Monthly Archives: August 2011

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

Cider Apple by Flickr User Steve Bridger

There are so many farms and apple orchards around Massachusetts. Go apple picking with your Little Sister this September. Photo by Flickr User Steve Bridger

Apple Picking!

There are so many farms and apple orchards around Massachusetts. To find the one closest to you and your Little Sister, visit this resourceful website: http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/apple_pyo.htm. You can find other fun events and delicious recipes there as well!


Jazz Fest

Hyde Park, MA
Saturday, September 3, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with your Little Sister with a jazz festival featuring local award-winning artists. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy this relaxing end of summer serenade! Meet at the Martini Shell at 1015 Truman Parkway in Hyde Park, MA. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. For more information about this event please see http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events/bhhikes.pdf.


Civil War Tour

Boston, MA
Saturday, September 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit the free Civil War exhibit “Torn in Two” at the Boston Public Library with your Little Sister. Learn the history of the Civil War and view 50 historic maps, and 40 photographs, painting, prints, diaries, political cartoons, music and press from the period. Tours begin in the “Torn in Two” exhibit located in the Changing Exhibits Room on the first floor of the Central Library’s McKim Building (Dartmouth St. entrance) in Copley Square. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 13 to 18. For more information about this event please visit http://www.bpl.org/news/calendar.htm.


Sunset Yoga

Boston, MA
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister and join a free yoga class on the Esplanade! Each week a different professional instructor teaches the class, allowing you to experience different styles of yoga. Beginners are welcome. This event is located on the Charles River Esplanade on Storrow Drive, Boston, MA. Meet by the Arthur Fiedler Statue. Please visit www.esplanadeassociation.org or call 617-227-0365 for directions or more information about these events. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages.


MIT Second Fridays

Cambridge, MA
Friday, September 9, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Jump start your weekend at the MIT Museum with your Little Sister! You will be able to get up close and personal with Kismet the Robot, see the world in 3-D in the holography exhibit, and enjoy performances, demonstrations, and lectures throughout the galleries. Light refreshments will be served. The MIT Museum is located at 265 Massachusetts Ave, Building N52, Cambridge, MA. Please call 617-253-4444 or click here for more information about this event. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages.


Ahts Festival

Boston, MA
Saturday, September 10, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Channel your inner artist with your Little Sister at this interactive arts festival. Affectionately dubbed Ahts, The Boston Arts Festival features over 60 juried artists from Boston and two stages showcasing Boston’s best performing arts groups. This event is located at the Christopher Columbus Park, on Boston’s Waterfront between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the North End. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. For more information about this event please call 617-635-2370.


Victorian Fair

Melrose, MA
Sunday, September 11, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to the annual Victorian Fair! A two-block section of Main St. in Melrose will be closed and will contain booths with beautiful crafts, give-aways, mini-golf, face painting and more! Local restaurants will prepare tasty samples for fair attendees. Some games and food will be for purchase. This event is open to the public and for Little Sisters of all ages. Please see http://www.melrosechamber.org/Melrose-Victorian-Fair.html for more information about this event. The rain date is September 18, 2011.


Instruct Inspire Incite

Lexington, MA
Sunday, September 11, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join the opening ceremony of the Instruct, Inspire, Incite exhibit of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. The participating artists will be on hand to describe the pieces they have created. There will be various styles of artwork on display, ranging from basketry to Chinese calligraphy. The exhibit will be open until September 25th. This event will take place at 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421. It is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please call 781-862-9696 for more information.


Block Party

Dorchester, MA
Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Say farewell to Summer and hello to your neighbors in Dorchester! Enjoy an afternoon of fun at the annual Neighborhood Block Party! A DJ will provide music and entertainment. Food and beverages will be served. This event will be located on Van Winkle Street, Dorchester, MA. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please see www.mydorchester.org for more information about this event.


SerbFest

Cambridge, MA
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of Boston is organizing the sixth annual major Serbian Festival in Boston. Celebrating the culture of Serbia, this festival will feature live music and performances by the Grachanitsa Serbian Folk Dance Ensemble of Boston. Come enjoy Serbian culture with your Little Sister! This event is located at 41 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please call 617-674-4035 for more information about this event.

