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Clean Air Fair @ VietAID Feb. 25

Harvard School of Public Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are teaming up to bring you a Clean Air Fair at VietAID! Vietnamese Translation will be provided. At the fair, you will have the opportunity to:

 Test your air flow and chart how well you compare to your community.
 See a digital prediction of what you will look like if you smoke.
 See what a smoker’s lung looks like.
 Talk about steps you can take to help protect your air.
 Take real-time measurements of air pollution particles.

VietAid is located at 42 Charles Street in Dorchester. The event will take place from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

Attached is a flyer in English and Vietnamese.

Raise Your Glass to Codman Academy | March 26

Support Codman Academy by enjoying a meal, wine, and great company at Ashmont Grill, Monday evenings in March! Codman Academy is a college-preparatory public charter school in Dorchester. $5 of every $38 wine club meal will be used to purchase books for Codman’s new library. Guests are also invited to donate a book at the event. Wine club meals feature four courses, off-menu specials from Chef Chris Douglass! Read after the break for March themes: >> Read More

Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen @ JFK Library! Feb. 26

On Sunday, February 26, PEN New England and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will host the 2012 Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence, which will be presented to Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen. Awards Committee: Bono, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Paul Muldoon, Salman Rushdie and Paul Simon. Bill Flanagan, Committee Chair. The forum (now FULL) will be webcast live from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the JFK Library's website at www.jfklibrary.org/webcast.

Haiti and Black History Month @ UMass Boston Feb. 25

The Haitian Consulate in Boston invites you to celebrate the connection between Haiti and Black History Month in an event featuring panelists Virginius W. Thornton, State Representative Byron Rushing, and Dr. Peniel Joseph. On Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom B. This is a free event! The event will feature music, dance, and an exhibition of paintings.  For more information, contact Beatrice Joseph, Vice-Counsul, at beatrice.joseph [at] diplomatie.ht, or cg.boston [at] diplomatie.ht. You can also contact the Counsul by phone at 617.266.3660 ext. 10 or at 617.266.3707 ext. 18.

Anyone who needs disability accommodations in order to fully participate should visit www.ADA.UMB.EDU.

Greater Boston House Concerts: Agustin Castilla-Avila Feb. 17

This Friday, February 17, Greater Boston House Concerts presents Spanish guitarist and composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila. Join for a night of classical standards and new works for solo guitar with Spanish guitarist and composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila! Music will include original pieces by Agustín as well as works from the Renaissance by Dowland, the Baroque by Bach & Purcell, and from Spain by Albéniz, Granados & Tarrega, and Latin America by Barrios.

Agustín Castilla-Ávila was born in Spain and resides in Germany.

GREATER BOSTON HOUSE CONCERTS was founded by artist and educator Aaron Larget-Caplan as a network of music and art lovers who open their house to performing artists for semi-private events. All arts are acoustic with the focus on classical, contemporary and world, unless otherwise noted. Events are ticketed for donation and all artists are paid. RSVP is required. For more information, please visit http://www.GBHConcerts.com or http://www.AaronLC.com.

Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community, May 5

The Haitian Mental Health Network and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) will be hosting an event, "Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community: Cultural Considerations for Developing a Broad Clinical and Research Agenda." The day long event will take place Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the MSPP in West Roxbury, MA. The event will feature Keynote speakers Dr. Guerda Nicolas, Associate Professor, University of Miami, and Dr. Ronald Jean-Jacques, President, Haitian Psychological Association. Panel and workshop presentations will include: The impact of historical traumas on the adaptation of Haitian immigrants in the US; the role of cultural belief systems in understanding health-seeking behaviors of Haitian individuals; culturally-bound syndromes and somatic manifestations of mental illness in the Haitian community; the use of art therapy with Haitian children earthquake survivors; and clinical interventions to address Haitian clients' mental health needs.

There will also be a pre-conference Art Exhibition, entitled "When Our Brushes Shook":  The Healing Power of Art.

An Apron Full of Beans with Sam Cornish, Feb. 29

Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish and Roxbury Repertory Theater are teaming up to give an exciting and unique performance piece from selected poems and prose! The material, gathered from his collection 'An Apron Full of Beans,' the Company sets Cornish’s eloquent, witty, and thought-provoking words to movement and music. The poetry touches on voices past and addresses the poet’s thoughts on family, race, music, and civil rights among other topics. There will be three performances in three different venues in the Boston area. The free performances will premiere at noon on Feb. 28 at Boston Latin Academy, a show at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 29 at Roxbury Community College's Mainstage Theatre, and a third run on March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rabb Hall at the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The performances are free of charge and sponsored in part by The Friends of the Arts at Roxbury Community College. For reservations and more information, please contact Pam Green at 617-541-5380 or pgreen [at] rcc.mass.edu.

An Evening of Neil Simon with Play Around at Grove Hall | March 17

Play Around, a non-profit organization providing live theatre performances via community outreach, will be performing select scenes from American playwright Neil Simon's plays "The Odd Couple" and "London Suite" at Grove Hall Branch Library on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Grove Hall Branch is located at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, 02121.

Stage Reading of Wednesday Double @ Dot2Dot, Feb. 23

Can't Wait Productions, a new theatre company in Dorchester, is presenting A Staged Reading of Wednesday Double, written by Gabriella Ciambrone, an actress, playwright, and cofounder of CWP!
The play takes a hilarious look at the clandestine restaurant industry through the eyes of the employer, employee and customer. Performed at Dot2Dot Cafe, February 23rd at 6:30pm. Dot2Dot is located at 1739 Dorchester Ave. $15 with reservation $20 at the door - Dinner Included! Please RSVP to this event with us at cantwproductions@gmail.com.
Don't Miss it!  Come and support your local artists and have a tasty meal at Dot2Dot Cafe prepared by Chef Extraordinaire Karen!

Annual Auction to Benefit Ashmont Nursery School, Mar. 10

Support Ashmont Nursery School and enjoy a night of food, fun and entertainment in downtown Boston! On March 10, Ashmont Nursery School will be holding their Annual Auction at Citizen Schools, located at 308 Congress Street, 5th floor. The auction will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Bid in silent and live auctions on wonderful items donated by local businesses and individuals. Stand-up comedian Deb Farrar-Parkman will also be providing entertainment at the event. Admission is free! For more information, contact fundraising@ashmontnurseryschool.com. Visit www.ashmontnurseryschool.com for more information about the organization.

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