3.6 min readBy Published On: November 29th, 2015Categories: Tips0 Comments on Week of November 30th

O Christmas Tree! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to deck the halls! Stop by and pick out a beauty at Brooksie’s Christmas tree pop up shop at 680 Dorchester Ave. near Andrew Square.  Whether you need an 8ft or a 4ft, they’ve got a wide variety.  Need a wreath for your front door?  They’ve got those too. Open daily from 10am-9pm and offering free local delivery.  Perfect for you late-night tree shoppers.

Shop Local! Get ready to shop local and celebrate the holiday season!  On Thursday, December 3rd take part in the South Boston Christmas Stroll!  This fun-filled event begins at 4pm.  Sip, shop, and dine your way around Southie and take advantage of special discounts and one-night only promotions at local shops and restaurants. There will also be a tree lighting and gingerbread house competition.  For more details visit: https://caughtinsouthie.com/get-holiday-spirit

Support Julie’s Family Learning Program.  It’s the annual fundraiser and dinner for an amazing local institution – Julie’s Family Learning Program – on Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm at Venezia – 20 Ericsson Street.  Tickets are $50 and help support this community based support and education program helping low-income female headed families break the cycle of poverty. For more information visit http://www.juliesfamily.org/  This year, Julie’s will be honoring Southie resident Sharon Asiaf with the Angel Award.

On your mark, get set, go! Lace up those sneakers and get ready to run for a great local school – South Boston Catholic Academy.  On Saturday, December 5th at 10am join your friends and neighbors and run a 5K race along the South Boston beaches.  Start and finish is at South Boston Catholic Academy at 866 East Broadway.  Stick around for a post-race cookout.  There is also fun for the kids on deck too with two youth races.  At 9:15 – 100 Meter Dash for kids (9 and under) and at 9:30 a 1/2 mile run (14 and under). If you preregister by November 30th, it’s $20.  Post-registration is $25.  Youth preregistration is is $8 and post-registration is $10.  To register visit: http://sbcaroadrace.wordpress.com/

Take a tour! It’s officially the start of the Christmas season this weekend with the annual Laboure House Tour.  One of Southie’s favorite traditions, the Christmas House Tour will feature homes in the around South Boston from modern to traditional.   Five homes decorated for the holidays will highlight the creative visions of local designers and provide ideas for making your own home more festive this Christmas.  The tour will also give you the opportunity to start your Christmas shopping  at the House Tour Christmas Sample Sale Shoppe. A twilight tour will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5th, and a daylight tour Sunday, Dec. 6th, from noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets for the twilight tour are $125 and will include a complimentary food and drink. Tickets for the Sunday tour are $25 in advance or $30 if purchased on the day of the tour. To obtain tickets online or for more information, visit http://www.ccab.org/?q=ChristmasHouseTour

Donate! In the spirit of GivingTuesday – a national movement to kick off the giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Here are some ideas of #Southie organization to donate to https://caughtinsouthie.com/feature/giving-tuesday

Christmas has gone to the dogs!  Celebrate the holiday season and help support the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  Socialize over wine and have your dog photographed by Lorna Stell – antlers and hats will be provided.  This event takes place on Wednesday, December 2nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Macallen Building  – 141 Dorchester Ave in the screening room.  Tickets are $10.  

Free phone calls!  If you are a veteran or senior citizen, you are eligible to call family and friends all over the world for free!  On Friday, December 4th, Mayor Walsh’s Elderly Commission and AT&T will come together and offer individuals 30 minutes to make calls for free from 8 AM to 2 PM. Registration is required and deadline is December 2nd.  Call Mary Beth Kelly at 617-635-3959 with first and last name and time to make call.