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Daffodil Bulb Planting in Upham's Corner
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11AM - 3PM
As part of the city's Boston Blooms Initiative, Uphams Corner
volunteers will spend Saturday planting daffodil bulbs which
promise to bloom bright yellow in the spring. Plants, tools, t-shirts
and refreshments will be provided
When: Sat, Oct 27 11AM - 3PM
Start at: 545 Columbia Rd at 11AM
Boo Bash at the Strand
Sat Oct 27, 2012 1-4PM
Mayor Thomas M Menino invites you to Boo Bash at the Strand Theatre, Uphams Corner.
Sat Oct 27, 2012 1-4PM FREE.
Trick or treating. Haunted House.
Costumes encouraged. Costume parade.
Monster Mash Dance Party.
Ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Unnatural Causes - Is Inequality Making us Sick?
Grove Hall Library
Harvard Scholarship in the Community Series
Thursdays at 6pm
November 1: "In Sickness and In Wealth"
November 8: "When the Bough Breaks" and "Becoming American"
November 15: "Bad Sugar" and "Place Matters"
November 29: "Collateral Damage" and "Not Just a Paycheck"
Grove Hall LIbrary - Wikipedia Loves Libraries Edit-a-thon
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 1PM
Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a series of outreach events between the Wikipedia community and libraries.
The event will begin with a tutorial on how to edit Wikipedia and the rest of the afternoon will be spent on the edit-a-thon.
We will be focusing on articles related to local history, specifically
Grove Hall, Roxbury, and Dorchester, as well as African American
history and persons.
Uphams Corner Library Presents: African Dollmaking
Thu, Nov 15 5-7PM
Back by popular demand! Please join the Uphams Corner Library for the free event,
Doll-E-Daze: African dollmaking on November 15th.
Debra Britt will instruct and help us make African wrap dolls for the
holidays. Doll-making will run from 5PM-7PM. The event is open to all
For more information about Doll-E-Daze, please see: http://www.dolledaze.com/
Upham's Corner InSight into the News
The "Community Voices Initiative" at Uphams Corner News
Oct 24 2012
a vehicle for the presentation of Community Voices and Community
Conversation, Uphams Corner News was founded in 2010 because the it is the
people, each person, expressing their fundamental humanity and purpose
that defines the real power of this country.
Uphams Corner, like all neighborhoods in Boston, has unique
demographics and needs. The individuality does not separate us
because we are united within our stories. Uphams Corner
is a neighborhood of people whose stories lay the foundations for true
humanity. We want those stories told. We want those voices
The Community Voices Initiative is simple. Just tell us your story (in person, over the phone, in writing) in your own special words and
we'll help you do the rest. Add a photo or
graphic image (or lots) and you're done.
Like a grass roots megaphone, the
community is welcome to use Uphams Corner News to share news, ideas,
visions, dreams, concerns and a
sense of purpose, all of which will help take use closer to a better
Creativity Abounds at Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios 2012
Oct 21, 2012
Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios, was held at many public and
private venues through out Dorchester on the weekend of Oct 19-21.
At First Parish Church, the
busy, colorful and artistically eclectic 'arts community on display'
felt welcoming. Smiling faces, beautiful displays of unique and
original arts and crafts, friendly artists and stories that you could
never know if you look only at the art.
Open Studios demonstrates the
excitement of the arts community - those who make the art and those who
appreciate the art.
Read More & Photos
Fort Point Open Studios - Discovering the Artists and their Art
Oct 20, 2012
More than 150 artists, crafts people, and designers living and working
in Fort Point participated in the Open Studios 2012. The combined
participation of galleries, performances and participatory art projects
and the open studios/residences and businesses provided visitors an
opportunity for several days of in-depth art immersion.
Because Fort Point artists have their living and studio space under one
roof, Open Studios can be considered 'risky.' Yet the artists' open
doors were an invitation to feel comfortable asking questions.
The photos demonstrate clearly the quality of the Fort Point Arts Community.
- What does your art mean to you?
- How do you approach a new piece?
- What techniques do you use?
- And many questions about how specific pieces were created
Read More - Many Photos
Ask Me - Works by ICA Visitor Assitants
Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2012
The Institute of Contemporary Art
visitor assistants (also known as gallery guards) have long (for years)
talked about curating an exhibition of their own work.
After all, the work of "guarding" ICA artwork is the work of artists
who can also hold intelligent conversations about the exhibit with
Now fully defined and organized, the show will feature creative works
by approximately 30 ICA VA's at The Howard Art Project, 1486 Dot
Ave beginning Oct 27 and running through Nov 11, 2012.
The opening reception on Oct 27, 6-9 PM is an especially good time to
plan to support these budding and dedicated artists.
