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Turkey Drive 2014!

i Dec 11th No Comments by

Thanks to the support of our neighbors and friends, we raised $7,000 and provided Thanksgiving meals to over 400 local families, a total of 22,000 pounds of food. We really had a successful Turkey Drive and we want to thank all of the fantastic volunteers who worked incredibly hard getting, moving, organizing, and giving out the food (and cleaning up)!!!   It was such an impressive day and we hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving.

Season’s Greetings from the MFNH Family to Yours!

i Oct 30th No Comments by

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Port/Area 4 Pride Day!

i Sep 18th No Comments by

On Saturday September 6th, neighbors, friends, and family came together to celebrate Peace & Pride in the Port Community. People of all ages enjoyed the neighborhood cook-out, arts & crafts, music, and amusements available. We especially loved the talented face painters, and of course the pony rides are always a hit!DSCN2076

The day’s performers included the Hip Hop Transformation Project, a group of Cambridge teens learning about the history and production of hip hop. They were a great group of energetic talent and we look forward to see where they go next! Also performing was the Fred Woodard Collective who were simply put, a group of amazing instrumentalists. Closing out the day was of course, our friends JG and the MeggaTones who played the hits of today and yesterday.

The basketball tournament was a highlight, despite the extreme late summer heat! Congratulations to this year’s winning teams!

Annie and Stephanie show their Port Pride!

Annie and Stephanie show their Port Pride!

We were so grateful to have Chandra Banks, Conflict Mediator of the Cambridge Public School District, on hand to address the crowd about peace and respect and caring for our neighbors. The Change for Peace Art Installation attracted new participants to express their peaceful ideas in an artistic way. Overall, it was a fun and peaceful day spent with friends and family.

The event was planned in partnership by the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, MIT, the City of Cambridge Police Department, City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs, Cambridge Public Health Department, the Port Action Group, the Area 4 Coalition, and Pentecostal Tabernacle.

Creative facepainting!

Creative facepainting!

A major thank you and shout out to all of our amazing volunteers who made this day happen! We hope everyone has a great autumn and we look forward to all of the fun events in our neighborhood to come.

Kensley Project Party Celebrates Neighborhood Strength

i Aug 26th No Comments by

This past Saturday, hundreds of people from Area 4 and across the city of Cambridge came to celebrate neighborhood strength at a block party in our backyard.

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Members of the Kensley Project enjoy a performance by Elon Flyfield

The half-day event featured musical performances and face painting, basketball playing and water dunking—all of it thanks to a new community group called the Kensley Project, and the many people who support it.

The Kensley Project formed earlier this summer to honor the memory of Kensley David, a 22-year-old father shot and killed on Windsor Street in July. In the aftermath of that tragedy, several of his friends committed to strengthening the quality of life for residents of Area 4/The Port—and they’ve been adding members to the group ever since.

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From left: Cambridge Police Lt. Dan Wagner; Kensley Project Co-Founder Santos Carrasquillo; and Cambridge Vice Mayor Dennis Benzan

We’ll bring you some of their voices in later posts, but for now, enjoy some photographs of the block party below. Thanks to all who organized it, supported it, attended it, and cleaned up after it—and see you next Saturday, Sept. 6, for Area 4 Pride Day!

To learn more about the Kensley Project, email kensleyproject@gmail.com.

End-of-Summer Cambridge Celebrations!

i Aug 13th No Comments by

There are lots of great events that the MFNH is proud to support! Come spend some time with the Margaret Fuller Family before summer ends!

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Friends of the Margaret Fuller House are welcome to join the staff and families of our Summer Explorations Program for an End-of-Summer Party! Just in time for our kids to get ready to go back to school, our friends from the Novartis CorporationDraper, and Amgen will be providing back-packs full of supplies! This party is a cookout and potluck, will feature a youth talent show, a slideshow of all the fun events and moments shared over the summer, and will offer the chance for parents to learn more about our after-school program.

This party will take place in the Margaret Fuller House parking lot on Wednesday, 8/27, from 5:30 – 7 pm.

8 /28: THE PORT CAFÉ

The Port Café is a new community meal right here in our neighborhood. This meal will offer delicious food and a space for fellowship and community-building with neighbors. Our friends who are organizing the Port Cafe need YOUR help, as neighbors, to give the Port Café flavor!

The first Port Café potluck dinner was on Monday July 28th the Margaret Fuller House, and it was a blast! The second Port Café will be a potluck dinner on Thursday, August 28th from 6:00-8:00 PM. Location is currently TBD but will be in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood!

Please take a moment to RSVP here. Feel free to invite a neighbor!

 

IMG_00259/6: PORT/AREA 4 PRIDE DAY: WHERE WE CREATE OUR PEACE & PRIDE 

The Port/Area 4 Pride Day is a free public event featuring activities and resources for all ages.

