Families First Parenting Programs Inc. was the chosen nonprofit out of a pool of 25 to receive support from Social Venture Partners Boston, an organization that works with social service groups to help further their cause. Families First, serving residents in Brockton and elsewhere, provides services to parents with little access to support and potentially facing poverty or homelessness. It will receive $100,000 in funds and access to resources. “With Social Venture Partners Boston’s help, we will help more families in Massachusetts — and beyond — lay the groundwork for their kids’ bright futures,” said executive director Elizabeth Cohen in an e-mail.
Adding to its four other locations in Massachusetts, Sky Zone will open its newest facility in Kingston this summer. The projected starting date for the 24,000-square-foot trampoline center, which will include activities beyond just jumping, is Aug. 17. Visitors will be able to play basketball and dodgeball, and take fitness classes — all while managing the bouncing.
The annual Holly Hill Farm stand in Cohasset is now open. The 15-year tradition will offer the farm’s own produce, as well as goods from local businesses, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To receive weekly notifications about the specific produce available, send your e-mail to email@example.com. Holly Hill Farm is located at 236 Jerusalem Road.
Enso Flats, the upcoming 42-unit residential complex in Brockton, will house more than just tenants. Developer Trinity Financial is looking for New England artists or designers to create artwork for the building’s gallery lobby, where the piece will be permanently displayed. The finished work should feature Brockton’s culture in some way. To be eligible, applicants must live in New England and submit their qualifications by Friday, July 31. For consideration, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop & Shop’s “buy local” initiative has taken off. From now until fall 2015, the grocery chain is teaming up with more than 50 local farms, including Jonathan’s Sprouts in Rochester, to provide fresh and seasonal produce to customers. The Rochester farm will bring bean sprouts to New England Stop & Shops as part of the local movement. “Growers could pick the items in the morning . . . and hand-pack them and literally be in our stores at the end of the day,” said Philip Tracey, the store’s public relations manager.
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