Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Chinese New Year

A unique Chinese New Year celebration will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road.

The zoo and local community partners will celebrate the Year of the Pig with a day of dance, arts and crafts and fun activities to mark the Chinese New Year. Throughout the day, visitors can watch traditional dances, including a Lion Dance, listen to music and storytelling, and learn about Chinese culture.

Arts and crafts activities for children and adults will include Chinese calligraphy and making Chinese lanterns. Zookeeper encounters will be held at 10:30 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m.

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

Year of the pig

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will celebrate the Year of the Pig with a free craft program from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Both China and Vietnam celebrate the Lunar New Year and this year is the Year of the Pig. The library will offer crafts highlighting these celebrations. Materials will be supplied.

Call 617-265-0139 for more details.

Connecting with spirituality

The Uphams Corner Health Center, 415 Columbia Road, will offer a connecting with spirituality open group at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4.

This group meeting offered by the behavioral staff at Upham’s Corner Health Center is an hour-long workshop to discuss spirituality and how it impacts health, an opportunity to share insights and experiences with others and ask questions about the relationships between spirituality and health.

Admission is free.

Call 617-740-8153 or visit for further information.

Tracing family roots

A workshop on tracing family roots will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at Freedom House, 5 Crawford St.

This free workshop is ideal for those who want to learn more about their ancestors, but are not sure how to start. Individuals or small groups of community residents, of all ages, can begin lifelong family history research. Space is limited.

To register, visit or call 765-734-3736.

Celebrating Tết

A celebration of Tết, the Vietnamese New Year, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Families can celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Pig with treats, crafts and traditional Vietnamese games. All ages are welcome.

Call 617-436-6900 for further information.

African drums and folktales

In honor of Black History Month, a program on African drums and folktales will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road.

Baba Rumas will lead a fun interactive afternoon of African drums and folktales. Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-265-0139.

Film screening

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will host a film screening and discussion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The Kennedy Institute, in partnership with the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston, will jointly host a screening of “The Peacemaker,” an intimate portrait of Padraig O’Malley, UMass Boston’s Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself.

The film takes us from O’Malley’s isolated life in Cambridge to some of the most dangerous crisis zones in the world – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq – as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. The film follows him in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.

A discussion with O’Malley and director James Demo will follow the screening.

Registration is required for this free program, online at

Starring Ruby Dee

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., is screening a series of films starring acclaimed actress Ruby Dee from 1 to 2 p.m. on Fridays during February, in recognition of Black History Month.

Featured will be “Uptight” co-starring Raymond St. Jacques, with a screenplay by Dee, on Feb. 8; Spike Lee’s award-winning “Do the Right Thing” with Ossie Davis on Feb. 15; and “A Raisin in the Sun” co-starring Sidney Poitier on Feb. 22.

For more information, call 617-298-7841.

Marionette show

Tanglewood Marionettes will present a special performance of “The Dragon King” in honor of the Lunar New Year at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.

The audience will journey below the sea in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder from Chinese folklore. Fantastic sea creatures will be brought to life as a fearless grandmother goes in search of the Dragon King when things go amiss in the land above.

The Marionettes are the recipients of two UNIMA awards, puppetry’s highest honor, for their productions “An Arabian Adventure” and “The Dragon King.”

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.

Celebrating the African experience

Dance Troupe OrigiNation will perform “Our Story: Celebrating the African and African American Experience Through Spoken Word, Music and Dance” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road.

The program is a compilation of poetry, dance, music and scenes from historical and current events significant to African and African-American history. The performance will feature students from local colleges, high schools and middle schools, talented adult actors and OrigiNation’s professional youth dance companies.

Admission is $15. Visit or call 617-522-3900 to purchase tickets and for more information.

Tax help

The Wellness and Fitness Center, 450 Washington St., is hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free tax preparation is offered by the Codman Square Health Center in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

Further information can be found at

Farmers’ market

The Dorchester winter farmers’ market is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, now through March 30 at the Great Hall, Codman Square, 6 Norfolk St.

The market will feature farm fresh produce, local meat, dairy, cheeses, bakery products and local entertainment.

For more information, visit or call 617-265-4189.

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.