DFSI Marathon Fundraiser

Two Boston Public Schools teachers are pounding the pavement – literally – for their students. With support from the 2011 John Hancock Non-Profit Bib Program, Jen Gillingham and Ryan Flynn will represent the Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative (DFSI) in the 115th Boston Marathon on April 18th. DFSI is a partnership serving approximately 1,000 students and their families at three elementary schools in Dorchester’s Codman Square neighborhood. Through this collaboration, DFSI provides before– and after-school programming, field trips, behavioral services, and enrichment programs.

Marathon funds will directly support this programming. The first $25,000 raised will be doubled by an additional $25,000 matching grant to support Dorchester's children. Family members, friends, neighbors, and local vendors may donate to the DFSI marathon team at or by sending checks payable to DotWell to 1452 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122. Attn: DFSI. DotWell is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization; the Tax ID number is 04-3433538.  >> Read More

"Boys and Girls Planting for Health," Apr. 6

Nature's Sustainers, a community relations class from Boston University, will host "Boys and Girls Planting for Health" at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston's Blue Hill Club on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 starting at 9 a.m. With the aid of the BU group, Blue Hill Club will build a working garden to teach its members about responsibility, healthy living, sustainability and the slow food movement.

Nature's Sustainers will build Blue Hill Club raised bed gardens and provide the Club with necessary gardening tools. The group of 10 students, four graduate and six undergraduate, will do this by finding sponsorships and partnerships as well as soliciting monetary and in-kind donations. In addition, Nature's Sustainers will bring in individuals from local organizations and businesses to talk to the staff and members of Blue Hill Club about the importance of the slow food movement and healthy living. For more information, contact Laura Castro at or (413) 210-8627. 

"Allegorical Outfits, Fool's Play" at Hancock 309, Apr. 9-13

"Allegorical Outfits, Fool's Play" presents contemporary art and live performances created by SMFA Queer Students taking place at the SMFA and two new Boston galleries.

Works at the intersection of photography, video, performance, painting and sculpture cite references and influences from surrealist women painters, sculptural fashion, Leigh Bowery's expansive drag, Care Bears to ACT UP and Queer Nation’s theatrical protest tactics and graphics. A range of imagery and material can be found in these lively and sophisticated works by young artists: architectural pillars covered with crocheted elements and colored Vaseline, a sculpture made from bland beige carpet topped by a fish, Gatorade packages refashioned out of lead, stylized colorful photos of boys with floral themes and a hand made wooden chair with plumbing. >> Read More

Tech Apprentice Program ($$) for Juniors/Seniors

Interested in technology? Apply now for a 7-week paid internship opportunity at local companies for technology skilled high school juniors & seniors from the Boston area. Program runs July 5 through August 15 and pays $10/hour for 35 hours per week. Application deadline is April 15. If you are a student who wants to be considered for this opportunity, you must fill out and submit the Summer 2011 Tech Apprentice Application and include a resume (resume template/help available here. For more information, contact Cecilia Oyediran, TechBoston Employer Organizer, Boston Private Industry Council by emailing or calling 617.488.1328. Apply online at

Ashmont Cycles Group Ride, Apr. 6

Ashmont Cycles is starting up a weekly group ride! The first ride of the season will be Wednesday, April 6th, at 6:00 p.m. Meet in front of the shop (Peabody Square, next to the Ashmont Grill).

Everyone is welcome! The rides will head south into the Blue Hills. There is no obligation as to how far or how fast you have to ride. The goal is to encourage people to take advantage of the very good riding in this area, and to meet new people.

The days are getting longer, but riders are advised to ride with a light during these early spring evenings. Contact the shop if you have any questions. ( or 617-282-6552).

Symposium on Crack Cocaine in Black Community, Apr. 9

Join twenty-five community leaders, non-profit agency directors, social workers, ministers, health professionals, judges, university professors, law enforcement officers, youth, former drug-dealers, former crack users, youth advocates and ex-offenders for "25 years after CRACK: The Effect of Crack Cocaine in Boston's Black Community," a retrospective discussion and symposium on the arrival of crack cocaine and how 25 years later it has effected Boston's Black communities and families. Work together across generations in a community building planning session. This will help develop solutions to build a new infrastructure of our Black communities. Event takes places Saturday, April 9th, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119). For more information, please contact NBCA/Greatest MINDS at or (857) 312-6340 (cellular phone). The 25 Years After Crack Facebook Invite is here: - RSVP here or by email! >> Read More

Boston United for Students, Apr. 6

Effective parents and effective teachers are the key for students' success. Join the voices of parents, students and community leaders at BUS' next community forum on Wednesday, April 6, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren Street, Roxbury (Near J.B. Johnson Funeral Home at Warren and Walnut). Confirmed Guests include Dr. Carol Johnson, BPS Superintendent and Richard Stutman, BTU President.  

Light Refreshments offered and childcare available for ages 3 – 14 years. Translation service provided upon request. Call to make reservations for childcare and translations. Please contact Fran Smith with questions or concerns at 617-227-1172. >> Read More

Sweeney Todd FREE at the Strand, Apr. 7 - 9

MCPHS DNActors Presents: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The community is invited to view Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece for free at the Strand Theatre on April 7, 8, and 9. Admission is free & doors open 15 minutes before each performance. For more information, call 617-635-1403.  

Thursday, April 7th at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 8th at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 9th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. >> Read More

The Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Road


Dorchester Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert, Apr. 10

Join the Dorchester Symphony Orchestra as it presents its Spring Concert, Sunday, April 10th, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont (209 Ashmont Street). The orchestra, conducted by Dorchester resident William Shoucair, will be joined by violinist Annie Chen from the New England Conservatory as she plays the Mozart Violin Concerto #5 in A Major, one of the most well know and best loved pieces by Mozart. Also on the program is the Marriage of Figaro Overture by Mozart and Symphony #101 (The Clock) by Haydn. Come celebrate spring with your own, hometown orchestra!

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6 - 16 years. Age 5 and under get in free! For more info, contact William Shoucair at 617-822-3979 or email >> Read More

Savin Scoop Ribbon Cutting Event with Mayor Menino, Apr. 6

Savin Scoop will be having its official ribbon cutting ceremony as the spring season approaches us on Wednesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. Savin Scoop specializes in locally made ice cream, smoothies, frappes, coffee, espresso and many other scrumptious treats right here in the Savin Hill neighborhood. So, in hopes of a wonderful spring season of ice-cream indulgence right around the corner, join Savin Scoop and Mayor Menino as they cut the ribbon!

Menino will also be stopping by four other businesses which have new signage provided by the "ReStore Program"; MTV Hair & Nails, At home Real Estate, McKenna's Cafe, and the newly opened Savin Bar + Kitchen at 112 Savin Hill Ave.

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