Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Dance performance

Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts will perform “Sankofa: Past, Present and Future” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road.

The audience will celebrate Black History through the art of dance, remembering the ones of the past, celebrating the ones of today and building the ones of the future.

Tickets are $30 with discounts for seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Call 617-282-4561 or visit to purchase tickets and for further information.

Music of India and Syria

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Peabody Hall, All Saints Church, 200 Ashmont St.

Tabla virtuoso and Grammy Award-winning member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Das will celebrate the vibrant cultural heritage shared by India and Syria in his latest project with the HUM Ensemble in “Delhi to Damascus.” Joining him are Syrian oud master Issam Rafea, Indian vocalist and sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan and sitar player Rajib Karmakar, exploring centuries of classical and folk music that emerged along the trade road from Jaisalmer in India to Damascus in Syria.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $18 for students.

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

Presidents’ Day festival

Families are invited to celebrate Presidents’ Day and the eighth annual family festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.

The family festival day will feature storytelling, creative activities, interactive tours and demonstrations and live musical performances. Featured presidents will include John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison, who will share stories and engage visitors in conversation. The theater group In Good Company will sing presidential campaign songs and Harvard University’s a cappella group Din and Tonic will perform songs from the Kennedy era.

There will also be special activities in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Visitors can check out the sundae bar in the pavilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Special activities are free with paid admission. Visitors, ages 17 and under, are admitted free of charge. EBT, military and student discounts are available.

Call 617-514-1646 or visit for a complete schedule of activities and to register.

Gorilla birthday celebration

Little Joe the Gorilla will celebrate his birthday in a special program at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 at the Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road.

The indoor gorilla exhibit will be festively decorated and the gorillas will receive special treats made just for them. Zookeeper Jake’s puppet show will be held at 11:15 a.m. Guests will also have the opportunity to sign a giant birthday card for Little Joe and enjoy birthday cake, available first come, first serve. Gorillas will go on exhibit at 10:15 a.m.

Families can also explore the rest of the Tropical Forest, where there will be special zookeeper encounters and crafts.

Programs are free with zoo admission. Visit or call 617-989-2000 for the schedule.

Puppet show

Caravan Puppets will present “The Four Season Bear” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.; 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.; and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St.

This delightful tale follows a year in the life of a young bear with beautiful puppets, memorable songs, storytelling and audience participation. It playfully explores the four seasons with unique hand-carved puppets, staging and live original music.

This free family-friendly program is suitable for children, ages 6 to 12.

Call Fields Corner at 617-436-2155, Adams at 617-436-6900 or Lower Mills at 617-298-7841 for further details.

‘Rosa’s Ride’

Flying Ship Productions will be the guest performers in a free family program at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.

In “Rosa’s Ride,” the performers will trace how Rosa Parks handled various experiences of discrimination leading up to the famous Montgomery, Ala. bus incident that sparked the modern civil rights movement. The production will feature original songs, inspirational scenes and exciting dances.

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.

Opera for children

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will welcome members of Boston Lyric Opera performing “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The program will be repeated at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Two professional singers, a pianist and a teaching artist will bring the classic comedy to life through music, acting and movement in this interactive introduction to opera.

This free production is best suited for children ages 6 to 12. Younger children are welcome with supervision. Families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis the day of the program. Groups should e-mail to register.

Call Lower Mills at 617-298-7841 or Fields Corner at 617-436-2155 for more information.

Bubbles galore

Mike the Bubble Man will be the guest of the Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The Bubble Man will bring magic and science with his interactive show about bubbles with music, choreography and comedy. Bubbles in all shapes and sizes will come to life in this free program for all ages sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Call 617-265-0139 for further information.

Weaving demonstration

Educators from Historic New England will host a children’s weaving program from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

Kids ages 6 to 12 can learn about the art of weaving from sheep to yarn with a teacher from the historic Pierce House. Each child will make his/her own woven bracelet.

Registration is recommended, by calling 617-436-6900 or with the children’s librarian.

Kids’ concert

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will welcome “Toddlerbilly Riot!” with Matt Heaton at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.

Children, ages two and older, will enjoy Heaton’s songs, a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun. Admission is free.

Call 617-265-0139 for further details.

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.