Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Pond life

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Boston Nature Center will host a pond life exploration to learn more about the aquatic environment from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Franklin Park’s Scarboro Pond.

Attendees will learn about all the creatures that live in and around ponds, from dragonflies to voles and shrews, and the birds that eat them. They will use dip nets to collect pond creatures and observe these fascinating animals under microscopes before returning them to their home.

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-983-8500 or online at

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, April 6.

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.

Wizards at the zoo

“Wizarding Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their wizarding best as the zoo celebrates all things magic. Festivities will include magic tricks performed by professional magician Debbie O’Carroll; a giant anaconda; the education station, where visitors will learn about the threats animals are facing in the wild and how they can help defend these incredible species; and zookeeper encounters, with staff from the Tropical Forest, Bird’s World, Franklin Farm and more.

Admission is free with zoo admission.

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

World premiere

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present Hub New Music in concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at Peabody Hall, Parish of All Saints, 290 Ashmont St.

Hub New Music will present the world premiere of a new work “Rogue Emoji” by acclaimed composer Kati Agocs, commissioned by Ashmont Hill Chamber Music for the ensemble. They will also perform “Media Control” by Pascal Le Boeuf, “Divertissement” by Yevgeniy Sharlat and “The Life of Birds” by Mason Bates.

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

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

Literary awards

The 2019 PEN Hemingway Awards will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.

Sean Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, will present the 2019 PEN Hemingway Award to Tommy Orange for “There, There: A Novel” at this ceremony. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will deliver the keynote address.

The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers.

The program is free, but reservations are required. Call 617-514-1600 or register online at

Science at the library

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host “Science: Water Cycle in a Bag” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

Tweens and teens, ages 9 to 18, can create their own mini-environments in a bag with dirt, rocks, plants and water and see what happens. Admission is free and materials will be supplied.

Call 617-265-0139 to register and for more information.

Writing history

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will welcome Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Robert Caro from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.

Caro will discuss his new book, “Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing” detailing his experiences researching and writing books on President Lyndon B. Johnson and Robert Moses.

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


The annual DotFest Community Carnival will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at DotHouse Health, 1353 Dorchester Ave.

The community is invited to an evening of food, fun and games to celebrate community life in Dorchester’s Fields Corner neighborhood and DotHouse Health’s success as one of the best community-based health and social services organizations in the City of Boston.

This year’s nominee will be Superintendent Nora Bashon, chief of the newly formed Bureau of Community Engagement of the Boston Police Department. She is also the co-founder of Women in Blue, an association of female BPD officers working to engage and empower young women.

To purchase tickets and for further details, visit or call 617-288-3230.

Children’s day

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., will host “Count Me In,” a special day just for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.

Young people will create civic art projects, share their ideas for a more welcoming world and work together to come up with a design for a playground that is welcoming to all in this free, child-friendly program.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-740-7000.

Read across the USA

Children’s entertainer Judy Pancoast will be the guest performer from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave.

Kids can make their way out from Maine across the U.S. on a road trip that includes upbeat songs, interaction, dancing and a great geography lesson. Pancoast will engage children in a musical literary adventure taking them from “Make Way for Ducklings” in Boston, to “Balto” in Alaska and everywhere in between.

Groups must e-mail to register. Families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis the day of the program.

Call 617-436-2155 for more 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