Category Archives: Events

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

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Birding Belle Isle

East Boston, MA       

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to Belle Isle Marsh. This is a hot spot for bird sightings! Join a DCR Ranger and look for spring migrants in and around Belle Isle, and also enjoy a leisurely hike. Please bring binoculars. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Meet at Belle Isle Marsh main parking area, off Bennington St, East Boston, MA. For more information about this event please visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm.  


Terrific Tree Treasure Hunt

Saugus, MA

Friday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Visit Breakheart Reservation for a fun treasure hunt with your Little Sister during her school vacation week! You will learn about trees and Asian Long Horned beetles while searching for hidden treasure! Drop in anytime during the allotted time periods for the 45 minute hunt. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 8-14. Meet at Christopher P. Dunne Vistor Center, Breakheart Reservation, 177 Forest St, Saugus, MA. For more information about this event please visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm.


Teen Matches Give Back

Dorchester, MA      

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Big Sister Association is partnering with Boston Cares to help clean Dorchester park on Global Youth Service Day! We are inviting 10 teen matches to participate in this community service match activity. Gardening tools will be provided. Please wear long sleeves, full length pants and gloves. This event is free and is for Little Sisters ages 14 plus. For more information or to RSVP for this event please contact Jennifer Gentile at jgentile@bigsister.org or 617-236-8366. Space is limited to this event so please confirm with your Little Sister before signing up for this event.

Earth Day Recycling

175 N Harvard St.

Allston, MA  

Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Tour the Harvard Recycling and Surplus Center. Here used computers get refurbished, clothing is bagged, books are boxed, and items of all kinds are stored for donations to charities. Join Rob Gogan, Manager of Harvard Recycling Services, to make and take home your own recycled paper. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 8-14. Space is limited, and advanced reservations are required. Call 617-495-3216 for reservations and more information or visit http://peabody.harvard.edu/family


Science of Sports

Madison Park High School

Roxbury, MA

Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Come learn about the science of sports! Dive into workshops, demonstrations, and activities with athletes, trainers, video game makers, sports medicine doctors, architects, and scientists! Learn how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and more! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little sisters of all ages. For more information about this event please visit http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx.

Inspiring Minds: Meet Women in Science

Museum of Science

Boston, MA

Sunday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

What are the opportunities and obstacles for women in science? Hear from inspiring women who are taking on challenges in science and technology. Meet these extraordinary scientists and entrepreneurs and learn how you can start your own career in a scientific field. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 14 plus. This event is located at the Museum of Science Blue Wing Level 1. For more information about this event please visit http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx.


Arnold Arboretum Drop-In Activities

125 Arborway

Boston, MA

Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Drop-in with your Little Sister for some fun activities at the Arnold Arboretum! Stop by anytime during 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for activities that may include scavenger hunts, science investigations, craft activities, stories, short guided walks and more. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 7-10. This event is located under a tent outside of the Hunnewell Building or inside if weather is bad. For more information about this event please call 617-384-5209.

Big in Boston: Former Little Sister Lianne Hughes speaks at Big Sister’s 60th Anniversary Party [Video]

Former Little Sister Lianne Hughes brought the crowd to their feet at our 60th anniversary party, Big in Boston, with her inspiring words on the power of human interconnectedness and mentoring to change lives and communities.

Good-Evening

I am beyond grateful, yet humble to be standing here in front of you today to share, recapture, and paint my story as I re-explore the creation of my masterpiece as a former Little Sister of the Big Sister Association.

Growing up in the projects of Boston, my mother was a single parent learning how to navigate her way to the American Dream. My mother struggled to maintain like many single urban parents. What was important to her was food, shelter and survival. So she did her best to raise my brother and I so we wouldn’t fall victim to the streets.  She understood because of her circumstances and situation that she alone could not provide us with the resources and opportunities that we needed.  So she reached out to the Department of Social Services who then connected us with the Big Sister Association.

