Celebrate Hyde Square Task Force’s Birthday with Fundraiser on Oct. 18

The Hyde Square Task Force is turning 27 on October 18th and wants you to celebrate with them. Celebrate the Task Force's birthday at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes and help to amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth so they can build a just and equitable Boston. A portion of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to Hyde Square Task Force all day at the Mooyah (225 Centre St.). Make sure to let the cashier know that you are participating in the fundraiser by showing a Hyde Square Task Force social media post, email or flyer when you order. Social media posts can be found on Instagram @hydesquaretf and Facebook as Hyde Square Task Force.

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Eliot School and A Far Cry to Receive $300K Through Barr Klarman Arts Initiative

Two Jamaica Plain organizations, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts and A Far Cry, were recently selected to receive in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between two Boston-based foundations - The Barr Foundation and The Klarman Family Foundation – for a $25 million, six-year investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts. Participating organizations receive flexible, multi-year operating support grants, in addition to training and technical assistance from TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research firm. Both the Eliot School's and A Far Cry's engagements in the initiative begin with two grants totaling $300,000 from Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation over three years, an endorsement of the organizations' work inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. “We are honored to be chosen for this welcome initiative to strengthen the arts in Massachusetts.

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Interactive Artwork, Free Mangos and More at Mariposas y Mangos on Oct. 13

Mariposas y Mangos is a Hyde Square Task Force event on Oct. 13th that aims to gather all generations of people through engagement with interactive artwork and storytelling about Afro-Latin cultures. Come make something creative to add your voice to the artwork, enjoy free mangos and join the discussion with Haitian and Dominican artists Chanel Thervil and Iris Lapaix. This event is from 2 to 4 pm and is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Latinx Heritage Month event series. Visit hydesquare.org for more information about the other events in the series.

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Jamaica Plain Resident Named Executive Chef at JP’s Community Servings

Community Servings, a nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, recently announced the appointment of Brian Hillmer as its new executive chef. Hillmer, a resident of Jamaica Plain, brings years of culinary experience in Boston-area restaurants to the role of executive chef at Community Servings, where he is responsible for overseeing all kitchen operations including the preparation, cooking, packaging, handling and storage of 2,500 daily meals that are tailored to meet the requirements of more than 15 different medical diets. Hillmer succeeds Kevin Conner, who has been promoted to director of food service at Community Servings. “We are very excited about Brian joining the team and Kevin advancing into a management role that will be vitally important as our organization triples the output of made-from-scratch meals from our kitchen as part of our expansion project,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. Hillmer previously served as the culinary director for the Tavern in the Square restaurant company, responsible for operations at 13 locations across four brands.

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JP’s Kristie Bezreh Sparring in Haymakers for Hope Belles of the Brawl to Beat Up Cancer

Forest Hills resident Kristie Bezreh is taking a shot at knocking out cancer by fighting in the 6th Annual Haymakers for Hope Belles of the Brawl charity boxing event on Wednesday, October 10th at the House of Blues Boston. Bezreh is amongst 32 other brave individuals residing in the Greater Boston and North Shore areas who will be stepping into the squared circle at this year’s event on October 10 to raise money for Haymakers’ beneficiary, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Funds raised will go towards cancer research and other cancer focused research facilities. Leading up to the main event, Bezreh was strategically paired with a boxing gym and coach to guide her through the vigorous four-month training cycle. Since its inception in 2009, Haymakers for Hope (H4H) has raised nearly $10 million for cancer research and has trained more than 500 participants by providing them with four months of free boxing training from prominent local gyms in anticipation of their first amateur sanctioned boxing match in front of a live audience.

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