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Demystifying College Financial Aid and Funding, May 19

High school students and their parents are invited to a free college planning seminar.
You’ll learn how to:
• Maximize financial aid and minimize costs
• Receive more free money from colleges
• Develop a customized plan for all costs
• Choose the ideal college for the student and for your budget >> Read More

Photo Exhibitions at Grove Hall Library, Now Through Jun. 12

Two great photo exhibits are showing now at Grove Hall Library:

-An exhibit on the 6888th Battalion Women's Army Corps, the only African-American WAC unit to serve overseas during WWII, presented by The Grove Hall Branch Library and Umass-Boston's William Joiner Center.
-Faces that You Know and Things that You See, Photographs by Haywood Fennell, Sr., a celebration of our neighborhood and its rich culture in photographs.

Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester, MA >> Read More

Haitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Ave, May 16

The 10th annual Haitian American Unity Parade will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2010, departing Mattapan Square, Blue Hill Ave at 1 p.m. The parade, which will be led by the Grand Marshall, Governor Deval Patrick, will be an occasion for support and solidarity with the earthquake victims.

For more information, contact: Haitian Americans United, Inc., (H.A.U.)
Telephone (617) 298-2976, e-mail: unity@hauinc.org
Website: www.hauinc.org or www.haitianheritagemonth.net >> Read More

Dorchester Historical Society Annual Meeting and Free Tours of New Exhibits, May 16

The Dorchester Historical Society is open on May 16th, from 11 am to 2 pm for free tours of newly-installed exhibits. Following the tours, the Society's Annual Meeting will begin at 2 pm and will include a slide lecture by Robert Severy on the subject of Diverse Dorchester.

Take this opportunity to view the new Baker Chocolate exhibit, the newly-installed Huebener Brick display, a newly-enlarged Dorchester Pottery exhibit, and a new Roswell Gleason Pewter exhibit.

Visit the Dorchester Historical Society website for pictures and more information about these exciting exhibits!

Dorchester Historical Society Exhibits & Annual Meeting
195 Boston Street, Dorchester, MA

Walk Your Dog at Ronan Park this Saturday, May 15

Come walk your dog at Ronan Park! Work has resumed on the Ronan Park Dog Recreation Space in anticipation of the Grand Unleashing scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at 10am. The Friends of Ronan Park, the Animal Rescue League, the Boston Parks Department, and Mayor Menino will be there to officially open the gates for you and your pups.

When:
Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10am – 11am
Where:
Ronan Park, Dorchester, MA 02122 >> Read More

Franklin Park History Tour, May 15

Julie Arrison, the Images of America: Franklin Park book author, will lead the second tour of a three tour series focusing on Refectory Hill, the "Country Park" (golf course area), and Schoolmaster Hill.

Learn about the magnificent old refectory building, the heyday of Franklin Park when millions of visitors traveled to the park during the warmer months, and the history of golf in Franklin Park. Meet at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse. rsvp@franklinparkcoalition.org

When:
Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10am – 12pm
Where:
Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse

Monthly C-11 Community Meeting, May 13

Area C-11 Police Community Service and Ashmont Senior Apartments Task Force invites you to the C-11 Police Community Wide Monthly Meeting on Thursday, May 13 at 7pm.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!

Guest Speaker - Officers from Firearms Analysis Unit, (Formerly called the Ballistics Unit)
Area C-11 Community Service Officers and Captain Richard >> Read More

ABCD Summer Enrichment Program, Parent Registration Night, May 13

Come learn what ABCD will be doing this summer and register your child. For parents of students in grade 1 through age 12 interested in the Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). Attendance at a registration night is mandatory for all participants. Please RSVP to Miguel Quiñones if you plan to attend.

Contact: Miguel Andres Quiñones, (617) 288-2700x203 or quinones@bostonabcd.org

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 9pm – 10pm
110 Claybourne Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

My Family, My Community & Me, May 8

Attend a free interactive community event that will unearth the many issues that we face as a community of color.

Several guests involved, including Daniel Rivers, Nexus Alliance; Scotland Willis, Clear Strategies Consulting; Conan Harris, StreetSafe Boston; Dr. Ingrid Tucker, Mother Caroline Academy; Lakenya Johnson, F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement; Jamoul (Celey) Muhammad, INROADS; Ashley Rose Salomon, Poet.

Free event, open to the public!

Contact Info: 617 830-0641 or cscchair@ybws.org
When: Saturday, May 8, 2010, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club, 15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester

Boston's Very FIRST Fair Trade Crawl, May 8

Fair Trade Boston, a campaign of the Boston Faith & Justice Network, is organizing Boston first Fair Trade Crawl across fifteen locations in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline to celebrate World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 8. Each location will offer Fair Trade-related promotions & discounts, food sampling, entertainment and educational offerings and much more!

Participating Locations In and Around Dorchester:
*Flat Black Coffee Company, 1906 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA
*Haley House Bakery and Cafe, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA >> Read More

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