Our neighborhoods are “springing” into action this month with volunteers fanning out to clean up squares, corners, parks, and sidewalks. Here are a few ways your family can help out and join in the fun:
The city of Boston is coordinating a cluster of “Love Your Block” clean-ups in the first two weeks of May. You can get more details on the ones happening closest to your home or business at boston.gov/2019-love-your-block-spring-cleanup. There were 3,000 participants last year, according to City Hall.
The Dorchester Park Cleanup is scheduled for a week from Saturday, April 13, from 8-10 a.m. Meet at the tennis court and bring gloves for clearing brush and other detritus in preparation for the Spring Egg Hunt on Sat., April 20 (with a strictly-timed 10 a.m. start).
Sat., April 13, will also be the day to help clean up Peabody Square. The tasks will involve picking up litter, removing graffiti, planting annuals in the Ashmont MBTA bed, and generally freshening up the Square. Wear comfy clothes, bring garden gloves if you have them, and meet up on the MBTA plaza at 9 a.m. for our Peabody Square Spring Cleanup.
On Tues., April 23, at 6 p.m., the Beautification and Public Spaces Committee will hold its community meeting at the Greater Ashmont Main Streets office. If you have a talent for outdoor beautification and have been looking for a way to give back to your community, this is the place to do it. They’re looking for public input, landscape designers, artists, and gardeners.
Celebrate Mother Earth in Codman Square on Sat., April 27. Come celebrate our community and our Earth! To showcase the green initiatives happening in Dorchester, a group of local organizations is throwing a block party in the Codman Square Park. The event begins with a clean-up at 9 a.m.
• Friday, April 5: Free Indoor Golf Clinics for juniors and adults, hosted by the Parks Department. The clinic series is six weeks long with registration on a first-come, first-served basis. The first hour of each clinic is the Junior Session (ages 7 to 17), the second hour is the Adult Session (18 and up). For more info, call BCYF 617-635-5129
• Monday, April 8, at 4 p.m. Homework Help with the Boston Teachers Union. BTU teachers are available at the Lower Mills Branch to help students K-12 with homework for free on Monday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. during the school year.
• Thurs., April 11, at 6 p.m. DotFest: A Community Carnival. Join in celebrating community life in Dorchester’s Fields Corner neighborhood and DotHouse Health’s success as one of the best community-based health and social services organizations in the city of Boston. The celebration will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at DotHouse Health. For more information, please visit DotFest.org.
• Thurs., April 11, at 5 p.m. — Lego Club at Lower Mills Library. Work independently or as part of a team to build and breakdown LEGO creations. They provide the LEGOs, you provide the imagination.
• Fri., April 12, at 10:30 a.m. Little Wigglers Lapsit at the Lower Mills Library. Perfect for children aged 18 months and younger. Bring your favorite grown-up and join Miss Allie as she sings songs, reads stories, and leads a free play to help your baby develop their pre-reading and social skills. No registration required!
• Wed., April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Doodle Workshop with artist Cara Bean at the Adams St BPL. Join us for an evening of creative sketching and drawing games with Cartoonist and Art Educator Cara Bean. All ages are welcome!
• Thurs., April 18, at 10 a.m. — Fairy House Building Festival 2019 at Schoolmaster Hill in Franklin Park. This free family event will include outdoor nature play, and children are encouraged to wear their favorite fairy and elf costumes to encourage their tiny guests to alight in Franklin Park. Natural materials will be provided, but youngsters are welcome to explore their surroundings to find natural elements such as sticks, stones, and leaves to adorn their fairy houses. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-961-3047, or visit online at boston.gov/parks.