As I shared in the video, I was nine years old and nervous the day my Big Sister and I were matched.  She was white; I was black. Her name, Maja Milenkovic, sounded like a witch spell from the Disney Channel. We had so many cultural differences! I knew at nine I was socially constructed because a lot of my perceptions about white people came from watching television shows like Feed the Children on B.E.T. All I could think about was, I didn’t want someone to “save me”; I wanted a friend, someone I could relate too, and someone that was going to believe in me.

As we bridged the gap, Maja was just normal. She was nothing I expected. She liked dance; I liked dance. She loved hip-hop music; I loved hip-hop music. She was impatient in malls; I never had any patience in malls. We just had a lot of things in common.  Even when it came to principles and perspective, she always mixed the old school with the new school. She never was the type of person to say, “I’m older, so I know better.” It was all about positive youth development and finding common ground.

From Maja I embraced the concept of Ubuntu, “I am because you are, humanity, human inter-connectedness”. It was from her that I learned not to judge people by their skin color, but more by their principles, character and dignity. It’s really hard when you grow up in a society where everything is so black and white. You get all these different mixed messages about people, so automatically you become programmed to judge. But I learned from my Big Sister through all the confusion and illusions, the common denominator remains the same within people. We’re human. Despite our differences, were one in the same and we should celebrate those differences.

Two years ago before I graduated from Wheelock College, I didn’t have the money to go back to school. I was short $5,000. And I remember painfully crying to Maja that, “It’s wasn’t fair that I didn’t have the money to go back.” Her simple reply of “It’s OK, Lianne. I’ll co-sign your loan” provoked the most overwhelming feeling of affirmation in my life. She affirmed that my aspiration for college was not merely a choice, but a task my heart so eagerly needed to complete. I knew it was more than just signing my loans. I knew this implied that she was inspired by my dreams, trusted my judgment and ready to join me on my quest toward self-accomplishment.  This didn’t mean she paid for my college, this means she signed her name on a paper that could merit me my dreams.

With that being said, my wish for Big Sister over the next 60 years is that it grows and keeps producing Big Sisters from all different backgrounds and socioeconomic classes. Diversity within race, as well within ideas is important in the world we live in. Just being culturally competent, relatable, and interpersonal touches people from the heart; it’s human interaction at its purest.

I mean, I’m glad I and we have Big Sister, and it provides the services that it does. Because I know without having my Big Sister in my life, as cliché as it sounds, I wouldn’t have the mind set or perspective on the world that I have now.

So I challenge Boston as well as everyone in the room to think collaboratively. Envision the best possible Boston, community, and world. Let me give you an alternative way to think about it. In school, I learned about Bronfenvrenners Ecological Systems Theory. In short, it speaks to the ideology that every institution on a micro to macro level is connected.  For a society that’s thriving, everybody has to be involved, but most importantly everybody has to be on the same page. Not just communities and local organizations, but governments too.  I feel that when everybody is listening to the mission, negotiating, or has some type of common interest, it serves the betterment of society, and young kids are able to strive. And when we’re not, we fail, our systems fail and we fail our communities and kids.

According to Wednesday’s Boston Globe, “Poverty Worsening in Hub, Study Says”, 85 percent of families in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury are headed by a single parent, mainly mothers and at least 20% of the adults have no high school diploma. These are the broken communities I live within. And every day when I walk though my community I see the impact and reflection of those statistics. I see young girls without fathers and mothers. I see young girls pregnant, and not enrolled into high school or on a pathway to a preferred future into college. I see young girls without that positive role model or Big Sister.

So if you BELIEVE IN GIRLS (B.I.G) and that every girl in this room is a MASTERPIECE, you’re not just believing in the organization; you’re believing in a better individual, community, society and world as a whole. Because Big Sister is not just about the “neighborhood girl from around the way”, it’s about every young girl all over the world. Thank you.

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.

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.

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

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.

Community Spotlight: Big and Little Sisters Enjoy Boston Museums Thanks to Bank of America

Big and Little Sisters at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday June 25

Big and Little Sisters at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday, June 25.

Big and Little Sisters spent a Saturday enjoying the arts and sciences thanks to Bank of America, who donated nearly 60 tickets for the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Science to Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Ticket donations such as these allow Big Sisters and Little Sisters to share fun and educational experiences throughout the city, free of charge.