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Liberty Mutual Donates Bicycles to Twenty Excited Littles

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Late into the night on August 10, rising senior interns at Liberty Mutual built 20 bicycles that would be given to Little Sisters at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Little Brothers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay the following morning. Our Little Sisters loved their new bicycles and helmets! We would like to thank Liberty Mutual for promoting healthy play, helping our Little Sisters safely enjoy the summer and continuing this program for the third year in a row.

Big Sister’s Annual Summer Picnic at Camp Harbor View

When asked what were their favorite parts of the Summer Picnic, many Little Sisters exclaimed "the pool!"

It was a picture-perfect Saturday as more than 150 Big and Little Sisters gathered at Big Sister’s Annual Summer Picnic held at Camp Harbor View on July 16. When asked what their favorite parts of the day were, the consensus among Little Sisters was that the food, the pool, and the chance to hang out with their Big Sisters “were the best.”

Every corner of the site was filled with laughter. At the Highland Street Foundation pool, four girls leap hand-in-hand into the sparkling turquoise water. A Little Sister is overheard encouraging a new friend who is taking her swim test. “You can do it. You have to have confidence in yourself.” Elsewhere another Little Sister challenges Big Sister CEO Deborah Re to a hula hoop contest.

A Little Sister challenges Big Sister CEO Deborah Re to a hula hoop contest.

These were just a few of the sights and sounds on a fun-filled day that included volleyball, sand-castle building, relay races, good food and great friends.

Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino, who was instrumental in the creation of Camp Harbor View, joined us to share his appreciation for the opportunities Big Sisters provide their Little Sisters.

“Thank you for the difference you are making in their lives,” he said. Ever the advocate for education, Menino also reminded Little Sisters of their summer reading lists and that they should not let the season pass them by without visiting the library to check out a few good books.

Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino joined us to share his appreciation for the opportunities Big Sisters provide their Little Sisters.

We want to thank everyone who made the day so special for our Big Sisters and Little Sisters: volunteers, friends and drivers! Matches were transported from the University of Massachusetts campus in Dorchester and over the old steel bridge to Long Island via the generous help of the MBTA and the Boston Transportation Department. We also want to express our sincere gratitude to The Connors Family, without whose support we could not bring this experience to so many of our Little Sisters.

Matches were transported from the University of Massachusetts campus in Dorchester and over the old steel bridge to Long Island via the generous help of the MBTA and the Boston Transportation Department.

Check the photos from the picnic on Facebook.

Match Highlight: The Joy of Cooking with Big Sister Jessica Sedaca and Little Sister Alexis

Little Sister Alexis and Big Sister Jessica Sedaca

“So what’s the name of our cooking show?” Big Sister Jessica Sedaca asks as low-calorie chocolate cookies bake in the oven of her Brighton apartment.

“Cooking with Jess and Lex,” Little Sister Alexis giggles.

Jessica and Alexis, or Jess and Lexie as they prefer to be called, were matched last July in a move that Lexie calls destiny. Jess joked that she is an older version of her Little Sister as they have so much in common, including a love of theater, musicals, movies, and food.

“I remember meeting [Jess],” says10-year old Lexie. “I was so excited. [Our Big Sister staff social worker] Mikki came into my house and said ‘Your Big Sister is outside’. I felt like I wanted to scream and I think I did.”

“I remember walking to her house and there were kids outside playing everywhere and all of a sudden someone is dashing towards me,” says Jess. “She gave me a big hug immediately and I said to myself ‘I can get along with this girl.’”

The cooking show idea began very simply. Jess loves to bake and recalls enjoying the time she spent in the kitchen with her older relatives as a child. She thought it would be a great way for the pair to bond.  After their first recipe, a lush coffee cake, the two decided they should have theme nights. They would watch “Bend it Like Beckham” and make chicken curry or “Ratatouille” and prepare the eponymous dish.

Through their exploration of different foods and activities, Jess discovered Lexie’s fearlessness when it comes to new experiences. ”I love trying new things!” proclaims Lexie. With her Big Sister, she has found that she loves quinoa which is “yummy,” “The Princess Bride” and art museums, to name a few. They chat about the future, learning new languages and world travel. Jess turned Lexie on to the idea of visiting Europe one day. Lexie is particularly fascinated by Greece “because of the mythology.”

