Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Neponset RiverFest

The community is invited to the second annual Neponset RiverFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Neponset II Park, Hilltop Street near Granite Avenue.

New parks and bike paths line the shores with natural salt marshes and wetlands that support more than 200 species of birds, fish and wildlife.

Visitors can try out a canoe or kayak; explore tide pools with educators from the New England Aquarium; attend a fishing clinic with Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife; walk or bike the Greenway; climb a 28-foot rock wall, play in the spray park; create art; enjoy live music, relax by the river and much more.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 781-575-0354, ext. 307 for more details.

Uphams Corner tour

Boston by Foot will offer guided walking tour of Uphams Corner from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Participants will meet at the Dorchester North Burying Ground gates, Columbia Road and Stoughton Street.

Walkers will explore one of the oldest crossroads in Boston. The tour will include the North Burying Ground, part of the Emerald Necklace that did not get built (and find out why), commercial buildings and much more.

Tickets are $12 general admission or free for Boston By Foot members and Uphams Corner residents and can be purchased from the guide or online in advance.

For further information, call 617-367-2345 or visit

Biodiversity walks

Zoo New England will offer a bird walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, a bat walk at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 and a frog walk at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd.

Participants should meet at the zoo’s giraffe entrance on Pierpont Road on Saturday and at Scarboro Pond on Thursday and Friday.

Walkers will learn about the incredible wildlife to be found even in the heart of the city. Guides will show how to look for and identify a range of native species.

Registration is required for these free walks, at

Playhouse in the park

The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park series will kick off at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at the Shattuck Picnic Grove, Franklin Park.

The morning children’s show will feature dance troupe OrigiNation with interactive dance and hip-hop for youth and children. The E-Water Band will entertain with the sounds of Motown at 6 p.m.

These programs are free and open to the public. Participants can bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic.

Visit or call 617-282-2881 for further information.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on July 17 and 24 at Martin Playground, 95 Myrtlebank Ave.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Rosalita’s Puppets will visit the park at 11 a.m.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or 617-635-4505.

Concert in the park

ParkARTS will host a free neighborhood concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at McConnell Park, 30 Denny St.

Tom Baker and the Troublemakers will provide the musical entertainment.

For more details, call 617-635-4505.

Roller hockey benefit

Ryan Sweeney, Peter Cahill and Timmy Galvin will host the fourth annual Dot Pot, a roller hockey tournament, all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20 through 22 at Garvey Park, 340 Neponset Ave.

The tournament will feature 24 highly competitive teams from neighborhoods all around Boston. Each year, they designate a local cause in need of support and this year’s tournament proceeds will go to the family of Katie McDonough, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.

Visit for more information.

Art fair

The first ever Pear Square Art Fair will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Richardson Park, Columbia Road and East Cottage Street.

The afternoon will feature live pop, rock and world music performances throughout the day, along with more than 15 local art vendors featuring fused glass, leatherwork, painting and more. Food and refreshments will be available. The Dorchester Historical Society, Dorchester North Neighborhood Association, Brain Arts and the Oleana Foundation are sponsoring this free event.

Call 617-293-3052 for more details.

Zookeepers’ appreciation

Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road will celebrate National Zookeeper Appreciation Week with free programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

Visitors will observe some of the day-to-day activities zookeepers participate in, including feedings and trainings, with porcupines, warthogs, anteaters, condors, guinea hogs, keas, black bears and more. They can join in for special scheduled zookeeper encounters, where guests can ask questions directly to staff and discover what it’s like to work with the animals every day.

For more information, call 617-541-5466 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.

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester summer farmers’ market is being held at Codman Commons on the corner of Washington and Talbot streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays now 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