Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Uphams Corner tour

Boston by Foot will offer guided walking tour of Uphams Corner from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. 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

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.

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.

Classical chamber music

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will welcome the Jupiter Quartet in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Peabody Hall, All Saints Church, 200 Ashmont St.

The Jupiter Quartet stands at the forefront of the younger generation of classical chamber music ensembles, performing across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America in the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Jordan Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Esterházy Palace in Austria and Seoul’s National Arts Center and Sejong Chamber Hall.

The program will feature Schubert’s “Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887” and Debussy’s “Quartet in G minor, L. 85, Op. 10.”

Tickets are $25 general admission, $18 for students, $3 EBT card holders and free for children under age 13.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-827-7857.

Historic homes tours

The Dorchester Historical Society at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St., will offer tours of the society’s historic properties from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.

In addition to the 1806 William Clapp House, the houses include the 19th century Lemuel Clap House at 199 Boston St. next door and the 17th century Blake House at 735 Columbia Road. Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-293-3052 or visit

Pumpkin float

The 17th annual DCR Neponset Great Pumpkin Float will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Pope John Paul II Park, Hallet Street entrance. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This is one of the most unique Dorchester traditions, when costumed children and their families participate in the floating parade of illuminated jack-o-lanterns down Davenport Creek to the Neponset River.

Kids can bring a 6-8 inch hollowed out and carved pumpkin to the park to be mounted on a special float. Pumpkins illuminated with a candle will be launched en masse at 6 p.m. for a beautiful water parade of spooky pumpkins. Floats and candles will be provided. Pumpkins will be collected for composting after the event.

This free program is weather dependent: call 617-698-1802, ext. 4 for weather updates.

Visit for further details.

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 Oct. 19 and 26.

Included will be 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 the following week.

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

'Kid Convention'

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will host a “Kid Convention” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Ahead of November’s elections, families are invited to join the Institute for a day of special programs that educate youngsters ages 5 and older about the importance of leadership in government. Fun and engaging hands-on activities will help young people learn about the legislative process and the importance of making one’s voice heard. While kids may not be able to vote in this year’s midterm elections, they can cast their ballots in the Institute’s polling station. They can also make their own campaign buttons, play an interactive game of what makes a good leader, explore the career of U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and take part in the art initiative.

Special programs will be offered in two-hour scheduled sessions at 10 a.m. and noon. Additional activities will be ongoing until 4 p.m. Advance registration is requested for this free program.

Visit for further information and to register.

Open studios

The 14th annual Dorchester Open Studios will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

This free event will feature 140 artists exhibiting at 16 sites, including the Ericka Jean Center for the Arts, Walter Baker Lofts, First Parish Church, the Great Hall at Codman Square, Humphrey Street Studios, Uphams Corner Arts Place and other galleries.

Visitors can meet the artists, see demonstrations, listen to music and sample food from area restaurants.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of artists, venues and directions email or call 617-839-6734.

Firefighters’ road race

The 36th annual Boston Firefighters’ Local 718 Memorial Road Race will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St.

The community is invited to participate in or just watch the 10K (6.2-mile) race, a flat, fast race along the scenic waterfront. There will be trophies, refreshments and free parking. Local band the Fenian Sons will entertain with traditional Irish music with their own twist.

The Boston firehouse and the visiting fire department with the lowest combined time of its top three finishers will win a trophy and a $300 cash prize.

Registration is $40 in advance, $30 for current and former firefighters and $45 on the day.

Proceeds will benefit the Boston Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, the Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 and other local charities.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-413-3738.

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