April Community Calendar

April Community Calendar Events:

Due to the Coronavirus Emergency, many of the events listed below have now been cancelled.  We encourage you to click on the links for general information about these non-profit organizations and the types of events and services they provide for the community. 

Project Bread’s Hunger & Food Resources for Households

For More Information: http://www.projectbread.org/news-and-events/news/covid-19-hunger-food.html

Project Bread provides food resource information for Massachusetts households, children and families during COVID-19 crisis and closures. Please click on the link above.

School Meal Sites and Information during School Closures

Project Bread is working with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and many schools and community partners to provide families with access to school meals while schools are closed.

Food Source Hotline

If you or someone you know living in Massachusetts needs food assistance, please refer them to Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline toll-free at 1-800-645-8333. This resource will remain up and running through closures to assist all Massachusetts residents needing food assistance during this period of crisis. They are able to provide information about resources in your community as well as assist with SNAP applications over the phone.

How You Can Help

Support Project Breads’ Rapid Hunger Response to COVID-19.  Donate now by clicking on the link above!

American Cancer Society: Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Cancer

For More Information: https://www.cancer.org/about-us/what-we-do/coronavirus-covid-19-and-cancer.html

If you’re having trouble finding the information you need about Coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by the current strain of Coronavirus, they’re here to help with current and reliable information. They are also available via live chat or call their 24-hour helpline at 800-227-2345. Please click the link above for more information.

Boys and Girls Club of America: How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

For More Information: https://www.bgca.org/news-stories/2020/March/How-to-talk-to-your-child-about-COVID-19

Kids thrive on emotional connections and predictable routines, so while some kids may be enjoying the time away from school, many may be confused and struggling to understand what has happened to the world as they know it. Remember, in times of uncertainty, it is very important to reassure the young people in your life and thoughtfully talk to them about what is going on. Please click the link above for some tips to help kids manage the anxiety & stress around Coronavirus.

The Komen COVID-19 Action Fund

For More Information: https://secure.info-komen.org/site/Donation2?df_id=23114&mfc_pref=T&23114.donation=form1&utm_source=covid_19_lp&utm_medium=digital&utm_campaign=covid_19&s_src=7013f000000DOLqAAO

Support those most vulnerable to Coronavirus by donating to the Komen COVID-19 Action Fund. Help those affected by the outbreak, its financial constraints, and social consequences by ensuring important services and urgent needs are addressed. Please click the link above to donate!

Feed the Children: COVID-19 Response Fund

For More Information: https://secure.feedthechildren.org/site/Donation2?3041.donation=form1&df_id=3041

Struggling children and families need your help more than ever during this COVID-19 crisis. Each dollar donated will provide $14 worth of the food and essentials because of corporate partners like Starkist who will match each dollar donated up to $50,000. They are working tirelessly to get into the hands of the most vulnerable during this time of crisis.

Alzheimer’s Association: Tips for Dementia Caregivers

For More Information: https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/coronavirus-(covid-19)-tips-for-dementia-care

Caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and all other dementia should follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and consider these helpful tips. Please click the link above for tips on how to care for those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia regarding COVID-19.

The Greater Boston Food Bank: COVID-19 Response

For More Information: https://www.gbfb.org/covid-19-update/

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) continues to work alongside their 500+ partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts. If you, or anyone you know, are in need of food, you can visit GBFB.org/need-food to find a list of food assistance options in each community they serve. Please click the link above to donate and for more information about how you can help GBFB fight COVID-19!

WWF & COVID-19

For More Information: https://www.worldwildlife.org/teaching-resources?utm_campaign=wild-classroom&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagement&utm_content=200318

Parents now home with school-age children, or teachers developing remote learning plans, can access free educational resources from WWF’s Wild Classroom. Their WWF app, WWF Together, allows users to learn about 16 featured species. Please click the link above to start learning today!

