Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Boston architecture

Historic New England invites students to explore the diverse architecture of Boston in a free program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

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 617-436-2155 for more details.

Celebrating Jamaica

The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park series will continue at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the Shattuck Picnic Grove, 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. there will be a special Reggae Night in celebration of Jamaica’s 55 years of independence. Two local reggae bands will be featured at this picnic style community celebration of Jamaican music and culture. Local Caribbean food will be for sale.

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.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Aug. 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.

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.

Movies at river’s edge

The Department of Conservation and Recreation will host a family movie series at sunset on Thursdays from Aug. 10 to 31 at Pope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Boulevard, as part of the 23rd annual Neponset River Greenway Festival.

The free films will include the Disney animated feature “Moana” on Aug. 10; The Lego Batman Movie” on Aug. 17; the Marvel feature “Dr. Strange” starring Benedict Cumberbatch on Aug. 24; and the Star Wars movie “Rogue One” on Aug. 31.

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Movie night

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 with a screening of the animated feature “Shaun the Sheep” at Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Free popcorn will be provided. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 visit

Children’s sea story

The Upham Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will welcome Charlotte Dore and Rosalita’s Puppets in a free show at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10.

Kids can join Charlotte and her band of marionettes for “Sea Story,” an adventure on the high seas featuring pirates, a mermaid and lots of sea creatures.

Following the puppet show, kids will make paper bag puppets and enjoy snacks in the Round Room.

Large groups must register. For more information, call 617-265-0139.

Day at the zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will offer a free community day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, as part of the ninth annual Free Fun Fridays, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Families can enjoy all the exhibits including the Aussie Aviary, Children’s Zoo, Franklin Farm, Giraffe Savannah, Tiger Tales, Tropical Forest and many more.

Visit or call 617-969-8900 for more information.

Lobsters at the library

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11.

Kids can learn about the biology of this popular crustacean and the lobster fishery in New England. They will interact with a real lobster trap, learn about sustainable lobster fishing and even meet a real live lobster. Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-298-7841.

Healthy eating

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

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Kids’ movie

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will screen Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” based on the children’s classic by Roald Dahl, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-265-0139.

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.

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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.

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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.

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