Over the course of their relationship, Jess has been amazed at how her Little Sister embraces life every day. Lexie relishes the simple things and reminds Jess to slow down and appreciate everyday pleasures.

“I’ve never seen anyone eat a Klondike bar with such abandon and joy… But she’s also taught me compassion.”

In her spare time, Little Sister Lexie raises money to create gift baskets for veterans at the VA Hospital where her mother works. She fills them with small gifts and homemade cards. She then delivers her creations with the openness and joy with which she greets life in general. The recipients are sometimes speechless, sometimes moved to tears, but always happy for the random act of kindness.

“She’s a great role model,” Jess says of her Little Sister. “You could be 26, 56, or 86 and learn so much from her.”

After giving her Big Sister a hug in appreciation at these words, Lexie counters that Jess has taught her how to be a better person. She also advises women thinking about becoming a Big Sister to do it:

“It’s so wonderful getting to find your perfect match.”

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Reverend Liz Walker on Big Sister and the Power of Women Helping Women

Liz Walker and her "Little Sister" in Sudan, Elizabeth

Boston residents have known Liz Walker’s warm and dynamic style since 1980, when she first became an evening news anchor at WBZ-TV, the first woman of color to do so on any station in the Boston market. She started her career in television journalism in 1973, “after Watergate, after the civil rights movement, when women and African-Americans were just starting to break into the news industry.”  She was drawn to the field simply because it would enable her to do something significant and “make a difference in the world.” By shedding light on important stories of the time, she could have a positive impact.

But as her career progressed and she experienced success after success, winning two Emmy Awards, she began to feel constrained by the limits of journalism. She was no longer satisfied to shine her spotlight on events. The professional distance and objectivity required as a reporter were at odds with her need to act, to not only show events unfolding, but also to directly influence their outcome.

In 2001, she went on a life-changing trip to Sudan with Reverend Dr. Gloria White-Hammond and together they co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a faith-inspired, multi-racial collective of women who aid other communities of women throughout the world. Liz has always been attracted to causes that champion women’s issues, particularly those where women, “who have found their way, help other women find theirs.” It is one of the many reasons why she has been a long-time supporter of Big Sister.

“You want to support things that work and Big Sister just works,” she says.

Liz, who has been involved with Big Sister since 1981, is moved by the idea that you can help a family or give a mother extra support by being a mentor to her daughter.  She thinks back to the old adage “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Liz Walker, a long-time supporter of Big Sister, is moved by the idea that you can help a family or give a mother extra support by being a mentor to her daughter.

“It’s cliché because it’s true!” she says. “I’ve seen the matches over the years. I’ve seen the best parts of them. I’ve seen girls succeed because they have had extra support. I’ve seen moms happier. It just works.”

When comparing what she sees in her global work as opposed to Boston, she notes the powerful, positive effect of supporting women and girls.

“When you support a woman or a girl, you support a community because of the reach that women have. When you mentor a little girl, you are giving her permission to be the best that she can be. She will in turn mentor someone else.” Either here or abroad, she sees mentoring as an investment in our future.

To women who are considering whether or not they should become Big Sisters, Liz says “You have no idea of the impact you can have on a person’s life just by giving a little time or something extra… If you can help just one person, you can change the world.”

Big Sister Recruitment Calendar: Weekend of August 19th-21st

Do you want to know where to find Big Sister’s Recruitment Team? Here is a list of all the events where we will be recruiting Big Sisters this weekend! If you have family, friends, or co-workers who would make great Big Sisters, have them stop by any of these locations to hear more about how they can change a girl’s life. Also, we love it when matches stop by and say hi!

Recruitment Table

Friday, August 19th & 20th from 11:00pm-8:00pm

Boston GreenFest 2011
City Hall Plaza Boston, MA

http://bostongreenfest.org/

Map Location: http://bit.ly/r1gLzS

Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation

Recruitment Table

Saturday, August 20th from 11:00am-5:30pm

Bromley-Heath Family Day

30 Bickford St., Jamaica Plain, MA

Map Location: http://bit.ly/r1gLzS


Recruitment Table

Sunday, August 21st from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Comcast Latino Family Festival

http://www.alpfaboston.org/2011-comcast-latino-family-festival/

Fenway Park., Boston, MA

Map Location: http://bit.ly/r1gLzS

Words of Wisdom: Little Sister Victoria on school entrance exams

Words of Wisdom Recently, we featured words of wisdom for Big Sisters from staff member Amy Butterworth. This week, a Little Sister, who has perspective on the highs and lows of life, wanted to share some advice of her own for Little Sisters.

