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February 26, 2010
LATEST INFO on BNAN events, programs, meetings, and volunteer
opportunities -
all are FREE!
For more information or to register, contact BNAN at 617-542-7696

BNAN has been nominated for Boston's Best Local Nonprofit in the
Boston Phoenix's Annual BEST Contest. Click on the "VOTE NOW"
button above to go directly to the page to vote for BNAN! Tell
others about it, too! Deadline to vote is Friday, March 5, so vote
soon and spread the word. Winners will be announced in the Phoenix
in the second or third week of April.

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
Hiring teens and adults this summer!

BNAN is looking for teens age 15-17 this summer to work along the
Greenway and in Boston's Urban Wilds. Teens must be registered with
the Mayor's HopeLine/Boston Youth Fund - registration open NOW
through March 15th For information and
to download a YCC youth application, visit
YCC.htm or contact Candice Cook,
617-542-7696 x16. We also have positions for 4 Milton teens through
special funding.

In addition, we are looking for energetic adult staff to work these
teens, pleasesee the job description by clicking here for the BNAN

City of Boston Program
Boston Climate Action Planning
Be Part of the Solution!

The city of Boston is undergoing a Climate Action Planning Process
and it's time to learn more and give your feedback. As a Boston
resident, you can learn about how climate change is already
affecting Boston and ways to address it as well as give feedback on the emerging Boston Climate Action Plan.

Mayor Menino has asked the Boston Climate Action Leadership
Committee and the Community Advisory Committee on Climate Action to
make recommendations for city's new climate action plan on ways to
reduce greenhouse gases, save energy, adapt to the changes we can't
avoid, and expand the green economy. It's going to take creative
thinking, tough decisions, and real commitment from all of Boston's
residents, businesses, and organizations as well as city
government, to make it happen.

Come to one of five interactive community workshops you will:

* Learn about how climate change is already affecting Boston
and what we can do about it
* Give feedback on new climate action proposals, which include
actions related to housing, transportation, and beyond, using keypad
* Meet and talk with other Boston residents who care about
climate action
* Learn about Renew Boston, the City's program to link
residents with practical resources to start saving energy and
reducing greenhouse gases right away

The first workshop is a citywide workshop for high-school aged
youth (and Mayor Menino is expected to attend!). The other four are

You are key Boston activists, and your input is needed! Please
consider attending any of the meetings below.

Dinner will be served (brunch for youth workshop). Child care and
interpreter services will be available upon request. Participants
can register on-line or by phone. We urge everyone to register so
we can plan for food, child care, etc. Walk-in's will be
accommodated as space is available.

Citywide Youth Workshop
Sat. February 27 at Old South Church
Mary Norton Hall, 2nd floor
645 Boylston Street Boston 02116
10:00-11:00 register/brunch; 11:00 am - 2:00 pm workshop
Interpretation available on request in: American Sign Language

Neighborhood-Based Workshops for residents of all ages*
All neighborhood workshops will be at 4:30-5:30 pm register/dinner; 5:30-8:30 pm workshop

Tues. March 2, 2010 at Old South Church
Mary Norton Hall, 2nd floor
645 Boylston Street, Boston 02116
Target Neighborhoods: East Boston, Charlestown, South Boston and
Downtown: Chinatown, North End, Leather District, West End
Interpretation available on request in: American Sign Language,
Chinese, Spanish

Mon. March 8, 2010 at Boston Lodge of Elks No 10 / West Roxbury
Elks Club
1 Morrell Street, West Roxbury 02132
Target Neighborhoods: West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica
Plain, Mattapan
Interpretation available on request in: American Sign Language,
Spanish, Haitian Creole

Wed. March 10, 2010 at Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union,
Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 02215
Target Neighborhoods: Allston, Brighton, Fenway, Back Bay/Beacon
Hill, Kenmore, South End
Interpretation available on request in: American Sign Language,
Portuguese, Spanish

Mon. March 15, 2010 at Roxbury Center for the Arts, Hibernian Hall
182-186 Dudley Street, Roxbury 02119
Target Neighborhoods: Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain
Interpretation available on request in: American Sign Language,
Spanish, Vietnamese

For more information please contact:
Andrea Nagel, Interaction Institute for Social Change
617-234-2760 or

For more information about the Boston Climate Action Planning

Neponset River Greenway Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 3
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Brendan's Church, 589 Gallivan Blvd, Dorchester
Enter in door on left hand side of church, meeting in the "Lower
Hall." Parking available on Rita Rd.
All welcome. Meetings held first Wednesday of every month at
rotating locations. For more information contact Candice Cook

Garden Education
BNAN announces the 2010 session of the Master Urban Gardener-AT
HOME (MUGatHOME) program this spring. This new program in its
second year trains Boston residential gardeners in sustainable
residential gardening techniques suitable for urban spaces. The
MUGatHOME course uses elements of the Master Urban Gardener (MUG)
course and offers 35 hours of free landscape training in exchange
for 35 hours of volunteer service assisting other residential
gardeners. The next course takes place beginning Saturday, April 3,
2010 through Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For
more MUGatHOME information and application form click here.
Application deadline is March 5.

Urban Wilds Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 10
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
BNAN Office, 62 Summer Street, Downtown Boston
Urban Wilds Council meeting. All are welcome. For more information
contact Karen Chaffee, Stewardship Manager, or 617-542-7696 x19.

BNAN Signature Event
35th Annual Gardeners Gathering
Saturday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, Boston

Gardening workshops for community and residential gardeners for both beginner and experienced gardeners. Enjoy networking, door
prizes, info gallery, community garden awards, and more! All
invited to join with more than 300 community gardeners to welcome
spring. Free event, all welcome, walk-in registration. For more
information or to volunteer contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 (11:00 a.m. is correct start time, it was
listed incorrectly as 10:00 a.m. in the newsletter, we apologize
for the error.)

Meetings and Volunteer Opportunity
Boston Gardeners' Council
Thursday, April 8
6:00 p.m.
BNAN Office, 62 Summer Street, Downtown Boston

The next Boston Gardeners' Council meeting will be held Thursday,
April 8. In the meantime if you are interested in volunteering at
the Gardeners Gathering on Saturday, March 20 (see above), please
contact BNAN Stewardship Manager, Karen Chaffee at or call 617-542-7696 x19.

Volunteer Opportunity
Tour Guide, Community Garden Tour of
Jamaica Plain
Date of Tour: Saturday, June 19

1. Develop a tour of community gardens in Jamaica Plain starting at
Paul Gore/Beecher Streets CG and ending at the Minton Stable
Community Garden.
2. Co-Lead this tour on Saturday, June 19, as part of Common
Boston Week, a ten-day festival of events sponsored by Common
Boston, Inc.,
Time Commitment: Based on development and execution of tour.
Approximately 3-5 hours total.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 1, if interested, please respond by
March 15 to Jeremy Dick, BNAN Horticulturist,

BNAN's Winter 2010 Newsletter available online! Click here to download. Read what we've been up to and see the full winter
program lineup. Read BNAN's past newsletters here, too.
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phone: 617-542-7696
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