West Roxbury Rocks: 6:30-11 p.m. June 15, Moseley’s on the Charles, 50 Bridge St., Dedham. The annual event helps support Ethos’ AgeWell program. The event includes food, drinks, comedy, silent auction and more. Table reservations and individual tickets are on sale now at http://ethocare.org/WRR18. Take advantage of a 20 percent discount on individual tickets being offered from now until March 31. Some restrictions apply. Limit four tickets per transaction. Tickets must be purchased on http://ethocare.org using the following discount code: WWRX1820.
Talk and Walk with GirlTrek: 10-11:30 a.m. June 16, Menino Community Center, 125 Brookway Road, Roslindale. Learn how GirlTrek is creating a national movement to transform the health of black women and girls by walking. Hear from local GirlTrek leader, Nicole Chandler, on getting connected locally. After the talk, stay for a 45-minute walk around Roslindale to jumpstart your journey. Water will be provided and a raffle for GirlTrek souvenirs. Chandler has been involved with GirlTrek since 2015 and is one of the founding members of the Boston chapter. She has led walks and hikes in Dorchester, Roxbury, and the Blue Hills. She lives in Dorchester. This event is co-sponsored by GirlTrek and Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Learn more at girltrek.org. More information: friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Father’s Day Brunch: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 17, Stratford Street United Church, 77 Stratford St., West Roxbury. $5 suggested donation per person, free for children under 6. For information: http://stratfordstreetunitedchurch.org. Join the community in celebrating all fathers — from teachers who have mentored us like a father would, to gay dads, to moms who have filled the shoes of absent fathers, to your dad who cheered you on at every moment. Stratford Street United Church will serve a hearty breakfast including eggs, ham, sausage, homemade muffins and more. All proceeds will support the Youth Group’s summer camp tuition fund.
City Hall Open House: 6-8 p.m. June 18, Holy Name Church 1689 Centre St., West Roxbury. Mayor Marty Walsh will host a City Hall Open House, inviting residents from all across West Roxbury and other neighborhoods to learn more about city services, capital projects and ongoing programs from the city of Boston. Representatives from various departments will be present including the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the Boston Transportation Department, the Public Works Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Health Commission, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families and more will be in attendance to answer questions and share resources.
West Roxbury Business and Professional Association meeting: 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 20, West on Centre, 1732 Centre St, West Roxbury. The June WRBPA meeting will be different than the usual morning meetings to hopefully benefit many people who are unable to attend in the mornings.
Roslindale Porch Fest registration: Porch Fest takes place Sept. 15. Registration is now open. Register as a musician or host at http://roslindalearts.org/porchfest.
Roslindale Village Main Street Summer Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-Nov. 17, Adams Park, Roslindale. For information: https://roslindale.net. RVMS expects 30 vendors every Saturday ranging from traditional produce farmers, specialty farmers, local food producers, as well as arts and crafts and local nonprofits of interest. This year, organizers are also introducing a new Community Stall program where local nonprofits and community organizations can have a table once a season free of charge to engage the community in their organization. Children’s programming will be at 10 a.m. each week. This year’s children’s activities will include interactive art activities and visits from New England Aquarium. The 11 a.m. concert series will also continue, featuring local musicians offering everything from folk to jazz to drumming every week.
Community Service Award nominations: deadline June 22. The Greater Roslindale Health Organization is seeking nominations for the Hermena F. Clark Community Service Award. This will be the 20th annual award to be bestowed in October to an individual who has unselfishly helped residents living in Roslindale, West Roxbury or Hyde Park. Examples could include individuals who helped at a local food pantry, school/church volunteers and youth/ elder advocacy. Persons nominating an individual must write their name and telephone number on a letter describing why this person is deserving of this recognition so that the Award Committee can contact them. Submit nominations to: GRHO Service Award Committee, 4199 Washington St., Roslindale, MA. 02131, or fax to 617-323-7870.
Adoptive Parent Group: 7-8:30 p.m. third Wednesdays, Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway, Roslindale. Group leaders: Clare O’Donoghue and Karen Seif. A parent-run, confidential group to share personal concerns and needs around adoptive parenting. Adoptive Families Together provides education, advocacy and support. Open to adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents, Kin parents, pre-adoptive parents and all those with a connection to adoption. Free. For information: mspcc.org/aft.
Watercolor pencils workshop: 12:30-2 p.m. Fridays, Ohrenberger Community Center, 175 W. Boundary Road, West Roxbury. An opportunity to create watercolor pencil illustrations, suitable for framing. Instructor: Maria Conte. For all levels. No previous experience required. A supply list will be emailed upon registration. For information: 617-635-5183.