When we asked Little Sister Victoria, who will be attending Boston Latin Academy in the fall, what she thought other Little Sisters taking the entrance exam should know, she responded:

“I think you should tell them to work hard in school, be dedicated, and make sure to also have fun along the way. And, if they don’t get into the school they wanted to go to, things happen for a reason, so they can make that a good experience, too.”

This is a valuable lesson and exemplifies what we wish to instill in all the girls we work with: the confidence to pick themselves up when things don’t go as planned, the competence to make the right decisions about their future and the caring to support other people on their journey.

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

The Boston Urban Music Festival. Saturday, August 6, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Free Fridays!

Every Friday this summer, the Highland Street Foundation is providing free admission to various cultural attractions in Massachusetts for families and children. No registration or tickets are required. These are the participating locations and dates for August 2011:

August 5th – Institute of Contemporary Art – Cape Cod Children’s Museum – Concord Museum

August 12th – JFK Library & Museum – Arnold Arboretum – Tanglewood (BSO) – Stone Zoo

August 19th – Boston Harbor Islands – USS Constitution Museum – Basketball Hall of Fame

August 26th – Old Sturbridge Village – New Repertory Theater – Berkshire Museum – Ecotarium

For more information about these events, please visit highlandstreet.org.


Salsa in the Park

Boston, MA

Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 19, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Grab your dancing shoes and learn some new salsa moves! Every Monday night, MetaMovements and the Blackstone Community Center join forces to create a free salsa program with Boston’s youth and community in mind. The courtyard at the Blackstone Community Center becomes a “salsa soiree” with two full dance floors. The events are very popular, so come join the party! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. The Blackstone Community Center is located at 50 West Brookline Street, Boston, MA, 02118. For more information, visit MetaMovements’ Salsa in the Park page.


National Night Out

Boston, MA

Tuesday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join the citywide celebration! Every year on the first Tuesday in August, Mayor Menino and the Boston Police Department sponsor a night of free fun to promote safety, the Neighborhood Watch, and community partnerships. Activities include music, food, athletic games, moon bounces, and more! The event will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston Harbor Campus on the student center lawn. This location is accessible by public transportation. Shuttle buses will also be available at the Red Line JFK/UMass stop and from any BPD district station. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. For more information visit http://www.bpdnews.com/2011/07/22/calendar-listing/.


Arts on the Arcade

Boston, MA

Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to some outdoor summer entertainment! The City Hall Plaza Community Arcade (adjacent to Cambridge Street) will feature a collection of visual arts, performing arts, and food vendors, as well as the weekly farmers’ market. All performances start at 12:00 p.m.. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. For more information, please call (617) 635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts.


Yankee Homecoming Family Day

Newburyport, MA

Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Take part in the action with your Little Sister at this annual Family Fun Day! Maudslay State Park in Newburyport will be hosting an afternoon jam-packed with fun activities, including live performances, tethered hot air balloon rides, kayak lessons, gymnastics demonstrations, face painting, hay rides, kickball, pony rides, and more! Nearly all activities are free. This event is open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Maudslay State Park is located on Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, MA. For more information about this event, please call (978) 465-7223 or  visit Yankee Homecoming 2011.


Summer Arts Fest

Hyde Park, MA

Saturday, August 6, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Channel your inner artist with your Little Sister at this interactive arts festival! The DCR Rangers will be leading creative activities that include chalk art, stamp printing, a group mural, and bead making. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. This event will meet at the DCR Martini Shell at 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park, MA. Please call (617) 698-1802 or visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events/bhhikes.pdf for more information.


Boston Urban Music Festival

Boston, MA

Saturday, August 6, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Feel the beat of the music with your Little Sister at this music festival! City Hall Plaza will be booming with the sounds of Boston’s urban music, sponsored by Mayor Menino’s Office of Arts & Special Events. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. For more information, call (617) 635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts.


