Winter Hikes, Happenings At DCR Boston Region Sites

Saturday, Dec. 6                    2 pm – 4 pm             (Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 pm)

Exploring the New Quincy Riverwalk

Meet at DCR Squantum Point Park in North Quincy. We will start at the white shelter in the parking lot of Squantum Point Park and traverse the whole route to the Adams Inn. To reach the Park,

heading towards Boston from Quincy Shore Drive, turn right on to East Squantum Street.  Turn left on to Victory Road in Marina Bay.  Pass through the first rotary and take the next left on to Haul Road. 

Join Steve Pearlman, Neponset River Watershed Association Advocacy Director, Peter Jackson, Landscape Architect and Maggi Brown, DCR Ranger as we enjoy the premier winter walk along the Quincy Riverwalk.  We will celebrate the hard work over ten years of the Neponset River Watershed Association, the Quincy Environmental Network, Mass DEP’s Waterways Program, the City of Quincy, the DCR and local environmental activists to create this scenic 2 mile path along the Neponset River from its mouth in Squantum Point Park to the Adams Inn.  The tour will start at the white shelter in the parking lot of Squantum Point Park and traverse the whole route to the Adams Inn and back.  Round trip tour will be 4 miles.

For more information and rain date rescheduling, please call 617-472-0799.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015          Free hot & hearty soup at 12 noon         

All hikes begin at 1:00 pm

Annual First Day Hikes at Blue Hills Reservation

Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton. Take Exit 3 off route 93 and follow First Day signs. Please arrive early to allow for parking. Space is limited.

Head for the hills for the “Grand Daddy of First Day Hikes!” Join DCR Park Rangers and staff from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum for FREE First Day Hikes through the Blue Hills Reservation. Warm up with a free cup of hot and hearty soup and join a one or two hour trek. Choose the scenic hike to suit your interest and ability. A stroll around Houghton’s Pond will be offered for families. Dress warmly and wear sturdy hiking boots for all hikes. Share the goodwill of the season! Bring a canned good to donate to Father Bill’s Homeless Shelter and ensure a happy and healthy new year for all! For more information, call 617-698-1802. Program will be cancelled for rain only. 

Saturday, January 10                                 9 am – 2 pm

Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track

Meet at the Weston Ski Track at Leo J. Martin Golf Course at 200 Park Road in Weston. Call 781-891-6575 for more info. www.skiboston.com/skitrack/skitrack.php

New to snow sports?  Try snowshoeing and cross country skiing at Weston Ski Track and discover the great fitness and social benefits with these easy-to-learn winter sports.

Free demos, additional rentals for a fee. Visit www.skiboston.com or call 781-891-6575 for more information.

Saturday, January 24                                10 am – 12 pm

Annual Waltham Charles River Duck Walk

Meet at the back corner of Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot on 130 River Street in Waltham by the footbridge.

DCR will join the Waltham Land Trust for their Annual Duck Walk along the Charles River. Tag along on this very popular walk along the Upper Charles to see dabbling and diving birds, visiting from Canada. In the past we have seen mergansers (hooded and common), ring necks, golden eyes, grebes, and others, even a bald eagle! Bring your binoculars, cameras,

and bird books. Dress warmly–we only cancel if there is heavy snow falling.

Saturday, Feb. 7                                1 pm – 2 pm

Winter Birds of Squantum Point Park

Meet at the white shelter by the pier at Squantum Point parking lot in Quincy. From Quincy Shore Drive, turn onto East Squantum Street. Turn left onto Victory Road in Marina Bay.

Proceed straight through the first rotary and take the next left on the Haul Road to Squantum Point. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/squant.htm

Rafts of eider and brant are a common sight during the winter months. Join us at Squantum Point Park as we take a closer look at the ducks and seabirds that weather New England winters.

Bring binoculars if you have them. We will have some loaner pairs available. 1 hour

Visit www.mass.gov/dcr for February school vacation programs and additional offerings! 

Things to know before you go

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE!

Carry drinking water, wear sturdy footgear and dress in layers for maximum comfort.

If weather conditions are questionable, please call the reservation headquarters

on the day of the program at 617-333-7404, extension 104 for updates.

Reasonable accommodations available. For accessibility concerns,

please email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us

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Adult Literacy Volunteers Needed

Literacy Volunteers-Quincy needs volunteer tutors for one-on-one instruction to adults in basic reading and writing.

Those interested are invited to attend a Literacy Orientation to find out more about the program. Orientations are scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th and Thursday, June 26th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Thomas Crane Public Library.

For more information, call Mary at 617-376-1314 or email her at quliteracy@ocln.org.

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South Shore YMCA Gala, Auction Nov. 1

The South Shore YMCA will hold its 14th annual Enchanted Evening Gala and Auction Saturday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 1 p.m. at Lombardo’s in Randolph.

The event will feature dinner, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auctions to benefit the South Shore YMCA’s Annual Campaign.

The Enchanted Evening Auction will open for bidding online in October.

Emcee and auctioneer will be Billy Costa, news and entertainment reporter on Kiss 108’s Matty in the Morning radio show.

The South Shore YMCA’s campaign provides financial assistance, programs and services for all.

Tickets are $175 per person and will be available online beginning in September.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ssymca.org/donations.

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