Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:
String quartet at the library
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, will present the MOSAIC (Musical Opportunities Supporting Arts in Communities) Concert Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.
MOSAIC concerts are free, fun and educational musical experiences for everyone. Each session includes discussion of the music, opportunities to ask questions, meet the musicians and a chance to try to play these instruments in the instrument petting zoo. This week will feature a string quartet
Further information can be found at www.bostonphil.org or by calling 617-427-3337.
The annual Evacuation Day banquet to honor John Beatty, 118th Chief Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Boston Teachers’ Union Hall, Carson Place, 180 Mount Vernon St.
An authentic corned beef and cabbage sit-down dinner will be served. Nationally known Irish band, Boston’s Erin Og will provide the entertainment, and the James M. Kelly Shamrock Awards for community service will be presented.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council is sponsoring this fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the parade.
Tickets are $40 per person. For information or tickets, call 844-478-7287 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/south-boston-allied-war-veterans-council-chief-marshals-banquet-tickets.
Read across America celebration
The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will host a celebration in conjunction with “Read Across America” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.
Families can join in story time at 11 a.m. with Big Joe, the Storyteller in the Hippo Theatre. There will also be a visit from Clifford, the Big Red Dog; special zookeeper chats; an arts and crafts table and more.
Clifford the Big Red Dog will be in the Tropical Forest from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at half hour intervals. Be sure to bring your camera, as visitors of all ages will have an opportunity for a meet and greet with everyone’s favorite canine.
Admission is free with zoo admission. For more information, visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-989-2000.
The City of Boston and the Animal Rescue League of Boston will host a dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave.
Pets must be held by a person, ages 18 years or older. Cats must be in a vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Pets will get a three-year rabies vaccine if owners can show written proof that the last vaccine was given 9 to 12 months prior to the clinic date or that the pet has had a three-year rabies vaccine at any point in the past.
The vaccine fee is $5, $2 for senior owners and $10 for non-Boston residents. Dog license fee is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $30 for intact male/females. There is no charge to license dogs for owners, ages 70 or older.
Call 617-635-5348 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/animals for more details.
Starring Gene Kelly
The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will screen starring iconic song and dance man Gene Kelley from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during March.
Featured will be the MGM musicals “Singin’ in the Rain” with Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor on March 8 and “Brigadoon” with Cyd Charisse on March 15; the courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind” co-starring Spencer Tracey and Frederic March on March 22 and the musical “The Pirate” with Judy Garland on March 29.
Admission is free. For more details, call 617-298-7841.
The Greene-O’Leary School of Irish Dancers will present a special program for St. Patrick’s Day at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.
Exuberant dancers will demonstrate athleticism, skill and poise while presenting traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance.
Reservations are required for this free program and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or by sending an email to JFKcelebrate@nara.gov. Adults must accompany children.
Further information can be found at www.jfklibrary.org or 617-514-1646.
Lion birthday party
The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will host a 10th birthday party for lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
Festivities will include special birthday enrichment items for the lions and an education station featuring lion fun facts as well as conservation information. Guests can also sign a giant birthday card and enjoy a slice of cake. Zookeeper encounters will be held at the lion exhibit at 11:30 a.m.
Tina Ramme, wildlife biologist and CEO of the Lion Conservation Fund, will speak about her work to restore lion populations and habitats in Kenya, at 1 p.m.
The program is free with zoo admission.
Visit www.zoonewengland.org or call 617-989-2000 for more details.
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, March 9.
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.
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 http://www.bostontaxhelp.org.
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 www.facebook.com/DorchesterWinterFarmersMarket or call 617-265-4189.