Nightingale Community Garden Grand Opening, Aug. 6

Nightingale Community GardenYou are invited to the Nightingale Community Garden Grand Opening on Saturday, August 6, 2011! Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino, gardeners, neighbors, supporters and special guests at 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the inaugural season of bounty at the expanded and renovated Community Garden. Explore 130 individual garden plots full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Listen to music and enjoy the refreshments. Nightingale Community Garden, located at 512 Park Street, Dorchester, is part of BIGG, BNAN’s Boston Is Growing Gardens program. For more information call 617-542-7696 or email Grantley Payne at

Memories of Dorchester Webcast, Jul. 20

Dorchester Town SealRelive Dorchester and Boston memories on the evening of Wednesday, July 20 during the third "Memories of Dorchester," webcast, where Dorchester residents check in with their own recollections of the Dot. Tune in from 7 p.m. eastern or by visiting If you can't make the broadcast, a recorded version will be released later. To join the discussion before (and after?) the broadcast, visit the Facebook event page or join the OFD group. Rumor has it the Dorchester Reporter will publish an article on the webcast on July 21.

Community Open House @ Carney Hospital, Aug. 3

You’ve seen them on TV, now see them first-hand! Carney Hospital will be unveiling their new 10 million dollar operating room suites. The staff at Carney hospital will take guests on the tours of the new operating room on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served and activities planned. For more information, call 617.506.2853. Carney Hospital is located at 2100 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester, MA.

Community Outreach Fundraiser, Sep. 10

HCCHelping Communities in Crisis, Inc. (HCC), a non-profit, faith-based, and community-based HIV/AIDS organization, will hold a fundraiser on September 10. Be at Washington Mall on 333 Martin Luther King Blvd. at 10 a.m. to support the fundraiser. The fundraiser will go to 4 p.m. Interested in volunteering at this fundraiser to support it even more? Visit for more information about volunteering. For more information about the fundraiser, call 617-445-8979 or visit www.

Community Forum Invite, Jul. 24

CommunityJobs with Justice and other local organizations are hosting a Community Forum! Help yourself and your neighbors by joining in! The community forum is a public space where anyone who is concerned about our economic future, growth, and development. The goal of this event is to brainstorm solutions to the problems that the community faces and develop a stragety to put those solutions in place. Be at Sant Belvi (6 Frontenac Street, Dorchester, across from Mattapan Police Station) at 5 p.m. to support! 

"Together with Haiti" Community Event, Jul. 29

Still HarborStill Harbor will hold "Together with Haiti: An evening of community inspiration and sharing" on July 29, 2011. The organization, an affiliate of Partners in Health, seeks to cultivate thriving Haitian communities here in Boston and throughout Haiti. The event, a reception to gather, listen, and share stories, will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 666 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston, MA. If you are moved, bring your own words. Come with a story, poem, image, or inspiration about Haiti to share with the community - or simply with open ears and open mind.

Street Bazaar/Block Party, Jul. 16

Block PartyDon't just have fun, have fun while supporting your community! On July 16 Masjid Al-Quran and GS Troop 79742 will hold a block party at 35 Intervale St. in Dorchester. The party will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy delicious food, fun games, arts and crafts, and even things to buy! Don't miss this fun-filled event and a chance to participate in your community. (Interested vendors please contact 617 296-7566 or 617 504-9758). 

Boston Park Advocates (BPA)




The mission of the network is to connect and unify Boston’s diverse park and community stakeholders. We aim to build our capacity, share resources and information, raise public awareness, and strengthen the collective impact of our network members to influence public park policy and increase support for the range of urban parks and open spaces.

Key Partners: 

Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition

Franklin Park Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Write on the DOT reading series, May 3

Locals, get to know your writers. Writers, get to know your locals. Join your fellow literary aficionados on Tuesday, May 3rd at the first "Write on the DOT" reading of poetry and fiction by UMass Boston Creative Writing MFA students and local Dorchester writers. The reading kicks off at 7 p.m. at The Blarney Stone Bar/Restaurant in Fields Corner (1505 Dorchester Ave., 1 block from the Fields Corner T Stop on the Ashmont Red Line). Come raise a glass and join your neighbors as our readers unfurl beauty and darkness, ideas and inspiration. Tuesday's readers are: Rad Thie, Kurt Klopmeier, Andra Hibbert, Betsy Gomez, Zachary Bos, and Mark Rotondi. If you're a writer living/working in Dorchester and would like to read at an upcoming Write on the DOT, please send an email to - we'd love to hear from you. For more info, visit

Community Health Meeting, May 3

Please join your colleagues from Public Schools, Early Intervention and Early Education and Care programs for a Communities of Practice: “Understanding Services & Benefits for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs” meeting. This presentation is an opportunity to learn from the Department of Public Health and Regional Consultation Program Coordinators about State and Local Resources & Benefits available to support children and youth with special health care needs.

The Mattapan Public Library will host a Community of Practice meeting on Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. Feel free to arrive early to network with your colleagues. Please register by providing DPH with your name, position, program, and contact information. RSVP by April 29 to

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Mattapan Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, MA 02126

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