Volunteers Needed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Franklin Park!

Would you like to give back to your community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?  On Monday, January 20, at 10 a.m., volunteers will meet at Valley Gates Parking Lot in Franklin Park for a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   > Read more

Vote for a local business in the City of Boston's Deck the Windows Contest!

Vote for a local business in the City of Boston Main Streets' Deck the Windows competition!

Here's the link to vote in clickable form: http://www.cityofboston.gov/decktheycity/windows/Finalists.asp

Recap of last Friday's Winter Wonderland Holiday Party

Last Friday, December 6, Mattapan Square Main Streets, in collaboration with Mattapan United, hosted their 3rd Annual Holiday Party and Tree Lighting.  This was a very fun and well-attended celebration.  Before the event, volunteers from the Mattapan United Steering Committee and Youth Council, Mattapan Square Main Streets, and other community organizations worked together to transform the Community Room at the Mattapan Family Service Center into a winter wonderland.  At the party, there was plenty of food, crafts and banner making for kids, and festive music.  Many community partners and local politicians were in attendance: police from our local area B-3, members of Mattapan Cultural Arts Development, State Reps Dan Cullinane and Russell Holmes, the City of Boston's Walter Apperwhite, and more.  Then, the group processed together to Mattapan Square, where they met Mayor Menino on the last leg of his trolley tour.  He gave a speech and children were able to meet Santa.  Finally, the group returned to the MFSC to watch a stunning spiritual dance performance by dancers from Stajez Cultural Arts Center. > Read more

Meeting at Former Mattapan Library about using the site for new youth programming in Mattapan

Come out for a meeting about proposed usage of the Former Mattapan Library at 10 Hazelton St.- Monday December 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the same location.

Tomorrow- Let your voice be heard at Community Visioning Meeting on Blue Hill Ave/Cummins Highway Fairmount Line Station

Let your voice be heard about issues affecting your community.  Join the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative for a Community Visioning Meeting focusing on community development around the MBTA Blue Hill Ave/Cummins Highway Fairmount Line.  THe meeting will be held at the Mattapan Branch Library at 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126.  Light refreshments will be served.  Interpretation services are available upon request.

Slides from October's Health of Mattapan: Social Wellness Meeting

On Thursday, October 23, Mattapan United (MU), the Boston Public Health Commission, the Mattapan Community Health Center, and the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition collaborated on a meeting entitled Health of Mattapan: Social Wellness. This event was a sequel to the well attended Health of Mattapan meeting that took place last year and the growing support of continuing to hold conversations around health inequities in our community. We had two fantastic speakers, Barbara Ferrer, the ED of the BPHC, who spoke eloquently on inequality in health outcomes in Mattapan, and Kermit Crawford, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, BU School of Medicine, who presented on the benefits of cultivating social wellness and were joined with various providers of social service programs throughout Mattapan.  In addition to about 70 participants who attended the event, we were were also joined by State Representatives Dan Cullinane, State Representative Russell Holmes and the newly formed Mattapan United Youth Council. 

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New Resources for Young New Moms and Moms-to-be

Free Concert at the Mattapan Branch Public Library Thursday, November 21!

MusiConnects presents the first of 3 free concerts courtesy of Free For All Concerts!  at the Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, MA 02126.  The Sumner Quartet will play some Beethoven, the BPQ will play some Shostakovich, and to finish, the two groups will come together for the first movement of the Mendelssohn Octet!

Recap of Knowledge is Power: Busing & Desegregation Event

On Thursday, November 7, Mattapan United hosted the first in a three part series entitled Knowledge is Power.  This first meeting focused on busing and desegregation in the history of Boston's public schools and was facilitated by our partner Union of Minority Neighborhoods.  They displayed a timeline of Boston's educational history and screened a short film.  Afterward, there was a story circle when everyone who attended could share their reactions to the film and their personal stories.  Many attendees had lived the reality of the film and their stories were quite powerful.  Some themes emerged including the recognition that the past is alive and well in the present and the conviction that we cannot watch educational inequalities happen and stand by and do nothing.  These common threads will inform the direction of the next two events in the Knowledge is Power series.  Stay tuned.  Thanks so much to the Union of Minority Neighborhoods and all participants.

Fall Tennis Opportunities with our partner, Franklin Park Tennis Association!

Check out these fall tennis opportunities with our partner, Franklin Park Tennis Association!  Click the attachment to see the full-sized flyer.

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