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December 6, 2018

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Upcoming Winter Registration: Registration for the after school drop in program is currently ongoing. Parents must register and attend an orientation session prior to their child attending programming.

Enrichment program registration will take place on Monday, December 17th from 6:30 – 8PM at the Marr clubhouse This will be for winter programs running January through March. There will also be registration for the February school vacation week. Program registrations will be accepted for all core program areas including athletics, aquatics, education, and more. Please note that some programs may have a small additional registration fee.

Please be sure your child’s membership is up to date. For any questions regarding registration please contact Brendan McDonald at bmacdonald@bgcdorchester.org.

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Marr-lin Swim Team Hosts Nashua: This past Saturday the Marr-lin Swim Team at BGCD hosted the Nashua Club for a dual-meet as part of the regular season schedule of meets. Both teams enjoyed a number of improved times from their respective swimmers.

The Marr-lins will host the Waltham BGC on Saturday, December eighth and the Salem, NH BGC on Saturday, December fifteenth prior the school beak before resuming the dual-meet schedule in January. Congratulations to the Marr-lin swimmers on an outstanding performance!

For more information on our Aquatics program inlcuding lessons, swim team and open swim please contact Nikki Bookwalker at dbookwalker@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Partners with The Barking Crab to Host “Jingle & Mingle:” The second annual Jingle & Mingle event is here! Come try out our ice luge, check out some seasonal ice sculptures, snap a pic with Santa and enjoy even more fun holiday surprises! The perfect way to make it through the last week of work before heading home for the holidays.

The event will take place Wednesday, December 19th from 5-9 PM in The Crabby Lounge. Tickets are $40 and include two drink tickets and dinner. It is a 21+ event. Enjoy games, live music, a seasonal photo booth, and more!

All proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event please visit www.bgcdorchester.org/jingle-mingle-at-the-barking-crab/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Polar Express Family Event
December 9

Play Your Part Party
December 13

Ugly Sweater Party
at The Harp & Bard
December 14

Jingle & Mingle at
The Barking Crab
December 19


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November 29, 2018

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Upcoming Winter Registration: Registration for the after school drop in program is currently ongoing. Parents must register and attend an orientation session prior to their child attending programming.

Enrichment program registration will take place on Monday, December 17th from 6:30 – 8PM at the Marr clubhouse This will be for winter programs running January through March. There will also be registration for the February school vacation week. Program registrations will be accepted for all core program areas including athletics, aquatics, education, and more. Please note that some programs may have a small additional registration fee.

Please be sure your child’s membership is up to date. For any questions regarding registration please contact Brendan McDonald at bmacdonald@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Continues Career Speaker Series: The College Fellows program at BGCD hosted Radiologic Instructor, Stacy Gosselin, to continue their career speaker series. Members were able to learn about Stacy’s career path and the kind of work that she does. The College Fellows program will host monthly workshops in December with a career speaker on December 3rd, a session for senior class members on December 4th, Junior class members on December 11th and Freshman/Sophomores on December 18th. We also offer a Middle School Group which will meet on December 4th and 11th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. as well as drop-in Financial Aid Application Assistance on December 4th and December 11th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

For more information on the College Fellows program please contact Tricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Members Attend Premier of New Mark Wahlberg Movie, “Instant Family:” Last week Club members were invited to the premier of the new movie “Instant Family” starring former BGCD member, Mark Walhberg. The movie is about a couple who find themselves in over their heads after stumbling into the world of foster care adoption and end up adopting three children.

Our Club members had a fantastic time at the movie premier and had some great reviews of the movie! Many thanks to Mark Wahlberg and the Mark Walhberg Youth Foundation for making this amazing opportunity available to our members.

To learn more about ways that you or your organization can partner with us here at BGCD, please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Elevate Youth Rock Climbing Trips
November 29 & 30

College Fellows Career
Speaker Series
December 3

Ugly Sweater Party
at The Harp & Bard
December 14

Jingle & Mingle at
The Barking Crab
December 19


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November 22, 2018

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Upcoming Winter Registration: Registration for the after school drop in program is currently ongoing. Parents must register and attend an orientation session prior to their child attending programming.

