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Jean Appolon Expressions hosts an exhilarating fusion of rhythm, movement, and cultural celebration with African Dance Workout Sessions at The Dewitt Center!

About African Dance Workout Sessions: Immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of African dance, connecting with its roots and storytelling through movement. All levels of experience are welcome! Whether you're a seasoned dancer or taking your first steps, this event is designed for everyone.

When: Every Monday from January 8th, 2024 — March 25th, 2024; from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

Where: The Dewitt Center (located at 122 Dewitt Dr., Roxbury MA 02119) 

Cost: FREE for Madison Park Village members; $15 for General Admission; $10 for JAE members

| Register for this event here |

For more information about The Dewitt Center Holiday Party, please contact Zeyanna Defortunato, Dewitt Center Program Manager, at [email protected].

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MPDC's OEP/HiSET Classes have returned for 2024!

About OEP/HiSET: Join us at MPDC for an exciting opportunity to embark on a journey toward educational empowerment through our Opportunity Employment Program (OEP). Designed to support individuals seeking to earn their high school equivalency credentials, this comprehensive program provides a supportive and engaging learning environment that fosters academic growth and personal development. Whether you're looking to advance your career, pursue higher education, or achieve a personal milestone, OEP/HiSET courses are here to guide you every step of the way. Enroll now!

When: January 2024 — April 2024 (with a short recess from February 19th — February 23rd); time TBA

Where: MPDC's Offices (located at 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury MA 02119)

Cost: FREE (registration required)

| Register for MPDC's OEP here |

For more information about MPDC's Opportunity Employment/HiSET Program, please contact Carlos Taveras, OEP Coordinator, at [email protected].

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Celebrate Black History Month with The Dewitt Center!

About the Abundantly Black Event at The Dewitt Center: The Dewitt Center invites you, your friends, family members, and loved ones to celebrate Roxbury's Black community for Black History Month. Shop Black-owned businesses, experience Afrobeats and Gospel musical entertainment, enjoy FREE food, and so much more!

When: Saturday, February 24th, 2024; from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: The Dewitt Center (located at 122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury, MA 02119)

Cost: FREE!

For more information, please contact Anita Handy at 857.236.2316.

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The Dewitt Center hosts a food pantry on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month!

WHERE: 122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury, MA, 02119.

WHEN: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11:00 am!

We will give away rice, beans, canned goods, fruit, pasta, and more!

*Everyone is welcome, but supplies are LIMITED!*

For more information:

please call 617.442.2805 or email [email protected]

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MPDC’s MPP Classes are back and better for February 2024!

About Meal Prep and Participation Classes: Join MPDC’s Health, Equity, and Wellness team to learn how to prepare, preserve, and create healthy meals with a group of participants led by a Certified Nutritionist. Additionally, all participants will receive a swag bag and certificate of completion!

This is a FREE event; all ages are welcome!

When: October 12th, 13th, 19th, and 202th, 2023; from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Xhibition Kitchen (located at 11 Speare Place, Boston, MA 02115)

For more information or to register for MPP Classes, please contact Leslie Stafford, Health, Equity, and Wellness Manager, at [email protected]

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King Hedley II, another August Wilson classic, will hail at Hibernian Hall in 2024!

About King Hedley II: Fresh off of a seven-year stint in prison, King Hedley II (named after his father, who was played by Johnnie Mack in ASP’s Seven Guitars) dreams of going straight. He’s going to open his video store — even if he has to steal every refrigerator in Pittsburgh to make it happen. Returning home to the Hill District in 1985, King finds that his community is beset by violence, con men, and redlining. As King fights to keep his family afloat, the harsh realities of Reagan’s America threaten to drag him under.  King Hedley II dives into family tensions and the Black experience in America with Wilson’s signature poeticism and power.

When: March 8th — March 31st, 2024; times vary per date

Where: Hibernian Hall (located at 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02118) 

Cost: REGULAR TIX — $59.50 + $5.00 fees; STUDENTS — $25.00 + $5.00 fees

| Purchase tickets here |

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Doughnuts with Your Delegates returns to The Dewitt Center for 2024!

About Doughnuts with Delegates: MPDC invites you to chat with Roxbury local and state elected officials in small groups, network with other civic engagement organizations, hear about our 2024 policy priorities, celebrate the launch of MPDC's Strategic Plan and break bread with your neighbors and community. 

When: Thursday, March 14th, 2024; from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Where: The Dewitt Center (located at 122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury, MA 02119)

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For more information, please contact Allison Anderson, Civic Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected].

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Discover the joys of cultivating nature and fostering community spirit in the heart of our neighborhood! 

About MPDC's Community Garden Club: MPDC’s Community Garden Program allows residents & their kids to grow healthy foods, meet their neighbors, and learn about gardening & healthy recipes. We offer garden education, social connectivity, garden training and events, and other gardening opportunities. The best part? It's free and open to all ages!

When: April 2024 – September 2024

Where: Hope Community Garden (located at 55 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury, MA, 02119) 

Cost: FREE!

For more information, please contact Leslie Stafford, Health, Equity and Wellness Manager, at [email protected].

#MPDC #MPDCRox 

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It's back for 2024... Apply to MPDC's Scholarship Program today!

About MPDC’s Scholarship Program: MPDC's Scholarship Program has returned and is now accepting applicants for the 2024 season! This year, MPDC is offering young folks the opportunity to receive two scholarships: The Ralph D. Smith Community Service Scholarship and The Danette Jones Scholarship.

To be considered for the MPDC Scholarship Program, applicants should satisfy the following requirements: 

  1. Be a resident of the greater Madison Park community as defined by the boundaries of Lower Roxbury – which include and are limited to residences in the 02119, 02120, and 02121 zip code areas;

  2. Is enrolled full-time as a high school senior, graduating in Spring/Summer 2024 with plans to enter college after graduation; 

  3. Applicant has a strong commitment to pursuing a Bachelors or Associates degree;    

  4. Applicant has involvement in community service and a strong commitment to continue community service throughout college

Applications are due June 21st, 2024 at 5:00 pm!

| Click here to apply |

For more information, please contact Yhinny Matos, Youth Workforce Manager, at [email protected].

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