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Children's Winter Festival 2020

The Children's Winter Festival returns to the Boston Common!

Looking for some fun & free activities during February school vacation week?

Join us on Thursday, February 20th from 11 a.m - 2 p.m on the Boston Common for our annual Children's Winter Festival! Hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, this is the perfect afternoon activity for kids of all ages.

This year's festival will feature music, giveaways, various winter attractions, treats, crafts and much more! This event is FREE and open to all. 

For more information, please call the Boston Parks & Recreation Department at 617-635-4505 or visit Boston.gov/Parks

11:00am - 2:00pm
Boston Common
Parade Ground (Corner of Beacon & Charles Street)
Boston MA  02111
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Nora Doherty
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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MLK 2020: A Commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12 p.m. for Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston University’s 48th Commemoration of alumnus Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year’s event celebrates the contributions of Coretta Scott King and Sue Bailey Thurman to the Greater Boston community. In addition, our event will include a celebration of the music of Aretha Franklin by the BU Bands and additional music by the Inner Strength Gospel Choir.

Mayor Walsh will be one of the event’s distinguished speakers, along with featured speaker, Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools.

Boston University strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Disability and Access Services at access@bu.edu.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston MA  02215
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Katherine Cornetta
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Boston Common Open House #2

Boston residents and visitors alike can help chart the future of the Boston Common by participating in a Boston Common Master Plan Open House at the Josiah Quincy School Auditorium in Chinatown. 

Sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Public Garden, the Open House is part of a comprehensive engagement process that has already included nearly 6,000 people participating in various ways: surveys, pop-ups, and an initial Open House in October 2019. 

As "America’s First Public Park" and an oasis in downtown Boston, Boston Common is one of the most treasured green spaces in the world. The goal of the Master Plan is to create a Common that will serve the people of Boston and visitors alike while protecting this special place for decades to come.

During this second open house, the attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear an overview of the Boston Common Master Plan project
  • Receive an update on the work that has been accomplished
  • Hear a summary of extensive public feedback to date 
  • Hear a discussion about user needs and infrastructure needs
  • Consider initial concepts for improving the Common
  • Learn about next steps in the Master Plan process

The Open House format will include a slideshow presentation, question and answer period, and an opportunity for active participation within small breakout groups. The slideshow presentation will be made available on the Boston Common Master Plan project website. You’ll also find a link to the  user survey, which closes on December 31, 2019. We need your voice at  this important open house. Your continued participation is crucial in planning the brightest future for Boston Common.

Over the past several months, project proponents have been deeply engaged in a conversation about the future of Boston Common and the level of engagement has been significant:

  • 4,340 people have completed the online user survey
  • Nearly 1,200 people have engaged in constructive dialogue at 10 “Mini Common” pop-up events held in neighborhoods around the city 
  • 140 people attended the first Open House on October 29, 2019 to generously share their observations, hopes and aspirations for this iconic park

The entrance for the meeting is located at the corner of Arlington Street and Marginal Road. The event is accessible via the Tufts Medical Center station on the MBTA Orange Line. Off-street parking is available on a first come, first served basis. 

Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost. If you are attending this event and need these services, please contact Laura Cawley at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at Laura.Cawley@boston.gov or 617-961-3013.

5:30pm - 8:00pm
Josiah Quincy School Auditorium
152 Arlington Street
Boston MA  02111
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Nathan Frazee
Neighborhood:
Chinatown/Leather District
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Franklin Park Master Plan Community Workshop #1

Join us for our first Community Workshop about the future of Franklin Park!

For over a century, Franklin Park has been a lively and beloved center of recreation, gathering, and discovery for the Boston community. Now, with newly allocated park funds, the City of Boston is planning ahead for the park’s next century!

Over the next 18 months, the City of Boston is partnering with a team of landscape architects, planners, ecologists, and community engagement experts to create a master plan for an engaging and diverse Franklin Park. 

Our work will build on previous planning efforts and improvements by the City and its partners. We look forward to building on these successes and incorporating even more feedback. It’s your opportunity to help shape the future of the park and connections to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Come to our Community Workshop on January 28, between 6 - 8 p.m. at the William J. Devine Golf Course Clubhouse at Franklin Park. Can’t make it? Share your thoughts on the Master Plan website, or sign up for project updates!

