Here are the latest Dorchester neighborhood notes:

Hip hop dance competition

OrigiNation Dance will host the East Coast Hip Hop dance competition from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road.

This prestigious and popular dance competition will include junior and senior divisions that will compete for the top prize of $1,000.

Admission is $20.

Visit or or call 617-522-3900 for more details.

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.

Magic show

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host Jungle Jim’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. The Adam Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St., will host the same program from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

Kids, ages 6 to 12, will learn how to perform some magic tricks, play Quidditch and learn some Defense Against the Dark Arts in a fun, interactive performance.

Admission is free. Call Adams at 617-536-6900 or Fields Corner at 617-436-2155 for more details.

Former Colombian president to speak

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will welcome His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, former president of Columbia and Nobel laureate, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

Calderón will discuss key global issues and reflects on his distinguished career with Professor Ricardo Hausmann, director of Harvard’s Center for International Development and former chief economist of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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

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., and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Adams Street Branch Library, 690 Adams St.

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 Fields Corner at 617-436-2155 or Adams, 617-436-6900 for more details.

Poetry in motion

David Zucker will perform “Poetry in Motion” in a free family program at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the Stephen Smith Center, John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point.

Poetry will come to life in this masterful performance of acting, mime, vocal gymnastics, humor, audience participation and a trunk full of costumes, puppets and props. This event is part of National Poetry Month programming.

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.

Earth Day celebration

The Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, will present “Party for the Planet,” an Earth Day celebration, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.

Festivities will include crafts, games and activities, scavenger hunts, animal encounters, zookeeper talks and environmentally friendly exhibitors. Special activities will be held at Birds’ World, the red panda and kangaroo exhibits, Tropical Forest, Franklin Farm and more. Families can participate in citizen science activities to kick off the Boston Area City Nature Challenge.

For more information and a schedule of activities, visit or call 617-541-5466.

Dorchester immigration

The next “Building a People’s History of Dorchester” event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Codman Square Branch Library, is 690 Washington St.

Marilynn S. Johnson, history professor at Boston College, will provide an information presentation and answer questions about the research that she conducted with her students about immigrant communities in Dorchester in fall 2018. This research is part of a larger initiative called “Global Boston,” a digital project chronicling the history of immigration to greater Boston since the early 19th century. Examining different time periods and ethnic groups, the website features capsule histories, photographs, maps, documents and oral histories documenting the history of a city where immigrants have long been a vital force in shaping economic, social, and political life.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-436-8214.

Angel of the battlefield

The Uphams Corner Branch Library, 500 Columbia Road, will host a free talk “Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

This program will examine how Clara Barton challenged the accepted role of women in 19th century American society. Included will be a hands-on activity that will look at 19th century medial improvements and readings from Barton’s journals.

For more information, call 617-265-0139.

Easter egg hunt

The annual Dorchester Park Easter egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the park, 2174 Dorchester Ave.

Kids should bring their own baskets to collect hidden eggs. RCN staff will take photos with the Easter Bunny when the egg hunt is over. Parents should look for the table near the tennis courts.

For further information, call 857-598-9500 or visit

Barbershop quartet to entertain

The Downtown Crossing Barbershop Quartet will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 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 or visit for further details.