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Charity Events This Month

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We all love going out to fun events, but why not head to something where you can have fun and give back to the community?  There are tons of fun charity events going on this September where you can have some laughs, meet new people, and help those that are less fortunate than you.  What’s not to like?

25th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk –  Presented by Hyundai, this annual walk allows participants to follow the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route, and you can either walk the full route or there are three shorter options to choose from.  There is a $300 fundraising minimum and the money raised benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and makes a major difference in their mission to cure all types of cancer.  The walk is set to take place on Sunday, September 8th and is the Jimmy Fund’s largest one-day fundraising event.  Can’t walk on the day of the event?  Sign up to volunteer, donate, or even become a virtual walker!  Whatever way you can help out on walk day is sure to make a major difference in the fight to find a cure, which is something we all want!

Play Fore Paws – Love to golf?  Sign up for the Play Fore Paws event taking place on September 8th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen!  The event benefits Survivor Tails Animal Rescue, an organization that rescues, rehomes, rehabilitates homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs and cats and places them in loving, responsible forever homes. Head to Methuen for a fun day of golf as well as a 4-person best ball, gift bag, and banquet award dinner.  There will be prizes for first, second, and last place as well as hole in one, longest drive, and closest to the pin prizes.  In addition to all of those awesome awards, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, and special appearance from some of the Patriots Cheerleaders!  The event begins at 12 noon and costs $150 per person, or $600 per foursome.  Not only will this be a day full of fun in the sun, but you’ll be helping out a wonderful cause and a lot of deserving animals!

Project Smile Charity Date Auction – Created by Project Smile to raise funds for traumatized children, this event is the perfect girls or guys night out and draws over 500 young professionals to Gypsy bar in Boston!  Project Smile will be auctioning off dates with 40 single police officers, fire fighters, and some of Boston’s most eligible men and women ages 21-45.  This event is Friday, September 14th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM and tickets are $17 and can either be purchased in advance or at the door.  There will be music, appetizers, a cash bar inside the event, and of course fun for all!

Life Is Good Festival – Taking place at Prowse Farm in Canton, this two day festival benefits the Life is Good Kids Foundation and will be from September 21st-22nd.  This event is a celebration of optimism and music, and there will be three stages of performances throughout the weekend along with plenty of activities, games, arts & crafts, and a “Good Kids Zone” for the little ones.  One day tickets cost $65 for adults, $20 for kids or you can purchase a two day ticket which costs $120 for adults and $35 for kids.   This year’s performers include Jack Johnson, The Roots, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Yo Gabba Gabba! for the kids, and many more.  This event is perfect for all members of the family, and supports a wonderful local cause so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!

Which one of these events do you plan on attending?  They are all fun days or nights out and a great opportunity to meet new people, have a few laughs, and do a lot of good so don’t miss out!

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Free Events This April

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We’re back with one of our favorite posts, free events this month!  Who doesn’t love getting something for free?  Take advantage of these events this month and listen to a concert, attend a seminar, watch the Boston Marathon, or learn to cook, all for FREE.  How can you say no to that?  Check out this list of upcoming festivities and choose which one(s) you’ll be attending!

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Free Concert –  Head over to Jordan Hall in Boston on Wednesday, April 3rd for Berklee’s free spring concert!  There will be various musical selections performed by the Symphony Orchestra, and during the second half of the concert, acclaimed guest musicians will also perform with the orchestra including pianist Danilo Perez who serves as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival.  Many talented musicians will be performing at this event so don’t miss your chance to see these highly trained and talented artists perform for free!

First Time Home Buyer’s Seminar – First time home buyer?  Prudential Unlimited Realty is hosting this free seminar where there will be many tips, strategies, and statistics from professionals.  The seminar is in Jamaica Plain from 10 AM to 12 PM and there will be a home inspector, mortgage consultant, real estate attorney, financial planner, and buyer’s agent all on hand for discussions.  This course is an extremely valuable resource for first time home buyers and when it comes to understanding the process, while you’re at it, give us a call at MassDrive for a homeowner’s insurance quote!

