5 Things: Author Lopez Lecture on Olmsted's Health Advocacy

Today and tomorrow is a Local Kids Design & Build Lego Parks- an educational series planned by West Roxbury Reads for school vacation week.


  1. Today as part of the West Roxbury Reads series, author, historian and public health researcher Russell Lopez will lecture on Frederick Law Olmsted's foresighted 19th century health advocacy in a talk entitled "Sunlight and Ventilation for All." Besides his renowned park designs to bring fresh air and exercise to the masses, Olmsted went on after designing Central Park to head up the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War, bringing medical supplies, physicians and hospitals to the Union troops through an organizatioin which became the Red Cross. West Roxbury Library. 6:30 p.m. Free.
  2. Today and tomorrow is a Local Kids Design & Build Lego Parks- an educational series planned by West Roxbury Reads for school vacation week. Local children aged 8 to 11 will design and build a  park. 1-2 p.m.West Roxbury Library. 
  3. Buddies are wanted for the Jason Roberts Challenger League. Volunteers are needed one or two days a week, Monday through Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. starting April 22 through May 31. Call Bill Hubbard at 617-364-9249.
  4. On Friday, Republican US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez will be attending a Coffee and Conversation with the Candidates at the Deutsches Altenheim German Centre at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public.
  5. The IRS gave a 3-month tax filings and payment extension to Suffolk County residents and those affected by the marathon bombings.

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