FEB VACATION— Frog Pond Ice Skating Party

Youth who RSVP ahead of time are invited to skate for free on Tuesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 20th from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon only. Join us for a morning of frost and frills at the skating rink on Boston Common. Seasoned skaters and new comers alike will have a great time. Everything is free but pre-registration is required and there is a limited number of slots available. For more information, please contact Barbara Hamilton at 617-635-5206 x101.

Mattahunt Community Center Family Fun Night

Mattahunt Community Center (MCC) Family Fun Nights

Upcoming Family Fun Nights:
• February 26: Celebrate Black History Month
• March 26: Honor Women in History
• April 30: Boost Financial Literacy
• May 28: Participate in Mental Health Awareness
• June 25: Kick-off to Summer

For more information on the Holiday Family Fun Night and on the Mattahunt Community Center, please visit:; 617-635-5159
Rashad Cope

Hopeline open for Boston teens to connect with summer jobs

The 2014 HOPELINE Summer Jobs Registration for Boston teens registration period begins today, February 1 and closes on March 3. For the first time in years, the summer jobs program has been extended to include 15-18 year olds in its employment opportunities.  Read more

February Kid and Teen Programs at Lower Mills Library

ABC Story Time: Tuesday, February 4 @ 10:30a.m.
Come to the library for ABC Preschool Story Time. We will read stories, sing songs, dance, and play and make crafts. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and younger. Large groups please register with Ms. Angela.

Toddler Circle Time: Wednesday, February 5 @ 10:30a.m.
Bring your toddlers to the Lower Mills Branch for Circle Time. Children will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. Appropriate for children ages three and younger, but all children are welcome. Large groups, please register  Read more

Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout Troop

This is a Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Troop open to girls K2-Grade 3. Meetings are Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Dorchester. We will be doing lots of fun things, having great adventures. We will be working on the new Journey Programs. For information, check out the GSUSA website Journeys.

Registration will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Registration fee is $25.00 per girl from date of registration until October 1st. Financial aid is available.

Any questions please feel free to contact me at 617-533-8651 or

Susan Brackett

Volunteer in the Boston Public Schools

Live, work or play in Dorchester? Consider volunteering there, too. Boston Partners in Education is looking for mentors and tutors for students in Boston Public Schools, specifically in Dorchester neighborhoods.

Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.  Read more
Barbara Harris

Art Explorations: an immersive art playgroup for children 2 - 4 yrs., w/ caregiver

at the DAC, Erick Jean Center for the Arts @ 157A Washington St., Dorchester, MA
4 Fridays from 10-11a, starting January 10th and running until January 31st,
$40 for the 4 week session

4 weeks, 4 materials
Explore Paper, Explore Light, Explore Clay, Explore Lines

This class will be a hands on art experience. Children will be given opportunity to discover and work with a new material each week in an inviting, engaging and open-ended environment. Caregivers will also be encouraged to think about how to join children in their work in ways that enhance children’s ideas and curiosity.  Read more
Abbie Wanamaker

Colonial Days for Kindergartners at the Pierce House

Colonial Days for Kindergartners
aligned with Boston Public Schools Citywide Standards for Kindergarten

250 years ago, Elizabeth and Samuel Pierce, Jr., lived just off Adams Street in the house we call Pierce House. They were farmers, raising animals and growing crops. They lived a very different life than we do today. Learn how they lived during this drop-in museum experience for young learners.

Activities include:
Dressing like a colonist
Digging for artifacts
Playing games
Doing crafts and puzzles

Thursdays, August 8, 15, and 22
Free, drop-in

617-288-6041 or
Kate Hooper

Boston ROCKS events at community centers

This summer, Mayor Menino encourages Boston youth to participate in Boston R.O.C.K.S!!! (Recreational Opportunities for City Kids), a series of free programs and activities organized by the City of Boston and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). Now in its seventh year, Boston R.O.C.K.S!!! sponsors fun, coordinated summer programming aimed at youth ages 8-18.  Read more

Family Variety Fridays

Every Friday evening the Anthony D. Perkins Community Center hosts “Family Variety Fridays”. This is a FREE weekly Friday event open to family, friends of all ages and the community-at-large, all summer long. No membership or registration required.

Activities include but are not limited to movie nights, pool parties, carnival nights and talent shows.

Please come enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages while viewing a family friendly film.

Start Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
End Date: Friday, September 13, 2013
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM, (617) 635-5146
Nancy Rachel Rousseau