Defying the cold and dark, two local groups are bringing back summer to support economic development in Dorchester. St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) and Fields Corner Main Street (FCMS) will host Tiki-Tini – the sixth annual Martinis on the Avenue fundraiser – on Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m. at the Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester.
Martinis on the Ave events, AKA Dotini have historically been a highlight of the Dorchester social season. Past Dotinis have included Dotini ‘007 in 2007, Presiden-Tini in 2008, and last year’s Halloween-Tini. All are a chance for residents and businesses from Dorchester’s many sub-neighborhoods to gather, share the latest specially-concocted beverage, and catch up on doings around town.
As always, “The Blarney” provides the hors d’oeuvres, while this year the Boston Ukelele Union http://www.meetup.com/BostonUke/  serenades the crowd. There’s a lively auction hosted by former “Mayor of Dorchester” Craig Galvin, featuring Patriots, Celtics and Bruins tickets, “Dorchester Boot Camp” personal training, a personal chef dinner for four, and “Taste of Dorchester” gift certificates to Dot’s many restaurants. For the adventurous, the limbo contest will provide laughs, one prize, and many visits to the chiropractor.
Tickets are $25. Advance tickets are available via PayPal at www.smams.org  For more information, please call SMAMS at 617-825-3846 or FCMS at 617-474-1432.
Tiki-Tini Sponsors include: Boston Main Streets; Boston Main Streets Foundation; H. Levenbaum Insurance Agency; Dorchester House Multi-Service Center; Neighborhood Health Plan; Trinity Financial; CWC Builders; WinnResidential; Wainwright Bank; Boston.com/yourtown; The Dorchester Reporter; Mt. Washington Bank; Viet-AID; HNN Law; Lavender Designs; Representative Martin Walsh; Boston City Councillor Maureen Feeney; Cedar Grove Gardens; Century 21 Cahill Associates; Dominos Pizza; McCourt Construction Company; Metalsmiths; My Xuyen Gift Shop; Tedeschi Food Shops; Vargas & Vargas Insurance Agency Inc.; and Yankee Insurance
SMAMS and FCMS are helping businesses in their Dorchester Ave neighborhoods share in the prosperity that accompanies rapid economic development. They recruit businesses, help businesses navigate permitting and zoning issues, and connect businesses with city, state and private sources of assistance. Through their active involvement with local residents, and partnerships with other neighborhood groups, they bring businesses together with the wider community to work for revitalization that benefits all. Recent projects have included a sculpture dedication, business forums, cleanup campaigns and holiday tree lightings.