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Wednesday, October 12 

Soul Line Dancing 

Soul Line Dancing

The Holland Community Center is offering Soul Line Dance Classes from Oct. 12 to Nov. 30. The Center will offer two levels of dance classes, beginning and intermediate. Learn the basics of line dance in the beginners course, the Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Wobble, and more!


Thursday, October 13

GFCAC Annual Meeting

GFCAC Annual

The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition (GFCAC) is hosting its annual meeting celebrating GFCAC's 20 years of involvement with the community! The meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend.  The event will feature live jazz, informative guest speakers, dinner, childcare, and transportation. Spanish translation will also be provided! 



DotRox Info Sessions DotRox
Get involved in the planning of a brand new and upcoming gardening cooperative! DotRox has announced three meeting dates for October and they can be found by clicking on the link below.
Friday, October 14
October 12, 2011

In This Issue
Soul Line Dancing
GFCAC Annual
DotRox Info
Dot Walk Club
Nightingale Harvest
Compost & Garlic
Lenox Building
Upham's Corner Health Fair
3rd Annual Tweed Ride
Clapp Farm Open House
Project D.E.E.P.
DotBike Giveaway
Building Pathways
Save the Date
Dot Flashback
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Walking Club

Dorchester Walking Club

Come join the Dorchester Walking Club every Friday for some healthy exercise! Walk on a flat surface in the DorchesterHouse Multi-Service Center gymnasium while listening to great music. You are welcome to stay as long as you like -- whether it's just 5 minutes, or 55 minutes. Your choice, your pace, your health!! 

Saturday, October 15 
Nightingale Harvest Festival    Nightingale Harvest

Come out and celebrate the first annual Nightingale fall harvest festival. Nightingale gardeners invite everyone to join and enjoy the bounty of Dorchester's largest community garden! Bring your appetite - the focus of this event is dishes inspired by this season's harvest. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what is going on in your community gardens, how you can get involved, and what they can do for you and the community! 

Compost & Garlic Sales   Food Project

Come out to The Food Project's West Cottage Farm in Dorchester to celebrate the end of the growing season. On Saturday, October 15, The Food Project will offer compost and garlic sales. Compost is $1 per bag with a 5 bag limit or 5 bags for each Food Project installed raised bed. Local garlic will be available for $5/head, which covers about 1 square foot of space, and will yield 5 to 7 heads of garlic. Hands-on demonstrations for how to plant garlic will take place during the event.



Lenox Building Ribbon Cutting

Lenox Building Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday, October 15th, there will be a ribbon cutting to celebrate another recent renovation in Fields' Corner! Mayor Menino will be cutting the ribbon for The Lenox Building, which has undergone a significant facelift. The building, originally constructed in 1920, has a strong presence in the Fields Corner neighborhood, and is characteristic of other masonry buildings of this era and style in the district. 



Upham's Corner Health Fair

Upham's Corner Health Fair

Upham's Corner Health Center will be holding a Health Fair this Saturday, which features on-site blood pressure screening, diabetes and cholesterol testing, health insurance assistance as well as live music, clowns, balloons, face painting, prizes, and healthy refreshments.


Sunday, October 16

3rd Annual Tweed Ride

3rd Tweed Ride

On Sunday October 16th, DotBike will be hosting the 3rd Annual Tweed Ride! The ride departs at the Frog Pond located in Boston Commons and will continue on to Jamaica Plain, taking the Emerald Necklace to Franklin Park. 

Bring Food and Supplies with you! There will be picnicking at Franklin Park before returning to the Commons. Vintage bicycles are not required but dressing up is encouraged: tweed jackets, woolen knickers, dress shoes, bow ties, lace gloves, sun hats, et cetera. Helmets are encouraged!



Clapp Family Farm Open House

Clapp Farm

You're invited to Farm Day at the Clapp Family Farm! Enjoy exhibits, pottery, pewter, Baker Chocolate flax and wool processing, games, cider & doughnuts, pony rides, and country music! There will be open houses at the Barn and the Clapp Houses, as well - the Lemuel Clapp house was built in 1767, the William Clapp House in 1806.

Bound: An Art Exhibit


Join Hancock 309 at the opening reception of 'Bound,' a show featuring individual works and a collaborative installation by William Enrique Osorio and Sarah Butler Peck.   William Enrique Osorio is a Cuban artist who immigrated to the United States in 2007 and employs a visual language consisting of the materials used by some to construct rafts (balsas) for traveling from Cuba to the United States.

Sarah Butler Peck is a Boston based artist whos work explores notions of attachment, memory, and the complexities of communication. Her recent video and installation work examine the phenomena of personal narratives that develop around our spaces and collections.



Tuesday, October 18
Project D.E.E.P. Info Night
Project D.E.E.P.

Project D.E.E.P. is hosting a private and parochial school info night on Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 20th. At the event you can hear from representatives, about the admissions process, and financial aid. You can also find out more about the experience of attending private and parochial schools. 


Wednesday, October 19
Be Bright, Blinky Light - DotBike Giveaway  DotBike
The Ashmont Cycles Wednesday night ride group is meeting for the last time this season and will be giving away blinky lights to Dorchester riders.  After the meeting, the bikers will choose a couple of locations to spend some time handing out the lights then spend some time socializing.  

Hot in the Dot


Grow your own vegetables at home! The Food Project's Build-a-Garden program supports Boston residents and organizations to grow their own food in raised bed and container gardens. The program will provide you with: a raised bed garden or container garden kit, including soil and compost, seeds and transplants, a Growing Guide, workshops, and additional support by phone, email, blog, and newsletters.


MORE INFO on this program and how it works.

Building Pathways Building Pathways
Get paid while you train for a career in construction! The Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Program is now accepting applications. Building Pathways is a 7-week training program to prepare qualified applicants for a career in the building trades. Click on the link below to learn how to join a free information session.
Calling All Volunteers!!
If you are interested in giving your time to a worthy cause and work towards a greater good please do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing, or calling 617.822.8296.

Save The Date!


~October 21-23: DAC Open Studios


~October 22: Pumpkin Float @ Pope John Paul II Park


~October 23: $5 Food Challenge


~October 23-24: The Art Show @ St. Mark's 


~October 28: Masquer-aid Ball@ DotHouse 

~October 27:
3rd Anniversary/Open House @ Healthworks 

~October 29-30: Boston Vegetarian Food Festival


~November 16: "Martinis on the Avenue"

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Send Us Your Photos for the MyDorchester Photo Contest!
If you have photos of unique Dorchester outdoor artwork, monuments, you name it, email  with your pictures of Dorchester and their locations so we can keep the photo contest up and running.  We'll credit you as the author, of course. 
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Dorchester Flashback 


Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1647

 Dot History

The Convalescents Home shown in this postcard was the earlier building of the Boston Home at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Gallivan Boulevard.


Postcard. Caption on front: Convalescents Home, Dorchester, Mass. Postmarked May 19, 1910. Dorchester Center Station, Boston. With one cent stamp. On verso: No. B 13528 Published by The New England News Company. Boston, Mass. Leipzig-Berlin.



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