Pizza with a Purpose Night to Benefit Hyde Square Task Force on Aug. 23

Enjoy delicious hand-made pizzas while raising money for Hyde Square Task Force on August 23. You can help us amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth so they can build a just, equitable Boston. Join us on Thursday, August 23rd from 5:30 to 8 pm at Bella Luna. Tickets are $15 (children 12 and under are free) and you can buy tickets by visiting www.hydesquare.org/pizzawithapurpose.

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Homeless Purebred Lab Puppy Needs Surgery at MSPCA to Fix His Broken Heart

Life for a purebred Labrador puppy named “Hugo,” who was born with a congenital heart condition, has been anything but easy. The nearly three-month-old bundle of cuteness was surrendered last month to the MSPCA-Angell’s Boston adoption center by a local breeder because he could not eat without immediately regurgitating his food—a defect which meant young Hugo could no longer be sold. Hugo was born with a heart problem that made it nearly impossible for him to eat and, if left untreated, could be fatal. Now the MSPCA is raising funds to offset his pending surgery, which will cost upwards of $6,000, but remains the only chance to fix his heart once and for all. Hugo’s Rough Start
Hugo was less than two months old when he was diagnosed with a condition called Persistent Right Aortic Arch, or PRAA, which means part of his heart was wrapped around his esophagus, effectively squeezing his throat and making eating and drinking almost impossible.

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Jamaica Plain Author Susan E. Goodman Wins Massachusetts Book Award

Celebrated Jamaica Plain children’s author Susan E. Goodman recently won the best Picture Book/Early Reader Award in the 17th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. “The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial,” illustrated by E.B. Lewis, tells the story of Sarah Roberts, the brave girl who fought to desegregate Boston’s public schools in the 1800s. Although her family lost its case against the city, the case laid important groundwork for the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that desegregated American schools. “Winning any award is an honor, but acknowledgement from your home state is a real thrill, especially since we have so many great writers here,” said Goodman, a professor of creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge. The 2017 Massachusetts Book Awards were announced last week, marking the most recent accolade for Goodman’s “The First Step.” Her book also won a Jane Addams Peace Award, a 2017 Orbis Pictus Honor Book from the National Council of Teachers of English, a 2017 Carter G. Woodson Honor Book from the National Council of Social Studies and “Kids Best of the Best Book” from Chicago Public Library.

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Spontaneous Celebrations Music is Healing Fair on August 4th

Join Spontaneous Celebrations on August 4th for a community, arts and wellness fair. This all day free event will include musicians, artists, performers, and wellness practitioners. This celebration is family friendly and everyone is welcome. This event is from 10 am to 4 pm and being held at Spontaneous Celebrations (45 Danforth St.).

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