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BPHC Study - Groups Feb. 15, Feb 18

Residents of Bowdoin, Upham's Corner, and Grove Hall may be interested in a Boston Public Health Commission campaign currently seeking participants for group sessions. Those selected for the groups will receive a $50 stipend for participating in the 2-hour discussion. One discussion group will be held on Tuesday, February 15 (snowdate of Thurs., February 17) from 6:30-8:30pm. The other will be held on Friday, February 18, from 6:30-8:30pm. The snowdate is Saturday, Feb. 19 from 11:30am-1:00pm. If any of you know of folks between 20-65 who live on the streets outlined below and in the attached document (the discussions are neighborhood specific - Grove Hall, Bowdoin and Uphams Corner - and will be held in easily accessible neighborhood venues) they can contact Candelaria at 617-620-5557 or via e-mail at candelaria@spectrumcreatives.us. The cap is 14 people per group. Specific eligibility criteria after the break. >> Read More

Dot Art Meeting, Jan. 8 -- Cancelled due to Death of Vince Droser

Dot Art is eyeing a new direction and a change in leadership and wants YOUR input. The board has already made some moves, suspending Dot Art’s staff in September. Leslie MacWeeney, one of the founders of the program, is no longer executive director and is serving on a volunteer basis. This is part of a series of community meetings for Dot Art, the previous discussion was held in Codman Square’s Great Hall in December. The next meeting on Dot Art’s future is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. at All Saints Church in the Ashmont neighborhood. >> Read More

Literary Genius Slam! Teen Poets Wanted (Age 11-18)

Literary Genius is a competitive poetry competition that engages the energy and talents of young people while fostering a positive self image. The goal of Literary Genius is to inspire young people to become a part of the literary process as well as see themselves as capable members of our community and ultimately geniuses. The competition is for youth ages eleven through eighteen years old. Literary Genius is supported by a group of working professionals who decided to promote youth literacy. Our first action is the Literary Genius Slam. There will be a series of preliminary rounds listed below held before the February 11, 2010 Semi-Final. Prelim dates after the break.

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Survey on Civic Engagement! ONEin3 Boston

ONEin3 Boston, a program connecting Boston’s young adults with resources related to home buying, business development, professional networking, and civic engagement is asking local citizens to complete a short civic engagement survey available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GLRZ8KL. Results will allow ONEin3 to understand the strengths and needs of young adults locally and will help them to design robust civic engagement opportunities. Please share this survey with your friends, family, colleagues and networks! >> Read More

Seafarers’ Island Holiday (First Boston Harbor Trip of the New Year), Jan. 2

Break in the new year with a trip to Spectacle Island! Depart Fox Point Pavilion, UMass Boston at 11am and explore Spectacle on your own or take a tour with a Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands volunteer. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy island eating. Stop by the indoor Visitor Center and browse literature and merchandise. Return trip at 3pm. Parking is available by Fort Point, as is frequent shuttle service from JFK/UMass on the Red Line. Ticketing info & more after the break! >> Read More

MyDorchester: New Year's Resolutions

It's been a good four months for MyDot, with massive increases in web traffic, serious overhaul of the community guide and slow but steady connection to local organizations, news outlets, and public service providers. For those of you who don't know, MyDorchester is staffed by a rotating team of AmeriCorps members who serve for 10 months, September to June. Thanks to the amazing work of last year's team (Lauren Ames, Scotland Huber and Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Anderson) and one or two volunteers over the summer, we were well-prepared in September to reinvigorate the website and continue the content expansion and community outreach at which our predecessors had excelled. This Fall, the 2010-2011 team visited numerous civic associations and met with groups such as AFAB, Close2Home, the Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition, Dorchester People for Peace, HealthLeads and The Boston REACH Coalition among others (let's not forget The Boston Globe). The team also supported initiatives of both partner health centers, the Codman Square Health Center and Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, and helped Healthworks at Codman pull off their winter coat drive.

Despite these successes, we know there's work left to be done. When better than New Year's to a set a few goals and get our priorities in line? With this in mind, here are the MyDorchester New Year's resolutions:

  1. Usability. Make our website more navigable. Create an FAQ page to address common concerns.
  2. Visit our local libraries! We'd like to meet and keep in touch with branch librarians, or at least stay on top of current programs (yes, we do check the BPL branch library events online).
  3. Intercultural Communication. Incorporate other languages and make MyDorchester more accessible to immigrant populations (suggestions welcome)
  4. Continue to expand our numbers: # of visitors; eBlast subscribers
  5. Tailor our website to our users. Ensure that MyDot resources are helpful and pleasant to use. Do you READ the eBlast? Do you delete it right away? Let us know what you do or don't want to see in the weekly mailing--and also how much.

We hope you enjoy using MyDorchester.org. With questions, comments or suggestions, please contact info@mydorchester.org or call 617-822-8297.

Sincerely,

The AmeriCorps OTCs (Outreach and Technology Coordinators)

Joel Wool, Webmaster
Aine Creedon, eBlast Designer
Allison Lamb, Volunteer Coordinator

Tanglewood Marionettes perform for kids at JFK Library, Dec. 28

The Tanglewood Marionettes will offer a free performance for kids 5 and up at the JFK Library, Dorchester. Performance will take place at 10:30 am. To make a reservation, please call 617.514.1644 or e-mail JFKcelebrate@nara.gov and leave your name, the number in your party, and your contact information. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Make a Calendar for the New Year, Dec. 28

Can't wait to put your stamp on the new year? Come to the Lower Mills Branch Library from 3-5 on December 28th and make a calendar to keep all year long. Children (6-12) and families welcome.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 3 – 5pm
Lower Mills Branch BPL
27 Richmond Street
Dorchester, MA 02124

(Image Credit: Flickr user Eliazar Parra Cardenas)

Miss and Mr. Prestige 2010 Pageant, Dec. 30

It's your time to shine! Youths aged 9-19, come to the Perkins Center at 5:00 pm, Dec. 30 and compete in the Miss and Mr. Prestige 2010 Pageant for the awe and recognition of your peers. Winners will receive a crown, sash and trophy, and will ride in a convertible during the Dorchester Day Parade as well as the Caribbean Festival! Competition categories include Hip-Hop/Casual Outfit, Formal/Sunday Best Outfit, and Interview/Q&A, and will feature contestants in age ranges "Miss Prestige" (16-19), "Teen Miss Prestige" (13-15), "Junior Miss Prestige" (9-12), and "King Prestige" (15-19). Each category will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. More after the break. >> Read More

Dot2Dot Featured on Dorchester Reporter, Dec. 23

The Dorchester Reporter has a great article about Dot2Dot Cafe! You can read it here.

Dot2Dot sometimes keeps a low profile (read: even MyDorchester's events bloggers rarely know what's happening until a day or two before), but they host great arts and cultural events and have a rotating menu which repeatedly shocks loyal customers and new visitors alike. To get a better idea of the offerings, visit Dot2DotCafe.com.

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