Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Halfball tournament

The 2018 Dorchester Halfball Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at Tenean Beach tennis courts.

Three people, a broomstick minus the broom and a bisected pimple-ball were the essential elements of a halfball game in Dorchester in the middle-to-late decades of the last century, and the popular game is now making a comeback in Dorchester. Participants will receive T-shirts upon entry, and refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Money raised will go to the summer camp program at St Peter's Church.

Teams can register online or email The fee is $25. Individuals are welcome, but signing up as teams of three is encouraged.

Community yard sale

The Friends of the Lower Mills Branch Library will host a community yard sale from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14 at the branch, 27 Richmond St.

New and gently used items will be offered for sale, including fine glassware, books, rugs, kitchen items and more. Proceeds will benefit library programming for adults and children.

Call 617-298-7841 for further details.

Dorchester in the ’60s

The Dorchester Historical Society, William Clapp House, 195 Boston St., will present “Dorchester in the 1960s and 1970s: Interesting Times” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

Community organizer Lew Finfer and local historian Jim Vrabel will discuss some of the political, social, economic and demographic forces that prompted activism and how Dorchester developed as a community up to and since that time. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-293-3052 for more information.

Touring theatre to perform

The Bright Star Touring Theatre will perform “Upcycled Cinderella” in a free family program at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.

The story of Cinderella will be brought to life using household items, recycled objects and physical comedy. Hilarious characters will activate the imagination while encouraging teamwork, friendship and creativity.

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.

Vacation at the library

The Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will host a series of free, fun activities during school vacation week, from April 17 to 20.

Tuesday will feature Music with Little Groove at 10:30 a.m. and a kids’ art club at 4:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, a teacher naturalist from Blue Hills Trailside Museum will visit with real birds of prey. This program is recommended for children, ages 4 and up. Call 617-336-6900 to register.

Lego Builders’ club will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and a poetry-writing workshop for kids, ages 4-12 will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday.

For more information and a schedule of activities, call 617-536-6900.

Bubbles galore

A free comedy program for children will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, and at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Mike the Bubble Guy will bring a fun, interactive show of magic, music, comedy and lots of bubbles exploring science through bubbles that introduces shapes, color and chemistry.

For more information, call Uphams at 617-265-0139 or Fields Corner at 617-436-2155, or visit

Elf houses

Children are invited to build fairy and elf houses from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 19 in Franklin Park, meeting at Schoolmaster Hill, Circuit Drive.

Children can build tiny houses for a new community of fairies and elves, using found materials from the woods around them. Participants will meet at the old stone ruins of Schoolmaster Hill, a perfect fairy habitat, and create a new, magical settlement in the park’s historic forest. There will also be storytelling and books from ReadBoston, plant education with Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a visit from the New England Aquarium, a puppet show at 11:30 a.m. and face painting. Costumes are encouraged.

The Franklin Park Coalition and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are co-sponsoring this free program.

Call 617-442-4141 or visit for further details.

Puppet show

Rosalita’s Puppets will perform in a free children’s program at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

Rachel Skullcap Lady Pirate will dazzle the audience with tales of parrots, dolphins and a pirate’s sea faring life on the ocean.

Call 617-265-0139 for further details.

Starring James Cagney

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will screen films starring tough guy James Cagney from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and 27.

The library will show “The Roaring Twenties” with Humphrey Bogart on April 20 and “The Public Enemy” co-starring Jean Harlow the following week. Admission is free.

Call 617-298-7841 for more information.

Tracing family roots

A free program on “Tracing Our Roots” will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 and 26 at the Freedom House, 5 Crawford St.

Attendees will receive training in basic genealogy research, spreadsheet use, Internet navigation and other skills needed to re-construct personal family histories. They should be able to attend all four sessions.

This program is presented by the Reidren Business Group with the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust and the Freedom House.

Space is limited and registration is required, online at or by calling 765-734-3736.

Earth Day celebration

The Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, will present “Party for the Planet,” an Earth Day celebration, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Festivities will include crafts, games and activities, scavenger hunts, animal encounters, zookeeper talks and environmentally friendly exhibitors. Special activities will be held at Birds’ World, the tiger and lion exhibits, Tropical Forest, Franklin Farm and more. Families can participate in citizen science activities to kick off the Boston Area City Nature Challenge.

For more information and a schedule of activities, visit or call 617-541-5466.

Salsa dance classes

The Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston will host salsa dance classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays now through May 6 at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club, 15 Talbot Ave.

The lessons are in partnership with Noche Latina Dance Company, the Berkshire Partners Blue Hills Club, the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston. Lessons are $12 per person and per class. Drop-ins are welcome and all are invited – beginners as well as those with some dance experience.

LLEGO Boston is a social group of law enforcement officers and citizens who have come together to promote community policing, engage with the community and encourage young people to consider law enforcement as a career.

For more information, call 857-389-1776 or email