Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes::

Citizenship information

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice.

This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more information.

Half marathon

The 13th annual BAA half marathon presented by Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund will be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.

The Boston Athletics Association’s popular 13.1-mile rolling course is an out-and-back loop that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system. It will begin and end in White Stadium in Franklin Park. The run is expected to attract a field of 7,000 runners, including world-class athletes.

Proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Fund.

For more information, visit

Latino Heritage Month

Veronica Robles’ Mexican Mariachi Band will be the special guest performers in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Stephen Smith Center, Kennedy Library at Columbia Point.

Robles and her musicians blend ancient and modern traditions with dance, music and storytelling from Mexican culture. Families can try speaking Spanish, sing songs and enjoy dancing in traditional costumes.

The program is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or by email to Adults must accompany children. Further information can be found at or by calling 617-514-1646.

Environmental science cruise

UMass-Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Fox Point Dock, will host an environmental science cruise of Boston Harbor as part of HubWeek programming from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Participants will explore the unique features of Boston Harbor and learn about marine science technologies from UMass Boston faculty experts. They can get up close with sonar, drones and other tools that marine geologists, chemists and physicists use to understand the oceans, monitor their health and conserve natural resources, all while enabling economic prosperity. Faculty guides will lead the tour and demonstrate their equipment in action.

Registration is required, online at

NASA’s journey to tomorrow

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, and Discovery will partner for an exclusive preview and discussion of “Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow,” a new documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR and WBUR’s On Point, will moderate. This program is presented in conjunction with the 2018 GlobeDocs Film Festival and HUBweek.

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

Films of Jason Robards

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., is screening movies starring Broadway and Hollywood star Jason Robards from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during October.

Included will be “Once Upon a Time in the West” with Henry Fonda on Oct. 12; Eugene O’Neil’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” co-starring Katharine Hepburn on Oct. 19; and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” with Diane Ladd on Oct. 26.

Admission is free. Call 617-298-7841 for further details.

Fundraiser dinner

St. Mark’s English as a Second Language (ESOL) program will host its annual Diversity Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 13 at St. Mark’s Church Hall.

A variety of ethnic foods will be offered reflecting the Haitian, Spanish, Cape Verdean, and Vietnamese communities who participate in the ESOL and Citizenship classes. All are welcome to come and support this worthy program. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Call 617-288-8515 for more details.

Autumn Moon festival

VietAid’s 2018 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at IUEC-Local 4, 50 Park St.

This fun evening will honor the Vietnamese tradition of gathering family and friends to celebrate the summer’s harvest under a full moon. The night will be full of music and cultural foods, highlighting small bites from various Vietnamese provinces and regions.

All proceeds will support VietAID’s programming in early education, youth empowerment, affordable housing, community development and the many other services that have been benefiting families in the community for the past 24 years.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at

For more information, email or call 617-822-3717 ext. 26.

Jack O’ lanterns

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will offer a “Jack O’ Lantern Journey” now to Nov. 4.

Visitors can celebrate the season amongst thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes. With glowing dinosaurs, a fanciful princess castle, and amazing animal scenes, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy.

After exploring the Jack O’ Lantern trail, they can watch a live pumpkin carving demonstration, enjoy seasonal food and beverages and even more interactive experiences.

Call 617-541-5466 or visit to purchase tickets and 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