Holiday Gift Wrap @ Carruth Dec. 18

The Carruth will be hosting their 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Wrap this Sunday, December 18! Join local merchants and artists for an annual holiday marketplace and gift wrap to benefit Saint Mark's Area Main Street. Tavolo will be selling gift certificates at a discount of 20% off! Bring gifts you have already purchased to have wrapped while you finish off your gift list. The Carruth is located at 1912 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester, 02124. Tavolo, located next door, will open early at 2:00 p.m. - drop by for appetizers or drinks!


Boston Winery Hosts Vendors Dec. 19

Need to do some last minute Christmas shopping? Shop with friends at the Boston Winery on Monday, December 19. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 57 Ericcson Street in Dorchester, local vendors will gather to sell their products! Admission is free, vendors are local, and there will be hors d'oeuvres for all to enjoy. For more information, contact Susan Fenton by email. A flyer with more information about the event is attached!

Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center Gala Jan. 6

Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center is once again preparing for an evening of thanks, recognition, and celebration! The Annual Gala for Kids & Community will be held at The Lantana in Randolph, MA on Friday, January 6. At 6:00 p.m. The reception and Silent Auction will be held, and at 7:00 p.m. there will be an awards dinner, music, and dancing! This is a fundraiser for STEC - tickets are $75. A limited number of Tables of 8 are available at $500. For more information, contact STEC at 617.288.9092 or email Toni Wiley.

Dot Rox Coop's First Planning Meeting! Jan. 7

The first planning meeting of the DotRox Cooperative Gardening Supply Center has been set! The meeting will be held Saturday, January 7, 1:00 -2:30 p.m. Grove Hall Library, TERI Room at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester. Everyone interested in gardening, health, community-building, and economic development is welcome to help create this community-owned business. At the meeting, the cooperative will be forming the mission of the organization, outlining tasks and talking about working committees.

Snacks and information materials will be provided at the meeting, so please RSVP to Gerald Robbins at 617.241.7717 or to ensure that there are enough of each. Feel free to bring snacks with you! A flyer with more information about the cooperative is attached to this post.

Black Community Leaders Reception @ City Hall Dec. 12

In order to develop a sound working relationship with elected leaders, there will be a Black Community Leaders Reception with Boston City Council at The Curley Room, 5th Floor, Boston City Hall. The meeting will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The new city council will be sworn in on January 1st - come share your ideas and concerns with them on  Monday, December 12, 2011 Refreshments will be served.

BPS Task Force Forum @ BPL Dec. 13

Boston Public Schools (BPS) Health and Wellness Task Force invites you to attend Reducing Health Disparities to Close the Achievement Gap: A BPS Forum. The forum will take place in the Boston Public Library's Rabb Auditorium on Tuesday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. At the forum, Mayor Menino and BPS Superintendent, Carol R. Johnson, will provide remarks. Dr. Charles Basch, Richard March Hoe Professor of Health Education, Columbia University Teachers College, will give the keynote address, "Healthier Students are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reform." The forum will conclude with a roundtable discussion with several community leaders, including City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Boston Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

By attending the forum, you will learn about "Healthy Connections," the district's health and wellness strategic plan, engage with educators and community partners that work to reduce health disparities and close the achievement gap, and help identify opportunities for community partners, funders, and other key stakeholders to support and collaborate with BPS on efforts to improve student health and wellness. Please RSVP to attend via the following link:

Painters Rags @ Howard Art Project Opens Dec. 9

Howard Art Project, Dorchester's newest gallery, will be hosting an opening for their second show: Painter's Rags and Other Artists Clothing. The show asks exhibiting artists to look at their own wardrobe with the same criticality one would look at art. The opening will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 1486 Dorchester Ave. in Fields Corner, and is also open on Saturdays during exhibitions from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment. For upcoming happenings, calls for work, and more information, check out Howard Art Project's wordpress blog!

Write on the DOT Reading @ Blarney Stone Dec. 11

On Sunday, December 11, Write On The DOT will host a poetry reading at Blarney Stone in Fields Corner. The reading will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30, and feature UMass-Boston MFA candidates, and writers in the Dorchester community, including Sam Cha, Aaron Devine, Johnny Diaz, Mariya "Morie" Deykute, and Christopher Kain. A summary of Write On The Dot's mission from their blog: "Write on the DOT is a reading series presented by students in UMass-Boston's Creative Writing MFA Program. The series seeks to create a space in which UMass writers and Dorchester writers can meet, mingle, and check out what each other are up to." For more information about Write On The DOT, check out their website here!

Stop and Learn Tuesdays: Boston Public Schools Dec. 13, 20

If you and your family have recently come into Boston, you may have many questions. The Boston Public Schools Newcomer Assessment & Counseling Center invites you to three programs where you can get answers to your questions and learn about the many services available to you.  

At each program, you will meet staff members from the Boston Public Schools and agencies in Boston who can help you find the services you need.


Tuesday,December 6, 2011 - Programs for Students

--How to register a student for school

--After-school and tutoring programs


Tuesday, December 13, 2011- Programs for Parents

--ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

--Technology (Computer) Classes

--Job Training

--Parent University


Tuesday, December 20, 2011- Health and Other Services

--Physical Health, Mental Health and Dental Services

--Programs at Health Centers

--Social Services

--Immigration Information

--Fire and Safety Awareness


All programs will take place 10 AM - 1 PM at: 

Newcomers Assessment & Counseling Center

55 Malcolm X Boulevard, Building # 3 (next to the entrance to O'Bryant School of Math & Science)

Roxbury, MA 02120

MBTA: Roxbury Crossing Station on the Orange Line

phone: 617-635-1565

ADSL "Friendraiser" Event Dec. 8

On Thursday, December 8, ADSL (All Dorchester Sports League) will be hosting an open house "Friendraiser" at their Town Field clubhouse. The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The organization offers a unique combination of academic, athletic and nutritional support, with qualified staff for high school aged kids and teens. There are many teens involved already with this ambitious program! The Boston Herald published an interesting article about the ADSL this week. Read more here!


The Town Field Clubhouse is located at 1565 Dorchester Avenue. For more information check out their website, here!

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