Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Bike rodeo

A fun bike rodeo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the 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 and free food including hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks. C-11 would appreciate donations of new (in original packaging) bike helmets for kids, ages 2-12.

Further details are available by calling C-11 District Police at 617-343-4330.

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.

Farmers’ market

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

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

Centenary of Nelson Mandela

South Africa Partners and the JFK Library Foundation will host an open discussion with South African activists Max and Elinor Sisulu to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Stephen Smith Hall, Columbia Point.

Max Sisulu is the son of Walter Sisulu, who was a prisoner with Mandela on Robben Island. Elinor Sisulu is a writer and human rights activist. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist and former foreign correspondent for NPR, PBS and CNN, will moderate.

The program will celebrate Mandela’s uniting leadership and reflect on its relevance today for the next generation of leaders who are carrying his vision forward.

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at

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.

Joe Kennedy to speak

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will present a talk in the “Getting to the Point” series with Rep. Joe Kennedy III at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19.

Congressman Kennedy will participate in a conversation on wide-ranging issues facing local communities moderated by Matt Viser, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe. Kennedy is in his third term representing the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he focuses on issues such as mental health, energy costs, manufacturing and STEM education.

A light breakfast will precede the program, which will start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is required for this free program, online at

Mayor’s coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 20th annual neighborhood coffee hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19 at Ronan Park, 92 Mount Ida Road.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information.

Kite festival

The annual Ronan Park kite and art festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at the Ronan Park baseball field, 135 Adams St.

The festival will feature a cookout at noon, free kites for the first 25 kids, kite flying demonstrations, musical entertainment, games, an art show, crafts and fun for all the family. Admission is free.

For more information, send an email to

Art and music festival

The 2018 Boston Art and Music Soul Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 on Playstead Field at Franklin Park, Pierpont Road.

This outdoor, multistage festival aims to promote, connect and celebrate Afro-centric culture, heritage and contributions to the American fabric as expressed through art, music, food and entertainment. The festival lineup will include Kindred the Family Soul, Dom Jones, Jha D, Billy Dean Thomas, the Woo Factor Band, African Rhythm, Latrell James, Valerie Stephens, Tamar Goldinella and many more.

This family-friendly program is free to all.

Further information can be found at

Antique sale

A Shabby Chic and Antique sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at the Calvary Community Church, 286 Ashmont St.

Professional vendors will sell uniquely designed, re-imagined and repurposed housewares and furniture and well as affordable antiques.

There will also be children’s games, food and prizes. Vendor space is available.

For more information, call 617-571-4071, email or visit

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.