtown Boston and you might meet a surprise guest. December 8, 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM; 1 Town Hall Square; free
Outdoor seaport Christmas market
Snowport 2023 will transform the seaport into a holiday wonderland
Boston’s Seaport District hosts an annual outdoor Christmas market. This year, “Snowport” features more than 120 vendors, a Christmas tree sale, food from local restaurants, a custom cocktail bar, and festive decor like a mistletoe arch and a winter wish wall. November 10 – December 31, various hours; 100 Seaport Blvd.; free
Glodna Castle Kwanzaa Party
As the start of Kwanzaa approaches, Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain will host “Castle of Our Skins,” a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating the Black arts through music. The concert will feature several black artists performing in a string band with elements of traditional African music. There will be refreshments and an opportunity for attendees to meet the artists. December 2 at 3 p.m.; 40 Walk Hill Street; free
A taste of winter at the PSF Community Center
Visit the PSF Community Center in Brighton for a ‘taste of winter’. This event will feature winter beers, craft beer, wine, comfort foods from Brighton and Alston restaurants, and music performed by the Jonathan Leaning Jazz Trio. December 9, 4:00pm – 8:00pm; 640 Washington Street; $35
Christkindlmarkt – German holiday market
Experience the traditional German holiday market “Christkindlmarkt” at the German International School in Allston next Saturday. The annual market features artisan vendors and decorations imported from Germany, as well as live music and carols. In addition, shoppers can sample traditional German food, Christmas cookies, coffee and Glühwein, a hot German mulled wine. There will be a book fair and petting zoo for children attending the event. December 9, 3:00pm – 7:00pm; 57 Holton Street; free.
Hike in Boston
For those looking for a chance to get outdoors and get some steps this holiday season, Boston City Park rangers will host Hike Boston, a guided hike through Boston’s parks and urban wilderness. Boston Park Rangers staff, Urban Wilds staff, or Parks staff will provide formal and informal discussions to go along with the trip. December 21, 4:00pm to 4:30pm; 139 Tremont Street; free
Review of design concepts for Clifford Stadium
The City invites you to the second design meeting for Clifford Stadium in Roxbury. Take a look at the current design and get your questions answered in the session following the online presentation. If you cannot attend the in-person meeting, attend virtually on December 6 at pm December 2 at 10 a.m.; 160 Norfolk Street (rain location: 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor) and virtual
Attend a City Council hearing on a proposal for legal resident voting in local elections
The Boston City Council is considering a change in voting rules that would allow “legal residents” without citizenship to vote in municipal elections. The Government Operations Committee will hold a public hearing on the issue and will invite members of the public to testify, either through a written statement or virtually via video if they have emailed in advance. December 5 at 2 p.m.; hypothetical
Talk to a city planner about the streets of Lower Roxbury
Since 2019, the City of Boston has been having a conversation with residents about how to improve biking and walking in every neighborhood. The City continues to receive input from residents, especially in Lower Roxbury, on how to better meet the community’s transportation needs. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, register for 15 minutes during open business hours. December 8, at various times; hypothetical
Provide your input on design improvements to Town Field
Join your neighbors in an online community engagement meeting to discuss proposed design improvements to Town Field in Dorchester. This is the second design meeting for the project and city officials will be available for questions from the community. December 12 at 6pm; hypothetical
Attending the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Fields Corner Library
The Friends of the Fields Corner branch of the Boston Public Library is a volunteer group open to anyone invested in continuing the library’s mission and serving the Dorchester community. The group works to “increase community awareness and use of the library, to assist in public education, and to raise funds for equipment and projects to support these goals.” New members are welcome to their monthly meetings. December 19 at 6:30; 1520 Dorchester Ave.
Attend LivableStreets’ annual StreetTalk event
If you’re passionate about livable neighborhoods and want to hear from experts on transportation advocacy, climate justice, greenway protection, fair housing and land use policies, and more, you’ll want to attend the 13th Annual StreetTalk. This speaker series will be held at the Old South Meeting House in downtown Boston, but if you can’t attend in person, you can listen virtually. December 7 at 6 p.m.; 310 Washington Street and virtual
Collecting and sorting donations in Katie’s closet
Catie’s Closet provides an in-school resource for students who are homeless or living in poverty, with locations in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood and a distribution site in Dracut, Massachusetts. Volunteers will sort and prepare clothing and basic necessities for distribution to Katie’s lockers inside the school. This includes separating donations by classification and hanging, folding, or sorting as needed. Volunteers are also welcome to make donations of new and gently used clothing to Catie’s Closet. Every Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon; 63 Sprague St.
Run in a holiday-themed 5K race for Special Olympics Massachusetts
Grab your most festive holiday gear and head to Boston Common for the Special Olympics Massachusetts Jolly Gaunt, a professionally timed 5K flat course through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Annually, this event raises more than $150,000 for Massachusetts Special Olympics athletes. Check-in at the Common begins at 8am and running/walking begins at 9am. Tickets are $40 if you register on race day. December 3, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 139 Tremont Street
Delivering gifts to families in need
Christmas in the City Boston runs non-sectarian holiday events for children and families experiencing homelessness and poverty. Volunteers are needed to join or support the Shelter Captain Crew to deliver gifts to families in need at several drop-off locations throughout the city and in Greater Boston. Contact Colleen at (email protected) to inquire. December 1 – 15, at various times; 34 Broomfield St.
Prepare and pack meal bags for neighbors in need
Community Service is a Jamaica Plain-based non-profit organization that addresses issues of food insecurity by providing made-from-scratch, medically designed meals to individuals and their families with serious or chronic illnesses and food insecurity. Volunteer duties in the production kitchen include cutting, peeling and processing produce; Portion appetizers, soups, salads and snacks; Assembling meal bags to deliver to customers’ homes. No prior cooking experience is needed! different times; 179 Amory St
Help sort toys to give as gifts to families
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is needing volunteers to help sort toys for their winter toy box every day from 10am-3:00pm during the week of December 11th at the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center located at 110 Street Claiborne in Dorchester. . ABCD’s goal is to donate to over 700 families, which equates to approximately 6,500-7,000 toys. Email (email protected) to register. December 11-15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 110 Claiborne Street.
Prepare food baskets at the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry
On the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 1pm to 3pm, the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry needs help preparing food baskets for food basket distribution. This is a great diversion for people who like to get organized because the pantry consists of about 75 to 100 baskets of dry goods and prepares perishable items for distribution. Register here. December 1 from 1pm to 3pm and December 15 from 1pm to 3pm; 404 Washington Street.
Pack food and welcome boxes for veterans
At Rose’s Bounty Food Pantry in West Roxbury, Friday mornings are set aside for disabled veterans and homeless veterans transitioning into housing through the VA. Volunteers are needed to pack and deliver food and boxes filled with items designed to ease veterans’ transition into their new homes. These items include cleaning products and more. December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 77 Stratford Street