Valentine’s Day craft
The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will host a Valentine’s Day craft program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Children are invited to make Valentine’s Day card for all their family and friends. Materials will be provided for this free program.
For more information, call 617-298-7841.
The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will offer special admission and events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12 in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Visit the Tropical Forest on Saturday where visitors can pose for photos, enjoy zookeeper talks and an animal encounter, listen to story time for the kids, create crafts and watch animals receive festive enrichment.
On Sunday, they will learn about the unique dances, gifts and other displays that animals use to find a mate. Zoo educators will present a lively talk focused on animal courtship and mating rituals geared towards teens and adults at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Hippo Theater.
Just say the word “Valentine” at the admission booth to receive one free admission with a paying adult admission.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-989-2000 for more information.
Ballet story time
The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Children and families are welcomed to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision. Admission is free.
Call 617-298-7841 for further details.
A cookie-decorating workshop will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.
Kids can celebrate Valentine’s Day by decorating heart-shaped cookies to give as a present to a parent, friend or even themselves.
Registration is not required. Call 617-436-2155 for further details.
Franklin Park’s future
Imagine Boston 2030, Boston Parks and Recreation and the Franklin Park Coalition will host a community meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Franklin Park golf course function room, 1 Circuit Dr.
Community members are invited to discuss the future of the park, looking questions such as how the park can better connect to the community and upgrades that should be made. All are welcome.
Call 617-442-4141 or visit www.franklinparkcoalition.org for further information.
The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will screen films starring Hollywood legend Glenn Ford from 1 to 2:45 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 17 and 24.
Featured will be the comedy “The Gazebo” co-starring Debbie Reynolds and Carl Reiner on Feb. 17 and the western “3:10 to Yuma” with Van Heflin on the following week.
For more information, call 617-298-7841.
Dorchester’s only witch
The Dorchester Historical Society will present two talks, “Dorchester’s Only Witch” and “The Beginnings of the Catholic Parishes” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St.
Graduate students from the UMass Boston public history program will explore two strikingly different scenes of Dorchester’s religious past. The students conducted primary source research projects investigating a variety of topics on the history of Dorchester.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org or call 617-293-3052.
Presidents’ Day festival
Families are invited to celebrate Presidents’ Day and the sixth annual family festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.
The family festival day will feature storytelling, creative activities, interactive tours and demonstrations and live musical performances. Featured presidents will include Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams and Teddy Roosevelt, who will share stories and excerpts of their well-known works. In Good Company will perform the play “Hail to the Chief” at 12:45 p.m.
The festival will conclude with a performance by the Harvard a cappella group Din and Tonics.
Children, ages 17 and under, are admitted free.
Call 617-514-1646 or visit www.jfklibrary.org for a complete schedule of activities.
The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth by dedicating a Forever stamp in his honor at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.
Senator Ed Markey will be the guest speaker. The ceremony will launch the Forever stamp, making the First-Day-of-Issue Stamp exclusively available at the Presidents’ Day Family Festival on Feb. 20 and available nationwide in Post Offices starting on Feb. 21. The dedication ceremony is free and open to the public.
Registration is encouraged and can be handled at www.usps.com/jfk.
Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast will perform in a free concert at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.
Pancoast will help kids shake off the wintertime cabin fever with interactive songs and dances about the seaside. A singer, songwriter and recording artist, Pancoast creates clever songs with infectious melodies that delight the young and the young at heart.
Call 617-298-7841 for more details.
The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will present “The Pineapple Project” at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will present this program at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Actor Mal Malme and colleagues Becca Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt have created a theater piece for children, ages 3 to 8, that looks at gender, creativity and each child’s freedom to be who they are.
Admission is free.
For more details, visit www.bpl.org or call Uphams at 617-265-0139 or Fields at 617-436-2155.
The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., is hosting a puppet workshop program for kids, ages 6 to 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays now to March 8.
The Puppeteers’ Cooperative shows children how to create larger-than-life characters like animals or dragons using simple materials and techniques. This free program has limited seating.
To reserve a spot, call 617-436-6900.
The Dorchester winter farmers’ market will continue through March 18 at the Great Hall at the Codman Square Health Center, 6 Norfolk St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Local vendors will sell meat, cheeses, baked goods, prepared goods, crafts, house wares and local farmers’ produce.
The Dorchester Community Food Coop is supporting the market.
For more information, send an email to email@example.com or visit http://dotcommcoop.wordpress.com.