ASPCA: Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund

For More Information: https://secure.aspca.org/donate/2020-eap-cov2-res-web-NL-P1?ms=wb_hom_position1-cov2-res-20200325&initialms=wb_hom_position1-cov2-res-20200325&pcode=ALUGWEB

In an effort to help the animal welfare community across the nation, the ASPCA is providing millions of dollars in grants to animal welfare groups whose operations have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Your urgent gift today will go directly into their emergency relief fund to support all their lifesaving efforts to help animals and animal welfare organizations across the country impacted by this horrific pandemic. Please click the link above for more information and to make a donation!

UNICEF: Fighting Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For More Information: https://www.unicefusa.org/mission/covid-19

As the lead humanitarian agency looking out for children when emergencies strike, UNICEF knows what children need to survive difficult times. In addition to sending vital supplies, UNICEF is leading on preventative actions in communities to protect children’s health and the health of parents and caregivers so that they can continue to keep children safe. UNICEF is providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics and monitoring the impact of the outbreak to support continuity of care, education and social services. Please click the link above for more information.

American Diabetes Association: COVID-19 and Diabetes

For More Information: https://www.diabetes.org/coronavirus-covid-19

They are committed to helping the community respond to diabetes and Coronavirus. More than ever, you need to stay connected because you’re connected for life. Please click the link above for more information.

United Way’s COVID-19 Fund

For More Information: https://unitedwaymassbay.org/covid-19/covid-19-family-fund/

United Way has established the COVID-19 Family Support Fund, a dedicated resource for working families affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. They will mobilize their broad network of nonprofit agencies throughout the region to provide a flexible source of cash assistance to help families weather the COVID-19 crisis. .

In collaboration with the Department of Public Health, United Way’s Mass 2-1-1 statewide consumer hotline provides consumer help during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Individuals can dial 2-1-1 for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus, including information on where they can access flexible funds through the COVID-19 Family Support Fund. For more information, click on the link above!

The American Red Cross’ Urgent Need for Blood Donations

For More Information: https://www.redcross.org/local/massachusetts.html

Blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming rate – nearly 9,000 so far – and the Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood and platelet donations amidst Coronavirus uncertainties.

The need for blood is constant, especially now, and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. Click on the link above and schedule an appointment at one of their locations.

Visiting Wednesdays at Lincoln Nursery School

Event Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA

For More Information: https://www.lincolnnurseryschool.org/

Lincoln Nursery School is offering one-on-one tours on Wednesday mornings now through June 3.

Parents are invited to learn more about this Reggio-inspired, play-based program at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Get a glimpse of the childrens’ typical day and learn more about the LNS community.

Musical Tot Shabbat

Event Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – Sunday, November 22, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: 349 Dedham Street, Newton, MA

For More Information: https://www.jewishnewton.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3817764/jewish/Musical-Tot-Shabbat.htm

Parents and children will enjoy exploring shabbat through music and movement as well as shaping and baking challah at the Jewish Creative Preschool located at Beth Menacem Chabad.

Off The Mound with Pedro Martinez, Bronson Arroyo, & Mike O’Malley

Event Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: 110 Causeway Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://offthemound.com/

Red Sox legends Pedro Martinez and Bronson Arroyo will take the stage with actor/comedian Mike O’Malley for a night of baseball, laughter and entertainment at former Red Sox and Cubs pitcher/MLB Network Analyst Ryan Dempster’s Off The Mound Event.

Taking place during Red Sox opening day weekend, the evening will feature a number of special guests and surprises.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later’s signature program, The Peter Gammons College Scholarships.

Sibling Connections Gala 2020

Event Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: 242 E. Berkeley Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.siblingconnections.org/events/gala/

Join them for the biggest Sibling Connections’ event of the year! In honor of National Siblings Day and the importance of the relationships they are nurturing, they are holding their annual fundraiser to support their programs, including sending 120 youth to attend their annual Camp to Belong MA.

Sibling Connections is the only organization in Massachusetts designed for the sole purpose of strengthening the sibling bond of children separated by foster care. While the sibling relationship is the longest and one of the most important relationships most people have in their lives, this is especially true for children who are removed from their families because of abuse or neglect. In many instances, a brother or sister might literally be the only constant relationship in a child’s life.