*Snow date: January 30, 6 - 8 p.m.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
1 Circuit Drive
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
Boston MA  02121
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks & Recreation
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Roslindale
Roxbury
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Hero Square rededication - Martin McDonough

To honor service members killed in the line of duty, we dedicate Hero Squares in recognition of their memory. We're rededicating a square in South Boston to Martin McDonough

Martin Francis McDonough, United States Navy, September 29, 1914 – November 13, 1942. Martin Francis McDonough was born on September 29, 1914, in Boston. A resident of South Boston, McDonough enlisted in the United States Navy on January 14, 1942, and began active duty three days later. He served as a Seaman Second Class aboard the light cruiser USS Juneau, fighting in many battles.

On November 13, 1942, McDonough was lost at sea and presumed dead when the USS Juneau was sunk by a torpedo. There were only 10 survivors. For his sacrifice and his service, McDonough was awarded the Purple Heart. Martin was survived by his parents, Patrick and Margaret, and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Phillipenes.

10:30am - 11:30am
337 West Broadway
South Boston MA  
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Veterans' Services
Neighborhood:
South Boston
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Smith Park Phase 2 community meeting

Share what you would like to see for improvements at Smith Park.

Please join us for the second in a series of community meetings for Phase 2 of the improvements to Smith Park. We look forward to sharing the design alternatives Phase 2 and hearing what you have to say about the ballfields.

Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost. If you are attending this event and need these services, please contact Laura Cawley at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at Laura.Cawley@boston.gov or 617-961-3013.

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Josephine Fiorentino Community Center
123 Antwerp Street
Allston MA  02134
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Cathy Baker-Eclipse
Neighborhood:
Allston
Brighton
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Tremont Street Business Walk #2

We want input from businesses along the corridor about curb regulations.

We are grateful for the detailed comments we heard during our Business Walk on November 22. We were unable to reach everyone. We will be back on Thursday, December 5, from 12 - 4:30 p.m. We hope to see your during that time. 


DETAILS:

Tremont Street is being redesigned from Herald Street to Massachusetts Avenue. We are proposing changes to parking regulations to make it easier to load goods, make deliveries, and pickup or drop off passengers. We want input from businesses along the corridor. We will fine-tune the proposal based on the feedback.

ROUTE:

We will start at West Brookline Street and walk south on the north side of Tremont Street. At Massachusetts Avenue, we will turn around and walk north to visit businesses on the south side of Tremont Street. Please see below for our route map.

FOLLOW UP:

If we missed you on November 22 and you are unable to talk on December 5, please let us know what dates work better for you. We will schedule additional visits as needed.

12:00pm - 4:30pm
Starts at the northwest corner of Tremont Street and West Brookline Street (outside of FoMu)
Boston MA  02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Nathaniel Fink
Neighborhood:
South End
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Doherty-Gibson Playground community meeting

Share what you would like to see for improvements to Doherty-Gibson Playground.

Please join us for the first in a series of community meetings. We look forward to sharing the project scope and timeline, and hearing what you have to say!

Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost. If you are attending this event and need these services, please contact Laura Cawley at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at laura.cawley@boston.gov or 617-961-3013.

(Photo credit: Ed Lyons)

6:30pm - 8:00pm
VietAID Community Center, 2nd Floor, Suite D
42 Charles Street
Dorchester MA  02122
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Annie Blair
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
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Fifth annual Effective Practices Conference

We're excited to announce the Boston Women's Workforce Council's fifth annual Effective Practices Conference! We will share a first look at the findings from the 2019 gender pay gaps analysis.

Please join us in the historic Boston Public Library at Copley Square for a discussion on effective practices based on the 2019 Innovative Initiatives and special remarks by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Breakfast will be served.

Agenda:
  • 8 - 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast / Networking
  • 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Program: 2019 Gender Pay Gap Data Presentation, Call to Action from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Discussion of Effective Practices for 2020 with BWWC HR Advisory Board
  • 10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Closing and Networking

Questions? Want to learn more about the 100% Talent Compact? Email us at team@thebwwc.org!

8:00am - 10:30am
700 Boylston Street
Boston MA  02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Women's Workforce Council
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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BCYF Girls Night Holiday Event

Boston girls of all ages are welcome!

Come celebrate the season at the annual BCYF Girls Night Holiday Event featuring entertainment, refreshments, prizes, and ornament making.

Contact Erika.Butler@boston.gov to RSVP or for more information. Space is limited to 50.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
200 D Street
Boston MA  02127
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Erika Butler
Neighborhood:
South Boston
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