Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:
Dorchester transit history
The Boston Street Railway Association will present “The History of Transit in Dorchester” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.
Stuart Spina will trace the history of transportation in Dorchester from the Dunmore Brothers and their stagecoach to Boston in the 1830s, to the contentious horsecar rivalries of the 1860s, to the arrival of rapid transit in the late 1920s and more; from its days as an idyllic country town to streetcar suburb and up to the modern era, including a whirlwind tour of current operations.
The program is free and open to the public.
Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.
The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will offer a children’s craft program at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7.
Tweens can make a duct tape zipper pouch, a handy pouch for pencils, erasers and whatever else they need to carry. Materials will be provided and admission is free.
Call 617-265-0139 for more details.
Free homework help is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.
Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring with trained high-achieving high school students.
Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University’s Public School Partnerships Team. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-436-6900 for further information.
The Dot Jazz Series will welcome the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet in a family friendly concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Parish of All Saints, Peabody Hall, 209 Ashmont St.
Jerry Bergonzi is internationally recognized as a giant of the tenor saxophone. An expressive and versatile player, his tone is full-bodied with an occasional hard edge, enhanced by his use of dynamics and creatively varied articulation.
Greater Ashmont Main Street and Mandoria Music Series are sponsoring this concert.
Tickets are $15 and include dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. Wine will be available for purchase.
Visit www.greaterashmont.org/dotjazz or call 617-825-3846 to purchase tickets and for more information.
Starring Steve McQueen
The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., is screening classic films starring Hollywood icon Steve McQueen from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during January.
The library will show the western “Nevada Smith” with Karl Malden on Jan. 11; the award-winning “Papillon” co-starring Dustin Hoffman on Jan. 18; and the heist film “The Getaway” co-starring Ali McGraw on Jan. 25.
Admission is free. For more details, call 617-298-7841.
The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19.
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 617-565-9430 for more information.
The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will offer free admission to the zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The day will include zookeeper encounters and chats with the keepers who work with sloths, red pandas, lions, gorillas and flamingos and on Franklin Farm and Birds’ World. Guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on a mural located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.
Further information is available at www.zoonewengland.org or by calling 617-541-5466.