Monthly Archives: March 2011

Fun things to do with your Little Sister (April Edition)

Swan Boats by Ed Whitaker

A great activity for you and your Little Sister: Be the first to ride the Swan Boats this spring season. The Swan Boats will reappear in Boston's Public Garden on April 16th. Scroll down for more information. Photo: Flickr user Ed Whitaker

If you are currently a Big Sister, you’ll have been getting our calendar of events via newsletter for years now. Now, we’re bringing our calendar  to the Big Sister Blog  as well to let more people know about the kid-friendly activities happening all over Boston each month. If you are a Big Sister and interested in attending any of the following events with your Little Sister, please RSVP to Jennifer  Gentile at with April Match Activity RSVP in the subject line.

Stargazing at the Museum of Science

Boston, MA
Friday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Stay up late and view the stars! Use the Museum of Science’s computer controlled Celestron CGE 1100 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope and learn about our universe. At 5:30 p.m. the Museum decides if the weather will allow for great stargazing! Please call the Gilliland Observatory at (617) 723-2500 before you attend. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Park at the Cambridge Side Galleria for low cost parking, or take the T and get off at the Science Park stop on the Green Line.

Poetry Slam

South Boston, MA
Saturday, April 2, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Is your Little Sister a budding poet? If so, she is invited to share her poems or listen to the poems that other teens have written. Your Little Sister will be allowed 5 minutes to present her poem and you will be able to cheer her on! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 13-18.

This event is located at the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library 646 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127.

Hatha Yoga Classes

Dorchester, MA
Tuesday, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Get your Zen on with your Little Sister! Every Tuesday night in April the Fields Corner Library is offering free Hatha Yoga classes. These classes are open to participants of all levels, including beginners. The class incorporates a gentle, meditative style of yoga. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or towel.

This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. The Fields Corner Library is located at 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122. Please call Alicia at (617) 282-6722 for more information.

Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

Wakefield, MA
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to this local spring themed arts and crafts fair! There will be over 60 arts and crafts vendors, musical entertainment groups, and Irish step dance performance, self-defense workshops, and many crafts you can make yourself! Admission is free to this event. Crafts and activities are low cost. This event is for Little Sisters of all ages and is located at 100 Hemlock Rd, Wakefield MA, 01880. Please call (781) 213-9160 ext. 2 for more information.

Spring Egg Hunt

Roxbury, MA
Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to find where the Spring Rabbit has hidden his eggs! Find them all for sweet surprises. Afterward participate in a fun bunny craft!

This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 7 to 12. This event is located at the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library at 1497 Tremont St, Roxbury, MA 02120.

Vernal Pool Exploration

West Roxbury, MA
Saturday, April 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Explore the slippery and slimy life found in temporary spring pools! Many salamanders, frogs, and aquatic insects begin their life here. A DCR ranger will provide a quick lesson about their environments. Dress warm and prepare to possibly get wet! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please meet at the Brook Farm Historical Site at 670 Baker St, West Roxbury, MA 02132. Call (617) 698-1802 ext. 219 for further information.

Latin American Classical Music

Boston, MA
Sunday, April 10, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to this exciting Latin American classical music celebration! Performances include the Boston Latin American Orchestra which is the first ensemble dedicated to Latin American Music. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. This event is located at 85 W. Newton St, Boston, MA 02118.

Opening Day of the Swan Boats

Boston, MA
Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Be the first to ride the Swan Boats this spring season! The Swan Boats will reappear in Boston’s Public Garden on April 16th. Enjoy a peaceful 15 minute paddleboat cruise around the Boston Garden lagoon.This event is $2.75 per adult and $1.25 per child ages 2 to 15 years.This event is open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. The Swan Boats are located in the Boston Common bound by Arlington, Boylston, Charles and Beacon Streets, Boston MA 02115.

Big Sister Appreciation Breakfast

Cambridge, MA
Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the journey that you and your Little Sister have traveled together at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. This annual event will feature a full buffet breakfast, a free photo booth, entertainment by the Genki Spark and special keynote speaker, Alicia Canady.

This event is open to 150 matches and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please contact Jennifer Gentile at jgentile@bigsister.orgor (617) 236-8366 no later than April 8thif you would like to register for this event. Space is limited so respond soon!

Going Batty!

Milton, MA
Saturday, April 23, 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Build and “adopt” a bat box with your Little Sister! You will build a home for a furry little bat friend and DCR park rangers will place it in Blue Hills Reservation for a bat to live in! Tools and materials are provided. There is no need to be a master carpenter to enjoy this activity! This event is free and is open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 8 to 20. Please email for registration and meeting place.

Charles River Dam Tour

Charlestown, MA
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister and learn how important dams are to control water flow! Tour the facility that keeps the tides from reclaiming much of the Boston and Cambridge riverfront. This event is free and is open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Meet at Flagpoles in Paul Revere Park, Charlestown, MA 02129. Please visit more information about this event.

