Dorchester Cluster Family Fun Night, Jul. 21

DW Counts Down to KindergartenJoin the Dorchester Cluster for a Family Fun Night on Thursday, July 21! Children and families will gather at 5:30 p.m. for an evening of entertainment, learning and theater. The Boston Children’s Museum "DW Counts Down to Kindergarten" Play will be present! Registration for this event is required. Please contact Mary Kinsella at (617)288-7120 or Event takes place at Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125. To learn more about the play, read on. >> Read More

Lego & Theater Clubs for Kids, PHNA

Lego Club for Kids Update: the Lego and Arts in the Park programs are full! The response was huge; stay tuned for announcements of other summer programming in Dorchester! The Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association is proud to present a very special Lego Club for children at Dorchester’s Garvey Park. As your child moves through the many stages of growth, Lego’s offer toys that foster creativity and encourage the development of motor skills, role‐playing and problem‐solving abilities. The Lego Club @ Garvey Park, sponsored by PHNA, will meet Mondays and Wednesdays July 11th through August 23rd, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a FREE program for children ages 5 to 9. Space is limited. Registration will be based on space availability. Read on & see attachments for registration info.

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Boston City Singers Auditions for ages 4 - 17 - 2011 - 2012 School Year

Saturday - June 4
2:00 - 5:00 pm
All Saints Church
209 Ashmont St.- Dorchester

We inspire and train the artist, student, and ambassador within each child!

Spread the word!

Tuition-based training sessions take place in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.
After school and on Saturdays during school year.

Boston City Singers teaches over 350 inspiring young singers in nine choruses. Most of our singers are boys and girls (ages 4-18) from Boston‘s underserved neighborhoods. We accept new k-12 students with varying musical abilities. We offer a sliding scale tuition. Over 80% of our members require substantial scholarship support to participate. Boston City Singers uses a distinctive curriculum that trains children as young as four years old to learn to sing well. Each singer progresses through several levels: Kodály Singing Class, Neighborhood Training Chorus, Concert Chorus II, and Concert Chorus. Our singers learn about diverse communities and cultures by performing an extensive repertoire including gospel music, international folk music, opera, jazz, and medieval chant.

Boston City Singers - 17 Waldeck Street - Dorchester, MA 02124 - 617-825-0674
Jane Money, Artistic and Education Director
Melissa J. Graham, Managing Director


Trotter School Talent Show, Jun. 3

Trotter SchoolThe students of the Trotter School (135 Humboldt Ave. Dorchester, MA 02121) invite the community of Dorchester to attend a night of music, dance, fun and food! Students and teachers will perform on Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., to raise funds for a 5th grade graduation field trip. Your support and encouragement of our students is needed! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children 6-12 years old are $5.00, and Children under 6 are free. Home cooked food will be for sale at intermission. For more information, contact Kim Ngo at 617-635-8225.

If you cannot attend, please consider a donation to support families not able to afford the admission fee. Please make checks payable to: Trotter School, Attn: Kim Ngo, 135 Humboldt. Ave. Dorchester, MA 02121.

Outreach Event for Children and Families, Jun. 4

BGC DorchesterPlease join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester on June 4, 2011 for an outreach event directed at children and families. This fun and social event features games, music, literacy activities, free dental screenings, opportunities to meet other families, a school bus tour for "first-time riders," refreshments and much more. Event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125. Is your child going to Kindergarten? At 3:30 p.m., BGC will host the DW Counts Down to Kindergarten Play, in which Arthur the Aardvark helps his little sister D.W. learn some helpful things about going to Kindergarten. Questions? Call Mary Kinsella Scannell at (617) 288-7120 or email

Fathers Families Fun Day, Jun. 4

Father and DaughterStrengthening families, strengthening communities, uplifting fathers & putting fathers back into families. Touch 106.1 FM and the MA Department of Children and Families (DCF) present Fathers Families Fun Day! This event features music, games, radio and resources and will take place June 4, 2011 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Harambee Park, 59 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA. 

Think you are a good father? Come and encourage someone else! For more information, contact John Laing at (617) 288-2030 or email

Teddy Bear Picnic @ Grove Hall, May 31

Calling all stuffed bears! It's tea time! Join Ms. Maija, Children's Librarian, for a Teddy Bear Picnic in the Children's Craft Room on Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. Listen to stories, sing songs and play games! The library is located at 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA. Call 617-427-3337 with questions. 

