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Learn to Make Helen's Lace Pie Wedge Shawl, May 12

FREE - Chelsea’s project for May was group-inspired during an April evening at Stitch House. Learn to knit "Helen's Lace Pie Wedge Shawl" - a light-as-air semi-circular shawl in Lorna's Laces beautiful Helen's Lace, a silk and wool blend. After you've completed it, you'll have a gorgeous light shawl perfect for fending off air conditioning chill and cool Boston evenings!

The workshop is free but Stitch House hopes you'll support a local business and purchase your yarn at the store (pattern calls for a US 8 needle). You should know how to knit and purl. Check out the stunning blue-green model in the store and reserve your seat!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 6pm – 8pm
Stitch House, 846 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA
(617) 265-8013

14th Annual Mothers Day Walk for Peace, May 9

Are you upset about youth violence in Boston, but not sure how to help?

Youth and gang related violence is a reality in Boston. It’s in the press and has been talked about for years.
While opinions may differ as to its causes and how best to prevent it, your participation will help fuel the movement to eradicate youth violence from our city. Every year, people from across the state gather to participate in the annual 3.6 mile Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. Among those walking are elected officials, law enforcement professionals, neighbors, clergy, educators, advocates, family members and friends of people who've been murdered. The Walk is one way to show that people care.

How You Can Help:
*Walk with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute! Create a team or set your own personal goal. Ask family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and classmates to sponsor you.
*Make a donation or pledge online: >> Read More

Spring Clean-Up at Franklin Park, May 8

Join your park neighbors and stewards for a morning of clearing invasive plants, picking up litter and making the park tidy for all to enjoy. Bring work gloves and tools if you have them. Donuts to start the day! Meet at Valley Gates parking lot.

The Franklin Park Coalition hosts a number of free events throughout the year. To get updates on upcoming events, join their Facebook group and fanpage and follow on Twitter @FranklinParkBos. On the homepage of their website you can sign up to get weekly emails about park events and activities.

Saturday, May 8, 2010,10am – 12pm
Franklin Park, Valley Gates parking lot

12th Annual Coffee Hour with Mayor Menino in DORCHESTER, May 7

Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Parks Department, and Dunkin' Donuts for an informational Coffee Hour at the Trotter School Playground. This annual series gives residents a unique opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Menino about open space and other needs in their neighborhoods.

Come for a chance to win a “Day on the Town” raffle prize package and for coffee and donuts!

Friday, May 7, 2010, 9:30am – 10:30am
Trotter School Playground, 59 Waumbeck St, Dorchester, MA 02121

Dorchester YMCA Summer Day Camp Open House, May 6

Come this Thursday to check out summer programs at the Y! All families wishing to register for summer camp programs at either Dorchester YMCA or Roxbury YMCA must attend an Open House.

Contact: Danielle McFarlane, 617.436.7750x216 or
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Boil-water Order Issued for the City of Boston and Surrounding Cities

Due to a water main leak, the City of Boston advises boiling your water for at least one minute before drinking, washing dishes, brushing your teeth, or otherwise consuming tap water. Follow the same rules for your pets.

Questions & Answers from

Q. How can I be sure my drinking water is safe?

A. If you live in one of the affected communities east of Weston, you need to boil all water for drinking or cooking. As an alternative, you could use disinfectant tablets.

Q. But if there has been a huge break, why is water still coming out of my pipes?

A. The MWRA has emergency water supplies from the Sudbury Aqueduct, Chestnut Hill Reservoir, and Spot Pond Reservoir. The water can be used for showers and for flushing toilets, but is not safe to drink. State officials say the backup supplies are sufficient to last indefinitely.

Q. How long should I boil the water?

A. The water should be at a rolling boil for at least a minute. >> Read More

Ways to Fight Bullying in Boston

Anti-Cyberbullying Hotline and Facebook: Mayor Menino wants to increase awareness and assist in anti-bullying efforts in Boston. The Hotline, 617-534-5050, allows you to anonymously report online and other forms of bullying- the hotline is staffed by trained public health professionals. You can also become a fan of the “BPS Cyber Safety Campaign” on Facebook!

Green Business Workshop with Dorchester Main Street Organizations, Apr. 29

This Green Business Workshop is a hands-on community forum for local neighborhood business owners in Boston.

During this event business owners will learn about resources available to make affordable changes in their businesses while they are implementing green practices; service providers; green programs; financial resources available; and more. Business owners will also learn how some existing businesses are taking advantage of this green movement to save thousands while they try to become more sustainable. >> Read More

Drop In Science at Fields Corner Library, May 5

Drop in Science
Over four weeks, the Fields Corner Library will help children build and test 4 cool science experiments-and when you're done, you can take it home with you! Space is limited. Appropriate for students in grades 2-7. Free!

Please call to register - 617-436-2155.
About Dorchester's Libraries
When: Wednesday, May 5, 4pm – 5pm
Where: Fields Corner Branch, 1520 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02122

Boys and Girls Club Blue Hill Club Summer Camp Info Session, All Week

Come learn about summer camp at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club! Parents or guardians must attend one of these sessions to be eligible for camp. Financial aid application may be requested at orientation.

Contact: (617) 474-1050 or
When: All Week, May 3-7, 6pm – 7pm
Where: 15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124

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