Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Children’s chorus

The Boston Children’s Chorus will host the 11th annual “Celebrating Families’ Voices” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Strand Theatre, 453 Columbia Road.

Choirs performing will include the Central Intermediate Advanced Choir, Central Intermediate Choir, Central Training Choir, Dorchester Advanced Training Choir, Dorchester Intermediate Choir, Roxbury Training Choir, South Boston Training Choir and West End House Training Choir.

Tickets are $15.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-778-2242.

Gala fundraiser

The Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association will host the Red Ribbon Gala and Scholarship Awards at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Venezia Waterfront, 20 Ericsson St.

Festivities will include a reception, delicious three-course dinner, dancing to live music and an auction.

The Red Ribbon Gala and Scholarship Awards recognizes those who have been strong advocates in the fight against sickle cell disease and the presentation of scholarship awards to two deserving students who are living with sickle cell disease and are currently in high school or attending a college of their choice.

Tickets are $65.

Call 617-825-4595 or visit to purchase tickets and for more details.

St. Patrick’s at the zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., will host a special St. Patrick’s Day program from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17.

Visitors can watch as animals receive green-themed enrichment treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. They can get creative at the arts and crafts station and discover fun animal facts at an education station.

The program is free with zoo admission.

Visit or call 617-989-2000 for more details.

Magic of Ireland

The community is invited to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 at the Standish Village Assisted Living and Memory Support Community, 1190 Adams St.

Big Smile Entertainment will present their “The Magic of Ireland” show. Admission is free.

Call 617-298-5656 for further details.

Suffragist history

In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Parks of Boston will host “The Stone Age: A Forgotten Era” at noon on Tuesday, March 19 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

This program will explore the lifelong fight of Massachusetts’ own Lucy Stone to win equal voting rights for women and African Americans. Stone is often overlooked by historians, despite being a leader in both the women’s rights and abolitionist movements whose work was vital to the nation’s evolution.

Admission is free.

Call 617-436-2155 for more information.

Women in leadership

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will present “Women in Leadership” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m.

As Massachusetts and the nation see more women than ever serving in government, a panel of political leaders will discuss their pathways to civic leadership, insights from the campaign trail, creating change in public office and how to increase and diversify women’s political representation at all levels of government in the Commonwealth.

Panelists will include City of Boston Council President Andrea Campbell, Mayor Kim Driscoll, City of Salem, State Rep. Hannah Kane, 11th Worcester, State Rep. Tram Nguyen, 18th Essex, and Council President Damali Vidot, City of Chelsea. Janet Wu, anchor and political reporter at WCVB will moderate.

Registration is required for this free program, online at

Exploring race through drama

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will present “Exploring Race Through Drama” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Keith Hamilton Cobb, actor and author of “American Moor,” and David Howse, executive director of ArtsEmerson, will examine the powerful role performance can play in starting conversations on race, equality and social challenges with Lizzy Cooper Davis, a professor at Emerson working at the intersection of arts and social justice.

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at

Fun in the tropics

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will host the third annual “Roaring Nights: Fun in the Tropics” benefit party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their best luau gear. There will be musical entertainment, dancing, games, animal encounters and a tour through the building to learn more about the free-flight birds.

This is a 21-plus event and includes appetizers, two complementary glasses of beer or wine and a cash bar.

Tickets are $40. Proceeds from Fun in the Tropics will support the operation and continued growth of Zoo New England, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

Visit or call 617-989-2000 to purchase tickets.

Music of Broadway

The Boston University Off Broadway Singers will perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Standish Village Assisted Living and Memory Support Community, 1190 Adams St.

The community is invited to join in this free concert.

Call 617-298-5656 for further details.

Virtuoso violinist to perform

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present Tessa Lark in concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 290 Ashmont St.

Winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Lark is a captivating artistic voice. She has consistently been praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility and musical elegance. Also the recipient of a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2014, Lark continues to expand her relationships with orchestras and presenters on stages worldwide.

The program will include Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne,” “Stomp” by Corigliano, Michael Thurber’s “Violin Sonata” and “Sonata No. 9 ‘Kreutzer’” by Beethoven.

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

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-680-7542.

Chili cook-off

The Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association will host the 13th annual Dorchester chili cook-off from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport St.

The community can celebrate Dorchester’s best chili cooks at this fun family-friendly event with fabulous chili, a New Orleans-style second line band, DJ and games for young and old. More than 20 entrants representing restaurants, civic associations, youth groups and community organizations will vie for bragging rights to the best chili in Dorchester.

The panel of judges will pick Best in Show, Best Non-Beef, Most Creative and Team Spirit winners, but attendees will get to pick the People’s Choice. Votes are just $1 a piece, so vote early and often. All proceeds benefit the Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, June 2.

Admission is $20 per person or $30 for a family of up to four for all you can eat and entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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, March 22 and 29.

Featured will be the courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind” co-starring Spencer Tracey and Frederic March on March 22 and the musical “The Pirate” with Judy Garland the following week.

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

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.