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Neponset Greenway Last Day of Winter Bike Ride, Mar. 19

Come celebrate the end of winter and the start of beautiful weather on an epic bike ride of 27 miles! This event is cosponsored by the MassBike Metro Boston chapter and Boston Natural Areas Network with its community-based Neponset River Greenway Council, which have been working with the DCR to connect parklands along the river since 1990. The biking adventure will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot at Paul's Bridge and Brush Hill Road at the edge of the Blue Hills just off the Neponset Valley Parkway. The terrain is mostly flat and the pace will be relaxed, so all ages and fitness levels are invited to join. >> Read More

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, Mar. 12

Join The Dorchester Historical Society and Boston Natural Areas Network in collaboration this weekend to learn all about the art of fruit tree pruning. On Saturday, March 12 at the Blake House learn how and when to make pruning cuts, methods to boost fruit quality and strategies to improve health of trees. To register, contact Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) at 617 542-7696 or email

Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.

The Blake House orchard, 735 Columbia Rd

"For Colored Girls" Film Viewing with Close to Home, Mar. 18

Close To Home in collaboration with Hancock 309 Gallery & Consignment invites you to a viewing of "For Colored Girls". For Colored Girls is a film by Tyler Perry, adapted from the play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf". The film depicts the interconnected lives of nine women, exploring their lives and struggles as women of color. This event is part Close to Home's Know-Your-Neighbor Campaign, which strives to build a community of peace by simply getting to know your neighbors better. This event is welcome all ages 12 and up. So come enjoy refreshments and celebrate Women's History Month with your community and Close to Home! For more information contact 617.929.5151 or email

Friday, March 18, 6:00 p.m.
Hancock 309 Gallery, 309 Hancock Street, corner of Dorchester Ave & Hancock Street

Community Meeting on Public Safety, Mar. 8

Recently there has been some community concerns about safety and security at Shawmut Station in Dorchester.  A public meeting has been arranged to make sure these acts of violence are brought to the attention of the community and action is taken to prevent further attacks. This could happen to anyone who lives and works in Dorchester.  Therefore Viet AID would like invite you to a public forum to discuss how as a community we can best deal with this public safety issue.  Police leaders from C-11 Area and MBTA will be at the meeting and all residents are encouraged to attend and voice any concerns. For any further information please contact Nam Pham at

Tuesday March 8, 6 p.m.
Vietnamese American Community Center – Viet-AID
42 Charles Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

2011 Boston Green Award Nominations, Mar. 18

Mayor Menino's Boston Green Awards recognize achievements in the City's residential and business sectors. Residential Awards recognize residents and residential organizations in Boston that are committed to sustainable living. Winners in this category demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices in their homes and communities. Business Awards recognize extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices. The four nomination categories are as follows; Green Business Awards, Green Residential Awards, Bike Friendly Business/Oganizational Awards, and Sustainable Food Leadership Award. 

The City of Boston will be accepting nominations through March 18, 2011. To recognize individuals and businesses taking green intiative in Dorchester or Greater Boston get in your nominations soon! Past winners and nomination forms are available at the City of Boston site here.

Ashmont Nursery School: 25 Years of Growth, Mar. 12

This year Ashmont Nursery School is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a parent-run  cooperative pre-school serving children and their families from several Boston neighborhoods,  including Dorchester, South Boston, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury, as well as Milton and Quincy. This unique, non-profit school has an excellent reputation both as a fine program and as a  wonderful way to build community. The families of Ashmont Nursery School proudly reflect the rich diversity of the surrounding area.   

Join Ashmost Nursery School in celebration on March 12 from 7 to 11 pm. There will be live and silent auctions, raffles, food and drink, entertainment and more! Admission is free of charge. All proceeds of the benefit auction will provide scholarships for families with financial need. 

March 12, 7 - 11 p.m.

Citizen Schools, 308 Congress Street, Boston MA

ADSL Baseball & Softball Registration, Mar. 12, 19, 26

All Dorchester Sports League 2011 registration for Baseball & Softball programs will begin March 12th. ADSL is a non-profit organization that prepares young people in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods for success in education, employment, and community life. They strive to break down racial barries by building skills and self-esteem, promoting non-violence, providing personal support, and offering fun, safe activities. ADSL's offers baseball and softball leagues for ALL ages, from Beginner to Senior Divisons! Walkin-in registration will take place every Saturday into April, so stop by and get involved in some fun team activities this spring season!

Attached are deadline registration fees & deadlines, for additional questions contact 617.2871601, or email You can also visit ADSL's website at

Next Steps in Starting-up & Growing Your Business Seminar, Mar. 16

Wondering whether you should be a sole proprietor or a company? Looking at commercial space? Have questions about hiring employees or signing contracts? Learn more about protecting and growing your business at Mt. Washington Bank in Codman Square on March 16, 2011. This workshop will answer all your questions on starting up a new business or expanding your old one! This seminar is free and space is limited so call early to reserve your place!

To register or for more information call 617.988.0604 or email

Saturday, March 16, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mt Washington Bank

305 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124

Dorchester Bay EDC Homeowner Services Workshop, Mar. 10

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation invites the community to a Homeowner Services Workshop to learn all about homeowner resources. Dorchester Bay will show you how to lower utility bills, get free home upgrades, receive mortgage counseling, and more!

Refreshments will be provided. The workshop will be held Thursday, March 10 at the Columbia Road Apertments Technology Center (414R Columbia Road, entrance around the corner on Bodwell St.) This is a monthly event, please contact Max at Dorchester Bay EDC for more information: 617-825-4200 x 251 

Thursday, March 10, 6 - 8 p.m.

414R Columbia Road, Dorchester MA 02125

Free Dental Care for Youth at Harvard Dental School, Mar. 5

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is offering free dental care to children ages 1 to 17 this Saturday from 9am to 1pm. To make an appointment, call 617-355-2224 or email

  • Ages 1-17
  • Bring siblings
  • Free dental exams, X-rays, cleanings, and referrals for children 10 and up

Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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