Summer Fun in the Talbot Norfolk Triangle

Posted July 7th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, Healthy Mattapan

The Talbot Norfolk Triangle has tons of great activities this summer! View a flyer here or read on to learn about community events, entertainment, healthy food options, and an exercise group!

Family Fun Nights  in TNT launch Monday, July 9th and will run until August 13.  Expect a season of great programming that  includes music, games, dancing and more! On 7/9, come out for Jewelry Making, a a Gospel Concert, Fresh Fruit & Smoothies from  7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Everyone welcome – free event! All family fun nights take place at at Elmhurst Park (map).

Summer Fun for 5-12: Sports, dance, art – free summer activities everyday at Elmhurst Park for KIDS AGES 5-12. Special Pretty Tween Girls on Mondays & Wednesdays at Elmhurst Park at 12:30 p.m. No Cost! Registration Form on site at 15 Elmhurst St. Staffing by The Boston Project Ministries and Parent Volunteers. Any questions, contact the Boston Project  Ministries • 617-929-0925 • 15 Elmhurst Street, Dorchester. Runs from  Monday, July 9th until Thursday, August 16th

TNT Walking Group: Join Carla and neighbors for a walk around the Talbot Norfolk Triangle community. Get healthy and meet friends & neighbors.  Every Tuesday & Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Starts at 15 Elmhurst Street.

Fair Foods:  $2 a bag for pounds and pounds of fresh produce! Available every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Elmhurst Park. Live elsewhere in Dorchester? Check out all of Fair Foods other  locations. This terrific non-profit enhancing is food access citywide.

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UPDATED: Mattapan Moving for Life, Jun. 9

Posted June 3rd, 2012 by Joel and filed in Healthy Mattapan, Move Dorchester, News

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition’s annual promotion of health and active living will take place on Saturday, June 9, showcasing Mattapan resources. Take a 2-mile walk through Boston Nature Center! Enjoy nutritional demonstrations! Fun activities for children! Raffles! Giveaways! Volunteers for the planning committee are always welcome. for further information, please call (617)348-6292. You can view an updated flyer here. Register to let MFFC know you’re coming at and receive a free t-shirt.  In collaboration with the Boston Nature Center: 500 Walk Hill Street Mattapan, MA 02126.

Volunteers wanted! Your help is needed to ensure the success of Mattapan Moving for Life. Are you available to help with the tasks below? Even a one hour commitment would be a big help. Please e-mail Theresa if you can help:

8:00am Set-up
8:45am – 10:00am -Two people to stand at corner of Harvard St/Morton St to direct folks to Nature Center
8:30am Registration Table, Water/Oranges Station
11:45am – 12:15pm Cooking Matters Demonstration (assistant)
1:00pm Clean-up


Seed, Sow & Grow: Container Gardening, Jun. 2

Posted May 25th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Mattapan, News

Containers help city-dwellers make the most of small garden spaces with flowers, herbs and vegetables. In this hands-on workshop, we learn how to effectively grow in all kinds of containers, from burlap sacks to raised beds. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or
Saturday, June 2
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan


Boston Compost Visioning Meeting, Mar. 29

Posted February 28th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Mattapan, News

Got healthy soil? The answer in today’s Boston, is, sadly, “probably not.” But fear not! Gardeners, environmental advocates, and pro-composters are (once more) convening! Join them at the Boston Nature Center at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Learn the history of composting in Boston and the status of current Boston leaf composting program (through a viewing or tour of the site). Participants will envision a new compost infrastructure and determine what would need to be done to achieve it! Please RSVP to Continue on for the full invitation. Continue Reading »


Heating Up the Greenhouse with BNAN, Mar. 3

Posted February 17th, 2012 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Mattapan

Heat up the Greenhouse! Help Boston Natural Areas Network build a new composting system in the City Natives greenhouse that will extend the growing season earlier into the spring! To volunteer, contact Eirka at or by phone at (617)542-7696. Greenhouse opportunity takes place Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan, MA.


Family Fun Friday! Jan 20

Posted January 6th, 2012 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Mattapan

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition / Healthy on the Block – Mattapan, Mattahunt Community Center, Wheelock College, and the Strategic Alliance for Health present your last chance to participate in a Family Fun Friday! On Jan 20, 4:30 to 6 PM, there will be healthy tasting demonstrations by Chef Rhonda from “Seasoned with Soul,” along with fitness by Irina Martinez of “Xclusive Double Dutch.” At the Mattahunt Community Center, 100 Hebron Street – don’t forget to bring sneakers!


Neponset River Trail Mtg., Nov. 17

Posted November 4th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Mattapan, Move Dorchester

On Thursday, November 17, The Department of Conservation and Recreation Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MA DCR) will hold a public meeting on the Neponset River Trail. At the meeting, DCR will provide an update on the pathway project to link the Lower Neponset River Trail to the Neponset Esplanade, including information on a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant application submitted by DCR for federal funding for the project. DCR will also seek additional public input on potential design opportunities.

The meeting will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Foley Senior Residences Dining Room, 249 River Street, Mattapan, MA. View a flyer here.

With questions, please call 617-626-4974 or email


Neponset Trail Extension Public Meeting Aug 30

On Tuesday August 30, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Foley Senior Residences Dining Room, 249 River Street, Mattapan, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will discuss, and solicit public input on, recommended alternative trail extension between Central Avenue in Milton and Blue Hill Avenue in Boston to link the Lower Neponset River Trail to the Neponset Esplanade.

Maps and plans available for viewing starting at 6:30 PM. Please help pass along this meeting notice especially to those who live in Mattapan and Milton, to help generate a sizeable community presence at this meeting that can provide feedback about this critical missing piece. If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email DCR.


Neponset Greenway Extension Would Serve Mattapan

Posted August 1st, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Mattapan

A proposed 1-mile extension of the Neponset Greenway between Central Avenue in Milton and Mattapan Square would help knit together a regional off-road trail for walking and biking and give Mattapan residents access to a path they, like other Massachusetts residents, are paying tax dollars for. Proponents of the extension cite the health benefits to Mattapan residents, increase in property values, trail “completion” and social equity in urban planning as ample justification for the project. Opponents have mainly focused on safety issues: some Milton residents have expressed concern over the possibility that the linkage would bring perceived crime and/or violence to Milton; and the MBTA has objected to a possible at-grade train track crossing during  a point in time when the ‘T’ is trying to engineer such crossings out of existence. View a related video from Press Pass TV below or read more in the Dorchester Reporter. Continue Reading »


Neponset River Greenway Festival

Posted July 7th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester, Healthy Mattapan, Move Dorchester, News

Every summer, Boston Natural Areas Network, in partnership with MA DCR, local businesses, non-profits and residents, organizes the Neponset River Greenway Festival, celebrating the Neponset River and its many offerings in Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park and Milton. BNAN populates the river’s “multi-use walking and biking trail and many riverfront parks with family oriented events.”  Enjoy films, strolls, swims, tunes, moonlight paddling, and many other fun events – all for free! Continue Reading »