Summer Cooking in the Garden, Jul. 27

Garden SaladLearn to prepare quick, healthy and affordable dishes using your own fresh picked herbs and produce. Phoebe Flemming, Registered Dietitian and community gardener, will demonstrate some fun and exciting ways to use your garden crops, reduce sodium and saturated fat in your diet and cook healthy and save money at the same time! Registration required. To register call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org.

This class, hosted by Boston Natural Areas Network, takes place on July 27, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan, MA.

(Photo Credit: Edsel Little)

Active Body Workshop (a Seed, Sow and Grow program), Jul. 9

Join Boston Natural Areas Network to learn how to keep your body limber, fit and ready to garden. This fun, interactive workshop will introduce you to basic yoga movements, body weight strength training and Zumba dancing designed to synchronize and prepare your body for the physical demands of gardening.

This workshop takes place on Saturday July 9, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St., Dorchester, MA. Registration is required. To register for a program: Call 617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org. >> Read More

Become a Food Coop Ambassador, Jun. 30

Bring food access to Dorchester! Come hear about the plans to get healthy, affordable food in Dorchester by building a Community Food Co-op. A training and educational workshop will take place Thursday, June 30 at the Codman Square Library (690 Washington Street, Dorchester) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light dinner will be served. With question, or to RSVP, email silverman.jen@gmail.com. You may also visit www.dotcommcoop.wordpress.com. >> Read More

DEHC visits The Food Project, Jun. 25 (PHOTOS UP!)

Update: Pictures of DEHC's June 25 visit to The Food Project in Dudley Square are now online! Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150291984881264.383718.180563096263.

Come take a tour of The Food Project's Greenhouse and Urban Farm with DEHC! The Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition will take its regular Saturday workshop on the road for a special urban agriculture expedition on Saturday, June 25. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., participants will be led through The Food Project's exciting Roxbury spaces. After the tour, the group will engage in a short volunteer workblock in the greenhouse. Contact Joel Wool (joelwool@gmail.com) or Danielle Andrews (dandrews@thefoodproject.org) for details.

Placemaking in Action - Great Neighborhoods Summit, Jun. 23

MA Smart Growth AllianceJoin the MA Smart Growth Alliance for the "Placemaking in Action - Great Neighborhoods Summit," a gathering of leaders who are building vibrant, welcoming, healthy, and affordable neighborhoods. Registration is open and free! Event takes place on June 23, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA. The summit features a keynote address by Fred Kent, Founder and President, Project for Public Spaces. Other featured speakers include: Governor Deval Patrick (invited); Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Richard Walker, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Melinda Marble, Barr Foundation; George McCarthy, Ford Foundation.

Visit http://greatneighborhoods2011.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn to register. 

Explore Pope John Paul II Park Event for Families, Jun. 18

Department of Conservation and RecreationHey families: Get Outdoors! Local residents and families are invited to explore Pope John Paul II Park on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The North Face, American Hiking Society, Leave No Trace and local partners are joining together with state parks to promote the importance of being active and getting outdoors with seven free events across the US. These events are meant to encourage the local community to get outdoors and truly explore the state parks close to home. There will be ranger led hikes and other activities, snacks, speakers, partner demos, as well as giveaways, including the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge information, Explore Your Parks activity guides, and free state park passes. For more information or to RSVP, please call 617-727-6034 or rsvp@exploreyourparks.com. You may also visit www.exploreyourparks.com. >> Read More

Summer Solstice Garden Tour, Jun. 18

Bring in the Solstice by exploring Dorchester's lovely flora. Dorchester Park Association's "hidden garden" tour on Saturday, June 18, 4 to 6 p.m., will include stops at private residences and some local commercial sites, followed by a reception and gardening demonstration at Cedar Grove Gardens. Proceeds will go to the Dorchester Park operating fund, which is used to purchase trees and other plant materials for the park, for educational programs, and to support clean-ups. Tickets, $50, are limited: go to www.dotpark.org to purchase. Want to help with the event? Contact Claire Hughes at claire.a.hughes@gmail.com. >> Read More

Boston Park Advocates First Annual Meeting, Jun. 8

Join Boston Park Advocates (BPA) for their first annual meeting to celebrate the role of parks and open space in making Boston a healthy and vibrant city! Guest speaker Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission, will give a talk entitled "Parks and Public Health: A Natural Partnership." The annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Dr., Dorchester, MA. A full schedule of events (including a pre-meeting Emerald Necklace Walk) can be found hereFor more information, contact nina@bostonparks.org. RSVP at http://bit.ly/l01RjL

Asian Longhorned Beetle Workshop, Jun. 11

Asian Longhorned BeetleGames, interactive learning, tree surveys and saving the environmental - all at the same time! A free outdoor presentation for school-age kids on the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) will be given on Saturday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Brookwood Community Farm near the Milton/Canton town line (11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton). The presentation will be given by Ms. Stacy Kilb, Asian Beetle Outreach Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Ms. Kilb works on curriculum development regarding invasive forest pests, and is currently offering ALB workshops throughout the state. 
For more information, contact Bob O’Brien at 781-267-5371 (cell) or rgobrien68@gmail.com. The rain date (if needed) is Saturday, June 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Clean up Dorchester Park! Jun. 11

Dorchester Park AssociationHelp clear litter, broken glass and catbrier vine from areas near the playground and bordering paths in Dorchester Park. Volunteer should wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes and gloves. Tools are available, but bring along clippers, loppers and a pail if you have them. Meet at the Adams Street entrance at 9 a.m. on any or all of Saturdays June 11, July 30, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15. 

For more information, visit http://dotpark.org. You can write to the Dorchester Park Association at PO Box 240081, Dorchester, MA 02124-0081. You may also inquire about the DPA by calling Cedar Grove Gardens at 1-800-322-8582.

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