Cooking Demo and Discussion with the author of ‘Homemade Summer – Take a stroll along Newbury St this April before heading to Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston on Tuesday, April 16th at 7 PM for this unique event.  Yvette van Boven, author of the cookbook ‘Homemade Summer‘ has previously found success when it comes to writing cook books, and now she’s back to share her knowledge with participants at this event.  She will be presenting her favorite recipes for spring and summer and of course there will be samples for all attendees.  For the demo she will be preparing Mint Lemmo cocktails, arugula cake with pine nuts, and feta & olive cake.  You’d have to be crazy to turn down this party, so enjoy the beautiful scenery in Boston during the spring and then head over to Trident Booksellers, you won’t be sorry!

Boston Marathon – This event is a Boston legend, and you can watch it live!  This race begins in Hopkinton, and the course runs through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and finally Boston where tired runners cross the finish line right in Copley Square.  Unlike most sporting events, spectators don’t need tickets!  Find a spot on the route where you would want to watch from and get there early.  Fans can watch the race live on TV or along the route itself.  You can view a map of the course here.  Race day is Monday, April 15th and the first participants leave the finish line at 9 AM.

Whether you’re going out on the town with friends, family, little ones, or your significant other, there’s a free event for you to enjoy this month!

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Top Events in Massachusetts This April!

It’s that time of the month, our updates on things to do and places to be this month are here! We’ve found both family friendly and adult only events going on across Massachusetts this month that will feature something to interest everyone! The beginning of Spring is the perfect time to get out and about in our beautiful state and we’ve found some of the best events taking place this month so get ready to get out and about this April!

Can you believe that Easter is almost here? The Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA is hosting a special event the Saturday before Easter, April 7th that is sure the entertain children of all ages. The event begins at 10AM and lasts until 3PM. Activities include a scavenger hunt, crafts, a chance to meet the zookeepers, story time, and of course pictures with the Easter Bunny! Entrance to the event is $13 for adults and $9 for children. Suggested donations for a picture with the Easter Bunny are $5 and all proceeds benefit the Stone Zoo. http://www.zoonewengland.org/page.aspx?pid=268

One of the biggest events in Massachusetts is the Boston Marathon, and it’s taking place this month! Monday, April 16 is the day that the streets of downtown Boston are filled with supporters and fans of this yearly event. This year marks the 116th anniversary of the world’s oldest annual marathon which begins in Hopkinton, MA and ends right in front of the Boston Public Library on Boylston St in Boston. Thousands of runners compete every year on Patriot’s day and even more fans line the streets of the route to watch the runners battle it out to the finish line.

Looking for the perfect family friendly event to bring the kids this month? What kid can resist Sesame Street? For one weekend this month, April 20-22, Elmo and friends will be showing kids how they can be anything they want with their imagination. Sesame St Live is coming to the Boston University Agganis Arena and tickets range from $15-$43. This is the perfect event to bring the kids to this month, it is both educational and entertaining and will encourage them to expand their minds. For more information visit http://sesamestreetlive.com/boston-ma-1

Boston Comic Con is one of the biggest events taking place in the city this month. This April 21-22, Comic Book and Art fans can come together at the Hynes Convention Center to enjoy a film festival, art auction, portfolio review by Marvel Comic artists themselves and guest comic book artists. Tickets are $20 for one day or $35 for the whole weekend. If you would like more information regarding guests, exhibitions, and events you can visit the official website for Boston Comic Con 2012.

Want a new idea for date night this month? What about the Boston Bacon and Beer Festival? Last year’s event sold out so be sure to get your tickets ASAP! It’s also an event you can feel good about, as all proceeds benefit the local hunger relief organizations Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings. The event takes place Saturday, April 28 from 2:30 -5 PM at the House of Blues and tickets are $37 each.

These events are sure to please both adults and children! Be sure to check them out and let us know what your favorite activity was this month!

 

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Massachusetts Runners in 2009 NY Marathon

A grad total of 675 Massachusetts runners completed the 2009 ING New York City Marathon with 42,000 + athelets from around the world. Pete Rooney was the first Massachusettes man to finish with a time of 2:20:34, a personal best. The top Massachusetts woman to finish was Jamison Lower with a 3:03:33 time. Rooney and Lower have easily qualified for the 2010 Boston Marathon in April. The winner of the 2009 ING New York City Marathon was American Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win this marathon since 1982.

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