Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Family Fun Day

The fourth annual Family Fun Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Tenean Beach, 108 Tenean St.

Festivities will include beach games, bounce houses, East Coast gaming, Dot Art, face painting, free slushes and more.

Sponsoring this event are the Port Norfolk Civic Association, Save the Harbor, Save the Bay and the City of Boston.

Visit for further information or to volunteer.

Garden spotlight

The Trustees of Reservations will host a garden spotlight from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St.

Participants will meet skilled community gardeners and learn about what and how they’re growing and learn how warm-weather crops like turmeric, ginger, callaloo, pigeon peas, okra and sweet potatoes can thrive in Boston.

This program is free of charge, and walk-ins are welcome. Online registration will secure a spot and ensure the receipt of weather/schedule updates.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-542-7696, ext. 2115.

Candy making at the library

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road will offer “Make it Mondays Science: Rock Candy” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6.

Tweens and teens can find out how this sweet treat is made and start their own. Admission is free.

Call 617-265-0139 for more details.

Industrial Neponset

Historian and author Anthony Sammarco will be the guest speaker from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Sammarco will speak about the industrial history of the Neponset River. He is a noted historian and author of over sixty books on the history and development of Boston and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city. He has taught at The Urban College of Boston since 1997.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 617-436-6900.

Playhouse in the park

The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park series will continue at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 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. At 6 p.m., Athene Wilson and Friends will entertain. Wilson is a three-time Boston Urban Music Award winner and a consummate professional who performs for many private and public events and at a variety of venues including clubs and festivals.

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 Aug. 7 and 14 at Town Field, 1565 Dorchester Ave.

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

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.

Children’s author to visit

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will welcome award-winning author Ralph Masiello in a free program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The program will also be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Masiello will lead children, ages 5 and older, in a series of baseball-themed drawing techniques. Materials will be provided, but space is limited.

Call Lower Mills at 617-298-7841or Adams at 617-436-6900 to register and for more information.

Food co-op

The Dorchester Community Food Co-op and The Trustees of Reservations will host a Food Co-op Pop-Up from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St.

The Co-op is a grassroots initiative to build a community and worker-owned grocery store that makes healthy eating accessible and advances economic opportunity through neighborhood engagement. Visitors will find wholesome and locally grown produce for sale and learn more about the Co-op.

For more details, call 617-542-7696, ext. 2115 or visit

Tide pool touch tank

Educators from the New England Aquarium will visit the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

They will set up tanks of live local tide pool animals for youth to see, touch and ask lots of questions about. These animals can be found along many local beaches, so children can learn how to spot them on their next day at the beach.

Registration is required as space is limited, by calling 617-265-0139.

Movies at river’s edge

The Department of Conservation and Recreation will host a family movie series at sunset on Thursdays from Aug. 9 to 30 at Pope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Boulevard, as part of the 24th annual Neponset River Greenway Festival.

The free films will include the new release “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” starring Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black on Aug. 9; the Oscar-winning animated feature “Coco” on Aug. 16; Disney’s live action “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson on Aug. 23; and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” on Aug. 30.

Visit or call 617-787-7200 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, Aug. 11. 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

Motorcycle run benefit

The 13th annual “Flight of the Angels” motorcycle run fundraiser will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, starting at Florian Hall, 56 Hallet St. The rain date will be Aug. 19.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the ride at 11 a.m. Riders will start from Dorchester and enjoy a scenic, escorted ride through the South Shore. The first 100 entrants will get a T-shirt.

A post-ride celebration will be held at the Black Raspberry Pub with food, music and fun.

The cost is $20 per bike with $10 for an additional rider. All proceeds will benefit Cops for Kids with Cancer.

For more information, call 781-843-3904 or visit

Industrial school 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