Big Sister Recruitment Calendar: Week of March 28, 2011

Big Sister Events Calendar Week of March 28th, 2011

Monday, March 28th
SERV HR Open House11-1
10 Park Plaza 2nd Floor in Conference Room 1, 2 and 3

Outreach table at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences11:30-1:30
179 Longwood Ave.
Boston MA 02115

Recruitment table at Honan-Allston Branch Library4-6

Tuesday, March 29th
Women’s Network Breakfast
Ritz Carlton Boston Common

Wheelock College Campus, CCSR Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor12-2:30
150 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215

Big Sister Fashion Show
Fairmont Copley Hotel

Wednesday, March 30th
Boston Scientific informational table

Liberty Mutual Mentoring Initiative
12- 1
Fairfield Conference Room

100 Women in Hedge Funds
Bingham McCutchen

Thursday, March 31st
Hyde Park Main Streets – Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 9:00 AM
Hyde Park Y.M.C.A
1137 River Street
Hyde Park, MA 02136

Friday, April 1st
Cambridge Healthworks Fitness Centers for WomenPorter Square Shopping Center
35 White Street, Cambridge 02140

Apply to become a Big Sister on our website at or call 617.236.8060.

Calling all Fashionistas: Come to a Fashion Show benefiting Big Sister Tues 03/29!

Denise Hajjar Fashion Show
to benefit Big Sister Association
of Greater Boston
Tired of winter layers? Excited for spring fashion? So are we!
Big Sister will be participating in an upcoming Fashion Show debuting the Spring Line from local designer Denise Hajjar!
Some familiar faces will grace the catwalk in Denise’s designs, including our own Shannon Felton and Bernice Osborne, Board member Jane Deery, Young Professional Board member Maria Fernandes, and more!
DATE: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Denise Hajjar Boutique
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
Tickets are $50.
Click here to purchase online.
Make it a Girl’s Night Out!

Thank you to Denise Hajjar for supporting Big Sister’s work and mission!

Boston born and raised, Denise Hajjar inherited her design interest and talent from her grandmother who was also a designer in Damascus, Syria and her grandfather who was a patternmaker and dress factory owner from Beirut, Lebanon.After graduating from The School of Fashion Design, Denise decided to stay close to her Boston roots and start a business here. With almost 30 years in her own design business, Denise has established herself as a top designer, having sold her creations nationally to department stores, specialty boutiques, and individual clients worldwide.

Stay Connected Through Big Sister’s Alumnae Association!

Guest blogger Rachel Russell, Alumnae Association Board Member, talks about her experience with Big Sister Association and how to remain involved after being a Big or Little Sister. 

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
If you have found yourself out of touch with Big Sister, there are so many ways to get back involved.  There are plenty of girls looking to be matched in both School and Community Based Mentoring.  Big for a Day always needs volunteers one Saturday per month, and we can always use YOUR help to recruit new Big Sisters.  No matter what situation you find yourself in, we hope that you will stop by our Alumnae events to say hello!  We love getting the opportunity to speak with such inspiring women.  Whether you’re a current Big, a former Big or a Little you’ll always have a place at Big Sister.
Five years ago I found myself moving to Boston, ready to begin a new chapter in my life, post college.  As a New Hampshire native, the thought of living in a city was new and exciting, but at the same time a little daunting.  I was eager to meet new people, begin my career and become active in my community. Although I was certain of my career goals, I wasn’t too sure how I wanted to get involved in my neighborhood.  After remembering a friend’s experience back in college being a Big Sister, I decided it would be a place to start.  I was matched with my little sister for three years before closing our match two years ago.  It was a wonderful experience and I’m so thankful I did it. 
I was probably out of touch with the Big Sister Association for a year when I got an email about an opportunity to join the Big Sister Alumnae Association Board.  I jumped at the chance to get reconnected with an organization I truly believed could make a difference in girls lives.  Serving as an Alumnae Board member allows me to participate in a new capacity.  As we begin our first year as a board, we have hopes to eventually hold quarterly events.  Our goal is to hold an annual appreciation event in January, a networking evening, a homecoming gathering in September and perhaps host a match or Big for a Day activity. We are all very excited to recruit Alums to assist us with these lofty goals!
Yours truly,

 Rachel Russell

Alumnae Association Board Member

To learn more about becoming involved with the Big Sister Alumnae Association contact Brenna Downing at or click here to join.

Stay connected through the Alumnae Association!

Exploring Art Outside Boston: Match Activity at the Decordova

deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA

Guestblogger Big Sister Brenna Downing weighs in on her recent adventure out of the City for a match activity.

I’ve lived in Boston for almost four years, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t explored a lot of the area’s landmarks and museums.  So I was excited when I heard about last month’s match activity at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln.

My Little Sister, Amaia, and I will have been matched for 2 years in June.  Like most 10-year-olds, she’s creative and imaginative, so I thought the Rachel Perry Welty exhibit at the deCordova would fascinate her.  I was also excited to do something outside of the city, since the vast majority of our time (together and separate) is spent in Boston.

The exhibit focused on making art out of the things we’re surrounded with in everyday life, so the theme was interesting and accessible to even the littlest Little Sisters.  There were large photographs where the artist was covered in things like twist ties, Styrofoam take-out containers, and price stickers.  Amaia especially liked the row of iPhones that showed constantly updating Facebook posts from a day that Welty updated her status every minute for the entire day!  It was a perfect exhibit for us to go to together – it was engaging, interactive, and made you think, without being stuffy.  

Amaia loves meeting other Little Sisters, so we go to a lot of Big Sister’s planned match activities.  When the group sat down for an art project after the exhibit, she bonded with another Little Sister over a shared love of dogs and got into a pretty opinionated debate over which was better – bacon or mac and cheese?  Hmm, tough call.

Before we had even left, Amaia was already planning her collection of twist ties and our next visit to the deCordova.

For more information on the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA please visit:

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