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UPDATE: Current low-staffing

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MyDorchester will undergo a decrease in staffing, effective until September. Please expect a delay in responses from us via We also ask that you check for updates on our social media accounts, which will remain somewhat active throughout this time. Please keep an eye out for our weekly eBlasts!


We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to returning to full-staffing in September!

Community Running Clinic | June 27

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The Embrace Your Journey 5K Walk/Run: The Road to Wellness is a joint effort empowered by The Dimock Center, Hoodfit and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) The 5K Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, September 12, beginning and ending on The Dimock Center's campus. The event will include a 5K race, a 2-mile walk and a kids fun run. A celebratory health and wellness festival will round out the day, with more information to come!

Their first community running clinic, aimed at helping participants of all fitness levels meet their fitness goals, will be held this month! The clinic will be led by the B.A.A. and will include run/walk training groups, strength-based exercises, jogging and running groups.


When: Saturday, June 27th


Where: Franklin Park

near Playstead Park

1 Franklin Park Rd, Dorchester

For more info/to RSVP: Visit the Facebook event

Through Barbed Wire: Reading of Prisoners' Writings | June 26

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Join First Parish Church Dorchester  and Meetinghouse Hill Association as they continue reading and identifying selections for an upcoming book aimed at inspiring youth to make better decisions with their lives! Donation, light refreshments, contributions to the table welcome. TBW seeks to (re)establish and maintain ties to our neighborhoods and to offer and provide genuine service to society. RSVP appreciated. Look for them on LinkedIn, Facebook and at


When: Friday: June 26th


Where: First Parish Church

10 Parish Street, Dorchester

To RSVP: (857) 492-4858 

Jobs not Jails Training | June 27

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The Jobs Not Jails Movement Needs YOU! 

They are coming together to advance economic and racial justice by ending mass incarceration and ensuring living wage jobs for all. To succeed, they must put “Jobs NOT Jails” in front of every Massachusetts resident and force people to make a choice:

Are we for Mass Incarceration?  Or are we for Job Creation? It's time to take DIRECT ACTION! 

Join Jobs Not Jails to prepare for the Summer of Solidarity: to create powerful actions in small teams and support people who are suffering in the current criminal justice system.

Come to the training to learn more!


When: Saturday, June 27th
1:00PM -4:00PM

Where: Freedom House

5 Crawford Street, Dorchester

For more info: please contact Steve O’Neill of EPOCA at

FREE Community Carnival! | June 27

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It's carnival time!!! What better way to celebrate summer than a FREE Community Carnival! Come by for games, bouncy houses, face paint, prizes, food, music, and more! All ages welcome! Put on by Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church!


When: Saturday, June 27th


Where: The City of Judah

177 Harvard Street, Dorchester

For more info: contact Renae at

FREE Yoga in the Garden | June 26 - July 24

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Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and Boston Natural Area Network presents: Yoga in the Garden! Just bring a towel and a bottle of water

When: EVERY Friday June 12th through July 24th (no classes on July 3)

Where: City Natives

30 Edgewater Dr, Mattapan 

Cost: FREE! 
To Register: Email Eva at >> Read More

Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market | June 26

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The Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market opens on Friday, June 26, on Ashmont Station Plaza. Market hours are every Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., through October 16.  Spring Brook Farm from Littleton, Lanni Orchards from Lunenburg, Red’s Best Seafood, Swissbakers, and Dorchester’s own Cedar Grove Gardens offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, and fresh flowers, plants, and gifts. Credit/debit cards and SNAP/EBT accepted. Boston Bounty Bucks will match up to $10 of SNAP/EBT purchases each week. “Like” Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market on Facebook to keep current on vendors and special activities and events.


When:  EVERY FRIDAY June 26th-October 16th


Where: Ashmont Station Plaza

For more info: or 617-825-3846.

Family Acceptance | June 25

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The Stigma Subcommittee of Connect-to-Protect (C2P) Boston, in partnership with the Our Health Matters Project and Fenway Health, are organizing an event around family acceptance and LGBTQ youth of color.

The goal of the event is to gather families of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and questioning children/teens/young adults of color and their allies for a movie screening of “These are Our Children Too,”* followed by a dialogue around common challenges, successes and shared experiences of families who have had a wide range of responses to learning that their children are LGBT. This event will provide a safe space for families of color to connect with other families of LGBTQ youth of color and build stronger relationships, encourage support and promote the health and well-being of LGBT youth of color in Boston. We hope this will be the first of many more conversations as we strive to address and support LGBTQ youth of color and their families.


When:  Thursday, June 25th


Where: Black Box Theater

Codman Square Health Center

637 Washington Street Dorchester

For more info: contact Jonathan Reveil at

Power Hour Webinar | June 22

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Wondering what Make the Switch is all about? You’re invited to a free Power Hour Webinar! The webinar is hosted by Mass Energy, a local nonprofit and partner in our Make the Switch to Green Electricity campaign.

The Power Hour will cover three statewide programs aimed at reducing your carbon footprint and give you the opportunity to ask questions about:

  • Make the Switch, An affordable and impactful program that allows you to easily green your home energy use
  • Mass Save, A rate-payer funded program run by the utilities that offers no-cost home energy assessments as well as rebates for energy efficient upgrades
  •  Mass Solar Connect, A new program for homeowners interested in getting solar installed. The program was created by the Mass Clean Energy Center and is being piloted by Mass Energy. The program is running until August 31.


When: Monday, June 22nd


Where: ONLINE!

To register:

More info:

Community Meeting on Roper's Auto | June 17

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The Department of Neighborhood Development invites you to a community meeting to discuss the city-owned properties located at 270 Talbot Avenue and Spencer Street in Dorchester.  We encourage you to attend this meeting and provide feedback that will help to develop the Request For Proposals (RFP) for the sale of the properties.


When: Wednesday, June 17th


Where:  The Great Hall in Codman Square 

6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester

For more info: email

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