Free Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Master Class with Hyde Square Task Force This Friday

Don't miss an opportunity to learn and perform Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba with Sasi Marcelino this Friday. Join the Hyde Square Task Force for a Master Class on Friday, May 24 from 6 to 8 pm at Hyde Square Task Force where you will have the chance to learn both Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance, as well as its rich history. All levels are welcome. The next day, join Hyde Square Task Force youth for a culminating performance on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.). Rain Location: Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside St.).

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Jamaica Plain Girl Scouts Entertain Mount Pleasant Home Residents

The sixth graders of Girl Scout Troop 85316 in Jamaica Plain recently visited the Mount Pleasant  Home to play BINGO, share stories, and enjoy a meal together with residents. Girl Scout Troop 85315 regularly visits the nonprofit residential home to entertain the seniors during their April 26 visit. The girls are Cadette-level members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council.

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Support Local Children in Need by Donating to Cradles for Crayons; Curtis Hall Drop-off

Cradles to Crayons is partnering with Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Boston Children’s Museum to call on Boston residents to participate in a city-wide collection of children’s essentials. As communities take on spring cleaning and clear out their closets this season, the Boston-based nonprofit asks to keep the collection in mind and donate any new and gently used clothing, shoes, books, and small toys at one of the participating drop-off points throughout the city. The drive will culminate in the fun, hands-on Boston Collect & Sort volunteer event at Boston’s Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Auditorium on May 4. Collections are ongoing through May 3 at the following drop-off locations:
BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center – Jamaica Plain
20 South St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

BCYF Roche Community Center – West Roxbury
1716 Centre St.

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Boston’s Inclusive Community Sports Day at Hennigan School April 27

Special Olympics Massachusetts, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the Boston Police Department will host Boston’s Inclusive Community Sports Day at the James W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain on April 27. This is the first time Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston have partnered with each other for this kind of event. The goal of the event is to come together as a community to celebrate inclusion and wellness while providing information about the work done by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. There will be free activities for all ages and abilities, including sports stations for soccer and track & field, fitness activities, yoga, wellness booths, nutrition tips, healthy foods from the Fresh Truck, Boston Police Department ice cream truck and so much more! Everyone is welcome: families, children, teens, and adults, those with and without disabilities, Boston residents and non-Boston residents.

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Sherrill House Names New Director of Expressive Therapy & Recreation, Promotes Local Nurses

Sherrill House, a Jamaica Plain not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently announced the appointment of Kshitij Rawal as Director of Expressive Therapy and Recreation, and also promoted several nurses. Rawal is a professional musician and full-time music and expressive therapist at Sherrill House. He is responsible for overseeing the program led by two board-certified music therapists who regularly provide comfort, a sense of community and psychosocial and emotional support for residents through music. “Rawal brings an impressive background and admirable dedication to our residents and community,” said Patrick Stapleton, CEO of Sherrill House, via press release. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Rawal is the first musician in his family.

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