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Nabewise features Lower Mills/Cedar Grove in 9/2 "Best Shopping" List

Nabewise, an online service detailing the personality, attitude, environment, amenities and offerings of "nabes" in Boston and other cities nationwide, has featured Lower Mills/Cedar Grove in its September 2 Boston-area email. Lower Mills is recognized as one of "Boston's Best Shopping Neighborhoods. The text from the email reads as follows: 

Dorchester's Lower Mills/Cedar Grove is enjoying a renaissance as new houses, condos, and small businesses continually crop up. Rents and mortgages are affordable and residents like having all the amenities of the city--easy T access to downtown, and cool places nearby to shop and eat--while feeling like they're in a suburban town. Sitting close to Milton Village, its ritzier neighbor, Lower Mills/Cedar Grove boasts gourmet coffee shops, antique stores, a boutique, and restaurants. Multifamily housing is scarce, but the neighborhood has plenty of green space. Lower Mills/Cedar Grove is served by the Red Line T and MBTA bus lines.

D3 Candidate Forum in Mattapan, Sep. 20

Harbor Health Services, Inc. invites you attend a candidate’s night for the District 3 City Council seat. The event takes place at Harbor’s Elder Service Plan location, 1135 Morton Street in Mattapan on Tuesday September 20 at 6:00 p.m. Your voice is your vote, so please join the community for this unique nonpartisan forum to discuss the health of the district and meet the seven candidates who are running to represent you. Location features plenty of free parking and light refreshments will be served. Contact Kate Audette, Policy Analyst at Harbor Health, for more information: 617.533.2358. >> Read More

Caribbean Sounds of Steel Pan Music at Nightingale, Sep. 7

Close out the summer in Caribbean style! Enjoy the sounds of Trevor Comma’s steel pan music originated in the West Indian Island of Trinidad and Tobago. Invite family and friends for a relaxing evening at Nightingale Community Garden (512 Park Street, Dorchester) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. This event is free and open to the public!

For more information, please call Boston Natural Areas Network at 617.542.7696 or online at You may also email Grantley Payne, Project Manager, Boston Is Growing Gardens (BIGG) at

National “Dot Day” Story and Artsy Afternoon, Sep. 15

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind. You, too, can discover how the mind can foster beautiful artistic creation! Come to the Grove Hall Branch Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 to celebrate Peter Reynolds' book, The Dot, and learn about art and imagination. Then, make your very own dot to be displayed in the library! Meet in the Grove Hall Children's Activity Room. 

The Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library is located at 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester and can be reached at (617)427-3337. View a schedule online at

CHAMPS Boston All-Girls Celebration, Sep. 24

CHAMPS BostonOn Saturday, September 24, CHAMPS Boston will be hosting an "All Girls Celebration of CHAMPS" which will include physical activity classes (hip hop dance, step, zumba, etc), healthy cooking demonstrations and a coaches clinics for the adult coaches/youth workers/chaperones who work with young girls. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Holland Community Center; 85 Olney Street in Dorchester, MA. Any coaches interested in being trained or bringing in female participants, should alert CHAMPS in order to be added to the invitation list. The capacity is 200 participants (ages 8-16 years old). Space is limited so please sign up ASAP (orgazation sign-up attached). Continue on for additional details and contact information. >> Read More

"Mass Remembers" & 9/11 Day of Service, Sep. 11

On September 11, "Massachusetts Remembers 9/11" will be a volunteer fair, concert and ceremony in tribute to America and the heroes and the fallen of that tragic day. American service men and women that have, and are, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq will also be honored. The 2-hour "Massachusetts Remembers" concert tribute will include: readings, poems, prayers and a time for reflection and remembrance. There will be a special musical program to be performed by the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble and Boston Children’s Chorus.

The concert and ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. The day's full schedule may be viewed here and transporation/access information related to the Espalanade is here. All spectators will enter the Oval through bag check/screening entrances. All spectators and bags will be screened before they are permitted on the Oval. Tarps (smaller than 8' x 10'), blankets and folding beach-style chairs are permitted. It is recommended that you arrive early, gates will open at noon.

A range of non-profit organizations from across the commonwealth will be represented at the Massachusetts Remembers 9-11 event to enlist volunteers in service to the community. This coincides with the "September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance." Looking for other ways to help? Why not check out Boston Cares, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund or check out the Massachusetts Service Alliance's recent mailing for opportunities to volunteer. One interesting opportunity is environmental hurricane relief - planting trees in Western, MA to protect the area against future storms. >> Read More

Health Care Revival, Sep. 10

Come to the Mattapan Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 10 for "Health Care Revival," a free community event with health information, complimentary food tastings and more! The Mattapan Health Center is located at 249 River Street Mattapan, MA 02126. Thanks to the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition for sending notice of this great upcoming event! 

Pink and Black: Host a Free Workshop

Pink isn't the only color associated with Breast Cancer. Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among Black women? Pink and Black Ambassadors are breast cancer patients and survivors who wish to end this health disparity by speaking out about prevention, treatment and survivorship. Host a free workshop with the Pink and Black Ambassadors at your organization or group meeting by filling out the workshop request form attached to this post. Call 617-534-4960 or visit for more information.

Dorchester YMCA Annual Yard Sale, Sep. 10

Join the Dorchester YMCA on September 10, 2011 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their Annual Yard Sale! Come to 776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA (Codman Square) to purchase goods from your neighbors and local businesses at unbeatable prices! 

All proceeds from table rentals go toward the Annual Reach Out Campaign, which helps local youth. Table registration forms are attached: tables at $25 for members, $50 for non-members, $75 for businesses and $15 for additional tables. Please contact David McCarthy  for more information at (617)436-7750.

Dorchester Community Flea Market & Bazaar, Sep. 17

The John P. Holland Council proudly presents its 2nd Annual Dorchester Community Flea Market & Bazaar! Join them for food, face painting and raffles on Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the John P. Holland Community Center, 85 Olney Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. The rain date for the Bazaar is September 24. For more information or table rental, contact Nini at (617) 635-5144 or Roz (617) 869-0562. 

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