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16th Annual Yard Melville Park Neighborhood Yard Sale, Sep. 17, 2011

Find great bargains while strolling one of Boston's nicest neighborhoods! On September 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - one of Dorchester's best and biggest Yard Sales (rain date Sep. 18) the Annual Melville Park Community Yard Sale. Lots of participating households and lots of great deals to be found! Look for signs on Dorchester Ave and Washington Street directing you to Melville Ave. Maps of all participating households will be available in the neighborhood on Saturday. To learn more, visit the Melville Park Association website.

"Sickle Cellebration" Walk & Health Fair, Sep. 17

Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association

Come walk, talk, eat, dance, learn, laugh and stay healthy! Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association (GBSCDA) will hold the 6th Annual "Sickle Cellebration in the Park" Walk & Health Fair on Saturday, September 17th, 2011. The fair, which takes place in Franklin Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., features peformances, music, food and dance, free health screenings and a "Walk-A-Thon." Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the Walk-a-Thon kicks off at 12 p.m.

For registration and sponsorship opportunities please contact or call (617)427-4100. You may also wish to visit

DAC Breakfast, Sep. 30

The next Dorchester Arts Collaborative breakfast will take place on September 30th at The Sugar Bowl (857 Dorchester Avenue, back room). Bring your questions, suggestions and ideas for this year's Open Studios and meet and greet your fellow exhibitors and performers. If you want breakfast, order a la carte and arrive a little early - meeting starts at 8 a.m. 

Move the Planet with DEHC, Sep. 24 (Art Party Sep. 22)

Hundreds of Bostonians will be marching, rolling, hollering, hooting, and otherwise merry-making through the streets on Saturday, September 24th to raise awareness about climate change, and your help is needed!

DotBike and the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition (DEHC) will be organizing a group of people biking through Dorchester to the waterfront in downtown Boston for the Moving Planet rally ( The group will meet at Peabody Square at 2:15 p.m. and leave by 2:30, stopping at Columbia Road and Dorchester Ave, and continuing on by 3:00 to bike into downtown Boston. Join the group at one of these stops, or at anywhere along the route! Those taking public transportation can hop on the Red Line and get off at South Station, where parade marshals will be directing festival-goers to the waterfront.

Artists - this is where you come in. Continue reading to find out how! >> Read More

Haiti Movie Awards, Nov. 20

MPAH Movie Award

Motion Picture Association of Haiti, Inc. presents the 2011 MPAH Movie Awards, to encourage and honor Haitian filmmakers at home and abroad. The Awards will take place on November 20, 2011, at UMass Boston (100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA.) from 5:30 p.m. on.  In addition to recognized high-achieving films and their creators, the event will feature a series of special awards, including one for humanitarian figures that gave themselves to the cause of Haiti and the earthquake aftermath. Humanitarian Award recipients are Governor Deval Patrick, State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry and actor Jimmy Jean Louis.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $50 at the door.  To learn more, visit or call (617)848-9017. Purchase tickets online at for only $25 before October 1st, 2011.

Teen Yoga Class at Dot House, Sep. 23

Yoga at the Mall

Teens: are you feeling stressed out? Come to a free, teen only yoga class at the Dorchester House! The class will run from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, September 23 to October 28, 2011. Join your peers in the Dorchester House Wellness Room for a great, relaxing time!

Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable gym clothes. No shoes required. Dorchester House will provide yoga mats. Come with an open positive mind! Please have a guardian signature to participate if you are under 18. With questions, call Marika at 617.740.2572 or email

(Photo courtesy of Doctor B). 

"Waiting for Superman" at Adams St. Branch, Oct. 3

Woman Screaming

Be afraid! The truth is scarier than fiction! Come to the Adams Street Branch Library (690 Adams St., Dorchester, MA 02122) at 2 p.m. for documentary shockers (and popcorn!) for "Real Life Horror," a documentary series about terrifying social issues. Call 617-436-6900 with questions.

Monday October 3, 2011 Waiting for Superman (1910, 111 min.) an engaging, and frightening look at the state of education in the U.S.

Monday October 10, 2011 Sicko (2007, 123 min.) Michael Moore’s frank assessment of the state of health care in this country.

Monday October 24, 2011 Inside Job (2010, 109 min.) The global economic crisis of 2008 cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. This is how it happened.

Monday October 31, 2011 Food, Inc. (2008, 91 min.) This film lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

Hoop Suite Face Off, Sep. 17

Anna Myer & Dancers

Anna Myer and Dancers embarks on a new venture in conjunction with Youth Link/NAFI! The Hoop Suite Project relies on the interface of various art forms, and the creative participation of urban youths. Classical violin, contemporary dance, Hip Hop, rap and spoken word unite to create a new language; language being that tool which connects people, communities and enables social change. To attract dancers to this project, Anna Myer and Dancers will hold September 17, at The Boys and Girls Club, 15 Talbot Street, Dorchester, MA. Groups and individual contestants ages 15 to 19 are welcome. Registration will take place from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Win cash, a chance to participate in Hoop Suite and bragging rights! For more information, contact Anna Myer: 617-513-9314; >> Read More

Putting your Garden to Bed, Oct. 8

The end of the growing season is just around the corner! On October 8, learn the options for wrapping up the season right, including mulch, cover crops and growing fall vegetables. Free cover crop seed will be available for workshop participants. Come to Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St., Dorchester, at 10 a.m. This free event, open to the public, is organized by the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN). To register and for further information, contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or write to For updates, maps to locations and further details, visit (calendar entry here). This event was rescheduled from September 10. A replacement workshop for the 10th is here:

(Photo Credit: Tim Sackton). 

Rockin' with Raptors Festival, Sep. 24

Come to the Boston Nature Center on Saturday, September 24 and celebrate the ninth anniversary of the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center! This event features great entertainment, including Live Raptors from Blue Hills Trailside Museum, the Animal Adventures Petting Zoo, the New England Aquarium Touch Tank, face painting and arts & crafts and Branches Steel Orchestra. Green Bag Raffles, a cookout, cake & ice cream round out the event. Rain or shine, Rockin' with Raptors is free! 

The Boston Nature Center is located at 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126. For more information, call 617-983-8500 or email

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