Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Backyard barbecue

The Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester invites adults, ages 21 and older, to a backyard barbecue fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 on the patio at Harp & Bard, 1099 Dorchester Ave.

The afternoon will feature great food, games, prizes and beer.

A $20 donation at the door and any other proceeds from the event will go toward the Rodman Ride for Kids team. No RSVP is necessary.

E-mail for further information.

Legoland at the zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host a Legoland presentation from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 29.

Legoland Discovery Center Boston will visit the zoo for a live-build of a red panda. Zoo guests and Lego enthusiasts will watch as a master model builder creates a life-size red panda out of Lego bricks. Guests are invited to join in on the fun and learn more about red pandas in the new Children’s Zoo.

Admission is free with zoo admission.

For further details, call 617-541-5466 or visit

Photographs of Vietnam

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., is displaying “Pilgrimage to Hue: Of Spirits, Rituals and Trances,” photographs by Ngoc-Tran Vu, now until July 31.

The exhibition showcases an annual festival called Đien Hòn Chén in Hue, Vietnam. The festival is considered one of the largest gatherings to celebrate Đao Mau, a religion indigenous to Vietnam that centers on the worship of a Mother Goddess. The photographs help connect the viewer with a world beyond the grave as spirits converge in central Vietnam and a tale of escape, loss and the afterlife.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-436-2155.

Boston architecture

Historic New England invites students to explore the diverse architecture of Boston in a free program from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 31 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

From a modern glass skyscraper to a 17th century wooden house, staff will explore all the unique shapes, styles and materials that create a city. Using Historic New England properties and city buildings, students will identify geometric shapes, discuss design and building techniques and use a paper shape to make a cityscape to take with them. This program also encourages students to think about what a city needs in relationship to the environment and growing population.

Visit or call 617-436-6900 for more information.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Aug. 1, 8 and 15 at Town Field, 1565 Dorchester Ave.

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

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit with their traveling tidepool show at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8.

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.

Playhouse in the park

The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park series will continue at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Shattuck Picnic Grove in Franklin Park.

The morning children’s show will feature dance troupe OrigiNation with interactive dance and hip-hop for youth and children.

At 6 p.m., Athene Wilson and Friends will entertain. Wilson is a three-time Boston Urban Music Award winner and a consummate professional who performs for many private and public events and at a variety of venues including clubs and festivals.

These programs are free and open to the public. Participants can bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic.

Visit or call 617-282-2881 for further information.

Country music concert

The Savin Hillbillies will perform in a free concert at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

The band features Rob Atterbury on guitar and vocals; Joe Lutz on banjo; James Hanford on fiddle; Jonathan Keller on bass; and Bill Walczak on accordion, guitar and vocals.

Call 617-436-6900 for more details.

Concert in the park

ParkARTS will host a free neighborhood concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 at Dorchester Park, 2180 Dorchester Ave.

Sweet Tooth & the Sugar Babies will present a classic Motown Revue. Attendees can bring blankets and low beach chairs.

For more details, call 617-635-4505.

Block party

A summer block party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave.

The block party will offer free swimming, snacks and activities as well as resource tables from all departments within the City of Boston’s health and human services.

In case of rain, check the BCYF Facebook page

Kids’ flicks

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will screen a series of kids’ films from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 and 11.

Featured will be J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” starring Eddie Redmayne on Aug. 4 and Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” based on the children’s classic by Roald Dahl, on Aug. 11.

For more information, call 617-265-0139.

Puppet show

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will host Caravan Puppets in a free performance at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The engaging puppets will perform stories including “Three Little Pigs,” “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel,” “Make Way for Ducklings” and “The Boy Who Drew Cats.”

Call 617-298-7841 for further details.

Healthy eating

The Dorchester Community Food Co-op will host the sixth annual “Fresh Fridays” at 6 p.m. on Fridays during August at the Bowdoin Geneva Community Hub, 191 Bowdoin St.

The event will feature live entertainment, children’s art activities, recipes, food demonstrations and healthy food prepared by locally owned businesses. A donation would be welcomed.

The rain location will be First Parish Church, 10 Parish St.

For more details, visit

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.

Student art exhibit

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., is hosting a student art exhibit now to Sept. 1. The institute is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.

“From Her Beacon” is an exhibition of original artwork by students from Boston International Newcomers Academy. The exhibition features nine original murals dedicated to the State of Liberty. More than 140 young people collaborated to create this tribute. The school is a Boston public school in Dorchester that embraces new immigrant adolescent English language learners and their families.

Visit for further information.