Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Saving endangered species

In honor of the 13th annual Endangered Species Day, the Franklin Park Zoo will host a Super Hero Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Tigers, western lowland gorillas, red pandas and Siberian cranes are just a few of the endangered species who reside at the zoo and act as ambassadors for their populations around the world. Tina Ramme, wildlife biologist and CEO of Lion Conservation Fund, will speak about her work to help restore lion populations and habitat in Kenya at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will also be a book reading and activities with Sarah Tuttle, author of “Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife.”

Guests will have the chance to meet and take photos with Marvel’s own superheroes, Captain America and Spider-Man. They will be available for photos in half-hour increments beginning at 10:15 a.m. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes.

Visit or call 617-541-5466 for more details.

Kite and bike festival

The Franklin Park Coalition will host its eighth annual kite and bike festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Playstead ball fields between the zoo and the stadium, 450 Walnut Ave.

Families can bring their own kites or make one at the festival. Free bike rentals will be available for all size cyclists. Experts will be on hand to help get kites airborne or get bikes ready for the road. Boston Bikes will provide free bike tours of the park.

The festival is co-organized by Discover Roxbury and the Franklin Park Coalition with participation from Boston Bikes, Sparc! the art mobile and Boston Parks and Recreation.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-442-4141 for more information.

Family Fun Day

The All Dorchester Sports League will present the fifth annual Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Town Field, 1565 Dorchester Ave.

Family Fun Day is designed to promote unity in the community among neighborhood. It will include games, arts and crafts, refreshments, face painting and much more.

Volunteers are needed to help with setup, cleanup, registration and to assist with various sections.

For more information, call 617-287-1601 or visit

Gigantic yard sale

The Ashmont Hill Association will hold its 39th annual gigantic yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Antiques, furniture, household and baby items, tools, architectural details and miscellany found in over 40 easily walkable locations, in carriage houses and on porches and lawns, will be featured. Each spot will have a map of the area of the sales, starting at Ocean Street off Welles Avenue. The MBTA Red Line at Ashmont station is close by.

For more information, send an email to or visit

Children’s chorus concert

The Boston Children’s Chorus will present “Seeds of Change,” its season finale All Choir Community Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road.

Featuring all 13 choirs with 450 singers performing a mix of exciting musical selections, this dynamic performance will be fun for the whole family.

Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advance.

Visit or call 617-635-1403 for more information.

Historical Society talk

The Dorchester Historical Society and the Boston Preservation Commission will host a free program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St.

The historical society will celebrate four centuries of Dorchester life through its collections and program. This event is part of Boston Preservation Month programming

For more details, call 617-293-3052 or email

Adult crafts at the library

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will offer a craft program for adults from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

Adults can make a pop-up card for someone special. There will be three different designs to choose from. Materials will be provided and admission is free.

Sign up by calling 617-436-2155 or emailing

Activism and advocacy

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will present a talk in the “Getting to the Point” series from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 25.

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, hosts of the political podcast Pod Save America, will look at activism, advocacy and the impact of diverse voices on political life. This program will include a moderated conversation with Favreau, Lovett and Vietor followed by an audience forum.

Registration is recommended for this free program. To register and for further details, visit

Philharmonic at the library

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will host “Interpretations of Music: Lessons for Life” with Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at noon on Saturday, May 26.

This world-renowned master class will consist of highly accomplished young musicians, all of them performing at a professional level. Zander will guide them to more inspiring, communicative and alive interpretations, engaging the audience at the same time.

Admission is free.

Call 617-298-7841 or visit for more information.

Heart of America

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present a panel discussion “The Heart of America” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29.

Panelists including James and Deborah Fallows, authors of “Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America,” and Hillary Frey, executive editor of HuffPost, will shed light on contemporary issues facing the heart of America.

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at

Party in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host the 15th annual “Party in the Park” Justine Mee Liff Fund luncheon to preserve the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 31 in Franklin Park.

A cocktail reception will be held at 11 a.m. with the seated luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Ladies are encouraged to wear spring hats and fascinators.

Kelsey Wirth will be the recipient of the Liff Spirit Award.

The genius of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed more than 1,100 acres of meadows, woodlands and paths, can be enjoyed more than 100 years after the completion of his work, thanks to the stewardship of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

For more information, visit or call 617-522-2700.