Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Crafts at the library

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will offer a free Mother’s Day craft program at noon on Saturday, May 12.

Kids can show Moms, grandmothers, aunts and other special women in their families their appreciation by making a beautiful vegetable stamp picture. Celery roses, onion leaves and pepper daisies will be used to make a unique floral painting. Materials will be provided.

Call 617-265-0139 for further information.

Zootopia gala

Zoo New England will host the fundraising gala “Zootopia 2018” from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Blvd. in Cambridge.

The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and more. As part of the celebrations, Zoo New England will present the Zoo Hero Youth Award to a conservation-minded youth who loves the Franklin Park Zoo and/or the Stone Zoo. The award that includes a $1,000 scholarship will be presented during the evening to further the recipient’s project, conservation work and education.

NBC10 Boston news anchor Latoyia Edwards and chief meteorologist Matt Noyes will emcee the evening.

Visit or call 617-541-5466 to purchase tickets and more for information.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission to moms from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

Families can discover all the fascinating animals that live in the zoo, and especially the animal mothers such as gorilla Kiki and her daughters; Baird’s tapir Abby and her offspring Ixchel and Nigerian dwarf goat Leia and her daughter Chewbacca. Daily zookeeper encounters will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Call 617-989-2000 or visit for more information.

Walk for Peace

The 22nd annual Mothers’ Walk for Peace will be held from 6 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 13, starting at the Town Field, Fields Corner, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the walk will start at 8:30 a.m., finishing at 11 a.m. with a closing ceremony at Boston City Hall. Walkers are invited to walk all or part of the 6.8-mile route. Those wanting to walk a shorter distance can join the walk at Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury Crossing at approximately 9:45 a.m. Registration at the high school will begin at 7 a.m.

Walkers are encouraged to wear purple. There is a registration fee of $10 and walkers are encouraged to commit to raising $100 for the walk. Volunteers are also needed in the days leading up to the walk as well as before and during walk.

The walk is a fundraiser for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

For more information, call 617-825-1917 or visit

Building a village

The First Parish Dorchester, 10 Parish St., will host a free forum “How to Build Our Own Village” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14.

The community is invited to a forum with representatives from villages in and around Boston who will share ideas for neighbors to work together to create resources and opportunities for leading vibrant, active lives as they grow older. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to by calling 617-635-4877 or online to

Spring concert

OrigiNation will host the annual spring concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at the Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road.

The concert will feature students from the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Program. Ranging in age from 8 to adults, the audience will get to see a wide range of styles including Tae Kwon Do, hip hop, ballet, jazz and tap. There will be special appearances by IMANI, Jr., Aleye Boyz Troupe, Girlz of IMANI and NIA Dance Troupe.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Online sales will end at noon on Friday, May 18.

Visit or call 617-541-1875 for further details and to purchase tickets.

Starring Myrna Loy

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will screen movies starring 1940s movie queen Myrna Loy from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, May 18 and 25.

The library will show the comedy “Wife vs. Secretary” with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow on May 18 and “Libeled Lady” co-starring Spencer Tracy the following week.

Admission is free.

Call 617-298-7841 for more information.

Kite and bike festival

The Franklin Park Coalition will host its eighth annual kite and bike festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Playstead ball fields between the zoo and the stadium, 450 Walnut Ave.

Families can bring their own kites or make one at the festival. Free bike rentals will be available for all size cyclists. Experts will be on hand to help get kites airborne or get bikes ready for the road. Boston Bikes will provide free bike tours of the park.

The festival is co-organized by Discover Roxbury and the Franklin Park Coalition with participation from Boston Bikes, Sparc! the art mobile and Boston Parks and Recreation.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-442-4141 for more information.

Family Fun Day

The All Dorchester Sports League will present the fifth annual Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Town Field, 1565 Dorchester Ave.

Family Fun Day is designed to promote unity in the community among neighborhood. It will include games, arts and crafts, refreshments, face painting and much more.

Volunteers are needed to help with setup, cleanup, registration and to assist with various sections.

For more information, call 617-287-1601 or visit

Gigantic yard sale

The Ashmont Hill Association will hold its 39th annual gigantic yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Antiques, furniture, household and baby items, tools, architectural details and miscellany found in over 40 easily walkable locations, in carriage houses and on porches and lawns, will be featured. Each spot will have a map of the area of the sales, starting at Ocean Street off Welles Avenue. The MBTA Red Line at Ashmont station is close by.

For more information, send an email to or visit

Historical Society talk

The Dorchester Historical Society and the Boston Preservation Commission will host a free program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St.

The historical society will celebrate four centuries of Dorchester life through its collections and program. This event is part of Boston Preservation Month programming

For more details, call 617-293-3052 or email