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New England Irish Harp Orchestra and Réagánta, Mar. 19

Did you know the harp is the official symbol of Ireland? The New England Irish Harp Orchestra and Réagánta bring Ireland to Boston with harps of many shapes and sizes. If you like Irish music, you will think this small orchestra is grand! Event is free and takes place March 19, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m at the JFK Library and Museum. To make a reservation, please visit the Celebrate! page online at www.jfklibrary.org, or call 617-514-1644 (the specific registration link is here). Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free. 

Historical Society Walk to Dorchester Heights, Mar. 20

Dorchester Heights National Historic Site South Boston MA 01The Dorchester Historical Society invites all to re-trace the steps of the patriotic troops who fortified Dorchester Heights in March of 1776. Start at Edward Everett Square at 2 p.m. and walk to the Dorchester Heights monument in Thomas Park in South Boston, following the trail of the troops and the Knox cannons sent to defend the Heights. Brigadier General Thomas’ orders were to prepare for the “defence [sic] of the ground & annoyance of the enemy.” The erection of defense works on the night of March 4, 1776, led to the evacuation of Boston by the British on the 17th and the end of the Siege of Boston.

Bob Allison, Chair of the History Department at Suffolk University, will speak about the significance of the event at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Dress warmly, and be aware that the South Boston parade will occur the same day, so you will not be able to drive the same route. >> Read More

Asthma Family Fun Fair, Mar. 19

We cAIR about every breath you take. The Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, a partner of MyDorchester.orgwill host an Asthma Family Fun Fair on March 19, from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Gymnasium (enter through Ellet Street). Fun activities and free refreshments round out this family-friendly, health-conscious event! With questions, email Tom.Powers@dotwell.org.

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Avenue,
Dorchester, MA 02122 · (617) 288-3230

Participants Sought for Summer Opportunities Fair, Mar. 6

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), in partnership with Citizen Schools and the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, is looking for middle school-aged youth and family-serving organizations to attend the: 2011 Summer Opportunities Fair Sunday, March 6, 2011 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Citizen Schools Headquarters (Boston Children's Museum) 308 Congress Street, Boston Participants are encouraged to arrive between 12:30pm and 1:30pm to set up and learn more about the Fair. The Summer Opportunities Fair is a chance for 150+ Boston students in Grades 5-9 and their families to receive in-depth exposure to your summer academic programs, leadership opportunities, and educational services. To participate in the Fair, please contact Gillian at 617-740-0497 or gillian.pressman@experiencebell.org. >> Read More

St. Patrick's Day Celebration for Charlotte Rose Kelly, Mar. 11

Enjoy a night of music, dance and laughter while helping fund research to cure a terrible (and rarely-publicized) disease. Boston’s best live musicians, including 5 Helena, Thomas Baker and the Troublemakers, &many traditional Irish performers unite in a benefit concert for Charlotte Rose Kelly, a young girl stricken with Neuroblastoma. For more information about Charlotte visit www.prayersforcharlotte.org.

Friday, March 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
IBEW Hall, Freeport Street, Dorchester
Tickets—$20.00

For tickets, contact: Laura Graziano at lapgraz@verizon.net or 781-718-1834.
David Higgins at higginsdj@comcast.net or 617-763-2288. >> Read More

Rally for Parent-Inclusive Teachers' Contract, Mar. 19

Please join parents and students from BPON and other members of the Boston United for Students Coalition for breakfast and a Day of Action, on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Stop and Shop at South Bay Mall as they advocate for  a new teachers' contract that includes the voices of parents and students. A flier is attached.

Mr. William Browning, a parent leader that helped win changes in the Philadelphia Public School teachers contract will be joining the rally on Saturday March 19th. He will share how parents organized, what opposition they faced and how they are monitoring the implementation of the current contract.

"Eat Green - Save Green" Resumes!

A new "Eat Green – Save Green" program will be starting on March 30th and running every Wednesday through May 11th. Classes will be held at the Codman Square Health Center, from 6 PM to 8 PM. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend, including patients and staff from Codman Square Health Center and Dorchester House. This program teaches you how to maximize your food dollars by improving and understanding your finances. You will also learn to make healthy meals and buy healthy foods at the best prices! Participants receive a free bag of food at each class. For more information, call Michelle Rue at 617-822-8369.

Codman Academy Application Deadline Approaching, Mar. 7

Codman Academy Charter Public School offers students a comprehensive, college preparatory high school education in Codman Square, Dorchester. 100% of Codman Academy graduates have been accepted to college and 73% are currently enrolled in (or have completed) higher education.

As a Massachusetts charter public school, Codman Academy Charter Public School is open to all Massachusetts residents (with priority given to Boston residents). Codman Academy does not charge admission fees. Interested students/parents should complete an application prior to the March 7th, 2011 deadline. Students are admitted based on a random lottery held on March 9, 2011. Codman Academy currently admits students entering 9th grade only. Students must have successfully completed eighth grade to enroll in the school. Siblings of accepted students have preference in the lottery. >> Read More

Screening of "Fresh" @ Codman Square BPL, Mar. 7

Why wait until spring to think about gardening? Join Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) Master Urban Gardeners at the Codman Square Library as they present the Gardening Keeps Us Healthy Film Series--family movies about eating well and gardening in the city. "Fresh" will screen Monday, Mar. 7 at 6:00 p.m. Presented by BNAN and Boston Gardeners’ Council. 

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.


For more information, contact Karen at 617.542.7696 or Karen@bostonnatural.org. Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Weatherization - Renew Boston Registeration with NEU4J

New England United for Justice is partnered with Boston Worker Alliance and the Green Justice Coalition to support local residents in registering and signing up for FREE weatherization.

Renew Boston is a new program that supports up to $3500 of free weatherization work for local home owners, tenants and landlords with up to 4 units.

Every other Wednesday we are conducting Energy Classes to train residents on how they can save energy, save the enviornment and access programs to support their families.

Call to register - 617-265-7100

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