The Square Scoop
February 2016
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 Valentine's Day!
snowflakes Welcome Back, Scoop Fans!
Got the winter blues? Get out of the house and head to the Square to catch  the four fabulous films at the theatre, enjoy live music, meet some talented local artists and authors, grab a bite at one of our eateries, or cozy up with your favorite warm beverage at Mocha Java or Paradise Cafe.  Thanks for your support. See you in the Square! 
News Circling the Square
Please join us for a Community Meeting on Sunday 2/28 as we examine our transforming Square and start some creative thinking about we want it to be. We want to hear your ideas and feedback as we begin work with the Town to help sculpt a long range plan for the Square that includes thoughtful design and green space, accommodates parking, and addresses traffic. Fresh bagels from Café Fresh Bagel and coffee from Mocha Java will be served (even more incentive to attend!). Can't make it and want to share your thoughts? Send us an email at

pink heart Love is in the Square -
Hey lovebirds, Valentine's Day is only 2 weeks away! Looking for ideas on how to celebrate with that special someone? You'll find lots of ideas for unique and memorable gifts right here in Dedham Square and as a bonus you'll be supporting our locally owned businesses! Click here to find our Valentine's Gift Guide.

Table for Two - Did you hear? Plans are coming together for the old Wardle's space to be a new restaurant. Two very high profile restaurateurs, who own restaurants in Boston and Cambridge, were recently spotted scoping it out. More details on this exciting development soon!
Square Biz
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Alan Issokson, president & owner of KW Insurance
Faces in the Square - Meet KW Insurance's Alan Issokson.  "Dedham Square has a strong and well established small business presence that is very appealing to my small business owner's eye."  Click here to read this special feature!

ice cream cone Here's the Scoop - Only 31 more days until Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream reopens in the Square for the season! Ron and his team are working on some renovations to the shop but you'll have to wait until March 1st to check them out.! It's a sure sign that spring is on its way when Ron's reopens.

Two Thumbs Up - Four eateries in the Square made Yelp's top 10 restaurants in Dedham: Kouzina Estiatorio, Isabella Restaurant, Egg & Thai and Vincenzo's. Visit Yelp and post a review on all your favorite Square businesses to let the rest of the world know about them! Yelp has become one of the Go To sites for people to review places before they visit. Help us continue to put Dedham Square on the map!

Get Movin' - Got cabin fever? Get up and get yourself over to Fred Astaire Dance Studio at 619 High Street. They offer a variety of classes for beginners and more experienced dancers.

Happy 1st Birthday - It's been a year since Bugs Boutique Childcare opened in the Square. Owner Linda Barnes has a few openings for children 15 months to 4 years. Saturday availability starting in the early spring with limited slots available. Give Linda a call at (857) 321-2930.

Beat the Rush - For a limited time you can save big with Dedham Bike's Winter Service Special! Get your bike ready for action and save some money while doing so. Offer ends 2/14.

Bundle of Joy - The Dedham Exchange has a variety of beautiful handmade items for babies and toddlers: hats, sweaters, blankets and toys.  If you're looking for unique baby gifts, The Exchange is the place to go.  All profits from their sales are donated back to the community.
Square Happenings
Visit the Dedham Square Circle website for more info. on the events and happenings in the Square.

DCT marquee It's Showtime
- Now playing at the Dedham Community Theatre
are 4 amazing films:

This is the final week for both Carol and The Danish Girl. For show times go to

Art Beat - The Dedham Square Artist Guild will host an opening reception at Isabella Restaurant for local photographers Gretje Ferguson and Kerry Hawkins on Wed, 2/3
from 5 - 8pm. Try samples of Isabella's new winter wines from Classic Wine Imports. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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Book Nook
- The Friends of the Dedham Library are holding a book sale on Sat. 2/8 from 10-3 and on Mon. 2/9 from 5-8 pm. Great deals on paperbacks, hardcovers, audio books, CDs and movies.
Free February Films - First Church of Dedham will be hosting its February Justice Movie Matinee Series again this year. The theme is "Black Lives Matter". Films are free and will be shown Sundays at 2 pm in the Parish Hall. Donations are accepted and Refreshments will be for sale.

Shop Social - Join the Dedham Junior Women's Club at the Dedham Square Artist Guild on Fri. 2/12. Artist Demo, wine & cheese and amazing art.

Time for a Story - Preschool Story Times are held at The Blue Bunny every Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 am with a few short stories followed by a simple craft. The Dedham Public Library also hosts a drop-in story time for all ages at 10:30 am on Tuesdays at the Main Library and on Wednesdays at the Endicott Branch. All are welcome. Free!

Live Tunes - Live Tunes - Dedham Square Coffeehouse (formerly known as Paradise Café) has a great live music lineup again for February. Some of the Boston area's best up and coming musicians play in the Square every Friday and Saturday nights. Guess what? No cover charge! Click here for show schedule.

Fun Lineup
- The Blue Bunny has another chock full calendar this month with author visits, book signings, story times, a book club for adults and special events. Click here for a link to their event calendar.

Community House Happenings:

basketball Shoot Some Hoops -
The Dedham Community House hosts a weekly Sunday Family Drop-in basketball from 10am-noon.

Vacation Excitation - February school vacation is just around the corner. Wondering what to do with the kids? The DCH has got you covered! From Tues. 2/16 - Fri. 2/19 their school vacation week program offers kids activities such as sports, arts & crafts, science and more. The week ends with a pizza party! Go for one day or all four. Space is limited. Click here for more info. 
Date Night - DCH is also offering a fun Saturday Night Kids Club - a great babysitting option for parents who want a kid-free night on the town - on Sat. 2/27.

In the Middle - Their monthly Middle School Nights will be held on Fri. 2/26.
Elsewhere Around Town
Art Beat - The Mother Brook Arts and Community Center will host its Annual Meeting on Mon. 2/2.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 
The Dedham Food Pantry's Annual Trivia Night will be held on Fri. 2/5 at the American Legion.
vote Dedham Elections 101 - Wonder how our local government works? Thinking of running for office? Women in Democracy - Dedham will host "We the People: an introduction to Dedham Elections" at the Mother Brook Arts & Community Center on Tues. 2/9.

Get out the Aqua Net - The Dedham Youth Commission and Ripples of Hope are hosting an 80's style fundraiser to build a new playground on Veteran's Rd. Fri. 2/26 at Victory Grille.

Right Up Your Alley - Kickoff for Dedham/Needham/Wellesley Relay for Life on Sun. 2/28 from 4-7 pm at Kings (Legacy Place).

Music Notes
- The Dedham School of Music has several events and workshops planned throughout the month at the Mother Brook Arts & Community Center.  Click here for the schedule.
Save The Date

Winter Escape - The Dedham Community House will host, DCH in Bloom, their Annual Winter Fundraiser, on Fri. 3/4.

A Wicked Cool Time - The Mother Brook Arts and Community Center will have their Annual Winter Fundraiser, "Keep it Cool" on Sat. 3/5.

A Dedham Tradition - The Annual James Joyce Ramble, the most fun road race around, will be held on Sun. 4/24.

About Us
dsc logo new The Dedham Square Circle is a non-profit organization committed to invigorating Dedham Square by increasing its economic prosperity, promoting its rich history, arts and culture, and aesthetically enhancing the Square's physical environment to benefit the entire community.  We are a community-driven volunteer organization that is 100% privately funded.   Your voice and participation are important to us!  Visit