City of Boston

DotOUT City Council Candidate Forum, Aug. 29

Join DotOUT for a city councillor candidate forum on Monday, August 29 and hear from the candidates on issues important to the GLBT community and to the Dorchester community at large. Light food will be served with cocktails on the outdoor deck. Forum takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, Massachusetts.

DotOUT will have a roster of candidates attending soon and answers to our "questionnaire" from each. Candidates will have a chance to present briefly and answer questions at the event. Sue O'Connell, a publisher at OutAtNight, Bay Windows and South End News, will serve as moderator again this year.  >> Read More

Family Fun Days at Wainwright Park, Jul. 23, Aug. 6, Aug. 20

Family Fun DayEnjoy Family Fun Days in Wainwright Park this summer! The fun takes place on Saturdays July 23, August 6 and August 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Fun Days are sponsored by St. Mark Parish and the City of Boston, with support from community organizations such as the BOLDTeens, local residents, and Area C-11 Police. These summer cookouts feature a DJ, games, sports, cotton candy, a moon bounce, and an ice cream truck. Food from the grill is provided, but those who are willing and able are asked  to bring some food to share (salad, fruit, side dish, or dessert).

Wainwright Park is located between Welles Avenue and Centre Street, surrounded by Melbourne, Brent, and Wainwright Street, one block from Shawmut T station. If you need more information, please contact St. Mark Rectory at 617-825-2852, ext. 19 or via email (

(Photo Credit: Dan Lundmark)

Ground Breaking Ceremony at First Parish Dorchester, Aug. 2

Please join First Parish Church in Dorchester (10 Parish Street, Dorchester, MA 02122) to celebrate the start of The Meetinghouse Restoration Project. A Ground Breaking Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Mayor Menino will attend as featured guest speaker. 

The work on the Meetinghouse Restoration Project is funded in part by Partners in Preservation with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Henderson Foundation. For more information call (617)436.0527. You may also visit

Parent's Summer Hotline

The City of Boston has just announced the Parent's Summer Hotline. By calling this line - (617) 635-4500 - parents can receive answers to any questions about summer sites, summer programming and safety concerns surrounding both. The line is staffed 24 hours a day. Read on for a message from Mayor Thomas Menino. >> Read More

"How to Buy a Foreclosed Property" with DotWell and the Boston Home Center, Jul. 20

The Boston Home Center (BHC), part of the Department for Neighborhood Development (DND)The Boston Home Center and DotWell will hold a workshop on purchasing foreclosed properties on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Codman Sq. Tech Ctr., 450 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA. This free two-hour seminar, "Homebuying 104: How to Buy a Foreclosed Property," includes information about the foreclosed property purchase process, legal issues, mortgage and property selection, and information about special home repair resources. You must pre-register to attend and space fills up quickly.

For more information, please contact Shauntell Foster at 617-822-8171 or You may contact the Boston Home Center at 617.635.HOME or

Harborfest, Jun. 29 to Jul. 4

Boston HarborfestHarborfest begins! Boston Harborfest 2011 is a six-day long Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. You can find information about all main events and daily events, taking place in and around Boston's City Hall at This year's 30th Anniversary celebrations run June 29th to July 4th 2011. The JFK Museum in Dorchester will open its special "Passing the Torch" Exhibit to the public during the festival. Visit for more information.

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Mayor Menino's Garden Contest, Deadline Jul. 15

Boston's gardeners work long and hard to beautify their homes, businesses, and neighborhoods," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "This contest recognizes and honors these green thumbs who are helping to improve our city with their talents." Launched fifteen years ago as part of Mayor Menino's citywide beautification initiative, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, beautified their own small piece of Boston. First place winners in eight categories will receive the coveted "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Menino. Last year, winners received prize packages from HGTV, a one-year American Horticultural Society membership and more. Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony in late August. Read on for dates, entry information, etc. or visit >> Read More

Mayor Menino's Art/Craft Workshops, Jul. 5 through Aug. 9

Join ParkARTs for Mayor Menino's free Artist in Residence craft workshops! Sponsored by Comcast, this series of arts and crafts workshops is perfect for budding artists. Rosalita's Puppets will perform a variety of vignettes at selected sites. Materials provided. On Tuesdays July 5 through August 9, the arts and crafts workshops will take place at Dorchester Town Field from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Fridays, July 8 through August 12 the workshops will take place at Dorchester Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rosalita's Puppets will perform at Dorchester Park on July 22.

Call 617-961-3051 for more information or visit Event information provided by City of Boston. (Image Credit: John Lloyd)

Mayor Menino's Summer Kick Off, Jun. 25

This Saturday, June 25th at 1 p.m., Mayor Thomas Menino will host the official kick-off to summer in Boston at the BCYF Flaherty Pool in Roslindale (located at Healy Field on Washington Street.) There will be a cook-out, games, swimming, resource tables and more. This free family fun event kicks-off a full menu of summer programs and activities for Boston’s families which began with the opening of Boston’s two outdoor pools, the Clougherty and the Mirabella, this past Saturday. Please feel free to share this with your networks. Learn more about what’s going on at

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