Give Back To Your Community At These Charity Events This Month!

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Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to take part in one of these worthy charity events!  If the warm weather we’ve been having isn’t enough to get you feeling warm and cozy on the inside, these events will do the trick.  Get your hands dirty this month and help clean up the Muddy River near Fenway, donate some old goods, enjoy a fine meal, or get out for a jog!  All of these events give you the opportunity to help others while enjoying yourself!  What could make you feel better than that?

5th Annual Susan G Komen Chefs for the Cure – Want to help fight breast cancer while enjoying a delicious meal?  Chefs from some of Boston’s best restaurants are coming together to whip up their most unique and delicious gourmet dishes for this tasting-style event!  Head over to the Residences at W Boston on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM for this worthy event that will leave you feeling full, having fun, and helping a worthy cause that aims at wiping out a disease that effects millions of families every day.   Participating restaurants include Gaslight, Taranta, Myers + Chang, Citizens Public House, Tastings, and the Granary Tavern. Tickets are $125.00 each and there will also be a raffle and silent auction during the event. Each general admission ticket purchase comes with one complimentary raffle ticket as well!  Proceeds from this event benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation which is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

iChase The Cure 5K for Kids’ Brain Tumors – Cancer is tragic disease for anyone to face, but when children are diagnosed with it, it’s heartbreaking.   Founded by Boston University student Danielle Volman, the iChase the Cure 5k raises money to support various charities that research this disease and create awareness.  The race has been held across the United States and has raised over $55,000 dollars which has been donated to various foundations across the nation.  Make a difference in the lives of children with brain tumors by participating in the 4th annual iChase the Cure 5k race on Saturday, April 13th on the DCR Charles River Esplanade.  The race begins at noon and there will be T-shirts (sizes are only guaranteed if you pre-registered), games, prizes, and much more for the entire family!  Registration is $25.00 per individual ($20.00 for BU students), and on race day is + $5.00 and cash/check only!  Grab your friends, family, and create a team for this deserving cause and enjoy a day of fun in the sun!

15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup – Love that dirty water?  Prove it!  Show your love for Boston by participating in the 15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup Saturday, April 20th from 9 AM – 12 noon.  This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and make an immediate difference in the Boston community.  Volunteers will be helping the Emerald Necklace Association clean the area of the Muddy River by the Fenway.  Participants will be picking up trash, down tree limbs, and performing general cleanup along the river.  All volunteers will even recieve a T shirt at the event, although sizes are first come first serve.  After the event, volunteers can celebrate their success at a local park from 12 noon – 1 PM with food and music, details will be announced at the event.  Make sure you wear clothes and sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a pair of work gloves and some water!

South Shore Humane Society Yard Sale – Who doesn’t love adorable rescue animals?  Now’s your chance to lend them a helping hand!  Stop by Braintree Town Hall on Washington St. in Braintree on Saturday, April 27th for a yard sale that benefits the South Shore Humane Society!  You never know what treasures you might uncover at a yard sale, and now you don’t have to feel guilty about going because it benefits a great cause!  If you can’t make it to the actual yard sale but would be willing to donate an item or two to be sold, contact 781-843-8824.

Which one of these events is right up your alley?  Lend a helping hand this month and you’ll feel the rewards instantly.  There’s no better feeling than knowing that you made a big difference in someone’s life by only taking a moment out of yours.  Whether you want to enjoy a gourmet meal, go for a run, help the environment, or go shopping, you can do it all, all while supporting worthy causes!

Photo By: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District





Free Events This October!

We already posted about events going on this October in Massachusetts, but in case you’re trying to stay budget friendly and save up for the holidays, here are some free event listings going on this month.  What’s better than walking around Boston, taking in some art, trying some new food, or watching a famous sporting event?  Not much, especially when these events are all free!

Boston Local Food Festival – Taking place this Sunday, October 7th from 11AM – 5 PM the Boston Local Food Festival is hosting their 3rd Annual Event which promotes the joys and health benefits of eating local food.  Presented by Teddie Peanut Butter, this free food festival will feature demos and samples from local farmers and some of the best restaurants in New England.  There will also be live music, a Fishstock and Seafood showdown, and a family fun zone for those with youngsters.  For a program with the complete schedule activities at the festival, click here.  Head over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston this weekend (right near the aquarium and State St) and support some great local businesses and enjoy some fresh fruit!

Opening Our Doors 2012Opening Our Doors is an annual event in the Fenway that celebrates some of Boston’s best cultural and academic institutions, community organizations and business partners.  Families, students, and friends are encouraged to celebrate this event on Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day) which begins at 10 AM with their opening ceremony and performance and ends that day at 4 PM.  Throughout the day, participants will be able to take part in a variety of free, culturally diverse activities.  Events range from historical tours, music and dance performances, lectures, walking tours of Fenway, indoor kite flying, glass blowing demonstrations, and much more.  For a complete list of the day’s events, click here.

Head of the Charles Regatta – This is the world’s second largest two-day rowing event and you can watch it all happen for free October 20-21st at Boston’s Hatch Shell.  This event is expected to have over 9,000 rowers competing in over 56 races, and over 300,000 spectators there watching, so get there early if you want a good seat!  Participants vary in age and skill level, competitors will range from collegiate athletes to club members to Olympic athletes so competition will be fierce.  The route is 3.2 miles and has many sharp turns that are difficult to naviagate along the way.  Winners from each race are given the title “Head of the Charles” which is taken from English tradition.  This event benefits multiple local charities so is a great cause to support and there will be food trucks as well as free give aways from sponsors.  Stop by this world-famous event this month, it will be a memory you definitely won’t forget!

1st Annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace Street Theater Festival – This exciting event celebrates some of the world’s most talented street performers.  Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st take a stroll around Faneuil Hall and watch some of these amazing shows.  There will be acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, magicians, musicians, and even more.  The event begins at 11 AM each day and ends at 7 PM each night.  Acts will be taking place throughout the day, so use these exciting, culturally enhancing shows as an excuse to get out, do some window shopping, or grab a bite in Quincy Market, you definitely won’t be bored!

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Whatever you’re interested in, there are budget friendly events going on all month.  For those of you into art, music, sports, or food then we’ve got you covered this month!  Head out with family, friends, or yourself and soak up some local culture while enjoying the city, there’s no reason not to especially since all of these events are free!

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