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Program Updates

Program listings below are for the next several weeks. For a complete schedule of all BNAN programs check our newsletter posted online, or check listings by date using the calendar. To receive BNAN's free, biweekly eNews with program, event and news updates, please subscribe below. For more information or to register for a program (unless otherwise noted) email info@bostonnatural.org or phone 617-542-7696. BNAN programs and events are free, all are welcome.

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Sounds of the Garden
Thursday, July 24
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
LEYLAND STREET COMMUNITY
GARDEN, 6-18 LEYLAND STREET,
DORCHESTER

The Sounds of the Garden concert series will begin with a festive night of local musicians! Come out to enjoyd a night of Brazilian-inspired originals, including samba and bossa nova standards, performed by local musicians Deborah and Giovani Rocha. Please bring a blanket or chair. Rain cancels the event. For more information, contact info@bostonnatural.org or for the complete concert schedule click here.


Resilient Gardens
Thirsty Gardens
Saturday, July 26
9:30 AM – 10:45AM
WEST SPRINGFIELD ST. COMMUNITY GARDEN,
106-116 WEST SPRINGFIELD ST., SOUTH END

Cut your water bill and make your garden more resilient.We will investigate the use of mulches, watering methods, and rain barrels to reduce water needs in the garden. Check the BNAN website and Facebook page for additional Thirsty Gardens workshops. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.


Seed Share Series
Saving Seed
Saturday, July 26
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
EAST BOSTON BRANCH OF
THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
365 BREMEN ST, EAST BOSTON

Why buy seeds every year when you can save your own from your most tasty and productive plants? This workshop and hands-on demonstration led by BNAN in partnership with MayorWalsh’s Office of Food Initiatives and the Boston Public Library will teach you how to collect, process, and store seeds from beans, lettuce, tomatoes and other garden favorites. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.


Neponset River Greenway
Neponset Greenway Discovery
Day at Ryan Playground
Saturday, July 26
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
RYAN PLAYGROUND
340 RIVER STREET, MATTAPAN

Enjoy an afternoon of family fun at this riverside park! Splash in the wading pool and spray deck at Ryan Playground in Mattapan.Tour the future Neponset Trail, do nature crafts with park interpreters or fitness activities for the family. Co-sponsored by BNAN,MA DCR and Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition.


Neponset River Greenway
Neponset River Geology Walk
Wednesday, July 30
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
MEET AT
MILTON T-STOP ON THE RED LINE TROLLEY DOWNSTAIRS
MILTON

Les Tyrala, registered geologist, will again lead an after-work geology walk along the lowermost reaches of the Neponset River where it enters a tidal estuary.We will look at the sedimentary rock evidence of ancient mountains, broad shallow seas and recent glacial features. This is an easy walk along the Neponset River Greenway, the old Baker Chocolate factory, quiet side streets and public green spaces in MiltonVillage/ Dorchester Lower Mills. Cosponsored by Boston Natural Areas Network and Neponset River Watershed Association.Pre-registration required: contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.


Neponset River Greenway
Mattapan on Wheels: 4th Annual
Saturday, August 2
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
MEET AT MATTAPAN FARMERS MARKET
525 RIVER STREET, MATTAPAN

The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) hosts this event to raise awareness about bike-ability in Mattapan and to get the community exercising. Join in on one of two bike rides – Family (Ages 8+) or Advanced – touring the Neponset River Greenway as well as community gardens in Mattapan. Bikes available to borrow for free! New this year is a “Fam Jam Playway” at Kennedy Garden on nearby Edgewater Drive, which will be a healthy block party with activities for all ages. This event is planned by MFFC Vigorous Youth. For more information or to reserve a bike, visit mattapanonwheels4.eventbrite.com or mattapanonwheels@gmail.com.


Seed Share Series
Saving Seed
Saturday,August 2
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
GROVE HALL BRANCH OFTHE
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
41 GENEVA AVENUE,DORCHESTER

Why buy seeds every year when you can save your own from your most tasty and productive plants? This workshop and hands-on demonstration led by BNAN in partnership with Mayor Walsh’s Office of Food Initiatives and the Boston Public Library will teach you how to collect, process, and store seeds from beans, lettuce, tomatoes and other garden favorites. Registration required by contacting 617-542-7696 or info@bostonnatural.org.


Neponset River Greenway
Watercolor Workshop
Monday, August 4
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
CITY NATIVES
30 EDGEWATER DRIVE, MATTAPAN

Join Cathy Garnett, a talented painter and retired MA DCR Neponset Greenway Planner, as she leads the group through basic watercolor technique.With the river as our backdrop, we’ll focus on the garden and its plants as our subject matter.All materials provided. Beginners and experienced painters welcome. Youth ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. To register, contact info@bostonnatural.org or 617-542-7696.


Join BNAN and DCR
PUBLIC MEETING
KENNEDY PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
ABCD's Mattapan Family Service Center
353 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
(Please use River Street Entrance)

At this meeting, DCR will present the design and construction plans for improvements to the Kennedy Playground. The presentation will be viewable after the meeting on DCR's website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/. If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email DCR.Updates@state.ma.us.


Tastes of the Garden
Cultural Fusion Cuisine
Tuesdays August 5, August 19 and September 9
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ashley Street East Boston YMCA, 54 Ashley Street, East Boston

Join BNAN and the East Boston YM CA for a delicious evening of cooking. Explore different techniques for fusion cooking with a focus on local produce, while learning how to add new flavor to summer favorites! Registration required, limited space. To register call 617-542-7696 or email dana@bostonnatural.org
Download Tastes series flyer here.


Sounds of the Garden
Lloyd Thayer
Thursday,August 7
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
DARTMOUTH GREEN
29-31 DARTMOUTH STREET, SOUTH END

Come sing along to old and newAmerican folk and blues tunes with Lloyd Thayer on the resonator guitar and harmonica. Please bring a blanket or chair. Rain cancels the event. For more information, contact info@bostonnatural.org.
To download complete concert schedule click here.


Volunteer Opportunity
with the Boston Public Health Commission, Franklin Park Coalition, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Cares


Boston’s Parks Count

Saturday, September 6 (with a rain date of Sunday September 7). Volunteers will be needed in 3-hour shifts. They will be able to select which shift they prefer: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers will be stationed in pairs at park entrances. One volunteer will be counting the number of people entering the park. The other volunteer will be asking a subset of people to take a brief self-administered survey on park assets and demographics upon exiting the park.

It is hoped this information will help determine the number of people using parks, what park assets are most valuable, and ultimately make parks more accessible to all residents. To register: visit http://www.bostoncares.org/parkscount For more information: email ParksCount2@bphc.org or dlay@bphc.org


Urban & Green Newsletter

The summer 2014 issue of BNAN's Urban & Green Newsletter is available online. Included in the newsletter is the BNAN calendar of summer events and programs. Read it to find out what's happening in Boston's Community Gardens, Urban Wilds and along the Neponset and East Boston Greenways. Click here for current and past newsletters