Zoo Howl @ Franklin Park Zoo Oct. 29 - 30

On October 29th and 30th, Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting Zoo Howl! The haunted happenings at the zoo include creatures, crafts, games, a trick-or-treat trail and a Haunted Maze!

There will also be hay rides provided by Pine Meadow Farm - $2.00 per person or three for $5.00!

This year, Franklin Park Zoo is partnered with Green Halloween - a non-profit, grassroots initiative to encourage communities to celebrate healthier and more sustainable holidays, starting with Halloween. To learn more about events at Franklin Park, click here.

Project D.E.E.P. Info Night Oct. 18 & 20

Project D.E.E.P. is hosting a private and parochial school info night on Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Leahy - Holloran Community Center. At the event you can hear from representatives, about the admissions process, and financial aid. You can also find out more about the experience of attending private and parochial schools. For more information, visit Project D.E.E.P.'s website.

Hearing on Yancey Plan Oct. 4

On Tuesday, October 4th the Boston City Council will address Councillor Charles C. Yancey's request for a loan to build a high school in Mattapan. It is a public hearing and all are welcome to attend. The hearing will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Iannella Chambers on the 5th floor at Boston City Hall.

DotOut Candidate Forum Oct. 23

DotOUTOn October 23, DotOut will be hosting candidate forums for the Council at Large race. The next forum will be held at The Savin Hill Bar and Kitchen on Savin Hill Avenue from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. Hear from the candidates and learn about issues important to the LGBT community and the rest of Dorchester! Sue O'Connell, the publisher of OutAtNight, Bay Windows and South End News will be moderating. For more information, visit the DotOut homepage here.

Project RIGHT's Annual Community Dinner Oct. 25

On Tuesday, October 25th Project RIGHT will be having their 17th Annual Community Dinner. The dinner will be in the William Devine Clubhouse at Franklin Park, 1 Circuit Drive in Dorchester MA. The dinner will serve as the capstone event of the year for Project RIGHT. In recognition, they are publishing an annual report to highlight what accomplishments have been made over the year. For more information on the event, click here.

Upham's Corner Health Fair Oct. 15

The Upham's Corner Health Fair will be held this year on October 15th in the Strand Theater. The event will offer the opportunity for help with health insurance assistance. The event will include free on-site blood pressure screening, diabetes, and cholestorol testing. There will also be music, prizes, healthy refreshments, along with balloons, clowns and face painting for kids, and a free raffle! The event is free, open to the public, and will be a great resource for your health. A flyer for the event is attached!

Pitching for Tim Sep. 30

A South Boston child has been diagnosed with leukemia, and on September 30th, you can attend an event to support him and his family as he battles this disease. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the IBEW/Local 103 on Friday, September 30th at 256 Freeport Street and will last until 11:00 p.m. The event is $25 per person, and will feature a comedian, Ballpark food, raffles, an auction, a DJ, and a cash bar. Call 617.268.7717 for more information.


If you can't join the event, but would still like to help, you can donate online here.

MAPS Dorchester Open House Sep. 29

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers will be hosting an Open House to celebrate their 10th anniversary!

The event will be on September 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. MAPS is a private non-profit organization providing health and social services to Portuguese speakers in Massachusetts since 1970. The agency six offices in Greater Boston, Lowell and Framingham, and has been serving Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods for more than 20 years. The non-profit helps with immigrant social services, domestic violence services, HIV/AIDS Prevention, a Youth Wellness Program, educational programs and more! The Dorchester Office is located at One Stoughton Street in Upham's Corner. Staff and volunteers from the organization are planning office tours, program displays, entertainment, speakers and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more or RSVP, call 617.825.5897. You can also visit the website at

Water Babies Family Swim Sign-Ups

For children 18 months - 3 years, Fields Corner Children Thrive will be offering Water Babies Family Swim Saturdays. Water Babies teaches water safety and basic water safety skills to children. Water Babies uses songs and games to introduce skills to toddlers. Parents help their children, and instructors are there to coach parents. The sessions will be held at the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center Pool, and will run from October 15th through December 17th, and meet for half hours at 1:15 p.m. The cost is $10 for 10 weeks - that's only a dollar a week! Sign-up by October 8th, this is a special rate to introduce the program to the pool. To sign up call or email Tom at 617.474.1464. More information is attached below!

Farm Day at Franklin Park Zoo Oct. 16

Want to experience life on a farm without leaving the city? Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting a Farm Day on Sunday, October 16th. The Farm at Franklin Park Zoo is home to a number of rare and interesting animals - Poitou donkeys, an extremely rare breed of donkey that is also the oldest in France, sheep, goats, Guinea hogs, and more! On Farm Day you can learn more about the animals ith scheduled talks and interactions with zookeepers. There will also be more fun activities throughtout the day - make a scarecrow, and learn about agricultural issues through special exhibitors. The event will be from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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