Enrichment program registration will take place on Monday, December 17th from 6:30 – 8PM at the Marr clubhouse This will be for winter programs running January through March. There will also be registration for the February school vacation week. Program registrations will be accepted for all core program areas including athletics, aquatics, education, and more. Please note that some programs may have a small additional registration fee.

Please be sure your child’s membership is up to date. For any questions regarding registration please contact Brendan McDonald at bmacdonald@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Tours Bridgewater State University: The College Fellows program at BGCD hosted a tour of Bridgewater State University last Saturday as part of their annual series of college visits during the school year. Members were able to learn about admission requirements, majors offered and campus life. The College Fellows program will host monthly workshops in December with a career speaker on December 3rd, a session for senior class members on December 4th, Junior class members on December 11th and Freshman/Sophomores on December 18th. We also offer a Middle School Group which will meet on December 11th and 18th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. as well as drop-in Financial Aid Application Assistance on December 4th and December 11th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. For more information on the College Fellows program please contact Tricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Members Attend Premier of New Mark Wahlberg Movie, “Instant Family:” Last week Club members were invited to the premier of the new movie “Instant Family” starring former BGCD member, Mark Walhberg. The movie is about a couple who find themselves in over their heads after stumbling into the world of foster care adoption and end up adopting three children.

Our Club members had a fantastic time at the movie premier and had some great reviews of the movie! Many thanks to Mark Wahlberg and the Mark Walhberg Youth Foundation for making this amazing opportunity available to our members.

To learn more about ways that you or your organization can partner with us here at BGCD, please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Giving Tuesday
November 27 – keep the Club in mind!

Elevate Youth Rock Climbing Trips
November 29 & 30

College Fellows Career Speaker Series
December 3


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November 15, 2018

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BGCD Attends “Hamilton!”: In partnership with the Marilyn Rodman Theater for Kids program, BGCD Board member Don Rodman bought out the Opera House last week so that over 2,000 Greater Boston youth could see the biggest show to hit Broadway in years – “Hamilton!”

As a partner agency of the Rodman Ride for Kids, BGCD sent 150 members and chaperones to see the show. The musical is about the rise and fall of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was the first U.S. Treasury Secretary. The performance offered a great deal of history to our members who were excited for this fun opportunity to learn.

It was an amazing night for all. Thanks to Don for making this fantastic opportunity available to our members.

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BGCD to Host Destination U College Fair: On Wednesday, November 7th BGCD will be hosting our annual Destination U College Fair from 6:30 – 8 PM in the Marr Building. This event is an opportunity fair for life after high school.

Throughout the night there will be college and career panel discussions with admissions officers, alumni, current university students, professionals and college access counselors. Representatives from over 17 different colleges will be attending the event. In addition, we will also be offering food, raffle prizes, collegiate gear, and information on different scholarship opportunities.

To learn more about this event or to RSVP please contact our Education Director, Joel Figueroa, at jfigueroa@ bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD is Accepting Applications for Runners to Join our Team for the 2019 Boston Marathon: Charity runners and registered qualified runners are both welcome to apply, applications are open until spots are full.

All BGCD charity runners will receive an official entry into the 2019 Boston Marathon. All who are accepted to the team will receive: Personalized fundraising support and guidance, team BGCD swag, official race singlet, invaluable team spirit and volunteer support, opportunities for team BGCD runners to stay connected with team members and Club initiatives post-race, invitation to team kickoff event and race weekend festivities, and personalized training plan with team BGCD official running coach, John Furey. Learn more or apply at bgcdorchester.org/boston-marathon/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving Dinner
November 14, 4:30-6 PM

Elevate Youth Rock Climbing Trip
November 29 & 30


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November 6, 2018

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Sunday Night Football Bus Comes to BGCD: The Sunday Night Football Bus, sponsored by NBC-Sports and Comcast, stopped by our Clubhouse last Friday in advance of the New England Patriots hosting the Green Bay Packers last week!

Members got the chance to decorate footballs, received complimentary give-a-ways, toured the bus and participated in plenty of fun interactive activities! Members interacted with Patriots cheerleaders as well as New England mascot, Pat the Patriot, and even pretended to give a live news broadcast using some of the equipment on the bus! We are so thankful to NBC Sports for stopping by our Clubhouse and giving our members this unforgettable experience. Six year old Eithan Anannon was named the winner of the painted football contest and will get to have his ball remain on the bus for the rest of the year!