Italian for Travelers: 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays, Ohrenberger Community Center, 175 W. Boundary Road, West Roxbury. Students learn Italian grammar, travel related vocabulary, expressions, punctuation, verb conjugation and culture. Emphasis will be placed on speaking and listening skills. Cost: $25 textbook fee. Instructor: Maria Conte. For information: 617-635-5183.
VNA seeks hospice volunteers: VNA Hospice Care, a nonprofit organization serving patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families serving all of Boston, is seeking hospice volunteers to provide companionship to patients and respite time for family members. Volunteers are men and women who come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from 20s to 80s. A strong need exists for volunteers who are available during the day, are bilingual, or can provide pet or music therapy. No previous experience necessary. VNA Hospice Care provides training and ongoing support to all volunteers. For information: 781-569-2811; vnahospicecare.org; vnacarenetwork.org.
FriendshipWorks needs volunteers: FriendshipWorks, a network of trained volunteers that provide support and assistance to elders in Boston and Brookline, is currently recruiting volunteers who are looking to provide support and assistance to elders living in Boston and Brookline. Many elders and adults with disabilities face loneliness every day. Volunteers for FriendshipWorks helps alleviate some of that loneliness through visits and support. Friendly Visiting involves visiting elders in their homes to provide companionship and assist with simple household tasks or errands; Medical Escort Volunteers accompany elders to medical appointments; PetPals are canine and feline volunteers (and their owners) who are screened and trained to visit residents in long-term care facilities; and Friendly Helpers provide short-term assistance to community elders when they need a little help such as clothes shopping, picking up prescriptions, or running errands. For information: fw4elders.org; 617-482-1510.
Volunteer opportunities: Roslindale’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Volunteer Services department has many different opportunities to support and participate in with the residents. We make it easy for you to volunteer with us and encourage for you to set your own schedule. Volunteers will receive training and supervision to assist. As a volunteer we offer some “perks” such as a meal stipend to be use in our cafeteria any weekday, free valet parking, access to public transportation and annual recognition events and gifts. Volunteers also participate in our employee discount programs. For information: 617-363-8421; firstname.lastname@example.org; hebrewseniorlife.org.
Clothing donations needed: As an ongoing effort to help the victims of the war in Syria, a receptacle for gently used clothing is now located at the rear of St. George Orthodox Church, 55 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury.
Boston Neighborhood Network internships: Have you ever wondered how TV works and wanted to learn what happens behind the cameras? Boston Neighborhood Network is providing opportunities for students to gain real-world experience and training that complements their education. Students will develop professional and practical skills working in our television production studios, the Timothy Smith Network Media Lab, and our graphics and marketing department. We offer the chance to observe, learn, ask questions, and be integrally involved in the BNN production alongside our staff and crew. The goal is for interns to acquire an incredible experience along with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue employment in the multimedia technology, production and marketing industries. For information: 617-708-3224; email email@example.com; bnntv.org.
Help for veterans: The Disabled American Veterans are looking for volunteer drivers one day a week to transport veterans to and from the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain VA Hospitals. Free lunch on the day you volunteer. A DAV van will be provided. A good driving record is required. In addition, drivers are available Mondays through Fridays to transport qualified veterans to and from the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain VA Hospitals for appointments, etc. At this time we do not have handicapped accessible vans. Contact Dennis Gill on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 857-203-5627 or 857-203-5628. Contact at least one week prior to appointment.
Free GED classes: Individuals in need of a GED to get or maintain a job, advance in their career, get into a training program or go to college are invited to sign up for free classes provided by Boston Centers for Youth and Families at the Ohrenberger Community Center in West Roxbury. Classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program is handicapped accessible. For information: 617-635-5183.
Have lunch with Rotary Club: West Roxbury-Roslindale Rotary Club raises funds to give back to the community by supporting the Roslindale Food Pantry and Parkway sports programs, by awarding scholarships to local high school seniors, and by assisting many other local charities. Rotary meets Tuesdays, at noon, at West on Centre Street in West Roxbury. Interested residents are invited to come and have lunch with Rotary.
Roslindale Open Mic: Roslindale Open Mic is an all-volunteer, free event offered the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway. Hosted by local singer-songwriters Mike Delaney and Neal Braverman, the series invites acoustic musicians and poets of all ages to share their art. For information: roslindaleopenmike.org; 617-308-8489.
Old Ironsides Chapter, NARFE: Old Ironsides Chapter 1491, NARFE, meets the third Tuesday of each month at St. John Chrysostom Church, 4740 Washington St., West Roxbury. Meetings begin at noon. Refreshments are served. Both active and retired federal employees are eligible to attend. Enjoy a speaker at noon, and then keep up with NARFE chapter news. There are no meetings from June through September. For information, call Anthony Carrara at 617-325-4825.