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IDEAS Boston, Oct. 20

Ideas BostonRegistration is now open for IDEAS Boston 2011! Join Moderator Tom Ashbrook, host of National Public Radio’s On Point, and some of the region’s most cutting-edge thinkers at this unique one-day conference on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Sixteen innovators from the fields of science, arts, medicine, technology, law, economics, and more each present their "big idea" in a fast-paced format that includes time for networking, artistic breaks, lunch, and a gala reception. Conference takes place at University of Massachusetts Boston.

For more information, including a list of speakers, and to register, go to the IDEAS Boston website or call 617-287-5313. >> Read More

Leukemia Benefit at Florian Hall, Jul. 23

Photo Credit Ed Yourdon Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3583958756/South Boston Little League, in collaboration with the Boston Firefighters Local 718, will host a benefit at Florian Hall on Saturday, July 23 to help 10-year-old little leaguer Timmy Burke fight leukemia. This social follows an invitational tournament and features food and live music. Ticket are $25 at the door.

To donate to the cause you can send a check in advance to: South Boston Little League (memo – leukemia) PO Box 143, South Boston, MA 02127. For further information, contact Andrew Collins 617-596-1773
. (Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon).

"Ratatouille" (Redux) at Dot 2 Dot Cafe, Aug. 5

Dot 2 Dot CafeThe Friday, August 5 edition of "Dinner and a Movie" at Dot 2 Dot Cafe features mouthwatering cuisine and a cook's worst nightmare: Dot 2 Dot will screen Pixar's "Ratatouille," the charming tale of a rat whose culinary ability by far exceeds that of his trembling human friend. From Dot 2 Dot:

This is an excellent, tongue-in-cheek (humans not rats) look at the restaurant business, the role of the food critic, romance (again humans not rats) and the preposterous idea that 'anyone can cook'. One of Pixar's finest and if you missed out because you couldn't find a child to drag along (yes, we've all been there), now's your chance to enjoy a great movie, great food, BYOB child-free or otherwise.

View Friday's menu at http://www.dot2dotcafe.com/dinner.html. To make a reservation, call the Cafe on 617 436 2368. Children are welcome to bring cushions or beach chairs. 

Valdisa Moura @ Nightingale Community Garden, Aug. 10

Valdisa MouraBoston Natural Areas Network, along with musicians Ellen Schmidt and Jake Kensinger, once again presents the "Sounds of the Garden Community Garden Concert Series" this summer. The gardens offer a unique venue for enjoying lively music while spending time with neighbors, family and friends. On August 10, come see Valdisa Moura perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nightingale Community Garden (512 Park Street, Dorchester). Valdisa performs an energetic mix of Brazilian folk and jazz. All performances are free, and all are welcome to attend.

Come and bring your friends and family! Children are welcome and dancing is encouraged. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the Sounds of the Garden. >> Read More

Leo Colon Jazz Project @ Nightingale Community Garden, Jul. 20

Boston Natural Areas Network, along with musicians Ellen Schmidt and Jake Kensinger, once again presents the "Sounds of the Garden Community Garden Concert Series" this summer. The gardens offer a unique venue for enjoying lively music while spending time with neighbors, family and friends. On July 20, come see the Leo Colon Jazz Project perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nightingale Community Garden (512 Park Street, Dorchester). Enjoy Latin jazz and swing with an accent on Caribbean rhythms, great for dancing and grooving. All performances are free, and all are welcome to attend.

Come and bring your friends and family! Children are welcome and dancing is encouraged. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the Sounds of the Garden. >> Read More

"Out In the Park" with DotOut, Sep. 18

DotOUTTravel with DotOUT to Six Flags New England on Sunday, September 18, 2011 for Out in the Park! Roller coasters up the ante of Dorchester's most dashing fun-lovers. Motor Coach transportation will depart from Milton Landing that morning and will include light snacks and beverages. Seats will be limited - to sign up, or to be informed of event updates, email Chris Burr (burr_chris@yahoo.com). You can also learn more and/or purchase tickets at http://outinthepark.info/ (note: this is the event webpage, not DotOUT site). 

UMass Boston National Night Out, Aug. 2

Celebrate National Night Out 2011 on Tuesday, August 2! From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., enjoy kids' activites, food and entertainment at UMass Boston during a fun event presented by Mayor Menino, Commissioner Edward Davis, and the BPD Neighborhood watch unit. Shuttles are available from JFK/UMass on the red line as well as from all BPD district stations. National Night Out for Boston is a citywide celebration that cultivates and strengthens partnerships between the community, youth, police, city agencies and community-based organizations. The event also acknowledges the contributions that Neighborhood Watch groups make to Boston's safety and the eve fosters community participation. 

BPL Compass Roundtables Continue, Aug. 25, 29, 31

Boston Public Library CompassThe Boston Public Library has announced its third set of Compass Roundtable gatherings in conjunction with the institution’s ongoing strategic planning process known as the BPL Compass. These roundtables are for all residents, citywide, and the conversation is about the whole Boston Public Library, systemwide. These third set sessions will take place Thursday, August 25, at Parker Hill Branch, 1497 Tremont Street in Roxbury, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Monday, August 29, at Brighton Branch, 40 Academy Hill Road, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, August 31, in an Online Chat on http://www.bpl.org, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. >> Read More

Neponset Greenway Walk, Jul. 21

Mattapan Food and Fitness CoalitionAdvocates of the Neponset Greenway, including the Boston Natural Areas Network and the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, are planning a five-mile walk on July 21. Proceeding from Mattapan Square along River Street and the Greenway Trail, the group walk is part of advocates' educational efforts about the Greenway project. The walk is scheduled to start on Thurs., July 21, at 6 p.m. at Mattapan Square MBTA station.

Read a related editorial in the Dorchester Reporter here. An article on car/trolley accidents on the Mattapan line also mentions the event. 

MBTA Community Meeting on Ashmont Station, Aug. 1

MBTAThe MBTA is pleased to announce that it will hold a public meeting to present the plans for the opening of the station entrance at Radford Lane. The meeting will be held on Monday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mason’s Hall on Frederika Street in Dorchester. A related flyer is attached. With questions, or for disability-related accommodations, please contact Karen DeSpirito, Public Affairs and Community Relations, MBTA, at 617-222-6513 or kdespirito@mbta.com.

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