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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Page 5 Mayor Menino Hignli ghts School Vacation Week Activities in Boston City Offers Variety of Family-friendly Programs and Events to Keep Kids Busy During Winter Break Mayor Menino also invited Boston youth to jump-start their summer planning dur- ing February school vacation week at "Boston R.O.C.K. IT!I! Launch into Summer" at Emmanuel College's Yawkey Center gymnasium on Wednesday, February 22nd from 11 am to 1 pm. This free event features in- formation on summer jobs and activities, as well as rec- reational activities, youth performances, raffles, and special guests such as Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster. Boston Public Schools is also using the vacation week to offer intensive instruction for students most in need of extra support through its in- novative Acceleration Acad- emy program, now in its third year. BPS has re- cruited outstanding teach- ers from around the city and around the country to spend February vacation week , leading Acceleration Acad- emy classes focused on En- glish Language Arts, which will be held in 15 schools across the city. More than 1,500 students are expected to participate in this year's Academy. Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offer- ing a variety of activities at its community centers across the city. Activities include: BCYF Recreation is Mayor Menino encourages Boston families to take ad- vantage of the many City- sponsored events and activi- ties being offered during the upcoming school vacation week. Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) and Boston Public Library (BPL) are offering a variety of programs to help parents keep Boston kids busy dur- ing their winter break, and BPS's Acceleration Acad- emies will keep more than 1,500 students busy with intensive week-long learn- ing program. Community centers and branch libraries will offer a variety of free activities such as Black His- tory Month basketball tour- naments, teen movie mara- thons, and scavenger hunts. BCYF and Parks & Recre- ation will also host free skat- ing on the Frog Pond from 10am -12pm on Tuesday through Friday of school va- cation week. "Boston's community cen- ters and libraries offer ter- rific activities for youth all year long, and school vaca- tion week is an opportunity for us to kick it up a notch and make sure families have a positive and stress- free vacation," Mayor Menino said. "We are work- ing together to make sure that every kid in Boston can enjoy a fun winter break, without having to travel far from home." Ij In Loving Memory of Concetta Bentivegna Pasquale Bentivegna une 13, 1925 - Feb. 21, 1975 Nov. 15, 1924 - Feb. 20, 2008 When love is Evergreen, Evergreen. It will last, thru the summer and winter too. When love is Evergreen, Evergreen, like our love is for you. Love Always, Son, Pat Benti and Grandson, Patrick Benti pleased to offer free skating on the Frog Pond Tuesday, February 21 st through Friday, February 24 th. Call 617-635- 5206 xl01 to reserve your spot. Blackstone: Design, Mod- eling, Photo Workshop, Girls ages 13-19, llam-4pm. Charlestown: Black His- tory Month Basketball Tour- nament, Ages 1 I- 13 Curtis Hail: Girls Basket- ball Program, Ages 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon Holland: Kids Boot Camp (Recreational activities, swimming, skating etc.) Ages 8-12, 9am - 4pm Jackson/Mann: Com- puter Math Games, Ages 6-13, 12:30-2:30pm For a full list of events and to find activities at your lo- cal community center, visit www. cityofboston.gov / bcy.fi. Boston Public Library's neighborhood locations are also offering a number of events for families and youth of all ages. The Connolly Branch in Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain will host a bilingual children's music concert with songs in English and Spanish by performer Mariana Iranzi at 10:30am on Tuesday, February 21. The Mattapan Branch will celebrate Black History Month with a Family Movie Night viewing of The Wiz at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Febru- ary 21. The Dudley Branch is hosting a Black History scav- enger hunt at l:00pm on Wednesday, February 22. There will be prizes for the first teen and kid to answer the most questions. The Central Library in Copley Square is hosting Teen Super Bingo with prizes at 3:30pm on Wednes- day, February 22. The Lower Mills Branch is hosting a Wii games tour- nament at l:00pm on Thurs- day, February 23. The West Roxbury Branch is hosting a "Polar Bears and Penguins" craft time event with art teacher Michele Brooks at llam on Friday, February 24. To find an event at your local BPL branch library, visit www.bpl.org/calendar. Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call 617-227-892g and ask for Lisa SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ... Grand Lodge Continuing Culture Series It is with pleasure and delight that the Grand Lodge, Sons of Italy, Continuing Culture Series will present Professor Franco Mormando of Boston College on Monday evening February 27 at the Burlington Public Library who will describe and detail his 11 years of research on the very long life and marvels of Gian Lorenzo Bernini found in his most recent publication, "Bernini." Professor Mormando is Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literature at Boston College. Cavaliere (Knight) in the Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana awarded by the President of the Republic of Italy, Professor Mormando has continued to garner academic acclaim for his studies and publications of 15 th- 17 th cen- tury European religious and social themes. His determined years of research for this publication ("Bernini") provide an extraordinary view of the life and times of this masterful artist, responsible in great mea- sure for the architectural and artistic wonders within and without the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome. Bernini was the Baroque Michelangelo. Professor Mormando is a most amiable and engaging speaker and gifted academic. Come join us for a wonderful evening of discovery. He will speak at 7:00 pm with questions to follow. His publi- cation "Bernini" will be available for purchase. The library is located at 22 Sears Street, adjacent to the Police Station on the Common. Refreshments will follow. 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