Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Cooking class

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will offer a free cooking class for ’tweens and teens from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.

Attendees will chop and cook up some delicious vegetable soup for this cold winter month.

Call 617-265-0139 for more information.

Starring Steve McQueen

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., is screening classic films starring Hollywood icon Steve McQueen from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Jan. 18 and 25.

The library will show the award-winning “Papillon” co-starring Dustin Hoffman on Jan. 18 and the heist film “The Getaway” co-starring Ali McGraw the following week.

Admission is free. For more details, call 617-298-7841.

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, Jan. 19.

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 617-565-9430 for more information.

Legacy concert

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy concert and discussion will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St.

This community event will celebrate the life and legacy of King through music, spoken word and discussion. Headlining the event will be nationally recognized student musicians from Project STEP, a non-profit classical music program for students of color.

Rev. Mark V. Scott will be the guest speaker and Amyr Ahmad will be the student speaker. Vocals will be provided by Pastor Natasha Sewell and spoken word by Mallory St. Brice (Rosebaby) and Dr. Stephen D. Atkins (3rd Knowledge.)

This program is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Further information can be found at

Memorial breakfast

St. Katherine Drexel, in collaboration with Black Catholic Ministries, will host the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial Breakfast from 9 to noon on Monday, Jan. 21 at the St. Katherine Drexel Church Hall, 517 Blue Hill Ave.

The Boston Black Catholic Choir will provide musical entertainment.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

Visit for further details.

Drum and dance

Benkadi Drum and Dance will perform in a special concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.

This multicultural dance and drum group will perform dances showcasing traditional West African rhythms and movements, with vivid costumes, interpretive dance and audience participation that will bring folktales to life.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or by sending an email to Adults must accompany children.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-514-1646.

Zoo fun

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will offer free admission to the zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The day will include zookeeper encounters and chats with the keepers who work with sloths, red pandas, lions, gorillas and flamingos and on Franklin Farm and Birds’ World. Guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on a mural located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-541-5466.

Homework help

Free homework help is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Students in grades K to 8 are invited to drop in for homework help, academic support and mentoring with trained high-achieving high school students.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University’s Public School Partnerships Team. The Boston Public Library Foundation funds this Out-of-School Time program.

Visit or call 617-436-6900 for further information.