Outreach Event for Children and Families, Jun. 4

BGC DorchesterPlease join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester on June 4, 2011 for an outreach event directed at children and families. This fun and social event features games, music, literacy activities, free dental screenings, opportunities to meet other families, a school bus tour for "first-time riders," refreshments and much more. Event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125. Is your child going to Kindergarten? At 3:30 p.m., BGC will host the DW Counts Down to Kindergarten Play, in which Arthur the Aardvark helps his little sister D.W. learn some helpful things about going to Kindergarten. Questions? Call Mary Kinsella Scannell at (617) 288-7120 or email

Fathers Families Fun Day, Jun. 4

Father and DaughterStrengthening families, strengthening communities, uplifting fathers & putting fathers back into families. Touch 106.1 FM and the MA Department of Children and Families (DCF) present Fathers Families Fun Day! This event features music, games, radio and resources and will take place June 4, 2011 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Harambee Park, 59 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA. 

Think you are a good father? Come and encourage someone else! For more information, contact John Laing at (617) 288-2030 or email

Four Corners Main Street Business Meeting, May 24

Are you a business owner? Are you in need of resources, marketing and technical assistance? Join Four Corners Main Street to help raise awareness of businesses in our neighborhood and enhance the image and profitability of your business. For more information, contact Dynell Andrews-Blake at 617-287-1651.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Four Corners Main Street Office
420 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124

Dorchester Food Coop Initiative Public Planning Meeting, May 25

DEHCInterested in fresh food, local agriculture, improving your community and collaborating wiht your neighbors? Come to the Second Planning Meeting of the Dorchester Food Coop Initiative on Wednesday, May 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meeting will take place at the Bowdoin Street Health Center, Large Conference Room, 230 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA 02122.

Please come—the Coop Steering Committee wants to hear your ideas! Bring friends and neighbors who would like to build a community owned store that reflects and celebrates the diversity of our neighborhood. For more information, contact Jenny Silverman:; 617-272-5917.

Boston City Singers Auditions, Jun. 4

Boston City SingersStand up and sing! The Boston City Singers will hold 2011 - 2012 School Year auditions for ages 4 - 17 on Saturday, June 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Auditions take place at All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester, MA by Ashmont T Station. Boston City Singers' tuition-based training sessions take place in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain, after school and on Saturdays during the school year. For more information contact Melissa Graham (617 265-2700;

Boston City Singers teaches over 350 inspiring young singers in nine choruses. Most singers are boys and girls (ages 4-18) from Boston‘s underserved neighborhoods. The group accepts new k-12 students with varying musical abilities and offers sliding scale tuition. Over 80% of our members require substantial scholarship support to participate. Read more at

MBTA GM at Shawmut, Jun. 4

Melville Park (Photo Courtesy of Melville Park Assn)Meet, munch, mulch. MBTA General Manager Richard Davey will join area residents for a Shawmut "tunnel cap" clean-up on Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 a.m. These cleanups occur the first Saturday each month, 10 a.m. to noon and the GM's June appearance marks the MBTA's gratitude to Shawmut locals and Melville Park Association members for preserving and beautifying their neighborhood.

Photo at right: Melville Park (courtesy of Melville Park Association). 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Fields Corner Building Renovation, May 25

Fields Corner Main StreetPlease join Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Historic Boston Incorporated and Fields Corner Main Street on Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. for a celebration of the completion of the renovation of the Golden Building at 1510-1514 Dorchester Avenue. This high-impact façade rehabilitation is the first historic building renovation project of the Historic Neighborhood Centers Program, a collaboration between HBI and FCMS. Location: McDonald’s parking lot, 1513 Dorchester Avenue. Open to all. For more information, call FCMS at 617-474-1432 or HBI at 617-227-4679.

Neighborhood Yard Sale in Ronan Park, May 28

Yard Sale!Ronan Park area residents and casual shoppers: join the Friends of Ronan Park for a neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, May 28th! De-clutter and make some extra money while getting to know your neighbors around Ronan Park. All households are invited to participate - no reservation required!

Saturday, May 28th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Yard sales throughout the neighborhood.
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Free Neighborhood Barbecue in Ronan Park.

If you would like to have your house's yard sale included on the neighborhood map, please contact Megan at

(Rain date: Saturday, June 4th.)

Cedar Grove Memorial Day Parade, May 30

Cedar Grove Memorial Day ParadeThe annual Memorial Day Parade will take place in Dorchester on Monday, May 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums will depart from the AmVets (American Veterans) McKeon Post at 4 Hill Top Street and proceed to Cedar Grove Cemetery via Milton and Adams Streets. At the conclusion of the march, a ceremony will be conducted in Cedar Grove Cemetery. The McKeon post can be reached at (617) 436-2911. You may also visit


32nd Annual Ashmont Hill Yard Sale, May 21

Antiques, collectibles, tools, computers, housewares, books, children's items, tzotchkes, knick-knacks - you can find all this and more at the 32nd Annual Ashmont Hill Yard sale, to take place Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Last year, 90 households and organizations took part in over 60 locations! If you'd rather donate than buy or sell, many non-profit groups would be happy to pawn your belongings for you!

The yard sale will be taking place just west of Peabody Square. Exit the northern end of the Ashmont T stop, walk up Dorchester Ave., and then turn left on Ashmont Street, follow signs to yard sales.

Registration for sale locations is open now - cost to participate is $20 per location, plus $10 for each additional household sharing that location. Please contact Joe Gildea at 617-288-6626 or to sign up or with questions. Deadline for sign-ups and payment is Saturday, May 14.

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