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"The Great Recession: Impacts and Responses" talk at UMASS Boston, Oct. 28

The Research Center for Urban Cultural History presents "The Great Recession: Impacts and Responses" organized by Keith Bentele, UMB Sociology Department. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of July 15, 2010 there were more than 31 million people unemployed. The deterioration of the U.S. economy began at least as early as January 2007. What has been the effect on American society, culture, and practices?

For inquiries, please contact the RCUCH Office: (617) 287-6733; uch@umb.edu. More information after the break! >> Read More

Mortgage Assistance: NACA’s "Save the Dream" Tour in Boston, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2

Homeowners with unaffordable mortgages are invited to a Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America event Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 at the Seaport World Trade Center, 9am - 9pm each day. "Save the Dream" is free event designed to lower mortgage payments. Hundreds of NACA counselors and staff from financial lenders will work the event.

Address & contact information after the break.

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"Its the Great Pumpkin Event," Oct. 29

The Pumpkin rises again! Join the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center on Oct. 29for a GREAT Pumpkin Event! From 4 - 6 p.m., families can enjoy food, drink, and snacks, while decorating pumpkins and engaging in other Halloween fun. Raffles prizes round off this GREAT pumpkin event! More info after the break! >> Read More

Meeting on Lower Mill Branch BPL closing, Oct. 25

You can have a voice in keeping the Lower Mills Library from closing! A public meeting TONIGHT will address this issue. Supporters of the Lower Mills library are urging fellow activists to show up in force at a meeting at the branch tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Street branch with Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan.

The Lower Mills branch and three others, in South Boston, East Boston and Brighton, are slated to be closed next year. Library officials have cited deep cuts in state funding, overseen by Beacon Hill lawmakers, and a move towards a “modernized” library system as the impetus behind the closures.

To read more, visit the Dorchester Reporter. >> Read More

Franklin Park Halloween Night Walk, Oct. 29

Tune your ears to the creatures of the night while prowling around Franklin Park just before Halloween (Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m). With only the light of the moon, walk in the dark forest, around old stone ruins, and along ghost trails. Wear comfortable shoes and leave the flashlights at home. All ages welcome. Meet at Valley Gates Parking Lot, midway along the main park road. Sponsored by Franklin Park Coalition and Discover Roxbury. For more info, see FranklinParkCoalition.org. Location info after the break.

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Flashback to the 70's & 80's, Oct. 22

Travel back in time! "Flashback to the 70's & 80's" at a dance & raffle hosted by Murphy School Parent Council. On Friday, Oct. 22nd, come to the Old Colony Yacht Club at 7 p.m. for dancing, drinks, music, snacks, and more! Prizes for the best 70's or 80's get up! >> Read More

Flat Black Coffee Presents White Chrome 2010, Oct. 23, 2010

Flat Black Coffee will host the 2nd annual "White Chrome" coffee festival and barista competition at the Ledge Restaurant, 2261 Dorchester Ave., on Oct. 23 from 2-7 pm.

Event will include coffee tastings, triangulation and aroma tests, espresso machine demos, barista competitions in the categories of coffee knowledge, latte art, and signature drinks, and an award ceremony. Admission to the competition is free, but a donation of $20 is suggested to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. A live video broadcast from the event can be found at UStream.tv. Schedule & contact info after the break. >> Read More

AHCM Concert: The Praxis String Quartet, Nov. 7

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music presents the Praxis String Quartet in collaboration with bass clarinet, in a concert on Sunday, November 7, at 3 p.m., in Peabody Hall at the Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont Street. Violinists Esther Noh and Courtney Orlando, violist Arthur Dibble, cellist Brian Snow, and bass clarinetist Ken Thomson will perform an exciting range of music, from Haydn and Ravel to two contemporary American composers. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors/students, and $35 families, available at the door. To purchase in advance, mail check payable to Ashmont Hill Chamber Music to AHCM, 67 Ocean Street, Dorchester 02124. Info: ashmonthillchambermusic.org or 617-680-7542.

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Harvest Festival, Oct. 31

Family! Fun! Food! Tennis! Come to the Sportsmen's Tennis Club from 5-8 on Oct. 31 for "Harvest Festival 2010," a free and community-friendly Halloween alternative. Families with children 12 & under welcome.

Tennis Experience not necessary. Please, no costumes! >> Read More

Author Raffi Yessayan at Adams St. BPL, Nov. 8

Crime, mystery, adventure! Author Raffi Yessayan reads at the Adams St. BPL on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Raffi Yessayan is the former chief of the Gang Unit in the Suffolk County DA 's Office. He spent eleven years in the DA’s Office, prosecuting violent offenders and has lecturing nationally on the issues of gangs, guns and crime prevention strategies. He will read from and discuss his new novel, 2 in the Hat. Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will follow.

His first novel, the thriller 8 in the Box (Ballantine, summer 2008), takes place in Boston and features a cast of prosecutors and cops working to bring to justice a killer the media has dubbed the Blood Bath Killer. >> Read More

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