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9th Annual Dorchester Open Studios Week, Oct 17-24

Dorchester artists throw open their doors! The 9th Annual Dorchester Open Studios Week will take place Oct 17-24. Events during the week will culminate in the Open Studios Weekend Oct. 23-24, when 122 artists exhibit their artwork in locations across Dorchester from 12-5 p.m.

Opening Reception: The reception for Open Studios weekend will be on Friday, October 22, from 6:30 to 8:30, hosted by Hancock 309 Gallery, at 309 Hancock Street in Dorchester.

Dorchester Public Art Ride: Dot Bike will lead a cycling tour of Dorchester's public art on Saturday Oct. 23rd, at 11 a.m. The ride will be between 8 - 10 miles at a casual pace with several brief stops along the way to view some of Dorchester's great outdoor artworks. Ride begins at Codman Square in front of the Great Hall: 637 Washington St., Dorchester 02124. Helmets required. RSVP: Email Andy or call him at 781-367-9200. Rain date Sunday Oct 24th. >> Read More

Register to Vote! Deadline: Oct. 13th, 2010

The deadline to register to vote for the 2010 MA State Election 2010 is October 13th. Citizens wishing to partake in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 election must complete registration by 8:00 p.m. on Oct. 13th.

For information about the 2010 election, including candidates, polling locations, ballot questions, necessary identification, voting procedures, and more, please visit the Secretary of State’s office official election page.

Brief listing of ballot questions and offices-up-for-election after the break. >> Read More

Boston Police District B-3 Comedy Night & Silent Auction, Oct. 16

Laugh your socks off at the Boston Police District B-3's Comedy Night & Silent Auction! Michael Canty and a special guest comedian from the B-3 police force will crack jokes as guests enjoy a buffet spread and bid on Celtics tickets, a New England Patriots autographed football, a Mattapan Car Wash gift certificate, and a gift basket by Morton Street Liquors, among dozens of other prizes. When the comedy's on break, enjoy music by Elite Sound.

Tickets are $10 for social & entertainment or $20 for the buffet, social & entertainment. Address and contact info after the break. >> Read More

Generation Next Academy (formerly Dorchester Teen Center) open house, Oct. 7, 2010

The Dorchester Teen Center will reopen as Generation Next Academy on October 18, 2010. An open house will be held Thursday, October 7, to showcase the facilities, provide the community with an opportunity to hear about programs, and meet staff. Light refreshments will also be served.

Generation Next Academy runs after-school programs for teens 13-18 years of age. Programs include tutoring and college prep, workforce development and teen employment opportunities, leadership and service, money management, and more, as well as a variety of recreational activities. >> Read More

Networking Lunch with Social Enterprise Alliance's Lisa Nitze, Oct. 8

Join your peers for lunch and networking with Lisa Nitze, new CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance. Lisa will share her vision of SEA and some of the exciting initiatives she’s already launched. Jim Cassetta, CEO of Work, Inc., will also speak.

Event is free, with suggested $10 donation for SEA non-members. Register online here. Networking time will be available during lunch, which will be provided by Community Work Services, another founding member of SEA-MA. >> Read More

MFA Fall Open House, FREE, Oct. 11

Why not enjoy "Art and Design: An Exploration of Fantasy, Reality, and Style" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts? It's free, on a holiday, and chock full of activities! On October 11th, the Museum will open its doors for a day of celebration with free general admission for all. Highlights include live performances, poetry readings, family art projects, and gallery talks and tours.

The MFA's Fall Open House is made possible in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation. For more information, visit MFA.org.

Leaf and Yard Waste, Oct. 18 - Nov. 27

Clear your yard and help new plants spring up! The Boston Public Works Department will collect leaf and yard waste on normal recycling days between Oct. 18 and Nov. 27. Collected waste will be used as natural fertilizer for Boston's community gardens.

Visit CityofBoston.gov for more information, or view instructions for waste collection after the break! >> Read More

“Pedal & Park” bike cage to be installed at Ashmont Station

The MBTA is readying plans to install a “Pedal & Park” (a secure, covered bike parking facility also known as a bike cage) at Ashmont Station next spring. Camera-monitored, the Pedal & Park are accessed via a special Bike CharlieCard, which are available for free at any station with a bike Depot. Currently, there are three other Pedal & Park cages on the MBTA, at Forest Hills, Alewife, and South Station.

The Pedal & Park at Ashmont will have a different design than the existing 100-bike facility that opened just a year ago at Forest Hills, with metal roof replacing the canopy, and with a slightly smaller capacity of 82 bicycles. External bike racks will hold an additional 20 bikes. Federal stimulus funding is supporting installation of six new “Pedal & Park” facilities around the MBTA system this year, including the newly installed bike cage at South Station.

Irish Heritage Festival, Adams Corner, Oct. 10, 2010

The 2010 Irish Heritage Festival will take place in Adams Corner on Oct. 10, 2010. The free family festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will feature Irish entertainment, shopping, food and culture in Massachusetts' most Irish neighborhood, Adams Corner in Dorchester. Featured musicians include: The Joshua Tree, Devri, The Gobshites, Clancy Legacy, Robbie O’Connell /Aoife Clancy, Margaret Dalton & Erin's Melody, Sean Og Connors, and more.

You can follow the festival on Facebook, visit the website, or sign up to volunteer!

350's international 10/10/10 carbon-reduction campaign: Boston events!

350.org, an environmentalist organization dedicated to solving the world climate crisis, will hold a international "10/10/10" chain of events in support of its campaign. Locally brainstormed, staffed, and organized, the events vary from bake sales to bike rides to clean-up activities, and many will take place in the Boston area. Last October, 350.org "coordinated 5200 simultaneous rallies and demonstrations in 181 countries."

A listing of some Boston events is here, but more can be found on the search page. >> Read More

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