Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Nation of immigrants

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s New Frontier Network will commemorate the 60th anniversary of President Kennedy’s book, “Our Nation of Immigrants,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the library on Columbia Point.

The evening will celebrate immigrants and their contributions to America’s culture and success. It will kick off with a cocktail and appetizer reception in the glass Pavilion overlooking Boston Harbor and then move to the Smith Center for the evening’s program and dinner led by Saturday Night Live star Horatio Sanz, actor Bambadjan Bamba, comedian Aparna Nancherla and Sayu Bhojwani, author of “People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates.” Khizr and Ghazala Khan will be the guests of honor.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the New Frontier Network that brings together a diverse group of emerging leaders and philanthropists with no living memory of President Kennedy to advance his ideals of civic engagement and public service.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-514-1673.

Honoring veterans

To honor the service of all veterans, Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will offer free admission to veterans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 10 through 12.

Veterans will have an opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world and exploring all that the zoo has to offer.

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

Children’s chorus

Boston Children’s Chorus will perform “Choregie” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd.

For thousands of years, humans have recognized the remarkable ability of sound, voice and music to bring joy, give meaning and connect us. The ancient art of chanting has long been embraced as a path to healing and enlightenment. Karmina Šilec will be the guest conductor at this special concert performed by the Dorchester Advanced Training, Premier Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble.

Tickets are $15.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit online at or call 617-778-2242.

Soul of America

The John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point, will welcome Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Meacham will discuss his new book “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” that examines historical antecedents of the current climate of partisan division.

The program is free, but reservations are required. Call 617-514-1600 or register online at

Balloon magic

Jungle Jim will present “A Ballooniverse of Stories” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

Jungle Jim's Space-themed balloon magic show will feature rocket propulsion science, celebrate the moon landing, Star Wars Jedi Training and a 6-foot galaxy explosion.

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-298-7841.

Leadership recognition awards

The Codman Square Neighborhood Council and Greater Four Corners Action Coalition will recognize their 2018 “Heroes & Sheroes” on from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in the Great Hall, 6 Norfolk St.

Honorees will include Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell (Millennium Award), Daryl Goldston and Vanessa Thorne (Civic Leadership), Janice Galloway and Caltor McClean (Neighborhood Leadership), and Shiylin Williams and Amani Boston (Youth).

Tickets and $30 and will include dinner, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund for youth leaders in memory of the late Rev. Dr. Bill Loesch.

Send an email to for more information and to purchase tickets.

Starring Humphrey Bogart

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will screen classic films starring Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart from 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during November.

The films will include the thriller “In a Lonely Place” with Gloria Grahame on Nov. 16, “The Desperate Hours” co-starring Fredric March on Nov. 23 and the classic film noir “Conflict” with Sidney Greenstreet on Nov. 30.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-298-7841.

Friends at the zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will celebrate “Friendsgiving” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Families can discover more about special animal relationships as they celebrate Friendsgiving at the zoo. Whether it’s finding food, protecting one another, or simply used as a form of housing, animals' unique family dynamics can help them survive and thrive. Children can watch as animals receive festive enrichment and learn more about these unique bonds at the education station. There will also be scheduled zookeeper chats and a fun craft to take home.

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

Local regiment in WWI

The Dorchester Historical Society at the William Clapp House, 195 Boston St., will welcome Brigadier General Leonid Kondratiuk, Director of Historical Services in the Adjutant General’s Office and an expert in Massachusetts’ military history, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Kondratiuk will talk about the 26th “Yankee” Division’s role in WWI. The 26th, composed of National Guard units from all the New England states, was the first full United States Army division to arrive in France in 1917.

Admission is free.

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