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Free Fun Fridays 2011, July & August

FridayFree Fun Fridays invite everyone to visit designated cultural attractions every friday this summer with FREE admission! No registration or tickets required. Visit and have fun!

Franklin Park Zoo (1 Franklin Park Rd - Dorchester) is having an event on July 22. Visit for free and have a blast with the animals!

JFK Library (Columbia Point - Boston) is having an event on August 12. Visit for free and explore the life of a great American president.

For more free fun friday events that aren't in dorchester, click HERE.

BCYF R.O.C.K. the Park

CampThe R.O.C.K. the Park program is a free drop in program for youth ages 8-18 who are not actively involved or enrolled in a traditional summer camp or program. Site slots are on a first-come, first serve basis at Garvey Park in Dorchester for up to 50 children daily and operates Monday through Friday, 2 to 7 p.m.  Learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports, learn skills, participate in drills and learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship! Takes place at Garvey Park in Dorchester. For exact dates, contact Mike Triant at 617-635-4920 or click here.

Mayor Menino's Rockin' Pool Party, Aug. 20

PoolCome to the Leahy-Holloran Community Center this Saturday, August 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. for Mayor Menino's Rockin Pool Party and Street Carnival! This free family event will feature live entertainment with a DJ, a Balloon Artist and Magic Show, a BBQ, Ice Cream Trucks, snow cones, popcorn, and tons of fun! There will be plenty of games for all ages, including: Speed Pitches, Bungee Runs, Hoop Shoots,and special inflatables (giant slides, bulls' eye throws,and the swamper stomper inflatable obstacle course!) >> Read More

Neponset Estuary Paddle, Jul. 30

PaddlingEnjoy paddling up rivers or estuaries? Now's your chance to participate in the community, have some fun, paddle with friends, and even get exercise while your at it! Paddling experience is required to participate. The event will take place at Neponset Park, Hilltop Street, Dorchester. Be there at 10 a.m. to join in on the fun. To join this event, registration is required at www.bostonnatural.org. With questions, call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org. Part of the Neponset River Greenway Festival. See full schedule of events here.

Nature Sketching Workshop, Aug. 10

FlowerEver want to be able to draw the world around you? Nature artist Anne Schmalz will introduce participants to sketching the natural world, flowers and vegetables. Anne will explain how to draw a garden. Supplies will be provided but it is recommended to bring a folding chair. The event will take place at 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To join this event, registration is required at www.bostonnatural.org. For questions, call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org.

Neponset Watercolor Workshop, Jul. 25

WatercolorCathy Garnett, an experienced artist with watercolors from the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, will instruct a group in basic watercolor technique on July 25. Using the environment, such as trees, buildings and water, Cathy will explain how to make beautiful art with watercolors. Supplies will be provided, folding chairs are recommended to bring. This event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Baker Square River Trail (1243 Adams St, Dorchester) To join this event, registration is required at www.bostonnatural.org. For questions, call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org.

(Image Credit: Lisa Dusseault).

Mattapan Greenway Connections Walk, Jul. 21

WalkThe Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition is hosting a walk for anyone to join. The walk will be a 5K walk from Mattapan Square along River Street and the Greenway trail to Dorchester. Bring your friends and family and join in on the fun! Don't miss this exciting walk! (Participants will meet at the Mattapan Square T Station (1624 Blue Hill Ave @ Mattapan Square) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Boston Natural Areas Network at 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org. For more events, visit www.bostonnatural.org.

Healthworks Community Fitness Highlighted in Fitness Magazine

HealthworksFitness Magazine, a widely circulated and popular women’s magazine, highlighted Healthworks Community Fitnesss in their July/August issue. For Lauren Broadhurst, executive director of Healthworks, this is a great achievement. The article starts out with, "For Lauren Broadhurst, exercise isn't about slipping into skinny jeans or sculpting perfect abs." The magazine highlights Lauren's dedication and love for exercise and fitness. To support Healthworks, go to www.healthworkscommunityfitness.org. See the attached file to view the actual magazine article.

Dinner, Literature and Live Music, Jun. 30 & Jul. 1

Tolieth MarksEnjoy reading? Start reading "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" to discuss it on Thursday, June 30. Enjoy the great food at Dot2Dot Cafe while talking about a very interesting book. The book deals with medical, educational, racial and religious issues.  Dot2Dot's resident group of book clubbers are always happy to see new faces - so don't be afraid to join for food and discussion this Thursday.

Enjoy live music? Dot2Dot welcomes back Tolieth Marks to sing on Friday, July 1. Her amazing voice takes us through soul, R&B, gospel and jazz music. That's not all! Enjoy Dot2Dot's amazing food while listening to an amazing singer. Come and join in on the fun at Dot2Dot Cafe. There will be a $5 cover charge that will go to the band.

*Both events take place at 6 p.m. at Dot2Dot Cafe (1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester)

Greenway Geology Walk in Lower Mills, Jul. 13

GeologyNeponset River Greenway Festival presents Greenway Geology Walk. Meet at Milton T-stop, downstairs. Be there at 6 p.m. to join. Ever wondered about the rocks along the trail and riverbanks? Les Tyrala, registered geologist, will be our guide on this easy walk that passes a number of interesting outcrops in Lower Mills. Registration is required. See www.bostonnatural.org to register and for more info.

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