Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Street festival

The community is invited to the 16th annual Art and Health Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 on Stoughton Street.

This free family event is about uniting the community through arts, food, musical entertainment, healthy eating, supporting local businesses and offering community services.

There will be an art market, health screenings, educational material distribution, a flu clinic, youth initiatives, prizes, performances, refreshments, child identification program and more.

Call 617-288-0970, ext. 8822 or visit for further details.

Celebrating red pandas

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will celebrate International Red Panda Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The zoo and zoos worldwide are celebrating International Red Panda Day. Families can enjoy red panda-themed activities and find out how they can help this species. They can stop by an education station or meet with a zookeeper and learn more about red pandas at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the new red panda exhibit within the new Children’s Zoo.

Call 617-541-5466 or visit for more information.

5K walk and run

The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition 5K Walk, Run, Ride will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Franklin Park, Pierpont Road.

Registration is $20 and $10 for children, ages 12-18.

Proceeds will help organize residents, provide opportunities for youth and elderly and promote economic development in the Four Corners area.

For more details and to register, visit

Citizenship information

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more information.

The next generation

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will present “The Next Generation of Leaders is Here” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Millennials in the state are already demonstrating their civic impact by working at the local, state and federal levels to create change in their communities. The institute will bring young leaders together for a discussion of how their generation is defining civic engagement, the value and importance of public service and what political activism means for up-and-coming thought leaders.

The free program is open to the public. Advance registration is suggested.

Visit for further information and to register.

Transforming furniture

A free workshop on transforming furniture with paint will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

Instructor Cara Gillis will show step-by-step how to transform dreary furniture with chalk paint.

For more information, visit or call 617-265-0139.

Career counseling

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will host “Ask a Career Counselor” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22.

A career counselor will be available to help with resumes, computer skills and interviewing skills in a free drop-in program.

Call 617-436-6900 for further details.

Benefit walk

The Walk for Sickle Cell Disease will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Franklin Park, across from the Shattuck Hospital.

The annual walk is a part of “Sickle Cellebration in the Park” that offers individuals and teams a chance to honor and remember loved ones and connect with others interested in the cause. In addition to the 2.5-mile walk, the day will feature free health screenings, free food, live dance and musical performances and a Kidz Zone.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the 5K walk at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. a health fair and multicultural concert will begin.

To walk, donate or for more information, call 617-825-4595 or visit

Sunday in the schoolyard

An evening of food and fun to benefit the Epiphany School will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Epiphany School yard, 154 Centre St.

Attendees can sample delicious foods from Boston’s finest chefs while supporting the school’s programs. Restaurants will include Blue Ginger, No. 9 Park, Ashmont Grill, Row 34, the Blarney Stone, Saloniki Greek Restaurant, Flour Bakery + Café and many more. Tickets are $100 and include tastings, beer and wine and prizes.

For more details, visit or call 617-326-0425.

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester summer farmers’ market is being held now to Oct. 21 at Codman Commons, corner of Washington and Talbot streets, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Local vendors will sell meat, cheeses, baked goods, herbs, prepared goods, crafts, house wares and local farmers’ fruits and vegetables. Musical entertainment will be provided.

For more information, send an email to

Fields Corner market

The Fields Corner Farmers’ market is being held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays until Oct. 28 at the Park Street Shopping Center parking lot, Dorchester Avenue and Park Street.

The market will feature fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products and cheeses and prepared goods.

Visit for more details.