Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Scholarship benefit

“Jammin’ for Jimmy,” an evening of fun and music to benefit the James P. “Jimmy” Cawley Scholarship at UMass-Boston, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St.

The scholarship was created in memory of a son of Dorchester whose life was cut short by cancer. It will benefit a student from Dorchester who is majoring in political science.

The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, prizes and a drawing. General admission is $10 at the door.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the drawing, send an email to

Comedy night

The Second Church of Dorchester, 600 Washington St., will present special guest Lamar Callahan, actor, comedian and recording artist, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.10 in the Vibe Coffeehouse.

Attendees will enjoy an evening of laughter, music and fun interactions in an intimate atmosphere.

Bring your most creative mask and you may win a prize.

The cover charge is $5. Refreshments will be available for sale. To purchase tickets, visit

Darwin Day at the zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will host Darwin Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Visitors can check out the balmy Tropical Forest, home to western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, ocelots, giant anteaters, free-flight birds and more, and learn all about the Tree of Life. There will be interactive activities and demonstrations throughout the Tropical Forest.

At 1 p.m., professor Greg Fournier of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will explore “Earth’s Living History” in the Hippo Theatre.

Darwin Day is presented by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Public Schools and the National Science Foundation.

For more information, visit or call 617-989-2000.

Year of the Dog

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will celebrate the Year of the Dog with a free craft program from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

Both China and Vietnam celebrate the Lunar New Year and this year is the Year of the Dog. The library will offer crafts highlighting the lucky dragon and earth dogs.

Call 617-265-0139 for more details.

Celebrating Tết

A celebration of Tết, the Vietnamese New Year, will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dog with treats, crafts and a visit from Maggie, the Reading Buddy. All ages are welcome.

Call 617-436-6900 for further information.

Starring Sidney Poitier

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will screen a series of films starring Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier from 1 to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 16 and 23.

Featured will be “To Sir, With Love,” costarring Judy Geeson on Feb. 16 and “The Defiant Ones” with Tony Curtis the following week.

For more information, call 617-298-7841.

Chinese New Year

A unique Chinese New Year celebration will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road.

The zoo and local community partners will celebrate the Year of the Dog with a day of dance, arts and crafts, and fun activities to mark the Chinese New Year. Throughout the day, visitors can watch traditional dances, including a Lion Dance and Hung Gar Kung Fu by the Chiu Mo Kwoon School, listen to music and storytelling, and learn about Chinese culture. Arts and crafts activities for children and adults will include Chinese calligraphy, plum blossom painting and making Chinese lanterns.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-541-5466.

Vocal ensemble to perform

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present the Renaissance Men in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 290 Ashmont St.

Boston’s professional male vocal chamber ensemble will perform “RenMen Branches,” which explores the unexpected bridges between genres. The program will include both classical and pop/bluegrass selections, including polyphonic motets, old American hymn tunes, traditional bluegrass favorites with band, Estonian folk tunes, English part songs and 1960s pop tunes.

The Fellas, Boston City Singers’ young men’s ensemble, will provide an opening set and will join in the concert finale.

Tickets are $25.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-680-7542.

Tết in Boston festival

The Tết in Boston Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd.

The annual Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival will celebrate the Year of the Dog with musical entertainment, a Lion Dance, games, face painting, food and religious ceremonies.

The Vietnamese-American Community of Massachusetts and the New England Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association are organizing this free event.

Tết in Boston preserves and promotes Vietnamese culture, raises funds to support educational and cultural programs and provide an opportunity for youth involvement.

Send an email to for further details.

Exploring China

Shaw Pong Liu will be the guest performer in a free family program “Exploring China” at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.

Master musician Liu will take the audience on a musical journey from the grasslands of Mongolia to the high mountain of Yunnan through historical and contemporary China. She will weave history, geography, the Mandarin language and Chinese music in a dynamic exploration of China.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or by sending an email to Adults must accompany children.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-514-1646.

Tax help

The Wellness and Fitness Center, 450 Washington St., is hosting free tax clinics now until April 10.

Taxpayers who earned less than $54,000 in 2017 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free tax preparation is offered by the Codman Square Health Center in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester winter farmers’ market will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays through March at the Great Hall, Codman Square, 6 Norfolk St.

The market will feature farm fresh produce, local meat, dairy, cheeses, bakery products and entertainment.

For more information, send an email to the Dorchester Community Food Coop at

Tropical forest

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host “Warm Up in the Tropical Forest” each Saturday and Sunday during February.

The tropical forest is kept at a balmy 72 degrees and is home to western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, mandrills, a pygmy hippopotamus, free-flight birds and more. Special events will include a biofacts table from 11 a.m. to noon near the lemur exhibit.

For more information, visit or call 617-989-2000.