ParkARTS Jazz at the Fort

Roxbury, MA

Sunday, August 7, 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy some jazz music with your Little Sister at this free concert! The concert is part of the Citywide Neighborhood Concert series, sponsored by Berklee College of Music with support from the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and Friends of Highland Park. The Jazz Urbane group is opening for Tuffus Zimbabwe. This event will be held at Highland Park in Roxbury, and the rain date is August 14th. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages! Please visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks or call (617) 635- 4505 for more information about this event.


Multicultural Festival

Dorchester, MA

Saturday, August 13, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to a fun street festival! Experience the food, fun, arts and crafts, sports, games, and stage performances, all with a multicultural theme! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. The event will be located at Mary Hannon Park, Dudley Street, at the corner of Howard Avenue and Dorchester Avenue. The location is accessible by public transportation. For more information, call Jose Barros at (617) 442-9607 x160 or click here.


Boston Greenfest 2011

Boston, MA

Thursday, August 18 – Saturday, August 20

Bring your Little Sister to this all-inclusive festival where you can learn about helping our environment! The festival will begin at City Hall Plaza with a Kick-Off Concert on Thursday, August 18th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and will continue on Friday, August 19th from noon to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. There will be live performances, visual arts, environmental exhibits, and educational workshops. This event is free and open to the public and is great for Little Sisters of all ages. The event is accessible via public transportation at the Green Line Government Center stop. For more information, click here.


Sunday Fun in the Park

Boston, MA

Sunday, August 21, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of activity with your Little Sister and the Esplanade Association! Various activities will take place for kids and families, such as beginner’s yoga, Parkland games, kid’s fishing, a photography class, and more! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. If you would like to take part in yoga, please bring your own yoga mat. For more information contact Chris Timmel at ctimmel@esplanadeassociation.org or at (617) 227-0365.


St. Anthony’s Feast

Boston, MA

Friday, August 26- Monday, August 28th

Take part in a weekend full of celebration with your Little Sister in the North End! This festival will be full of food, music, dancing, religious processions, showcases by famous chefs, and fun for all. The festival starts on Friday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s festivities begin at noon. Sunday’s events start at 10:30 a.m. Monday’s events begin at noon. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. This event would be great for teenage Little Sisters interested in the culinary arts or anyone who appreciates Italian culture! The festival is accessible by public transportation. For more information, visit http://www.stanthonysfeast.com/schedule.html.


Kids Wildlife Safari

Canton, MA

Saturday, August 27, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to a wildlife safari sponsored by the DCR! Follow along with a DCR ranger as you spot New England Wildlife in the Blue Hills area. This hour and a half long hike ventures into both the woods and the wetlands. Be sure to dress for a hike! The event will take place at Brookwood Farm in Canton, and all event-goers will meet at 11 Blue Hill River Road. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. For more information, visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events/bhhikes.pdf or call (617) 698-1802.

Boston Neighborhood Highlights: Mattapan

"Cyclopse" trolley at Mattapan Station. Photo by Flickr user Kingdafy

Mattapan was the original Native American Mattahunt name for the Dorchester area and means “a good place to sit” or “a good place to be”.  Here are some sights in Mattapan that are good places to sit and just be with your Little Sister:

Boston Nature and Wildlife Sanctuary

500 Walk Hill St.
Mattapan, MA 02126

Nature Center: Weekdays 9am – 5 pm, Weekends 10am – 4pm
Trails: Open every day, dawn to dusk

This urban nature sanctuary offers two miles of trails through Mattapan’s wetlands and meadows where you can see many bird species and other wildlife, including the occasional coyote.  See how many plants and animals you can identify with the many “quests” the conservation center offers! www.massaudubon.org


Ryan Playground

River St
Mattapan, MA 02126

Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk

Ryan Playground is a fenced-in Department of Conservation and Recreation park with plenty of activities for adults and children.  Enjoy the large playground or, on a hot day, get wet in the spray pool. If you are interested in playing some friendly games, there are also tennis and basketball courts as well as a softball field.


