Nou Pap Janm Bliye/We Will Not Forget: 2nd Annual Haiti Earthquake Memorial Jan. 14

Nou Pap Janm Bliye/We Will Not Forget is an event for Boston and Massachusetts’ Haitian community and friends of Haiti to come together to memorialize the victims of the earthquake, and to reflect and agree on collective action. The memorial will feature the poetry of Patrick Sylvain, spiritual reflection by Pastor Zephir, a musical performance by Mendy Toussaint, and more.

The organizing committee, comprised of Haitian-led organizations in Boston, will discuss what has occurred in the past year and how issues of water security and immigration––noted as points of concern by hundreds of 2011 event attendees--have evolved. Physicians for Haiti will deliver a presentation specifically focused on the cholera epidemic.
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Girls' LEAP Workshop Jan. 21

Girls' LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment & Awareness Program) Self-Defense workshop offers a safe and supportive environment for participants to develop the necessary skills to champion their own safety and well-being. This is a mother/daughter workshop for girls ages 8-14 and their mother or a significant woman in their life (aunt, teacher, mentor, etc.)
The workshop will be an introduction to basic self-defense and personal safety through verbal de-escalation and personal boundary setting skills, and will help families communicate more effectively around issues related to personal safety and self-confidence.

To register, please call 617.514.4285. The registration deadline for this workshop is Friday, January 13th. The workshop will be on Saturday, January 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Girls' LEAP, located at 197a Centre Street (formerly St. Mark's School) in Dorchester, MA 02124 the closest MBTA stop is Shawmut, and the cost of this workshop is FREE! Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to a local food pantry. For more information, contact Tracey Westgate at 617.514.4285.

Check out the Girls' LEAP website at:

1st Annual Leahy Holloran Polar Bear Plunge, Jan. 1


In memory of Brian Leahy, the Leahy Holloran Community Center will be hosting their 1st Annual Polar Bear Plunge! Startoff the New Year with a very chilly swim at the beach. On Sunday, January 1, 2012 (New Year's Day) the plunge will happen at 4:00pm at Tenean Beach, Neponset. $25 admission will include a pancake breakfast, and the first 50 people registered will receive a Polar Bear Plunge Hooded Sweatshirt! For more information see flyer attachment below or contact Craig Galvin at 617.947.6424.

The event will be sponsored by: Phillips Candy House, Ramada Inn, Carney Hospital, Team Sully Mac, Freeport Tavern, Boston Bowl, Deadwood Cafe, Comfort Inn and Local 103. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Leahy Holloran Community Center.

Franklin Park Winter Festival Feb. 4

The Franklin Park Coalition will be hosting a Winter Snow Festival on Saturday, February 4th! The festival will be held from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sign in at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA and spend the afternoon sledding, snowshoeing, building snowpeople, and tracking animal prints in the snow! Do you have cross country skis? A guided tour via skis will begin at 1:30. When the snow gets to be chilly, warm up with hot chocolate and games in the clubhouse! There will be sleds available for those without. Wear warm clothes and mittens! To RSVP, email the Franklin Park Coalition here. For questions, you can also call 617.442.4141.

Franklin Park New Year's Day Walk Jan. 1

The Franklin Park Coalition invites you to their annual New Year's Day Walk! Bring in the new year with a brisk walk through Franklin Park and start the year right. The walk will be on Sunday, January 1st, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet at the Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Drive in Dorchester. Dress for the weather - the walk will happen on a paved and plowed path, no matter the weather! To RSVP, click here.

A Special Needs Panel Presentation Jan. 12

The Dorchester Cluster is inviting Parents and Providers to attend Special Needs Panel Presentation: A free panel discussion for families with children, adolescents and young adults who have special needs or disabilities. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to register a child/family member with North Star, a free and voluntary program run by the Boston Police Department designed for parents or caretakers of children and individuals that may have a tendency to wander or are a flight risk from a specific location.

The event is happening January 12, 2012 - North Star Registration will be held at 6:00 p.m. and the Panel Presentation will be from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Presenters include: >> Read More

SCI/Codman Square Toy Giveaway


The Toy Giveaway at The Great Hall was a blast!!

Santa fit us into his busy schedule and community members and

volunteers helped us continue to build a positive vibe in Dorchester!!


Find pictures of the event, including those with Santa, on our Facebook page: SCI DORCHESTER and please do

press the  "LIKE" button to show your support.   


Family Resource Day 12/17

Bowdoin Geneva Family Resource Day sponsored by Mayor Menino - featuring info/signups for food stamps, fuel assistance, housing assistance, health care, parenting support, and more.

Saturday 12/17, 10 AM - 1 PM, First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street, Dorchester

Multilingual resources and staff ~ First 100 families get a free bag of groceries and a toy.

For more information, please call 617-635-3404 or see flyer attachment below.

Closing SHVAM Event @ LDB Peace Institute Dec. 20

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will commemorate the closing of SHVAM (Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month) with an event called "Remembering the Love Not the Loss," which will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 20. The event will be an evening dedicated to remembering and celebrating the lives of loved ones lost. The event will feature activities for children & families, the Louis D. Brown Peace Garden, and the official closing of Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month. Contact the Institute at 617.825.1917 or email for more information.

Grove Hall Branch Holiday Celebration Dec. 22

On Thursday, December 22, the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library will be hosting a winter celebration from 6 to 7:30 PM! Join neighbors for hot cocoa, cider, cookies, and crafts to celebrate the winter season. A fun, free event for the entire family: everyone is welcome. Grove Hall Branch is located at 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester. 

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