(Image Credit: Flickr user Mrs. Logic)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay






Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay’s mission is to promote the healthy development of children through the nurturing of continuing, one-to-one friendships with caring, responsible adults, supported by trained professional staff. For more information please call 617-542-9090 or visit


75 Federal Street 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Becoming a Big takes just a few steps You: -Complete and submit the on-line application – we’ll contact you when we receive it -Submit names of references -Join us for a face to face interview (it’s helpful if you bring answers to the pre-interview questionnaire with you) We: -Review your application and references – we also do a background check -Get to know you, your background, interests and hobbies better in a 60-90 minute interview -Consider how well your skills and interests match those of youth on our waiting list and talk to both you and the family about this potential friendship -Set a date for you and the youth to meet, accompanied by an agency staff member. The process to qualify as a Big takes a few weeks: the time before you’re matched with a Little depends on how many youth living in your area and sharing your interests are waiting for Bigs.

Me? A Big Brother or Big Sister? Yes, you! It's really simple. All you need to do is have fun with a great kid doing stuff you already do (or want to do) like: play video games, play sports, enjoy free tickets to events, wash your car, go hiking, or watch TV. Whatever. You decide!

Dorchester Youth Hockey



The objective of Dorchester Youth Hockey is to provide youth, regardless of race, creed, or national origin with the opportunity to practice the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. The program functions are: to familiarize youth with the fundamentals of ice skating and hockey; to provide opportunity to play the game of hockey in a supervised, organized, and safety oriented manner, and to keep the welfare of the participants free of any adult ambitions and personal glory.

Key Programs Offered: 

Learn to Skate Our Learn to Skate Program is for children from ages 3 and up. It is for 1st and 2nd year skaters. It runs on Saturdays at 4:00pm and 5:00pm from late November until early March. DYH also offers 2nd and 3rd child discounts. Each session will be limited to approximately 40 skaters with a skater to instructor ratio of 8:1. All participants must have a hockey helmet with full face mask on it. Stephanie O'Sullivan and the staff from O'Sullivan Hockey Academy provide the on ice instruction on behalf of Dorchester Youth Hockey. Learn to Skate Coordinator: Shaun O'Sullivan House League Registration for House League Hockey is open to children from Instructional to Pee Wee. The season runs from late November until early March and includes one game and one practice a week. Instructional players participate at no additional cost. House League Coordiantor: Kevin Burke Travel Team Travel teams play in either the Greater Boston Youth Hockey League or the Yankee Conference League. The Girls only team(s) play in the South Shore Conference. The season is from September to March. In March we hold registration and tryouts for travel teams Mites-Bantams. Midget registration and tryouts are held in the Spring. As a reminder, goalies with their own equipment play at 1/2 price! Instructional Hockey For first year players ages 5-8 years old. Instructional players compete in the Yankee Conference on the small ice surface at Pilgrim Arena in Hingham and practice at the Devine Rink in Dorchester. Instructional players are also allowed to participate in the House League for no additional cost.


Perkins Community Center






Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Centers for Youth & Families Joseph Lee Elementary School Lee Academy Pilot School Codman Square Library DotWell

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For Adult Education, including GED and ESOL classes, contact Papa Diop at (617) 635-1894. Drop-in registration every first and third Wednesday of the month. For all other after-school, summer, and recreation programs: call the front desk at (617) 635-1895.

Key Programs Offered: 

School Age Child Care After-School and Summer Program Piranhas After-School Program: Meets M-F, 3:20 - 6. 4 - 5pm writing. 5 - 6pm pool. $150/year. 1st month: Deposit and &35. Then: $35 every 3 months. Piranhas Swim Team: Membership overlaps with After-School Program, but open to others also. Swim meets 6pm Fridays.** Open Swimming: Saturdays. 10:15 - 11 Children, 11 - 12 Lap Swimming, 1 - 2:30 Community/Open Swim, 2-4:30 Adults.** Fire Star Homework Drop-in: Call center for more info Boston Raider's Mentoring: Academic help for youth aged 7-18. M-F, 3-8pm. $20/month. Strong Women, Strong Girls: Mentoring for girls in grades 3, 4 and 5 at Perkins on Thursdays, 4 - 5:30pm. Open Gym Peewee Basketball: Saturdays, 9am - 1pm. $65/season. Season runs approximately October - April. Self-Defense: Free self-defense classes taught on Saturdays from 9 - 11:30 am. 16 years and up. Karate: Classes offered for ages 5 and up, adults included, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-8. Call center for pricing information. Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition site

Community Meeting Space Available: 


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