Enjoy an evening of great food, open bar, dancing, and fantastic silent and live auction items to bid on while helping youth in foster care!

Milton Sweetheart Dance 2020

Event Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 77 Edge Hill Road, Milton, MA

For More Information: https://www.miltonscene.com/2019/03/girl-scout-troop-76176-to-host-sweetheart-dance-to-support-development-of-youth-center-in-milton/?fbclid=IwAR0Har8tg9xgKctb-AvlLh6ao8ksKFzyhuUsnd5Mm93bLdpiw3oi1faBefI

This annual event for girls in K-5 and their special adult includes dancing, a photo booth, snacks and prizes – all for a good cause!

A significant portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Milton Residents Fund.

Plainville Fire’s Race for a Cure to Benefit MDA

Event Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM

Location:  591 Washington Street, Wrentham, MA

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/180972239852334/

Join Plainville Fire Dept and Local 3415 as they race for a cure to benefit the MDA.

Pit Party starts at 4pm and includes music, games, 50/50 raffle, and a cash bar. Food and beverage are available onsite at the Thirsty Beaver.

Driver passes include entry to the Pit Party +2 go kart races. 10 best times recorded will race each other for the chance to be crowned PFD Race Champion.

Sustainable Lifestyles: Addressing Climate Change & Social Inequity

Event Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://basgdotorg.wordpress.com/calendar/basgapril2020/

To address climate change, they need to get at people’s seemingly insatiable desire for more stuff and the economy’s relentless demands for growth. Real carbon reductions, while maintaining your well-being, will only happen when you make deep changes — attitudinal, behavioral, and institutional — towards less material and energy-intensive lifestyles. Yes, it’s a big topic, and they’re excited to tackle it in partnership with SCORAI and co-sponsor SERC at U Mass Boston.

Philip Vergragt, Halina Brown and Vesela Veleva of SCORAI will lead you through their insights and discuss what it takes to live a sustainable lifestyle and enjoy sustainable well-being. They will remind you about the various “actors” in the system, what role they play, and what they can do to contribute to this transformation. Most importantly, they have brought along Box Save, Lime, Fix-It Clinic Newton, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA to demonstrate how they are doing it through new business models, grassroots innovations, policy initiatives, or other actions. They will tell you how they wrestle with making changes in people’s lifestyles while keeping an eye on the bigger picture – a systemic transformation to a post-consumerist economy and culture.

Earth Day Turns 50! Caring for Our Environment

Event Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

Time:  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 177 Main Street, Acton, MA

For More Information: https://www.discoveryacton.org/event/earth-day-turns-50-backyard-and-beyond-forest-fridays-0

Earth Day turns 50 years old this month!

Celebrate by joining local Acton-Boxborough High School seniors as they share sustainable upcycled crafts.

Learn about composting and recycling, and make your very own globe-themed seed paper to plant at home!

SoWa First Fridays

Event Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-first-fridays/

On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops, and showrooms of the SoWa Art + Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture, and inspiration. Meet the artists in their element, view the latest gallery exhibitions, shop small, and dine at one of SoWa’s world-class restaurants.

Second Saturday Science

Event Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: 845 West Street, Amherst, MA

For More Information: https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

Join them for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.

Our Oceans: It might be a little early to be planning a trip to the beach but come to the Hitchcock Center for a summer sneak preview. For this Saturday Science, they’ll dive into the marine life that lives on the Massachusetts coast. Learn how you can protect the oceans and the plants and animals that live in them.

2nd Annual Climbathon

Event Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 299 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://portals.compass-360.org/Compass360WebUserServices08/org=luk.org/eventId=317779B8-8BA5-4E55-8A2B-AFCED64C98F1/request=standard

Join LUK for their 2nd Annual Climbathon at Central Rock Worcester!

All funds raised from Climbathon will benefit the David Kilcoyne Memorial Scholarship Fund, allowing children with autism to access LUK’s adventure-based program.