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College Fellows Kicks off November Programming: Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month head on over to BGCD on the 3rd floor of the McLaughlin Building to take part in our College Fellows program. Sessions are hosted by American Student Assistance, an organization committed to helping kids know themselves, their options, and make informed choices to achieve their education and career goals. On Tuesday, November 13th the program will be targeted at juniors and focusing on self-advocacy.

On Tuesday November 20th it will be available for freshman and sophomores and focusing on learning styles. The session on November 27th is open to all high school students and will feature a guest career speaker. For more information please contact Patricia Chapple at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Hosts Puttin’ on the Glitz’ Grand Drawing Gala: This past weekend Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester hosted our annual Grand Drawing Gala. The event was an enormous success but we could not have done it without the help of our generous and thoughtful sponsors, donors and volunteers. We would especially like to thank our gold sponsor Lee Kennedy Company, Inc; silver sponsors Corcoran Jennison Companies and The Marr Companies; bronze sponsors Joseph E. Corcoran, McDonald Electrical Corporation, S & F Concrete, T.G. Gallagher, Gaston Electrical, and The McIntosh Foundation.

We were very lucky to have Mayor Martin J. Walsh as our guest auctioneer who helped us raise much needed funds that evening. In addition, we heard some inspiring words from our keynote speaker, BGCD member, Viet Ta, about his experiences at the Club.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving Dinner
November 8, 4:30-6

Marlins Swim Team Hosts Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Billerica
November 10

Bridgewater State College Tour
November 17

Elevate Youth Rock Climbing Trip
November 29 & 30


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November 1, 2018

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BGCD Attends “Hamilton!”: In partnership with the Marilyn Rodman Theater for Kids program, BGCD Board member Don Rodman bought out the Opera House last week so that over 2,000 Greater Boston youth could see the biggest show to hit Broadway in years – “Hamilton!”

As a partner agency of the Rodman Ride for Kids, BGCD sent 150 members and chaperones to see the show. The musical is about the rise and fall of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was the first U.S. Treasury Secretary. The performance offered a great deal of history to our members who were excited for this fun opportunity to learn.

It was an amazing night for all. Thanks to Don for making this fantastic opportunity available to our members.

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BGCD to Host Destination U College Fair: On Wednesday, November 7th BGCD will be hosting our annual Destination U College Fair from 6:30 – 8 PM in the Marr Building. This event is an opportunity fair for life after high school.

Throughout the night there will be college and career panel discussions with admissions officers, alumni, current university students, professionals and college access counselors. Representatives from over 17 different colleges will be attending the event. In addition, we will also be offering food, raffle prizes, collegiate gear, and information on different scholarship opportunities.

To learn more about this event or to RSVP please contact our Education Director, Joel Figueroa, at jfigueroa@ bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD is Accepting Applications for Runners to Join our Team for the 2019 Boston Marathon: Charity runners and registered qualified runners are both welcome to apply, applications are open until spots are full.

All BGCD charity runners will receive an official entry into the 2019 Boston Marathon. All who are accepted to the team will receive: Personalized fundraising support and guidance, team BGCD swag, official race singlet, invaluable team spirit and volunteer support, opportunities for team BGCD runners to stay connected with team members and Club initiatives post-race, invitation to team kickoff event and race weekend festivities, and personalized training plan with team BGCD official running coach, John Furey. Learn more or apply at bgcdorchester.org/boston-marathon/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Grand Drawing Gala
November 3

Thanksgiving Dinner
November 14, 4:30-6 PM

Elevate Youth Rock Climbing Trip
November 29 & 30


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October 25, 2018

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Duxbury High School Football Visits BGCD: Members of the Duxbury High School Football Team made their annual trek to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to host an afternoon of fun and games for our members last week. A group of our members returned the favor by attending the football team’s most recent game last Friday night in Duxbury. The Duxbury football team hosted and successfully defeated Silver Lake as our Club members supported and cheered them on!

The Duxbury program has supported BGCD over the past five years with clinics as well as coat drives, gifts for the holidays and more.

