Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Performance party

MusiConnects will host the annual year-end performance at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Lena Park CDC, 150 American Legion Hwy.

The performance and potluck party will highlight student ensembles in the residency program performing chamber music and orchestra pieces. Admission is free.

Visit for more details.

Father’s Day craft

Children, ages 4 to 12, are invited to make a Father’s Day craft from 10:25 to 11:55 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

Kids can make dad, grandfather and uncle a framed picture that he will treasure forever. Materials will be provided. Admission is free.

Call 617-265-0139 for more information.

Messy Science

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host Messy Science from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12.

Sherry Eskin will explore fluids that act like solids, what happens when you mix a liquid with air, the power of levers and how things freeze in a free program for kids, ages 5 and older.

For more information, call 617-436-2155.

Bike rodeo

A fun bike rodeo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at John P. McKeon Post on Hilltop Street, hosted by the C-11 District Police.

The free event for kids will include teaching about bicycle and helmet safety, a lottery for free bikes, finger painting, safety tips, free food including hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks. C-11 would appreciate donations of new (in original packaging) bike helmets for ages 2-12.

Further details are available by calling C-11 district police at 617-343-4330.

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester summer farmers’ market will be held from June 16 to Oct. 20 at Codman Commons, corner of Washington and Talbot streets, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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

Book sale

The Friends of the Adams Street Branch Library will host a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the library, 690 Adams St.

The sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books and audiovisual materials for bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the Friends.

Call the library at 617-436-6900 for further information.

Father’s Day at the zoo

To celebrate Father’s Day, Franklin Park Zoo at 1 Franklin Park Road will offer free admission to all fathers on Sunday, June 17.

Dads and their families can enjoy all the regular zoo programs as well as meet gorilla Kit and his three daughters. There will be musical entertainment and games for all ages.

The popular seasonal Butterfly Hollow opens June 17. This tented, outdoor exhibit also features several garden beds, a pond and soothing music.

For more information call 617-541-5466 or visit

Children’s theater

In honor of Pride Month, the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave., will present “The Pineapple Project” at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 18.

Actor Mal Malme and colleagues Becca Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt have created a theater piece for children, ages 3 to 8, that looks at gender, creativity and each child’s freedom to be who they are.

Admission is free.

For more details, visit or call 617-427-3337.

Industrial School for Girls exhibit

The Commonwealth Museum in the Massachusetts Archives building at Columbia Point is displaying “An Extraordinary Look into Ordinary Lives: Uncovering Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, 1859-1880” now through July.

History and archaeology combine to tell the story of Dorchester’s Industrial School for Girls, a 19th century “child-saving” institution, and those who walked its halls. The middle and upper class managers of the school trained these young girls in the domestic arts and proper female virtue in hopes that they would become productive members of the working class.

Using school records and artifacts uncovered during a 2015 archaeological dig, the Commonwealth Museum’s new lobby exhibit brings this never-before-told story of Victorian moral reform to life. The girls’ individual experiences at and after the school take center stage, but the exhibit also explores class dynamics, gender roles, race relations, sickness and disease and leisure in 19th century Boston.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-727-9268.