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SwimDown! Fundraiser/Race Event for DotWell Stingrays | May 4

For the past three years, The DotWell Stingrays have competed in the National Black Heritage Swim Meet in Cary, North Carolina, but, despite coming away with a second place prize, the team had struggled to raise enough money to sign up for the competition. To recognize the 10th anniversary of the Heritage Swim Meet, DotWell has organized what will hopefully become an annual fundraising event: The DotWell Stingrays SwimDown! This event, happening on Friday, May 4th at 5PM at the Dorchester House swimming pool (1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA), will pit staff and community members against the Stingrays in a good old fashioned relay race. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information or to make a donation to the team, contact DotWell @ 617.474.1457.  

Can't Wait Productions Presents "The Inside" | May 3 - 6


The Inside follows Emma, a young black woman, as she navigates her way through a post-collegiate party. Emma tries to reconcile her past as a little girl growing up in a predominantly white suburban town with her present as a recent college graduate among a circle of white friends. Through a strong narrative voice and interactive storytelling Emma expresses the thoughts and emotions that many of us are too afraid to share.

Performances: May 3-May 6 at 8pm.  (Doors at 7:30pm)
Location: Dot2Dot Café/1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester MA
(Closest T stop is a 10 minute walk from Ashmont or Shawmut Station on the Red Line. There is also street parking) 

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Franklin Park Paths & Entrances Meeting | April 30

On Monday, April 30th 6:30-8pm at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, The Boston Parks Dept will report to the community on plans to restore paths and make entrance improvements over the coming two years. At the first meeting several weeks ago, park users identified problem areas and sought-after changes. Large community participation on April 30th will help narrow priorities and make sure that the city's plans reflect the community’s interests. >> Read More

Our Dudley Square | April 28

Join Mayor Menino and the Dudley Square Community this Saturday April 28th from 11AM to 4PM at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Roxbury) for a day of History and Discovery.  Activities include: Scavenger Hunt (11AM - 2PM), Self Guided Walking Tour, Memory Day (11AM - 3PM), and Celebration and Prize Ceremony (3PM).  All events start and end at Hibernian Hall.  For more information, please contact Nicole Flynt Thomas by email, or by phone: 617.989.1219.

"STEM on Talbot Avenue" | April 28

Are you looking for a meaningful and FREE academic enrichment experience for your child? Is your middle school student interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics? Join YPN-ULEM for a National Urban League Young Professionals National Day of Service: "STEM on Talbot Avenue" on April 28 from 9:30AM to 4:00PM at the Perkins Community Center (155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124).  For more information, please email or call Dr. Monica Hall-Porter: 336-575-7292.

Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods | April 24

Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods will hold their monthly public safety meeting on Tuesday, April 24 from 1:00-2:30 PM at the ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center  (110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester, MA 02124).  The meeting will be hosted by Eric Mitchell, Director. This is one of the few daytime public safety meetings held in Southwest Dorchester open to all residents, schools, businesses, and community organizations. 
~ Parking is on Claybuorne St. or in the parking lot behind building.~

A light lunch is provided.  Read after the break for the agenda of this month's meeting. >> Read More

Free Sports Safety Clinic | April 24

The Boston Public Health Commission along with the Boston Public Parks & Recreation Department and Safe Kids Worldwide are putting on a Free Sports Safety Clinic at Franklin Park (1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA) on the 24th of April from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. This event, aimed towards parents and coaches, will have panelists present to share tips on sports safety and concussions. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to properly wear and fit spring sport helmets, watch an Impact neurological baseline assessment demonstration, and try concussion goggles that simulate what it’s like to have a concussion.

Mouth guards will be given to the first 50 registrants and dinner will be provided!  There will also be great raffle giveaways. Those interested in joining can RSVP at 617-534-5197.

The Kana Dehara Piano Jazz Trio | April 20

Looking for a soothing way to end your week? Make your way to St. Mary's Episcopal Church (14 Cushing Avenue, Dorchester, MA) on Friday, April 20th at 7PM, when the Kana Dehara Piano Jazz Trio
, featuring St. Mary's own Kana Dehara and friends, will be 
playing Jazz Standards along with an original composition by Kana. The fee to enter is a free will offering to benefit St. Mary's Church and there will be a reception in Paine Hall immediately after the concert. Enjoy!

3rd Annual Irish Hearts for Haiti Benefit Dance | April 22

The 3rd Annual Irish Hearts for Haiti Benefit Dance will take place on April 22nd at the Marriot Boston Quincy from 2PM to 8PM.  This event is proudly presented by the non-profit, Friends of the Orphans, and has a list of Honarary Guests, Special Performances and Entertainment, and Special Invited Guests.  The suggested donation is $20.  For more information, please visit:

Annual Square Dance | April 28

Grab your hats and boots and come on down to the First Parish Church (10 Parish Street, Dorchester, MA) on April 28th at 7PM to 9PM to join in the Annual Square Dance.  Tickets are $10 per person and $20 for a family.  Snacks will be served and doors open at 6PM.  Tony Parkes will be in attendance to call the dance.

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