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A Conversation with Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Feb. 23

On February 23, the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus will welcome a conversation with Beacon Hill Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there will be light refreshments - the program happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The talk will take place at Boys and Girls Club of Boston, 15 Talbot Avenue. For more information, contact the office of State Rep. Russell Holmes, 617.722.2220.

Franklin Park Kid's Winter Fest Feb. 23

On Thursday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. join in on fun for kids at the Kids' Franklin Park Winter Festival! The Festival will provide hours of family fun during February school vacation week with both indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment! Weather permitting there will be sledding, a demonstration by the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit, a marionette puppet show, face painting, arts and crafts, games, and even a Critter Exhibit featuring wildlife native to Massachusetts! There will also be a screening of "Cool Runnings" the inspiring true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team to make it into the Winter Olympics, in celebration of the winter season. The Boston Parks Department will provide popcorn at the clubhouse. Attendees should plan on packing a lunch for the afternoon. Free parking is available at the clubhouse parking lot located at One Circuit Drive in Franklin Park. For more information, please call the Boston Parks Department at 617-635-4505, visit their website at, or go to

Boston Ballet at The Strand March 23

Boston Ballet, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, and Boston Public Schools, presents two free performances featuring Boston Ballet company dancers, Boston Ballet II dancers, and Boston Ballet School students at The Strand Theatre at 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester.

The performances, developed specifically for The Strand Theatre, will feature a dynamic introduction to a variety of dance forms through an interactive and diverse program.

There will be two performances, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23. For more information, contact 617.635.1403.

The afternoon performance has been reserved for Boston Public School students. The evening performance is free and open to the general public, and will feature performances by Boston Ballet company dancers specially prepared for this one-night-only presentation!

Help Improve Basic Banking for Massachusetts!

We need your feedback by March 31st! Win a $50 grocery store gift card! Complete the anonymous on-line survey, then enter the gift card lottery. (Multiple winners will be drawn at THIS site!) Click on the link to the survey in English. The site code is 010. Thank you for your help!

37th Annual Gardeners Gathering Mar. 31

The 37th Annual Gardeners Gathering is set to take place on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Curry Student Center of Northeastern University, Third Floor. The Center is located at 360 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA 02115

At the event, you will have the chance to:

Build Skills in Workshops
Connect with Fellow "Green Thumbs"
Find Local Gardening Resources
Applaud the Tenth Annual Community Garden Awards

Walk in registration day of event. For more information contact: Boston Natural Areas Network at 617-542-7696 or visit

Fully Fund BPS Rally March 21

Parents from across Boston will connect City Hall to Court Street showing that public education is a top priority. As the Boston School Committee prepares to vote on the budget (March 28) parents, families, and friends are taking a stand for children! Meet on Wednesday, March 21, at noon, at City Hall Plaza, (accessible via Government Center or State Street MBTA stop). This event is organized by "Invest in Our Future: Fully Fund BPS, a Facebook group of BPS parents." Check out the event on facebook here.

Flanagan's Wake - The Hilarious Interactive Irish Wake Feb. 11

You are invited to come to enjoy an Irish Wake as we mourn the passing of “Himself”! This Saturday, February 11, take part in Flanagan’s Wake - The hilarious Interactive Irish Wake at 7:00 p.m. at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  The event will benefit St. Ann Parish, Neponset, and will be a night filled with story, music, good food - a roast beef dinner with all the fixings and hors d'oeuvres. At $50 per ticket, there will be raffles, prizes and much more. For tickets, please contact Saint Ann’s Rectory (Eileen Cotter or Linda Damatin) at 617-825-6180.

Boston Home Center Expo | March 24

On March 24, check out the Boston Home Center Expo at Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Avenue in Dorchester. Learn all about homeowning and homebuying in the seminars and workshops. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m.. Mayor Menino introduces the city's triple decker program at the expo from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m.. For more information, visit or call 617.635.HOME (4663).

Resource Fair @ Holland Community Center

Explore job opportunities and summer options at the Holland Community Center this Saturday, February 18, 2012. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 85 Olney Street in Dorchester. Check out employment opportunities, summer camp information, youth programs, adult education programs, and teen summer job registration with Hopeline, PIC, and ABCD. The event is sponsored by the Office of Mayor Menino and The Neighborhood Response Team of Bowdoin / Geneva. Community Partners for the event include ABCD, Bowdoin Street Health Center- Violence Intervention and
Prevention (VIP), Jobs and Community Services, Catholic Charities Teen Center, CVC Unido, Dorchester CARES, The Family Nurturing Center and PATCH.

Sex at the Zoo at Franklin Park Feb. 10

21+ only! On Friday, February 10th, get ready for a voyeuristic peek into the private lives of animals during Franklin Park Zoo’s Sex at the Zoo lecture and Valentine’s Day themed event. The event starts at 6:00 and will be held at the Tropical Forest Pavilion. Learn everything you ever (and never) wanted to know about the romantic lives of animals. Do you wonder if animals find each other appealing or attractive? What are the similarities and differences between human and animal courtship? What can the techniques that animals use to attract mates teach us about friendship and romance? The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Rory Browne, zoo historian and member of Zoo New England’s Board of Directors, with insights about the pros and cons of relationships versus staying single in the animal kingdom. Come alone or bring a date - tickets are $20 per person, $35 per pair.

Local wines from Greenvale Vineyards and Still River Winery served, along with light refreshments.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 617-989-0113. Franklin Park Zoo is located at 1 Franklin Park Road in Dorchester.

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