Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Music at the zoo

Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host “Music through the Zoo” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The animals will be enjoying musical interludes as a form of enrichment at their exhibits courtesy of the Berklee College of Music. Musicians will be at the Tropical Forest, Birds’ World, Children’s Zoo and Kalahari Kingdom.

This program is free with regular zoo admission.

For more information, call 617-541-5466 or visit

Comedy night

The annual comedy night to benefit the B-3 Haunted House will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Boston Police/VFW Post #10, 500 Morton St.

Light food will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Tor tickets or more information, call 617 343-4717 or email or or

Autumn Moon festival

VietAid’s 2017 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Town Field, Park Street and Dorchester Avenue.

This fun afternoon will honor the Vietnamese tradition of gathering family and friends to celebrate the summer’s harvest under a full moon. Activities will include lantern making, outdoor games, food, a beer garden, live musical entertainment and a competition for best Vietnamese moon cakes. The festival will culminate with a lighting of lanterns at sundown.

For more information, email or call 617-822-3717 ext. 26.

Fairy houses

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will host a free workshop for kids to make a fairy or elf house, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Kids will build the houses in the reading garden using natural materials and create a pinecone fairy to take home. Materials will be supplied.

Call 617-436-6900 for more details.

Poetry readings

The Dorchester Historical Society at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St. will welcome Dorchester residents Sandra Kohler and U Meleni Adebo in a poetry reading at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The two poets will read their poetry that was inspired by the place where they live. They have participated in the Write on the DOT program at UMass Boston, a literary reading series that features Dorchester writers alongside MFA students in creative writing.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit or call 617-293-3052.

Firefighters’ road race

The 35th annual Boston Firefighters’ Local 718 Memorial Road Race will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St.

The community is invited to participate in or just watch the 10K (6.2-mile) race, a flat, fast race along the scenic waterfront. There will be trophies, refreshments and free parking. The local band, the Fenian Sons, will entertain with traditional Irish music with their own twist.

Registration is $40 in advance, $30 for current and former firefighters and $45 on the day.

Proceeds will benefit the Boston Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, the Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 and other local charities.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-413-3738.

Trump campaign trail

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will welcome journalist Katy Tur, correspondent for NBC News and anchor for MSNBC, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

In her new book “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History,” Tur shares her story of how she spent 510 days on the campaign trail covering the Trump campaign. She ended up being one of the most visible journalists during the 2016 election cycle, and part of the first women-led politics team in the history of network news.

In a conversation facilitated by NPR’s Robin Young, Tur will discuss her road to journalism, the risks and challenges that today’s journalists face, the state of politics and the future of political reporting.

A book signing will follow. Two ticket options are available, including free general admission tickets or premium tickets ($35; $30 for members). Premium tickets include the book, guaranteed seating and priority access for the book signing.

Visit for further information and to register.

Spooky stories

Chill on Park, 142 Park St., will host spooky stories from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Families can get into the Halloween spirit with stories that will take them back to childhood nights of trick or treating told by Cindy of the Fields Corner Branch Library.

Call 617-297-5401 for more details.

Open studios

The 13th annual Dorchester Open Studios will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22. This free weekend event will feature 140 artists exhibiting at 16 sites, including the Ericka Jean Center for the Arts, Walter Baker Lofts, First Parish Church, the Great Hall at Codman Square, Humphrey Street Studios, Uphams Corner Arts Place and other galleries.

Visitors can meet the artists, see demonstrations, listen to music and sample food from area restaurants.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of artists, venues, maps and directions visit or call 617-839-6734.

Apple preserving

Afton Cyrus, owner of Jam Sessions and test cook at America’s Test Kitchen, will be the guest of the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Cyrus will share how to can and preserve local apples for year-round enjoyment. Participants will learn the steps of water bath canning, food safety and the equipment needed as Cyrus demonstrates making a batch of jam from start to finish.

Registration is required for this free workshop, as space is limited to 25. Call Emily at 617-436-2155 to register and for more information.

Social justice

Wee the People will host a story time for children ages 5 and older at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

This free program will explore immigrant experiences through the eyes of children, with stories about migration, home and belonging, accompanied by live music. The program will conclude with a craft activity and game.

For more details, call 617-298-7841.

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.