Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Family identity explored

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will present “The Sound: from roots grew branches” with Beau Kenyon all day on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

The second of three-movements, “The Sound” explores family identity as the root to generating one’s own hopes and success. It gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINCA) and connects them throughout the city in a three-movement performance and sound installation. The concept and sound art is by Beau Kenyon with sculpture by Natalia Zubko.

Visit for more information about this and the remaining two movements that will be placed throughout the city.

Uphams Corner tour

Boston by Foot will offer guided walking tour of Uphams Corner from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. 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

5K walk and run

The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition 5K Walk, Run, Ride will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Registration and the start of the race will take place at Mattapan Station, 500 River St. The finish line is at Pope John Paul II Park, Hallet Street.

Registration is $20 and $10 for children, ages 12-18.

Proceeds will help organize residents, provide opportunities for youth and elderly and promote economic development in the Four Corners area.

For more details and to register, call 617-436-0289 or visit

Antique cars and picnic

The sixth annual antique and exotic car show and family picnic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Dorchester Park, 2174 Dorchester Ave.

The car show will be held on the lower field on Adams Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when awards will be given for the best in various categories. Games and activities for all the families start at noon on the upper field and continue to 4 p.m.

The sound of classic hit tunes will add atmosphere to the display of beautifully restored vehicles and a food truck will provide refreshments. Visitors can also tour the park in a horse and wagon and students from the Boston School of Music will perform contemporary and classical music. Lots of games and activities will be available for families and giant bubbles will float in the air to delight children.

Refreshments will be available for purchase and families are welcome to bring their own picnics.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-371-6085 for more information.

Watercolor workshop

A landscape watercolor painting workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at McConnell Park, 30 Denny St.

Artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided at this watercolor workshop. Juleen Jones will return as the featured instructor. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business. Participant should meet at the Rose Garden.

For more details, visit or call 617-961-3051.

Turtle conservation

Zoo New England will host the first talk in the New England’s Conservation Lecture Series from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Turtle Swamp Brewery, 3377 Washington St.

Attendees can grab a fermented ale of choice, take part in a meet and greet with the animal ambassadors and then transition to a short lecture on a topic that highlights important work to save species both regionally and globally.

This month’s lecture is on the turtles of Massachusetts, a diverse group of fascinating animals with some amazing adaptations that have lived in this locale for more than 200 million years. Dr. Bryan Windmiller, director of conservation at Zoo New England, will discuss the habits and peculiarities of the armored Bay State residents and the programs that ZNE and others are doing to ensure their survival well into the future.

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

Neighborhood yard sale

The annual Savin Hill neighborhood yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 16.

Dozens of Savin Hill homes will offer books, clothing, toys, furniture and other items for sale.

For more information and to request a copy of the map, email

Street festival

The community is invited to the 17th annual Art and Health Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 on Stoughton Street.

This free family event is about uniting the community through arts, food, musical entertainment, healthy eating, supporting local businesses and offering community services.

There will be an art market, health screenings, educational material distribution, a flu clinic, youth initiatives, prizes, performances, refreshments, child identification program and more.

Call 617-288-0970, ext. 8822 or send an email to for further details.

Celebrating red pandas

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will celebrate International Red Panda Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Zoos worldwide are celebrating International Red Panda Day and families can enjoy red panda-themed activities and find out how they can help this species at this special celebration. They can stop by an education station or meet with a zookeeper and learn more about red pandas at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the new red panda exhibit within the new Children’s Zoo.

Zoo New England is committed to the conservation of these animals and is an active participant in the Red Panda Species Survival Plan. The Red Panda faces threats including illegal hunting and habitat destruction due to increased logging and farming.

Call 617-541-5466 or visit for more information.

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.

Performance in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is presenting “Lavender Ruins” with Neil Leonard at 7 and 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28 at Franklin Park’s Overlook Shelter Ruins.

This evening concert sound installation by Leonard was made in response to “Fog x Ruins,” Fujiko Nakaya’s site-specific fog sculpture for Franklin Park’s Overlook Shelter Ruins. The composition fills the site of the dancing fog with sound that also pays tribute to the visionary concepts of Nakaya and the sonic imagination of Duke Ellington. The work revisits selected themes by Ellington including “Lady of the Lavender Mist,” “The Kissing Mist,” “Atmosphere (Moon Mist),” “A Blue Fog That You Can Almost See Through” and “The Fog That Clouds It.”

More details are available at or by calling 617-522-2700.

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