David Kilcoyne was a dedicated staff member who lost his life in late 2013.

Celebrate Week of the Young Child: Work Together Wednesday

Event Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: 177 Main Street, Acton, MA

For More Information: https://www.discoveryacton.org/event/celebrate-week-young-child-work-together-wednesday-community-kite-making

They’re celebrating the Week of the Young Child this week.

Since April is National Kite Month, you’ll be working together to create and decorate a community kite and then you’ll take a walk to a nearby field to test out your creation (weather permitting).

The Food Bank After Hours

Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield, MA

For More Information: https://www.foodbankwma.org/

Help feed your neighbors in need by sorting and packing donated food items for distribution. As you volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to speak informally with your elected officials about the issues that are most important to you, while making a positive impact on your community. Receive a tour of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and a new volunteer orientation, so you’ll be set up to come back and volunteer any time! Then enjoy a social hour featuring Berkshire Brewing Company beer, Headwater Cider, and Black Birch Vineyard wine. Libations and snacks provided at no additional cost.

These events are planned and facilitated by The Kitchen Cabinet. The mission of The Kitchen Cabinet is to empower young professionals who are passionate about ending hunger in western Massachusetts through special events and initiatives to advance the work of The Food Bank.

Fashion to the Rescue 2020

Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 96 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bluesbridge.org/

‘Fashion to the Rescue’ was created by Boston Fashion Designer David Josef and his husband Daniel James Forrester. They each share a profound interest in animal welfare, and what better vehicle to help, than raising funds.

It began when they were asked to help rescue a horse in-need at a friend’s farm in Arizona.

Now in it’s fifth year, David and Daniel are very proud to announce that their coming April 16th ‘Fashion To The Rescue’ at Fenway Johnnie’s in Boston, will benefit Danielle Murr’s Blue’s Bridge Rescue in Swampscott.

33rd Annual Legislative Breakfast

Event Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA

For More Information: https://disabilityrc.org/events/drc-events/100-33rd-annual-drc-legislative-breakfast

Join them for their Annual Breakfast!

The theme this year is Empowering People ~ Inspiring Change.

This year, they are awarding the Shawn McDuff Trailblazer Award to Jo Ann Simons, Executive Director of Northeast Arc, a vocal advocate for individuals with disabilities.

Sign-in for the Breakfast opens is at 8:30am; a seated breakfast is served at 9:00am, followed by a brief program to conclude by 11:00am. DRC Executive Director Lisa Orgettas will open the Program and be followed by comments from State, Federal and Municipal leaders.

Tillman Honor Run

Event Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Various

For More Information: https://pattillmanfoundation.org/pats-run/

This is the twelfth year of the partnership between the ASU Alumni Association and the Pat Tillman Foundation to bring the 4.2 mile Pat’s Run to communities across the United States and support the Tillman Scholar community.

Patriots’ Day Weekend at Concord Museum

Event Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 – Monday, April 20, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

For More Information: https://concordmuseum.org/calendar/annual-events/

Concord Museum commemorates Patriots’ Day with hourly demonstrations, live Minutemen reenactments, walking tours, colonial crafts, and gallery talks.

Watch Captain Brown’s Company on the Museum lawn doing musket demonstrations as they prepare for battle.

Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser

Event Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: 138 East Street, Hadley, MA

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/877132589383398/

This is a fundraiser for the IAFF Local 108 Northampton Firefighters as well as a foundation to assist firefighters with their own well being including cancer and mental health.

They will be having a double elimination Cornhole tournament that will be open to everybody 18 and over. They will be giving out prizes of $500, $300, and $200 for first, second and third respectfully.

Tinytropolis

Event Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020 – Sunday, April 26, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: 177 Main Street, Acton, MA

For More Information: https://www.discoveryacton.org/event/tinytropolis-15

Come visit the mini city with a big future!

Join them as they design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.

This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of several days.

