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Carney Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings, Sep. 20

Carney Hospital

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Carney Hospital will offer free screenings on September 20 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Ambulatory Care Center, Basement Level of the hospital (follow signs to ACC). The hospital is located at 2100 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124. Walk In is available, but you can make an appointment by calling Barbara Couzens at 617.506.2197. For more information about the screenings and about prostate cancer, please view attached flyer.

Family to Family Education Program Begins Oct. 11 (Openings!)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free "Family-to-Family Education Program." The program, a 12-week course for family caregivers of the mentally ill, runs from  7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and will begin October 11, 2011. Classes take place in Fields Corner. Contact Ginny, 617-522-7439 or with questions or concerns. >> Read More

Opera at the Open Market, Sep. 16


Boston Opera Collaborative presents "Opera goes to Market," a concert series celebrating the union of food and music. During September at local farmers' markets explore how opera is a part of everyday life. These concerts were made possible through funding from the Free for All Concert Fund. They will be held:

Thursday, September 15, from noon to 3 p.m., at Boston Public Market, South Station.
Friday, September 16, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Ashmont/Peabody Market in Dorchester.
Sunday, September 18, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Harvard Square Market in Cambridge.

Get Your Membership with Hubway!


Get Your Hubway Membership! Hubway allows you to access hundreds of bicycles at stations across Boston. Hubway is a simple, low cost and reliable way to get around the City. All are welcome to join and many residents of Dorchester may be eligible for a subsidized membership. Boston Public Health Commission is providing subsidized annual memberships for low income Boston residents at $15.00/year, which includes a free helmet. Get your subsidy code from the Boston Public Health Commission, and redeem your code at or by calling 1-855-(4 HUBWAY). Use your key to access a bike at any New Balance Hubway station. To find a station, look for a Boston Bikes Map, or go to Return the bike to any New Balance Hubway station. Repeat as many times as you like! Don’t forget to bring your helmet. Best of luck navigating. This is plenty of time to run an errand, get some exercise, connect to the T and ride for fun! You can view a flyer here.

BPS Community Plan-It, Begins Sep. 15


BPS Community Plan-It begins September 15! Have your voices heard as the district develops its new accountability system: from September 15th to October 20th, Community PlanIT will serve as a platform for the district’s first “virtual town hall meeting” - engaging BPS staff-people, parents, students and other members of the community on how we should rate our schools’ performance and the opportunities they offer. The exercise will culminate with a real face-to-face town hall meeting for all participants on October 20th at English High School.

Go to and click on the Boston Public Schools link on the left pane to begin! Over 500 people are already registered, and groups of students across the district will play a more active role – producing video content and posing “challenges” to participants in the conversation. To get your students, parents, staff or partners engaged, contact Carl Allen in the Office of Accountability at – or send them straight to

School Readiness Roundtable, Sep. 21

Fields Corner Children ThriveThe Dorchester Cluster (Boston Community Partnerships Programs) and Fields Corner Children Thrive invite parents, caregivers, community member and service providers to join the next Fields Corner Children Thrive School Readiness Roundtable on Wednesday, September 21 from 12 to 2 p.m. The roundtable will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02125. Lunch and childcare provided. Please RSVP to Marika Hewes by calling 617-740-2572 or emailing (for childcare, please also RSVP to Mary at 617.288-7120).

**$20 Target gift cards are available for parent and grandparent participants.

Grove Hall Peace Walk, Sep. 28

Project RightJoin Project RIGHT, Inc. for the next Grove Hall Peace Walk on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. The Peace Walk leaves from Deliverance Temple Church, 232 Columbia Road, (Columbia Road and Devon St). How can residents best make the area safe? Join Project RIGHT for a Community Walk and Gathering. Demand peace! Please call 617-541-5451.x102 (Project RIGHT, Inc.) for more information.

Grove Hall Peace Walk, Sep. 14

Project RightJoin Project RIGHT, Inc. for the next Grove Hall Peace Walk on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. The Peace Walk leaves from Project RIGHT, Inc., 320 A Blue Hill Avenue, Grove Hall (Lawrence Avenue and Blue Hill Avenue). How can residents best make the area safe? Join Project RIGHT for a Community Walk and Gathering to start the School Year off right by demanding peace. Please call 617-541-5451.x102 (Project RIGHT, Inc.) for more information.

School Site Council Workshop, Sep. 20

School Site Council

Every School in Boston should be excellent and you can help make it happen! Learn more about becoming a member of your School Site Council. Parents, Students and Teachers, join your School Site Council! Did you know that School Site Councils: write reviews and comment on your school budget; develop the Whole School Improvement Plan; serve as "subjects" as interviews; and make recommendations for hiring teachers. Attend a workshop on Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. at Citywide Parent Council, 21 Deckard Street, Dorchester (Latin Academy Building). Food and childcare will be provided.

To RSVP or request more information please call Frank Hart, BPON, 617-522-2766; Beverly Mitchell, CPC, 617-635-9210, or voice mail 617-635-6612; or Fran Smith at 617-429-7106.

National Preparedness Month: Workshops, Sep. 20

Community Preparedness is Community Health. Come to the Grove Hall Community Center (51 Geneva Ave, Dorchester) on Tuesday, September 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. for two first-come first- serve workshops, informational tables, giveaways and more. Learn CPR from Boston EMS and Receive a Free CPR Anytime Kit.® Fill out a File of Life with important medical information to place on your fridge for emergencies. Gain valuable skills to help you and your family during a disaster. Seating times take place between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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