Thanks to all of the team members for spending the afternoon with us and good luck to them as they finish off the rest of their season!

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Boston Globe Community Care Day: Volunteer employees from The Boston Globe visited Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester last Thursday for their Annual Community Care Day event. Volunteers spent the day painting the gymnasium space for Club members to enjoy.

The Boston Globe has been visiting BGCD every fall for the past twenty seven years to help out with facility improvements. Our thanks to all of the volunteers who took part and to the Boston Globe for their support of our members.

Our Club hosts a variety of Corporate Community Care days throughout the year. To learn more about how to get involved with other volunteer opportunities or partnerships at the Club, please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Partners with Local Ninety Nine Restaurants: It’s BGCD month at your local Ninety Nine Restaurants! Be sure to stop by Ninety Nine Restaurant locations in Braintree and Quincy this month because every Sunday in October, kids eat free! Plus you can take the opportunity to help support our Clubhouses with awesome raffles, bake-sales and more!

In addition to the funds raised from this partnership, we are also looking forward to our annual ceremony held at the Ninety Nine Restaurant in Quincy honoring our Youth of the Year. The member is named in the spring and the ceremony will recognize a youth who works incredibly hard throughout the year and gives them the chance to receive some much deserved recognition for their work in the community. We are grateful to the Ninety Nine Restaurant for providing our members with these unique opportunities.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Horseback Riding Trip with Elevate Youth
October 25, with WDYC

99 Restaurant Fundraising Month
October 1-31

Halloween Party
October 31, 5-7 PM @ WDYC

Grand Drawing Gala
November 3


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October 18, 2018

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BGCD and Elevate Youth Host Monthly Outdoor Adventures: Following on the heels of two Hiking/ Climbing trips in September, BGCD and Elevate Youth are using the month of October to expose members to Horseback Riding. The first of two trips took part this past Tuesday at the Blazing Saddles program in Randolph. Members learned how to care for and feed the horses, and then set out on rides. A fantastic time was had by all!

Later this month members from our Denney Center Clubhouse will set out on their trip. Thanks to Elevate Youth for their efforts to engage our members in these exciting outdoor adventures!

To learn more about this program or other opportunities at the Club, please contact Mike Joyce at mjoyce@bgcdorchester.org.

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BGCD Partners with Local Ninety Nine Restaurants: It’s BGCD month at your local Ninety Nine Restaurants! Be sure to stop by Ninety Nine Restaurant locations in Braintree and Quincy this month because every Sunday in October, kids eat free! Plus you can take the opportunity to help support our Clubhouses with awesome raffles, bake-sales and more!

In addition to the funds raised from this partnership, we are also looking forward to our annual ceremony held at the Ninety Nine Restaurant in Quincy honoring our Youth of the Year. The member is named in the spring and the ceremony will recognize a youth who works incredibly hard throughout the year and gives them the chance to receive some much deserved recognition for their work in the community. We are grateful to the Ninety Nine Restaurant for providing our members with these unique opportunities.

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BGCD to Hold Annual Grand Drawing Gala November 3rd: Join us at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on Saturday, November 3rd for Puttin’ on the Glitz’ Grand Drawing Gala, benefiting BGCD. Each year our guests eagerly await our signature Grand Drawing, hoping to win one of our unique grand prizes that include vacations, exquisite jewelry, shopping sprees and more! The funds raised from this event allows BGCD to continue to provide 4000 members over 200 quality programs for only $5 a year! We want every child who walks through our doors to have access to life changing opportunities, caring staff and a safe place to learn and grow.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact Patty Lamb at plamb@bgcdorchester.org or by visiting www.bgcdorchester.org/ grand-drawing-gala/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

99 Restaurant Fundraising Month
October 1-31

Camp Shriver Begins
September 21

Halloween Party
October 31, 5-7 PM @ WDYC

Grand Drawing Gala
November 3


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October 11, 2018

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Martin Richard Challenger Sports Program Kicks Off Fall Season: BGCD had a blast partnering with the Martin Richard Foundation last weekend to kick off the Martin Richard Challenger Sports Program. The program allows young people with developmental and physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of sports participation in a safe athletic environment structured to their abilities. Fall is soccer season for those participating in the program. Each week they gather at McConnell Park in Dorchester where children between the ages of 5-12 play at 10 AM and teens play at 11 AM. Special thanks to all of our “buddies” who volunteered to work one on one with each child, ensuring everyone had a great time!

