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Sweet History Stroll Along Neponset in Lower Mills | May 10

On Saturday, May 10 join a DCR Park Ranger and Dorchester Historical Society President Earl Taylor on a scenic stroll in Milton and Dorchester Lower Mills to find out more about the similarities between chocolate and the Neponset River. This event will begin at 1 pm.

Explore former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills as part of Historic Preservation Month in Massachusetts. The tour will end at the Baker Chocolate Artists Lofts and attendees will have the chance to learn more about the DCR's Historic Curatorship Program that is for children ages 10 and up. Interested individuals will meet at the public parking lot in Milton Lower Mills, beside Milton Yacht Club at 36 Wharf Street in Milton, parking is limited. Public transportation is encourage via Milton Station of the MBTA Mattapan High Speed Line. 

Photo Credit: Andy Ryan

Fields Corner Public Art Project Community Meeting | May 7

On Wednesday, May 7 the Fields Corner “Freedom” Public Art Project will host a Community Meeting. This meeting will take place at the Vietnamese American Community Center located at 42 Charles Street from 6:30-8 pm. Viet-AID has received a planning grant from the Edward ingersoll Browne Fund, a public charitable trust administered by the City of Boston, to select an artist for a public art project on Town Field in Fields Corner. Join Viet-AID for a discussion about the project’s goals and hear updates on the artist selection process, budget, and schedule. For more information, contact Project Manager Jean Mineo at or call 617-877-5158.


Boston Trees and Climate Change | May 6

On Tuesday, May 6 come learn about the value of Boston’s trees at the Boston Public Library. This event will take place in the Orientation Room of the Boston Public Library, Main Branch located at 700 Boylston Street. There has been recent research on Boston’s urban forest and changing climate, neighborhood tree efforts, the impacts of urban infrastructure, and what steps the city and community can take to grow a healthy city and prepare for climate change. The event will host 5 panelists each expressing their views on Boston trees. This event is free and open to the public, space is limited, register to attend by calling 617-542-7696 or email

Bikes Not Bombs Film Screening | May 6

On Tuesday, May 6 Bikes Not Bombs will host a film screening. This event will take place at Bikes Not Bombs located at 284 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain from 6-8:30 pm. Bikes Not Bombs will show a new documentary titled “Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change”. This is a 30 minute film presentation that features the story of Wenzday Jane, the founder of Metro Pedal Power. Wenzday grew up in a low-income household and was able to harness her mechanical skills to build a successful business-- with priorities on social justice and community building.

After the film there will be a panel of three to four speakers focusing on the process of personal and professional development, and the hard and soft skills youth can develop to move onto jobs after high school. For more information about the event email Erica at

Ronan Park and Community Hub Clean Up | May 3

Join Boston Shines on Saturday, May 3 for a Ronan Park Clean Up and Raffle. Join your neighbors for the annual Boston Shines Ronan Park Clean Up. T-shirts, gloves, and tools for cleaning the park will be provided. Volunteers should meet at the flagpole in the park to receive their assignments. Each volunteer that participates will receive a free raffle ticket for a brand new iPod shuffle! The park cleanup will take place from 9 am until Noon followed by refreshments and the raffle from Noon until 1 pm.

Join the Dorchester Community Food Co-op to help spruce up the Community Hub space located at the corner of Bowdoin and Topliff Streets. The co-op uses this pace for their summer activities, including their Fresh Friday Community Supported Cafe in August. Come meet new neighbors and see those you haven’t seen all winter while helping plant, paint, clean, and weed.

Fields Corner Neighborhood Cleanup | May 3

On Saturday, May 3 join Boston Shines for a Fields Corner neighborhood clean up. This event is for Boston’s annual Spring Clean up and will take place from 9-11:30 am. Those that wish to volunteer should meet at 9:00 am at ADSL’s Field House on Town Field Park, 1565 Dorchester Avenue or at the Vietnamese American Community Center located at 42 Charles Street. After the cleanup be sure to join Boston Shines at 11:30 for a cookout. Help get the the Fields Corner neighborhood ready for spring! To register, or for more information call 617-822-3717 x10. Interested volunteers may also call the Vietnamese Liaison Henry Nguyen at 617-635-4873.

Wake Up The Earth Parade | May 3

On Saturday, May 3 the Wake Up The Earth Festival will take place. This event was started by Spontaneous Celebration in 1979 and brings together Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and other areas of Boston in an annual celebration of diversity, the arrival of spring, music and culture, popular theatre, the visual arts, and more. The Parade is a commemoration of the success these communities had in opposing the construction of 1-95 along the route known as the Southwest Corridor. >> Read More

Boston Shines Event | May 3

On Saturday, May 3 join the members of the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood and business district to clean the area and welcome spring. This event will take place at the Family Nurturing Center at 200 Bowdoin Street from 9 am until Noon.

Some of the tasks that will need to be completed include mulching, planting flowers, collecting trash, and sweeping sidewalks. Volunteers can drop by any time between 9 am and 12 pm and help out as long as they would like. All volunteers are welcomed to join in afterwards as the Catholic Charities Teen Center hosts a cookout for participants at 278 Bowdoin Street from 12-5 pm. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, please call 617-436-9980 or email

Youth and Teen Symposium | May 2

On Friday, May 2 Consciously Exposed Cafe will host a Teen and Youth Symposium. This event will take place at the Grove Hall Community Center at 51 Geneva Avenue in Roxbury from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm. This event is hosted by Leonard Tshitenge, a poet, youth/community speaker, and Founder of Consciously Exposed Cafe. There will also be a guest speaker by the name of Dr. Ulric Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a mental health counselor, Director of teens against gang violence, and Co-founder of the peaceable schools and community groups. This event is titled "Hopelessness in the City: bullying, teen gangs, and sexual violence". >> Read More

A Night Out At The Polish Triangle | May 2

On Friday, May 2 DotOut will host a fun night at the Polish Triangle. This event will take place at The Polish Triangle located at 224 Boston Street in Dorchester from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Join DotOut for a fun way to start your Friday night. There will be pizza and low carb gluten-free options available. Come eat and enjoy some great company. The DotOut spring meeting was a great success and new members have been added to the board. Minutes and the new board list will be up shortly on the website and Facebook page. Join Dorchester’s leading GLBTQ organization for a night of great times and great people.

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