A Big and Little Sister enjoy a day at the Museum of Science

A Big and Little Sister enjoy a day at the Museum of Science

Big and Little Sisters enjoy the day at the Museum of Science on Saturday, June 25.

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

2010 July 4th Fireworks Display by Flickr User Merritt Boyd

July 4th, 2010 Fireworks Display in Boston by Flickr User Merritt Boyd

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 July 2011!

July 1st – Museum of Fine Arts – Buttonwood Park Zoo – Edward Gorey House – Heritage Museums & Gardens

July 8th – Plimoth Plantation – Worcester Art Museum – Cape Cod Museum of Art – N.E. Historic Genealogical Society

July 15th – Museum of Science – Higgins Armory Museum – The Discovery Museums – Garden in the Woods

July 22nd – Franklin Park Zoo – The Sports Museum – Norman Rockwell Museum – Peabody Essex Museum

July 29th – Boston Children’s Museum – American Textile History Museum – New Bedford Whaling Museum – Shakespeare on the Common

Please visit www.highlandstreet.org for more information.


Fireworks Displays

Friday July 1st through Monday July 4th

Celebrate America’s Birthday with your Little Sister! There are many fireworks displays in the Greater Boston area. Visit bostoncentral.com to find a fireworks display in your hometown. Or go to the world famous Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, MA and enjoy a free concert! Please visit www.july4th.org for more information about this event.


Redcoats on the Common

Boston, MA

Saturday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The British are coming! The British are coming ! See a reenactment of how British soldiers invaded our city after Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride. Historic British regiments will arrive at Long Wharf and march up State Street to the Boston Common. It is a great educational way to celebrate America’s independence from England with your Little Sister! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please visit www.bostonharborfest.com for more information about this event.


Frog Pond Crafts

Boston, MA

Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 23, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Saturday full of excitement and learning at craft workshops at the Boston Frog Pond Spray Fountain. After you and your Little Sister create fun crafts, cool off in the Frog Pond Wading Pool. This event is sponsored by the Frog Pond in partnership with Art Street. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 7-13. Please call (617) 244-3171 for more information about this event. The Boston Frog Pond is located in the Boston Common at 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108.


Land and Sea Tour

Milton, MA

Sunday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to this land and sea adventure! First you will paddle a canoe down the Neoponset River, then head back to your starting point on a trolley tour discovering the rich history of the different communities you travel through. Paddling experience is required as no instruction will be given. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 12 and up. Please call 617-542-7696 to register for this event and receive a meeting location.


Sand Castle Festival

Revere, MA

Friday, July 15th through Sunday July 17th 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Bring your Little Sister to view some amazing sand sculptures! There will be food and art vendors, live entertainment, Disney Radio, and more! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please call 978-749-6700 for more information. This event is located on Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA.


Free Friday Flicks

Boston, MA

Friday July 15, 22, & 29 7:00 p.m.

Pack up a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic and head to the Hatch Memorial Shell for free movies! Here is the movie schedule for July: July 15th MEGAMIND, July 22nd Despicable Me, July 29th How to Train Your Dragon. These events are free and open to the public and are for Little Sisters of all ages. The Hatch Shell is located on Storrow Drive, Boston, MA. For more information or cancellation due to weather call 617-787-7200.


Big Sister Summer Picnic

Quincy, MA

Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Big Sister is proud to announce this year’s summer picnic! Bring your Little Sister out for a day of picnicking fun at Camp Harborview. Activities will include both indoor and outdoor games such as relay races, a balloon toss, and various crafts. A BBQ lunch will be provided. For dessert, the b.good ice cream truck will be dishing out milkshakes! This is a great way to ring in the summer and to meet other matches! This event will take place at Camp Harborview. Transportation will be provided for matches from a designated location and will be T accessible on either the red or blue lines. For more information or to register for this event, please contact Jennifer Gentile at jgentile@bigsister.org.


Food For Thought

Mattapan, MA

Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Help Support Youth in Crisis by attending their “Hoops and Scoops” event. There will be free food, ice cream, basketball games and trophies on the court. All proceeds raised will go to Youth in Crisis. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. This event will be held at the Mildred Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126. Please see http://www.mydorchester.org for more information about this event.


