Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Reptile show

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host a free children’s program at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2.

Educators from the Museum of Science will visit, presenting live reptiles and talking about their fascinating characteristics.

Call the library at 617-265-0139 for more information.

Tide pools

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will host educators from the New England Aquarium from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 9.

The tide pools program allows children, ages 6 to 12, to handle and observe a wide range of tide pool animals from local waters and help kids build an understanding of habitats and adaptations. These animals can be found along many local beaches, and kids are encouraged to come learn how to spot them on their next day at the beach.

Admission is free.

Call 617-436-6900 to reserve a spot and for more details.

Jack, Bobby and Ted

Long time Democratic activist and former State Rep. Gerard Doherty will be the guest speaker in a free program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St

Doherty has written his memoirs, “They Were My Friends: Jack, Bob and Ted,” particularly dealing with his work and friendship with all three Kennedy brothers.

For more information, call 617-436-6900.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, July 10, 17 and 24 at Martin Playground, 95 Myrtlebank Ave.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Rosalita’s Puppets will visit the park at 11 a.m. on July 17.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or 617-635-4505

Music in the garden

Singer/songwriter Richie Parsons will present a concert in the Reading Garden for the theme “Libraries Rock” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St

Call 617-436-6900 for more information.

Fun Friday

The Highland Street Foundation will sponsor free admission to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13.

Visitors will embark on a virtual journey through the history of and the current issues facing the U.S. Senate, where Senator Kennedy served for 47 years, with many programs for adults and children.

Registration is not required.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-969-8900.

Neponset RiverFest

The community is invited to the second annual Neponset RiverFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Neponset II Park, Hilltop Street near Granite Avenue.

New parks and bike paths line the shores with natural salt marshes and wetlands that support more than 200 species of birds, fish and wildlife.

Visitors can try out a canoe or kayak; explore tide pools with educators from the New England Aquarium; attend a fishing clinic with Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife; walk or bike the Greenway; climb a 28-foot rock wall, play in the spray park; create art; enjoy live music, relax by the river and much more.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 781-575-0354, ext. 307 for more details.

Uphams Corner tour

Boston by Foot will offer guided walking tour of Uphams Corner from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Participants will meet at the Dorchester North Burying Ground gates, Columbia Road and Stoughton Street.

Walkers will explore one of the oldest crossroads in Boston. The tour will include the North Burying Ground, part of the Emerald Necklace that did not get built (and find out why), commercial buildings and much more.

Tickets are $12 general admission or free for Boston By Foot members and Uphams Corner residents and can be purchased from the guide or online in advance.

For further information, call 617-367-2345 or visit

Biodiversity walk

Zoo New England will offer a biodiversity walk featuring birds at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Participants should meet at the zoo’s giraffe entrance on Pierpont Road.

Walkers will learn about the incredible wildlife to be found even in the heart of the city. Guides will show how to look for and identify a range of native species.

Registration is required for this walk, at

Industrial School for Girls exhibit

The Commonwealth Museum in the Massachusetts Archives building at Columbia Point is displaying “An Extraordinary Look into Ordinary Lives: Uncovering Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, 1859-1880” now through July.

History and archaeology combine to tell the story of Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, a 19th century “child-saving” institution, and those who walked its halls. The middle and upper class managers of the school trained these young girls in the domestic arts and proper female virtue in hopes that they would become productive members of the working class.

Using school records and artifacts uncovered during a 2015 archaeological dig, the Commonwealth Museum’s new lobby exhibit brings this never-before-told story of Victorian moral reform to life. The girls’ individual experiences at and after the school take center stage, but the exhibit also explores class dynamics, gender roles, race relations, sickness and disease and leisure in 19th century Boston.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-727-9268.

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester summer farmers’ market is being held at Codman Commons on the corner of Washington and Talbot streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays now through Oct. 20.

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