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Boston Scenes 7/04/13

In its 40th year, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular expects to receive over 500,000 visitors from New England and around the globe. Tonight’s fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and are timed to end 30 minutes later with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”
(L-R) YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, Retired Chairman and CEO of Young Rubicam Brands and event keynote speaker Ann M. Fudge, 2013 Sandra B. Henriquez Racial Justice Award winner and civil rights living legend Glendora Putnam, and YW Boston President and CEO Sylvia Ferrell-Jones pose after The 19th Annual Academy of Women Achievers Celebration Luncheon. The event, held June 24, honored some of Boston’s most prominent, courageous and inspiring women leaders.
Dinner & A Movie screening of In Search of the Black Knight at the Haley House Bakery Cafe on June 28. (L-R): Director Tamarat Makonnen (who flew in from Los Angeles” for the festival) and one of his executive producers on the film hanging out at the Haley House Bakery Cafe. 
The Roxbury International Film Festival celebrated its 15th Anniversary (June 27-30). The festival opened at the Museum of Fine Arts with a packed house for the screening of Things Never Said. Approximately 35 films, shorts and documentaries were screened over the weekend at the MFA, the Haley House Bakery Cafe and at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Hometown hotties Elimu Nelson (of Milton) and Michael Beach (of Roxbury) kicked off the film festival with their new film Things Never Said. The duo introduced the film and stuck around for a post-screening Q&A and took photos from the mainly all female audience. RIFF 15 Opening Night at the Museum of Fine Arts, on June 27. (L-R): Elimu Nelson (Showtime’s House of Lies); Lisa Simmons, director, Roxbury International Film Festival; and Michael Beach (F/X’s Sons of Anarchy)
The Roxbury International Film Festival celebrated its 15th Anniversary (June 27-30). The festival opened at the Museum of Fine Arts with a packed house for the screening of Things Never Said. Approximately 35 films, shorts and documentaries were screened over the weekend at the MFA, the Haley House Bakery Cafe and at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. RIFF’s Closing Award & Brunch Ceremony at Estelle’s Southern Cuisine on June 30. Attendees enjoying the “downhome” brunch which featured eggs, grits, homefries and french toast.
ABCD Foster Grandparents from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan are honored with flowers at their annual celebration at Florian Hall in Dorchester on June 27. More than 150 Foster Grandparents gathered at a gala breakfast where program officials and City Council candidates applauded their contributions to children, families and communities. In the Action for Boston Community Development Foster Grandparent program, low-income older adults spend 20 hours a week volunteering with children in schools, child care centers, and health centers.
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