13th Annual Walk to End Homelessness

Event Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Various

For More Information: https://www.nlhhc.org/walk

The 13th Annual Walk to End Homelessness is going virtual! Join them on Sunday, April 19th from wherever you are!

For years, the Homeless Hospitality Center has held their annual Walk to End Homelessness rain or shine, knowing that people are homeless in all kinds of weather, and you walk in solidarity with them no matter what.

With the coronavirus outbreak, they face a new challenge, but the fact remains that people are still struggling with homelessness, and perhaps now more than ever, you must remain in solidarity with them.

That is why they are not cancelling the April 19th Walk to End Homelessness.They are going virtual

Buy a ticket for $15, and pledge to walk or complete at least 30 minutes of exercise on Sunday, April 19th. Then, post a selfie to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #walkwithme2020. You can also email the photo to info@nlhhc.org. Feel free to get creative! They will curate all the photos and create a virtual collage of everyone who participated, and everyone who submits a photo will be entered into a drawing to win a prize from a local business.

So please plan to join them on Sunday, April 19 to “walk” in solidarity with those who have so little. Together, you can make a difference, even in these uncertain times.

ACA’s April Vacation Arts Camp

Event Date: Monday, April 20, 2020 – Friday, April 24, 2020

Time:  9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: 41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA

For More Information: https://www.acarts.org/february-april-camps

ACA’s April Camp 2020 will be a fun, dynamic mix of art, music, and drama – for pre-K through teens! ACA will offer full day camps for their Young at Art, Vacation Arts and Counselor-In-Training programs.

Lexington Patriots Day Parade 2020

Event Date: Monday, April 20, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

For More Information: https://www.tourlexington.us/home/events/11734

Commemorate Patriot’s Day at the annual parade in Lexington.

Join the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts and many reenactment groups as they commemorate the ‘shot heard ’round the world’ and the battle of Lexington and Concord. Come watch this impressive parade.

Rick Adams: Red’s Recycle ‘o Rama

Event Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Columbia Point, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.jfklibrary.org/events-and-awards/celebrate-family-programming/04-21-20-rick-adams

Assisted by Rusty, the recycled and recycling dog, Red uses storytelling, magic, juggling, hand shadows, original songs and fun-loving tips on how and why to recycle, reuse, and reduce.

Join in and explore creative and concrete ways that your home and community can become more planet-friendly.

21st Annual Animation Show of Shows

Event Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

For More Information: https://coolidge.org/events/21st-annual-animation-show-shows

Featuring 10 films from seven countries, the 2019 edition of the program offers an array of highly imaginative, thought-provoking, and moving works that reflect the filmmakers’ unique perspectives and their relationship to the world.

Green Week April Vacation Week

Event Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Friday, April 24, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA

For More Information: https://theumbrellaarts.org/arts-education/vacation-weeks/april-vacation-week

Welcome Spring and join them in celebrating and exploring the arts at The Umbrella.

Projects during Green Week aim to build sustainable ideas and practices in everyday living by touching on themes of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Transform plastic parts, newspaper, card board, scrap fabrics, and recycled ceramics into art.

Turn what some people call trash into beautiful art.

Grandma’s Attic Spring Sale!

Event Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 292 Jefferson Avenue, Salem, MA

For More Information: https://patch.com/massachusetts/salem/calendar/event/20200328/804577/grandmas-attic-spring-sale

New and gently used items at the very best prices! All proceeds will benefit the parish! Spring Clothing and Shoes, Handbags, Coats, Children’s Clothing, Gardening Tools, Flower Pots, Baskets and Vases, Outdoor Decor, Easter Annalee 50% off, Christmas 50% off, Sporting Goods, Golf Clubs, Toys, Games, Office Supplies, Cosmetics, Jewelry, Crafting Supplies, Frames and Artwork, Religious Items, Books, DVDs, CDs, VHS, Vinyl Records, Cassettes, Tools, Kitchen and Glassware, Linens, Home Décor, Electronics, Furniture, Party Supplies, Candles, Greeting Cards, and so much More!