October 27th through November 11th
Opening Reception Saturday, October 27th 6-9pm
Open Sat & Sun 12-4pm or by appointment
Series: Community Voices Initiative
Bird Street Youth Councils - Growing Community Leaders
Authored by 13-year-young Jada Cassamajor, this article on the Bird
Street Youth Councils reflects the quality care provided by the Bird St
Youth Center for its youth and, reciprocally, the enthusiasm the
youth exhibit in wanting to grow into the future leaders of the
The Bird St Youth Council is designed to connect youth to residents,
help them learn how to speak out on issues that they care about, and it
offer opportunities for youth to give back.
Learn more about Jada, the Youth Councils and a great photo as well.
Fun for Families - Community Fall Festival Oct 28 - at the Intersection
Sun Oct 28, 2012 2-5PM
Intersection, located at 500 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA, will be
hosting a Community Fall Festival on Sunday, October 28th from 2-5pm.
The community is invited for an afternoon of fun! Face painting,
balloon twisting, games for adults and children, prizes, crafts and
SAVE THE DATE: Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum
Nov 17, 2012
Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites you to the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative Community Forum -
"Building new connections to your neighborhood."
Please join us in the conversation about connecting the communities
along the Fairmount Corridor to economic opportunities, jobs, transit,
We need your voice to help develop a vision for the future.
Childcare will be provided and there will be plenty of food to tide you
over for the four hours of planning time. Also prizes will be
**Translation services available upon request
For more information, call the BRA at 617.918.4434 or visit the Fairmount Indigo website: http://fairmountindigoplanning.org
Featured from Prior Issues
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre - Strong Opening for 27th Season
Oct 12, 2012
Every year during the holidays, the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre Company shares their artistry with Uphams
Corner, offering several performances of
the Nutcracker ballet at the Strand Theatre. But that is months away.
What the Mateo Ballet is offering the Boston community today is the
opening program for their 27th season. Entitled "Mysterious Arrangements," their season debut runs
through October 28 at The Sanctuary Theatre in
Harvard Square. Consisting of three works, the program concludes with a Mateo Ballet
premiere, "Taking Turns", based on Philip Glass's "String Quartet #4".
"Mysterious Arrangements" is thrilling and engaging both at intellectual and
sensual levels - unparalleled choreography unfolding barely a breath
away and a crowd expressing their warmth and enthusiastic enjoyment of
the performance at every opportunity.
Well worth the evening and a taste of good things to come to Uphams Corner.
Stein and Johnson - Winners of the Best Presidential Debate in 2012
Oct 6, 2012
If you missed the NPR October 6th ten minute debate between two better
known, third-party presidential candidates, then you missed the best
presidential debate yet in this 2012 Fall election season.
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian
Party nominee, gently duked it out in truly light-hearted style in what
were 30 second response time periods while addressing what they each
believe are very serious issues confronting the United States.
While either one is unlikely to become president in 2013, their ideas
on how to reform this country are worth contemplating, especially in
the absence of a better debate.
Residents ask for Help with St. Kevin's
Oct 8, 2012
A group of residents concerned about the St. Kevin's Redevelopment
project asked for help understanding the status of the project. They also
wanted assistance writing letters expressing their concerns.
Improvement Association (UCIA) met with the residents, providing a history
of the project. They also emphasized a need for the residents to focus on the
bigger picture - the future of Uphams Corner - not just St. Kevin's.
UCIA brought up the 2009 SKAPC Visioning Report (St. Kevin's Area Planning
Collaborative) whch they said so effectively identified the needs of the community.
Each resident identified what issues concerned them the most for their letter writing campaign.
Planning for the 2012 Holidays has Begun
Oct 4, 2012
Corner Main Street has begun planning
for November / December holiday events - decorating in the community,
the tree lighting on November 24th and a Holiday Party on December 8 (tentatively) at
the Strand Theatre.
Last year (2011), the Uphams Corner Improvement Association sponsored a
Holiday Celebration at the Strand as part of the tree
lighting. The holiday party, drawing community to engage in the
tree lighting event, marked a long drought of lack luster tree lighting
events in Uphams Corner.
Meanwhile, Uphams Corner Main Street had sponsored Small
Business Saturday, so the day was filled with activity from early
morning through dusk. This year, the goals are not only
to have fun but to increase the participation of businesses, youth and
residents in holiday activities and to improve the overall 'holiday' feel in
Improvement Association Reviews First Year
Sep 27, 2012
September 2012 of the Uphams Corner Improvement Association was held at
6:30pm on September 27 at the Dorchester Bay building, 594 Columbia Rd.
began by reviewing their first year -
taken, accomplishment and progress made towards effecting
change in the community. Issuing Beautification awards is one of the
best activities initiated because of its positive effect on the
also discussed the balance between positive reinforcement to
promote change vs how to treat those elements of the community that
might benefit from "going to jail," - in particular, the attitudes of
business owners who do nothing to help maintain the exterior of their
Initiative was discussed in detail. UCIA decided they will be writing a letter to the BRA to express
their opinions and concerns about a variety of Fairmount related topics.