Woodworking Workshop

Jamaica Plain, MA

Saturday, July 31, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

During this workshop you and your Little Sister will work together sanding, measuring, sawing, hammering, and carving to build a “memory box.” This event is free and for Little Sisters ages 11-14 and is open to 15 matches. Please contact Jennifer Gentile at jgentile@bigsister.org to sign up for this event. The event will be located at the Eliot School at 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA.

Let’s Move: Big Sister & Alpha Kappa Alpha help girls on our wait list “Spring into Wellness”

A BFAD volunteer and her Little Sister

A Big for a Day volunteer and her Little Sister show off the tote bag they designed during the “Spring into Wellness” event held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury last month.

The First Lady is doing it;  Beyonce is doing it and by hosting a “Spring into Wellness” themed Big for a Day(BFAD) event last month,  Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority and Big Sister Association are doing it to. We are helping girls make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.

Inspired by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, which aims to reduce childhood obesity, AKA invited 30 girls on our wait list and 30 BFAD volunteers to the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury for an afternoon filled with zumba, yoga, arts and crafts, and a healthy snacks discussion.

Esther Slack, President of the Rho Epsilon Omega Chapter of AKA said, “Hosting BFAD is an extremely rewarding experience for the three Greater Boston area chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Since 1908, part of our sorority’s mission is to help alleviate problems concerning girls and women, so this partnership was a perfect fit.  For the second year in a row, we have heard the “Littles” say “We have to go already?!”; hearing this lets us know we are helping Big Sister achieve their goal.”
Little Sister Amber shows off her newly designed bag.

A Little Sister shows off her newly designed gym bag while drinking a nice, healthy smoothie! 

Big Sister Association’s BFAD program pairs women with Little Sisters on our wait list. This program is a wonderful way for our Little Sisters to enjoy fun activities while waiting to be matched and for women to get involved if they are unable to commit to a traditional match. Each month, Big Sister partners with a different company or service organization to sponsor a BFAD event. BFAD activities have included trips to a museum, dance workshops, and cooking classes! BFAD volunteers are women who have gone through Big Sister’s screening process and/or are in the process of becoming a Community-Based Big Sister.

Upcoming Big for a Day Events

We have several exciting BFAD activities coming up this summer, and would love for you to participate!

  • July 16 – Big Sister Summer Picnic. Join other matches for a fun-filled day including swimming, frisbee, sandcastle-building, crafts, and much more!
  • July 31 – Mini Golf. Test your mini golf skills with the Boston Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association!
  • August 13 – Explore the JFK Library. Brush up on your history and politics while taking in a beautiful view of Boston and the water!

Want to sign up? Have questions? Contact Jen Gentile.

**Please note: if you are currently involved in a Community-Based match, you are not eligible to participate in Big For a Day.

Big Sister’s BMW Raffle: Have your own Oprah Moment

We’ve all  heard about, or watched, the episode.

Oprah’s Car Giveaway: YouTube Remix | Original

On the set of the Oprah Winfrey Show,  guests open ribboned boxes hoping to find a key to a brand new car.  Squeals of surprise and joy fill the studio as, one by one, guests find out that they have all won.  Magnanimous and smiling, Oprah calls “You get a car! You get a car!” to each and every guest.

With our 23rd Annual BMW Raffle, you can have you own Oprah moment, courtesy of Big Sister and Herb Chambers BMW Boston.  Picture yourself in a brand new red BMW convertible or select the $38,000 cash prize instead!

2011 BMW Raffle: Click the car to purchase your ticket!

Raffle tickets are $100 each or 3 for $250. We’re only selling 1,750 so the odds of winning are amazing. The bonus:  your raffle ticket purchase helps support our mentoring programs for girls.

Could you be the winner? You’ll never know unless you enter.

Click here to purchase your BMW raffle ticket today.

The drawing is July 29, 2011 at 1pm at Faneuil Hall. Need not be present to win.

Which will you choose?


Special thanks to our raffle partner: 

Herb Chambers BMW Boston