To learn more about this program or other inclusive opportunities at the Club, please contact Maddie Butler at mbutler@bgcdorchester.org.

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L.I.F.T is Seeking Families for Parenting Journey Program: The L.I.F.T program at BGCD is seeking families to help create a diverse group of mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers for a new group who will focus on increasing confidence, capability, and resiliency as individuals and as parents. Those involved will meet every Tuesday once a week for nine weeks. By reflecting on your own childhood, you will be able to choose what kind of parent you want to be, make positive changes, grow and create your own style of parenting – one that reflects your personal vision and values.

The program features activities, engaging group participation, a family style meal and childcare. Space is limited and registration is required by October 18, 2018. Please contact Rosa Beriguete at (617) 288-7120 or at rberiguete@bgcdorchester.org to register.

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BGCD is Accepting Applications for Runners to Join our Team for the 2019 Boston Marathon: Charity runners and registered qualified runners are both welcome to apply, applications are open until spots are full.

All BGCD charity runners will receive an official entry into the 2019 Boston Marathon. All who are accepted to the team will receive: Personalized fundraising support and guidance, team BGCD swag, official race singlet, invaluable team spirit and volunteer support, opportunities for team BGCD runners to stay connected with team members and Club initiatives post-race, invitation to team kickoff event and race weekend festivities, and personalized training plan with team BGCD official running coach, John Furey. Learn more or apply at bgcdorchester.org/boston-marathon/.


UPCOMING EVENTS

99 Restaurant Fundraising Month
October 1-31

Milk St. Cooking Class Begins
October 15

Camp Shriver Begins
October 20

Halloween Party
October 31

Grand Drawing Gala
November 3


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October 4, 2018

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BGCD Host’s Duxbury Beach Party: Thank you to everyone who came out to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester at the Duxbury Beach Party fundraiser this weekend! Everyone had a blast listening to U2 cover band, The Joshua Tree and learning more about all of the great things constantly happening here at the Club.

We are especially appreciative of Tom and Jen Weldon for making this event possible along with the night’s many sponsors Duxbury Dragons Football & Cheerleading, PortSide Real Estate, Powder Point Oysters, McGee PreOwned Superstore, Duxbury Insurance Group, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, JB Robbie Builders Inc., Lee Kennedy and Boston Capital Wealth Management of Raymond James. To learn more about different ways you can get involved and help to support the Club, please visit www.bgcdorchester.org.

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College Fellows October Schedule: There are so many great opportunities with our College Fellows program this coming month! High school freshman and sophomores will have the chance to create a map of goals for the next ten years and brainstorm how to reach those goals on October 16th. A college consultant will be available to juniors to answer questions on how to prepare for senior year on October 9th.

There will also be a FAFSA workshop open to all high school students and parents taking place on October 10th along with office hour nights where students can receive one on one guidance from American Student Assistance on both October 16th and October 30th from 5PM to 7PM.

Email Tricia at pchapple@bgcdorchester.org to take advantage of these incredible resources!

DID YOU KNOW

L.I.F.T is Seeking Families for Parenting Journey Program: The L.I.F.T program at BGCD is seeking families to help create a diverse group of mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers for a new group who will focus on increasing confidence, capability, and resiliency as individuals and as parents. Those involved will meet every Tuesday once a week for nine weeks. By reflecting on your own childhood, you will be able to choose what kind of parent you want to be, make positive changes, grow and create your own style of parenting – one that reflects your personal vision and values.

The program features activities, engaging group participation, a family style meal and childcare. Space is limited and registration is required by October 18, 2018. Please contact Rosa Beriguete at (617) 288-7120 or at rberiguete@bgcdorchester.org to register.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

99 Fundraising Month
October 1-31

Milk St. Cooking Class Begins
October 15

Camp Shriver Returns
October 20

Halloween Party
October 31, 5-7 PM @ WDYC

Grand Drawing Gala
November 3