SwimDown! Fundraiser/Race Event for DotWell Stingrays | May 4

For the past three years, The DotWell Stingrays have competed in the National Black Heritage Swim Meet in Cary, North Carolina, but, despite coming away with a second place prize, the team had struggled to raise enough money to sign up for the competition. To recognize the 10th anniversary of the Heritage Swim Meet, DotWell has organized what will hopefully become an annual fundraising event: The DotWell Stingrays SwimDown! This event, happening on Friday, May 4th at 5PM at the Dorchester House swimming pool (1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA), will pit staff and community members against the Stingrays in a good old fashioned relay race. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information or to make a donation to the team, contact DotWell @ 617.474.1457.  

Write on the DOT Reading & Anniversary Celebration | May 6

Celebrating 1-year of readings by Dorchester and UMass Boston creative writers...

Join us Sunday, May 6th for WRITE ON THE DOT at Savin Bar & Kitchen (across from the Savin Hill T station)

- reception starts at 5:30PM with an exclusive specials menu (incl. "author's ale," "The Hemingway," and $5 appetizers)

- reading starts at 6PM featuring poets Willie Pleasants and Liam Day of Dorchester alongside fiction writers Alexandra Sladky and Eric Maxson of UMass Boston.

Write on the DOT is a reading series coordinated by UMass Boston MFA students to support and promote local writing. We bring Dorchester writers and neighbors together to share creative work in our community.

More information, including the menu, can be found on our website: >> Read More

Can't Wait Productions Presents "The Inside" | May 3 - 6


The Inside follows Emma, a young black woman, as she navigates her way through a post-collegiate party. Emma tries to reconcile her past as a little girl growing up in a predominantly white suburban town with her present as a recent college graduate among a circle of white friends. Through a strong narrative voice and interactive storytelling Emma expresses the thoughts and emotions that many of us are too afraid to share.

Performances: May 3-May 6 at 8pm.  (Doors at 7:30pm)
Location: Dot2Dot Café/1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester MA
(Closest T stop is a 10 minute walk from Ashmont or Shawmut Station on the Red Line. There is also street parking) 

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Franklin Park Paths & Entrances Meeting | April 30

On Monday, April 30th 6:30-8pm at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, The Boston Parks Dept will report to the community on plans to restore paths and make entrance improvements over the coming two years. At the first meeting several weeks ago, park users identified problem areas and sought-after changes. Large community participation on April 30th will help narrow priorities and make sure that the city's plans reflect the community’s interests. >> Read More

Our Dudley Square | April 28

Join Mayor Menino and the Dudley Square Community this Saturday April 28th from 11AM to 4PM at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Roxbury) for a day of History and Discovery.  Activities include: Scavenger Hunt (11AM - 2PM), Self Guided Walking Tour, Memory Day (11AM - 3PM), and Celebration and Prize Ceremony (3PM).  All events start and end at Hibernian Hall.  For more information, please contact Nicole Flynt Thomas by email, or by phone: 617.989.1219.

"STEM on Talbot Avenue" | April 28

Are you looking for a meaningful and FREE academic enrichment experience for your child? Is your middle school student interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics? Join YPN-ULEM for a National Urban League Young Professionals National Day of Service: "STEM on Talbot Avenue" on April 28 from 9:30AM to 4:00PM at the Perkins Community Center (155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124).  For more information, please email or call Dr. Monica Hall-Porter: 336-575-7292.

Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods | April 24

Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods will hold their monthly public safety meeting on Tuesday, April 24 from 1:00-2:30 PM at the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center  (110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester, MA 02124).  The meeting will be hosted by Eric Mitchell, Director. This is one of the few daytime public safety meetings held in Southwest Dorchester open to all residents, schools, businesses, and community organizations. 
~ Parking is on Claybuorne St. or in the parking lot behind building.~

A light lunch is provided.  Read after the break for the agenda of this month's meeting. >> Read More

Free Sports Safety Clinic | April 24

The Boston Public Health Commission along with the Boston Public Parks & Recreation Department and Safe Kids Worldwide are putting on a Free Sports Safety Clinic at Franklin Park (1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA) on the 24th of April from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. This event, aimed towards parents and coaches, will have panelists present to share tips on sports safety and concussions. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to properly wear and fit spring sport helmets, watch an Impact neurological baseline assessment demonstration, and try concussion goggles that simulate what it’s like to have a concussion.

Mouth guards will be given to the first 50 registrants and dinner will be provided!  There will also be great raffle giveaways. Those interested in joining can RSVP at 617-534-5197.

Ronan Park Kite and Frisbee Festival | July 14

Join your neighbors for the annual Ronan Park Kite and Frisbee Festival! On Sunday, July 14, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm there will be great activities at the Ronan Park Baseball Field. There will be more details as the event gets closer, but there will definitely be a neighborhood cook-out, and free kites for the first 25 kids to arrive. The event is entirely free, and will involve lots of flying fun! For more information, visit, and email

Ronan Park Summer Festival | June 22

On Friday, June 22, the Friends of Ronan Park will be hosting a Family Festival! Celebrate summer in your local park with neighbors and a variety of fun activities. At 6:00 pm there will be a cookout, games, face painting, and maybe even juggling demos! The event is free of cost. For more information, contact Friends of Ronan Park at You can visit the group on the web at To get involved, visit their monthly meeting at the Bowdoin Street Health Center, at 6:30 pm the first Tuesday of every month!

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