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Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness meeting, March 20

Did you know that 1 in 5 teens have abused prescription drugs? 70% of teens get prescription drugs from families and friends. On March 20th, the Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition meeting will focus on what youth, parents, and guardians need to know, presented by Helen Connolly, RN, BSN. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 PM, at Leahy-Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell Street in Dorchester, MA 02122. RSVP by Friday, March 16, 2012. Contact Adelia Rocha, at 617.533.2234 for more information.

BPS - Improving School Choice March 10

Join in a discussion about student assignment and school choice! Attend a kick-off community meeting about Improving the School Choice Process. This meeting will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30), at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School (just off Melnea Cass Blvd). This will be the first in a series of opportunities this year to work together to create a new school choice system that helps improve school quality, offers great choices, and builds a stronger community. For more information, email choice [at] More details can be found at

Family Wellness Health Fair @ Greenwood UMC | March 17

On Saturday, March 17th, Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church Outreach Committee will present the First Annual "Wellness in March" celebrating National Nutrition Month! Featuring a free day of fitness activities including Zumba and the BBF Dance Workout and fun, featuring "The Best Bones Forever Campaign" Wellness Seminar from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy healthy snacks and beverages, great giveaways, and valuable resources and information!

The Greenwood Church is located at 378A Washington Street. To learn more call 617.288.8410.

Nation of Immigrants Community Seder, March 11

The Nation of Immigrants Community Seder brings together diverse communities from the Greater Boston area to build bridges of understanding. This year's community seder will be on Sunday, March 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom of UMass Boston.

The first took place in 2007, and grew out of a tradition dating back many years, where ADL New England celebrated Seders with the African-American, Irish, and Catholic communities. The goals of this program are to establish and maintain alliances with other immigrant communities to gain allies against prejudice, anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of bigotry. It also provides a unique opportunity for people in the Greater Boston area to come together, learn about one another, share in a Jewish tradition, make new connections and gain a more profound understanding of each of our stories, cultures and communities. This special event models the traditional celebration of the Passover holiday. The Passover Seder celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. The Seder’s message of hope and freedom is both universal and meaningful for all. At the Seder, hundreds of participants come together to honor this tradition and celebrate all of our unique journeys to becoming part of this nation of immigrants. 

Boston City Singers Annual Spring Concert | May 20

The Boston City Singers will be having their Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m. at the Strand Theater in Dorchester! The concert, SINGING ALL TOGETHER will feature 350 singers from all Boston City Singers Training and Concert Choruses and Kodaly Singing Classes and showcase the pieces the group has been working on throughout the year. For more information visit their website.

Nail Salon Permit Assistance @ Viet-AID March 5

On Monday, March 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Receive one-on-one assistance from Viet-AID and Boston Public Health Commission staff will assist you with your nail salon permit application! Viet-AID is located at 42 Charles Street, Dorchester MA 02122. The event is part of the Safe Nail Salon Project.

You will need to bring:

Salon Use and Occupancy Permit from Boston Inspectional Services Department

Flammable Storage permit from Boston Fire Department

Salon license from Board of Cosmetology

Copies of cosmetology licenses for all persons working in the salon this year

Written description of ventilation system and plan for improving indoor air quality in the salon

A check for your permit fee


Photo Credit: Phil Hawksworth

Community Meeting: Dorchester Arts Collaborative | March 24

Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) has just acquired 1200 sq feet of raw space in the new affordable housing/commercial development at 157 Washington Street, in Four Corners, Dorchester. DAC and Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) are holding a meeting to discuss potential use for the space on Saturday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the Erie-Ellington Community Center at 31 Erie Street for a community discussion about the space!  CSNDC is well into construction, and has two prime commercial properties on the plaza level available for lease. >> Read More

Winter Woods Walk March 10

On Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., have local experts guide you through a walk in the woods! Learn to identify trees through bark and twig characteristics to investigate the urban ecology of Franklin Park. Meet at Valley Gates parking lot, which can be found midway along Circuit Drive, next to Pierpont Road. Register for the event by calling 617.542.7696 (ext.20) or email Mathew at mathew [at] The event is free and open to all!

Dot2Dot Open Mic This Friday, March 2

It is time for another open mic at Dot2Dot this Friday, March 2nd! Do anything you want - have a talent you have never shared, or a passion you constantly practice? Step up to the mic for five minutes of fame. While you're at it, enjoy some great food from Dot2Dot - check out their website for the menu! The dinner will be from 6:00 p.m. and open mic will start at 7:00 p.m. Dot2Dot is located at 1739 Dorchester Ave. For more information, call 617 436-2368 or email Dot2Dotmanager [at]

War of 1812 @ Adams Branch Library March 3

On Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. learn something new at The Adams Street Branch Library! The Adams Street Branch and the National Park Service are teaming up to bring the community a free 45-minute slideshow about the War of 1812! The Adams Street Branch is located at 690 Adams Street in Dorchester, MA 02122.

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