Mattapan Branch Library

1350 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126

Mon, Wed & Thurs: 10am-6pm
Tues: 12pm-8pm
Fri: 9am-5pm

The new Mattapan Branch Library opened in 2009 with technologically enhanced equipment and all new services including book clubs, teen movie matinees and homework assistance. Check out their impressive collection of urban fiction, teen fiction, and anime, popular movies and TV series on DVD. It’s a great place to go on a rainy day.  Check out the different weekly  events the library has to offer. http://www.bpl.org/branches/mattapan.htm


Mildred Avenue Recreational Facility

5 Mildred Avenue
Mattapan, MA, 02126

Daily: 1pm-9pm
Children: Free
Teens: $10
Adults: $20

Mildred Avenue Community Center is a  state-of-the-art facility that includes a gym, an exercise studio/weight room, a dance studio, community rooms, a computer center, a competition-sized swimming pool, a staged auditorium and a dedicated space that is fully wired to support a recording studio. It’s impossible to get bored with the Community Center providing so many activities! http://www.mydorchester.org/Mildred-Ave-Community-Center


Neponset River Bike Trail

Starts: Pope John Paul II Park, Mattapan, MA
Ends: Central Ave., Milton, MA

Open year-round, dawn to dusk

The Lower Neponset River Trail follows the path of a former railroad bed along the shore of the Neponset River. The 2.4 mile path serves to link the Neponset area to the larger network of Department of Conservation and Recreation trails. Over its short distance, this trail goes from urban wilderness through a mill village and a salt marsh to beaches on Boston Harbor. Enjoy the trail’s scenery and beauty by bike or on foot.
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/lnrt.htm


Mattapan Farmer’s Market

Church of the Holy Spirit parking lot

525 River St

Mattapan, MA 02126

July 10 -October 2: 10am-2pm

Organized by the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, this farmer’s market brings in affordable ethnic  foods and produce from local farms in Canton and Milton.  But don’t just come for the food, there are plenty of events that take place here including Artists at the Market, Youth Day and the Fall Harvest Festival. http://mattapanfoodandfitness.org/farmers-market/

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Guest Post: How I Met The Girl Who Became “Lil’ Sis”

Guest Post by Big Sister Alicia Carlson

(Originally posted on Alicia’s person blog, here.)

Little Sister Maliha, her Big Sister Alicia, Big Sister Annette and her Little Sister Sabrina.

I was first exposed to Big Sister Association of Greater Boston by my friend, Annette, who has been a mentor for a few years. I really admire her commitment and the bond she shares with her Little Sister. During Annette’s 4th of July cookout last year, I met her Little Sister Sabrina’s 14-year-old sister, Maliha. We got along really well – we spent the day swimming, playing games, and talking about her teenage world. So where was her Big Sister? Turns out Maliha was on a waiting list to be matched.

Over the following weeks, I gave it some thought. Although I wasn’t enrolled in a Big Sister program as a teen, I had a wonderful mentor who happened to fall into my life. (Or maybe I fell into hers…) She made such a significant, positive impact. She listened to me vent about my teenage frustrations, helped me through some particularly scary situations, taught me about Internet safety, and even set me up on a blind date with a co-worker’s son so I could attend my junior prom. And she continued to help me through college, and wasn’t because I pursued the same career path! Although we don’t talk often now, I’ll always remember what she did for me.

I picked up the phone, called Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and made one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Maliha and I were matched as Big/Little Sisters last November, and have been having a blast ever since. We’ve gone hiking, watched movies, baked, and took a day trip to Rockport. She did well in school this year, decided to join student council, and got accepted into a prestigious local children’s chorus – I’m pretty proud of her.

Big Sister Alicia and Little Sister Maliha in Rhode Island

I have to share the Facebook message Maliha sent when she found out about the match last November:

“Hey , Guess what ? I heard the BIGGEST news in the whole wide world . . . Were gunna become Sisters! Man, I am the happiest person on earth !”

So this year, on September 24th, I will bike 25 miles (maybe 50 if training goes well!) with the Big Sisters team in the Rodman Ride For Kids. All money raised will help this wonderful organization support matches like Maliha and I, and help recruit more volunteers for the kids still on their waiting list. I’m really excited about this ride, but I am going to need your help. My goal is to raise $1,000 for the Big Sisters team. While everyone is in different financial situations, I hope to get 100% participation. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Please follow this link to my fundraising page. Thanks for your support!

Big Sisters of Greater Boston has a number of ways you can volunteer– be a Big for a Day, volunteer at a school, or become a Community Based Mentor. There are currently over 250 girls and young women waiting to be matched.

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