Bailemos! Dance for Youth with Salsa and Bachata Lessons April 13

Dance the afternoon away while raising money for youth in Jamaica Plain on April 13. Join Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside St.) on April 13 from 3 to 6 pm. The afternoon will kick off with the opportunity to take salsa and bachata lessons from incredible instructors: Burju and Victor Perez, Masacote Dance School Director, Angie Egea, and more. The lessons will be followed by social dancing, Hyde Square Task Force youth performances, and a raffle with amazing prizes! All ages and levels are welcome.

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Celebrate Three Kings Day with Parade and Parranda in Hyde Square on Jan. 5

Join Hyde Square Task Force to celebrate Three Kings Day on January 5, 2019. We will start at 11 am at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library to decorate crowns, read a book about Three Kings Day and learn a traditional parranda song. At 12 pm, we will parade and sing down Centre Street with Fabiola Mendez and her band to Hyde Square Task Force. Refreshments will be provided and each child attending the event will receive a free book. For more information, please contact Sarah at sarah@hydesquare.org or 617-318-6610.

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Hyde Square Task Force’s Making Change Happen Breakfast on Nov. 30

Hyde Square Task Force will be hosting our annual Making Change Happen Breakfast on November 30. The breakfast will support our mission to amplify the voices of youth, their power and creativity, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage. The breakfast is from 7:30 to 9 am at WilmerHale (60 State St., 26th Floor, Boston, MA 02109) to celebrate our accomplishments from the past year and look towards the future. We will also be honoring Alberto Vasallo III, President and CEO of El Mundo; and Alexis Agrinsoni, Hyde Square Task Force alumnus and Regional Disaster Relief Manager of Red Cross Los Angeles, and Liberty Mutual Insurance. All proceeds from the Making Change Happen Breakfast will go to support our work with more than 800 children, youth and college students through Afro-Latin arts, education, and civic engagement programming so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.

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10 Jamaica Plain Nonprofits to Support on #GivingTuesday

First there was Thanksgiving, then came Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, which were then followed by the virtuous #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is an international day of giving before we get into the commercialized holiday season -- and here are just a few Jamaica Plain nonprofits that help the community in many ways. All of these nonprofits accept donations in different forms and many are also eager to have volunteers donate their time to help their programs. Please contact them for more info. Bikes Not Bombs (284 Amory St. and 18 Bartlett Square) is a unique local nonprofit that "uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change."

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Boo! Halloween Festival in Hyde Square!

Looking for a fun family-friendly event on Halloween? Stop by Hyde Square Task Force’s 5th Annual Halloween Festival for carnival games, activities, arts, crafts and free treats! The Festival will take place on Halloween from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza (361 Centre St.). This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force’s ¡Viva el Latin Quarter! community events.

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