Neponset Estuary Paddle, Jul. 30

PaddlingEnjoy paddling up rivers or estuaries? Now's your chance to participate in the community, have some fun, paddle with friends, and even get exercise while your at it! Paddling experience is required to participate. The event will take place at Neponset Park, Hilltop Street, Dorchester. Be there at 10 a.m. to join in on the fun. To join this event, registration is required at With questions, call 617-542-7696 or email Part of the Neponset River Greenway Festival. See full schedule of events here.

Nature Sketching Workshop, Aug. 10

FlowerEver want to be able to draw the world around you? Nature artist Anne Schmalz will introduce participants to sketching the natural world, flowers and vegetables. Anne will explain how to draw a garden. Supplies will be provided but it is recommended to bring a folding chair. The event will take place at 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To join this event, registration is required at For questions, call 617-542-7696 or email

Neponset Watercolor Workshop, Jul. 25

WatercolorCathy Garnett, an experienced artist with watercolors from the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, will instruct a group in basic watercolor technique on July 25. Using the environment, such as trees, buildings and water, Cathy will explain how to make beautiful art with watercolors. Supplies will be provided, folding chairs are recommended to bring. This event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Baker Square River Trail (1243 Adams St, Dorchester) To join this event, registration is required at For questions, call 617-542-7696 or email

(Image Credit: Lisa Dusseault).

Mattapan Greenway Connections Walk, Jul. 21

WalkThe Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition is hosting a walk for anyone to join. The walk will be a 5K walk from Mattapan Square along River Street and the Greenway trail to Dorchester. Bring your friends and family and join in on the fun! Don't miss this exciting walk! (Participants will meet at the Mattapan Square T Station (1624 Blue Hill Ave @ Mattapan Square) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Boston Natural Areas Network at 617-542-7696 or email For more events, visit

Healthworks Community Fitness Highlighted in Fitness Magazine

HealthworksFitness Magazine, a widely circulated and popular women’s magazine, highlighted Healthworks Community Fitnesss in their July/August issue. For Lauren Broadhurst, executive director of Healthworks, this is a great achievement. The article starts out with, "For Lauren Broadhurst, exercise isn't about slipping into skinny jeans or sculpting perfect abs." The magazine highlights Lauren's dedication and love for exercise and fitness. To support Healthworks, go to See the attached file to view the actual magazine article.

Dinner, Literature and Live Music, Jun. 30 & Jul. 1

Tolieth MarksEnjoy reading? Start reading "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" to discuss it on Thursday, June 30. Enjoy the great food at Dot2Dot Cafe while talking about a very interesting book. The book deals with medical, educational, racial and religious issues.  Dot2Dot's resident group of book clubbers are always happy to see new faces - so don't be afraid to join for food and discussion this Thursday.

Enjoy live music? Dot2Dot welcomes back Tolieth Marks to sing on Friday, July 1. Her amazing voice takes us through soul, R&B, gospel and jazz music. That's not all! Enjoy Dot2Dot's amazing food while listening to an amazing singer. Come and join in on the fun at Dot2Dot Cafe. There will be a $5 cover charge that will go to the band.

*Both events take place at 6 p.m. at Dot2Dot Cafe (1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester)

Harborfest, Jun. 29 to Jul. 4

Boston HarborfestHarborfest begins! Boston Harborfest 2011 is a six-day long Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. You can find information about all main events and daily events, taking place in and around Boston's City Hall at This year's 30th Anniversary celebrations run June 29th to July 4th 2011. The JFK Museum in Dorchester will open its special "Passing the Torch" Exhibit to the public during the festival. Visit for more information.

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"Memories of Dorchester" Webcast, Jun. 29 (OFDs Must Read)

Dorchester Town SealRelive Dorchester and Boston memories on the evening of Wednesday, June 29 during a webcast where Dorchester residents will check in with their own recollections of the Dot. Tune in from 7 p.m. eastern on by visiting If you can't make the broadcast, a recorded version will be released later. To join the discussion before (and after?) the broadcast, visit the Facebook event page or join the OFD group.

Greenway Geology Walk in Lower Mills, Jul. 13

GeologyNeponset River Greenway Festival presents Greenway Geology Walk. Meet at Milton T-stop, downstairs. Be there at 6 p.m. to join. Ever wondered about the rocks along the trail and riverbanks? Les Tyrala, registered geologist, will be our guide on this easy walk that passes a number of interesting outcrops in Lower Mills. Registration is required. See to register and for more info.

Greenway Fest: Neponset River by Boat and Train, Jul. 10

CanoeNeponset River Greenway Festival presents "Neponset River by Boat and Train" at 1 p.m. on July 10! Paddle canoes downstream and then hop the trolley back to discover the rich history of the area. Boats will launch from the 7 Brush Hill Road site, Milton, near Mattapan Square. (Paddling experience is required. Registration is required.) Co-sponsored by MA DCR.

To download a Neponset River Greenway Festival brochure please click here. For more information or to register for a program (unless otherwise noted) please call BNAN at 617-542-7696 or email BNAN programs and events are free, all are welcome. Click here to see a map of this event location.

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