Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Native plants workshop

The Trustees of Reservations and the New England Wildflower Society will offer a workshop “Native Plants for Pollinators” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Windermere Community Garden, 9A Windermere Rd.

Dan Jaffe of the New England Wildflower Society will host a “walk and talk” and look at the plants that offer the most for beneficial pollinators at all stages of their lives. He will focus on plants that can be grown in tight spaces and adverse conditions.

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

World Lion Day

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will celebrate World Lion Day with fun programs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Visitors can visit the Kalahari Kingdom to see lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia and learn more about these majestic animals and why conservation efforts on their behalf are so important during zookeeper chats. There will also be cake served at 10:30 a.m. and lion-themed crafts and activities.

It is estimated that there are between 25,000 and 30,000 lions living in Africa, which is a staggering decline of 80 to 90 percent compared to the estimated 250,000 that roamed the continent in 1975, due to human-lion conflict and prey decline. The lions also face additional threats including habitat loss, unsustainable trophy hunting practices, poaching, disease and inbreeding.

For more information, call 617-541-5466 or visit

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

Blood drive

Dot House Health will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at Dot House, 1353 Dorchester Ave.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.

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. 14 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., Richie Rich and 24-Karat Funk will entertain with their funk and R&B sounds.

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 workshop

A free artists-in-residence craft workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 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.

Movies at river’s edge

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

The free films will include the Oscar-winning animated feature “Coco” on Aug. 16; Disney’s live action “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens on Aug. 23; and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” starring Chris Hemsworth on Aug. 30.

Visit or call 617-787-7200 for more details.

Kennedy Library

The Highland Street Foundation will sponsor free admission to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

All the exhibits, including the presidential campaign trail, Oval Office, the “JFK 100 – Milestones and Memento” exhibition, life of Jackie Kennedy and more, will be open to the public.

Registration is not required.

Visit or call 617-969-8900 for more details.

Free day at the museum

The Commonwealth Museum in the Massachusetts Archives building at Columbia Point will host a Free Fun Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

Festivities will include family-friendly games, crafts and activities in the Patriot Room. This program is presented as part of the Free Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Visit or call 617-727-9268 for more information.

Zoo fundraiser

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host the ninth annual “Brew at the Zoo” from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

The beer tasting will feature stations hosted by 30 local breweries and a dozen restaurants and caterers, as participants stroll throughout the zoo. The entire zoo will be open.

An illustrated talk on the lost breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain with Michael Reiskind will be held from 4:30 to 4:50 p.m.

Free transportation to the zoo from the Forest Hills MBTA station will be provided. This is a 21-plus event.

Proceeds from the evening will support the growth of the zoo, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

Tickets can be purchased for $60 in advance or $65 at the door.

Admission includes all samplings. A limited number of VIP tickets for $100 will be available, which includes additional food tastings, special animal encounters, lawn games and goodie bags.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-541-5466.

Multi-cultural festival

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative’s 30th annual multi-cultural festival “ImagiNation Without Borders” will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Mary Hannon Park, 613 Dudley St.

Highlights of the day will include colorful stage performances, traditional music and dances, martial arts demonstrations, circus acts, sports clinics, recreation games, face painting, inflatable entertainment and a wide array of food and crafts from the cultures of the neighborhoods: Cape Verdean, Latino, Afro-Caribbean, African American and Asian.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 617-442-9670, ext. 128.

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 October.

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