This year, Pride Day will feature an exhibition of the Community Art Center’s “Change for Peace,” an ongoing art-making and music series. Local community based organizations will be in attendance to offer information about critical resources and services ranging from health to housing to education. Popular events such as the basketball tournament and live music will be back this year. Children’s activities will include arts & crafts, face-painting, pony rides, and more!

Port/Area 4 Pride Day is Saturday, September 6, from noon to 5 at Clement G. Morgan Park (at the corner of Columbia and Washington Street) and surrounding streets, Cambridge, MA 02139. Rain Date is the following Saturday. 
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LIT Blog Post #3!

i Jul 30th No Comments by

Two weeks ago, our LITs (Leaders in Training) took a trip to the New England Aquarium. Last week, they went rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders of Somerville. Here are some of their reflections and pictures:

Adrianna: “I loved it–there was a variety of types of rock climbing to choose from. Auto-belay, manual and free-climbing.”

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Mariysa: “I don’t have much to say–it was fun.”

Sage: “I loved the challenge. I was surprised when I completed the intermediate-advanced climb.”

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Stephen (on left): “This trip was my first experience rock climbing. I wasn’t expecting anything, good or bad, when I came in but I was surprised.”

Check out these pictures from the trip to the New England Aquarium! It’s been a fun few weeks!

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Stay tuned for more of the LIT adventures to come this summer!

Cambridge Event Forecast!

i Jul 17th No Comments by

Wow everyone, there is a LOT to do in the next few days! Check out some of these exciting events taking place in Cambridge:

TODAY, THURSDAY JULY 17th: THE TASTE OF CAMBRIDGE

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from 5:30 – 8:30 at University Park and Sidney Street

Eat, drink, and be merry! Tickets to this event support the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House as well as our friends from Cambridge Camping, Food for Free, Transition House, Paine Senior Services, and the Institute for Health and Recovery.

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TOMORROW, FRIDAY JULY 18th: SALSA IN THE PARK

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Brought to you by Meta Movements, Cambridge in Motion, and the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs!

SATURDAY, JULY 19th: MEN’S HEALTH LEAGUE BIKE RIDE!

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Are you a man looking to do something healthy and fun this weekend? Join the Men’s Health League for a trip down the Minuteman Bike Trail!

MONDAY, JULY 21st: 1st ANNUAL HARVARD SQUARE JOB FAIR!

Polish your resume and practice your interview skills and come on down to the first annual open-air job fair in Harvard Square! (Try saying that three times fast!) Remember to bring plenty of resumes!  Drop off your resume at the Harvard Square Business Association table and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to a Harvard Square eatery.

Brought to you by the Harvard Square Business Association.

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We hope everyone has a safe and happy next few days!

LIT Blog Corner!

i Jul 16th No Comments by

Back for a second week of blogging action, the LIT’s (Leaders in Training) interviewed the kids and staff!

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Downtime with games around the house!

LITS: What do you like about the house?

Isairee, age 8: Because the teachers interact with the kids.

LITS: What are you looking forward to?

Sayeeda, age 9: Going on more field trips!

LITs: What do you like about going to MFNH?

Darren, staff: Seeing the kids and having fun!

Check out this video interview with Thaila, age 7!

and this one with Charlotte from the staff!

 We hope you enjoyed this week’s LIT blog update!

Meet the MFNH Leaders in Training!

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This summer, we introduce a new feature: weekly blogging from the LITs (Leaders in Training)!

LIT's and Mark on the front steps!

LIT’s and Mark on the front steps!

We are the LIT program from MFNH!  

Our job is to help staff and the kids that go to the summer program.

It may be a job but it’s also going to help us in our lifestyle.

• To be able to work with kids better

• To improve working with others

• To try new things this summer

• To keep us off the streets

Stay tuned this summer for more updates from the LITs!!!

MFNH chosen as a beneficiary for the 12th Annual Taste of Cambridge!

i Jun 30th No Comments by

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 What is the Taste of Cambridge?

  • The Taste of Cambridge is a celebration of this historic city’s exceptionally diverse dining scene. The 2014 Taste of Cambridge features tastes from some of our most popular restaurants. Enhanced by a beautiful outdoor park setting, live music, and a great crowd, the TOC is one of Cambridge’s most anticipated annual events.
  • The TOC is organized and run by the Cambridge Licensee Advisory Board, a volunteer organization that works year-round to prevent underage drinking and to educate and support liquor license holders in their efforts to prohibit sales to minors. The CLAB mission and its community minded focus is at the heart of the Taste of Cambridge.
  • Proceeds from the TOC benefit non-profit partners chosen for to their alignment with the CLAB mission.

When and where is the Taste of Cambridge?

  • Thursday, July 17th, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. 
  • VIP Area stays open until 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: University Park & Sidney Street (between Franklin & Pacific) in Central Square.

 Purchase Tickets HERE!

Thanks to CLAB for choosing the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House!