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Needle Felting Workshop | June 20


Kids and adults join us for a very cute needle felting workshop. When Kelley came a few months back, we filled the room! Sign up now for your seat at the table to make this very cute Puffin. This workshop is $40 and comes with the kit. If you you came last time, you can join us again for only $25 (kit price). This class is open to kids (8+) and adults... kids need to be accompanied by an adult!


When: Saturday, June 20th


Where: Stitch House Dorchester

840 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

Cost: $40

Returning members: $25

For more info: visit

Kids Camp: Fiber at Stitch House Dorchester | June 30 - July 2

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Stitch House Dorchester is hosting 4 different kids camps this summer! All materials and snacks included.  


Fiber Camp with Diane 

When: Tuesday through Thursday

June 30, July 1, July 2


Where: Stitch House Dorchester

846 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

Cost: $185


Quilt Camp with Annissa

When: Tuesday through Friday 


July 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Where: Stitch House Dorchester

846 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

Cost: $250

Knit Camp with Carrie

When: Tuesday through Friday

August 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th


Where: Stitch House Dorchester

846 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester


Fiber Camp with Carrie

When: Tuesday through Friday

September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th


Where: Stitch House Dorchester

846 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

Cost: $250

Commonwealth Kitchen Summer Festival! | July 11

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Commonwealth Kitchen (formerly Crop Circle Kitchen)'s Summer Festival will be a hit this year! Food trucks and vendors will feed you and your family, friends, and neighbors! Enjoy music, demonstrations, and kids' activities all for FREE! 


When: Saturday, July 11th


Where: Commonwealth Kitchen

196 Quincy Street, Dorchester

For more info:

Yoga at Franklin Park | June 27


Yoga is back at Franklin Park! Led by Linda the Wellness Warrior and friends! Spend your Saturday morning relaxing and getting fit for FREE!


When: EVERY Saturday starting June 27th


Where: Franklin Park

Schoolmaster Hill  (Look for signs midway along the main park road directing you; Bus #16 / parking in lot across from Schoolmaster Hill path)

For more info: Call the Franklin Park Coalition at (617)442-4141

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"Laughing Wild" Performance and Fundraiser | July 17 - August 1

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Hub Theatre Company of Bostonis pleased to invite you to join us this summer as we continue our third season with Christopher Durang's crazy comedy Laughing Wild, directed by IRNE award nominee Margaret Ann Brady.  

All tickets to all performances are Pay-What-You-Can, and at each performance donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for local charities.  

All of us at Hub Theatre Company would be thrilled to have you attend. Please email/phone me with your request and we will gladly set aside complimentary press tickets for you. 


When: Friday, July 17th 8:00PM

Saturday, July 18th 8:00PM

Sunday, July 19th 2:00PM

Thursday, July 23rd 7:30PM

Friday, July 24th 8:00PM

Saturday, July 25th 8:00PM

Sunday, July 26th 2:00PM

Thursday, July 30th 7:30PM

Friday, July 31st 8:00PM

Saturday, August 1st 8:00PM

Where: Club Cafe

209 Columbus Ave, Boston

For tickets:

For more info: contact Lauren Elias, 203-530-2343

Recycle Hazardous Waste! | June 13

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, Paper Shredding, Clothing andTextiles! Residents may bring up to 50 pounds of products labeled toxic, flammable, reactive, corrosive, or poisonous, such as: oil-based paint, motor oil, pesticides, solvents, glues, bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, weed killers, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, tires, propane tanks, car batteries, and used motor oil. Materials will be safely disposed of free of charge.

Paper Shredding will be available at this location. Residents may bring up to 20 boxes of paper to be shredded and recycled

Electronics are not accepted. Televisions and Computer monitors are collected curbside by appointment.  Call 617-635-4500 or online at to schedule.

No commercial waste will be accepted.! **Proof of residency required!

No Latex/Acrylic paint allowed!


When: Saturday, June 13th

9:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Where: UMASS Boston

Parking Lot D, Dorchester

For Directions: Click here

For more info: Click here

Ashmont Valley Neighborhood Block Party | June 27

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You're invited to ASHMONT VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD'S 14th ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY! There will be free grilled sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks, a neighborhood Pot Luck, our own neighborhood DJ Jose DaRocha, a live blues band, the Journeymen, and more! Kids activities include: sidewalk chalk, horse shoes, bean bag toss, and a kiddie pool! There will even be a raffle (Red Sox Tix, Ashmont Tire Gift Certificate, Professional Photography)!


When: Saturday June 27, 2015

(Rain date Sunday June 28, 2015)

1:00PM – 5:00PM

Where: Bailey Street at Clermont to Dot Avenue

For more info/to RSVP: contact Ms. Arnetta Baty at

FREE Franklin Park Line Dancing | June 24 - Sept 9

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Get fit with Mz. Rhythm & the Boston Rhythm Riders and get ready to show off at your family barbecues or wherever there’s dancing this summer! Novices, experts, and all ages welcome, you’ll be taught the steps to all the latest dances. Take bus #14, 16, 25, 28, 29 or park at the William Devine Golf Clubhouse and walk up the hill across from the building to the best dance spot ever – looking over Blue Hill Ave.


When: Wednesdays from June 10th - Labor Day (September 9th)


Where: Franklin Park

William J. Devine Golf Course

10 Circuit Drive, Dorchester 

For more info: or call 617-442-4141.

"Dorchester Rising Stars" Benefit Concert | June 27

photo of Tony Rymer and Phuong-Nghi Pham

Tony Rymer, a native of Ashmont Hill in Dorchester, MA, began playing cello at age five and is a graduate of the Walnut Hill Arts School in Natick, Massachusetts. Tony was a prize winner in the Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory preparatory concerto competitions, the New England String Ensemble competition, and was a finalist in the Stulberg International String Competition in 2008. Tony has studied with Yo-Yo Ma in addition to performing in master classes for artists including Anner Bylsma, Jaime Laredo, and Pieter Wispelwey. Tony attends the New England Conservatory in Boston and studies with Paul Katz as the recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship. Tony has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including Nashville Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and several others.

Phuong-Nghi Pham began piano lessons at the age of five in Vietnam and moved to the United States with her parents in 2004. She studied piano at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, most recently with Heng-Jin Park, as the John C. Holtz Ambassador Award Recipient of the Max Reger Foundation of America. Phuong-Nghi appeared on From the Top at Jordan Hall (2010) and at Calderwood Hall (2014). She is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist and Young Scholar. As a two-time Prizewinner of the Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition, she performed with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in 2011 and 2012. She won the 2013 New England Conservatory Concerto Competition and performed with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at Jordan Hall. Having graduated from Boston Latin School, Phuong-Nghi is now a freshman at Amherst College, attending as a QuestBridge National College Match Recipient and a Jack Kent Cooke College Scholar. She currently studies piano with Alissa Leiser. 


When:  Saturday, June 27th


Where:  The Carriage House

31 Ocean Street, Dorchester

To purchase tickets:

Four Corners/Geneva Ave Working Advisory Group | June 9

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The eighth meeting of the Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Working Advisory Group (WAG), as part of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative. Agenda includes: follow up from previous meetings, draft plan component discussion, and public realm discussion.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend, and participate.


When: Tuesday, June 9th


Where: Holland Community Center
85 Olney Street (Access via Geneva Avenue), Dorchester

For more info:

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