"Once on this Island" @ Strand Theatre Dec. 2

See a performance by students from Dorchester’s Boston Collegiate Charter School for the school’s rendition of the musical “Once on This Island.” Nearly 40 students from grades 5 through 12 will perform this touching play about grief and love. Through a grant, BCCS was able to raise the funds to perform on the historic Strand Theater’s main stage - which offers professional lighting, sound, and an altogether phenomenal venue for high school students.


Performances of "Once on This Island" at the Strand Theater are on Thursday, Dec. 1 and Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance and can be purchased from the main offices of the school at 11 Mayhew St. or 215 Sydney St. For more information about the event, please call 617.265.1172. For more information about Boston Collegiate Charter School, visit their website at

BalletRox Presents Urban Nutcracker Dec. 3 - 18

BalletROX will be hosting their 11th annual production of Urban Nutcracker December 3rd through 18th, 2011. The production will be held at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston. The Urban Nutcracker follows the story of E.T.A. Hoffman's 19th century fairy tale, set in contemporary Boston. The production mixes ballet, swing, hip hop, and urban tap with the traditional classical score of Tchaikovsky and the music of Duke Ellington; and celebrates the diversity of Boston's communities. The production features over 90 children from the area and a plethora of set designs and costumes by Rebecca Cross.


Performances will be held:

At 1:30 p.m. on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18

At 7:30 p.m. on December 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17

At 5:30 p.m. on December 11


To buy tickets, click here. For more information, check out the Urban Nutcracker's website!

A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols Dec. 18

The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont invites the public to A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, sung by the Choir of Men & Boys. The event will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th. The performance will be an exciting variety of readings and carols for the season, including works by Cleobury, Darke, Howells, Josquin des Prez, Vaughn Williams, Willan, Willcocks, and others. The parish's choir of Men & Boys follows the English cathedral choral tradition, and is one of only 30 such choirs in the United States! The Parish is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the first chuch designed by Ralph Adams Cram. The Parish of All Saints is located at 209 Ashmont Street in Peabody Square, Dorchester, 02124. For more information, visit the Parish of All Saints on the web at, or by calling 617.436.6370. A flyer for the event is attached!

Healthworks Holiday Coat Drive Dec. 15 & 16

Healthworks is holding their annual Holiday Coat Drive on Thursday, December 15th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, December 16th, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Swing by 450 Washington to pick up (or drop off) a gently worn coat to keep warm this winter! For more information, please call 617.825.2800 or email Lauren Broadhurst.

College Info Night @ UMASS Boston Dec. 8

It's nice to have people who understand the transition from high school to college. That's why parents, friends, and families of future college students are invited to attend a College Night at UMASS Boston for all students 10th grade and up! The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8th. At the event, you can learn more about how to apply to college, financing a college education, university support services, and a recommended high school curriculum. Light refreshments will be served, and free parking is available! Students are of course, also welcome!

The History of Tap @ JFK Library Jan. 16

Cambridge Youth Dance Program and Boston Tap Company will be presenting "The History of Tap: Moments in Time" on January 16, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The program will explore the history, rhythm, and multicultural expression of tap, a dance that transcends time and cultures. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located at Columbia Point in Boston. For more information and to register for this event, visit the event's website, or call 617.514.1560.

Dot Ave Community Meeting Dec. 6

Fields Corner Main Street will hold a community meeting with officials from Boston Transportation Department and the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation (MassDOT) on Tuesday, December 6th in the evening to discuss the Dorchester Ave project. The meeting will be on December 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 42 Charles Street in Dorchester. For more information, call Fields Corner Main Streets at 617.474.1432.

Tavolo's Pasta Tour to Benefit ANS Dec. 7, 14

Tavolo will be hosting a Pasta Tour of Italy to benefit Ashmont Nursery School! On December 7, Tavolo's Pasta Tour will feature Sardegna, and on December 14, Basilicata. The dinner is $25, and $5 dollars will be donated towards Ashmont Nursery School - a parent-run cooperative dedicated to fostering exploration, play, and the lifelong love of learning. Join Chris Douglass and Nuno Alves on a tour of Italy by way of delicious three course meals from different regions of the country! For more information about Tavolo and Ashmont Nursery School, check out their websites:

Four Corners Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival Dec. 10

The Four Corners Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival will be 12 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. The lighting is at Mother's Rest Park, Washington Street. Join Mayor Menino - the Holiday Festival will be held at Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church, 378A Washington St. The party will have light refreshments, entertainment, a visit from Santa, and fun family activities! Families in need of help with gifts this year for children up to twelve years old may register at this event. For more information, please call 617.436.0289.

"The Bridge" Networking Party and Fundraiser Dec. 13

Freedom House is teaming up with Fourth Wall Project to host "The Bridge" — a networking party and fundraiser in support of Freedom House. Freedom House is a Dorchester-based charity dedicated to inspiring and teaching young people in under-resourced communities to succeed academically. "The Bridge" is designed to serve as a link between professionals from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. The event sponsors are a network of professionals in ten different industries, so expect to broaden your network of contacts and meet new people. You will have an opportunity to hear about Freedom House's positive impact on the lives of teenagers!

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