Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation, June 12 – June 16

Your Weekly Guide to Exciting Events in Greater Boston
  • By Sylvia Dao
  • Published on June 12, 2017
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Back by popular demand -- the SIF Community Summer Series! With a portfolio of 106 organizations and social businesses, the Social Innovation Forum wants to help keep our community informed, active, and social through our Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation Summer Series. Each week we will share events being hosted by our past Innovators and Entrepreneurs. Be sure to get out there and support our inspiring Boston nonprofit community! 

Social Innovation Forum Community Summer Series | June 12 – June 16   

1. Recognize the impact of the LGBTQ community this month with Theater Offensive, 2008 Innovator
Feeling Our Pulse: A Vigil of Love & Kindness 

June 12, 7:00 pm | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA

The Theater Offensive, along with co-sponsor Boston Center for the Arts, has organized an emotional event in memorial of the attack at Pulse in Orlando one year ago. The event’s theme demonstrates the power of love and equality that could heal all pains and fight any fears. 

Feeling Our Pulse: A Vigil of Love & Kindness will include the salsa music of DJ Mamba recreating Latin Night at Club Pulse, a staged reading of five (5) short plays from "After Orlando,” a salsa dance performance from Out Salsa Boston, drag queen performance by Neon Calypso, and other surprises!

This event is free and open to the public. 

2. Celebrate a great year of local food with Mill City Grows, 2014 Innovator 
Mill City Grows' Farm to Cocktail Party 2017

June 14, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | UTEC, Inc., 41 Warren Street, 01852 Lowell

Farm to Cocktail Party is an annual kick-off event at Mill City Grows serving fresh, tasty food from Lowell urban farms with a variety of custom-designed cocktails. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy a great night with live entertainment, raffles, silent auctions, and much more! Tickets are $75 and include a complimentary cocktail and fresh farm appetizers.

All proceeds will support Mill City Grows' Lowell-based food justice programs.

Tickets are sold at https://www.facebook.com/events/183557928807047/ for $75 each.

3. Become tech-savvy with Artisan’s Asylum, 2014 Impact Entrepreneur
Free Circuit Hacking 

June 14, 6:00-8:00 pm | Artisan's Asylum, Inc., 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

If you are a tech person, this fun event is for you! Artisan’s Asylum is a nonprofit that promotes the teaching, learning, and practicing of fabrication. There is no need to be an experienced hacker to join this free class at Artisan’s Asylum’s open electronics and robotics lab. You will get to learn how to solder, work on your own project, ask questions, and spend time with other hackers and makers. All proceeds from selling electronics kits will help fund the improvements of the lab. 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-circuit-hacking-night-2017-tickets-30905917431

4. Explore mindfulness with Life Alive, 2014 Impact Entrepreneur 
Essential Oils Class: Metabolism/Health Support

June 15, 3:00-4:00pm | Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe, 194 Middle St, Lowell, MA 01852

Do you know that essential oils have been used since early-recorded history in many different ways to heal body and soul? Learn all about essential oils-how to make and use it for a healthy lifestyle, next Thursday in Life Alive Cafe. Their unique menu with organic, fresh fusion food is a highlight of the event! 

5. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of AgeWell West Roxbury, 2013 Innovator
West Roxbury Rocks! 

June 16, 6:30-11:00 pm | Irish Social Club, 119 Park Street in West Roxbury

AgeWell West Roxbury is an Ethos-sponsored initiative that promotes the development of an age-friendly community and the creation of successful aging- in-place strategies. In the past three years, AgeWell has conducted more than 300 individual programs, events and health promotion classes with more than 8,300 participants. There will be plenty of fun activities throughout the night of celebration: an open bar, a buffet dinner, performances, music, auctions and raffles, and dancing! Tickets are sold for $50 and can be purchased here: https://www.ethocare.org/west-roxbury-rocks-2017/.

About the Author

Sylvia serves as a Communications & Operations Intern at the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) through a Forest Foundation Fellowship. This summer, she will be participating in the work related to the Social Innovator Accelerator, assisting with events, and creating content for SIF’s website and social media channels. Sylvia studies Media & Communication at Temple University, Philadelphia. 

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to keep us updated on your summer fun at this week’s SIF Community events! 

Did we miss something? Please email Sylvia at sdao@socialinnovationforum.org to have your summer events included in future Putting the "Social" in Social Innovation posts!

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