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Summer Solstice Garden Tour, Jun. 18

Bring in the Solstice by exploring Dorchester's lovely flora. Dorchester Park Association's "hidden garden" tour on Saturday, June 18, 4 to 6 p.m., will include stops at private residences and some local commercial sites, followed by a reception and gardening demonstration at Cedar Grove Gardens. Proceeds will go to the Dorchester Park operating fund, which is used to purchase trees and other plant materials for the park, for educational programs, and to support clean-ups. Tickets, $50, are limited: go to www.dotpark.org to purchase. Want to help with the event? Contact Claire Hughes at claire.a.hughes@gmail.com. >> Read More

Walk for the Homeless, Jun. 18

Did you know that the average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is 8 years old? You can help these kids and their families when you join MAFCU for Walk Home - a benefit walk to help the homeless. The three-mile, or 5k walk, will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk will start from MAFCU's branch at 1205 Adams Street in Dorchester Lower Mills and go through Dorchester Park. The event will take place rain or shine.

All donations will go to Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. The Credit Union is looking for walkers, donors, and volunteers. To register, or for more information, visit http://www.mafcucreditunion.org/walk-home.html or call 617-278-5620. 

12th Annual Family Health Fair Fun Day, Jun. 15

The community is invited to the 12th Annual Family Health Fair Fun Day 2011! The day of recreation and family bonding features food, free give-a-ways, health screenings, games, prizes, information booths and a variety of entertainment, including a magician & pony rides! Join the Boston Healthy Start Initiative on Wednesday, June 15, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Harambee Park (corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Talbot Avenue) in Dorchester. The park is adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club at 15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester 02124.

This event is put on by the Boston Healthy Start Initiative & Father Friendly Initiative, programs housed at the Boston Public Health Commission. For more information, contact the Boston Healthy Start Initiative by phone (617 534-7828) or email (healthystart@bphc.org).

Fields Corner School Readiness Roundtable, Jun. 8

Field's Corner Children ThrivePlease join Fields Corner Children Thrive at the next School Readiness Roundtable! Help plan an integrated education for your children, students, clients and community. The Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, June 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Fields Corner Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122. Lunch and childcare will be provided! Gift cards are available for parent and grandparent participants.

Please RSVP to Tuyen Nguyen by emailing Tuyen.Nguyen@dorchesterhouse.org or by calling 617-740-2521. When RSVP’ing please let Marika know if you need childcare (PLEASE RSVP with the age of your child).

The meeting will focus on planning the July 9th Fields Corner Children Thrive Kickoff Event!
 

Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market 2011

Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market logo• Do you travel outside of your neighborhood to buy healthy, affordable food?
• Is it challenging to get high quality fruits and vegetables for your family?
• Do you have an EBT card and want to save 50% on fresh bread, fruits, and vegetables?

Do your shopping at the Bowdoin-Geneva Farmers' Market! Every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., opening July 7th through October 27th, 2011 at the Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester. Come to the Healthy Summer Kick-off on July 7 for special festivities!

Available - Fresh vegetables, fruits and baked breads from local farms and bakeries.
Cash, EBT, WIC and Senior Coupons accepted. Get 50% off when you use your EBT card! For more information about the farmers’ market: 617-754-0026, bgfarmersmkt@gmail.com. See flyers below, also translated in Spanish, Vietnamese and Portugese.

Free Karate Summer Camp

Looking for an after hours camp for young children and teens? Karate Ka for Peace presents a summer camp program filled with field trips, knowledgable instructors, physical fitness and fun! The summer program is open to all kids ages 11 - 15 and scholarships are available. The camp will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. They are now accepting applications, so sign up for Karate Ka for Peace Summer Camp now! For more information call (857)919-7676 or email karateka.summercamp@gmail.com

You can register for summer camp online NOW at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/87GSFXT

Upham's Corner SNI Walkthrough, Jun. 21

Upham's Corner(The following information is based on a letter from Matt Feeney at the DA's Office.)

Meet your neighbors while working hands-on to address problems in the Upham's Corner area. The Upham's Corner Safe Neighborhood Initiative will hold a neighborhood walkthrough on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. In light of recent civic and safety concerns - such as a murder at Humphreys Street - members will convene at the City School (Ramsey St. off of Dudley St.) at 6:30 p.m. on June 21 and walk through the community to identify problem areas for residents. Please join SNI in spotting these issues and becoming part of the solution. Please feel free to bring anyone who wishes to attend: the more the merrier! For more information, contact Matt Feeney, DA's office, at matthew.feeney@state.ma.us. >> Read More

"Counting Inmates in the Wrong Place" Community Forum, Jun. 21

Prison BarsA coalition of African-American empowerment, faith-based, public policy and cultural organizations will host a forum entitled "Black Community Losing Power: Counting Inmates in the Wrong Place" on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. The forum, which takes place at the Mattapan Library from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m., is organized in response to the practice of "prison-based gerrymandering": the counting of inmates as residents of their incarcerated communities in the census rather than their original communities. Hosts include The Center for Church and Prison, The New Democracy Coalition, Prison Policy Initiative, Mass Black Empowerment Coalition, Demos, Road to Redemption, The Love Movement and The Cultural Cafe Collective.

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011, 5:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., at The Mattapan Library, Alice W. Meeting Room, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126. Please contact any host organizations or the Mattapan Public Library for more information. Click here for more information on the Youth Workers Alliance website. (Image Credit: http://www.vectorportal.com/subcategory/159/PRISON-BARS-VECTOR-ABSTRACT.eps/ifile/8878/detailtest.asp)

Boston Park Advocates First Annual Meeting, Jun. 8

Join Boston Park Advocates (BPA) for their first annual meeting to celebrate the role of parks and open space in making Boston a healthy and vibrant city! Guest speaker Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission, will give a talk entitled "Parks and Public Health: A Natural Partnership." The annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Dr., Dorchester, MA. A full schedule of events (including a pre-meeting Emerald Necklace Walk) can be found hereFor more information, contact nina@bostonparks.org. RSVP at http://bit.ly/l01RjL

National HIV Testing Day, Jun. 27

National HIV Testing DayOne in five people living with HIV don't know they are infected. Know your status and "Take the Test, Take Control!" To encourage pro-active, healthy behaviors, both The Dorchester House Multi-Service Center and the Codman Square Health Center will provide testing during their regular hours on Monday, June 27 - National HIV Testing Day. Talk to your provider or come in to either health center to get tested. To learn more about National HIV Testing Day, visit www.aids.gov/awareness-days/national-hiv-testing-day. With further questions, please call either health center. Read on for location and contact information. >> Read More

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